Selections from the writings of Sri Aurobindo appearing here have been taken from the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, Volumes 15, 17 and 18, i.e. The secret of the veda, Isha Upanishad and Kena and other upanishads.
The front cover title – The Light of lights – is in the original handwriting of Sri Aurobindo and was kindly made available to us by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry.
The size of this hard bound Diary will be 5.5” X 8.7”. The diary will have a page for each day of a week except Sunday, which shall share a common page with Saturday. Besides the short passages which appear at the bottom of each of the daily pages, the diary shall have – for the sake of continuity and affectivity of presentation – about 100 pages of much longer selections. Altogether the diary will have 432 pages.
The diary also tracks the significance of each day as per the Hindu calendar. We hope that you will enjoy and benefit from the compilation as much as we had in making it.
Some passages appearing in the diary:
Our ideal. . . is fixed, – to become one with God and lead individually the divine life, but also to help others to the divine realisation and prepare, by any means, humanity for the kingdom of God on earth, – satyadharma, satyayuga.
– Sri Aurobindo
“Immortality does not mean survival of the self or the ego after dissolution of the body. The Self always survives the dissolution of the body, because it always pre-existed before the birth of the body. The Self is unborn and undying. The survival of the ego is only the first condition by which the individual soul is able to continue and link together its experiences in Avidya so as to pursue with an increasing self-possession and mastery that process of self-enlargement which culminates in Vidya.
By immortality is meant the consciousness which is beyond birth and death, beyond the chain of cause and effect, beyond all bondage and limitation, free, blissful, self-existent in conscious-being, the consciousness of the Lord, of the supreme Purusha, of Sachchidananda.” (17: 58-59)
THE JUSTIFICATION OF LIFE
“Thus, the third movement of the Upanishad is a justification of life and works, which were enjoined upon the seeker of the Truth in its second verse. Works are the essence of Life. Life is a manifestation of the Brahman; in Brahman the Life Principle arranges a harmony of the seven principles of conscious being by which that manifestation works out its involution and evolution. In Brahman Matarishwan disposes the waters, the sevenfold movement of the divine Existence. That divine Existence is the Lord who has gone abroad in the movement and unrolled the universe in His three modes as All-Seer of the Truth of things, Thinker-out of their possibilities, Realiser of their actualities. He has determined all things sovereignly in their own nature, development and goal from years sempiternal.
That determination works out through His double power of Vidya and Avidya, consciousness of essential unity and consciousness of phenomenal multiplicity.
What Enabled India to Survive Immortally?
“…All the old nations perished because in the pride of intellect they abandoned their dharma, their religion. India, China still live. What was the force that enabled India beaten down & trampled by mailed fist & iron hoof ever to survive immortally, ever to resist, ever to crush down the conqueror of the hour at last beneath her gigantic foot, ever to raise her mighty head again to the stars? It is because she never lost hold of religion, never gave up her faith in the spirit. Therefore the promise of Srikrishna ever holds good; therefore the Adyashakti, the mighty Chandi, ever descends when the people turn to her and tramples the Asura to pieces. Times change and a new kind of outer power rules over India in place of the Asuras of the East. But woe to India if she cast from her her eternal dharma. The fate of the old nations shall then overtake her, her name shall be cast out from the list of nations and her peoples become a memory and a legend upon the earth. Let her keep true to her Self, and the Atmashakti, the eternal Force of the Self shall again strengthen & raise her.…” (17: 159)