DVD: Aswapati and Sri Aurobindo in Savitri
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by Georges Van Vrekhem
Georges Van Vrekhem opens this talk by asking a deceptively simple question: Who is the protagonist in the first half of Sri Aurobindo's epic poem Savitri?
Georges reviews and critiques the replies of previous commentators painstakingly pointing out that Aswapati, the protagonist in the first half of the poem, has little resemblance to the character Aswapati, the royal father of Savitri in the Mahabharata legend. Then revealing his profound insight that the protagonist of the first three Books of Savitri is not the Aswapati of the Mahabharata, but Sri Aurobindo himself, Georges movingly describes how this part of the epic comprises Sri Aurobindo's own spiritual autobiography.
The importance of these three books of Savitri lies in the fact that it details Sri Auroobindo's own cosmic visions and divine experiences, and his superhuman effort to carry humanity beyond itself.