Sri Aurobindo’s Commentaries on Krishna, Buddha, Christ, and Ramakrishna


A collection of statements from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on these important figures, with commentary and elucidation by Wilfried Huchzermeyer

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Sri Aurobindo’s Commentaries on Krishna, Buddha, Christ, and Ramakrishna — Their Role in the Evolution of Humanity

by Wilfried Huchzermeyer

From the SABDA catalog listing: In this short work, the author studies the various statements and commentaries made by Sri Aurobindo, and a few by the Mother, on the life and work of these Avatars of the past. The interpretations revealed in these commentaries indicate that he saw all four as messengers who came to earth with a special mission, to support and accelerate the evolution of humanity in a particular way. The chapters discuss what Sri Aurobindo has written in his major works and in his letters to disciples on each of the four Avatars, beginning with Krishna, who played a significant part in Sri Aurobindo’s own sadhana. Comments by the Mother shed additional light on these subjects.

On Krishna:

Krishna is the Eternal’s Personality of Ananda; because [of] him all creation is possible, because of his play, because of his delight, because of his sweetness.

– Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine and Human

On Buddha:

This possibility of an entire motionless impersonality and void Calm within doing outwardly the works of the eternal verities, Love, Truth and Righteousness, was perhaps the real gist of the Buddha’s teaching,—this superiority to ego and to the chain of personal workings and to the identification with mutable form and idea, not the petty ideal of an escape from the trouble and suffering of the physical birth.

– Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine

On Christ:

He who would save himself lives bare and calm;
He who would save the race must share its pain:
This he shall know who obeys that grandiose urge.

The Great who came to save this suffering world
And rescue out of Time’s shadow and the Law,
Must pass beneath the yoke of grief and pain;
They are caught by the Wheel that they had hoped to break,
On their shoulders they must bear man’s load of fate.

Heaven’s riches they bring, their sufferings count the price
Or they pay the gift of knowledge with their lives.

The Son of God born as the Son of man
Has drunk the bitter cup, owned Godhead’s debt,
The debt the Eternal owes to the fallen kind
His will has bound to death and struggling life
That yearns in vain for rest and endless peace.

Now is the debt paid, wiped off the original score.

The Eternal suffers in a human form,
He has signed salvation’s testament with his blood:
He has opened the doors of his undying peace.

The Deity compensates the creature’s claim,
The Creator bears the law of pain and death;
A retribution smites the incarnate God.

His love has paved the mortal’s road to Heaven:
He has given his life and light to balance here
The dark account of mortal ignorance.

It is finished, the dread mysterious sacrifice,
Offered by God’s martyred body for the world;
Gethsemane and Calvary are his lot,
He carries the cross on which man’s soul is nailed;
His escort is the curses of the crowd;
Insult and jeer are his right’s acknowledgment;
Two thieves slain with him mock his mighty death.

He has trod with bleeding brow the Saviour’s way.

He who has found his identity with God
Pays with the body’s death his soul’s vast light.

His knowledge immortal triumphs by his death.

– Sri Aurobindo, Savitri

On Ramakrishna:

… the One who prepares the future of humanity.

– Sri Aurobindo, Early Cultural Writings

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