A special post for the special occasion of August 15, the birthday of Sri Aurobindo (15 August, 1872- 5 December, 1950) as well as the Indian Independence day. A day meant to celebrate the spirit of freedom. The truer, inner freedom.
A post that hopes to remind us of the various knots we tie around and within ourselves. It is a reminder via some profound aphoristic words of Sri Aurobindo, and some iconic artworks from several world-renowned modern Indian painters. A reminder to seek our solutions to these knots, to walk toward freedom, in freedom.
A post that hopes to invite all open-minded seekers on a contemplative journey through words and images. A journey that is fluid, open-ended, maybe even meandering and seemingly endless, but a journey that may still give the traveler a glimpse of a goal. A journey that may hint at a shared pursuit with many co-travelers, yet with an immensely individualised path and destination for each.
Let us begin.
“The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love with his chains; this is the first paradox and inextricable knot of our nature.”
“Man is in love with the bonds of birth; therefore he is caught in the companion bonds of death. In these chains he aspires after freedom of his being and mastery of his self-fulfilment.”
“Man is in love with power; therefore he is subjected to weakness. For the world is a sea of waves of force that meet and continually fling themselves on each other; he who would ride on the crest of one wave, must faint under the shock of hundreds.”
“Man is in love with pleasure; therefore he must undergo the yoke of grief and pain. For unmixed delight is only for the free and passionless soul; but that which pursues after pleasure in man is a suffering and straining energy.”
“Man hungers after calm, but he thirsts also for the experiences of a restless mind and a troubled heart. Enjoyment is to his mind a fever, calm an inertia and a monotony.”
“Man is in love with the limitations of his physical being, yet he would have also the freedom of his infinite mind and his immortal soul.”
“And in these contrasts something in him finds a curious attraction; they constitute for his mental being the artistry of life. It is not only the nectar but the poison also that attracts his taste and his curiosity.”
“In all these things there is a meaning and for all these contradictions there is a release. Nature has a method in every madness of her combinings and for her most inextricable knots there is a solution.”
~ Passage from Sri Aurobindo, Thoughts and Glimpses: The Chain, CWSA, Vol. 13, pp. 204-205.
To see last year’s August 15 special post, click HERE.
Linking with ABC Wednesday, F: F is for Freedom