Sunday, August 12, 2007

Woe to a nation that does not listen to the voice of its divine Yogi-Rishi

Re: 18: The Wonderful Boon by RY Deshpande on Sun 12 Aug 2007 07:34 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link The most auspicious form of Savitŗ, the Light of the Supreme
tat savitur varam rūpam jyotih parasya dhīmahi yannah satyéna dīpayét
Let us meditate on the most auspicious form of Savitŗ, on the Light of the Supreme which shall illumine us with the Truth.
This is Sri Aurobindo’s Gayatri Mantra...Years later, thanks to Doraiswami, we see it embodied in the “auspicious form” of the Gayatri Mantra itself. Doraiswami was an Iyer Brahmin from Chennai and was a devotee of Sri Aurobindo. He insisted that he would perform the thread-ceremony of his son Mithran only if he received a Mantra from the Master. It was in response to this most ardent and fruitful imploration that Sri Aurobindo gave the Gayatri Mantra. Again, the lesson is, we should know what to ask from such a Boon-Giver! In the Record, Sri Aurobindo makes a noting that Doraiswami was King Janak in one of his births long long ago; also Sri Krishna lists him in the Gita as one of his Vibhutis.
[N.B.: Doraiswami was a nationalist and a leading advocate by profession. Sri Aurobindo had sent him as his emissary with a message to the Congress Working Committee when, in 1942, Sir Stafford Cripps’s proposal to create a new Indian Union with a Dominion Status was being discussed in New Delhi. Unfortunately Sri Aurobindo’s recommendation to accept the proposal was rejected. We witness the tragedy that befell the country. Woe to a nation that does not listen to the voice of its divine Yogi-Rishi.]
What Doraiswami received was the transformative disclosure in the nature of a metrical formula in Sanskrit, made perhaps in the early 1930s. It is the coming of the revealing Word of Manifestation. Such is the greatness of the mantric varam rūpam. RYD

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