Literary scholars have been fascinated by Sri Aurobindo's poetic genius, particularly his epic poem Savithri .
To this group belongs Jitendra Sharma who teaches French at St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, in Kozhikode. His doctoral thesis published as a book, “Concept of Man in Sri Aurobindo's Poetry,” is being released by writer P. Valsala in Kozhikode on Saturday.
It is no surprise that Mr. Sharma became an ardent admirer of Aurobindo's life and poetry for he had stayed at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Puducherry, for his undergraduate studies.
He is now trying to implement the teaching methodology promoted by the spiritual leader in his profession.
“Aurobindo considered man to be a transitional being constantly driven by an impulse to exceed himself and evolve towards divine consciousness, harmony, and joy. In his poems, he prophetically describes the transcendence of man as the consummation of a supra-mental race on earth,” Mr. Sharma says.
The book also contains a biographical sketch of Sri Aurobindo. Born in 1872 in Kokotta, he was educated in United Kingdom from the age of seven. Even during his stay in England, he became disgusted with the British rule in India.
On his return home, he wrote the ICS examinations under pressure from his father, but deliberately got himself disqualified in the horse-riding test because he wanted to live as a writer, not as an administrator.
Sri Aurobindo is now revered as an outstanding figure in Indo-Anglian literature, a yogi, a seer, and a true patriot who demanded total freedom for India from the British rule.
He passed away in 1950.
The release of Mr. Sharma's book is an occasion to recall an eminent Indian. The book is sure to be hailed as a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly works on Sri Aurobindo and his poetry.