A. B. Purani: Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo: Books

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A. B. Purani: Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo: Books

For the seekers after the Divine and the travelers of the inner world, nothing is more invaluable than sharing proximity with the Guru, the Mystic, the Prophet and the Realized Being. It is in this sense that A. B. Purani’s Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo is of special interest and appeal to the disciples and admirers of Sri Aurobindo. “Guru griha vasa”; is an old Indian tradition.

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Evening Talks is A.B. Purani's record of informal conversations between Sri Aurobindo and his disciples during two periods: 1923-1926, when the talks were held on the verandahs of the houses in which Sri Aurobindo stayed, and 1938-1943, when they took place in Sri Aurobindo's room. The talks cover a wide range of topics-yoga, philosophy, art, poetry, psychology, science, and contemporary history, notably India's struggle for independence and the Second World War. They reveal something of the versatile nature of Sri Aurobindo's personality and his wide-ranging, profound knowledge of life as well as a glimpse of the heights of spiritual consciousness he embodied and through which he acted on both world events and on the natures of those drawn to his yoga.

For the seekers after the Divine and the travelers of the inner world, nothing is more invaluable than sharing proximity with the Guru, the Mystic, the Prophet and the Realized Being. That is why perhaps, all great spiritual traditions of the world, invariably accord a pride of place to the account of disciples, conversation with the Master: the Circle of a Christ, Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi or Sri Aurobindo.

It is in this sense that A. B. Purani’s Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo is of special interest and appeal to the disciples and admirers of Sri Aurobindo. “Guru griha vasa” is an old Indian tradition. In the hand of Purani, the talks become the Upanishadic “Aranyaka” — the ancient teachings in the forest groves.

An outstanding writer, patriot, nationalist and spiritualist, A. B. Purani visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram at the age of twenty-three, and finally settled there five years later. From 1938 to 1950, he had the privilege of serving Sri Aurobindo as a personal attendant. Towards the end of his life, he spread the message of the Master in India, Africa, Europe and the United States of America before passing away at the age of seventy-one.

Evening Talks, offers us a precious “glimpse of Sri Aurobindo’s external personality and gives some idea of its richness, many-sidedness and uniqueness. His versatile genius, his penetrating intellect, his extraordinary power of expression, his intense sincerity, his utter singleness of purpose, his sense of realism, his understanding and command of world events in the political, social and cultural spheres — all are well-illustrated in the talks.”

Soft Cover, 836 pages, Dimensions 14x22cms
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry, 2007
Languages - English
ISBN: 978-81-7058-865-8

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