Mystic Philosophy and Spiritual Consciousness: A Study on Sri Aurobindo’s Select Poems
Mysticism is a broad term which expresses an area of concern rather than a specific set of beliefs. It is concerned with the nature of the ultimate reality. Mysticism can be a vague, ill-defined, religious and spiritual belief. This paper aims to explain Sri Aurobindo’s poems “The Meditations of Mandavya”, “Nirvana” and “Transformation” on the concept of spiritual consciousness and how the spirit of joy is attained. It focuses on how the poet attains the ideal of adwaita or non-duality. He also brings out the idea of “Absolute” where he drives home the meaning of spiritual unity of all beings in the universe. He is of the view that the world and our own individual existence break all the personal and egoistic limits and become one with our Earth. Mysticism is usually defined as a spiritual discipline used to make contact with the Divine. Mysticism is not an unexamined phenomenon, but one should be able to see its relevance to the human situation too. It proves the individual’s capacity to rise above the conditional factors of nature, nurture and history, to achieve a third force which might change the core and outline of collective life. The readers have themselves fallen into a trance while reading all of the mystical works. In order to understand the real feeling that a mystic poetry creates, the reader initially has to understand the really what mysticism really is. Only then one gets the accurate meaning and feeling of what a mystic poetry clearly says. There is always depth and meaningfulness in such a poetry. Then it can be stated that the reader has attained that sublime state which a poet usually wishes from his readers. It is not easy to attain that state. It requires real and thorough knowledge of mysticism. The mystical and philosophical beauty has been put forth by all the poets through their poetry.
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