Amazement with Aurobindo.

There are some folks whose prolific, brilliant accomplishments make me ashamed to be considered part of their species. Śrī Aurobindo is certainly one of these.

An actual post from me is forthcoming, but in the meantime, two brief quotes from this giant of Veda and verse.

“Indra arising gazed from the heights of his mental realms and the moonbeams surprising flowed on him out of the regions immortal; their nectar slowly mixed with the scattered roses of dawn and mastered us wholly.”
–from The Descent of Ahana

Ṛgveda III.46, Aurobindo’s translation:
“Very noble are the heroic deeds of mighty Indra, the thunderer, the bearer of the Word, warrior and powerful emperor, the ever young god resplendent, imperishable and possessor of tranquil strength.
O Great, O Puissant, thou art great; by the action of thy expansive power forcefully wrest from others the wealth we desire. Thou art one, king of all that is visible in the whole universe; inspire man in the battle; establish him in the abode of peace, worthy of conquest.
Indra manifesting himself as radiance crosses all measures of the universe surpassing even the gods in every way and infinitely he becomes inaccessible to them. This power that drives straight, by his strength in the mental world, surpasses the wide material universe and the great vital world.
Into this wide and deep, violent and powerful from his very birth, all-manifesting ocean-like Indra, the ordainer of all thoughts, enter the intoxicating universal currents of delight like fast-flowing rivers issuing from the mouth of the mental world.
O puissant Indra, for the satisfaction of thy desire, the mental world and the material universe hold this wine of felicity as a mother holds the unborn child. The priest who accomplishes the sacrifice is for thy sake only, O Bull; he drives the flow of delight so that thou mayst drink it; he refines that delight for thy sake only.”

Such a difference that an excellent English rendering, made with respect and understanding, can make! Having only read this hymn through Griffith’s translation before, I see the two versions now like night and day.

A question I have long had: I know that the respectful, correct way to cite Vedic verse is by recalling the ṛṣi, devatā, and chandas of the hymn. But from what I’ve seen so far, all of the online translations omit information on the Seer and Metre, telling only the Deva(s) praised.

Does anyone know of a website, or an available print source, that gives this information? (Edit: Please see the comments to this post, for some responses!)

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5 thoughts on “Amazement with Aurobindo.

  1. Mahalaya 17 March 2012 at 02:14 Reply

    This is one of the single most wonderful things i have read this year.

    I have moonlight come visit me very often! I know it may sound silly…but just lastnight during our severe storms. I had this brilliant moonlight blazing across the room…and so this piece means especially a lot to me.

    Thank you for your tremendous wisdom, Beloved<3

    • Kāmya 17 March 2012 at 09:21 Reply

      “The moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:
      The moon is within me, and so is the sun.”


  2. ihaiva 02 April 2012 at 17:21 Reply

    I came across your site when I was googling ‘Maghavan’ mentioned in Sri Aurobindo’s poen ‘Mother of Dreams’. your blog looks really interesting will definitely be visiting it.

    Sri Aurobindo is more than amazing! His Hymns of the Mystic Fire and Secret of the Veda give many insights, and of course his own poetry and literature are breath-taking.

    Regarding the Seer and Metre’ – wonder if any of these sites might help?:, Book 10Metrically Restored Text devanagiri and bhasyas – the major vedas

    Sri Aurobindo’s interpretation, critique of other commentators and partial translations of key Vedic texts.

  3. ihaiva 02 April 2012 at 17:29 Reply

    Great blog! came across it when googling ‘maghavan’ which was a name used in Sri Aurobindo’s poem ‘Mother of Dreams’. Yes SRI AUROBINDO is more than amazing! Hymns to the Mystic Fire, the Secret of the Vedas are full of his insights and analysis- giving a wealth of meaning to Indra and the other Vedic gods.

    re the metre/seer – perhaps these sites might have info?

    hope its helpful!

    • Kāmya 15 April 2012 at 12:26 Reply

      Thank you for all of these sites! I’ve been so busy lately, but am going to take some time soon to look through them properly, and I’ve made both of your comments public so that others may benefit from the information.

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