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The Mantra of Vision: An Overview of Sri Aurobindo's Aesthetics

S. Murali (Author)
Synopsis There are certainly several critical works available which deal with the poetics/aesthetic theories of Sri Aurobindo. In The Mantra of Vision – An Overview of Sri Aurobindo’s Aesthetics, the author has taken a holistic attitude and stresses on the two aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s darsana – the Mantra and Vision – and centralises on his spiritual aesthetics. The first chapter examines the premises of Sri Aurobindo’s aesthetics and is concerned mainly with his spiritually as the dominant motivating force of his life and work. Chapter 2 deals mainly with his theory of poetry while Chapter 3 focuses attention on what Sri Aurobindo had designated as “overhead poetry” and the author has taken recourse to ancient Indian psychology and philosophy, largely from Vedas and Upanishads to corroborate the idea of the aesthetics. Chapter 4 is a close study of the poetics of the mantra relating to the sphota sastra. Chapter 5 deals with Sri Aurobindo’s poetry. The Sixth chapter centralizes on Savitri and the author has shown that it was the culmination of Aurobindo’s poetic career in which he achieved an integration of gnosis and praxis. This book would be of interest to the general readers as well as scholars / students of Indian aesthetics.
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About the author

S. Murali

S. Murali is a poet, painter and critic-a specialist in Indian aesthetics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kerala (1990) and is a scholar of repute deeply concerned with indigenous values and essential issues. His book The Mantra of Vision: An Overview of Sri Aurobindo's Aesthetics (1997) has come to be recognised as a valuable contribution to the study of Indian poetics and comparative aesthetics. He has also authored a collection of poems and sketches-Night Heron (1998). He is a well known painter and his works have gone on display at several exhibitions in India and abroad. His publications include poems, translations and essays on art, literature and ideas in journals of international repute. He has as much involvement with nature and environment as with poetry and painting. At present Dr. Murali and painting. At present Dr. Murali teaches in the Department of English, University College, Trivandrum, Kerala.

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Title The Mantra of Vision: An Overview of Sri Aurobindo's Aesthetics
Author S. Murali
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170189527
length xiv+253p., Notes & References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.