Themseaic analysis of indian writing
In the book, Renaissance in India, Sri Aurobindo provides a blue print for the spiritual and cultural regeneration of India on the foundations of her own unique swadharma. In his The Renaissance in India, Aurobindo said: “India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration. In Renaissance in India (earlier called The Foundations of Indian Culture), Sri Aurobindo examines the nature f Indian civilization and culture, he looked at its central motivating tendencies and how these are expressed in its religion, spirituality, art, literature, and politics.
The first section of the book provides a general defense of Indian culture from disparaging criticism due to the misunderstanding of a foreign perspective, and its possible destruction due to the aggressive expansion and infiltration of Western culture. This section is interesting in the light it sheds on the nature of both Eastern and Western civilizations, how they have developed over the centuries, how they have nfluenced each other throughout the ages, and the nature and significance of these exchanges in the recent period.
The principle tenet of the exposition is that India has been and is one of the greatest civilizations of the world, one that stands apart from all others in its central emphasis, or rather its whole foundation, based on spirituality, and that on its survival depends the future of the human race”whether it shall be a spiritual outflowering of the divine in man, or a rational, economically driven, and mechanized association of peoples. Sri Aurobindo began the ‘Foundations’ series as an appreciative review of Sir John Woodroffe’s book, ‘Is India Civilised? , continued it with a rebuttal of the hostile criticisms of William Archer in ‘India and Its Future’, and concluded it with his own estimation of India’s civilisation and culture. In Sri Aurobindo’s view India is one of the greatest of the world’s civilisations because of its high spiritual aim and the effective manner in which it has impressed this aim on the forms and rhythms of its life. “A spiritual aspiration was the governing force of this culture”, he wrote, “its core of thought, its ruling passion.
Not only did it make spirituality the highest aim of life, but it even tried.