Note : All of Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem Savitri was composed before 1950 – starting around 1916.
« … sadistic, with grimacing mouths,
Grey foul inventions gruesome and macabre
Came televisioned from the gulfs of Night. »
(Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, Book 2, Canto 7 – 1946-1951 )
Of interest and related to this reblogging, too, btw, this excerpt from “AN OUTLINE OF SRI AUROBINDO’S EPIC POEM ‘SAVITRI’ ” – A talk given on 6th November 1988 at the Imphal University by Sri Gopal Bhattacharjee :
« [ Aurobindo ] also speaks of the “magic television’s glass“, “phantom robot“, “atomic parcellings of the Infinite“, “stratosphere of the Superconscient“, “necessity’s logarithmic table“, “calculus of Destiny“, “unprovisioned cheques on the beyond, signed by the religions, on the credit bank of Time“, “cowled fifth columnist.” (Those of you who are familiar with the last Spanish Civil War will remember this expression of Gen. Franco.) There is “smuggled godhead into humanity across the custom’s line of mind and flesh“, and so on. »
Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother
The television, a relatively recent 20th century invention, is a powerful form of entertainment and escape from the travails of life. By identifying with someone else’s life, we momentarily forget the ennui of our own life. TV also provides excitement in the form of sports programs or crime dramas (not to mention the absurd reality shows). But watching TV also has some subtle negative consequences on the consciousness of the spiritual aspirant which are seldom mentioned. In his poem Savitri (all of which was composed before 1950), Sri Aurobindo seems to have anticipated what the advent of television would bring to humanity. He wrote in his poem…
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