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Returning to Sri Aurobindo: On the Enigmatic Dragon of Violence

Edgar Tello García


This paper deals with Sri Aurobindo’s considerations on acts and violence. We start from his initial alignment with the revolutionary movements in India, to his spiritual retirement to Pondicherry. We study how this change takes place using the symbolism of the dragon, an animal we encounter frequently in Aurobindo’s literature, in Hinduism and in other oriental sources. The dragon is a symbol of regeneration and death, as much as an image of spiritual power. Finally, we analyze whether the action is necessary or not, in the light of the Bhagavad Gītā, and Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gītā –a reading we try to project over different historical moments.

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