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The Harmony of Virtue

Early Cultural Writings (1890 — 1910)

AVAILABLE EDITIONS:

Sri Aurobindo Birth Century Library: Set in  30  volumes.- Vol. 3

Sri Aurobindo. The Harmony of Virtue: Early Cultural Writings // Sri Aurobindo Birth Century Library: Set in  30  volumes.- Volume 3.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1972.- 489 p.

 

The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: Set in  37  volumes.- Vol. 1

Sri Aurobindo. Early Cultural Writings // The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: Set in 37 volumes.-  Volume 1.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2003.- 784 p.- ISBN 81-7058-496-5

   

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Section One. The Harmony of Virtue

The Harmony of Virtue

1892c.1

Beauty in the Real

18921

Stray Thoughts
[Flowers and trees are the poetry...]

18921

Section Two. Bankim Chandra Chatterji

1. His Youth and College Life.

16-07-18941

2. The Bengal He Lived in

23-07-18941

3. His Official Career

30-07-18941

4. His Versatility

06-08-18941

5. His Literary History

13-08-18941

6. What He Did for Bengal

20-08-18941

7. Our Hope in the Future

27-08-18941

Section Three. The Sources of Poetry and Other Essays

The Sources of Poetry

1912c.2

On Original Thinking
[The attitude of mankind towards...]

1912c.2

The Interpretation of Scripture

1912c.2

Social Reform

1912c.2

Education. Intellectual

1902c.1

Lecture in Baroda College
[In addressing you on an occasion...]

22-07-18991

Section Four. Valmiki and Vyasa

The Genius of Valmiki = The Voices of the Poets
[Out of the infinite silence of the past...]

1912c.2

Poetic Genius
[The greatest poets are usually those,,,]

1912c.2

Notes on the Mahabharata

 

Notes on the Mahabharata [Title list]

1902c.1

Vyasa: Some Characteristics
[The Mahabharata, although neither...
]

1902c.1

[Vyasa is the most masculine of writers...]

1902c.1

The Problem of the Mahabharata
[It was hinted in a recent article...]

1902c.1

Mahabharata
[The problem of the Mahabharata, its origin...
]

1902c.1

Notes on the Mahabharata

1902c.1

Udyoga Parva (Translation from Mahabharata)

1902c.3

Section Five. Kalidasa

Kalidasa
[Once in the long history of poetry]

c. 1900 / 19031

The Age of Kalidasa

c. 1898 / 19021

The Historical Method

c. 1900 / 19031

On Translating Kalidasa

 

[1. The life and surroundings in which Indian...]

c. 19031

[2. But just as the body of a man is also soul...]

c. 19031

[3. The prose of Kalidasa’s dialogue...]

c. 19031

Kalidasa's "Seasons"
[The Seasons of Kalidasa is one of those...]

c. 1900 / 19031

Vikram and the Nymph
[Vikram and the Nymph is the second, in order of time...]

1900c. / 1903c.1

Kalidasa's Characters

 

 I. Pururavas.
Pururavas is the poet's second study...

1898c. / 1899c.1

II. Urvasie
[1]. In nothing else does the delicacy...

1898c. / 1899c.1

II. Urvasie
[2]. And now wonderful things began...

1898c. / 1899c.1

II. Urvasie
[3]. Such then is Urvasie, Narain-born...

1898c. / 1899c.1

III. Minor Characters
[1]. Nothing more certainly ...

1898c. / 1899c.1

III. Minor Characters
[2]. The age of childhood, its charm...

1898c. / 1899c.1

III. Minor Characters
[3]. Kalidasa, like Shakespeare...

1898c. / 1899c.1

III. Minor Characters
[4]. Ayus and Urvasie in this play...

1898c. / 1899c.1

III. Minor Characters
[5]. Manavaca on the other hand...

1898c. / 1899c.1

IV. Apsaras
[1]. There is nothing more charming...

1898c. / 1899c.1

IV. Apsaras
[1]. We shall now understand why the Apsara...

1898c. / 1899c.1

IV. Apsaras
[2]. And yet the work of the philosophic mind...

1898c. / 1899c.1

IV. Apsaras
[3]. In dramatic tone and build...

1898c. / 1899c.1

Hindu Drama
[The vital law governing Hindu poetics... = Deftness and strength in dialogue]

c. 1901 / 19031

Skeleton Notes on the Kumarasambhavam

1900c. / 1902c.3

A Proposed Work on Kalidasa

c. 1898 / 19031

Section Six. The Brain of India

[1. The time has perhaps come for the Indian mind...]

09-10-19091

[2. A new centre of thought implies a new centre of education...]

16-10-19091

[3. The practice of Brahmacharya is the first...]

06-11-19091

[4. We have stated, as succinctly as is consistent...]

13-11-19091

Section Seven. From the "Karmayogin"

Karmayoga

19-06-19094

The Process of Evolution

18-09-19094

The Greatness of the Individual

24-07-19094

Yoga and Human Evolution

03-07-19094

The Stress of the Hidden Spirit

26-02-19104

The Strength of Stillness

19-02-19104

The Three Purushas

12-02-19104

Man — Slave or Free?

26-06-19094

Fate and Free-Will

29-01-19104

The Principle of Evil

26-02-19104

Yoga and Hypnotism

17-07-19094

Stead and the Spirits

27-11-19094

Stead and Maskelyne

01-01-19104

Hathayoga

19101

Rajayoga

19101

Section Eight. Art and Literature

Art

19101

The Revival of Indian Art

16-10-19091

Two Pictures

17-07-19091

Indian Art and an Old Classic

02-10-19091

Suprabhat: A Review

14-08-19091

Section Nine. Passing Thoughts

Passing Thoughts
Acara – vicāra – Viveka – Jńānam

19101

Stray Thoughts and Glimpses [I]

c. 1910N

Stray Thoughts and Glimpses [II]

c. 1910N

Stray Thoughts and Glimpses [III]

c. 1910N

Academic Thoughts. The Object of Government

19101

Academic Thoughts. European Justice

19101

Academic Thoughts. The European Jail

19101

Things Seen in Symbols. 1
[What is dhyāna? Ordinarily...]

19101

Things Seen in Symbols. 2
[There are four who are Beyond...]

19101

Epistles from Abroad. 1
[Dearly beloved, You, my alter ego, my second existence...]

19101

Epistles from Abroad. 2
[Friend and brother, I am as yet among the unregenerate...]

19101

Epistles from Abroad. 3
[Dear Biren, Your list of questions is rather a long one...]

19101

In the Society's Chambers

19101

At the Society's Chambers

19101

Section Ten. Conversations of the Dead

Dinshah — Perizade

12-02-19101

Turiu — Uriu

19-02-19101

Mazzini — Cavour — Garibaldi

19101

Shivaji — Jai Singh

19101

Littleton — Percival

19101

NOTES

Bibliographical Note

 

Note on this e-publication

During the history of publication of Sri Aurobindo’s works, their texts were modified here and there — sometimes by elementary misprints, but more often because of the hard work of editors, who:

(1) discovered and encrypted unprinted manuscripts or their parts (this was a best part of what they could do);

(2) corrected previous misprints or unsound modifications (a sound part of their work);

(3) corrected Sri Aurobondo’s factual or grammatical inexactnesses or mistakes or grammatical characteristics (i.e. s / z) (what would be appropriate only in footnotes, but not in the text itself);

(4) made innumerable “improvements” of the texts, when original words were replaced by more “appropriate” ones; articles changed most freely; the tenses of verbs and the singular and plural of nouns were often modified (and all these “improvements” deform in some degree — even if in hardly notable — the meaning, intonation, nuance, manner, style and therefore are inadmissible; and, after all, we need Sri Aurobindo’s words, not editor’s);

(5) combined  (using sometimes invented insertions or modifying texts) different texts (or some parts of them) as if it were one solid work (this also deforms meaning and context of originals and often brings strange feeling when one style or tone is strangely jumped to another. It would be too licentious even in someone’s work based on Sri Aurobindo’s writings, but it is absolutely inadmissible in a book pretended to be a collection of HIS works);

(6) cut off parts of the texts (especially of the letters) under pretext that they are not of “general interest” — although, rather, to fit the remains to a subject of a book or its section (and this is the most disgusting spoilage and uncorrectable and grievous loss).

So now we have Sri Aurobondo’s works with varied places — when one of variants, perhaps, is authentic, while other — not quite. May be some day we will see realy Complite Works of Sri Aurobindo without prenominate defects. But now, what can we do, when we have not originals at hand to check alternatives against them?

(1) Sometimes we can correct situation No 5 — i.e. separate different texts, joined together.

(2) Sometimes we can correct situation No 6 — whenever we find full version, we can provide fragment of the text by footnote with full version or even replace this fragment by full version.

(3) We can evince most of the cases of situations Nos  3 and 4. For this purpose we compared the texts of different editions and provide differing places with appropriate footnotes in our files. (By the way, this symbol by symbol comparison allowed us also to avoid misprints of scanning and OCR procedures.) And when this comparison does not make us sure which variant is authentic, we, at least, become aware of the fact and details of such variations.

To distinguish numerous footnotes of this kind we used special style: (1) colour of numbers of footnotes are dark red; (2) when cursor is placed over differing piece, its background is changed to light red (also it allows readers to compare easily differing place in a text with a pop-up hint that contains alternative variant).

During this comparison, to avoid overloading of the texts by footnotes, we ignored differences of register, punctuation, paragraphs, variants of languages or transliterations of the same word (for example, in one edition the word is printed in English transliteration, in another – in Devanagari), sometimes — variants of proper names (especially solid or separate spelling). Also we did not made any footnotes in cases of distinct misprints — just corrected them.

In the footnotes of every file we added a link to another edition of current work (if it exists).

In the Contents above, opposite every work (to the right) we indicated compared edition:

1 The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 1.- Early Cultural Writings (1890 — 1910).- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2003.- 784 p.- ISBN 81-7058-496-5

2 The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 12.- Essays Divine and Human.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1997.- 519 p.

3 The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 5.- Translations.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1999.- 628 p.

4 The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 13.- Essays in Philosophy and Yoga: Shorter Works. 1910 – 1950.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1998.- 604 p.

N The work was not compared with other editions. They were just checked against another scans to correct misprints of scanning and OCR procedures.