Tuesday, 22 April 2014

history and future of mankind

an inspiring thought one came across in a JK talk this morning:

each one of you is the history of mankind.
you are also the future of mankind, what it is going to be.
you are the now--that which alone is the real.

Sri Aurobindo begins his book 'Life Divine' with these quotes from Rig Veda:

She follows to the goal of those that are passing on beyond, she is the first in the eternal succession of the dawns that are coming, - Usha widens bringing out that which lives, awakening someone who was dead.... What is her scope when she harmonises with the dawns that shone out before and those that now must shine? She desires the ancient mornings and fulfils their light; projecting forwards her illumination she enters into communion with the rest that are to come.
Kutsa Angirasa - Rig Veda, I. 113. 8, 10.
Threefold are those supreme births of this divine force that is in the world, they are true, they are desirable; he moves there wide-overt within the Infinite and shines pure, luminous and fulfilling.... That which is immortal in mortals and possessed of the truth, is a god and established inwardly as an energy working out in our divine powers.... Become high-uplifted, O Strength, pierce all veils, manifest in us the things of the Godhead.
Vamadeva - Rig Veda, IV. 1. 7; IV. 2. 1; IV. 4. 5.


Anonymous said...

Man being the history as well as the future.....seems to resonate with Wordsworth when he said,"Child is the Father of man." Is this what JK was referring to?

Read the quote from the RigVeda....won't even pretend to comprehend it!! Too profound!!!! :)


P. Venugopal said...

yes, too profound, isn't it?...
we are all like cups that are already full...we have what we have learned--our experiences, conditioning and knowledge--filling our brains. our brains function according to a set pattern--there is no space for anything new. perhaps this is what JK is saying: each one of us is the history of mankind; we carry in us its entire burden...we are also always trying to become...from the past into something better...with the result we are not ever here and now...
sam, you may take a look at this video: listen to JK himself.