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SABCL - Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library

CWSA - Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo

CWM - Collected Works of The Mother

Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/The Triple Labour of Association.htm
The Triple Labour of Association TO HAVE known Amal Kiran was a grace, an unanticipated and clearly an undeserved benediction. For how is one to anticipate or deserve an encounter destined to alter the entire focus of one's life? That providential meeting occurred for me more than twenty years ago at a critical moment of my life when a great difficulty faced me in publishing my two volumes, Glimpses of the Mother's Life. Amal Kiran opened his heart and poured love and compassion on a budding writer. I started compiling from 1973 the Mother's autobiographical accounts. I was fortunate enough that I had the privilege to have guid
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/Abundance of Beauty.htm
SECTION TWO His study of Divining Thought A SELECTION FROM THE WRITINGS OF AMAL-KIRAN According to Horace's Ars Poetica a good poem comes both with spontaneous naturalness and well-cultivated craft, combining a lot of book-learning and inspiration. Amal-Kiran's poetry is not only good, but is something more than that: it breathes the joy of the spirit in its wide-ranging manifestive life-urges and is luminous, even at times profoundly revelatory, carrying delights and splendours of the psychic-lyrical, or of the overhead. It is trans-Horatian. Indeed, to put it more explicitly, it is Aur
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/Amal^s Epistolary Wonder.htm
-31_Amal^s Epistolary Wonder.htm Amal's Epistolary Wonder "A man speaking to men" — that is Wordsworth's conception of an ideal poet. Amal Kiran's innumerable letters to his friends and admirers in the series Life-Poetry-Yoga more than glowingly fulfil this poetic condition. We present in the following a very small sample of the lively correspondence that went on - and is going on - between PR of the Ashram Press and him. Amal as an expounder of Savitri, a very perceptive critic of poetry, a sharp historian, an alert editor, commentator on things and events spiritual and esoteric as well as scientific, an interpreter of dreams and, very happily, a warm humorist and wit with a ri
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/The Poetic Genius of K D Sethna.htm
The Poetic Genius of K.D. Sethna AMAL KIRAN is little known outside a particular circle, but his poetry is a new light which is destined to spread. His poetry seeks "a new intensity of vision and emotion, a mystic inwardness" that catches alive "the deepest rhythms of the spirit". It really becomes "the spiritual excitement of a rhythmic voyage of self-discovery". What is most interesting is Sethna has his individual style in spite of his being very close to Sri Aurobindo. His companion poet, Nirodbaran, has a different poetic style. Sri Aurobindo insisted on originality and this must have helped them. One of Sri Aurobindo's fav
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/The Parable of Two Birds.htm
The Parable of Two Birds "IN THE Upanishad it is said in a parable that there are two birds sitting, on the same bough, one of which feeds and the other looks on. This is an image of mutual relationship of the infinite being and the finite self. The delight of the bird which looks on is great, for it is pure and free delight. There are both of these birds in man himself, the objective one with its business of life, the subjective one with its disinterested joy of vision." That is how Rabindranath Tagore interprets the two-bird metaphor of Mundaka Upanishad. He seems to tell us that the act of seeing is more imaginative, more creative, more
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/Preface.htm
PREFACE Kekoo D. Sethna was born in a Parsi family of Bombay on 25 November 1904 and in the Pondicherry Ashram as Sri Aurobindo's Amal-Kiran on 3 September 1930. By either reckoning we are late in honouring him today.   He has seen a thousand Full Moons long ago and, even as Amal-Kiran, has crossed four years back the traditional sixty for jubilation. Still he wanted us to wait for him to complete a hundred Autumns of the Vedic Rishis. Not that this is going to be too far away but, undoubtedly, it will be another grand occasion to celebrate. And therefore it is good not to miss at least the present one when he is becoming a nonagenarian. Amal-Kiran is a
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/Spirit-Illumined Son of Song.htm
Spirit-Illumined Son of Song In 1945 Prof. V.N. Bhushan brought out an anthology of poems in English by Indian writers, Kiranavali 1: The Peacock Lute. While presenting two of K.D. Sethna's poems the editor, after a quick biographical sketch, made a very perceptive, though brief, assessment of his poetry with its roots in the Aurobindonian spiritual aesthetics. We reproduce the same here, being one of the early evaluations of this genre of poetry which has yet to receive its full acclaim in the critical circles. -Editors SILENT, unobtrusive, and ever inward-looking, Mr. Sethna leads the vanguard of poetry in his famil
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/The Mind and Spirit of Our Age.htm
The Mind and Spirit of Our Age Dilip Kumar Roy's Interviews with Five World-Figures The review of Dilip Kumar Roy's Among the Great was first made by Amal Kiran in Mother India edited by him: We present in the following the article fully as it appears in his book The Indian Spirit and the World's Future. The clarity of thought and expression, as well as the grasp of issues involved, is absolutely remarkable; in the process, as the discussion proceeds, the alert commentator throws several sidelights on the eminent personalities concerned. - Editors Among the Great1 - a book of conversations packed with pleasure
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/A Priest of the Muses.htm
A Priest of the Muses ...Carmina non prius Audita musarum sacerdos Virginibus puerisque canto. [Horace (Odes I)] THE appearance of a volume of poems of the highest quality is a rare event in any age, and in our own can be considered almost a miracle. Lovers of poetry can throw away their mourning clothes! The muse of poetry is not dead but has been sleeping, her dreams foreshadowing glorious things to come: Not only poems superbly crafted but a new kind of poetry, truly the carmina non prius audita - songs never heard before - for which Horace claimed the tide 'Priest of the Muse' in ancient times. Bu
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Amal Kiran Poet and Critc/A letter from Albert Einstein.htm
( A letter from Albert Einstein) Page - 34 ( An Award ) Page - 35 ( A letter from Kathleen Raine) December 31st, 1993. Dear Friend, What a happiness to hear news of you after so long.... I have been reading your poems — what a beautifully produced book, with the Golden Bird (one of Rimbaud's?) on the cover. I at once read your introduction, most of the first section, and then, with great interest, the poems with the comments by Sri Aurobindo, whose insight into the different levels from which poems originate is so true and so valuable. As you know I share AE's view about