Among the spiritual teachers whose writings I
studied, most notable in terms of my own thought and expression, was Sri Aurobindo.
Aurobindo possessed an intellectual breadth that was unparalleled by any author I had ever
read. One could swim in the field of his mind like a whale in the open sea and never
encounter any limits.
He dwarfed the Western intellectuals that I studied and even the Western
mystics. Relative to Indian teachers, his teaching was clear, modern, liberal and poetic,
not tainted by caste, authority or dogma. Aurobindos vision encompassed the past,
revealing the mysteries of the ancient world that I had long sought. But it showed the way
to the future as well, with a balanced and universal vision of humanity for all time.
Aurobindo synthesized the great traditions of India and transformed them
into something of global relevance, pioneering a New Age of consciousness. He clearly
understood western culture, both its intellectual heights and its spiritual