No. 1, 15 August 1914
The “ARYA” is a review of pure philosophy.
The object which it has set before itself is twofold: –
- A systematic study of the highest problems of existence;
- The formation of a Synthesis of knowledge, harmonising the diverse religious traditions of humanity occidental as well as oriental. Its method will be that of a realism, at once rational and transcendental, — a realism consisting in the unification of intellectual and scientific discipline with those of intuitive experimentation.
The Review will also serve as an organ for the various groups and societies founded on its inspiration.
PLAN OF THE REVIEW
The Review will be divided into four parts, consisting of:
- Synthetic studies in speculative Philosophy.
- Translations and commentaries of ancient texts.
- Studies in Comparative Religion.
- Practical methods of inner culture and self development.
- A fifth part will be devoted to the intellectual movement and the news of the groups attached to the Review.
During the year 1914-15, the Review will publish:
- Under the general title “The Wherefore of the Worlds”, a series of studies relating to the great problems of being, its origins and its first principles.
- An exposition of Vedantic thought in accordance with the Ishopanishad.
In this part the Review will publish:
- An annotated translation of the Upanishads.
- A new interpretation of the texts of the Veda based on a philological study of the forms evolved from the ancient Sanskrit and on a restitution of the original sense of the symbols.
We will give here an idea of the high value of these works, carried out during five years of solitary meditation by Sri Aurobindo Ghose, by publishing the following fragment of his study of the Veda.
[Here was printed “The Colloquy of Indra and Agastya”, published in the first issue of Arya and later reproduced in The Secret of the Veda.]
Our study of comparative religion will be preceded by the publication of a synthetical work bringing together texts drawn from the greatest thinkers of humanity.
These texts will be published under the title The Eternal Wisdom. They will be grouped in such a way as to form a homogeneous whole made up of the following categories, which develop the main lines of the unanimous teachings of the religions.
This plan may be summarized as follows:
- Introduction. Wisdom and the Religions.
- First Book. The God of All, the God who is in All.
- Second Book. The discovery in oneself of the God who is in All.
- a) The conquest of Truth
- b) The practice of Truth.
- Third Book. The realisation in each of the God which is in All.
- Fourth Book. The Union of All by the Unity of the Divine in All.
- Conclusion. The supreme perspectives of man’s aspiration.
We will give here an idea of the way in which this work has been conceived by publishing the following fragment, which moreover puts forward admirably the spirit of this Review.
[On the next page appeared “The Spirit of Synthesis”, Book II, Part I, Chapter V of The Eternal Wisdom. Later published in Arya, vol. I, pp. 502-3.]
Starting with the first number, the Review will begin a practical exposition of a new method of inner development, based on a personal experimentation, and coordinating results gained through ancient methods.
The Review will welcome in this part communications related to the intellectual movement of which it is the centre. Questions and requests for clarification which are of philosophical interest to our readers will be answered.
(K. Amrita:) “One day at the beginning of September I took up a copy of the first issue of the Arya from the table on the long verandah upstairs in Sri Aurobindo’s house and started reading the first article of the series, “The Life Divine”, written by Sri Aurobindo, just loudly enough for myself to hear. I read it over and over again. Great thoughts clothed in great words — I could not at all comprehend! However, it was sweet to read and reread it. It was as if someone else in me was comprehending all that was read!
As I was reading, Sri Aurobindo came, stood in front of the table and kept listening to my reading. When I put down the copy of the Arya and lifted my head I saw Sri Aurobindo standing there. I told him that the reading was delightful but nothing could be grasped.
Sri Aurobindo heard all that I said and replied, ‘It is not necessary to understand it all at once. Go on reading. If you find a joy in reading, you need not stop it.’”
- Via www.sriaurobindoashram.org/research/show.php?set=doclife&id=29
- Ibid., Extract from K. Amrita, “Old Long Since”, in Nolini Kanta Gupta and K. Amrita, Reminiscences