News & Notes 718:The Winged Horses
The Winged Horses
- “But Alexander of Macedon and Napoleon Buonaparte were poets on a throne and the part they play in history was not that of incompetents and weakling” (Sri Aurobindo, Early Cultural Writings, p.198)
Every poet has their own winged horse or Pegasus – the horse of inspiration. But Alexander had also a living horse “Bucephal” which helped him on the march from Macedonia to India. Alexander’s father was called King Philippe – meaning “lover of horses”. The greatest doctor in ancient Greece was Hippocrates – “power of horse”. There were many horses in Europe at the times of Alexander and Napoleon. For Napoleon’s march to Moscow in 1812 he gathered thousands of horses from Western Europe. Of course in the Russian army in 1812 there were thousands of horses too.
The ancient Greeks created a legend about centaurs (kentaurs) – half horse and half of human beings. There was a time of centaurs in Auroville. Many children used ponies for their way to the school. The children are closer to nature, to animals, then adults. It was one creature – the pony and child. They were both happy and reached for the stars in their spirit.
There is a special treatment – hippotherapy, using horses for the improvement of the children’s health. Horses bring health to human beings but the use of motorbikes leads very often to accidents. Everybody knows that a horseshoe is for happiness but the motorbikes’ tires produce only garbage. The motor vehicles are the Trojan Wooden Horse for mankind. Less horse means more illnesses, more doctors and medicines.
Human history would be not complete without Rosinant – Don Quixote’s horse and without Leo Tolstoy’s horse Frufru.
For eight months in 1991-92, I worked in Pony Farm and saw that Auroville’s ponies are the new incarnations of Pegasus, Bucephal, Rosinant, Frufru. Every child in Auroville who used a pony, is an incarnation of Alexander of Macedon, Don Quixote, Napoleon, Leo Tolstoy.