SAIIER 2014:Greek Mythology in Sri Aurobindo's Writings

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"The Traveller and the Worlds: Part One of Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri"
Greek Mythology in Sri Aurobindo's Writings


To identify references to Greek mythology in the writings of Sri Aurobindo, primarily Savitri, and to then research those myths to create presentations in the form of storytelling. Knowledge of the myths alluded to by Sri Aurobindo in his poem will enhance understanding and appreciation of the text.

Description of project

The process began with independent research at Savitri Bhavan and Auroville Library on the general subject of classical Greek Mythology; secondly, interpretive works were studied; in consultation with Shraddhavan, correlations with Savitri were identified. Over the course of the 3 months of December 2013 to March 2014 three presentations were given.


Three presentations were given on the following topics, attended by a total of approximately 75 people. The programs were recorded. Presentation topics:

  1. Foundations of Greek myth: ancient gods, goddesses and titans; the story of Prometheus.
  2. To Death and Back - Parallels to Savitri: Demeter and Persephone, Orpheus and Eurydice.
  3. Greek Heroes: Hercules, Centaurs, King Midas and the Golden Touch.


This project resulted in well attended programs and enthusiastic audiences, and engaging, thought-provoking discussions at the end of each program. The audience asked insightful questions that demonstrated the value of examining mythology.


This topic provides a rich field for research; many connections and insights were made by both the researcher [Paula Murphy] and the audiences. In the last session there was a reflection with the audience on the significance of myth in general and its importance in the development of consciousness. Ideas and requests for future programs were proposed by audiences and Savitri Bhavan staff.