Preface of the Indian Publisher


The Life Divine

Sri Aurobindo began work on this commentary on the Isha Upanishad in 1912 or 1913, and left it off in 1914. It is incomplete; only two of the Upanishad's eighteen verses are directly commented on in these more than a hundred pages. In fact Sri Aurobindo used this "Life Divine" commentary as a vehicle for presenting his own philosophy. When he began to publish the monthly review Arya in August 1914, he presented his comments on the Isha Upanishad in a concise analysis. His own philosophy was set forth in a separate series of essays, to which he gave the name The Life Divine.

First published 15 August 1981 by Sri Aurobindo Pathamandir Calcutta.

Notes of the Webmaster:
Please do not confuse this work with Sri Aurobindo's major work also called The Live Divine. There are some illegible words in the original text. These are signed with a Question mark or else with Brackets.

The two first verses of the Isha Upanishad run as following:

1. All this is for habitation by the Lord, whatsoever is individual universe of movement in the universal motion. By that renounced thou shouldst enjoy; lust not after any man's possession.

2. Doing verily works in this world one should wish to live a hundred years. Thus it is in thee and not otherwise than this; action cleaves not to a man.

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