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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