‘Greatness of the Great’—A Review of ‘Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore’ by Surendra Singh Chouhan.


Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore: compiled and edited by Anurag Banerjee. Published by Overman Foundation. Number of pages: 115. Price: Rs. 160.

Anurag Banerjee has offered  another precious  gift  to his  discerning audience worldwide in the form of  a  luminous compilation about the  radiantly fragrant flowers  of  Indian Renaissance—Sri Aurobindo and  Rabindranath Tagore. This is an excellent compilation done by stinging together judiciously the articles written by the leading luminaries and scholars exceeding all our expectations. However, it should be quickly added that no human language and the highest flight of words and phrases will never be able to assess and evaluate even remotely the magnitude and magnificence of the supernal and divine Influence cast by these two majestic personalities.

The book contains all the possible discoveries and informations of the life and times of these two Giants among the giants. Each article has unique insights to offer special revelations to excite and enrich our aesthetic feelings. The grace and grandeur of the creative spiritual , literary and artistic energies  of the two  pilgrims have not only  lighted the Indian sky but has  also illuminated the  entire Universe.

The birth and growth of these two mighty Souls also coincided with the birth and growth of Indian psyche to a very, very large extent. Greatness recognises greatness. Gurudev’s celebratory song of the emerging greatness of the role of Sri Aurobindo and other tributes are just wondrous in the tone and manner of speaking.

And so also Sri Aurobindo’s very high regards and perception about Gurudev’s many sided greatness and achievements are visible in full glory in the book.

The book is, indeed, a very useful and timely work sheds light on many interesting hitherto unknown facts.

Anurag Banerjee has produced skillfully a first rate work of finesse and veritably of high reading value. This book satiates the reader’s curiosity and inquisitiveness in ample measure to know more of Sri Aurobindo and Gurudev’s Messages under one roof, so to speak.


About the Reviewer: Shri Surendra Singh Chouhan is an ex-student of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE); after finishing his Higher Course he taught for a year in SAICE. He is an international educator and presently teaching Philosophy to the Chinese students in Shanghai under the auspices of Shanghai Normal University.


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