OF THE STARS Autobiography of two Yogis, Ma Indira Devi & Dadaji Sri
Dilip Kumar Roy. more
The sudden passing away of his
Guru Sri Aurobindo left Dadaji derelict with grief but for the consolation of
his daughter disciple, Indira Devi, who had come to him the previous year. She
was a highly gifted mystic and never failed to sustain me with her luminous experiences
which Sri Aurobindo fully endorsed, acclaiming her Samadhi, or superconscious
trance, as "authentic" and her vision as "beautiful."
It was at this time also that the famous Saint Mira of hallowed memory began
to manifest her lead of light through Indira's visions, giving her song after
ecstatic song in flawless Hindi verse which I then set to tune and sang athrill.
To date Indira has dictated more than eight hundred such songs, sometimes, alas,
while literally gasping for breath due to her cardiac asthma. As to the historicity
of Mira, this noble queen of Mewar and composer of devotional songs, which are
sung to this day throughout India, had given up her throne and palace and family
to become a wandering mendicant in the name of Krishna, the Lord of her heart.
I need here to mention only that from the time of her earthly embodiment in the
sixteenth century upto the present day, her life and songs have electrified countless
admirers and devotees drawn by the dateless message of Krishna and God-love.
Dadaji writes in the Pilgrims of the
Stars: ------ "... I published in 1950 her first book of verses
which I called Shrutanjali, that is, "songs heard," not composed. Over
a hundred of these songs I translated into Bengali and sang with great joy. I
also translated sixteen into English. Thereafter Indira went on daily dictating
the songs she had heard - till I found, to my thrilled amazement, that she had
given altogether more than eight hundred songs which were published serially in
six books, an achievement indeed!"
"I have seen a great many miracle
happen under Indira's beneficent aegis, but to me the greatest miracle has always
been her gift of hearing such lovely, inspiring songs and then dictating them
year in year out in an endless procession of sparkling, purling waves. I would
only add my personal belief that these songs were and are sung to Indira by Mira
in person. I know my conviction is not likely to be shared by many, some of whom
call Mira Indira's alter ego. But one thing I learned from Indira which has stood
me in good stead many a time that I need not lean at all on outside support or
endorsement for my honest convictions stemming from personal experience. Which
is not to suggest, however, that Indira's contact with Mira is lacking support
from those whose opinions are worth hearing in such matters. During the brief
period that Sri Aurobindo had to observe the phenomenon, he endorsed it as authentic
in three of his letters to me." ------