AMAURY DE REINCOURT

Amaury de Reincourt was born in Orleans, France. He received his BA from the Sorboune and his MA from the University of Algiers. He has authored several books. Of these the most remarkable publications are The Soul of India and The American Empire, The Eye of Shiva : Eastern Mysticism and Science. His reading of the Bhagavad-Gita as ‘the most acute, penetrating depiction of human nature and true morality ’shows, how Reincourt has studied the Bhagavad-Gita as a book whose soaring beauty makes it one of the monuments of world literature.’

Can a connection between the scientific and mystical frames of reference be established over and beyond a certain metaphysical parallelism? The answer lies perhaps in the fact that Indian mysticism, at least as far as its leading representatives are concerned, has evolved as much in the past hundred years as the science of physics itself, in a direction that points toward an inevitable convergence of the two. From its modern awakening with Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, Eastern mysticism has begun to adapt its revelations to the entirely different cultural framework provided by science and technology, without in any way sacrificing what is valid in its traditional understanding of the phenomenon itself. The true departure occurred with the life and writings of Sri Aurobindo who began to wield India’s traditional metaphysics to the concept of a modified and purposeful Evolution—quite a departure for the offspring of a culture that had consistently ignored the spiritual significance of time and history.2