Monday, February 25, 2008

Dr. Nadkarni inculcated ‘Savitri’ as a mantra in his life

Mangesh V. Nadkarni From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mangesh Vithal Nadkarni Born March 6, 1933 Kodibag, Karwar, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka
Died September 23, 2007 Puducherry - Auroville
Occupation Professor, Scholar, Writer and a Disciple of Sri Aurobindo
Nationality India Subjects English Debut works Epic poem Savitri
Influenced V. K. Gokak , Subbanna Ekkundi, Gourish Kaikini

[edit] Childhood
Dr. Mangesh V. Nadkarni (1933-2007) was born in Kodibag and raised in Bankikodla, a little village in coastal Karnataka, which is the most picturesque part of the west coast where the Sahyadri Mountains hug the Arabian Sea. Literature, folk art, spiritual lore, music and sports kept him enthralled during his school days.

[edit] Academic life
His teachers in Anandasharm High school gave impetus to his imagination and taught him to perceive the sheer excitement of ideas, leading him to the path of his inner quest. Subbanna Ekkundi and Gourish Kaikini were among his finest teachers there. Dr. Nadkarni had a brilliant academic career and completed his Postgraduation in English Literature from Rajaram College, Kolhapur, and began his teaching career in Rajkot. Later, he moved to Anand where he was Professor of English in Nalini Arts College. During his college career, he was a student of Professor V.K. Gokak , an outstanding man of letters, and a great teacher of literature who influenced Dr. Nadkarni towards Sri Aurobindo ’s philosophy. Mangesh did his Ph.D in Phonetics from UCLA California, USA, and was Professor of Linguistics at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. He later taught at the National University of Singapore (1985-93). His younger brother Sundar Nadkarni was a writer, poet in Kannada and a Professor of English in Gujarat.
He was married to Meera Mallapur from Mumbai. His mother was Indira Kaushik from Karwar.

[edit] As a Disciple of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
The influence of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy on him was gradual and he found it intellectually most liberating and satisfying. He was a Yogi on the path of continuous progress, and a renowned exponent of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He lectured extensively in India and abroad on Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and vision. Dr. Nadkarni was a master of the English language and spoke brilliantly on ‘Savitri’, a 24,000-verse epic poem by Sri Aurobindo. The poem recounts the saga of human victory over ignorance and the conquest of death. Reading ‘Savitri’ is itself considered a practice of integral yoga and a potent vehicle of aspiration. Dr. Nadkarni inculcated ‘Savitri’ as a mantra in his life.
He will be remembered for his vast knowledge, eloquence, sense of humor, melodious voice, smiling face and a magnetic, lovable personality. He was the personification of Sweetness and Light and carried an aura of Ananda with him. The soul incubates in the body as the bird in the egg; cracking the shell, the bird waddles away. Lament for the shell or rejoice for the baby bird?

[edit] His work - a few of them are listed
1. The kingdom of subtle matter, The glory and the fall of life.
2. The Traveler of the worlds: Approaching the second book of Savitri.
[edit] Notes [edit] External links
1. [
Science, Culture and Integral Yoga]
2. [
Nadkarni's contributions to Sri Aurobindo Invocations]
3. [
Nadkarni's village and high school]
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