Conversion: 28 Aug 2016
The Hour of God consists of short prose pieces written between 1910 and 1940 and published posthumously. Those selected for inclusion in this collection satisfy three further criteria. These are:
(1) full development writings more in the nature of notes than of essays have been excluded
(2) completeness – incomplete drafts and fragments have been excluded;
(3) clarity of manuscript – writings that present unusual difficulties of transcription have been excluded.
The texts of all pieces published in the present volume have been checked against Sri Aurobindo’s handwritten
Details about the texts will be found in notes at the end of the volume. Sanskrit words printed in Devanagiri script are defined in these notes. Transliterated Sanskrit words are defined in a separate glossary.
From the back of the Hour of God by Sri Aurobindo.
Man’s greatness is not in what he is but in what he makes possible. His glory is that he is the closed place and secret workshop of a living labour in which supermanhood is made ready by a divine Craftsman.
But he is admitted to a yet greater greatness and it is this that, unlike the lower creation, he is allowed to be partly the conscious artisan of his divine change. His free assent, his consecrated will and participation are needed that into his body may descend the glory that will replace him. His aspiration is earth’s call to the Supramental Creator.
If earth calls and the supreme answers, the hour can be even now for that immense and glorious transformation.
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First edition 1959
Fifth edition 2006
Second impression 2009
eBook edition 2015
© Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust 1959, 2006
Published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department