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Correspondence with Sri Aurobindo

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I had a very unique experience last night, in the realm of poetry.

The inspiration came and as I sat down to write the whole thing dropped, so to say; I simply let myself be led to see how and when it'd end. Never before have I written a whole poem in this way. I was very joyous and recovered all lost hope.

Why is it that people get so much joy out of writing a poem?

It is the joy of creation partly, partly the joy or “enthousiasmos” the sense of exaltation and Ananda which always comes when one is freely and powerfully used by a greater Force.

Does this spontaneous, automatic inpouring depend on some inner state?

It does [not] depend on any inner spiritual state, but on an opening to some supraphysical plane of inspiration.


1934 04 21 Exact Writting Letter Nirodbaran