A great statement, that!
This has been my view all along. And I have been
delighted to find its confirmation in the pronouncements
of great poetic masters -- like Sri Aurobindo in the East,
and Matthew Arnold, WB Yeats and TS Eliot in the West.
Yes, it must be during irresistible moments of poetic
inspiration that intuitive knowledge came to the sages.
And in the genesis of religion must have lain the
wellsprings of poetry.
It's interesting in this context to think of what Eliot
had to say about the composition of 'What the
Thunder Said' which, he said, came to him in a
moment of absolute spontaneity -- not a word
was altered subsequently.
~ CR

Vishvesh Obla <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I have always felt that it was the fundamental poetic
spirit of mankind that created the religions than the
vice-versa. Religions are, perhaps, only a commentary
of the unquenchable poetic spirit of mankind : the
commentary always having the possibility of subjective
interpretation and distortion, but the spirit always
remaining the same.

--- cr mittal <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Of Matthew Arnold, yes. And of WB Yeats as well who
> said something to this effect in his essay "The
> Body of
> Autumn" (1898) -- of poetry taking the burden off
> the
> shoulders of priests.
> Well, poetry has many voices, many moods --
> an infinite variety!
> Thanks.
> ~ CR

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