Editor of CAPITALS(Bloomsbury) & 100 Great Indian Poems (Bloomsbury). Author of The Seduction Of Delhi (Bloomsbury), The Eight-eyed Lord of Kathmandu(Bloomsbury)& The Prophecy of Brasilia(GaNa, Brazil). Received SAARC Literary Award 2013, nominated for Pushcart Prize 2013. On Twitter @theabhayk
I think that these questions are based on ancient Indian philosophy. For me, they are a very interesting mixture of Plato, Voltaire, Vernadsky etc.
As a careful reader, I would like to make some comments on author's philosophical system. I am not quite sure that everybody craves for physical immortality. To my mind, people are simply afraid of death and the suffering connected with the process. If it were in some other way, there would be no Epicurean philosophy of death, but only Stoic.
From what I have read, SQ is an inborn stable quality of a person. I think that everybody can develop spiritually, so SQ can be flexible (improving). This would give a perspective to any person.
I also believe that a person is a combination of spiritual and material. When material dies, spiritual is liberated and goes on living. I do not see this as immortality, to my mind, our spiritual part is only lent for the period of our physical existence. It is just eternal, without the beginning or the end.
It was very interesting to read 10 questions after reading author's poems, because now I know that I have got the correct understanding of the philosophical foundation of author's poetry.
Prof. Irina Burova
Department of History of Foreign Literature
St. Petersburg State University