A Psychological Commentary on Sri Aurobindo’s Play: “Perseus the Deliverer”

I discuss here the symbolic significance of a contemporary play entitled Perseus the Deliverer by Sri Aurobindo, especially the relationship between Perseus and Andromeda.  Andromeda represents the heart-Self, which is to say love-sweetness, power of being and wisdom, while Perseus represents spiritual discernment, force of will, understanding and knowledge.  Their marriage indicates a spiritualisation of the heart-Self and portends a transformation of the ruling consciousness from one based on fear, fear of change and ego attachments to one based on enlightened reason, with influences from both the heart-Self and the spiritualised mind.  There is also the suggestion of the possibility of consciousness becoming directly transparent to a marriage between the heart-Self and the spiritualised mind, a phenomenon that carries one beyond reason.  The play points the way for individuation of the individual, as well as for the eventual far-reaching transformation of collective consciousness.