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Sri Aurobindo Studies

In order for the soul to fully take charge of the outer nature, it is not sufficient for a mental, emotional or vital inclination to develop; rather, there must be a substantial transformation of the seeing and acting of the surface being based on developing a direct contact between it and the spiritual reality. It is true that absent the full experience of this Reality, that the surface being seeks it by focusing on the highest and best manifestations it can find, the seeking for Truth, Right, Beauty, Harmony. These abstractions can help to orient the nature toward a higher Reality, but eventually they have to be superceded by the actual direct experience. We see throughout human history various individuals who carried this seeking forward through just this type of mental or emotional alignment; for instance, the poet John Keats, who wrote “Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty…” clearly sought these…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

We can see beings which represent, in their very nature, the various principles of Matter, Life, and Mind (with the gradations that occur within each of these principles). To date, however, the principle of the Supermind, the next gradation of consciousness that is beyond that of Mind, has only shown glimpses and influences, and not yet established itself in a representative being that operates from that principle primarily, as Man operates at the level of Mind, for instance, as a characteristic action.

Sri Aurobindo describes the current status: “The development of another instrumentation has begun, but has yet to become total and effective; it has besides to cease to be a purely individual self-creation in an original Ignorance, something supernormal to earth-life that must always be acquired as an individual achievement by a difficult endeavor. It must become the normal nature of a new type of being; as Mind is…

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Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother

When we say someone is egoistic, we often imply that the person is proud. Sri Aurobindo observed that egoistic movements are actually of three types – sattwic(illumined), rajasic(kineticism) and tamasic(indolent).  The sattwic ego revels in the brilliant power of its intelligence, the rajasic ego is eager to dominate, and the tamasic ego wallows in self-pity.

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

The methodology of physical science requires that any scientific fact established as a truth of science must be verifiable and reproducible. Recently some scientists conducting experiments at a particle accelerator obtained some results they thought showed that certain particles exceeded the speed of light, which was an established truth. This created an enormous controversy and after attempts at reproducing this result failed, the “faster than light” theory was discarded. One can see the benefit and value of strict rules regarding “what is truth” in the physical realm.

An objection is sometimes raised, particularly from those for whom this “scientific method” is the established rule, that the province of the mystic and the knowledge acquired by the mystic is not subject to such independent verification and reproduction. The implication then is that mystical knowledge is not knowledge at all.

Sri Aurobindo points out that since it is impossible for physical intellect…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

Sri Aurobindo points out that the attempt to apply the rules of physical science to the spiritual quest has led to numerous mistakes and issues. It has led to narrowness and dogma, intolerance and dispute among religions and philosophies. “The truth of the spirit is a truth of being and consciousness and not a truth of thought: mental ideas can only represent or formulate some facet, some mind-translated principle or power of it or enumerate its aspects, but to know it one has to grow into it and be it: without that growing and being there can be no true spiritual knowledge. The fundamental truth of spiritual experience is one, its consciousness is one, everywhere it follows the same general lines and tendencies of awakening and growth into spiritual being; for these are the imperatives of the spiritual consciousness. But also there are, based on those imperatives, numberless possibilities of…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

Sri Aurobindo points out that the development of the soul can be helped along by the mental awareness of and focus on the existence of something within us that survives the changes brought about by life and death of the body. He points out further that “this knowledge is impeded by the fact that there are many elements in us, many formations which present themselves as soul-elements and can be mistaken for the psyche.” This is due primarily to our lack of clear understanding and knowledge about the inner processes, gradations of consciousness and their inter-mixture in the surface personality, which can easily lead us to believe that the temporary forms established by the development and interaction of the inner mind, inner vital and inner physical, as well as the formations developed by the soul itself, all blending together, are actually the soul itself. “…the difficulty is due to our…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

The personality that a human being puts forth and acts upon is not a harmonised, ordered and focused single personality organised around a central purpose, but rather, a complex aggregate made up of impulses, thoughts, feelings, instincts, and sensations stemming from the various parts of our being, the mental, emotional, vital and physical elements, with potentially some stirring of the inner psychic providing further intimations. We try to harmonise these disparate impulses by our mental will and understanding, but rarely succeed more than to a small degree, and much of what we believe to be our own conscious choice in action is in reality the buffeting of our mind and will by these varied forces. Sri Aurobindo discusses these issues as important elements in our self-finding and increasing understanding of the inner nature we are meant to eventually harness to the evolutionary development. “In animal being Nature acts by her…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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