Tusar Nath Mohapatra

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Darwin is supposed to have discovered something nowadays called “evolution” and to have laid to rest something nowadays called “creationism.” But if this is so, what are we to make of the theories of Schelling and Goethe in Germany, and of Coleridge in England, articulated several decades earlier than he? Their Romantic conception of the transformation and morphogenesis of molecules, plants, and animals, is already fully evolutionary. Schelling spoke of evolution of plants and animals out of the earth by way of a chemical process (see, e.g., p. 168, The Romantic Conception of Life by Robert Richards). Goethe and Coleridge agreed.

The reason Darwin is supposed to have discovered the “real” evolution is that his version is a-teleological, based on a conception of nature driven exclusively by efficient causes, while the Romantic theory of evolution is not only teleological, but theological. It breaks the rules of scientific explanation by attributing…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

The development of the gnostic consciousness brings about a complete transformation in both the way of seeing the world, and the action of the individual in the world. The normal human viewpoint, based on the dividing consciousness of Mind, is no longer operative. Rather, the unifying consciousness of Supermind brings about a new vision of all existence and all beings as One, while at the same time, expanding the individual’s consciousness to embrace and contain all within one’s being. the individual represents a nexus or point of manifestation, unique but not separate from the rest of creation.

Sri Aurobindo describes this consciousness: “He will have the cosmic consciousness, sense, feeling, by which all objective life will become part of his subjective existence and by which he will realise, perceive, feel, see, hear the Divine in all forms; all forms and movements will be realised, sensed, seen, heard, felt as if…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

The knowledge and power of the gnostic being are not limited to the outer surface life in the material world. The powers native to the planes of Life and Mind, which act and influence the outer life, but which originate in the native planes or worlds of Mind and Life, are accessible to the conscious knowledge of the gnostic individual and form part of the action by which the gnostic being acts and influences the life in the world.

Sri Aurobindo discusses this action: “At the same time the universal inner life of the individual will not be confined to an inner pervasive and inclusive contact with the physical world alone: it will extend beyond it through the full realisation of the subliminal inner being’s natural connection with other planes of being; a knowledge of their powers and influences will have become a normal element of the inner experience, and…

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Sri Aurobindo Center of Los Angeles

The Symbol Dawn—The Mother’s Explanation

It was the hour before the Gods awake.

There is an ancient tradition which describes the creation as done by some first emanations of the Supreme Mother, who were four emanations. In the sense and the feeling of their supreme Power, they cut connection with their Origin and became independent. And then, these emanations, being separated from their Origin, entered into darkness.
The first was Consciousness, Consciousness in Light, and by cutting Himself from His Origin He went down and down towards Unconsciousness.
The second was Bliss and turned into Suffering.
The third was Truth and turned into Falsehood.
The fourth one was Life and turned into Death.
This happened after they came down into the vital level. When this was seen, it was decided that  some second emanations would be made to repair the mistake of the first; and the second emanations were the…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

Sri Aurobindo maps the two hemispheres, the 3 planes consisting of Sat-Chit-Ananda (Self-Existence consisting of Being, Consciousness and Delight of Existence) and the 3 planes consisting of Matter-Life-Mind (self-existent manifold becoming with multiple forms of being, multiple forms of knowledge, and multiple forms of delight. The Supermind acts as the link which mediates the relationship between Self-Existence, complete in itself with no “need” to “do” anything, and Self-Becoming which has as its purpose the manifold manifestation of all the possibilities of existence, consciousness and delight of existence.

Supermind acting on its own native plane takes on the character of the upper hemisphere, founded in Knowledge and expressing pure Sat-Chit-Ananda; while when it enters into the lower hemisphere to evolve and manifest, it represents itself sequentially as an evolving existence, evolving consciousness and an evolving delight of existence.

The appearance of the gnostic being is “the sign of an evolution from…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

Historically, spiritual seekers have recognised the need to separate themselves from the life of the world to cultivate their spiritual life and seeking inwardly. This has led to traditions all around the world of the renunciate, whether in the form of the Indian Sadhu, or the sojourn in the desert or life in a cloister or monastery. Essentially this inner movement helps the seeker to develop and strengthen his connection with the Eternal, the Transcendent, which can get overwhelmed in the awareness by the force of action in the world. At the same time, there is a call to embrace and expand outwards the spiritual expression through oneness and compassion with the entire manifested universe. The ideal of the Bodhisattva is one such attempt to bring the spiritual focus to action in the world.

The gnostic being, embracing the deeper significance of the manifestation and evolution of consciousness, cannot simply…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

We live in a complex world where every action we take has many causes and consequences, both overt and subtle. From the purely mental, human perspective we do not generally see or understand the universal forces acting upon us, nor the impact our actions have on the universal manifestation. We see, live and act from a fragmented viewpoint.

Sri Aurobindo describes the status of the gnostic being based in the supramental consciousness: “The gnostic being has the will of action but also the knowledge of what is to be willed and the power to effectuate its knowledge; it will not be led from ignorance to do what is not to be done.” “All will be seen in its relation to the whole, so that each step will be luminous and joyous and satisfying in itself because each is in unison with a luminous totality. This consciousness, this living in the…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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