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Sri Aurobindo is a versatile spiritual genius, who is not only a Master-Yogi with profound spiritual realizations, but also a great scholar and thinker who wrote extensively on various topics ranging from politics to yoga. His writings shine with a penetrating spiritual insight which brings out the deeper, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the human, terrestrial and cosmic life…
The Life Divine: The philosophical testament of Sri Aurobindo. But it is not philosophy as it is understood in the West… Sri Aurobindo’s analysis of the problem of evil and suffering is one of the unique features of the metaphysical portions of the Life Divine… In Life Divine Sri Aurobindo examines the origin of evil, pain and suffering with a penetrating spiritual vision and offers an explanation and a solution, which is unique in the history of philosophy… The other original contribution of Sri Aurobindo’s Life Divine to Indian philosophy is a new interpretation of the theory of Karma. The concept of Karma and Rebirth is a central idea of Indian and Eastern philosophy…
Sri Aurobindo provides a spiritual alternative to the Darwinian theory of evolution… So according to Sri Aurobindo, Man, the mental being, is not the highest step in evolution. Man is only a transitional being. His destiny is to rise beyond Mind and become the Superman… While the first parts of the book spell out the metaphysical aspects of Life Divine, the last parts describe the mystical, yogic, spiritual and the prophetic dimensions of the divine life on earth.
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‘Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities’:Compiler and Editor: Anurag Banerjee. Preface: Prof. Kittu Reddy. Publisher: Overman Foundation. Number of pages: 453. Price: Rs. 490.
In this 453 page book, Banerjee reveals many interesting details of Sri Aurobindo’s political life through a variety of government documents, press reports, letters and essays, some of which are being published for the first time. It includes some material published in the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo that help provide an overall completeness and perspective, but it also includes less known material that has been published in various books and journals by disciples, and still rarer material from newspapers and documents of the period investigated. It is well-organized and presented.
With few exceptions, this book focuses on the period between 1905 when Sri Aurobindo took up the post of principal at the National College in Calcutta, and 1910 when he withdrew from…
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Our habitual human consciousness creates a separation or wall between what we “know” and what we “are” or what we “do”. We therefore can conceive of knowledge as something separate from the power of action and manifestation. Sri Aurobindo describes the gnostic consciousness as a unified field of knowledge and will, existence and delight. Additionally, the human awareness is generally circumscribed by the awareness of the individual, fragmented and separated being, while the gnostic consciousness is simultaneously aware of the transcendent, the universal and cosmic and the individual existence as One Being.
“All supramental gnosis is a twofold Truth-Consciousness, a consciousness of inherent self-knowledge and, by identify of self and world, of intimate world-knowledge…”
“But this is not a purely ideative knowledge, it is not consciousness observing, forming ideas, trying to carry them out; it is an essential light of consciousness, the self-light of all the realities of being and…
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When we consider the manifestation of a Truth-Consciousness we tend to believe that it will eliminate all variations in expression since it would obviously act from a single highest source of consciousness. Sri Aurobindo makes it quite clear that not only does the supramental consciousness support evolving gradations of expression, but it also understands the basis upon which the manifestation in the Ignorance takes place and can harmonise and relate to those limited forms of manifestation as well, leading to incredible diversity harmonised by the all-embracing consciousness of the Oneness of all these forms.
“A great harmonised variation would thus be an element in the beauty and completeness of the evolution of the gnostic consciousness and existence. Even in dealing with the mind of ignorance around it, as in dealing with the still lower degrees of the gnostic evolution, the supramental life would use this innate power and movement of…
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This is an essay by Sri Aurobindo analyzing the two antipodal forces – conservative and progressive – which bedevil the human mind and tear society apart in country after country across the globe. This essay first appeared in volume II (August 1915 – July 1916) of the Arya magazine which was written and edited by Sri Aurobindo.
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National Education is a very vast subject. When I was told about the topic I did not in the beginning quite realise its implications. But as I started thinking about it, I immediately understood its importance. The sorts of difficulties about the idea of National Education that are encountered here do not present themselves in Bengal. Here in the Bombay Province it is not clear to many or it is not understood properly by them as to what exactly does National Education mean. The term ‘National Education’ with a specific connotation is suspected and men of wisdom dismiss it. On the other hand, in Bengal the necessity to explain the concept of National Education does not arise at all. There may be people in favour of it or against it; but National Education is something that is taken by them as an actual fact, something that has been experienced by…
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[The book ‘Sri Aurobindo on Ethics’ is now incorporated in our latest publication ‘Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Vision of Life’. Compiler and Editor: Anurag Banerjee. Number of pages: 211. Price: Rs. 300]
True spirituality envisions that life is meant to be a manifestation of the Divine and that all life has that as its ultimate aim, the manifestation of the Divine in each and every aspect of life. The vision and teachings of Sri Aurobindo show us how to reach and fulfil this high goal, the spiritualisation of all life. This movement of spiritualisation is a gradual process and goes through three stages: the infrarational, the rational and finally the suprarational. In the words of Sri Aurobindo:
“These stages or periods are much more inevitable in the psychological evolution of mankind than the Stone and other Ages marked out by Science in his instrumental culture, for they depend not on…
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