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Sri Aurobindo Studies

Sri Krishna reveals to the inner eye of Arjuna the vision of the world-spirit. At once overwhelming and terrifying, it overpowers his senses and normal way of relating to the world. Sri Aurobindo describes the experience: “It is that of the infinite Godhead whose faces are everywhere and in whom are all the wonders of existence, who multiplies unendingly all the many marvellous revelations of his being, a world-wide Divinity seeing with innumerable eyes, speaking from innumerable mouths, armed for battle with numberless divine uplifted weapons, glorious with divine ornaments of beauty, robed in heavenly raiment of deity, lovely with garlands of divine flowers, fragrant with divine perfumes. Such is the light of this body of God as if a thousand suns had risen at once in heaven. The whole world multitudinously divided and yet unified is visible in the body of the God of Gods. Arjuna sees him, God…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

In the Gita, we see Arjuna undergoing a transformation, what we may actually call a transfiguration, by moving away from the normal human way of seeing and acting, to an understanding and mode of action that comes from a recognition of the Divine Reality and its omnipresence in the transcendent, the universal and the individual. To some degree this involves the ability to hold two apparently conflicting ideas at the same time, and recognize that each of them has its truth and that they are truly complementary rather than conflicting. Thus, the sense of equality of everything being the Divine must coexist with the sense of love between the personal Divine and the devotee, the enlightened human being who has turned his focus and attention on the divine manifestation.

Arjuna’s role requires him to transcend all the norms of human life. He recognizes the paradox between the preservation of the…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

In the Gita, we see Arjuna undergoing a transformation, what we may actually call a transfiguration, by moving away from the normal human way of seeing and acting, to an understanding and mode of action that comes from a recognition of the Divine Reality and its omnipresence in the transcendent, the universal and the individual. To some degree this involves the ability to hold two apparently conflicting ideas at the same time, and recognize that each of them has its truth and that they are truly complementary rather than conflicting. Thus, the sense of equality of everything being the Divine must coexist with the sense of love between the personal Divine and the devotee, the enlightened human being who has turned his focus and attention on the divine manifestation.

Arjuna’s role requires him to transcend all the norms of human life. He recognizes the paradox between the preservation of the…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

Arjuna, thus far, has looked upon the world with the normal human sight. He sees the separate beings and forms, and he sees the oppositions. the separations and the fragmentation; he has accepted the Oneness intellectually, but has not “seen” it or experienced it with the revelatory vision that makes it more than an idea or a belief. That is about to change. Sri Krishna responds to Arjuna’s request by agreeing to it, and indicates that it is not with the human vision that one can see this, but only with the “inmost seeing” of the “divine eye”. This divine eye experiences all forms as part of one larger unified Being, moved by the Will of that being, and acting under the impulsion and intention of that Being. Sri Aurobindo describes it thus: “Thou shalt see many wonders that none has beheld; thou shalt see today the whole world related…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

The strong and charismatic leader, the brilliant intellect, the pre-eminent in any field have always held the fascination of people throughout the world. As with any truth, it is important to recognize both the right place and the correct balance for looking to the leaders among humankind without turning this into a worship of naked power or domination that oppresses more than it leads. History tends to fixate on these powerful leaders, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Charlemagne, Julius Caesar, but also Krishna and Rama, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Moses, Beethoven, and Leonardo da Vinci, to name a few. We certainly can see that blind obedience or worship of the great leaders of history can bring about many issues, and modern-day humanity is rightly skeptical of this type of hero-worship if it has devolved into a focus on the human leader rather than the truth that the Gita has tried to bring…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

While possessing the divine Nature, the soul manifested in the world nevertheless concentrates its attention on specific forms and forces and thereby loses sight of the reality of its divine origin and nature, and the Oneness of all forms and forces. This “exclusive concentration” allows the soul to experiment with and develop to a high degree, the specific formulations and applications of power and opportunity that otherwise would not be possible if the complete knowledge was always in the forefront.

Sri Aurobindo explains the process in some detail: “But in this inferior Prakriti in which we live, the Jiva follows the principle of selection and finite determination, and there whatever nexus of energy, whatever quality or spiritual principle he brings into birth with him or brings forward as the seed of his self-expression, becomes an operative portion of his Swabhava, his law of self-becoming, and determines his Swadharma, his law…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

As we live our daily lives, we see around us all the different beings and forms, we see their opposing interests and actions, and the conflict that arises therefrom, and we believe that this is the basis for the truth of our existence. At the same time, we see the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, and we believe, until corrected by a knowledge of science, that the earth is at the center of the universe and the sun rotates around it! Sri Aurobindo describes this viewpoint: “If we perceive only the apparent outward fact of our nature and others’ nature, we are looking with the eye of the ignorance and cannot know God equally in all, in the sattwic, the rajasic, the tamasic creature, in God and Titan, in saint and sinner, in the wise man and the ignorant, in the great and in the…

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