Tusar Nath Mohapatra

Self and Nature

Posted on: June 3, 2014

Sri Aurobindo Studies

When we start from the normal standpoint of the human being trying to live, work, act, strive, succeed in the world of action, we believe that the person we identify as ourselves is an independent actor, capable of deciding, determining and achieving something on its own, whether through conquering nature, compelling nature or at the very least finding ways to understand and optimize the workings of nature. The lynch-pin of this action is the consciousness of the ego. The Sankhya philosophy, after deep examination, determined that the ego is itself an instrumentality of Nature. This is confirmed by the experience of the Self when we achieve a new standpoint of quiescence, immobility, silence, in the vast, impersonal consciousness that is the goal of the seeking of the ascetic traditions.

Sri Aurobindo compares the Self and Nature: “When we live tranquilly poised in this self of impersonal wideness, then because that…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum
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SELF posits a model of counselling and communicative action as an instrument in order to stimulate the public sphere. The model aims at supplementing the individual’s struggle for a successful social adjustment with more aspirational inputs so as to help one take an informed and balanced attitude towards life as well as society.
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Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

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