Tusar Nath Mohapatra

The Lower Self and the Higher Self

Posted on: August 9, 2014

Sri Aurobindo Studies

It is a common experience of spiritual seekers that there is an enormous difference between the experience of the outer world and circumstances, the “lower nature” and the consciousness that finds itself separated and aloof from that outer world, the “higher nature”. This apparent dichotomy is at the root of many spiritual traditions and practices, and the idea that the outer world is either an illusion, or a bondage, resulting in the need to escape or rise above it to achieve enlightenment or liberation is clearly one that has taken root throughout human history all around the world. The renunciates of India, the Buddha’s search for enlightenment, the anchorite traditions of Christianity, all speak to this division and separation.

Sri Aurobindo explains the differences: “There is the lower self of the obscure mental, vital and physical nature subject to ignorance and inertia in the very stuff of its consciousness and…

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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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