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Sri Aurobindo Studies

By taking an overview of the various paths of yoga, we can identify the primary correspondences as well as the differentiating principles between them. Since all paths of yoga have a similar aim, to connect the human individual with the divine consciousness, the differences are primarily related to the method and active power employed by the respective paths.

Sri Aurobindo notes: “…we find that they arrange themselves in an ascending order which starts from the lowest rung of the ladder, the body, and ascends to the direct contact between the individual soul and the transcendent and universal Self.”

The most widely known path of Yoga in the West is Hatha Yoga. “Hathayoga selects the body and the vital functionings as its instruments of perfection and realisation; its concern is with the gross body.”

Rajayoga, also known as Patanjali Yoga (named after the sage who codified this path in his Yoga…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

While different terminology is used, there is considerable agreement between the precepts of Western philosophy and religion and that of the East when it comes to the question of knowledge, and the truths of human psychology in regard to the attainment of knowledge. Put in the terms of the West, there is the seeker after knowledge, there is the knowledge being sought after and there is the connection between the two which represents the process of seeking. This three-fold relationship governs all human activity, not just the seeking after knowledge.

Sri Aurobindo applies this model to the science of Yoga, in its various forms and permutations: “There can be no Yoga of knowledge without a human seeker of the knowledge, the supreme subject of knowledge and the divine use by the individual of the universal faculties of knowledge; no Yoga of devotion without the human God-lover, the supreme object of…

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The frame of reference defines for us the way we respond to our lives and the unexamined assumptions that govern our interactions. Starting with the individual soul, we relate to the world generally from the standpoint of our desires and with the assumption that it is there to please and serve us. We are thus locked into an embrace with Nature which has been described by some as a bondage or a chain of cause and effect. The Gita refers to a “machinery” of Nature, operated by the action of the three Gunas or qualities, which drives all our action.

Yoga attempts to gain leverage on this machinery in order to surpass the limitations of our ordinary lives. In order to achieve this result, it is essential that a way be found to transcend the fixed framework or standpoint that governs our human lives. This transcendent standpoint must be outside…

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For the most part, spiritual seeking has been seen as the affair of an individual. The result has been either an attempt to abandon the life in the world by treating it as something inferior, illusory or distracting to the search for spiritual illumination; or else, the spiritual realization is turned back on the world in some form of compassionate action to ameliorate the suffering and provide comfort to those who have not yet overcome the suffering of the life. Or else, with a wider aim, there is an attempt to teach and guide others to the realization so that they can take one of these two routes upon achievement of their spiritual goal. In only very rare instances has the spiritual seeking gone beyond an acceptance of the world of duality “as it is” with the goal of transforming the life in the world to more nearly approximate and…

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When we begin to explore the concept of there being a higher evolutionary stage beyond the mental level, we then must necessarily take up the question of how we can identify, recognise and confirm this. We cannot ask them mind necessarily to do so, as it tends to doubt the veracity and validity of experiences which cannot be viewed externally and confirmed systematically. Powers beyond the mind tend to raise substantial skepticism in the realms of the mind. At the same time, when a large number of people over time and throughout the world report similar types of experiences which cannot be easily classified or understood by the mind, we can and should be able to take notice.

While such experiences are reported widely in numerous traditions yet it is the Indian tradition of Yoga which has actually tried to explore, classify and categorize these experiences into a consistent and…

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When we look at the development of human civilisation through the lens of time, we are able to spot trends and distinct evolutionary progressions that have occurred or are even still in the process of taking place. Sri Aurobindo points out that one obvious trend that is taking place represents the broad-based integration of the power of mind and the development of intellect throughout all of humanity, through such activities as increasingly universal education, the development of cultural and societal support for expanded educational opportunities, the development of a societal framework that actually demands a certain amount of intellectual capacity in order to function. Add to this the modern telecommunication and information transmission capabilities, and the globalisation of issues which brings enormous numbers of people into direct contact with ideas, issues, concerns and opportunities for interchange and intellectual give and take, and we can see that today’s modern world has…

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If we look at life through the lens of Time, we can see that there is a systematic progressive development which we may call “evolution”. We may also categorize this evolution according to the “three times”, past, present and future. We can reflect upon what has occurred in the past. Modern science has invested enormous focus and energy in discovering the past evolution of forms, and the precedents to our current form of life. We may also observe the current status, and reflect on the consciousness that is at work within the current evolutionary status. But this evolution also has a future. If we see a line of development from the past which has brought about the present, then we may extrapolate that the development will continue to evolve into the future.

Just as we see around us today individuals who manifest a wide variety of levels and refinement of…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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