December 21, 2012

Sri Aurobindo says to actualize the Kingdom of God in life

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH Volume1 Issue1 2012 1. Sri Aurobindo’s Synthesis of Hindu – Christian Fundamental Notions Prof. (Dr.) K. R. Rajani Professor of Philosophy & Director, Dr. DDCWS Andhra University, Visakhapatnam – 530 003. Andhra Pradesh , India.
All these ideas about the Kingdom of God have greatly influenced Sri Aurobindo’s concept of divine life upon earth.  When someone asked M.P. Pandit, a direct disciple of Sri Aurobindo ‘early in your speech you mentioned  that  Sri Aurobindo   incorporated  some Christian  thought, exactly what   kind of Christian thought does it incorporated? M.P. Pandit  answered that, “I belive there is  reference in his thought of the Kingdom of God. Now the Kingdom of God Sri Aurobindo says, is not somewhere there in the heaven, it is within us; it has to be exteriorized. Within us there are states of felicity, states of purity, we have to dig in ourselves, link ourselves with that and bring them out and actualize them in life. This is a key concept to actualize the Kingdom of God(M.P. Pandit,  Sri  Aurobindo on Education consciousness” World Union Vol. XVIII, No, 10, World Union International, Pondicherry, April, 1978, P 20).
Sri Aurobindo viewed that Kingdom of God does not exist anywhere in  heaven but  right  here  upon  the earth.  He termed it as the ‘Divine life upon earth’. He does mean that “Divine life in a material world implies necessarily a union of the two  ends of existence, the spiritual summit and  the material  base, it joins the heights and the depths together.  The spirit descends into matter and the material world with all its lights and glories and powers and with them fills and transforms life in the material world  so that it becomes more & more divine, (Supramental Manifestation, Vol-16, SABCL, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry, 1471, P-5-6) …
Sri Aurobindo’s neo-Vedantic formula  is that – spirit is (becomes) matter and matter is (becomes) spirit, which is similar with Einstein’s scientific theory E=mc2. Thus Sri Aurobindo has synthesized the fundamental doctrines of two major religions and arrived to a harmonious platform to exist peacefully with other religious groups.
4. Sri Aurobindo : Philosopher And Transcendentalist Dr Merina Islam Assistant Professor Cachar college, Silchar, Assam
Sri Aurobindo was a great philosopher and seer, almost in the line of vedic and upanishadic poet-seers. His philosophy deals with ceaseless striving, from time immemorial, of mankind towards the achievement of divinity. It is ‘not the result of his seeking, but a result of his finding and discovery’…
Two features of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga are particularly remarkable. They are that Sri Aurobindo’s yoga is not individualistic but humanistic and that it strikes a final and satisfactory synthesis between Spirit and Matter. Salvation for the whole race or for the entire humanity and not only for an individual, is the goal that Sri Aurobindo’s yoga aspires for. It asserts that Matter is not the opposite of Spirit. Matter and Spirit are in fact two things at different stages in the same evolutionary process. Matter stands at the primary stage and evolves in the final stage into Spirit. Thus, indirectly, Sri Aurobindo’s yoga also strikes at a perfect synthesis between the western materialistic culture and spiritualistic culture of India
Whatever he wrote bore the imprint of his profound and versatile genius. In all of them we find the high watermark of Aurobindonian perfection. They all seem to point to us that even in this ‘Age of despair’ there is nothing to feel frustrated and very high level of perfection and poise within the reach of humanity. Sri Aurobindo was indeed an intellectual prodigy and a versatile genius. 

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