January 22, 2013

Sri Aurobindo's messianism was based on his teleological concept of spiritual evolution

The members of the Auroville unanimously raised their concern and solidarity over Tibet and pledge to write articles and books on the current crisis in Tibet. The talk was later aired in the Auroville Community Radio. The following day, the delegates called upon, Sri Manoj Das Gupta, International Head and the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and apprised him of the Tibet situation.
Sri Manoj warmly received the delegates at his office and discussed the issue of Tibet in depth with them. He also reminded the delegates that the great late Mother of Sri Aurobindo supported the Tibetan people and their struggle. And that during a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in January 1973, the Mother told the Dalai Lama that Tibet will be free one day.
Sri Manoj further assured the delegates that Tibet has the truth and the spiritual power and will definitely succeed in the end. ‘Of course China will definitely change and Tibet will regain its freedom’, he stressed. Sri Manoj however stated that though he did appreciate and understand their sentiments of the Tibetan self-immolators but he does not approve their action. ‘Self immolation is not a correct way. We need these young Tibetans for Tibet’. Bidding the delegation’s success, Mr. Das offered gifts produced by the Ashram inmates and raised his fist calling, ‘Victory’ ala Bod Gyalo.

Either successful completion of the SACAR Certificate Programme in Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Studies, or passing a SACAR entrance test that covers the ...

10m - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty - @TheRajarshi [Sri Aurobindo found the clue in the Vedic conception of ‘Vya̅hṛti’, the seven worlds. -C. Krishnamurthy] The Foundations of Psychological Theory in the Veda from Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore - C. Krishnamurthy (chamathu2003@yahoo.co.uk)
Sri Aurobindo was convinced that the Vedantic and Puranic systems are identical and depend on the same idea of seven principles of subjective consciousness formulating themselves in seven objective worlds, thus giving him a total clarity on the symbolism.

Mr. Jared Quek will continue with his series of talks based on three ofSri Aurobindo's seminal works - 'The Synthesis of Yoga', 'The Secret of the Veda' and 'The ...

SATTWA: the Principle of Knowledge and Harmony By: Ramesh Bijlani on Jan 17, 2013 2 responses Sattwic action is free from egoism, is not motivated by profit, and is yet enthusiastic. The sattwic person is attached neither to the work nor to its outcome, and yet puts his heart and soul into the work. When it comes to food, the sattwic person goes for what is good for the body, in just the right quantity – neither too much nor too little.
Sattwa does not come naturally to most of us. Either the rajas (the principle of dynamism and desires) in us tries to dominate it by introducing the desire for wealth, power, prestige or sensory pleasure; or the tamas (the principle of laziness) in us tempts us towards inactivity. Therefore, sattwa has to be cultivated by self-discipline – both inner and outer. At first it means voluntarily giving up several pleasures to which we have got accustomed. The process involves much suffering and struggle – a process that has been described by Sri Aurobindo as churning of our nature yielding at first bitter poison. But eventually the churning yields sweet nectar of enduring happiness. 

Our surface nature, impelled by the force of desire, wants to believe that the law of karma operates in such a way as to provide material prosperity and well-being in return for our good acts in the realm of moral and ethical conduct; and similarly ...

Sri Aurobindo was the first great Eastern mystic to blend mysticism with messianism. Aurobindo and Mira Richard -- "the Mother"-- were themselves a mature manifestation of the same trend as the 1960s counter-culture.  It was no surprise that in the 1960s the Mother (then in her 80s) hailed the counter-culture as a spiritual breakthrough. Aurobindo who lived from 1872 to 1950  presaged the 1960s counter-culture: he fused the mystical and the messianic and his work provides the strongest refutation to all those who denigrate the  messianic Imaginary. From Aurobindo's perspective the messianic perspective completes the mystical experience -- the mystical experience is a portent of the messianic future.
The only other option is to reduce mysticism either to a consolation ("the opium of the people"), or to construe it as a Gnostic-type revelation revealing the lack of goodness of worldly existence. This is in fact the position of the Therevadan Buddhist -- once one is freed from ignorance and karma one will choose to forgo incarnations and to merge with non-being. 
Aurobindo revered the Hindu scriptures but he disagreed with the philosophers' interpretations. He eviscerated for example the interpretations of Sankara, India's most venerated philosopher, who claimed the world was an illusion and that only the Godhead (Brahman) was real. Aurobindo argued that it was this philosophical tendency that fostered and reflected the world-contempt and torpor of the East. The West on the other hand went to the other extreme in its embrace of materialism and its claim that mysticism was illusory. Aurobindo's acceptance of worldly existence was compatible with his devotion to changing the world. He had spent years as a revolutionary nationalist -- he was as well known in India as Gandhi. When he first returned to India after his education in Britain, he made it known that he was not interested in a mysticism that entailed renunciation of the world.  
His love of the world was reflected also in his full acceptance of the Feminine which found expression in his love for his spiritual partner, Mira Richard, known as the Mother -- they were a dual-power of God. "The Mother and I are one in two bodies." His life story assumed the mythic dimension of a man on the hinge of the messianic age -- so his profound Avataric witness and astute teleological perspective ought to have provided a basis for a spiritually informed political activism, but few people familiarized themselves with his work. (Ken Wilber often cited him.) Aurobindo's messianism was based on his teleological concept of spiritual evolution… Like Aurobindo Pinchbeck posits an evolutionary teleology: Despite the imminent chaos humanity is undergoing a "a natural process accompanying an evolutionary advance in human consciousness" (330). Like Aurobindo and Buber, Pinchbeck does not counsel either despair or complacency but a redemptive praxis. Like Aurobindo Pinchbeck realized that those who are aware have a great responsibility since "a desirable outcome can be realized if an elite vanguard overcomes all obstacles and prior conditioning to attain an intensified awareness of the situation, and then works efficiently and collaboratively to propagate this new paradigm across the earth" (331). 

The yogi and the mystic: a study in the spirituality of Sri ... - Page 19 - Jan Feys - 1977 - In jail Sri Aurobindo evolves from political to religious nationalism, and indeed to a universal Messianism. Even so, the Voice seems to enjoin something different still. The speech ends on the somewhat ambiguous note, casting a certain doubt ...
The life of a yogi - Page 38 - Jan Feys - 1976 - During his jail-term then Sri Aurobindo evolves from political nationalism to a universal Messianism. But not all is clear. Towards the end of his term in jail, he still struggles with the uncertainty as to what his mission is : "I do not know what work ...
Encyclopaedia of Hinduism - Volume 29 - Page 605 - Nagendra Kr Singh - 1997 - Tilak and Aurobindo entered the national scene with great goals for the country. They even displayed an element of messianism in their utterances. Aurobindo, for example, declares the mission of India in the following words: . . . Because God ...
Modern Indian political thought - Page 191 - Vishwanath Prasad Varma - 1971 - Aurobindo's leadership was recognized by the nationalists and he was made the president of the various nationalist conferences held at ... The notion of Messianism, the conception that India was rising Cf. Zacharias, Renascent India, p. 151 ...
The Indian journal of political science - Volume 19 - Page 20 - Indian Political Science Association - 1958 - But Aurobindo said that the political salvation of India was essential for the spiritual redemption of mankind. The notion of messianism, the conception that India was rising for shedding the glories of Sanatan Dharma in the world is very strong ... Political Thought and Leadership of Lokmanya Tilak - Page 15 - N. R. Inamdar - 1983 - Preview - The life and philosophy of Lokamanya Tilak: with excerpts from ... - Page 446 - Vishwanath Prasad Varma - 1978
Writing cultural history in colonial and postcolonial India - Page 69 - Henry Schwarz - 1997 - Leonard Gordon offers a more sympathetic view: Aurobindo's messianism is attributable to "birth, training, political role, martyrdom by imprisonment and especially the fact that he was chosen by God for glorious and important work."
Bengal: change and continuity - Issues 16-18 - Page 41 Robert Paul Beech, Mary Jane Beech, Ingrid Aall - 1971 - Aurobindo, demonstrating what Bolle calls "the urge to incorporate everything," has syncretically fused religious elements and national messianism. Aurobindo gives fallen India a mission to "aryanise the world.” in designing a world ...
Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion - Page 95 - Hugh B. Urban - 2007 - Preview - More editions Aurobindo . . . syncretized religious elements and national messianism. Aurobindo gives fellow Indians a mission to Aryanize' the world." The central figure of Bhawani Mandir is the goddess Sakti, who is nothing other than "pure power.
Encyclopaedia of Eminent Thinkers: The political thought of Aurobindo - Page 90 - K. S. Bharathi - 1998 - Preview The Indian people were facing a dangerous threat to their sense of self-esteem and their residues of personal, social and national integrity. Messianism developed as a necessary counterpoise to political and economic subjection. Aurobindo ...
Political Thinkers of Modern India - Page 98 - Adi Hormusji Doctor - 1997 - Preview This belief explains why Aurobindo, although he spoke as if appealing to the Hindus alone, was very keen to carry all ... and, finally, revivalism and the kindred concepts of messianism can encourage the belief of being a "chosen people" and ...
The Calcutta historical journal - Volumes 19-20 - Page 4 - University of Calcutta - 1998 - Whatever the so called 'progressives' might say, Bankim Chandra, Tilak and Bepin Pal do not possess the same ideological wavelength of Dayananda or Aurobindo.... A hard headed bania realism overcame a past-looking messianism.
The Spiritual Tourist - Mick Brown - 2010 - Preview - More editions Her vision and determination had fostered the growth not only of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, but also – and this was ... But alongside her idealism, her unquenchable faith in the innate divinity of man, lay a clear streak of Messianism, and an ...
Sri Aurobindo's integral approach to political thought - Page 184 - Shiva Kumar Mital - 1981 - Secondly, it is strongly suffused with elements of messianism. As a revivalist, Sn Aurobindo looked to the ancient heroic periods of India's splendour and not to the revival of the decadent and moribund India of the eighteenth century, which by ...
Patna University journal - Volume 12 - Page 70 1958 - At such an hour Aurobindo's gospel and plan of human unity and a religion of humanity represent his great ... Revivalism and the kindred concept of messianism generate an attitude of racial pride and superiority and that can be a danger to ...
Ariel - Issues 56-62 - Page 35 - Israel. Miśrad ha-uts - 1984 - Professor Bergman in his Jerusalem study, 1961 Aurobindo's "conversion" occurred in 1908 when an informer caused him to be imprisoned ... he asserted that, "This Indian visionary comes closest of all to the Jewish concept ofmessianism .
Mother India: monthly review of culture - Volume 34 - Page 339 - Sri Aurobindo Ashram - 1982 - make the magazine a unique cultural event. The aim ... It was a period of Messianism and of intense striving for a synthesis of art and religion. Various influences produced this new orientation of...
Ethical ideas in the world outlook of Swami Vivekananda, Lokamanya ... - Page 97 - Irina Pavlovna Chelysheva - 1989 - ... or his religious Messianism as expressed in his endeavour to present Vedanta (namely, its mystical elements) as a doctrine in which answers to all actual and global problems were to be found. It is, naturally, the first period of Sri Aurobindo's...
Political protest in Bengal: boycott and terrorism 1905-18 - Page 74 - Hiren Chakrabarti - 1992 - It may also be supposed, though we cannot prove it, that Aurobindo had some acquaintance with the Hebraic ideas of the chosen people, the Covenant and messianism and also the ideas of Herder and Hegel that the nation and the state ...
International relations - Volume 28 - Page 41 - Israel Institute of International Affairs - 1989 - Has the historian the right, the philosopher would ask, to bury the messianism which a Jehuda Halevi, a Nietzsche, a Soloviev or Aurobindo represented?" The question can be referred to the political pessimism of either Donoso Cortes or to ...
Journal of Research: Letters - Volumes 1-5 - Page 130 - Agra University - 1952 - In the interest of a more vigorous phase of human life than any that we have witnessed hitherto, Sri Aurobindo would, ... derived from his studies in human history and in cosmic and biological evolution and from the doctrine of Messianism.
The extremist challenge: India between 1890 and 1910 - Page 115 - Amales Tripathi - 1967 - 20 Aurobindo was already possessed of a messianism that saw in terms of a battle royal between devas and asuras, the forces of good and light and the forces of evil and darkness. "Politics is especially the business of the Kshatriya."
The Journal of the Bihar Research Society - Volumes 43-44 - Page 81 - Bihar Research Society - 1957 - ... obtained any great importance. Among some leaders of Indian nationalism the notion of spiritual messianism has been strong. Dayananda, Vivekananda, Gandhi and Aurobindo believed that India has a religious mission and message ...
The Library journal book review - Page 438 - R.R. Bowker Company - 1974 - REL Selections from the essential writings of Sri Aurobindo concerning his philosophy, his spiritual insights, and his vision of ... sources, but shows considerable originality in the basic themes, especially marked in his treatment of messianism.
Religion and society - Volume 23 - Page 60 - Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, Bangalore - 1976 - of unitive vision is the only thing worth the name of ' religion ', and therefore to consider the messianic type of religion as a ... Vivekananda, through Radhakrishnan and Aurobindo Ghosh to Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave whom I have mentioned.
Ideological struggle in modern India, implications of Hinduism - Page 141 - Olʹga Vasilʹevna Mezent︠s︡eva - 1988 - But in Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo Ghose, Ramkrishna, Mahatma Gandhi and others the apologetics of their religion ... It seems that in the system of Golwalkar's views the idea of India's spiritual messianism performed varying functions.
Asian Englishes - Volume 4 - Page 335 - Kingsley BoltonBraj B. Kachru - 2006 - Christianity and social messianism in the nineteenth century sought to destroy the Orientalists' glorification of the Asian ... Among them Sri Aurobindo is one who is distinguished for being an ardent nationalist who also thought and spoke in ...
The Indo-Asian culture - Volumes 15-16 - Page 23 - Indian Council for Cultural Relations - 1966 - ... the idea of a chosen people, (ii) the emphasis on common historical experience and (iii) National Messianism, similarly in India from ... asks Sri Aurobindo and answers, "It is not a piece of land, nor a figure of speech, nor a fiction of the mind.
The philosophy of Martin Buber - Page 305 - Paul Arthur Schilpp, Maurice S. FriedmanMartin Buber - 1967 - When Sri Aurobindo calls upon us to "offer every action to the Divine and do it as the work given," the agreement with Buber is ... The second question that we must put concerns the redemption of the world, and the Messianic final goal, in the ...
Partners in dialogue: Christianity and other world religions - Page 78 - Arnulf Camps - 1983 - Sri Aurobindo, one of India's greatest thinkers, views humanity in the process of cosmic evolution and regards humanity as the goal of that process. One can go further ... In Buddhism there is now talk of some sort of messianism. Some thinkers...
British Book News - Page 17 -British CouncilNational Book Council (Great Britain)National Book League (Great Britain) - 1981 - ... its hold not only on the masses but also on intellectuals like Aurobindo in India and on middle-class Western youths in ... who was opposed to the persecution of religion and who might have seen in the Soviets a 'Russian Messianism' with a ...
The Spiritual Gift of Madness: The Failure of Psychiatry and the ... - Seth FarberKate Millett - 2012 - "A bold call for the 'insane' to reclaim their rightful role as prophets of spritual and cultural transformation"--

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