April 13, 2019

I don't know how I managed not ever running into Sri Aurobindo's works all my life

A book comes along once in a way which hits you hard; and this is one of those. I discovered Swami Vivekananda through his Complete Works at the age of 40, and I kicked myself for having missed it for such a prolonged period of my life. I kick myself again after a decade, as I discover another giant, Sri Aurobindo, through his articles, letters, speeches, and conversations. Sri Aurobindo is unfortunately a vaguely known figure in the collective Indian psyche. Most students are dimly aware that he did something for India and spirituality, but that is the beginning and end of their knowledge on Sri Aurobindo. At least that was the case with me in my growing years despite a more than adequate exposure to education and libraries.
It is a loss for us because Sri Aurobindo has a deep relevance to our country and our future. Spirituality defined him, but it was not the spirituality of a renunciating monk. He was rooted firmly in the realities of the world around him; and India’s future worried him. His articles show an unclouded vision of India.  

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All of us Hindus must read Sri Aurobindo's books. He is afaik the ONLY yogi who has not only not avoided the political theme, he has expressly dealt with it. Not saying though he recommended cultivating anger.
All I can say is, I'm in the process of falling in love with Sri Aurobindo (haven't read a single book of his yet, though) . I don't know how I managed not ever running into his works all my life. 
Rest, I'll let RF and VV add as they have read both.
Just a friendly caution: Don't debate argue right at the outset. For initial few weeks months, try and absorb whatever gets shared here. 
We all come from certain prior backgrounds. The most common mistake we make is, quickly judge the new using the old

This is how I described my own encounter with Sri Aurobindo for a very long time. Once u pass the event horizon then there is no escaping the Great Attractor.
Well, I would say because in case of Ramana Maharshi the brevity was necessary for his work and in the case of Sri Aurobindo prolific writing was necessary for his work, since the nature of the work dictates the nature of the action & the means necessary to accomplish it.
Vivekananda stood for Vedanta but there were extraordinary possibilities for something greater for the future in his exposition of it. Sri Aurobindo represents the full working out of these possibilities. (1/2)
Specifically the emergence of a divine race manifesting the 
Divine Consciousness as human race manifests the Mental Consciousness. The realization of this goal is the object of Sri Aurobindo's Integral (Purna) Yoga or Yoga of Supramental Transformation. (2/2)
Right now the mind can only CONCEIVE of escape as the highest possibility precisely coz we r mental beings. But there r planes of consciousness above the mind which can manifest their own species & world. This is the inevitable destiny of the Earth & the purpose of its existence.
Sri Aurobindo is like the Himalayan range. U can choose which mountain to scale... even if u read Sri Aurobindo's "Essays on the Gita" for eg. it will b like nothing else u have ever come across on Gita or Indian spirituality for that matter. But some efforts always necessary 🙂
One can draw an analogy to the Mental force & consciousness which includes everything all the way up till what we normally call God or gods. For a mental being, man and before "man proper" the hominids, to start emerging this force and consciousness had to descend at some point.
Mental consciousness & force is involved or concealed in all matter... thats y even in animals the mind element is there but still rudimentary. But for the emergence of a mental BEING the force & consciousness must descend & the pressure results in the evolution forward & upward.
Similarly I feel the highest spiritual beings in humanity also there must be elements & fragments of Supramental consciousness. But for a full Supramental BEING to emerge the consciousness & force had to descend, which took place on Feb 29th 1956.
Now for individuals also it becomes possible to open to it. Of course this also requires a lot of preparation & purification. But it is possible now & the force & consciousness wud also work on the world independent of what any individual does to mould the collective from within.

The spiritual essence of Hinduism has a calming effect on all. It needs no preaching or aggression. Luckily educated non-Hindus know this n reject its dark priests, its new avatars! Sri Aurobindo took the essence n rejected the rest.

Sir these are terms specifically used in #SriAurobindo's yoga.. Vital being corresponds with the 'Pranamaya Purusha' of the Upanishads, corresponding to life-energy.. Any want of satisfaction there can produce depression..

SA(#SriAurobindo) used writing as a way 2 express Higher Consciousness physically. Writing helps a lot. Its a SAdhana. What SA teaches is a direct action from Ishwara on de mental,vital & physical. Dis is what Tamil Siddhas taught long ago. Spirituality progresses by opening up+
mind & thus Divinising (if i can say that) it, then divinising the energies/vital, finally the cells themselves, of the body. The obligation/need to die thats present on earth has to be removed-is de teaching of Siddhas. SA came to remind SAdhaks of tht->de ultimate logical+
continuity of any sAdhana has to be 2 remove this need to quit de body. Siddhas like Agastya,Thirumoolar,paambaatti Siddhar etcsaid de same. Ishwara is latent in cells. To 'unlock' Ishwara from cells-is de ultimate aim. Discovery of Self is de 1st step on de way.Thus,where Yoga+
as traditionally understood end,begins the SAdhana of the Siddhas. Ultimately de cells of body get transmuted into their original 'substance'/Ishwara-Tattva/Shiva-tattva casting aside this material cloak that's present on it now: Comparable to Several mutations happening in one+
birth, as it happend to Siddha Ramalinga Swami (https://t.co/Em4KqxH3Te). SV (Swami Vivekananda) gives a hint about sthg tht was revealed to Him at Amarnath. From what He says,i feel He received this JnAna of Deathless Life but He chose to quit His physical body & remain in subtle+
Body 2 help sAdhaks. He is available near de earth for the next (about)1400 years-in His own words. SV helped SA & gave hints at Divinising the body->SA calls it 'supramentalisation' of de body. SA mentions de help He recvd from SV. (End)
I don't know whether He wanted that. But I feel that SA & Mother have 'established' supramental consciousness in matter. So,others can walk de path with relatively less effort.

Limitations of the Mental Power in the Transformation of the Vital and Physical Elements of Existence https://t.co/ufQ5eGHw9Y

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Professor Graham Oppy on atheist philosophy of religion. https://t.co/d7FNxh60xH
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“I began to realise that failure could be an extraordinary catalyst for self-growth”
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Zoology teaches you about the wonders of the living world, but it doesn’t teach you anything else. I was extremely frustrated as a student that my course was so narrow. I wanted to know about philosophy, history, literature and politics.
There were so many other issues, but we were living in a specialist bubble. I think it’s crazy when you’re that young to have to narrow your interests so severely. So, I came out of this elite education knowing almost nothing of the world. Slowly, both through experience and reading during those six years, I began to develop some inkling of an understanding of the world. But that process of education continues to this day.

#ontheshelves in Oxford this week, 'Moral Psychology with Nietzche' by Brian Leiter, which offers a new interpretation of Nietzsche's views on morality and its intersection with empirical psychology https://t.co/MSMt0yeN6R https://t.co/LJhCnBr80R

#MirraAlfassaTheMother #SpiritualTeacher  buy it from Amazon. https://t.co/09eAilrkfm

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The Body Beautiful. An Aurobindonian perspective https://t.co/SJYumeu1aa

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