Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

The Gita’s view of devotion is neither identical with the normal sense we find in religious devotion to a chosen deity, nor is it limited by the philosophical abstract sense that treats devotion as a secondary and lesser movement of spiritual development. Devotion occupies a central place in the Gita’s Yoga, because the Gita itself works to unify the abstract with the manifest in a way that accepts both as real, necessary and important aspects of the larger truth which it has described as the Divine Person that manifests all that exists while not being bound or limited by those manifested forms. This Divine Person holds within its being both the unmanifest and the manifest, the silent Immutable and the sounds of the universal life. The Gita’s devotion goes to this highest Being with an absolute and complete force of adoration and surrender to His Will.

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The heart of the Gita’s path lies in the recognition that the Immutable, the Supreme Brahman, is not the final stage or goal of the spiritual path. The essential truth lies in the recognition that there is a higher Supreme Person, the Purushottama, beyond this silent, vast, unmoving awareness, known as the Akshara Purusha. The Purushottama integrates both the unmoving and the moving, the unmanifest and the manifestation.

Just as the status of the Brahman is achieved through an identification with the vast silent awareness, accomplished through a systematic renunciation of the attachment to the outer world and the objects of desires engendered there, the subsequent step requires us to find the way to reintegrate the outer with the inner, the manifestation with the unmanifest.

Sri Aurobindo describes the process: “When the soul has lost its separative personality, when it has become the Brahman, it is then that it can…

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Originally posted on IntegralMusings:

(On the occasion of India’s Independence day on 15th August)

There is almost a consensus among modern intelligentsia that secularism as it was conceived and practiced in the West is the best ideology for democratic governance. This secular ideology has its positive features and made important contribution for the progress of western nations. But is this the right political ideology for India with her deep rooted spiritual heritage at the very origin of the nation?

The Foundations of Indian Civilisation

To answer this question we have to go back to some of the unique features of ancient Indian spirituality which gave birth to the Indian civilisation and what is called “Hinduism.”

In India, whenever someone talks about the need for moulding the nation according to great spiritual vision of the founders and seers of Indian civilisation, the secular pundits and politicians raise a big hue and cry, calling it…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

Depending on the goal one sets, there will be a different focus for the efforts made. Many people have taken the position that the goal is to unify with the silent, immobile, impersonal Brahman, and in such case, making any kind of effort in the outer nature or taking any kind of action in the outer world, seems to them unnecessary and more or less a distraction. Those who follow the traditional path of Sannyasa tend to set the silent Brahman as such a goal and one can then see that they are consistent when they dismiss action as an illusion or a distracting influence.

The question the arises, if this is actually the true case, why the Gita goes to such lengths to encourage action in the world. The Gita’s position is that attaining the silence, the immobile status of the Brahman is indeed a requisite stage, but that…

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Originally posted on Footnotes 2 Plato:

Scientists like to contrast themselves with others by their faithfulness to evidence.  Sadly, they resist evidence that does not fit their pre-commitments.  Aristotelian scientists at the papal court refused to look through the telescope because they would see what did not fit their philosophical convictions about the heavenly bodies.  Modern scientists have all along ignored a great deal of evidence about mental activities that does not fit their materialist presuppositions…The refusal to re-examine metaphysical presuppositions based on the exclusion of metaphysical reflection cannot be sustained indefinitely when so much of the findings of science, from quantum theory to neuroscience, contradicts these presuppositions.

The major defense of moving ahead with assumptions that do not fit either our most basic experience or the evidence produced by empirical investigations is to point to the great and unquestioned achievements of this science.  It is argued that as long as it advances knowledge, now even…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

When we take up the search for meaning and the spiritual path, the first major issue we confront is the bondage of the human soul to the action of the outer nature. The example of the Buddha is illustrative. He was raised as a prince with all the luxuries and benefits that could be bestowed upon any human being. He was kept separated from all forms of suffering. At a certain point in his development, he began reflecting on the nature of human existence and recognized what were later called the 4 Noble Truths; the first two of which are the truth of all life consisting of suffering, and the chain of cause and effect that binds all actions to suffering, so that there is no escape from suffering while one is immersed in the outer world.

Sri Aurobindo describes the human condition: The difficulty of human action is that…

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Originally posted on IntegralMusings:

The process and stages of human growth can be described in many formulas, depending on the way we look at it. This article presents a perspective which is one way of looking at it but not the only way. There are many equally valid ways of presenting the same idea. Similarly, the terminology used here can be interpreted in a very different way from the one which I have adapted here for this article.

The first stage is the one driven by Desire where you strive hard to satisfy your desire for power, pleasure, wealth, ambition, achievement, success. In this stage we are more or less entirely ego-centric. However this stage helps the individual to raise from a state of tamasic inertia to the rajasic throb of life.

The second stage is that of Aspiration where we make a similar attempt to fulfill our nobler desires for knowledge and virtue…

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