Originally posted on Sri Aurobindian Ontology:

Re: Savitri, Surrender and the Void by Rod Hemsell by Rodon Fri 25 May 2007 01:49 AM PDT |  Profile |  Permanent Link

This kind of textual meandering, which is limitless, and for the most part useless, points directly to the problem of textual fallacies in Sri Aurobindo’s world. (By which I mean the world of students and disciples of Sri aurobindo as well as his teachings, texts, and direct spiritual influence.) It is a kind of legacy for deconstructionists to savor these things I suppose.

The first deconstruction here would point to the alleged discrepancies between Self and Soul, Atman and Purusa, etc. as defined textually. One can easily reiterate many textual references and then believe that one has grasped something about Self and Soul. This is the scriptural Sri Aurobindo school.

Then there is the yoga transmission school of the yoga guru Sri Aurobindo. For the latter, there…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

The Yoga of Works focuses on the Will Power as the motive engine of the change of consciousness. Sri Aurobindo explains the method: “The Path of Works aims at the dedication of every human activity to the supreme Will. It begins by the renunciation of all egoistic aim for our works, all pursuit of action for an interested aim or for the sake of a worldly result.”

This starts out as a discipline, but eventually leads to the recognition that the individual is not actually the true “doer” of works; rather it is the Prakriti through the three Gunas of Nature that is the effective actor carrying out the Will of the Supreme. The role of the individual is to be a nexus for a specific formulation in the universal play. Eventually, as the Yoga of Works progresses, “The choice and direction of the act is more and more consciously…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

Hatha Yoga is seen today primarily as a course of exercise, intended to make the body supple and flexible, and thereby to enhance health and well-being. Yoga, as it is called in the West, has been touted for its ability to help one lose weight as well as improve the functioning of the body. For most people, this is what is meant by the term “yoga” and they do not appreciate the hidden intention behind the development of this science.

Sri Aurobindo provides insight to the true goal of Hatha Yoga: “Hathayoga aims at the conquest of the life and the body whose combination in the food sheath and the vital vehicle constitutes, as we have seen, the gross body and whose equilibrium is the foundation of all Nature’s workings in the human being.”

It goes far beyond this starting point. Sri Aurobindo explains that the body and its vital…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

Sri Aurobindo bases his understanding of the means and goals of Yoga on a deeper insight into the evolutionary developmental process of Nature. Just as each successive form and power of consciousness that manifests in Nature has its basis upon forms and powers previously manifested, so we can also recognise that the processes and powers of Yoga are based on existing capabilities available to the human practitioner of the Yoga. Each of the different paths or schools of Yoga takes hold of one or more of the basic powers within humanity, whether it is the physical (Hatha Yoga), the emotional (Bhakti Yoga), the vital impulse (Karma Yoga), or the higher mind (Jnana Yoga), or other similar correlations.

“Yet it is always through something which she has formed in her evolution that Nature thus overpasses her evolution. It is the individual heart that by sublimating its highest and purest emotions attains…

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Originally posted on IntegralMusings:

[Illuminating perspectives form Sri Aurobindo on a form of egoism and intolerance which is prevalent among devotees, seekers and disciples in the religious and spiritual path, followed by a commentary]

The sadhaka of the integral Yoga will make use of all these aids according to his nature; but it is necessary that he should shun their limitations and cast from himself that exclusive tendency of egoistic mind which cries, “My God, my Incarnation, my Prophet, my Guru,” and opposes it to all other realisation in a sectarian or a fanatical spirit. All sectarianism, all fanaticism must be shunned; for it is inconsistent with the integrity of the divine realisation.

On the contrary, the sadhaka of the integral Yoga will not be satisfied until he has included all other names and forms of Deity in his own conception, seen his own Ishta Devata in all others, unified all Avatars in the…

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Originally posted on Overman Foundation:

Dear Friends and Well-wishers,

An exhibition of books on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (not available at the branches of Sri Aurobindo Book Distribution Agency, i.e. SABDA) and Indian scriptures was organized by Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre and Overman Foundation in association with Sri Aurobindo’s Action West Bengal Trust in the evening of 15th November 2014 (Saturday) at the premises of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre located at 532, Block “M”, New Alipore, Kolkata 700053.



The said exhibition was inaugurated by Shrimati Chitra Bose, Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre Trust and Principal of Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir.





A special segment was devoted to the books authored by Shrimat Anirvan in Bengali and English.


We take the opportunity to thank the members of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre who had efficiently managed the exhibition and all the participants for their overwhelming response due to which the event was a success.


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Originally posted on Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother:

The short answer to the question “Are Indians more spiritual” is “no, certainly not“.  If you look at the hoi polloi, they can be as materialistic as people in other countries – spending their leisure hours shopping in malls and merrily wining and dining their way through life.  But the long answer is a little more complicated since it requires some occult perception of the cultural and subconscious atmosphere which pervades in every country.   In this article, we present some observations by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Mirra Alfassa on the East-West differences as regards the spiritual pursuit.  Do bear in mind that these observations are not eternal truths. These remarks were uttered at a certain point in time and come with an expiration date, because conditions in various countries can change over time.

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