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falling_down_a_wishing_well_by_aliceinsuicideland-d47pppxEver since Thales, Philosophy has had a reputation for being irrelevant and remote from the concerns of the world.  Thales, it will be recalled, was reputed– by Plato in the Theatetus –to have fallen down a well while staring up at the heavens.  The implication of this anecdote is clear.  Rather than attending to the earth, to this world, the philosopher is withdrawn and occupied with imponderables that are of no consequence to concrete existence.  Philosophers, it is said, traffic in abstractions and questions without answers.  This is often what people have in mind when they denounce metaphysics.  We can imagine a play by Molière depicting the life of a philosopher devoted to passionately defending the metaphysical thesis that every thirty seconds everything doubles in size.  The comedic value of such a play would be that if it were true that everything doubles in size every thirty seconds, such a…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

The Gita devotes several of its verses to discussion of the four-fold order of society. which has been mixed up with what we have seen come down through time as the rigid and stultifying caste system which has created enormous confusion and obstacles to the modern-day development of India. Caste as it has been practiced has forced hereditary positions and ranking in society on everyone, has prevented in many cases the most suited from taking up roles for which they were most capable, and has held back progress generally. The Gita’s discussion actually has very little, if anything, to do with this historical ossification of societal roles.

Sri Aurobindo points out that even the roles that the Gita assigns to the 4 orders of society do not match up with the historically developed caste system, making it clear that the meaning as understood by the Gita varies from what we…

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

This is an English translation of a Bengali article entitled “Manush Bhajan” by Nolini Kanta Gupta (1889-1984) who was a disciple of Sri Aurobindo (see bio on wikipedia).    Sri Aurobindo once remarked, “If Nolini does not understand my Yoga, who does”.  The translation of this article was done by Satadal and originally published by Maya Chattopadhyay of the “Sri Aurobindo Sthan” in Kolkata.

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We rarely give much thought to the forces that shape action, that is, works, in the world. Many people believe that they simply think of something and then they “do” it, and that is that. This sets up the illusion of the independent doer who is not conditioned by or controlled by any externalities. A truer understanding of action can aid the seeker in finding the right relationship to works and the manifested universe within which they take place.

Philosophers, of course, have examined the issue much more deeply and actually developed frameworks for the various “types” of causes that bring about a specific work or action. Sankhya philosophy has itself set forth its understanding of works, and the Gita takes the opportunity to review these at this point.

First a quick overview as itemized by Sri Aurobindo: “The Gita then speaks of the five causes or indispensable requisites for…

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Doing the “work to be done” in the right spirit and attitude requires an understanding which is conditioned by what Sri Aurobindo calls the “mental impulsion to works”. “There are three things, says the Gita, which go to constitute the mental impulsion to works, and they are the knowledge in our will, the object of knowledge and the knower; and into the knowledge there comes always the working of the three Gunas.”

Each of the 3 Gunas provides its characteristic aspects to the knowledge that an individual applies to his works, and the significance he attributes to them. “The tamasic ignorant knowledge is a small and narrow, a lazy or dully obstinate way of looking at things which has no eye for the real nature of the world or of the thing done or its field or the act or its conditions. The tamasic mind does not look for real…

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The influence of Rajas on the determinations of the reasoning intelligence is a major cause of the distortion that occurs in human life and action. The rajasic reason has the ability to justify the promptings of desire and ego, and thus, creates a self-reinforcing loop for understanding and action that misleads while maintaining its own internal logic to prove that it is “right”. Clearly many instances in history illustrate the risk of rajasic distortion as we see, for instance, religions justifying torture or warfare, or even barbaric enslavement or rapine in order to bring about the “victory” of a particular religion for the “benefit” of those victimised. In our own lives we can see similar justifications brought forward by the rajasic reason. Quite a number of seekers over the years have fallen into indulgence in sex or other practices in the name of “tantric yoga” without necessarily understanding the deeper…

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Originally posted on IntegralMusings:

The power of understanding or the cognitive intelligence is the highest available faculty in us in our present condition of evolution. This article examines the content and significance of this faculty and how to enhance its effectiveness in a power–point form.

The Higher Intelligence: Its Content and Significance

  • We define the power of understanding as that faculty in us which can discriminate, judge, analyse, discern the hidden patterns behind facts, arrive at concepts, generalization, conclusion or hypothesis.
  • This faculty of understanding exists in us at two levels. First is the intellectual understanding or pure reason which works though logic, scientific or philosophical, and analysis; other one is the intuitive understanding which can by pass logic and reasoning and arrives at a direct insight into the truth of things.
  • The importance of this faculty in our present world of the knowledge-worker and knowledge-society is obvious and need no elaboration. For it…

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