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The Uses and Limitations of the Power of Renunciation

When we consider the meaning of the term “renunciation” as it is current in the world, and more particularly in the traditional spiritual paths, it takes on a sense of self-denial, avoidance and limitation. Over time, this has become virtually an “absolute” in terms of the position the seeker should take in order to achieve […]

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Is “Buddhist ethics” Buddhist?

David Chapman has on his blog a provocative new series of posts about Buddhist ethics. You can get a strong sense of the tenor of these posts from their titles: “Buddhist ethics” is a fraud, “Buddhist ethics” is not Buddhist ethics, Traditional Buddhism has no ethical system, Buddhist morality is Medieval, and How Asian Buddhism…

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The arrested development of the “world come of age”

In his prison writings, Bonhoeffer begins to radically rethink Christianity for a world that no longer has need of religious guidance — a “world come of age” where human beings take responsibility for their own problems with no need to appeal to God. The immediate postwar era seems to bear out his prediction. In an […]

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On Dropping Dead

I’ve been reading a lot of medieval history recently in preparation to teach about medieval Christian Europe this term. What’s mostly struck me so far is how depressingly familiar it seems. There are whole books to be written (perhaps there already have been) about the continuities between the medieval invention of heretics and witches in […]

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Integral Knowledge For Acting With Renunciation

The integral Yoga does not accept the traditional form of outer renunciation as the true basis of spiritual realization. For the integral Yoga, which seeks to transform life rather than abandon it, the renunciation asked for is more subtle: an inner, rather than an outer, renunciation. Sri Aurobindo observes that normal action is driven by […]

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Weaponized ideals and ethical profiling

High ethical standards initially seem to be a good thing. Even if we cannot always live up to them, there is value in recognizing and enshrining an ideal. At the same time, ethical standards are not used solely as an object for aspiration. They are also used as a basis for judgment. And that leaves […]

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Understanding and Renouncing Egoism In All Its Forms

Sri Aurobindo observes: “But the centre of all resistance is egoism and this we must pursue into every covert and disguise and drag it out and slay it; for its disguises are endless and it will cling to every shred of possible self-concealment.” This self-concealment acts like a chameleon in that it takes on the […]

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Renunciation of Self-Will in Thought and Action

If we observe our own internal mental working we can easily identify the predilection to accept certain ideas, thoughts, ideologies, sentiments, feelings, emotions, concepts and opinions as being what we would identify as “our own”. We are attached to these and consider the collective bundle of these things to be what makes us “unique” and […]

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The duty to do philosophy interculturally

“Is the debate on global justice a global one?”—asks Anke Graness at the beginning of an article (available OA here) in which she analyses the more common positions on global justice held in Western academia and confronts them with the perspective on justice of two contemporary African philosophers (the Kenyan Henry Odera Oruka and the…


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

Dec 30, 1896.  Swami Vivekananda was fast asleep on the ship which was taking him back to India after a whirlwind tour of Europe and America when he had a vivid dream.  An old and bearded man appeared before him, saying, “Observe well this place that I show to you. You are now in the island of Crete. This is the land in which Christianity began.”  In support of this origin of Christianity, the speaker gave two words, one of which was Therapeutae, and showed both to be derived direct from Sanskrit roots.  “The proofs are all here,” added the old man, pointing to the ground, “Dig and you will find!”.  The Swami woke, feeling that he had had no common dream, and tumbled out on deck, to take the air. As he did so, he met a ship’s officer, turning in from his watch.

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Originally posted on Footnotes2Plato:

“Two things fill the mind with ever-renewing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind is drawn to think of them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” So says Kant in the preface to his Critique of Pure Reason. He goes on to explain that neither the sky above him nor the freedom within him should be considered mere conjectures. Neither is beyond the horizon of conscious experience. We sense the celestial lights above through our eyes, and we sense the moral freedom within through our heart, the innermost source of our self-hood. Kant continues: “The former view of a countless multitude of worlds annihilates my importance as an animal creature, which after it has been for a short time provided with vital power, one knows not how, must again give back the matter of which it was formed to…

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Originally posted on Overman Foundation:

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Dear Friends,

Chunibhai Patel (19.6.1903—19.8.1992) was a Gujarati sadhak who was renamed ‘Dyuman’ (“the luminous one”) by Sri Aurobindo on 24 November 1928. He visited Pondicherry for the first time on 11 July 1924 and surrendered himself to Sri Aurobindo. He became an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in May 1927. He was in charge of the Dining Room and looked after the Granary. A dedicated worker to the core, the Mother made him one of the Founder-Trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust on 1 May 1955. He became the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust in 1991.

We are happy to announce that Overman Foundation has received permission from Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust to publish Dyuman’s Correspondence with the Mother in its online forum. We are extremely grateful to Shri Manoj Das Gupta, Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, for giving us the said permission. We are…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

Without action, energy, nothing is created. Rajas is the quality or mode of action in the manifested world. We look upon the world as a field of action, where each being and form is constantly pressured and forced to survive or die. “Survival of the fittest” was the summary given by the West. All energies of life impinge upon the individual form and it either surmounts the pressure, grows and thrives, or eventually succumbs to it. Sri Aurobindo describes Rajas further: This is the mode of Rajas, the way of passion and action and the thirst of desire. Struggle and change and new creation, victory and defeat and joy and suffering and hope and disappointment are its children and build the many-coloured house of life in which it takes its pleasure.”

The limitations of Rajas are on the one side, that when disappointed, frustrated or spent, it tends to fall…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

The idea of liberation from the bondage of Nature and its action has been a central tenet of spiritual traditions the world over. Sri Aurobindo sets forth the additional goal of achieving mastery over the actions of Nature to be able to express the Will of the Supreme in the world of manifestation. This requires, therefore, not simply a dissolution of the bond between soul and external nature, but a way to gain leverage on the actions of Nature. For this purpose, a detailed understanding of the action of Nature in the manifested universe is essential, and this comes down to the important concept of the three Gunas of Nature, the modes or qualities that combine together to determine our actions and responses. “But this inferior Nature can only be mastered if she is surmounted and used from above. And this can only be done by a transcendence of her…

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