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When we are confronted with the raw animal instincts and reactions in our nature, it is easy to determine the benefit of an external code of behavior that begins to modify, regulate and control those impulses. In any social order, the basic framework of an external code of moral or ethical guidelines or laws ameliorates the worst abuses that occur through the workings of greed, desire, and the struggle for power or control of one’s life. Without this murder, rapine, theft, terms which have been defined through the development of codes of conduct, would potentially be prevalent, and we would come down to pure “dog eat dog” “survival of the fittest” behavior where the strong bully, manipulate and control those who are weaker or dependent. Even with all our social and moral laws, there remains a strong element of this kind of behavior residual in humanity. Sri Aurobindo comments on…

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The human mentality, by its nature, tends to separate things into hard and fast divisions. It is no different in the realm of moral rules or ethical standards. The mind then wants to apply these rules universally and in a rigid manner with the concern that if we once let down our strict code, we will quickly slide into depravity, lawlessness and vice. We see this pattern repeated all around the world where the law is “black and white” or the doctrine of the religion or moral philosophy are “absolute”. It is clearly true that ethical and moral codes provide a real benefit in the culturing of the consciousness of humanity, and they serve a serious and positive purpose. It is also, however, quite true that any strictly construed rule or law that has no room for adaptation to new situations and circumstances, or that does not apply a deeper…

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Humanity has tended to the extremes when looking at the role and purpose of the individual being. Those who place their focus on the Eternal tend to treat the individual as an aberration, something to be dissolved in order to achieve Oneness with the Eternal. On the other hand, most of humanity has tended to accentuate the individual, and focus on individual fulfillment and achievement. Sri Aurobindo, as he recognizes that all is done by the Divine Being, does not at the same time try to eliminate the role of the individual; rather, he recognizes that the individual has been developed and formed so as to carry out the Divine evolutionary process in the stage of individualisation and growth of consciousness through and beyond the mental level.

“He is a centre only–a centre of differentiation of the one personal consciousness, a centre of determination of the one total movement; his…

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Sri Aurobindo has described a yogic path that starts from the Yoga of works, through action in the world, but eventually incorporates the deepest forms of devotion and the completest understanding brought about by the Yoga of knowledge. The central characteristic that brings this about is what is called the “Yoga of sacrifice”, with an understanding of the term in its widest and highest sense.

“Lastly, the practice of this Yoga of sacrifice compels us to renounce all the inner supports of egoism, casting them out of our mind and will and actions, and to eliminate its seed, its presence, its influence out of our nature. All must be done for the Divine; all must be directed towards the Divine. Nothing must be attempted for ourselves as a separate existence; nothing done for others, whether neighbors, friends, family, country or mankind or other creatures merely because they are connected with…

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 (This article is a review and analysis of some of the ideas presented in the book “Conscious Capitalism” by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, in the light if Integral Management)

After the recession in the West, there was some soul-searching and critical rethinking on the virtues of capitalism. Many of them called for a radical renovation of the capitalism by bringing in some of the principles of socialism like equity or more government intervention. This book under review belongs to this category of rethinking capitalism but with a difference. This book is not a critique of capitalism. On the contrary, the authors are confirmed capitalist and hail capitalism as one of the greatest innovations of human mind for bringing widespread prosperity to people. But they also argue, capitlaism can still evolve into something higher and better and more soulful. The unique feature of the book lies in its positive approach…

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Humanity acts based on the motive force of desire, and much of our mental development and focus is based on ways to both satisfy and justify this vital force of attraction and repulsion in action. The ego represents a limited formation that essentially is built up around a set of (for the most part) habitual responses to objects of desire, and the specific organized set of these responses that we identify with through the ego-consciousness we call ourselves, our personality, and our being.

In fact,however, this is a surface being that is both ephemeral and transitory in nature. There is a deeper, true self that is not based on the ego, and not focused on the satisfaction of desires, that represents the true reality of our existence. The process of Yoga works to unveil this hidden true self and bring it to the fore, thereby shifting the motive principle of…

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When one takes up the integral Yoga, there are considerations involved that were not clearly of much concern to those who followed other yogic paths in the past. For the most part, yoga has been traditionally focused on the liberation of the individual and the unification with the Absolute; the life in the world was treated either as an illusion, or at best, of secondary importance. In the integral Yoga, where the transformation of the active nature and the evolutionary development of the world manifestation are recognised essential aspects, a new level of complexity enters into the process. Abandonment of the life in the world is essentially no longer an “option” and the body, the vital being, the emotions, all need to be taken up, reconfigured and transformed.

Once the determination has been made, another debate arises; namely, whether it is better to focus on the path of Knowledge or…

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