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Sri Aurobindo Studies

There are those who oppose faith to science and try to create an artificial conflict between them. The argument goes, from the side of science, that faith has no basis in fact and therefore cannot be true or actual; while from the side of faith, science is too bound to a rigid factual reality that misses the greater sense and significance of life and all its manifestations.

Underlying this division however is a deeper reality in which both aspects are important and play their role. They are not so much opposites as complements. Knowledge, facts and science rule the world of the mind, and the viewpoint, seeing and action of the mental being in the world of life and matter. We build thereupon various edifices and create for ourselves laws of action, laws of ethics and morality, and laws of right action, which we call Dharma. This provides us a…

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From Buddha, Rilke, Rodin…to the Thinker’s Disposition: Google-Our Own–Greatest-Learning-Experience-MICRO-NULL PULL


The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman circa 1957 The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman circa 1957

Information is key to the understanding of 11-dimensional multiverse of universes- information that is seemingly vast yet accessible not by ‘trial and error’ method of scientific or spiritual judgement but by direct learning experience through a process of negation and filter as we embrace Consciousness as the key non-local server connected to what is called the Field or the Mind of God.  We, therefore, Google God because it is our own greatest learning experience, from the flower in the boutique to Monalisa in Louvre to the quantum supercomputers – our mind-space horizons are expanding continually with the universe,  and each time we learn a new thing the bio-metrics are stored as information rich in time.  

There the tree…

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The Hindu perspective

Rajiv Malhotra Rajiv Malhotra

rish Sita Ram Goel (right) with Ram Swarup (right)

If anybody had wondered, like I have done, about whether the works of Rajiv Malhotra (a highly influential Hindu thinker and writer of today) took inspiration or influence from the illustrious Sita Ram Goel (1921 – 2003) and Ram Swarup (1920 – 1998), I recently mailed him this question and the following was the response (which is quoted with permission):

I did not know either of them, but today in hindsight I hold them in high regard. Had I known them I would have liked to collaborate.

But my journey through westernization in outer lifestyle alongside my Hindu interior was very different than most Hindu thinkers. This is both a handicap as well as asset – I know the west far deeper and better than most Hindus do.

External links:

1 – Rajiv Malhotra’s website

2 – Wiki bio of…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

There is an apocryphal story about the sage Valmiki, author of the great epic story of Sri Rama, the Ramayana. He was said to be a dacoit, translated loosely as a highway robber, violent and focused on obtaining his personal satisfaction without regard for others or the conventions of society. At a certain point he had a life experience that opened his eyes about the meaning of his life. Along the way, he experienced real inner experiences of enlightenment, giving up his former evil lifestyle and became the sage who has been revered and admired ever since.

The story illustrates that once one changes the direction of one’s life, even those who have taken on the extreme rajasic tendencies of an asuric nature can achieve redemption and liberation. The basic tendencies of the nature play out and create one’s karma, action, and this can create a downward spiral for those…

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Issue #5229 – Monday, June 16th, 2014 – Editor: Dustin LindenSmith

CBC Radio’s Ideas, hosted by Paul Kennedy, is a show devoted to various philosophical topics, especially as they pertain to society more generally. A recent episode produced by Ashley Walters was devoted to a study of the commune of Auroville in India, which some readers of this publication will already be familiar with via Jerry’s profiles of Annamika and Didier. The episode page is here:

A direct link to download the episode is here:

As Jerry noted in a comment on that episode page, there was really no mention of Sri Aurobindo, nor of the root origin story for the community itself. The piece tended to focus more on the surface aspects of the way the community is organized, and how the power structures have either splintered or coalesced into somewhat secretive groups which are not…

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Sri Aurobindo Studies

Having come to the direct apparent contradiction between action in the world and spiritual existence, the Gita tells us that there is in fact a resolution. The general method of the Gita has been to find a reconciling term that embraces the contradictions through a higher synthesis. This was evident with its focus on the Purushottama as the solution to the apparent contradiction between the Kshara Purusha and the Akshara Purusha.

Applying this same methodology to action in Nature, then, should provide us a way to be liberated from the bondage of works, without at the same time having to abandon all work. The Gita has presented this apparent contradiction and insisted that there is a solution. We must start first by reviewing the “horns” of the apparent dilemma, as described by Sri Aurobindo:

“To act is to be subject to the three qualities of Nature; to be beyond these…

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In our modern world, especially in the corporate world, there is a constant clamour for “change.”  Corporate pundits proclaim, “Change is the only constant” and therefore to survive or prosper we have to adapt or move with this change.  The other psychological factor behind this clamour for change is that our human vital, seeks for novelty and change for its own sake.

Most of these corporate notions of change are incomplete half-truths.  Change is undoubtedly an inherent characteristics of life.  But change is not the “only constant”.  There is an unchanging spirit and an immutable silence behind Nature’s change.  There is a purpose, plan and design behind Nature’s change.  There are some enduring values that belong to the higher nature of human being which are the foundations of lasting wellbeing.  And finally in Nature, change is not for the sake of change but a forward movement.  There is an evolutionary…

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