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Sri Aurobindo Studies

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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Sri Aurobindo Studies

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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Sri Aurobindo Studies

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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