Religion, Ethics, and Spirituality

Posted on: October 12, 2015

Sri Aurobindo Studies

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 […]

Love of All Wisdom

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…

An und für sich

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 […]

An und für sich

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 […]

Sri Aurobindo Studies

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 […]

An und für sich

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 […]

Sri Aurobindo Studies

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 […]

Sri Aurobindo Studies

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 […]

The Indian Philosophy Blog

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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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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