Re: The Path by Sri Aurobindo
by RY Deshpande on Fri 28 Nov 2008 06:55 AM IST Profile Permanent Link
"Man cannot by his own effort make himself more than man; the mental being cannot by his own unaided force change himself into a supramental spirit. A descent of the Divine Nature can alone divinise the human receptacle."
Human potential can grow and flourish in the human domain. But if transcendence of the human is dsired, something else has to happen, something more than even the spiritual. The approaches are different. RYD Reply
Re: Explanation of my Stand wrt The Lives of Sri Aurobindo Science, Culture and Integral Yoga
by Lynda Lester on Fri 28 Nov 2008 06:10 PM PST Profile Permanent Link
I think it's worth its weight in gold. What this book gives is a closer look at divine incarnation in its developmental aspects... In my opinion Peter's book brings a new and fresh air into the mental atmosphere of the Integral Yoga community; for me, it is invigorating.
I also think that in the vastness of Sri Aurobindo, there is plenty of room for many approaches to him and many books; no one work could possibly tell the whole story, or for that matter satisfy all readers.
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's genius was in asking -- and then investigating -- questions that had been considered unthinkable and heretical not only by all religions, but also the physical sciences: the possibility that complete transformation could come from within, and include the entire being, including the physical body -- and even extend itself out to the earth itself.
This is still, in our time, a radical proposition. Most spiritualities, in their practical efforts, don't venture this far. They treat the body and the world as fixed, and the only possible change as inward. And the sciences, though the fringe may flirt with the notion of technological singularity, don't give any credence to a spiritual singularity (aka, supramental transformation).
I mention this because it is the quality of throwing open one's mind and spirit, of being open to all possibility of truth and discovery, of not keeping oneself tied to current trends of thought, no matter how sanctioned, no matter how strongly such trends may be embedded in a national consciousness (such as the emotional idea of the avatar in India) -- it is that openness that forges new ground...
Integrating the details of our lives with the higher movements of consciousness is where yoga becomes practical. Anyone can give a fine speech on the abstract ideas of this yoga, quote Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, relate them to ideas in the sciences, art, literature. The proof of yoga, however, is in how we embody those principles in our actions, our lives, our selves -- and especially, in situations such as this, when there are troubling movements abroad.