Duty, Yes! But, Which Duty?
May15

Duty, Yes! But, Which Duty?

Duty, Yes! But, Which Duty? The principal message of the Gita is not how a duty should be performed, but which duty should be performed in case of conflicting duties. The duty it tells us to select is the divine duty. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… No such general thing as duty exists; we have only duties, often in conflict with each other, and these are determined by our environment, our social...

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Growth of Consciousness
Sep10

Growth of Consciousness

We are evolving from five-sensory humans into multi-sensory humans. GARY ZUKAV Consciousness is a confusing word because, depending upon whether it has been spelt with a small ‘c’ or a capital ‘C’, its meaning changes dramatically. Spelt consciousness, it means awareness; spelt Consciousness, it refers to the imperishable Absolute Reality which is present in all creation, although concealed and rather poorly expressed. Human beings...

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Sri Aurobindo: the Prophet of Optimism
Aug18

Sri Aurobindo: the Prophet of Optimism

He saw a world that is from a world to be. – SRI AUROBINDO (Savitri, Book 3, Canto 3, p. 330) Sri Aurobindo was an unprecedented figure in history. Sent to England by his father at age seven, he returned to India at age 21, only to immerse himself in the ancient Indian scriptures for the next fourteen years. Thus, by age 35, he had become a perfect synthesis of the East and the West. With his remarkable intellect, he had not only...

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YAMAS: the Don’ts of Raja Yoga
Aug12

YAMAS: the Don’ts of Raja Yoga

Yama is … any self-discipline by which the rajasic egoism and its passions and desires in the human being are conquered and quieted into perfect cessation. SRI AUROBINDO Raja yoga, or Patanjali’s yoga, is also known as ashtanga (ashta, eight; anga, components) yoga because Patanjali organized knowledge about the yoga of mental perfection into eight components, or limbs (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, 2:29). The first of the eight limbs of...

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LEELA — the Play of the Divine
Aug12

LEELA — the Play of the Divine

If mind is crippled, life untaught and crude, If brutal masks are there and evil acts, They are incidents of his vast and varied plot, His great and dangerous drama’s needed steps; He makes with these and all his passion-play, A play and yet no play but the deep scheme Of a transcendent Wisdom finding ways To meet her lord in the shadow and the Night… SRI AUROBINDO (Savitri, Bk 10, Canto 3, p. 624) Leela literally means play, and is...

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Yoga as a Buffet Lunch
Jul25

Yoga as a Buffet Lunch

Yoga is a process of self-improvement, a process by which we become better than we are now. It may be expected that this is something we are all interested in. But improvement involves change, and change is something we resist, even if it is a change for the better. It is interesting that we all want to get better, but do not want to change. Further, yoga involves not a small change; it involves a change in human nature itself. That...

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