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Is there a destiny, and can we change it?

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Is there a destiny, and can we change it?

Is there a destiny, and can we change it? Whether it seem good or evil to men’s eyes, Only for good the secret Will can work. Our destiny is written in double terms: Through Nature’s contraries we draw near God; Out of the darkness we still grow to light. SRI AUROBINDO (Savitri, Book 6, Canto 1, p. 424) It is often assumed that whatever happens to us in life has already been decided by God. It is as if God prepares a schedule of events for our stay in the world while our soul is getting embodied. This divine document, which is kept secret...

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Neither Pleasure Nor Pain; Simply Delight

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Neither Pleasure Nor Pain; Simply Delight

Neither Pleasure Nor Pain; Simply Delight Delight of being is universal, illimitable and self-existent, not dependent on particular causes, the background of all backgrounds, from which pleasure, pain and other more neutral experiences emerge. When delight of being seeks to realise itself as delight of becoming, it moves in the movement of force and itself takes different forms of movement of which pleasure and pain are positive and negative currents. SRI AUROBINDO, In The Life Divine, Book 1, Chapter 11, pp. 98-99. Delight is not the same as...

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Duty, Yes! But, Which Duty?

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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 relations, our external status in life. SRI AUROBINDO (The Synthesis of Yoga, p. 260) Duty is work that we are...

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Growth of Consciousness

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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 are unique in having the capacity to become progressively more aware of the all-pervasive presence of the...

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Sri Aurobindo: the Prophet of Optimism

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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 absorbed knowledge from both sides of the globe, he had also had a critical look at both, and had related it to...

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YAMAS: the Don’ts of Raja Yoga

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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 the ashtanga is yama. Yama literally means control or restraint. There are five yamas, or things that should...

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LEELA — the Play of the Divine

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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 the word commonly used in India for the play of the Divine. This point of view, naturally, assumes that there...

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The Temporary Insanity Called ANGER

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The Temporary Insanity Called ANGER

Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right reason and in the right way – that is not easy. ARISTOTLE If you are angry with yourself for getting angry too often and too fast, take heart – anger is not just my problem or your problem, it is a universal problem. Anger is a primitive protective response rooted in our evolutionary past. It has immense survival value for animals. But unlike animals, we have not just the part of the brain associated with...

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MARRIAGE – as it is, and what it could be

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MARRIAGE – as it is, and what it could be

Marriage unites a man and a woman for life. Irrespective of how the match was made, they always make the commitment in spite of not knowing each other half as well as they should. This is true even of couples who have been seeing each other for years before they tie the knot. Having long conversations over cups of tea or watching movies together is quite different from living together as husband and wife. It has been said that a marriage is like a game of cards. First, it is all hearts, then diamonds, later clubs, and finally spades. Almost...

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AUSTERITY: When Less is More

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AUSTERITY: When Less is More

Austerity is commonly used as the English equivalent of what has been called Tapas in the Indian tradition. Austerity bears a superficial resemblance to tapas, but the two are not the same; there is perhaps no word in English that conveys the exact meaning of tapas. A life characterized by austerities is an extremely simple life. The simplicity is the result of self-denial, which in turn may be based on a philosophy of life that believes in reducing desires. Austerities may also be a type of self-imposed suffering, which in turn may be...

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