Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Now is the time for a new kind of more responsible partnership with the Divine

Re2: 17: An Ardent Prayer by rjon on Wed 18 Jul 2007 12:05 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link
It seems to me that Sri Aurobindo's emphasis on this aspect of Aswapati's "challenge" to the Divine could be read as a call for a more proactive Yoga vs. the quiescent tendency of previous Indian yogas. I'm wondering if his inspiring story of Aswapati can be interpreted as an example for all of us of a new kind of more responsible partnership with the Divine in the Earth's and Cosmos's Evolution? Perhaps now is the time when such a proactive mode is both more possible than in earlier periods, and perhaps even necessary given humanity's increasingly "Koyaanisqatsi" (Life out of balance) behaviors? ~ ron
Re: 17: An Ardent Prayer--Proactive Yoga by RY Deshpande on Thu 19 Jul 2007 04:15 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link Dear Ron
I have simply fallen in love with your “proactive yoga”, the most apt description that we can have for the Aurobindonian pursuit. If we have to go by the etymological sense then it is the perfect “Aryan” attitude that we see in it, Aryan the pioneer, the plougher who prepares the land for the new creation, the pusher or builder-promoter of the spirit’s boundless opportunities.
The greatness of Sri Aurobindo’s Aswapati is, he wills independently in the truth of the manifesting truth, the manifesting spirit; which means, there is no clash in what was suggested to him in the divine wisdom and what he is proposing, in fact he is insisting in getting it done, a truth-idea recognising the validity of another truth-idea. The play of the free-will in the multifold dynamism of the Truth is, in my opinion, the true hallmark of the Yoga of the Future Aswapati is already engaged in.
It is in it that the authentic human potential will flower and bear fruit. But, undoubtedly, that needs intense yoga-tapasya, and for it the divine help is always there, the Grace. We have to get ready to receive that Grace, that Bhagavadkripa. The more we do it consciously the more it becomes luminous and rewarding. Will we apply ourselves to it? That’s the question. RYD

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