Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sri Aurobindo’s visions on spiritualized human society

The early Egyptians mummified their dead bodies and built pyramids in quest of immortality. Their entire religion was in search of a spirit imperishable and immortal. They dreamed of living eternally and desired that life should not cease. The ancient Chinese did intensive research to invent the elixir of life for longevity and immortality. This quest for immortality or prolonging of life is being carried out incessantly throughout ages across the world both by science and metaphysics. […]

In spite of great advancements in all spheres of life, we see around the world today extreme discontentment, disharmony, conflict and mutual hatred between different groups that often compel us to think pessimistically about the possible annihilation of human species. The combined egos of different people based on ethnic or religious groupings are expanding enormously. The clash of these egos is creating disharmony in human societies preventing their very peaceful coexistence and joy of life.

On the positive side, simultaneously there is also growing awareness about the spiritual oneness of humanity and a conscious aspiration for a spiritualized society as envisioned in last Mantra of Rigveda (10-191-4) ‘Samani Vha Aakuti, Samana Hrudyani Vha, Samanam Astu Vo Mano, Yatha Vha Su Saha Asti’ (Unite your resolve, unite your hearts, may your spirits be at one, that you may long together dwell in unity and concord).

Note: Sri Aurobindo’s first article on human society written in his weekly ‘Dharma’, in 1909, gives us an initial glimpse of his visions on spiritualized human society expressed in ‘Human Cycle’ and ‘Ideal of Human Unity’. - Sundari KBT (

from ASPIRATION - Aspiration is a call to the Divine. — The Mother Reply by kalpana on April 24, 2010 at 2:56pm
Namaste all! All the answers have in common the recognition of the limitations of the human mind to grasp what is beyond its reach, and how the Divine in Her Infinite Compassion allows each to reach for Her, in the way that is appropriate for each.
As long as we are training our instruments to be receptive, sincere, aspire, we will without doubt receive Mother's energy as She sees fit for our personal journey. Whatever helps us to stay in touch with Her is good.
 Reply by kalpana on April 25, 2010 at 1:03pm

Debates have their place, but imho, they can distract one's energy. Quietly, with perseverance, it is better to hold fast to what one believes in, and it will be that aspect of the Divine which will accordingly reveal itself, [or even in the contrasting model!]. Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita also states that whatever form/formless aspect a devotee approaches the Divine, it is in that aspect that the Divine responds.

I also think there is a big difference between the Greek/Roman pantheism [many gods] and the panentheism [all gods [and demons and whatnot are only forms of the One Divine Energy] of the Hindu tradition. In the Hindu tradition, the enlightened/knowledgeable worshipper recognises the symbolic [example a particular goddess might represent love and harmony] and energetic [like a battery charger for a particular handset] aspects - which is not the same as idol worship.

The human mind-field when concentrated is very powerful - so concentrating with faith invokes the latent power in a particular image. Ultimately it is an interaction. For example 10 people might gaze at a picture of the Mother, and only one person might experience a powerful effect. This is due to receptivity, humility, sincerity, perseverance etc. [some of the 12 powers stated by Mother for manifestation of the Divine, as represented by the outer petals of Her symbol]. Whatever. The main aim we are all agreed on - may our aspirations for the Divine on Earth be fulfilled!

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