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aThe editors of Devdeep and I method Sri Aurobindo from two completely different worlds, however are inextricably linked along with his concepts. Devdeep is a second era scholar of the Ashram faculty and a fourth era resident of Sri Aurobindo Ashram; I’m a primary era devotee of Sri Aurobindo. Devdeep opted to remain within the ashram after commencement; I lies in what is named the ‘actual’ world. He not solely serves the ashram, however can be a author and speaker on Sri Aurobindo and a instructor for graduate college students; I work in a suppose tank and contribute to the ashram every time I’m in Pondicherry. He connects to my world via the prism of Sri Aurobindo; I work with them from an outsider-insider’s vantage level. That mentioned, we’re each rooted in Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy of Integral Yoga and the non secular path.

On this part, we carry to our pages a various group of devotees, and discover concord and determination between the outer and the inside, the scholar and the doer, the witness and the actor, regardless of the variations. In doing so, we notice how Sri Aurobindo’s integrality extends throughout geographies, time and beings, uniting them in a transcendent concord, and permitting every to develop in its personal distinctive approach.

Is there a ‘favorite’ e book, a e book that resonates extra with me than the others? Strive as you’ll be able to, however the reply is ‘no’. At completely different occasions, I’ve adopted many streams of Sri Aurobindo’s thought via completely different books. Generally, the identical concept is expressed in several clauses. I positively discovered the evaluation of Bhagavad Gita in Essay on Gita; However there are deep references and in-depth chapters on the topic in Synthesis of Yoga, The Life Divine, Vedic and Philological Research, in lots of papers on yoga aside from small discuss or tackle concepts reminiscent of integral yoga, give up and supramental. Which finds a spot in lots of books reminiscent of Essays Divine and Human, The Secret of the Vedas, and Letters on Self and the Ashram. In reality, one technique to learn Sri Aurobindo is to comply with an concept in numerous books.

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The one e book that accompanies me from residence to workplace, whether or not in India or overseas, whereas working or touring, is Mom. In six temporary chapters, Sri Aurobindo brings residence his core philosophy. The chapter on cash alone can query the worlds of economics and finance and problem our set views about it in a single line, ‘Cash is the seen signal of a common energy.’ The second e book to which I return typically is Essays on Philosophy and Yoga. One essay I learn no less than twice a 12 months, and get new insights from it each studying, is ‘Bourgeois and the Samurai’, which is now a chapter of Bande Mataram. The primary time I learn it, it felt like Sri Aurobindo was intellectually whipping me; Now, I’ve come to phrases with my failures and I have to say that a bit of has modified. However I learn it time and again—it retains me grounded. In our loud world of noise, one other chapter I learn time and again is ‘The Energy of Stillness’, in Essays in Philosophy and Yoga: ‘Silence prepares speech. Silence does the work, speech offers pace to the motion. Silence compels, speech persuades.’

Then again, one e book that I’ve by no means been in a position to end or progress past a canto is his epic, Savitri. Sri Aurobindo labored on this e book for the primary time in 1916 and final in 1950. It’s stitched to perfection and is undoubtedly his biggest work. I discover this poem so intense that it’s obscure it past just a few strains. Studying this e book has been a journey for me. It began on the psychological airplane and now within the psychic. There’s such a mantra high quality within the verses of Savitri which the thoughts can’t perceive; It must be learn from the guts, in silence, with full focus, calmly. ‘Then,’ mentioned the mom in dialog with one of many disciples, ‘the phrases, the rhythm, the vibrations will immediately enter this white web page, placing their stamp on the mind, explaining themselves with out your effort.’ Savitri, she says, is one such e book that may assist aspirants to climb the best peaks: ‘She has encapsulated the entire universe in a single e book.’

For instance, do you additionally end up scuffling with these strains:

Then one thing stirred within the insoluble darkness;
An nameless motion, a inconsiderate thought
Insistent, dissatisfied, aimless,
one thing that wished however did not know find out how to be,
To awaken the ignorance teased the unconscious.

Savitri stays a top to which I nonetheless must climb, an intellectual-mental journey that I nonetheless must embark on.

After we place ourselves as people in a sea of ​​his writings which are nonetheless evolving and our present state of affairs is transitional, studying Sri Aurobindo turns into an much more thrilling journey. Two individuals studying the identical textual content will emerge from completely different views. This isn’t shocking – every individual is exclusive and the knowledge, data, and expertise with which one reader absorbs and engages with the identical fact will naturally differ from one other. However what makes it an ongoing quest is that the identical reader studying the identical e book of Sri Aurobindo at two completely different occasions will learn the reality otherwise. Not simply the e book, even a chapter or just a few verses will have an effect on the reader in several methods at completely different factors within the evolutionary journey.

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Studying Sri Aurobindo is like coming into a literal fact universe that spans the previous, explores the current and imagines the longer term. For instance, Savitri is a journey in direction of a destined future, a future the place matter is made divine, non secular. As quickly as we aspire to enter this future, we ‘know’ that the longer term is inside us. We’re matter, we’re thoughts, we’re psychic, we’re non secular. Due to this fact, the universe consists of the outer world in addition to the inside world. The totality of his yoga is thus past matter, life, thoughts and spirit, and factors to the supramental universe of house in addition to time. The physique is the place yoga takes place, it’s the playground of psychological growth, a bridge that strikes the cycle of progress ahead. Neither within the hereafter, nor after loss of life… Evolution takes place on this universe, on this planet, via this physique.

The twenty one contributors to this quantity have been related to these texts for a very long time, creating with them. A few of them are lecturers, some are writers, politicians, thinkers, editors. All of them hint Sri Aurobindo from their respective vantage factors and evolutionary levels of existence. Their views and insights are solely a place to begin in your personal journey. Will probably be a singular expertise for you, sculpted and pushed by you, as you embark on this journey of studying Sri Aurobindo. Regardless of having learn virtually the entire books right here, after I learn a few of the contributors’ chapters, they compelled me to rethink what I knew, to rethink my very own studying of the textual content, and a In Integral Synthesis, expanded my perspective. In different phrases, studying Sri Aurobindo is like studying the scriptures.

This excerpt from studying Sri Aurobindo, eDirected by Gautam Chikarmane and Devdeep GangulyRevealed with the permission of Penguin Random Home India.

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