Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"East-West synthesis" traces its genealogy to Sri Aurobindo

[It is a historical fact that Wilber and others have interpreted Aurobindo in particular ways, have borrowed wholesale major concepts from Aurobindo's work (certain of which Aurobindo in my view had himself borrowed from others), and put them forward in particular terms. This cannot be undone, and it is not my responsibility. My position is that if one wants to understand how "integral theory" works, with an eye toward transforming it into something of practical use for authentic transformation, one needs to examine the methodology and assumptions that underlie it. Many of those assumptions are said to have originated in Aurobindo; Aurobindo is a claimed antecedent, certainly among the most important, arguably the most important. (title unknown)
from For The Turnstiles by DGA]

[To adapt a meme attributed to Whitehead: if European philosophy amounts to a footnoting of Plato, Integral theory may very well amount to a conversation about Aurobindo. This bit of context foregrounds Aurobindo’s achievement: while philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche responded to Asian ideas in European terms, the notion of an "East-West synthesis" traces its genealogy to Aurobindo Ghose. Of Syntheses and Surprises: Toward a Critical Integral Theory Daniel Gustav Anderson (published in The Integral Review, Issue 3, 2006)]

[Sri Aurobindo and his co-worker the Mother have provided us with the first complete Integral spirituality and post-intellectual Integral teaching and praxis, and thus the promise of an integral divinisation of the physical body and the Earth consciousness as a whole. Towards a Larger Definition of the Integral, Part Four, Alan Kazlev integral world]

[The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo is perhaps the greatest single work of philosophy ever written, a vast and often repetitive work that provides a powerful alternative to both materialism and asceticism: a world affirming evolutionary spirituality culminating in the Divinisation of the physical world. It is a shame that the turgid 19th century style puts off many, for lighter reading I would suggest Letters on Yoga. or just read the last four chapters. This book, together with Mother's Agenda and more recently Synthesis of Yoga, defined my own worldview and spirituality, and still does, although now I am less of an Aurobindo-fundamentalist and am incorporating other perspectives. Nevertheless, if there is one book alone that I would suggest you read to appreciate the Integral Paradigm, this is the one. An Informal Integral Canon - Selected books on Integral Philosophy page by M.Alan Kazlev. last modified 18 August 2009]

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are the peak from whichever angle we look. [TNM]

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