Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Dichotomy in yoga

The pursuit of self-perfection can be said to be an attempt at sublimation of solipsistic and narcissistic impulses. This, happily, falls under the desirable or mature rubric of defence mechanisms and, furthermore, the underlying transformative impetus can very well be seen in alignment with an inevitable evolutionary drive. At the individual level, a particular behavioural framework and attitudinal aptitude evolves over a period of time, by conforming to which a certain satisfaction is experienced as regards accomplishment and progress.

But when the same person is bound by specific commitments to institutions or others, the call of duty, obviously, takes precedence and assumes primacy. A free individual can surely maintain restraint in the face of controversies. But, if someone is in the charge of protecting the honour of a particular organization, then he cannot be a silent spectator when aggression is directed. Thus, the spiritual attitude undergoes a dichotomy here, and the imperative of Gita is an apt example of such a scenario.

The empirical occurrences exhibiting a plethora of ethical contradictions and the cacophony of derision gaining decibels with time, the chance of skidding increases.  Collision with law can further be embarrassing and confounding as well. Intellectual conviction acts as an anchor and a compass for navigation during such trying times. Careful study of the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo ensures supply of such muscle. Regular reading is no doubt yoga that aspires every day to turn integral. [TNM55]      

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