[Re: Sri Aurobindo and the Future of Humanity: Integral Yoga--a Religion?
by RY Deshpande on Sun 24 Aug 2008 Permanent Link
Has Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga become a Religion? Has Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga become a Religion? Perhaps this question is quite irrelevant for the spiritual practitioner and one could simply set it aside. However, this is exactly what some of the rationalist toilers and thinkers would tend to believe, believe rather than argue about it, that today’s Integral Yoga is just a religion. They consider that the regular Hindu rites and rituals have crept into it, that these have become an integral part of the Integral Yoga. They go even a step farther and maintain that these were allowed to become so by Sri Aurobindo himself! Perhaps all that began with the Mother when she put the Master on a distant high and lonely pedestal.]
[Re: Re: Sri Aurobindo and the Future of Humanity: Integral Yoga--a Religion?
by RY Deshpande on Fri 29 Aug Permanent Link
What is Religion? If we go by the Cicero interpretation then Religion will have the sense of ‘choosing’ or ‘going over again’ or ‘considering things carefully’, but that would miss the occult possibility present in the sense of binding or connecting them together. The root significance of ligare is to bind or connect together; this is also quite akin to the ancient Sanskrit dharma in its deeper and fundamental meaning and connotation, that which binds things together. Perhaps, therefore, instead of asking the question “What is Religion?”, an appropriate and meaningful inquiry which might shed more light on it could be “What is Dharma?” Let us see this aspect briefly...
If so, then, what’s there in all this, really, to cry foul and say that Integral Yoga has become or is becoming a Religion, the conventional religion as understood by the common masses? I don’t see anywhere in the teachings of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo any such possibility; nor in practice enjoined by them.]
[You are correct in your assertion that claims to Divinity can not be supported by a biographer or historian. Rather, these claims are best made by the pendantic Acolyte who scours every text from their papal source to locate those sections which reinforce their beliefs that they are indeed the “chosen ones” who are following the “true -evolutionary- path”. Unfortunately a closer inspection of this path, reveals it to be one not heading toward a new future, but rather one bound to the endless repetitions of the past. by Rich on Sun 24 Aug 2008 Permanent Link]
From Tibetan tale to Cicero, RY Deshpande continues to scour heaven and earth in a vain attempt to circumvent a simple truth. He hopes to employ his scholarly pen and brain to reverse the arrow of time. We have no other recourse than to feel sorry for him for this precarious stand and precious energy going waste. Let’s expect that soon he sees the writing on the wall and votes for the Savitri Era Religion. [TNM] The integralism achieved by the yogic vision of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo cannot be bettered # Savitri Era is our religion 8:57 AM