[Re: The Path by Sri Aurobindo by RY Deshpande on Fri 28 Nov 2008 06:55 AM IST Profile Permanent Link
"Man cannot by his own effort make himself more than man; the mental being cannot by his own unaided force change himself into a supramental spirit. A descent of the Divine Nature can alone divinise the human receptacle."
Human potential can grow and flourish in the human domain. But if transcendence of the human is dsired, something else has to happen, something more than even the spiritual. The approaches are different. RYD Reply
Re: The Path by Sri Aurobindo by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Sat 29 Nov 2008 06:30 PM IST Profile Permanent Link
This cryptic "something more" begs elaboration. [TNM] Reply
Re: The Path by Sri Aurobindo by RY Deshpande on Sun 30 Nov 2008 10:39 AM IST Profile Permanent Link
It does. But I’ll be brief. The process is of course subtle for the gross sense faculties to cognize its movement, yet silently moving forward even without our being quite aware of it. If we divide the human reserve into four general categories, four qualities of man, the fourfold soul-forces, the four universal swabhāvas of the ancient description, then in different proportions all our potentials and all our possibilities get governed by them. In fact we are made of them with varying measures in us. Thus a man of learning and knowledge can go the extent of “pure” reason, but to go beyond it, into the suprarational, is not known to him—unless there’s something that can open in him. A certain poise can surely prepare him to receive it, for instance intuition, but there is no methodology by which he can reach it in a step by step manner. So too the inspiration of an artist, or the scientist’s understanding of nature. All is “screened, subliminal, mystical” to him and what is needed is an intuitive heart, or the state of a quiet receptive mind. Once in a while “inspiration with her lightning feet, a sudden messenger from the all-seeing tops” has to traverse the corridors of his mind—if we are to use the description of Savitri. Same applies to other types, to man of skill, man of heroic action, man of commerce and give and take, in a deeper sense the representative of universal Harmony. RYD Reply]
The elaboration rather complicates instead of elucidating. Should one be directed to “Passing through the Portals of the Birth that is a Death” posted on Sun 30 Nov 2008? [TNM] Reply