Monday, October 04, 2010

Rival religions are proselytizing profusely

Many are insistent that one comes to the path of yoga only when the inner call rings. This neat formulation, however, is hard to prove. What about those born to families devoted to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo for three or four generations? They never chose, and rather were chosen even before their birth. On the other hand, there are umpteen examples of students of schools dedicated to the ideals of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo deliberately avoiding the spiritual path.

Thus, generalizations on this score are liable to be fallacious. Without resorting to the scrutiny of occult phenomena such as the inner call and psychic being, the common sense approach is to spread the teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo by all available means. If we are convinced that their writings are helpful in life and these are not being supplied via the general education system, then special efforts have to be made in an organized manner. Technology is in place as a willing collaborator but unfortunately our flesh is weak.

The confusing ‘religion’ debate is another dampener as most are morbidly fearful of the word ‘proselytizing.’ At the same time we are blissfully oblivious of the consequences of other religions proselytizing profusely. Not the next species; the here and now, therefore, is a more compelling subject to ponder over and act upon. Wanted the collective zeal. [TNM]

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