Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The challenge of evolutionary crisis is crucial

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are recognized the world over as enunciators of a distinct system of Yoga and philosophy. They were pioneers of New-Age outlook and have produced substantial literature apart from founding the Ashram through which countless people have been inspired. Besides, a futuristic aesthetic ecosystem of music, art, & poetry has also taken shape as part of their spirituality. All this, however, remains confined to a very small circle of devotees and admirers. Attempts to spread their messages by establishing educational institutions have met with limited success so far.

India today is suffering from the burden of the past and The Mother & Sri Aurobindo advise unlearning. Religions are responsible for a lot of dumbing down among people and, therefore, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have exhorted emancipation. As indolence and superstition give rise to ignorance and insolence, they prescribe a system of Yoga that is focused on reading their words and ruminating over them. Collective meditation and group discussion, wherever possible, is also encouraged. The overall emphasis is on the individual leading an ethical life while dedicating his day-to-day work to the all-pervading Divinity.

The most important aspect of the teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is evolution. Since they foresee that the present type of human beings will be replaced by a higher level species, they hasten to prepare us for the same. That, of course, may be a distant possibility but the onus, they remind, is on the number of aspiring individuals to act as catalysts. Many people find fault with the political system or the economy but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo unequivocally characterize it as an evolutionary crisis for which their Integral Yoga is the only enduring solution. This crucial insight, regrettably, has not been duly noticed by the elite in India, however. [TNM55]

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