Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sri Aurobindo overcomes the average

It's a common complain among many professionals that what they studied is hardly of any use in their jobs. In life too, we make do with our ordinary intelligence or common sense without accessing higher faculties in most situations. Even the best of creative vocations turn mechanical or stereotypical over a period of time. Artists and performers often miss the opportunity to exhibit their talent when in best form. Kierkegaard achieved popularity long after he was dead. Cartels and monopolies prevent fresh geniuses from getting attention. As common concerns are taken care of by an average mentality, people are habituated to inhabit that comfort zone and shirk unfamiliar territories.

On the face of it, Yoga appears anti-intellectual as it valorizes surrender but the reality is otherwise. A student of Sri Aurobindo is bound to encounter a series of stimulations throughout his life in various forms. Writings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo themselves are full of innumerable new ideas and aspirations. But to put them into practice is constrained by the surrounding and other human beings who are unaware of any higher ideal. [TNM55]

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