Saturday, September 04, 2021

Work should be accompanied by constant aspiration

G.N. Devy draws attention to the Ashramas established by Tagore (1861-1941), Gandhi (1869-1948), and Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950).

But when it comes to the aims and objectives behind these ventures the differences come into sharp relief. There must be a heightened sense of anticipation when The Mother & Sri Aurobindo were present but the same can't be expected of the present community. Sri Aurobindo has woven the importance of life in general into his highly esoteric philosophy. Nevertheless, life for its own sake was never a very valuable enterprise for him. He loved to draw the broad strokes. never caring much for the nitty gritties since the whole emphasis was on a loftier concern: how to bring down the consciousness of a higher region. Outwardly, he was doing it through poetry and a lot of disciples were kept engaged. But that can't be the sole modality of the alchemic project that he was involved with.

The body is the question and The Mother has explained it in almost every other page of the Agenda. Present constitution of the body is not capable of holding higher consciousness. and therefore the configuration of the cells need to be transformed for arrival of the Supramental. Thus, the physical is the greatest obstacle but the resistance can melt whenever a dollop of higher light and force come visiting. Against this backdrop, even work can't really be of any assistance unless accompanied by constant aspiration. Many of our Centres are busy with day to day activities like education, agriculture, or handicrafts but the central idea of aspiration is often forgotten.

Even in devotional practices, the focus is on silence and surrender. To be as plastic and transparent as one can to higher influences. But aspiration is volitional; it's about being proactive. Courage and ambition matters more here. it's not out of vairagya or the superficial altruistic instincts. Evolution is the engine here and Sri Aurobindo has assured that the next human race is taking shape. Besides, it's inevitable. Present circumstances may not be having much resemblance with such a scenario but that's where we all are moving to.

By Tusar Nath Mohapatra, September 4, 2021 @NathTusar Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005). Also, Founder of Savitri Era Religion (2006) and Founder-President, Savitri Era Party (2007).
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