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Perfecting and Divinising the Physical Body as the Fourth Element in the Development of Spiritual Self-Perfection

With the introduction of the consciousness and force of the gnosis and the divine Ananda, the way opens up for the perfection and divinising of the physical body for action in the world. 402 more words

Sri Aurobindo

The Action of the Gnostic Consciousness as the Third Element in the Development of Spiritual Self-Perfection

The inherent limitations of the physical-vital-mental instrument make it impossible for spiritual self-perfection to proceed beyond certain well-defined limits. The third element, therefore, in the development of spiritual self-perfection is the transition from the mental to the gnostic level of consciousness. 287 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Perfecting the Human Instruments as the Second Element in the Development of Spiritual Self-Perfection

The perfection sought in the integral Yoga is not just one of merging into the silent awareness of the Brahman, but also a dynamic perfection of action in the world. 430 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Equality as the First Element in the Development of Spiritual Self-Perfection

The first necessity for the seeker is to cultivate an inner status of equality. Without this, the individual remains entirely subject to the push and pull of the dualities, seeking out those things which attract and avoiding those things which repel, without the detachment required for both inner reflection and a deeper understanding of the role and need of each of those elements. 315 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Introduction to the Concept of Spiritual Self-Perfection

Just as there are various philosophical views of the nature of existence, there are also a variety of views regarding the meaning of self-perfection. Sri Aurobindo observes: “A spiritual self-perfection can only mean a growing into oneness with the nature of divine being, and therefore according to our conception of divine being will be the aim, effort and method of our seeking after this perfection.” The Taittiriya Upanishad also addresses this question: “One becometh as the unexisting, if he know the Eternal as negation; but if one knoweth of the Eternal that He is, then men know him for the saint and the one reality.” (Sri Aurobindo, … 268 more words

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The Integral Liberation and Perfection

For the seeker of the integral Yoga, the idea of achieving liberation through abandonment of the life in the world is unacceptable. The integral Yoga does not accept that Nature is something separate, foreign and different from Spirit, or that it represents purely a false and illusory distraction from the true focus on the Spirit; rather, it is the manifestation into form of the Will of the Spirit. 322 more words

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The Dualities and the Liberation of the Soul

The interplay of the three Gunas leads to the expression of the dualities, the pairs of opposites, which the observing soul then responds to with attraction and repulsion, depending on whether the particular formation is accepted by the soul as a “positive” or a “negative” event. 409 more words

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