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The Soul and the Lower Hemisphere of Being

Mind, Life and Matter represent a lower hemisphere of being that is actually a reflex of the higher hemisphere of Sat-Chit-Ananda, Existence, Consciousness-Force and Bliss or Delight of existence. 538 more words

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The Various Poises of the Soul in the Higher Planes of Consciousness

In order to facilitate our review and understanding of the poises or standpoints available to the Purusha in existence, the ancient sages have outlined 7 of them consisting of a lower hemisphere of Matter, Life and Mind, a transitional higher stage called Gnosis or Knowledge, and an upper hemisphere consisting of Existence, Consciousness and Bliss which are in act always unified; thus, some consider there to be only 5 planes of distinction rather than 7. 300 more words

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The Sovereign Control of the Soul Over Its Nature

The Shwetashwatara Upanishad declares: “For He who is the Womb of the World bringeth each nature to its perfection and He matureth all those that are yet to be perfected. 371 more words

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The Purusha--Transcendent, Universal and Individual

When people reflect on the nature of the soul, they are generally caught in the dividing and limiting power of the mental intellect and try to distinguish it from Nature or from God, and thus, they create a “construct” that represents the essence of the individual soul in existence. 369 more words

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Nature Is Power of the Spirit

As a practical matter, Sri Aurobindo notes: “…we have to perceive that the Spirit has based all its workings upon two twin aspects of its being, Soul and Nature, Purusha and Prakriti. 330 more words

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Body, Life and Mind Manifest the Spiritual Principles of Existence, Consciousness and Bliss

To understand things from the spiritual viewpoint involves a complete “reversal of consciousness”. There is a proverb in the yogic community that day for the Yogi is night for the ordinary man; and day for the ordinary man is night for the Yogi. 409 more words

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The Nature and Action of the Supermind in Mind, Life and Body

The change of standpoint from the human standpoint to the divine standpoint necessarily brings in the question of how the divine standpoint relates to the universal and individual forms in the manifestation, and this in terms brings up the question of the gnosis or… 406 more words

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