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The Seeker's Commitment to the External Manifestation

The Buddhist conception of the Bodhisattva, the enlightened soul who refuses to enter into the dissolution of Nirvana “until all other beings attain enlightenment” sets forth a high ideal for the spiritual seeker which acknowledges the Absolute, while at the same time, recognizing the need for the realized soul to remain active in the world of manifestation “for the good of all creatures”.  336 more words

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Overcoming the Lure of an Exclusive Concentration on Individual Salvation

The power of an exclusive concentration cannot be underestimated.  The ability to block out distractions and devote the full attention to a particular subject or practice has brought about enormous progress in all fields of human life.  305 more words

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The Need of Fulfillment for the Individual and for the Human Race

The path of renunciation of the world to achieve spiritual fulfillment for the individual has adherents throughout the world.  This path represents a “one pointed” concentration on achieving the goal of oneness with the silent, unmoving Brahman.  398 more words

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The Piece of the Puzzle Missing in the Later Upanishads

The human tendency to exclusive concentration had an influence on the development of the later Upanishads.  Having discovered and explicated the transcendent Absolute, the Brahman, the Upanishads began to focus exclusively on this realisation and left behind the offsetting and balancing impact of the equally important realisation that “all this is the Brahman.”  This led more and more to an exclusive concentration on individual salvation through renunciation of the life of the world and the rise of Mayavada.  307 more words

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Happy Independence Day, New India

Many years before Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about a New India, Sri Aurobindo had his vision of new India and her Divine Work in this realm. 1,343 more words


Renunciation of the World Is Not the Answer to the Riddle of Our Existence

The gospel of renunciation, the refusal of the ascetic, is grounded in the idea of individual salvation.  The fate of the universal creation is irrelevant for someone whose sole goal is to escape from that creation and unite with the silent, unmoving Absolute.  395 more words

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