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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

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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

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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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The Transmutation of the Three Gunas Required for the Integral Perfection

It has long been essentially a dogma of spiritual life that as long as the seeker remains active in the world, he is bound entirely by the action of the three Gunas, ans thus, the only way to achieve true spiritual liberation is to achieve a total quiescent state, wherein the Gunas are perfectly balanced and at rest, not in their normal status of continual change. 359 more words

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The Interplay of the Gunas in the Seeking for Liberation

All actions that start from the fundamental human nature and psychology are grounded in the three Gunas. Thus, as the human individual develops his mental capacities and awareness, and begins his attempt to gain liberation from the bondage of Nature in order to achieve spiritual realisation, it remains the activity of the Gunas that bring about the incremental changes. 315 more words

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