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The Key Question Raised by the Upanishad: By Knowing What Is All This Known?

The great question posed by the Upanishads is “by knowing what does all this that is become known?”  The Upanishads in general focus on finding the key to our life and purpose, the core knowledge which illuminates everything we think, we feel, we do and we experience.  252 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Verse from the Veda about the Body and the Funeral Pyre

From a survey taken a few years ago, I find that 75% of Americans claim to be of the Christian faith, yet I see a country extremely violent. 200 more words

The Rigveda

The God-Knowledge Which Encompasses Both a Higher and a Lower Knowledge

Mundaka Upanishad, Chapter One: Section I, Verses 1 and 2:  “Brahma first of the Gods was born, the creator of all, the world’s protector; he to Atharvan, his eldest son, declared the God-knowledge in which all sciences have their foundation.  594 more words

Sri Aurobindo

Introduction to the Mundaka Upanishad

The Mundaka Upanishad is complex and seems somewhat obscure to our modern understanding.  It appears in the Atharva Veda, and thus represents one of the older streams of thought as presented by the Rishis to their posterity.  323 more words

Sri Aurobindo

To Be a Human Centre of the Divine Manifestation on Earth

In his major work The Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo starts from an understanding that the basic aspirations that arise in the human soul from time immemorial, the seeking for “God, Light, Freedom, Immortality” represent a secret motive force that impels our evolution and action in this world.  235 more words

Sri Aurobindo

The real goal of yoga – it’s much deeper than you think

I want to let you in on a secret today, based on the ancient Sanskrit text on yoga called Bhagavad Gita. The word yoga is a Sanskrit term meaning “to link up” or to unite in union. 1,512 more words


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

Sri Aurobindo