Monthly Archives: July 2010

Some disciples of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

These are life-stories and interviews of some disciples of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

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Developing one’s own spiritual atmosphere (Gita 3:17)

We desire security in life and the manner in which we satisfy this desire alters considerably as we evolve in consciousness.   At the lowest level stands the social individual, who prudently nurtures an extensive network of family and friends to whom he/she can turn to in times of desperation.  In the middle stands the neophyte on the spiritual path, who seeks shelter in a place of meditation – a room where the vibrations have been made serene through devotional music and incense – where he or she can withdraw to contemplate and gain strength during trials and tribulations.

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The rationale behind vegetarianism

This post discusses the rationale behind vegetarianism based on the observations of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. On the question of diet, there is no generic answer possible in light of the fact that the world consists of people with varying genetic makeup who exist in different stages of evolution – most are inclined to worldly success while some are inclined to inner growth.

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Spirituality : between morality and immorality

In the world, we generally find two kinds of people: there are those whose minds are so entangled in a complex web of moral laws that they are afraid of sin and live in awe of God; and there are those who derisively mock any notion of morality and  flamboyantly engage in unrestrained hedonism.   In the spiritual path, one has to anchor oneself in the narrow pathway  between these two extremes – between morality and immorality.   One has to adopt an inner discipline which is conducive to growth of one’s consciousness but which may or may not adhere to any moral laws.  To convey this difference, the Mother Mirra Alfassa made contradictory observations on this topic.

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Why are artists irregular in their conduct?

Artists who create ethereal works that require stupendous effort and imagination can often to be irregular in private life.  Such contradictions stem from a trifurcation in the human personality between the ethical, aesthetic and logical aspects.   Those who are mature in one aspect may be partially developed in the other two aspects.  Legal scholars may have  a strong ethical personality but lack any aesthetic abilities.  Artists can have an intensely refined aesthetic sense but may be undeveloped ethically or logically.  Scientists who possess acute logical clarity can be emotionally frigid.   In the couple of dialogues given below, the Mother Mirra Alfassa expatiates on the irregularities seen in the lives of great personalities.

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The occult forces behind artistic movements

In the history of various countries, one often finds a core group of artists born about the same time who went on to create a cultural movement which ennobled civilization as a whole.  Some examples of this trend would be the European Renaissance, the Carolingian Renaissance, the Bengal Renaissance, the Harlem Renaissance, the Celtic Revival and many other literary and art movements.   Is there an occult explanation for such collective movements?

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On some customs and traditions of Hinduism

When Truths realized by enlightened sages and prophets are relayed down the ages without proper understanding, they tend to get frozen into customs observed by the masses out of habit or due to fear of God.  Such archaic customs tend to accumulate until they are shattered by the next enlightened sage who appears on the scene.   In this context,  these are some striking observations of Mother Mirra Alfassa on some encrustations of Hinduism.

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