Acronyms used in the website

SABCL - Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library

CWSA - Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo

CWM - Collected Works of The Mother

Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/Meditation.htm
Meditation What exactly is meant by meditation in Yoga? And what should be its objects? THE difficulty our correspondent finds is in an apparent conflict of authorities, as sometimes meditation is recommended in the form of a concentrated succession of thoughts on a single subject, sometimes in the exclusive concentration of the mind on a single image, word or idea, a fixed contemplation rather than meditation. The choice between these two methods and others, for there are others, depends on the object we have in view in Yoga. The thinking mind is the one instrument we possess at present by which we can arrive at a conscious self-organisation of our internal existence. Bu
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/The Higher Lines of Truth.htm
The Higher Lines of Truth THERE can be no greater error than to sup- pose, misled by this absolute insistence of the ethical being, that the ethical is the single or the supreme demand of the Infinite upon us or the one law and line of the higher Karma, and that in comparison with it nothing else matters. The German thinker’s idea that there is a categorical imperative laid upon man to seek after the right and good, an insistent law of right conduct, but no categorical imperative of the Oversoul compelling him to seek after the beautiful or the true, after a law of right beauty and harmony and right knowledge, is a singular misprision. It is a false deduction born o
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/Rebirth and Soul Evolution.htm
Rebirth and Soul Evolution THE ideas that men currently form about life and things are for the most part pragmatic constructions. They are forms of a reason which is concerned with giving only such a serviceable account to itself of its surroundings as shall make a sufficient clue to our immediate business of the growth, action, satisfaction of the personality, something feasible, livable, effective for our journeying in Time, something viable, in the two-fold French sense of the word. Whether it corresponds to or is directly in touch with any real reality of things seems to be very much a matter of accident. It seems to be sufficient if we can persuade our faci
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/On Ideals.htm
On Ideals IDEALS are truths that have not yet effected themselves for man, the realities of a higher plane of existence which have yet to fulfil themselves on this lower plane of life and matter, our present field of operation. To the pragmatical intellect which takes its stand upon the ever-changing present, ideals are not truths, not realities, they are at most potentialities of future truth and only become real when they are visible in the external fact as work of force accomplished. But to the mind which is able to draw back from the flux of force in the material universe, to the consciousness which is not imprisoned in its own workings or carried along in their flood but
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/Supermind in The Evolution.htm
Supermind in the Evolution A NEW humanity would then be a race of mental beings on the earth and in the earthly body but delivered from its present conditions in the reign of the cosmic Ignorance so far as to be possessed of a perfected mind, a mind of light which could even be a subordinate action of the supermind or Truth-Consciousness and in any case capable of the full possibilities of mind acting as a recipient of that truth and at least a secondary action of it in thought and life. It could even be a part of what could be described as a divine life upon earth and at least the beginnings of an evolution in the Knowledge and no longer entirely or predomi
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/The Superman.htm
The Superman THE ideal of the Superman has been brought recently into much notice, some not very fruitful discussion and a good deal of obloquy. It is apt to be resented by average humanity because men are told or have a lurking consciousness that here is a claim of the few to ascend to heights of which the many are not capable, to concentrate moral and spiritual privileges and enjoy a domination, powers and immunities hurtful to a diffused dignity and freedom in mankind. So considered, supermanhood is nothing more important than a deification of the rare or solitary ego that has out-topped others in the force of our common human qualities. But this presentation is narrow
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/Delight of Being.htm
Delight of Being IF BRAHMAN were only an impersonal abstraction eternally contradicting the apparent fact of our concrete existence, cessation would be the right end of the matter; but love and delight and self-awareness have also to be reckoned. The universe is not merely a mathematical formula for working out the relation of certain mental abstractions called numbers and principles to arrive in the end at a zero or a void unit, neither is it merely a physical operation embodying a certain equation of forces. It is the delight of a Self-lover, the play of a Child, the endless self-multiplication of a Poet intoxicated with the rapture of His own power of endless c
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/The Significance of Rebirth.htm
The Significance of Rebirth THE one question which through all its complexities is the sum of philosophy and to which all human enquiry comes round in the end, is the problem of ourselves, - why we are here and what we are, and what is behind and before and around us, and what we are to do with ourselves, our inner significances and our outer environment. In the idea of evolutionary rebirth, if we can once find it to be a truth and recognise its antecedents and consequences, we have a very sufficient clue for an answer to all these connected sides of the one perpetual question. A spiritual evolution of which our universe is the scene and earth its ground and s
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/Different Methods of Writing.htm
Different Methods of Writing What is the origin of the different methods of writing, - from right to left, from left to right or, like the Chinese, vertically? THE question is one of great interest but impossible to solve definitely for lack of substantial data. All one can do is to speculate on the most probable and satisfying explanation. In the first place, it is evident that these differences are no mere accident nor the result of some trivial and local cause; for they coincide with great cultural divisions of humanity belonging to prehistoric times. It is the races called Aryan from their common original culture whose script is directed from l
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Supramental Manifestation_Volume-16/The Terrestrial Law.htm
The Terrestrial Law A CONSIDERATION of the lines of Karma ought certainly to begin with a study of the action of the world as it is, as a whole, however contrary it may be to the rule or to the desire of our moral or our intellectual reason, and to see if we cannot find in its own facts its own explanation. If the actual truth of the world breaks out from the too rigid cadres our moral sense or our intelligence would like to see imposed on the freely or the inevitably self-determining movement of the Infinite, on the immeasurable largeness of his being or the mighty complexities of his will, it is very likely that that is because our moral sense and our intellect, si