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Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Upanishadic Symbolism.htm
Upanishadic Symbolism A certain rationalistic critic divides the Upanishadic symbols into three categories—those that are rational and can be easily understood by the mind; those that are not understood by the mind and yet do not go against reason, having nothing inherently irrational in them and may be simply called non-rational, those that seem to be quite irrational, for they go frankly against all canons of logic and common sense. As an example of the last, the irrational type, the critic cites a story from the Chhandogya, which may be rendered thus: There was an aspirant, a student who was seeking after knowledge. One day there appeared to him a white dog. So
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Moral and the Spiritual .htm
The Moral and the Spiritual Is there anything essentially wrong, evil in its very being and nature? Some religious traditions say, there is: Satan is such a thing, Ahriman is such a thing, and what else is maya or mard? However that may be, the sense of something essentially wrong is the fount and origin of the moral sense. The moral sense stems from and lives on the sense of sin and guilt. The sense of sin is the fundamental inspiration behind some religious disciplines, even the sense of something irrevocably bad or something irreparable; for that gives a stronger impetus, a more dynamic urge to the spur of the religious consciousness. The sense of s
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Brahmacharya.htm
Brahmacharya BRAHMACHARYA means the storage of energy in the body and its sublimation. The energy in view is mainly physico-vital energy, the vital energy based upon and imbedded in the physical body. Brahmacharya naturally meant a strict observance of certain rules and regulations involving a strenuous discipline. Brahmacharya was the very basis of education in ancient India: indeed, it was the basic education upon which Indian culture, Indian civilization, Indian life was based and built up. Without it there was no entry into the business of life. Modern education means storage of information, knowledge of things—as much knowledge of as many things as it is possible f
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Basis of Unify.htm
The Basis of Unify A MODERN society or people cannot have religion, that is to say, credal religion, as the basis of its organized collective life. It was mediaeval society and people that were organized on that line. Indeed mediaevalism means nothing more—and nothing less —than that. But whatever the need and justification in the past, the principle is an anachronism under modern conditions. It was needed, perhaps, to keep alive a truth which goes into the very roots of human life and its deepest aspiration; and it was needed also for a dynamic application of that truth on a larger scale and in smaller details, on the mass of mankind and in its day to day life. That wa
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Mystery of the Five Senses.htm
The Mystery of the Five Senses THE senses are the doors opening out on the external world for the consciousness to act and range abroad. That is the usual outward movement which is generally so much condemned by spiritual seekers. The doors and windows of the senses, whatever they are, all openings should be closed, shut up, hermetically sealed. One should then return within away from them, if one is to come into contact with the true consciousness, the true reality. Even the Gita says, the conscious being is seated in tranquillity within, closing all the nine gates of the city, himself doing nothing nor causing anything to be done. Well, that is one way
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Sri Aurobindo.htm
Sri Aurobindo I From a certain standpoint Sri Aurobindo's message is very simple, almost self-evident. The sum and substance of all he says is that man is growing and has to grow in consciousness till he reaches the complete and perfect consciousness, not only in his individual but in his collective, that is to say, social life. In fact, the growth of consciousness is the supreme secret of life, the master key to earthly evolution. Sri Aurobindo believes in evolution. Creation, according to him, has, a purpose and man moves to a goal. That is nothing else than the unfolding of consciousness. Originally all was Matter, only dead Matter. At a certain stage out of Matter
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Beautiful in the Upanishads.htm
The Beautiful in the Upanishads WHEN the Rigveda says idam srestham jyotisam jyotih agat citrah praketo ajanista vibhva Lo! the supreme Light of lights is come, a varied awakening is born, wide manifest rusadvasta rusati swetyagat araigu krisna sadananyasyah The white Mother comes reddening with the ruddy child; the dark Mother opens wide her chambers, the feeling and the expression of the beautiful raise no questioning; they are authentic as well as evident. All will recognise at once that we have here beautiful things said in a beautiful way. No less authentic however is the sense of the beautiful that underlies these Upa
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Lines of the Descent of Consciousness.htm
Lines of the Descent of Consciousness The world has been created by a descent of consciousness; it maintains itself, it proceeds and develops through a series of descents. In fact, creation itself is a descent, the first and original one, the descent of the supreme Reality into Matter and as Matter. The supreme Reality—the fount and origin of things and even that which is beyond—although essentially something absolute, indescribable, ineffable, indeterminable, has been, for purposes of the human understanding, signalised as a triune entity of Existence, Consciousness and Bliss. That is to say, first of all, it is, it exists always and for ever—invaria
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Education is Organisation.htm
Education is Organisation EDUCATION is organisation. Mind's education means organisation of mental faculties. Organisation naturally involves development. The faculties in the normal and natural state are an undeveloped disorganised lot, a confused mass,—unformed, ill-formed ideas, notions, thoughts, form a jumble. They have no purpose, no direction, no common impulse or end, each runs in its own way. The mind's faculties such for example as attention, memory, discrimination, reasoning, cogent thinking have to be clear and efficient and learn how to work harmoniously for a common objective. In the process and for that purpose they have to be developed, that is to say
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Philosopher as an Artist.htm
The Philosopher as an Artist and Philosophy as an Art I WONDER why Philosophy has never been considered as a variety of Art. Philosophy is admired for the depth and height of its substance, for its endeavour to discover the ultimate Truth, for its one-pointed adherence to the supremely Real; but precisely because it does so it is set in opposition to Art which is reputed as the domain of the ideal, the imaginative or the fictitious. Indeed it is the antagonism between the two that has always been emphasised and upheld as an axiomatic truth and an indisputable fact. Of course, old Milton (he was young, however, when he wrote these lines) says that philosophy is d