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/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Spirit of Tapasya.htm
The Spirit of Tapasya TAPASYA (Asceticism) is usually understood to mean the capacity to undergo physical discomfort and suffering. We are familiar with various types of Tapasya: sitting in summer with blazing fire all around and the fiery noonday sun over- head (Panchagnivrata), exposing one's bare limbs to the cold biting blasts among the eternal snows, lying down on a bed of sharp nails, betaking oneself to sack-cloth and ashes, fasting even to the point of death: there is no end to the variety of ways and means which man's ingenuity has invented to torture himself. Somehow the feeling has grown among spiritual, religious and even moral aspirants as well that the body
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The March of Civilisation .htm
The March of Civilisation WE are familiar with the phrase "Augustan Age": it is in reference to a particular period in a nation's history when its creative power is at its highest both in respect of quantity and quality, especially in the domain of art and literature, for it is here that the soul of a people finds expression most easily and spontaneously. Indeed, if we look at the panorama that the course of human evolution unfolds, we see epochs of high light in various countries spread out as towering beacons or soaring peaks bathed in sunlight dominating the flat plains or darksome valleys of the usual normal periods. Take the Augustan Age itself which has given
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Immortal Person.htm
III EDUCATION The Immortal Person THE whole purpose of man's life upon earth, it may be said, is to make an individuality of himself and to grow in that individuality and organise it perfectly. An ordinary man is a most disorganised entity and possesses no individual character. His mind is a conglomeration of thoughts and ideas which do not particularly belong to him, but to everybody, being elements of the world-mind in general. His vital being too is a medley of desires, impulses, energies that are not personal in any sense, but pass through him or take a long or short-term asylum in him from the universal vital force. The body, being a defini
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Savitri .htm
V POETRY AND MYSTICISM Savitri SAVITRI, the poem, the word of Sri Aurobindo is the cosmic Answer to the cosmic Question. And Savitri, the person, the Godhead, the Divine Woman is the Divine's response to the human aspiration. he world is a great question mark. It is a riddle, eternal and ever-recurring. Man has faced the riddle and sought to arrive at a solution since he has been given a mind to seek and interrogate. What is this universe? From where has it come? Whither is it going ? What is the purpose of it all ? Why is man here ? What is the object of his existence? Such is the mode of human aspiration. And Ashwapati in his quest begins to exp
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Mind and the Mental World.htm
Mind and the Mental World THE world of the mind is a vast field, even vaster it seems than the physical world. The physical world extends, science tells us, to millions of light-years. We may say practically, it is an infinite extension and mind is a thing which surrounds, envelops this measureless extension. Mind surpasses the physical on another count, that is to say, in respect of speed. A material body at its best travels at the speed of light, that is to say, in a second it goes about 200,000 miles (a little less). But thought does not meet any obstruction in respect of distance; whatever the distance, it reaches its goal immediately, it does not take account of
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Divine Man.htm
The Divine Man THE core of Sri Aurobindo's teaching, the central pivot on which his Yoga arid his work rest is the mystery of the Divine Descent—Spirit descending into Matter and becoming Matter, God coming down upon earth and becoming human, and as a necessary and inevitable consequence, Matter rising and being transformed into Spirit and man becoming God and Godlike. This is a truth, a fact of creation—giving the whole clue to the riddle of this world—that has not been envisaged at all in the past, or otherwise overlooked and not given the value and importance that it has. Poets and seers, sages and saints along with common men from the very birth of humanity have mou
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/precontent.htm
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Education as the Growth of Consciousness.htm
Education as the Growth of Consciousness ALL knowledge is within you. Information you get from outside, but the understanding of it ? It is from within. The information from outside gives you dead matter. What puts life into it, light into it is your own inner light. All education, all culture means drawing this inner light to the front. Indeed the word 'education' literally means, 'to bring out.' Plato also pointed to the same truth when he said that education is remembrance. You remember what is imbedded or secreted within, you bring to the light, the light of your physical mind, what you have within, what you already possess in your being and
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/The Poetry in the Making.htm
The Poetry in the Making Is the artist—the supreme artist, when he is a genius, that is to say—conscious in his creation or is he unconscious ? Two quite opposite views have been taken of the problem by the best of intelligences. On the one hand, it is said that genius is genius precisely because it acts unconsciously, and on the other it is asserted with equal emphasis that genius is the capacity of taking infinite pains, which means it is absolutely a self-conscious activity. We take a third view of the matter and say that genius is neither unconscious or conscious but superconscious. And when one is superconscious, one can be in appearance either conscious
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Nolini Kanta Gupta/English/Evolution and the Earthly Destiny/Rabindranath Tagore.htm
Rabindranath Tagore: A Great Poet, A Great Man TAGORE is a great poet: he will be remembered as one of the greatest world-poets. But humanity owes him another—perhaps a greater—debt of gratitude: his name has a higher value, a more significant potency for the future. In an age when Reason was considered as the highest light given to man, Tagore pointed to the Vision of the mystics as always the still greater light; when man was elated with un- dreamt-of worldly success; puffed up with incomparable material possessions and powers, Tagore's voice rang clear and emphatic in tune with the cry of the ancients: "What shall I do with all this mass of things, if I am not mad