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SABCL - Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library

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Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Group and the Individual .htm
CHAPTER III The Group and the Individual IT IS a constant method of Nature, when she has two elements of a harmony to reconcile, to proceed at first by a long continued balancing in which she sometimes seems to lean entirely on one side, sometimes entirely to the other, at others to correct both excesses by a more or less successful temporary adjustment and moderating compromise. The two elements appear then as opponents necessary to each other who therefore labour to arrive at some conclusion of their strife. But as each has its egoism and that innate tendency of all things which drives them not only towards self-preservation but towards self-a
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Drive Towards Legislative.htm
CHAPTER XXI The Drive towards Legislative and Social Centralisation and Uniformity                                THE gathering of the essential powers of administration into the hands of the sovereign is completed when there is unity and uniformity of judicial administration, - especially of the criminal side; for this is intimately connected with the maintenance of order and internal peace. And it is, besides, necessary for the ruler to have the criminal judicial authority in his hands so that he may use it to crush all rebellion against him- self as treason and even, so far as may be possible, to stifle criticism and opposition and penalise that f
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/ The Problem of a Federated Heterogeneous Empire.htm
CHAPTER VIII The Problem of a Federated Heterogeneous Empire IF THE building up of a composite nation in the British Isles was from the beginning a foregone conclusion, a geographical and economical- necessity only prevented in its entire completion by the most violent and perverse errors of statesmanship, the same cannot be said of the swifter, but still gradual and almost unconscious process by which the colonial empire of Great Britan has been evolving to a point at which it can become a real unity. It was not so long ago that the eventual separation of the colonies carrying with it the evolution of Australia and Canada at least in
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/Nation and Empire Real and Political Unities.htm
V Nation And Empire: Real And Political Unities THE problem of the unification of mankind resolves itself into two distinct difficulties. There is the doubt whether the collective egoisms already created in the natural evolution of humanity can at this time be sufficiently modified or abolished and whether even an external unity in some effective form can be securely established. And there is the doubt whether, even if any such external unity can be established, it will not be at the price of crushing both the free life of the individual and the free play of the various collective units already created in which there is
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Suprarational Ultimate of Life.htm
-18_The Suprarational Ultimate of Life.htm CHAPTER XVI The Suprarational Ultimate of Life IN ALL the higher powers of his life man may be said to be seeking, blindly enough, for God. To get at the Divine and Eternal in himself and the world and to harmonise them, to put his being and his life in tune with the Infinite reveals itself in these parts of his nature as his concealed aim and his destiny. He sets out to arrive at his highest and largest and most perfect self, and the moment he at all touches upon it, this self in him appears to be one with some great Soul and Self of Truth and Good and Beauty in the world to which we give the name of God. To get at this as a spiritual
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Office and Limitations of the Reason.htm
CHAPTER  XII The Office and Limitations of the Reason IF THE reason is not the sovereign master of our being nor even intended to be more than an intermediary or minister, it cannot succeed in giving a perfect law to the other estates of the realm, although it may impose on them a temporary and imperfect order as a passage to a higher perfection. The rational or intellectual man is not the last and highest ideal of manhood, nor would a rational society be the last and highest expression of the possibilities of an aggregate human life, - unless indeed we give to the word, reason, a wider meaning than it now possesses and include in it the c
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/ The Creation of the Heterogeneous Nation.htm
chapter VII The Creation of the Heterogeneous Nation THE problem of a federal empire founded on the sole foundation that is firm and secure, the creation of a true psychological unity, — an empire that has to combine hete­rogeneous elements, — resolves itself into two different factors, the question of the form and the question of the reality which the form is intended to serve. The former is of great practical importance, but the latter alone is vital. A form of unity may render possible, may favour or even help actively to create the corresponding reality, but it can never replace it. And, as we have seen, the true reality is in
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/After the War .htm
After the War THE great war has for some time been over: it is already receding into the near distances of the past. Around us is a black mist and welter of the present, before us the face of a dim and ambiguous future. It is just possible, however, to take some stock of the immediate results of the war, although by no stretch of language can the world situation be called clear, for it is marked rather by chaotic drift and an unexampled confusion. The ideals which were so loud of mouth during the collision, - mainly as advertising agents of its conflicting interests, - are now discredited and silent: an uneasy locked struggle of irreconcilable forces entangled in
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/A League of Nations.htm
A League of Nations ANCIENT tradition believed in a golden age of mankind which lay in the splendid infancy of a primeval past; it looked back to some type or symbol of original perfection, Saturnian epoch, Satya Yuga, an age of sincere being and free unity when the sons of heaven were leaders of the human life and mind and the law of God was written, not in ineffective books, but on the tablets of man's heart. Then he needed no violence of outer law or government to restrain him from evil or to cut and force his free being into the machine- made Procrustean mould of a social ideal; for a natural divine rule in his members was the spontaneous and sufficient safegu
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Religion of Humanity.htm
CHAPTER XXXIV The Religion of Humanity                                       A RELIGION of humanity may be either an intellectual and sentimental ideal, a living dogma with intellectual, psychological and practical effects, or else a spiritual aspiration and rule of living, and partly the sign, partly the cause of a change of soul in humanity. The intellectual religion of humanity already to a certain extent exists, partly as a conscious creed in the minds of a few, partly as a potent shadow in the consciousness of the race. It is the shadow of a spirit that is yet unborn, but is preparing for its birth. This material world of ours, besides its fully embodied t