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Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/The Age Of Individualism And Reason.htm
CHAPTER II   THE AGE OF INDIVIDUALISM AND REASON         An individualistic age of human society comes as a result of the corruption and failure of the conventional, as a revolt against the reign of the petrified typal figure. Before it can be born it is necessary that the old truths shall have been lost in the soul and practice of the race and that even the conventions which ape and replace them shall have become devoid of real sense and intelligence; stripped of all practical justification, they exist only mechanically by fixed idea, by the force of custom, by attachment to the form. It is then that men in spite of the natural conservatism of the social mind are compelled at last t
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/The Reason As Governor Of Life.htm
Chapter XI   THE REASON AS GOVERNOR OF LIFE         Reason using the intelligent will for the ordering of the inner and the outer life is undoubtedly the highest developed faculty of man at his present point of evolution; it is the sovereign, because the governing and self-governing faculty in the complexities of our human existence. Man is distinguished from other terrestrial creatures by his capacity for seeking after a rule of life, a rule of his being and his works, a principle of order and self-development, which is not the first instinctive, original, mechanically self-operative rule of his natural existence. The principle he looks to is neither the unchanging, unprogressive o
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/The Coming Of The Subjective Age.htm
CHAPTER III   THE COMING OF THE SUBJECTIVE AGE         The inherent aim and effort and justification, the psychological seed-cause, the whole tendency of development of an individualistic age of mankind, all go back to the one dominant need of rediscovering the substantial truths of life, thought and action which have been overlaid by the falsehood of conventional standards no longer alive to the truth of the ideas from which their conventions started. It would seem at first that the shortest way would be to return to the original ideas themselves for light, to rescue the kernel of their truth from the shell of convention in which it has become encrusted. But to this course there is
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/The Ideal Law Of Social Development.htm
Chapter VII   THE IDEAL LAW OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT         The true law of our development and the entire object of our social existence can only become clear to us when we have discovered not only, like modern Science, what man has been in his past physical and vital evolution, but his future mental and spiritual destiny and his place in the cycles of Nature. This is the reason why the subjective periods of human development must always be immeasurably the most fruitful and creative. In the others he either seizes on some face, image, type of the inner reality Nature in him is labouring to manifest or else he follows a mechanical impulse or shapes himself in the mould of her externa
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/True And False Subjectivism.htm
Chapter V   TRUE AND FALSE SUBJECTIVISM         The subjective stage of human development is that critical juncture in which, having gone forward from symbols, types, conventions, having turned its gaze superficially on the individual being to discover his truth and right law of action and its relation to the superficial and external truth and law of the universe, our race begins to gaze deeper, to see and feel what is behind the outside and below the surface and therefore to live from within. It is a step towards self-knowledge and towards living in and from the self, away from knowledge of things as the not-self and from the living according to this objective idea of life and the
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/The Advent And Progress Of The Spiritual Age.htm
Chapter XXIV   THE ADVENT AND PROGRESS OF THE SPIRITUAL AGE         If a subjective age, the last sector of a social cycle, is to find its outlet and fruition in a spiritualised society and the emergence of mankind on a higher evolutionary level, it is not enough that certain ideas favourable to that turn of human life should take hold of the general mind of the race, permeate the ordinary motives of its thought, art, ethics, political ideals, social effort, or even get well into its inner way of thinking and feeling. It is not enough even that the idea of the kingdom of God on earth, a reign of spirituality, freedom and unity, a real and inner equality and harmony —and not merel
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/The End Of The Curve Of Reason.htm
Chapter XX   THE END OF THE CURVE OF REASON         The rational collectivist idea of society has at first sight a powerful attraction. There is behind it a great truth, that every society represents a collective being and in it and by it the individual lives and he owes to it all that he can give it. More, it is only by a certain relation to the society, a certain harmony with this greater collective self that he can find the complete use for his many developed or developing powers and activities. Since it is a collective being, it must, one would naturally suppose, have a discoverable collective reason and will which should find more and more its right expression and right worki
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/Reason And Religion.htm
Chapter XIII   REASON AND RELIGION         It would seem then that reason is an insufficient, often an inefficient, even a stumbling and at its best a very partially enlightened guide for humanity in that great endeavour which is the real heart of human progress and the inner justification of our existence as souls, minds and bodies upon the earth. For that endeavour is not only the effort to survive and make a place for ourselves on the earth as the animals do, not only having made to keep it and develop its best vital and egoistic or communal use for the efficiency and enjoyment of the individual, the family or the collective ego, substantially as is done by the animal families
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/The Cycle Of Society.htm
Chapter I   THE CYCLE OF SOCIETY         Modern Science, obsessed with the greatness of its physical discoveries and the idea of the sole existence of Matter, has long attempted to base upon physical data even its study of Soul and Mind and of those workings of Nature in man and animal in which a knowledge of psychology is as important as any of the physical sciences. Its very psychology founded itself upon physiology and the scrutiny of the brain and nervous system. It is not surprising therefore that in history and sociology attention should have been concentrated on the external data, laws, institutions, rites, customs, economic factors and developments, while the deeper psychologi
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/Other Editions/The Human Cycle_SAICE_1962 Edn/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 presence is the aim of religion, to grow