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Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Mind Nature and Law of Karma.htm
Mind Nature and Law of Karma   MAN IS not after all in the essence of his manhood or in the inner reality of his soul a vital and physical being raised to a certain power of mental will and intelligence If that were so, the creed that makes our existence a manifestation of a Will to life, a Life Force moved by no other object than its own play, heightening, efficient power, expansion, might have a good chance of being the sufficient theory of our universe, and the law of our Karma, the rule of our activities would be in entire consonance with that one purpose and ordered by that dominant principle Certainly in a great part of this w
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/The Strength of Stillness.htm
The Strength of Stillness   THERE are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech Silence prepares, speech creates Silence acts, speech gives the impulse to action Silence compels, speech persuades The immense and inscrutable processes of the world all perfect themselves within, in a deep and august silence, covered by a noisy and misleading surface of sound —the stir of innumerable waves above, the fathomless resistless mass of the ocean's waters below Men see the waves, they hear the rumour and the thousand voices and by these they judge the course of the future and the heart of God's intention; but in nine cases out of ten
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Yoga and Hypnotism.htm
Yoga and Hypnotism   WHEN the mind is entirely passive, then the force of Nature which works in the whole of animate and inanimate creation, has free play; for it is in reality this force which works in man as well as in the sun and star There is no doubt of this truth whether in Hinduism or in Science This is the thing called Nature, the sum of cosmic force and energy, which alone Science recognises as the source of all work and activity This also is the Prakriti of the Hindus to which under different names Sankhya and Vedanta agree in assigning a similar position and function in the Universe But the immediate question is whether this force can act in man ind
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Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/The Aryas Fourth Year.htm
The "Arya's" Fourth Year   WE CLOSE this month the fourth year of the "Arya", and bring to a conclusion at the same time the "Psychology of Social Development", the "Ideal of Human Unity" and the first series of the "Essays on the Gita" A few more chapters will complete the "Life Divine" We are therefore well in view of the completion of the first part of the work which we had proposed to ourselves in starting this philosophical monthly, and we take the opportunity to say a few words upon the principle which has governed our writing and which the difficulty of a serial exposition on several lines at a time, scattering and breaking up the total impression, may have preve
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Mind of Light.htm
Mind of Light   A NEW humanity means for us the appearance, the development of a type or race of mental beings whose principle of mentality would be no longer a mind in the Ignorance seeking for knowledge but even in its knowledge bound to the Ignorance, a seeker after Light but not its natural possessor, open to the Light but not an inhabitant of the Light, not yet a perfected instrument, truth-conscious and delivered out of the Ignorance Instead, it would be possessed already of what could be called a mind of Light, a mind capable of living in the truth, capable of being truth-conscious and manifesting in its life a direct in place of an indirect knowled
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Involution and Evolution.htm
Involution and Evolution   THE WESTERN idea of evolution is the statement of a process of formation, not an explanation of our being Limited to the physical and biological data of Nature, it does not attempt except in a summary or a superficial fashion to discover its own meaning, but is content to announce itself as the general law of a quite mysterious and inexplicable energy Evolution becomes a problem in motion which is satisfied to work up with an automatic regularity its own puzzle, but not to work it out, because, since it is only a process, it has no understanding of itself, and, since it is a
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Rebirth and Karma.htm
Rebirth and Karma   THE ANCIENT idea of Karma was inseparably connected with a belief in the soul's continual rebirth in new bodies And this close association was not a mere accident, but a perfectly intelligible and indeed inevitable union of two related truths which are needed for each other's completeness and can with difficulty exist in separation These two things are the soul side and the nature side of one and the same cosmic sequence Rebirth is meaningless without karma, and karma has no fount of inevitable origin and no rational and no moral justification if it is not an instrumentality for the sequences of the soul's continuous experience If w
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Supermind and the Life Divine.htm
Supermind and the Life Divine   A DIVINE life upon earth, the ideal we have placed before us, can only come about by a spiritual change of our being and a radical and fundamental change, an evolution or revolution of our nature The embodied being upon earth would have to rise out of the domination over it of its veils of mind, life and body into the full consciousness and possession of its spiritual reality, and its nature also would have to be lifted out of the consciousness and power of consciousness proper to a mental, vital and physical being into the greater consciousness and greater power of being and the larger and freer life of the
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Karma and Justice.htm
Karma and Justice   WHAT ARE the lines of Karma? What is the intrinsic character and active law of this energy of the soul and its will and development of consequence? To ask that question is to ask what is the form taken here by the dynamic meaning of our existence and what the curves of guidance of its evolving self-creation and action And such a question ought not to be answered in a narrow spirit or under the obsession of some single idea which does not take into account the manysidedness and rich complexity of this subtle world of Nature The law of Karma can be no rigid and mechanical canon or rough practical rule of thumb, but rather its guiding
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays In Philosophy And Yoga/Yoga and Skill in Works.htm
Yoga and Skill in Works Yoga is skill in works Gita   YOGA, says the Gita, is skill in works, and by this phrase the ancient Scripture meant that the transformation of mind and being to which it gave the name of Yoga brought with it a perfect inner state and faculty out of which the right principle of action and the right spiritual and divine result of works emerged naturally like a tree out of its seed Certainly, it did not mean that the clever general or politician or lawyer or shoemaker deserves the name of a Yogin; it did not mean that any kind of skill in works was Yoga, but by Yoga it signified a sp