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Title: XX
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/Equality and Knowledge.htm
XX   Equality and Knowledge   YOGA and knowledge are, in this early part of the Gita's teaching, the two wings of the soul's ascent. By Yoga is meant union through divine works done without desire, with equality of soul to all things and all men, as a sacrifice to the Supreme, while knowledge is that on which this desirelessness, this equality, this power of sacrifice is founded. The two wings indeed assist each other's flight; acting together, yet with a subtle alternation of mutual aid, like the two eyes in a man which see together because they see alternately, they increase one another mutually by interchange of substance. As the works grow more and more
Title: XVI
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/The Process of Avatarhood.htm
XVI   The Process of Avatarhood   WE SEE that the mystery of the divine Incarnation in man, the assumption by the Godhead of the human type and the human nature, is in the view of the Gita only the other side of the eternal mystery of human birth itself which is always in its essence, though not in its phenomenal appearance, even such a miraculous assumption. The eternal and universal self of every human being is God; even his personal self is a part of the Godhead, māmaivāmśah, — not a fraction or fragment, surely, since we cannot think of God as broken up into little pieces, but a partial consciousness of the one Consciousness, a partial power o
Title: XVII
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/Deva and Asura.htm
XVII   Deva and Asura 1   THE PRACTICAL difficulty of the change from the ignorant and shackled normal nature of man to the dynamic freedom of a divine and spiritual being will be apparent if we ask ourselves, more narrowly, how the transition can be effected from the fettered embarrassed functioning of the three qualities to the infinite action of the liberated man who is no longer subject to the gunas. The transition is indispensable; for it is clearly laid down that he must be above or else without the three gunas, trigunātīta, nistraigunya. On the other hand it is no less clearly, no less emphatically laid down that in every natural existenc
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/The Core of the Teaching.htm
'Essays on the Gita' by Sri Aurobindo— Page 1 of 50 IV   The Core of the Teaching   WE KNOW the divine Teacher, we see the human disciple; it remains to form a clear conception of the doctrine. A clear conception fastening upon the essential idea, the central heart of the teaching is especially necessary here because the Gita with its rich and many-sided thought, its synthetical grasp of different aspects of the spiritual life and the fluent winding motion of its argument lends itself, even more than other scriptures, to one-sided misrepresentations born of a partisan intellectuality. The unconscious or half-conscious wresting of fact and word and idea to suit a
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/The Message of the Gita.htm
'Essays on the Gita' by Sri Aurobindo— Page 1 of 50 XXIV   The Message of the Gita   THE SECRET of action," so we might summarise the message of the Gita, the word of its divine Teacher, "is one with the secret of all life and existence. Existence is not merely a machinery of Nature, a wheel of law in which the soul is entangled for a moment or for ages; it is a constant manifestation of the Spirit. Life is not for the sake of life alone, but for God, and the living soul of man is an eternal portion of the Godhead. Action is for self-finding, for self-fulfilment, for self-realisation and not only for its own external and apparent fruits of the moment or the futur
Title: IV
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/The Secret of Secrets.htm
IV   The Secret of Secrets   ALL THE truth that has developed itself at this length step by step, each bringing forward a fresh aspect of the integral knowledge and founding on it some result of spiritual state and action, has now to take a turn of immense importance. The Teacher therefore takes care first to draw attention to the decisive character of what he is about to say, so that the mind of Arjuna may be awakened and attentive. For he is going to open his mind to the knowledge and sight of the integral Divinity and lead up to the vision of the eleventh book, by which the warrior of Kurukshetra becomes conscious of the author and upholder of his bein
Title: XXIII
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/The Core of the Gita's Meaning.htm
XXIII   The Core of the Gita's Meaning   WHAT THEN is the message of the Gita and what its working value, its spiritual utility to the human mind of the present day after the long ages that have elapsed since it was written and the great subsequent transformations of thought and experience? The human mind moves always forward, alters its viewpoint and enlarges its thought substance, and the effect of these changes is to render past systems of thinking obsolete or, when they are preserved, to extend, to modify and subtly or visibly to alter their value. The vitality of an ancient doctrine consists in the extent to which it naturally lends itself to such a
Title: XII
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/The Way and the Bhakta.htm
XII   The Way and the Bhakta   IN THE eleventh chapter of the Gita the original object of the teaching has been achieved and brought up to a certain completeness. The command to divine action done for the sake of the world and in union with the Spirit who dwells in it and in all its creatures and in whom all its working takes place, has been given and accepted by the Vibhuti. The disciple has been led away from the old poise of the normal man and the standards, motives, outlook, egoistic consciousness of his ignorance, away from all that had finally failed him in the hour of his spiritual crisis. The very action which on that standing he had
Title: XXII
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/Beyond the Modes of Nature.htm
XXII   Beyond the Modes of Nature   SO FAR then extends the determinism of Nature, and what it amounts to is this that the ego from which we act is itself an instrument of the action of Prakriti and cannot therefore be free from the control of Prakriti; the will of the ego is a will determined by Prakriti, it is a part of the nature as it has been formed in us by the sum of its own past action and self-modification, and by the nature in us so formed and the will in it so formed our present action also is determined. It is said by some that the first initiating action is always free to our choice however much all that follows may be determined by th
Title: XI
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Essays On The Gita/Works and Sacrifice.htm
XI   Works and Sacrifice   THE YOGA of the intelligent will and its culmination in the Brahmic status, which occupies all the close of the second chapter, contains the seed of much of the teaching of the Gita, — its doctrine of desireless works, of equality, of the rejection of outward renunciation, of devotion to the Divine; but as yet all this is slight and obscure. What is most strongly emphasised as yet is the withdrawal of the will from the ordinary motive of human activities, desire, from man's normal temperament of the sense-seeking thought and will with its passions and ignorance, and from its customary habit of troubled many-branching ideas and wis