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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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/Civilisation and Barbarism.htm
CHAPTER VIII Civilisation and Barbarism ONCE we have determined that this rule of perfect individuality and perfect reciprocity is the ideal law for the individual, the community and the race and that a perfect union and even oneness in a free diversity is its goal, we have to try to see more clearly what we mean when we say that self-realisation is the sense, secret or overt, of individual and of social development. As yet we have not to deal with the race, with mankind as a unity; the nation is still our largest compact and living unit. And it is best to begin with the individual, both because of his nature we have a completer and nearer knowledge and exper
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Infrarational Age of the Cycle.htm
CHAPTER XVIII The Infrarational Age of the Cycle IN SPIRITUALITY then would lie our ultimate, our only hope for the perfection whether of the individual or of the communal man; not the spirit which for its separate satisfaction turns away from the earth and her works, but that greater spirit which surpasses and yet accepts and fulfils them. A spirituality that would take up into itself man's rationalism, aestheticism, ethicism, vitalism, corporeality, his aspiration towards knowledge, his attraction towards beauty, his need of love, his urge towards perfection, his demand for power and fullness of life and being, a spirituality that would reve
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Suprarational Good.htm
CHAPTER XV The Suprarational Good     WE BEGIN to see, through the principle and law of our religious being, through the principle and law of our aesthetic being, the universality of a principle and law which is that of all being arid which we must therefore hold steadily in view in regard to all human activities. It rests on a truth on which the sages have always agreed, though by the intellectual thinker it may be constantly disputed. It is the truth that all active being is a seeking for God, a seeking for some highest self and deepest Reality secret within, behind and above ourselves and things, a seeking for the hidden Divinity; the truth which we glimp
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Unseen Power .htm
The Unseen Power A WAR has ended, a world has perished in the realm of thought and begun to disappear in the order of outward Nature. The war that has ended, was fought in physical trenches, with shel1 and shot, with machine-gun and tank and aeroplane, with mangling of limbs and crash of physical edifices and rude uptearing of the bosom of our mother earth; the new war, or the old continued in another form, that is already beginning, will be fought more with mental trenches and bomb- proof shelters, with reconnaissances and batteries and moving machines of thought and word, propaganda and parties and programmes, with mangling of the desire-souls of men and of nations, c
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Suprarational Beauty.htm
CHAPTER XIV The Suprarational Beauty RELIGION is the seeking after the spiritual, the suprarational and therefore in this sphere the intellectual reason may well be an insufficient help and find itself, not only at the end but from the beginning, out of its province and condemned to tread either diffidently or else with a stumbling presumptuousness in the realm of a power and a light higher than its own. But in the other spheres of human consciousness and human activity it may be thought that it has the right to the sovereign place, since these move on the lower plane of the rational and the finite or belong to that border-land where the rational
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/The Necessity of the Spiritual Trasnformation.htm
CHAPTER XXII The Necessity of the Spiritual Trasnformation                       OUR normal conduct of life, whether the individual or the social, is actually governed by the balance between two complementary powers, - first, an implicit will central to the life and inherent in the main power of its action and, secondly, whatever modifying will can come in from the Idea in mind - for man is a mental being - and operate through our as yet imperfect mental instruments to give this Life-Force a conscious orientation and a conscious method. Life normally finds its own centre in our vital and physical being, in its cravings and its needs, in its dem
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/Social and Political Thought_Volume-15/Summary and Conclusion.htm
CHAPTER XXXV Summary and Conclusion                                 IN OTHER words, - and this is the conclusion at which we arrive, - while it is possible to construct a precarious and quite mechanical unity by political and administrative means, the unity of the human race, even if achieved, can only be secured and can only be made real if the religion of humanity, which is at present the highest active ideal of mankind, spiritualises itself and becomes the general inner law of human life. The outward unity may well achieve itself, - possibly, though by no means certainly, in a measurable time, - because that is the inevitable final trend of the working o