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Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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 this word, reason, a wider meaning than it now possesses and include
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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 n
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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 and 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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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, 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 things of the present,
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/A League of Nations.htm
'The Human Cycle„The Ideal of Human Unity„War and Self-Determination' by Sri Aurobindo - Page 1 of 50 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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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 economic 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 Britain 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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/The Human Cycle/The Formation of the Nation-Unit.htm
Chapter XIII   The Formation of the Nation-Unit — The Three Stages   THE THREE stages of development which have marked the mediaeval and modern evolution of the nation-type may be regarded as the natural process where a new form of unity has to be created out of complex conditions and heterogeneous materials by an external rather than an internal process. The external method tries always to mould the psychological condition of men into changed forms and habits under the pressure of circumstances and institutions rather than by the direct creation of a new psychological condition which would, on the contrary, d