We feature here three passages from Sri Aurobindo which give us a deep understanding of the inner significance of practicing higher virtues.
In addition to exploring the attribute of ‘Goodness’ this issue is our offering for the special month of April. On April 4 in 1910, Sri Aurobindo arrived in Pondicherry, his “cave of tapasya”. In 1920 on April 24th, the Mother arrived in Pondicherry to be with Sri Aurobindo and collaborate in the Supramental Yoga to bring down a new consciousness on the earth.
In this first chapter, we get an overview of the eternal human aspiration that has been there since the beginning and promises to remain until the end. This is followed by a review of the apparent contradictions in present human life at present, which Sri Aurobindo explains are Nature’s own method of moving towards a harmony that will fructify ultimately in the transformation of mind, life and body through the light and power of a new consciousness, the emerging Supermind.
The author writes: “A splendid heroism of selflessness is here, the vividest picture of a warrior Yogi who would take any risk, if thereby he could press closer to his objective and though the formula is “I conquer or perish” the frame of mind is one that might easily avail itself of a yet more audacious formula: “I perish to conquer.””
Amal Kiran writes: “In a most special sense, Sri Aurobindo the marvellously gifted and gracious person who was our Guru and whom we loved is still at work and a concrete truth is expressed by the Mother when she says: “To grieve is an insult to Sri Aurobindo who is here with us, conscious and alive.””
The Festival of Devi is celebrated in India to mark the victory of the great Goddess Durga over the demon King Mahishāsura and his demon cohorts. Though outwardly it seems to be symbolic of the victory of Truth over falsehood which of course it is, there is much in it to help us understand the process of individual and cosmic evolution. A 3-part essay explores the deeper, inner significance of this festival.