Thought of the Day: On Sri Aurobindo

Last modified December 4, 2006

During this live recording on local BBC Radio, Sanjaya Spettigue talks about the great Indian spiritual Master, Sri Aurobindo, who studied at Kings College, Cambridge University before returning to India.

Sanjaya tells us that, although Sri Aurobindo hailed from the East, he also identified with the West and saw poetry and literature as being integral to the human spirit. Sri Aurobindo’s life showed how spirituality could transcended politics, religion and help to transform the outer world.

Sri Chinmoy has a very deep love for Sri Aurobindo. Here is a short essay by Sri Chinmoy on Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga:

Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga

A Seer-Poet to the poets, a divine Philosopher to mankind, a Master Yogi to his worshippers, an Avatar to his disciples; who is he? Sri Aurobindo.

Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga is an ambrosial consciousness with infinite possibilities; it is a never-tiring march, a decisive and everlasting victory of Truth.

The keynote of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga is evolution; evolution of consciousness in and through Matter. There is no shadow of doubt that Matter and Spirit are one. Spirit, when it is fast asleep, is Matter; Matter, when it is fully awakened, is Spirit.

Integral Yoga is founded on an all-fulfilling experience which is anything but speculation and reasoning. An Integral Yogi is he who has seen all the phases of existence and whose very life is full of variegated experiences and realisations.

A marvel-idealism and a highly practical divinity are housed in Sri Aurobindo. His are the experiences that may serve as humanity’s royal road to a life worth living; a life of the Spirit, the Life Divine.

Sri Aurobindo holds that physical work is in no way a bar to spiritual progress. On the contrary, he strongly feels that physical work is an aid to self-preparation for the full manifestation of the Divine both in oneself and upon the earth.

– Sri Chinmoy, Extract from “Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga

We are grateful to Sanjaya for his illumining offering.



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Artist: Sanjaya Spettigue
Release year: 2006
Duration: 2:10
Publisher: BBC Radio Suffolk
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy Format: Advanced Audio Coding
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