Podcast: The Core of the Gita’s Meaning

A Recitation of the chapter from ‘Essays on the Gita’.

The Core of the Gita’s Meaning

January 29, 2009 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

Podcast: The Message of the Gita

Recitation of the last chapter from ‘Essays on the Gita’. Click to download.

Download: The Message of the Gita

January 28, 2009 at 2:21 am Leave a comment

The Message of the Gita

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-fulfillment, for self-realization and not only for its own external and apparent fruits of the moment or the future.

Know then your self; know your true self to be God and one with the self of all others; know your soul to be a portion of God. Live in what you know; live in the self, live in your supreme spiritual nature, be united with God and Godlike. Offer, first, all your actions as a sacrifice to the Highest and the One in you and to the Highest and the One in the world; deliver last all you are and do into his hands for the supreme and universal spirit to do through you his own will and works in the world.

– ‘Essays on the Gita’, 1928

January 28, 2009 at 2:16 am Leave a comment

Podcast: The Ideal of the Karmayogin

A recitation of this beautiful essay by Sri Aurobindo that first appeared in the weekly review called Karmayogin on 19 June 1909.  Click to download.

The Ideal of the Karmayogin

January 27, 2009 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

Podcast: Uttarapara Speech

Recitation of the famous Uttarapara Speech which Sri Aurobindo made on 30 May 1909 soon after his release from Alipore jail. Click to download.

Uttarapara Speech

January 26, 2009 at 2:05 am Leave a comment

Podcast: The Present Situation

Reading Sri Aurobindo is tough. On the part of the reader, it requires sustained concentration and an ability to follow arguments through long sentences. This is a pity because it is really a goldmine of spiritual knowledge.

Fortunately, the audio format makes it much more easier to digest his works and that too at a faster pace. Following is a podcast of an inspiring speech given by Sri Aurobindo at the Bombay National Union at Bombay on 19th January, 1908. Click to download this speech, and others too.

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The Present Situation – Podcast

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January 25, 2009 at 2:48 am Leave a comment

The Yoga and Its Objects

The whole heart and action and mind of man must be changed, but from within, not from without, not by political and social institutions, not ourselves and the world and a remoulding of life by that realisation. This can only be effected by Purnayoga, a yoga not devoted to a particular purpose, even though that purpose be Mukti or Ananda, but to the fulfilment of the divine humanity in ourselves and others. For this purpose the practices of Hatha and Raja Yoga are not sufficient and even the Trimarga will not serve; we must go higher and resort to the Adhyatmayoga. The principle of Adhyatmayoga is, in knowledge, the realisation of all things that we see or do not see but are aware of,—men, things, ourselves, events, gods, titans, angels,—as one divine Brahman, and in action and attitude, an absolute self-surrender to the Paratpara Purusha, the transcendent, infinite and universal Personality who is at once personal and impersonal, finite and infinite, self-limiting and illimitable, one and many, and informs with his being not only the Gods above, but man and the worm and the clod below. The surrender must be complete. Nothing must be reserved, no desire, no demand, no opinion, no idea that this must be, that cannot be, that this should be and that should not be;—all must be given. The heart must be purified of all desire, the intellect of all self-will, every duality must be renounced, the whole world seen and unseen must be recognised as one supreme expression of concealed Wisdom, Power and Bliss, and the entire being given up, as an engine is passive in the hands of the driver, for the divine Love, Might and perfect Intelligence to do its work and fulfil its divine Lila. Ahankara must be blotted out in order that we may have, as God intends us ultimately to have, the perfect bliss, the perfect calm and knowledge and the perfect activity of the divine existence. If this attitude of perfect self-surrender can be even imperfectly established, all necessity of Yogic kriya inevitably ceases. For then God himself in us becomes the sadhaka and the siddha and his divine power works in us, not by our artificial processes, but by a working of Nature which is perfectly informed, all-searching and infallibly efficient. Even the most powerful Rajayogic samyama, the most developed pranayama, the most strenuous meditation, the most ecstatic Bhakti, the most self-denying action, mighty as they are and efficacious, are comparatively weak in their results when set beside this supreme working. For those are all limited to a certain extent by our capacity, but this is illimitable in potency because it is God’s capacity. It is only limited by his will which knows what is best for the world and for each of us in the world and apart from it.

‘The Yoga and Its Objects’, 1912

January 24, 2009 at 6:10 am Leave a comment

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What we propose in our Yoga is nothing less than to break up the whole formation of our past and present which makes up the ordinary material and mental man and create a new centre of vision and a new universe of activities in ourselves which shall constitute a divine humanity or a superhuman nature.
Sri Aurobindo

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