Evolutionary Ideas Of Sri Aurobindo By Kishore Gandhi

Sri Aurobindo: Evolutionary Ideas Of Sri Aurobindo
By Kishore Gandhi

Sri Aurobindo’s insight and analysis of evolution are now part of the scientific and cultural landscape. But few scientists and artists know his evolutionary theories that are being proved true by modern science.

While probing frontiers of science, physicists have discovered the limitation of the Newtonian mechanistic model at the level of galaxies and electrons. These discoveries have no doubt given the first glimmering of the new paradigm that matter and consciousness are the primary forces in the universe.

The theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, Heisenberg’s principles of uncertainty, Bohr’s laws, Schrodinger’s resolution of particle/wave paradox, Prigogine’s discovery of dissipative structures based on self-organising and self-transcendent systems, Roger Sperry’s researches in the right and left implications of hemispheric brain processes, Ervin Laszlo’s Psi hypothesis have all brought about major breakthroughs that have profound philosophical implications for science as a whole.

This development marked a major shift from the clockwork paradigm to an uncertainty paradigm, from the absolute to the relative. The new model looks upon matter as being in some way a graded manifestation of consciousness. So increasingly, the West has been showing an increasing interest in Eastern thought, particularly in Buddhism and Vedanta.

The Isa Upanishad says, “Everything that exists in the cosmos, living or non-living, is the habitation of the divine”. The Mundaka Upanishad says that one perceives “Brahmn verily in this resplendent cosmos, in front and behind, above and below, in the right and to the left. The universe is indeed all manifestation of the Brahmn”.

These mystical insights are being significantly recognised by physicists as a more accurate expression of the real structure of the universe than many of the classical theories of science. The dance of Shiva is inspiring physicists as a new reference point in explaining the creation of this world in terms of a unified field theory.

The double crises of civilisation and evolution today is the product of the human mind. I see through the eye, not with it, said William Blake. He also said that “if the doors of perception were cleansed, we would see the world as it is, infinite”.

Quite clearly, the human mind which imagines, reasons and creates is dynamically active, and is playing a critical role in the process of its own evolution and also in the survival and evolution of all living things. The future of our evolutionary course will be in the realm of psychic development, and the new potentialities will make us surpass ourselves.

The development of trans-disciplinary approaches to knowledge corresponding to the creative manifestations of life is our model for tomorrow. Aurobindo’s philosophy of a new and higher consciousness for the future provides a convincing and viable alternative to a bewildered humanity that is living under the spell of multiple fears.

The discoveries of modern science have no doubt given their own verdict of opposing alternatives – of either the Buddha or the bomb, for instance – and it is up to each one of us to decide which path to follow. To save history from being reduced to a tragedy of successive civilizations, we need to promote the Oneness Principle. Global consciousness is the only way out.

Mirra – The Mother: Paris to Pondicherry: Journey of Discovery

Mirra – The Mother: Paris to Pondicherry: Journey of Discovery

Paris in the last decade of the 19th century was tranquil enough to let the 12-year-old Mirra sit amidst the woods of Fontainebleau near her house for hours at a stretch and feel one with Nature and Infinity.

She would remain aloof, away from friends and relatives, but she was never alone. She was always aware of several invisible companions who, she said, were more real to her than those who were physically present.

One day, while climbing a hill in the woods, she slipped and began falling down the precipice. Even as she fell, she somehow knew that she was not going to meet the fate that was expected in such accidents. True enough, she soon found herself standing at the foot of the hill as if nothing had happened. She was not surprised; she had been fully conscious of the invisible hands supporting her.

She grew increasingly close to one of the ‘companions’ she saw in her visions and began calling him Krishna – years before even knowing the origin or meaning of the word. Her quest brought her to Pondicherry, where she met Sri Aurobindo. There, she identified the guide who had been with her all these years. He was none other than this Mahayogi .

The next day she wrote in her diary: ”It matters little that thousands of beings are plunged in the densest ignorance, He whom we saw yesterday is on earth; his presence is enough to prove that a day will come when darkness shall be transformed into light, and Thy reign shall be indeed established upon earth.”

Mirra finally settled in Pondicherry in 1920. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram began to take shape with her arrival. Soon, she became known as ‘the Mother’. The Ashram she shaped was not a hermitage for ascetics, but a community of sadhaks for whom the world itself was the Divine in action – the veiled splendours of the Divine in the process of manifestation.
”All life is yoga,” said Sri Aurobindo, referring to the work done not for the satisfaction of one’s desires or ego but as an offering to the Divine, which is actually a powerful means of yoga.

This is how the Mother explains the profundity of Sri Aurobindo’s vision: ”There is an ascending evolution in nature which goes from the stone to the plant, from the plant to the animal, from the animal to man. Because man is, for the moment, the last rung at the summit of the ascending evolution, he considers himself as the final stage in this ascension and believes there can be nothing on earth superior to him. In that he is mistaken.

In his physical nature he is yet almost wholly an animal, a thinking and speaking animal, but still an animal in his material habits and instincts. Undoubtedly, nature cannot be satisfied with such an imperfect result; she endeavours to bring out a being who will be to man what man is to the animal, a being who will remain a man in its external form, and yet whose consciousness will rise far above the mental and its slavery to ignorance.

”Sri Aurobindo came upon earth to teach this truth to men. He told them that man is only a transitional being living in a mental consciousness, but with the possibility of acquiring a new consciousness, the Truth-consciousness, and capable of living a life perfectly harmonious, good and beautiful, happy and fully conscious.

During the whole of his life upon earth, Sri Aurobindo gave all his time to establish in himself this consciousness he called the Supramental, and to help those gathered around him to realise it.”

The path to peace lies in a collective aspiration for a Supramental future. Till her passing away in 1973, the Mother experimented in her own person the process of stabilising this new consciousness.

(February 21 is the Mother’s birth anniversary)

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