Saints and Seekers: Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo 1872-1950

Sri Aurobindo, both famous for his scholarly works and mystic wisdom ironically came from a family whose father rejected Indian culture and wanted his children to be completely Westernized. Originally sent for education in England, Aurobindo returned to India where he discovered Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy. He participated in India’s independence movement against British colonialism and then later dedicated his life to spiritual pursuit and practice, establishing a major ashram in Pondicherry and writing commentaries on yoga and holy scriptures.

A great thing would be done if all these God-visions could embrace and cast themselves into each other; but intellectual dogma and cult egoism stand in the way.

Spirituality is much wider than any particular religion, and in the larger ideas of it that are now coming on us even the greatest religion becomes no more than a broad sect or branch of the one universal religion, by which we shall understand in the future man’s seeking for the eternal, the divine, the greater self, the source of unity and his attempt to arrive at some equation, some increasing approximation of the values of human life with the eternal and the divine values.

Truth cannot be shut up in a single book, Bible or Veda or Koran, or in a single religion…God and Truth outlast these religions and manifest themselves anew in whatever way or form the Divine Wisdom chooses. 

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