This is our fourth session exploring Integral philosopher, poet, and yogi Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual classic The Life Divine. Psychologist @Don_Salmon, who has been studying Aurobindo’s work for over 40 years, leads off our discussion, which begins with his reading of an evocative passage from a letter by Aurobindo in The Mother (see below for full text), and then goes on to focus on our different ways of reading Aurobindo, as well as some of the questions, challenges, and uncertainties that have come up in our individual readings thus far. These include concerns from scientific, cultural, and ethical points of view.
We also take up a couple points which have surfaced in the forum conversation regarding the relation between spiritual consciousness and the brain. It seems important to read (or receive) Aurobindo in a way that goes beyond the mental intellect, yet The Life Divine IS addressed to the intellect, and so we must also do the work of clarifying concepts and connecting ideas with (as well as distinguishing them from) what we already know, other philosophers we’ve read, and so on.
Some of us feel we’ve glimpsed the greater reality Aurobindo calls “Supermind,” and others are not so sure. Don suggests that in a way, in these early chapters of the book, Aurobindo is still just setting us up, through precise conceptual distinctions, for greater revelations to come.
Much more happened in this experimental supermental-seeking conversation, including a couple of very interesting dream reports, so check it out! And please share your thoughts below…
The Life Divine, Chapters 12 - 16
- Join the Readers Underground
- Review the Overview, Schedule, and Guidelines
- Introduce yourself below.
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- The Life Divine – A Study Guide compiled by David Hutchinson, fall 2003h
- The Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, with Debashish Banerji [New Thinking Allowed /YouTube]
- Glossary of Sanskrit
- Judith Tyberg’s Language of the Gods
- Debashish Banerji’s Seven Quartets of Becoming
(Introduction provided by the author)
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