2 – Let India be Guided by Sri Aurobindo

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(Introduction is given in part 1)

Here we reproduce Sri Aurobindo’s answers to varied questions relating to India, world and humanity, which were put to him by many public figures and ordinary persons from 1914 to 1950. Let India take cue from his vision of things to come in future and be guided in its actions and plans. These answers are recorded by Purani A. B., who was Sri Aurobindo’s co-revolutionary and an intimate disciple, in his book, “Purani A. B.: Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo”.

“Jung has admitted that there is an element of mystery, something that baffles the reason, in human personality. One finds that the greater the personality the greater is the complexity. And this is especially so with regard to spiritual personalities, what the Gita calls “Vibhutis” and “Avatars.”

Sri Aurobindo has explained the mystery of personality in some of his writings. Ordinarily by a personality we mean something which can be described as “a pattern of being
marked out by a settled combination of fixed qualities, a determined character.” In one view personality is regarded as a fixed structure of recognizable qualities expressing a power of being; another idea regards “personality as a flux of self-expressive or sensitive and responsive being.” “But flux of nature and fixity of nature — which some call character — are two aspects of being, neither of which, nor indeed both together, can be a definition of personality.” Besides this flux and this fixity there is also a third and occult element, the Person behind of whom the personality is a self-expression; the Person puts forward the personality as his role, character, persona, in the present act of his long drama of manifested existence. But the Person is larger than his personality, and it may happen that this inner largeness overflows into the surface formation; the result is a self-expression of being which can no longer be described by fixed qualities, normalities of mood, exact lineaments, or marked out structural {{0}}limits.[[The Life Divine, P. 833]]

The gospel of the Supermind which Sri Aurobindo brought to man envisages a new level of consciousness beyond Mind. When this level is attained it imposes a complete and radical reintegration of the human personality. Sri Aurobindo was not merely the exponent but the embodiment of the new, dynamic truth of the Supermind.

The Gita in its chapters on the Vibhuti and the Avatar takes in general the same position. It shows that the present formula of our nature, and therefore the mental personality of man, is not final. A Vibhuti embodies in a human manifestation a certain divine quality and thus demonstrates the possibility of over coming the limits of ordinary human personality. The Vibhuti,— the embodiment of a divine quality or power,— and the Avatar — the divine incarnation — are not to be looked upon as supraphysical miracles thrown at humanity without regard to the process of evolution; they are, in fact, indications of human possibility, a sign that points to the goal of evolution.

In this connection Sri Aurobindo said during an Evening Talk: “No human manifestation can be illimitable and unlimited but the manifestation in the limited should reflect the unlimited, the Transcendent Beyond.” [28.04.1923]

This possibility of the human touching and manifesting the Divine has been realized during the course of human history whenever a great spiritual Light has appeared on earth. One of the purposes of this book is to show how Sri Aurobindo himself reflected the unlimited Beyond in his own self.

Sri Aurobindo was never a social man in the current sense of the term and definitely he was not a man of the crowd. This was due to his grave temperament, not to any feeling of superiority or to repulsion for men. At Baroda there was an Officer’s Club which was patronized by the Maharajah and though Sri Aurobindo enrolled himself as a member he hardly went to the Club even on special occasions. He rather liked a small congenial circle of friends and spent most of his evenings with them whenever he was free and not occupied with his studies of other works. After Baroda when he went to Calcutta there was hardly any time in the storm and stress of revolutionary politics to permit him to lead a “social life.” What little time he could spare from his incessant activities was spent in the house of Raja Subodh Malick or at the Grey Street house. In the Karmayogin office he used to sit after the office hours till late chatting with a few persons or trying automatic writing.”

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