At a Glance

Chapter One: ON QUEST

1 – Socrates said, ‘All men are fool. I am a wise man; because I know that I am a fool’. It was said in 470 BC. We are living in 21st century, which make us almost 2500 years older since these words were spoken. Can we say today, ‘We are wise; because we know that we are fools’.  Let us realize that we are fools; and be wise! … Read More

2 – What is the biggest formation in our universe? And, what is the smallest one there? … Read More

3 – We have one dimensional mathematics. We have figures that correspond to definite properties of the material existence of things in Nature. … Read More

4 – Today we have an understanding of Nature in a way where certain things are regarded as laws of Nature. … Read More

5 – Science tells us today that there are four fundamental forces of Nature: Gravity, Electromagnetic interaction, the Weak interaction and the Strong interaction. … Read More

6 – History of the development of science is reflected mirror image of the history of evolutionary development of humans. … Read More

7 – Do we discern a trend of convergence between the knowledge that we get from modern scientific theories and the knowledge that we get from teachings of spiritual visionaries and saints since time immemorial? … Read More

8 – We are setting out here certain thoughts (and let us make it plain that they are nothing more than mere mental products) respecting matter, space, time, unified field and dimensionless ‘primary’ reality. … Read More

9 – Even if a single case of rebirth is accepted as the proven fact, it would be sufficient to establish the necessity of ‘scientifically studying and explaining’ the phenomenon. … Read More

10 – We know that an object is a definite quantity of matter in the form of either mass or energy. … Read More

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Chapter Two: ON LIFE

1 – The apex of evolved life on our Earth is manifested in human being and its bottom – the least evolved and primitive form – is found in virus. … Read More

2 – What we have here on earth is abundantly present there in the universe surrounding us on all sides, except a single and unique thing that we call life. … Read More

3 – The universe is really vast. … Read More

4 – Is it possible to search the answer to these questions, by using a method other than ‘separation, analysis and integration’ that is used by human mind? … Read More

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Chapter Three: ON HUMANS

1 – The physical body of human being is immortal. Is this statement scientifically correct? … Read More

2 – Let us teach our physical body to become quiet; no demands, no more clamors. … Read More

3 – The history of true India is the history of its leading lights endeavoring, by bizarre ways and means, to control and get mastery over their body, desires and thoughts, and using them as mere instruments to realize eternal Self. … Read More

4 – “Things” are not things in this universe, as they appear to be. …. Read More

5 – Nature is on its ceaseless task of evolving an instrument better than mind. … Read More

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Chaper Four: ON UNIVERSE AND EARTH

1 – The universe is unimaginably vast. … Read More

2 – World is in constant flux and things are changing every moment. … Read More

3 – A wonderful thing to study is the interrelationship between ‘this world in its essence’ and the ‘human presence with all their inquisitiveness to know this essence’. … Read More

4 – The secret India is a sacred corner on Earth where a section of humanity away from the tumultuous world and since ages is relentlessly pursuing and realizing secret dimensions of human consciousness and what lie beyond. … Read More

5 – The sites of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro – two sites of Indus Valley Civilization – have been surpassed by the discoveries made in the excavations made in Rakhigarhi and Bhirrana in Hissar District of Haryana State in India reported and published (in Nature) in 2016. … Read More

6 – McCrindle in his note on ‘Aspasioi Assakenoi’ in ‘Ancient India as Described by Arrian etc.’ observes thus: “The Aspasioi are the people … Read More

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Chapter Five: OUR WORLD (1)

1 – What are our sources of knowledge about the ancient Indians, their society and life-style? … Read More

2 – Mahavira or “the Great Valiant one”, like Gautam Buddha who was born a few decades later, saw the complete uselessness of observing rituals only without putting any heart into it, … Read More

3 – It is of great wonder that nothing is stable in the world. … Read More

4 – Plutarch (45 AD) … relates about an incident where Alexander’s soldiers had an encounter with Indian Yogis and got an experience that was bizarre to their mind. … Read More

5 – Well-known British historian of ancient India, Vincent A Smith says:  “King Bindusara reigned at Pataliputra … Read More

6 – Huen Tsiang (629 AD) writes of a miraculous cure of the blindness of Prince Kunala in his travelogue in these words: “The prince Kunala was. … Read More

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Chaper Six: OUR WORLD (2)

1 – Who were these Scythians and Massagetae resembling to Scythians in their customs? … Read More

2 – Pandian kingdom was founded by an ancient Indian race whose ancestors had occupied the regions watered by the Jamuna and was situated on the southern extremity of the Indian Peninsula. … Read More

3 – Herodotus (480 BC) says: “When Cyrus …. Read More

4 – Fa-Hian (399 AD), the well-known Chinese traveler to India, says: “In the gone by times, … Read More

5 – According to Scythian accounts of their origin, as narrated by Herodotus in 482 BC, they sprang from Hercules. … Read More

6 – Let us see the connection that these Scythian tribes had with the later day Tatars and Mughals who invaded India. … Read More

7 – Fa Hian …  commenced his journey in 399 AD from Chang Gan in China to India in search of authoritative texts of Buddha’s preaching. … Read More

8 – Romas are Indians, who under some unfortunate circumstances had to migrate out of their motherland sometime in the past. … Read More

9 – Since pre-historic times, this vast Asiatic landmass has been home to a multitude of different tribes, ethnic stocks and nations. … Read More

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Chapter Seven: OUR WORLD (3)

1 – What do we know about the life and teachings of Lord Jesus Christ? … Read More

2 – It is the fundamental Force that alone exists. What we see in universe is its own entire image. … Read More

3 – In his book on India, Alberuni  (AD 1030) recorded his neutral opinion about India and her people as he observed them. He says, … Read More

4 – Ibn Batuta (Travels in Asia and Africa: 1325-1354 AD), speaking of Hindu yogis, says thus: “The men … Read More

5 – In his introduction to the book ‘Waqiate-Mustaqui’ its translator says: “The Afghan … Read More

6 – Bulle Shah Kadari Shatari, … who was more popularly known as Sai Bulle Shah, came to be more famous than his spiritual teacher Shah Inayat. … Read More

7 – Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia, another brilliant star of Sufi stream, was born in 1238. … Read More

8 – Baba Fariduddin (Ganj-e-Shakar) is the great star in the stream or silsila of sufism. He was born in 1173-74 or 1175-76 in village Khotwal near Lahore. … Read More

9 – The translator of ‘Waqiate-Mustaqui’ says, “(Later) Mustaqui sat at the feet of … Read More

10 – J. D. Cunningham was the younger brother of Alexander Cunningham, the author of celebrated book ‘Geography of Ancient India’ and was equally qualified oriental scholar. … Read More

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Chapter Eight: OUR WORLD (4)

1 – Let us follow the stream of the Eastern Wisdom down the ages. … Read More

2 – Sir George Macmunn was a British military commander in India around 1900 AD. He had the keen interest in visiting old places connected with the Mughal history of India. … Read More

3 – The life of Ramakrishna Paramhansa (the Guru of his more famous disciple Vivekananda) is recorded in his biography penned by Swami Sardananda, one of his disciples thus: “Gadadhar, … Read More

4 – Ramakrishna says:  “As fishes playing in a pond … Read More

5 – It was for the first time noticed by residents of village Shirdi that there was a young, healthy, smart and extremely handsome person absorbed in Samadhi (meditation) under a Neem tree. … Read More

6 – Sri Aurobindo, India’s seer, sage and saint, was in line with the great Teachers of the world who have illumined the pages of spiritual history of mankind since time immemorial. … Read More

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Chapter Nine: ON SOCIALISM

1 – Our sense of existence as humans is very wide. … Read More

2 – A well-known revolutionary philosopher of nineteenth century (Karl Marx) claimed to have found the underlying principles of revolutionary change having universal application. … Read More

3 – Dialectics of Hegel was a process that consisted of three parts: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis. … Read More

4 – We have seen how Marx borrowed Dialectics from Hegel and turned this Hegelian version upside down by interpreting it in materialist way. … Read More

5 – What is State? State is an instrument, which has certain essential features. … Read More

6 – The collapse of Soviet communist edifice though apparently looks a political event in essence it is an economic one. … Read More

7 – Is Marxism a religion? Let Marxists not make Marxism a religion. … Read More

8 – …  Karl Marx, … agreed that the working of Nature is dialectical in nature… he saw the unfolding of “Matter” (instead of “Idea”) in dialectical manner and coming into being of this world, …. We live in 21st century, when science has much advanced since the age of Hegel or Marx. … Read More

9 – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, was, in the long series of sages, the latest one who reflected the spirit of true India … Read More

10 – Let us see how Gandhi sought to manage the problem of economic conflicts between the rich and poor. … Read More

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Chapter Ten: ON CAPITALISM & BEYOND

1 – Nature, living and non-living both, is full of conflicts. It is the way of existence. … Read More

2 – What is a machine? From the earth-moving extreme machines to the tiny digital gate circuits of computers all are machines. What is the definition of machine? … Read More

3 – Commodity is the sum product of five human elements and one element of Nature’s gift. The cost of commodity is determined by the interaction of these six quanta. … Read More

4 – A person works hard and therefore gets its sweet fruits in the shape of what he or she produces out of this work. This fruit is his private property; it is private because it is he or she who produced it out of his or her labor. … Read More

5 – Capitalism is bad because this socio-economic order intentionally inflates human beings’ desires in a calculated manner by resorting to advertisements etc. and ensures provision of means to satisfy them. … Read More

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Chapter Eleven: ON DEMOCRACY

1 – The supreme interest of humanity lies in serving the cause of her evolutionary journey. … with the debut of Homo sapiens on our planet this evolutionary process has not come to an end. … Read More

2 – Politics is all about governance. In democracy, it is about self-governance. This governance, or self-governance in democracy, amounts to exercising sovereign powers. This power is derived from people. … Read More

3 – Now science has provided the technological capability to make democracy more true to its basic principle. … Read More

4 – Human beings may manage their business of self-governance under the imperatives dictated by … reason – or … desires. Reason and desires are two totally distinct dimensions of human consciousness. … Read More

5 – Human beings … are mostly governed … by lower impulses … their personal interests … in ignorance of a higher or better light. In … their … decisions humans are not governed even by Mind … reason. … Read More

6 – Capitalism is founded on … selfishness, greed … No human … can ever approve capitalism because of its vices. …. socialism or communism – a promised heaven on earth … is a mirage. … We are living in capitalism … suffering its vices and reaping its fruits. … Can we balace the two? … Yes, we can. … five fundamental principles … to build a new society with a new political economy. …. Read More

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Chapter Twelve: SCIENCE, MIND & BEYOND

1 – Fate seems to have marked Sri Aurobindo out for the high and noble calling of being the guide and teacher of his fellowmen in their heaven-ward ascent. … Read More

2 – Sri Aurobindo, the great sage, writing in the dominant materialist age, says with a strikingly penetrating depth of mental inquiry:  “By that hunger mysticism profits … Read More

3  Sri Aurobindo says: “The average human being even now is in his inward existence as crude and undeveloped as was the bygone primitive man in his outward life. But as soon as we go deep within ourselves … Read More

4 – Sri Aurobindo says:  “ ……. the most profound question that has ever been asked and will ever be asked is who, why and when initiated this universal evolution? … how the universe stood before this initiation? Answers to these questions are the most sacred secrets of Nature. … Read More

5 – In one of his … letters … Sri Aurobindo says:   “I mean by the psychic the inmost soul-being and the soul-nature. … Read More

6 – The subject of death, states of after-death and rebirth is not simple for mind to understand because it deals with many states of consciousness that are totally foreign to ordinary human consciousness. … Read More

7 – …. on the subject of death and recycling of human physical body, his vital body of desires and mind’s structure, and the rebirth of psychic being, we find an interesting account of the process in the book called Anugita . … Read More

8 – Evolution is nothing but coming into state of being of something that is already there in the potential form. This whole universe … that it is today had the potential of this happening. … Read More

9 – The mind can reflect the Infinite, …. it can take its suggestions and act them out in its own way …  but it cannot be itself the direct and perfect instrument of the infinite … acting in its own knowledge. … Read More

10 – The mere idea or intellectual seeking of something higher beyond, however strongly grasped by the mind’s interest, is ineffective unless it is seized on by the heart as the one thing desirable and by the will as the one thing to be done. … Read More

11 – Mankind is not yet ready to change, to advance, …. This is one way of looking at such things. …. There is another way of looking at things, … (it) makes us understand that the hostile forces are hell bent upon for thwarting the … work of transformation and that mankind is yet not ready for it. … Read More

12 – Nature is ceaselessly at its work of evolving life further and consciousness higher … (this) process is extremely slow … takes … thousands of years, … to bring even a minor change … Is it possible to squeeze the time scale of thousands of years into a few … decades? … It can be done, if the Supreme Being wills it … the Supreme Being does not will it unless at least a few individuals are ready to become vehicle of this Supreme Will and … collective consciousness is willing … to cooperate and collaborate. Such an effort, even a thought of it … would be bizarre. … Read More

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Chapter Thirteen: SPIRITUAL GUIDE

1 – India had a very long history and extremely rich culture to bank upon in shaping the future of a free India at the so-called “mid night stroke” of 15th August, 1947 and show by their example a blazing path to the humanity that was badly bruised by conflicts and wars. … Read More

2 – Sri Aurobindo says:  “India ought to be the spiritual leader of the world, inside she has the capacity, but outside, for the moment there is still much to do for her to become actually the spiritual leader of the world. … Read More

3 – Says Sri Aurobindo:  “We are not here to do (only a little better) what the others do. We are here to do what the others cannot do because they do not even have the idea that it can be done.” … Read More

4 – “India’s destiny lies not along the bloody way of the West, of which she shows signs of tiredness, but along the bloodless way of peace that comes from a simple and godly life….India is in danger of losing her soul. She cannot lose it and live. She must not therefore lazily and helplessly say, “I cannot escape the onrush from the West… She must be strong enough to resist it for her own sake and that of the world.” … Read More

5 – Collective consciousness first has to fully experience and absorb the fruits of body, vital and mind to realize their suffocating limitations in order to rise above the same. This experience even may include an atomic war to realize the logical fruits of civilization of lower self. … Read More

6 – India has to make a choice. This right of choice should be exercised by ordinary, hungry, illiterate but spiritually highly developed Indians who live in villages, huts, caves, temples, mosques and churches. This choice should not be left to the dominant minority of Indians who are Indians by birth but not Indians by spirit. … With the recent political development in India, there are enough indications that this country has made an emphatic choice for the path of Eastern Wisdom. … India must adopt yoga in her national life as her guide, model and aim. India’s national life, including seemingly all-embracing politics, must be geared to the cause of life and its science, that is, yoga. …Read More

7 – “One thing seems clear: humanity has reached such a generalized state of tension – tension in effort, tension in action, tension even in daily life – with such an excessive hyperactivity, such an overall restlessness, that the species as a whole seems to have reached a point where it must either burst through the resistance and surge forth into a new consciousness, or else sink back into an abysm of obscurity and inertia. This tension is so total and so generalized that obviously something must break. It cannot go on like this.” … Read More

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