- ‘Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo’s Teaching & Method of Practice‘ by Sri Aurobindo
- ‘The Life Divine‘ by Sri Aurobindo
- ‘Powers Within‘ by Sri Aurobindo, The Mother
- ‘The Upanishads, 1st US Edition‘ by Sri Aurobindo
- ‘Synthesis of Yoga, US Edition‘ by Sri Aurobindo
Inspirational Quotes by Sri Aurobindo (Indian Mystic, Philosopher, Poet)
Turn all things to honey; this is the law of divine living.
Mankind has used two powerful weapons to destroy its own powers and enjoyment, wrong indulgence and wrong abstinence.
Hinduism gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the Godward endeavor of the human spirit.
All life is the play of universal forces.
The individual gives a personal form to these universal forces.
But he can choose whether he shall respond or
not to the action of a particular force. Only most people
do not really choose – they indulge the play of the forces.
Your illness, depressions etc. are the repeated play of such forces.
It is only when you can make oneself free of them that
one can be the true person and have a true life –
but one can be free only by living in the Divine.
Hard is it to be in the world, free, yet living the life of ordinary men; but because it is hard, therefore it must be attempted and accomplished.
Inspiration is a slender river of brightness leaping from a vast and eternal knowledge, it exceeds reason more perfectly than reason exceeds the knowledge of the senses.
If thy aim be great and thy means small, still act; for by action alone these can increase to thee.
When thou findest thyself scorning another, look then at thy own heart and laugh at thy folly.
If thou think defeat is the end of thee, then go not forth to fight, even though thou be the stronger. For Fate is not purchased by any man nor is Power bound over to her possessors. But defeat is not the end, it is only a gate or a beginning.
Hate not the oppressor; for, if he is strong, thy hate increases his force of resistance; if he is weak, thy hate was needless.
The sense of impossibility is the beginning of all possibilities.
Live according to Nature, runs the maxim of the West; but according to what nature, the nature of the body or the nature which exceeds the body ? This first we ought to determine.
Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.
If the will is fixed on the purpose it sets itself to accomplish, then circumstances will suggest the right course; but the schemer finds himself always tripped up by the unexpected.
There are times of great change, times when old landmarks are being upset, when submerged forces are rising, and just as we deal promptly or linger over the solution of these problems, our progress will be rapid or slow, sound or broken.
True spirituality rejects new light, no added means or materials of our human self-development.
The meeting of man and God must always mean a penetration and entry of the divine in to the human and a self-immergence of man in the Divinity.
Our actual enemy is not any force exterior tourselves, but our own crying weaknesses, our cowardice, our selfishness, our hypocrisy, our purblind sentimentalism.
Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature. As man emerged out of the animal, so out of man the superman emerges.
The fundamental idea of all Indian religion is one common to the highest human thinking everywhere.
We are all gods and creators; not only the making of new forms of creation, but preservation is creation, destruction itself is creation. It rests with us what we shall create; for we are not unless we choose, puppets dominated by Fate and Maya; we are the facets and manifestations of Almighty Power.
It is easy to distinguish the evil worked by sin and vice, but the trained eye sees also the evil done by self-righteous or self-regarding virtue.
There are no true and false religions, but rather all religions are true in their own way and degree. Each is one of the thousand paths to the One Eternal.
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