After a break in December, we are back with our new issue, the first one in 2023. Continuing with our series – All Life is Yoga, this time we focus on the theme – Human Relations and Yoga.
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother give important guidance on the complexity of man-woman relationship in the path of Integral Yoga.
Sri Aurobindo elucidates that one of the aims in Integral Yoga is to purify and transform the usual egoistic human love into a purer love towards the Divine at all levels of the being. He also explains that after one enters the spiritual life, the relationship with the Divine take precedence over the ordinary social relations. Either the family relations naturally fall off or become the ground for karmayoga based on the soul’s need.
Sri Aurobindo guides us on the right place of friendship and affection Integral Yoga. His words about the nature of human love are a must-read.
Editor’s note: In our Book of the Month feature, we present some relevant excerpts from Kishor Gandhi’s significant book titled, ‘Social Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and the New Age.’ The following extracts are taken from the 1991 edition published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, pp. 367-372. We have made a few formatting revisions for the
These selected passages from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother give us practical guidance on how to handle the sources of disharmony in human relations in daily life. These sources include narrowmindedness, dislike and fault-finding in others.
The author reviews a book by M. V. Seetharaman which unfolds the inner significance of the five poetic dramas written by Sri Aurobindo – Rodogune, The Viziers of Bassora, Perseus the Deliverer, Vasavadutta and Eric.
Beloo Mehra weaves together some insights on love and human relationships from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother with examples from Indian literary tradition.
The focus in this part is on nature of the human love and how it gets limited and distorted with impurities such as vital attractions, surface emotions, expectations and possessiveness. Human love can be taken as a practice ground to expand and purify oneself to receive the universal force of love.
The author highlights the words of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo to throw light on the origin and nature of parental love and love between family relations and friends. We also see how human love and relationships can never satisfy the deep thirst for love which can only be quenched by the divine love.