What is the nature of religion? And how is it connected with spirituality or yoga? This issue explores these and many other related questions.
This selection from Sri Aurobindo’s book ‘The Human Cycle’ explores why in human history religion has not been a sufficient guide for conducting individual and collective life. He also tells us that this need not be so if we understand the true nature of religion, which is its spiritual core.
The Mother explains that religion may be divine in its ultimate origin; in its actual nature it is not divine but human.
The Mother explains that religion can actually be a helper to those with spiritual destiny and sincerity of inner effort to realise the Divine.
We feature here a few selections from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother highlighting the important differences between a moral life, religious life and spiritual life.
Indian culture tried to turn the whole of life towards spirituality by a persistent filling of every circumstance of life with the religious sense.
A summary of some fundamentals of Sanatana Dharma as explained by Sri Aurobindo is presented here. The necessity for outer forms of religious practices is also briefly described.
When one enters yoga, one must leave all the bondage and clingings of the past life. For a yogin, Divine alone is one’s religion, country, family, everything.
The Mother explains that heaven and hell were invented by religions to control people and also to make them wise. She adds that the creative power of human thought gives an illusory existence of heaven and hell to people who believe in them but only the psychic world can be a true paradise.
In our Book of the Month, we feature Nirodbaran’s book titled ‘Twelve Years with Sri Aurobindo’ and zoom in on a special excerpt where he describes some delightful aspects of Champaklal’s ‘bhakta’ personality. Reading these excerpts is an entire education in what it means to truly serve the Divine.
The author highlights the necessity of silencing the thoughts and vital movements as an essential foundation of the sadhana in the path of Integral Yoga.