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The Divine Superman

--by Sri Aurobindo (Apr 04, 2005)


It has been well said by one who saw but through a veil and mistook the veil for the face, that thy aim is to become thyself; and he said well again that the nature of man is to transcend himself. This is indeed his nature and that is indeed the divine aim of his self-transcending.

What then is the self that thou hast to transcend and what is the self that thou hast to become? For it is here that thou shouldst make no error; for this error, not to know thyself, is the foundation of all they grief and the cause of all thy stumbling.

That which thou hast to transcend is the self that thou appearest to be, and that is the man as thou knowest him, the apparent man. And what is this man? He is a mental being enslaved to life and matter; and where he is not enslaved to life and matter, he is the slave of his mind. But this is a great and heavy servitude; for to be the slave of mind is to be the slave of the false, the limited and the apparent.

The self that thou hast to become, is the self that thou art within behind the veil of mind and life and matter. It is to be the spiritual, the divine, the superman, the real 'purusha'. For that which is above the mental being, is the superman. It is to be the master of thy mind, thy life, thy body; it is to be a king over Nature of whom thou art now the tool, lifted above her who now has thee under her feet. It is to be free and not a slave, to be one and not divided, to be immortal and not obscured by death, to be full of light and not darkened, to be full of bliss and not the sport of grief and suffering, to be uplifted into power and not cast down into weakness. It is to live in the infinite and possess the finite. It is to live in God and be one with him in his being. To become thyself is to be this in all that flows from it.

--Sri Aurobindo

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On Jun 12, 2006 Nipun wrote:

In your experience, how difficult have you found it to remain balanced and to conquer anger & delusion? There are some easily identifiable milestones, like servicing others, being in balance etc. One could start there. The thought really mesmerised me and saw the irony of it: I am getting attached to the thought they is asking us go beyond the mind! I see sub milestones... and some sign board. But I do not want to expect the arrival. I want to cross the milestones and then realize it instead of expecting it constantly. The changes need to start from outside too as what is external has a lot of influence on us. We get caught in the pattern. You think you are getting somewhere and then realize you have forgotten, India has givnen ineternal peace to many for a long time and also has espoused the importance of Sakthi (strength). Perhaps his early years of advocacy for violence was his way of trying to bring a balance between peace and shakthi. When I do anything fr  See full.

  • In your experience, how difficult have you found it to remain balanced and to conquer anger & delusion?
  • There are some easily identifiable milestones, like servicing others, being in balance etc. One could start there.
  • The thought really mesmerised me and saw the irony of it: I am getting attached to the thought they is asking us go beyond the mind!
  • I see sub milestones... and some sign board. But I do not want to expect the arrival. I want to cross the milestones and then realize it instead of expecting it constantly.
  • The changes need to start from outside too as what is external has a lot of influence on us.
  • We get caught in the pattern. You think you are getting somewhere and then realize you have forgotten,
  • India has givnen ineternal peace to many for a long time and also has espoused the importance of Sakthi (strength). Perhaps his early years of advocacy for violence was his way of trying to bring a balance between peace and shakthi.
  • When I do anything from fear, I want to escape. But when I do anything from love, I feel peaceful.
  • As long as I was giving importance to happiness, I experienced a lot of high and low. But these days I just feel good.
  • I have managed to raise my awareness of myself.. but don't know how to go from there.
  • If you break a bone and set it wrongly, you need to rebreak it to set it right. Similarly, sometimes you may have to rebreak certain things in life, however painful it is, to get back to a state of new possibility.
  • One cannot solve a problem from the same level of thinking that created it (Einstien). So it is with self growth. I constantly try to not operate from what I already know.
  • Evolution is a fairly recent concept in humanity. So spirituality itself is evolving.
  • People might have experienced timelessness, but haven't yet figured how to express in time.
  • Wisdom tells me I am nothing, Love tells me I am everything and I walk between the two!
  • Intellectually knowing anything is not the same as "really" knowing it.

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