Post by Dennes De Mennes
In article <261836f9-efc6-4512-a59a-120505cbf4a5
@g27g2000pro.googlegroups.com>, ***@comcast.net says...
Post by Tom
However, given all the information I am currently aware of,
Aurobindo's notion of people evolving themselves into spiritual
superhumans who will be to humans as humans are now to animals looks
to me like just another metaphysical justification for the dominance
of a religio-magical elite, which is exactly what caste system
advocates assert that it is.
he's talking about evolution.
Sort of. Not in a scientific sense, though. He barely admits the
possibility that science might be partly right.
"It has not yet been really established that ape-kind developed into
man; for it would rather seem that a type resembling the ape, but
always characteristic of itself and not of apehood, developed within
its own tendencies of nature and became what we know as man, the
present human being. It is not even established that inferior races of
man developed out of themselves the superior races; those of an
inferior organisation and capacity perished, but it has not been shown
that they left behind the human races of today as their descendants:
but still such a development within the type is imaginable." -- Sri
Aurobindo, "The Life Divine", Book 2, Chapter 23, "Man and the
Evolution", published 1940.
Wait a minute... He's talking "inferior races of man"? In 1940? At
the very least, that shows remarkable insensitivity.
Well, anyway, he doesn't really buy into the theory. He simply cannot
conceive of sentience as an emergent property without the necessity of
miraculous divine intervention.
"If Science is true, what more absurd, paradoxical and Rabelaisian
miracle can there be than this, that a republic of small animalcules
forming a mass of grey matter planned Austerlitz, wrote Hamlet or
formulated the Vedanta philosophy?" -- Sri Aurobindo, "Essays Divine
and Human" Section 2 (1910-1912), "The Claims of Theosophy"
Post by Dennes De Mennes
no where does he say some humans are more capable than
Try this one:
"The mystics founded their endeavour on a power of suprarational
knowledge, intuitive, inspired, revelatory and on the force of the
inner being to enter into occult truth and experience: but these
powers are not possessed by men in the mass or possessed only in a
crude, undeveloped and fragmentary initial form on which nothing could
be safely founded; so for them in this new development the spiritual
truth had to be clothed in intellectual forms of creed and doctrine,
in emotional forms of worship and in a simple but significant ritual.
At the same time the strong spiritual nucleus became mixed, diluted,
alloyed; it tended to be invaded and aped by the lower elements of
mind and life and physical nature. It was this mixture and alloy and
invasion of the spurious, this profanation of the mysteries and the
loss of their truth and significance, as well as the misuse of the
occult power that comes by communication with invisible forces, that
was most dreaded by the early mystics and prevented by secrecy, by
strict discipline, by restriction to the few fit initiates." -- Sri
Aurobindo, "The Life Divine", Book 2, Chapter 24 "The Evolution of the
Spiritual Man", published 1940.