The Universal Community and Our Place in it – part 1

No man is an island unto himself.   Never has man lived alone.   All record of mankind shows him to be a social animal, not isolated in body and spirit.    Except for the notable exceptions, like the Buddha, Jesus the Christ, Moses, Mohammed, and Socrates, etc, the law of the tribe has always overridden man’s individual law of self-development.  

  Man is born, lives and dies within a unit.     We have personal needs and desires, but also social ones.    We have two distinct overriding impulses, the individualistic and the communal, a personal mode of conduct and a social mode of conduct.     These two modes of conduct are often in direct opposition and our attempt to reconcile this conflict causes many of us to question our yogic path.    This opposition persists as we progress into a highly individualized mind and spirit. 

As a yogi you may tend to want to retreat from the world.  Keep your distance from it.   However, the benefits of renouncing the world are questionable on many levels.   And due to the increasing interdependence of everyone in the modern global economy, living outside community is becoming less and less possible.  All existence proceeds through mutual action and reaction of the whole and its parts, the needs of every individual and the group and the interdependence within a group.

 What we can and must learn to do is to live in the midst of the world without being caught up in the world-wind of activities that pull us away from ourselves.    What is important is how we live every moment of our life.

 In the language of Yoga, it is said that the human evolves to the point the Divine manifest himself/herself both in the form of the separate and the collective being.    Think about this personally,  as you have moved towards growth of your separate individuality and its fullness and freedom, have you not benefitted most from satisfying  your personal needs and desires in conjunction with those of others.  

Sri Aurobindo,  (1872-1950)  one of the greatest spiritual scientists of all times discusses the work of Man’s evolution.  He says that it proceeds through three distinct phases.

First, there is a bright phase of conscious collaboration in personal growth and evolution of spirit, through self-study, self-discovery, awareness and purification of ones’ conditioning and  a widening of the cooperative spirit.

The second phase demands that awareness, Silence, an absolute living silence, overflowing with divinity descend into the physical being.

The third phase encompasses the whole of inner work for humanity and the world. 

Who knows if there is or will ever be another Sri Aurobindo living in the world?   But the first and second phases of what he has prophesized is apparently being practiced by a limited number of individuals around the world, from various spiritual traditions who have recognized their true essence, who understand the nature of the mind, and in whom the nature of all things is not obscured. 

Sri Aurobindo realized the limitations of the human mind along with its emotional and physcial nature were too great for man’s raw nature to naturally evolve and crystallize into pure intelligence and compassion.   It would have to be transformed.   This would demand transformation of individual egoism and a deep understanding and experience of the connectedness and interdependence between all beings and all things.

To understand that interdependence,  physical and cellular consciousness would have to enlarge and universalize itself.   Mental silence, vital peace and cosmic consciousness would then be absolutes for transformation.  One must come to the awareness that “the mind is everywhere” and that complete transformation is not possible for the individual unless there is a minimum transformation by all.

 
 
  1. Beautiful text.
    Thank you for sharing with us!
    I would add my comment, based on my studies with my students on Bagavad Gita.
    I think the Gita points, in more than 1001, ways that the yoga is the path of liberation from all sorrow and boundages of this life, and the aim is the connection with the Divine. Renouciation is a duty of a yogi in this path. But in Gita Krishna points that renunciation doesnt need to be leaving all activities, but detatch from all expectation of the results of your actions, and just act with the intention to serve the Universe, to serve the Divine.
    When we alline our minds with the Truth, and guide all our activities and actions to the service of God, without expecting the resouts of them to ourselves, we can reach such libaration. Even been working in any kind of activities in this lifeEsta mensagem, incluindo seus anexos, pode conter informações confidenciais e/ou privilegiadas. Se você não for a pessoa autorizada a receber esta mensagem, não pode usar, copiar ou divulgar as informações nela contidas ou tomar qualquer ação baseada nessas informações. Caso esta mensagem tenha sido recebida por engano, por favor avise imediatamente o remetente, respondendo o e-mail e em seguida elimine-a do seu sistema. Agradecemos sua cooperação. This message, including any attachments, may contain confidential and/or privileged information. If you are not the addressee or authorized to receive this for the addressee, you must not use, copy, disclose or take any action based on this message or any information herein. If you have received this message in error, please advise the sender immediately by reply e-mail and delete this message. Thank you for your cooperation, a man tha conquire his mind, and is fixed in Divine knowledge, can attain libaration.

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