Matter and Spirit: A True Reconciliation of Sri Aurobindo

The cardinal principle of Sri Aurobindo’s integral advaitism is the affirmation of the reality of the world as well as of the Absolute, of Matter as well as of Spirit. This integral metaphysical exposition of Sri Aurobindo appears to us first time in his magnum opus, The Life Divine when he says, “The affirmation of divine life upon earth and an immortal sense in mortal existence can have no base unless we recognise not only eternal Spirit as the inhabitant of this bodily mansion, the wearer of this mutable robe, but accept Matter of which it is made, as a fit and noble material out of which He weaves constantly His garbs, builds recurrently the unending series of His mansions.” So, Sri Aurobindo’s outlook which is integral, explicates that, the Spirit or Brahman is One and that One is not completed without “All this is Brahman”-“sarvam khalu idam Brahma” Thus, Sri Aurobindo regards the ideal aim of The Life Divine in his epic Savitri as,

“The Spirit shall look out through Matter’s gaze

And Matter shall reveal through Spirit’s face

Then man and Superman shall be at one

And all the earth becomes a single life.”

 

Nishikant Patoa, Research Scholar, Assam University, Silchar

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Science, Biotechnology and Yoga: An Aurobindian Perspective

The development of society demands an increased public interest in the interplay between spirituality and science. However, scientists and professionals of different fields are usually either openly sceptical or do not know how to respond to this issue in the professional practice. The concepts of science and spirituality, closely linked in the past, seem to fall apart in separate and irreconcilable categories. For some professionals, spiritual concerns may impede scientific progress, creating an apparently unbridgeable gap. Simultaneously, scientists may feel isolated and overburdened with intractable human dilemmas where spirituality could have a role to play. Emerging literature is demonstrating a healthy interrelationship between religious belief and scientific practice when relating to the new quantic paradigms. Even more, if as Sri Aurobindo reminds us, spirituality is seen as the search for transcendent meaning, then science is the correlative that searches for transcendent meaning in the spatial and temporal reality. Yoga and biotechnology seem to be the pragmatic expressions of spirituality and science. Our proposal will analyze the role of yoga and its interpretation as a new kind of biotechnology in the light of Sri Aurobindo´s thought.

 

Olga Real-Najarro, Ph.D., Center for Asian Studies
Autonomous University of Nuevo León
México

 

Mario A. Rodríguez-Pérez,Center of Genomic Biotechnology
Instituto Politécnico Nacional , México