Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Those who are unacquainted with Vaisnava philosophies as Visistadvaita cannot understand Sri Aurobindo


by Nitai Gaura Member since: January 22, 2007 Total points: 7035 (Level 5) Best Answer - Chosen by Voters

It is the general opinion that among modern-day spiritualists who have tried to know the Supreme through their own puny efforts, Sri Aurobindo has attained some degree of realization. The reason for his success, it is claimed, is that the object of his search was not material knowledge. The Mayavadis attempt to know the oneness of everything, but their search takes them only up to realization of the impersonal, nondual Brahman. They do not know that becoming free from disease is not perfection, that after the diseased material condition comes the healthy state of spiritual existence, wherein a liberated soul is still an individual with personality. This fact is incomprehensible to them.

Sri Aurobindo rose beyond this limited sphere of thinking and talked about "supramental consciousness" in such books as Life Divine. We consider this book a hazy attempt to present the Supreme Lord's transcendental potencies. He accepted that the Supreme Lord is endowed with transcendental potency, and therefore we have some appreciation for him, but we feel that many persons cannot understand Sri Aurobindo's explanation of transcendence in his books. Although he uses fairly simple English, the reader remains puzzled.

Those who are unacquainted with such Vaisnava philosophies as Visistadvaita, Suddhadvaita, Dvaitadvaita, and finally Lord Caitanya's acintya-bhedabheda-tattva, cannot understand Sri Aurobindo. And those who are learned only in impersonal philosophy, who are searching for the nondual Brahman, have even less access to Sri Aurobindo's works.

From the book Reunciation through wisdom by, A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) 1 year ago

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