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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo was one of the most talented as well as prolific spiritual leaders of India. Along with that, he was a brilliant writer, who published 68 volumes of sophisticated literary knowledge. All the works and teachings of Shri Aurbindo that we see today were written by him within a span of four years. After that, he never contributed even a single word to the field of literature.

Sri Aurbindo was born in Calcutta, on 15th August 1872. At the young age of seven, he was sent to England to complete his education. He studied at St. Paul's in London and at King's College, Cambridge, learning Greek, Latin, French, German, Italian and Spanish alongside. As teenage approached, he felt that his mission in life was to play a role in the revolutionary changes emerging in the world and in India. After he came back to India at the age of 21, he immersed himself in the study of Indian culture.

Gradually, Sri Aurobindo started getting attracted towards spirituality. He met a yogi, Vishnu Bhaskar Lele, in Baroda, who led him towards the ancient Hindu practices of yoga. He claimed to have the divine vision of Swami Vivekananda in his meditations.

Shri Aurobindo believed that human beings are not the end of the process of evolution. They can evolve beyond the present state of ignorance to the future state of Supramental existence. There is only one truth or reality in life and that is 'The Truth of Existence'. This reality, also known as Brahman, is absolute and not bounded by any limitations. We can recover this reality by rising from ignorance and moving on the path of spirituality.

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