Forget Power and Destruction

Published: 11th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2014 07:54 AM   |  A+A-


God leads  man while is misleading  himself, the higher nature watches over the stumbling of his lower mortality; this  is  the tangle and contradiction out of which we have to escape into the to which alone is possible a clear knowledge and a faultless action.

206. That thou shouldst have pity on creatures, is well, but not well, if  thou art a slave to the pity. Be a slave to nothing expect to God, not even to His most luminous angels.

207. Beatitude is God’s  aim for humanity; get this  supreme good for thyself first that thou mayst distribute  it entirely to thy fellow-beings.

208. He who acquires for himself alone, acquires ill though he may call it  heaven and virtue.

209. In my ignorance I thought anger could be noble and vengeance grandiose;

210. Power is noble, when it over-tops anger; destruction is grandiose, but it loses caste when it proceeds from vengeance. Leave these things, for they belong to a lower humanity.

211. Poets make much of death  and external afflictions; but  the only tragedies are the  soul’s  failures and the only epic man’s triumphant ascent towards godhead.

212. The tragedies of the heart and the body are the  weeping of children over their little griefs and their broken  toys. Smile within thyself, but comfort the children; join also, if thou canst, is their play.

213. “There is always something  abnormal and eccentric about  men of genius.” And why not? For genius itself  is an abnormal birth and out of man’s ordinary centre.

214. Nature sometimes gets into a fury with her own resistance, then she damages the brain  in order to free the inspiration; for in this effort the equilibrium of the average material brain is her chief opponent. Pass over the madness  of such and profit by their inspiration.

Aurobindo.jpg216. Who  can bear Kali rushing  into the system in her fierce force and burning godhead? Only the man whom Krishna already possesses.

217. Hate  not the oppressor, for, if he is strong, thy bate increase his force of resistance; if he is weak, thy hate was needless.

218. Hatred is  a sword of power; but its edge is always double. It is like the Kritya of the ancient magicians which, if balked of its prey, returned in fury  to devour its sender.

219. Love  God in thy opponent, even while thou strikes to him; so shall neither have hell for his portion.

220. Men talk of enemies, but where are they? I only see wrestlers of one party  or the other in the great arena of the universe.

Excerpt from the book Essays Divine and Human by Sri Aurobindo


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