The Century of Life – A translation by Sri Aurobindo

Bhartrhari lived during the 5th century AD. His 100 verses titled “Niti Sataka” has been translated by Sri Aurobindo into English with the title “The Century of Life”.  1. Neither Time nor Space can divide the Absolute who is the One. Glory to this calm Light! 2. The madness of love – the person I… Continue reading The Century of Life – A translation by Sri Aurobindo

What will be our end? – A poem by Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo asks this question: “What will be our end?” Will our end be an unremembered name and a form that dissolves? A body rotting under a slab or burnt to ashes in the fire and a mind dissolved of all its thoughts – will this be our end? Our little hours that fade away,… Continue reading What will be our end? – A poem by Sri Aurobindo


The Isha Upanishad goes straight to the heart of the problem of God and Nature, with its first 8 words: “Isavasyamidam sarvam yat kinca jagatyam jagat”. Isha and Jagat God and Nature Spirit and World are the two poles between which our consciousness revolves. God/Isha/Spirit is the very basis of man’s existence. The Eternal is… Continue reading Ishavasyam

The earliest preoccupation of man

First, matter was created. Matter is the inconscient. From matter, life evolved. Life is subconscient. From life, Mind and Will evolved. Mind and will are conscious. We can say that when mind was manifested in man, he became awakened. So what was man preoccupied with in his earliest thoughts? He has been preoccupied with God,… Continue reading The earliest preoccupation of man


Individuality is how a person’s ‘will’ is directed. Physical individuality: Americans during the time of the founding directed their will or energy to come out of poverty and became millionaires within one generation and it can be called physical individuality. Vital Individuality: Someone like Gandhiji or Abraham Lincoln directed their will towards social causes and… Continue reading Individuality

Four yogas

All Indian spiritual practice can be encompassed in the four major paths of yoga: Karmayoga – The problem is selfishness. To move from selfishness to unselfishness in our actions is Karmayoga. This uses the instrument of ‘will’ in action. Bhakthi yoga – To direct our energies, passions and desires to the love of God is… Continue reading Four yogas