The vision of Sri Aurobindo

If these things do not satisfy me, what then do I seek? I seek

a light that shall be new, yet old, the oldest indeed of all lights.

I seek an authority that accepting, illuminating and reconciling

all human truth, shall yet reject and get rid of by explaining it all

mere human error. I seek a text and a Shastra that is not subject

to interpolation, modification and replacement, that moth and

white ant cannot destroy, that the earth cannot bury nor Time

mutilate. I seek an asceticism that shall give me purity and deliverance

from self and from ignorance without stultifying God and

His universe. I seek a scepticism that shall question everything

but shall have the patience to deny nothing that may possibly

be true. I seek a rationalism not proceeding on the untenable

supposition that all the centuries of man’s history except the

nineteenth were centuries of folly and superstition, but bent on

discovering truth instead of limiting inquiry by a new dogmatism,

obscurantism and furious intolerance which it chooses to

call common sense and enlightenment; I seek a materialism that

shall recognise matter and use it without being its slave. I seek

an occultism that shall bring out all its processes and proofs

into the light of day, without mystery, without jugglery, without

the old stupid call to humanity, “Be blind, O man, and see!” In

short, I seek not science, not religion, not Theosophy, but Veda

—the truth about Brahman, not only about His essentiality,

but about His manifestation, not a lamp on the way to the

forest, but a light and a guide to joy and action in the world, the

truth which is beyond opinion, the knowledge which all thought

strives after—yasmin vijnate sarvam vijnatam. I believe that

Veda to be the foundation of the Sanatan Dharma; I believe it

to be the concealed divinity within Hinduism,—but a veil has

to be drawn aside, a curtain has to be lifted. I believe it to be

knowable and discoverable. I believe the future of India and the

world to depend on its discovery and on its application, not to

the renunciation of life, but to life in the world and among men.


THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SRI AUROBINDO p 61-62  Essays Divine and Human



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