15 Aug Happy Birthday, Sri Aurobindo!
Today is the birthday of Sri Aurobindo, political leader and revolutionary, poet, philosopher, and yogi whose spiritual work forms the basis of Purna Yoga. As the first Indian to demand publicly independence for India from Britain, the founder of the Indian Independence movement and later the great sage who called for humanity’s spiritual independence from tradition and dogma, for Sri Aurobindo, “all life is yoga.” Everything we do, our actions, our interactions, our relationships with ourselves, others and our context, all that we are is yoga. Yoga is more than just postures, breathwork and meditation but the desire to live from our inner-most self, the process of removing all obstacles that keep us from connecting to our inner-most self, and the opening of ourselves to the totality of the universe, the oneness and union that yoga embodies.
A favorite passage of mine from Savitri, the 24,000 line epic poem written by Aurobindo – in English, no less:
“Awakened to the meaning of my heart
That to feel love and oneness is to live
And this the magic of our golden change,
Is all the truth I know or seek, O sage.”
Today I meditate with love, respect, admiration, and gratitude for Sri Aurobindo and the gifts of his life work.