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A Journey from Politics to Yoga

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A compilation from the early political writings of Sri Aurobindo revealing how politics can and has to be reoriented and imbued with spirituality. Though written several decades ago, they present thoughts which are still very relevant and provide guidelines to present-day politicians and statesmen.

ISBN 81-7060-190-8
120 pp. Size - 12 x 18 cm
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Sri Aurobindo’s writings were considered by the British rulers in those days as ‘most dangerous’ but for the people of India these were revelations packed with patriotism and inspiration to attain swaraj for the country. These selections form Bande Mataram and Karmayogin reveal how even politics can and has to be reoriented and imbued with spirituality. Though written several decades ago, they present thoughts which are still very relevant and provide guidelines to present-day politicians and statesmen.

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  • ……whereas others regard the country as an inert piece of matter and know it as the plains, the fields, the forests and mountains and the rivers, I know my country as the Mother, I worship her and adore her accordingly ….. I know I have the strength to uplift this fallen race; not a physical strength, I am not going to fight with a sword or a gun, but with the power of knowledge…. Not by kshatratej, but by virtue of brahmatej.
  • Have not indeed many of us thought by masquerading  in the amazing garb which nineteenth century Europe developed, to become so many brown Englishmen?  This curious conjuring trick did not work; hatted, coated and pantalooned, we still kept the Chaddar and the Dhoty in our characters. The fond attempt to become great, enlightened and civilised by borrowing European institutions will be an equally disastrous failure.
  • Politics is the ideal of the Kshatriya, and the morality of the Kshatriya ought to govern our political actions. To impose in politics the Brahmanical duty of saintly sufferance is to preach var?asa?kara.
  • Strength attracts strength; firm and clear-minded courage commands success and respect; strong and straight dealing can dispense with the methods of dissimulation and intrigue. All these are signs of character and it is only character that can give freedom and greatness to nations.
  • …..the first duty of every Nationalist is to take care that the great principles of Nationalism are not infringed by any concession to the party of fear and self-interest which would imperil the future of the movement and the destiny of the nation.
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