Suffering's Source

I love reading and discussing the work of Sri Aurobindo. In my own search for those resources that help anyone who is seeking a greater understanding of life come to grips with his or her life in a truly transformational manner, Aurobindo's work is the most profound I have ever encountered. I must share that it is not unusual that I will be on an airplane, at home lying in bed, and  and suddenly find myself moved to tears from the wisdom that is revealed. In my experience, there is no resource greater than Aurobindo's "Savitri" that better explains the nature of our existence, where we come from, what we're doing here and what our mission and purpose on this planet is. Enough of my own opinion.

Aurobindo says:

"What now we see is a shadow of what must come.

The earth's uplook to a remote Unknown

Is a preface only of the epic climb

Of human soul from its flat earthly state

To the discovery of a greater self

And the far gleam of an eternal Light.

This world is a beginning and a base

Where Life and Mind erect their structured dreams;

An unborn Power must build reality.

A deathbound littleness is not all we are."

How many there are among us that know this at some level! We know this can't possibly be what life is about...working 12-14 days, all effort, energy and time devoted to surviving, possessing, having ours at the expense of someone not having their's, and on and on and on. There must be another way.

So, for the moment without going any further, I want to tweak your willingness to inquire. In the last two lines above, if "A deathbound littleness is not all we are," then who are we? And if "An unborn Power must build reality," what is that power?