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CONTENTS
THE HUMAN CYCLE
1.01 - The Cycle of Society
1.02 - The Age of Individualism and Reason
1.03 - The Coming of the Subjective Age
1.04 - The Discovery of the Nation-Soul
1.05 - True and False Subjectivism
1.06 - The Objective and Subjective Views of Life
1.07 - The Ideal Law of Social Development
1.08 - Civilisation and Barbarism
1.09 - Civilisation and Culture
1.10 - Aesthetic and Ethical Culture
1.11 - The Reason as Governor of Life
1.12 - The Office and Limitations of the Reason
1.13 - Reason and Religion
1.14 - The Suprarational Beauty
1.15 - The Suprarational Good
1.16 - The Suprarational Ultimate of Life
1.17 - Religion as the Law of Life
1.18 - The Infrarational Age of the Cycle
1.19 - The Curve of the Rational Age
1.20 - The End of the Curve of Reason
1.21 - The Spiritual Aim and Life
1.22 - The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation
1.23 - Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age
1.24 - The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual AgeCONTENTS

THE IDEAL OF HUMAN UNITY
PART I
2.1.01 - The Turn towards Unity: Its Necessity and Dangers
2.1.02 - The Imperfection of Past Aggregates
2.1.03 - The Group and the Individual
2.1.04 - The Inadequacy of the State Idea
2.1.05 - Nation and Empire: Real and Political Unities
2.1.06 - Ancient and Modern Methods of Empire
2.1.07 - The Creation of the Heterogeneous Nation
2.1.08 - The Problem of a Federated Heterogeneous Empire
2.1.09 - The Possibility of a World-Empire
2.1.10 - The United States of Europe
2.1.11 - The Small Free Unit and the Larger Concentrated Unity
2.1.12 - The Ancient Cycle of Prenational Empire-Building - The Modern Cycle of Nation-Building
2.1.13 - The Formation of the Nation-Unit - The Three Stages
2.1.14 - The Possibility of a First Step towards International Unity - Its Enormous Difficulties
2.1.15 - Some Lines of Fulfilment
2.1.16 - The Problem of Uniformity and Liberty

PART II
2.2.16 - Nature's Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity, Law and Liberty
2.2.17 - The Ideal Solution - A Free Grouping of Mankind
2.2.18 - The Drive towards Centralisation and Uniformity - Administration and Control of Foreign Affairs
2.2.19 - The Drive towards Economic Centralisation
2.2.20 - The Drive towards Legislative and Social
2.2.21 - Centralisation and Uniformity
2.2.22 - World-Union or World-State
2.2.23 - Forms of Government
2.2.24 - The Need of Military Unification
2.2.25 - War and the Need of Economic Unity
2.2.26 - The Need of Administrative Unity
2.2.27 - The Peril of the World-State
2.2.28 - Diversity in Oneness
2.2.29 - The Idea of a League of Nations
2.2.30 - The Principle of Free Confederation
2.2.31 - The Conditions of a Free World-Union
2.2.32 - Internationalism
2.2.33 - Internationalism and Human Unity
2.2.34 - The Religion of Humanity
2.2.35 - Summary and Conclusion
2.2.36 - A Postscript Chapter

WAR AND SELF-DETERMINATION
3.01 - The Passing of War?
3.02 - The Unseen Power
3.03 - Self-Determination
3.04 - A League of Nations
3.05 - After the War

APPENDIXES
4.01 - Appendix I
4.02 - Appendix II





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1:Uniformity is death, not life. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
2:Experience comes through many errors. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Spiritual Aim and Life,
3:Truth is the secret of life and power. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Barbarism,
4:God is love and beauty as well as purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Religion as the Law of Life,
5:The ordinary man is not yet a rational being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
6:Unity the race moves towards and must one day realise. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
7:By itself the intelligence can only achieve talent. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Beauty,
8:The real truth of man is to be found in his soul. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Spiritual Aim and Life,
9:Man’s conscience is a creation of his evolving nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Good,
10:Behind everything in life there is an Absolute. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Reason as Governor of Life,
11:One has sometimes to deny God in order to find him. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Spiritual Aim and Life,
12:Commercialism is still the heart of modern civilisation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Culture,
13:Without heroism man cannot grow into the Godhead. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Ultimate of Life,
14:Good, not utility, must be the principle and standard of good. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Good,
15:Order is indeed the law of life, but not an artificial regulation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
16:Reason is science, it is conscious art, it is invention. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Reason as Governor of Life,
17:Religion is the seeking after the spiritual, the suprarational. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Beauty,
18:The vital and physical life, a human edition of the animal round. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Culture,
19:Reduce your ideal to a system and it at once begins to fail. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Reason as Governor of Life,
20:Where there is life, there is always a hope of better things. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
21:Men work almost always without knowing for what they have worked. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Peril of the World-State,
22:The rational being is only a middle term of Nature’s evolution. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
23:The characteristic of Life is desire and the instinct of possession. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Barbarism,
24:Neither the ethical being nor the aesthetic being is the whole man. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Aesthetic and Ethical Culture,
25:Reason can only establish half-lights and a provisional order. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Ultimate of Life,
26:God is Beauty and Delight hidden in the variation of his masks and forms. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Beauty,
27:The reason deals successfully only with the settled and the finite. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Reason as Governor of Life,
28:Absolute equality is non-existent in this world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Formation of the Nation-Unit - The Three Stages,
29:The ethical ideality one of the master impulses of the cultured being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Aesthetic and Ethical Culture,
30:Even the profoundest and surest political instinct is not wisdom. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Ancient and Modern Methods of Empire,
31:The severest school of anarchism rejects all compromise with communism. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
32:Knowledge must be aggressive, if it wishes to survive and perpetuate itself. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Barbarism,
33:Mind is not the destined archangel of the transformation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation,
34:The ethical imperative comes not from around, but from within him and above him. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Good,
35:The spiritual is the one truth of which all others are the veiled aspects ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
36:Until man in his heart is ready, a profound change of the world conditions cannot come. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Internationalism,
37:Science and Philosophy are never entirely dispassionate and disinterested. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Reason as Governor of Life,
38:The integral truth of things is truth not of the reason but of the spirit. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
39:To the natural unredeemed economic man beauty is a thing otiose or a nuisance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Barbarism,
40:Man needs freedom of thought and life and action in order that he may grow. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
41:Without individual growth there can be no real and permanent good of all. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
42:Man as a whole is always a complex being, even man savage or degenerate. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Infrarational Age of the Cycle,
43:Reason only gives to Force the plan of its action and a system to administer. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
44:Reason stops short of the Divine and only compromises with the problems of life. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Religion as the Law of Life,
45:The exceptional individual is the future type, the forerunner. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation,
46:What the instincts and impulses seek after, the reason labours to make us understand. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Good,
47:Always it is the individual who progresses and compels the rest to progress. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
48:Each language is the sign and power of the soul of the people which naturally speaks it. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
49:The outer life-result can only endure if it is founded on inner realities. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Ultimate of Life,
50:Liberty is at once the condition of vigorous variation and the condition of self-finding. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
51:A revolutionary mysticism which seems to be the present drive of the Time Spirit. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
52:Early dawns cannot endure in their purity, so long as the race is not ready. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Infrarational Age of the Cycle,
53:It is a spiritual, an inner freedom that can alone create a perfect human order. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
54:The mind and the intellect are not the key-power of our existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation,
55:Reason seeks to understand and interpret life by one kind of symbol only, the idea. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
56:The claim to equality like the thirst for liberty is individualistic in its origin. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
57:The ethical rule tramples on pleasure, even very often on quite innocent pleasures. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Aesthetic and Ethical Culture,
58:The reason of man struggling with life becomes either an empiric or a doctrinaire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Reason as Governor of Life,
59:It is the legitimate function of the reason to justify to man his action. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Office and Limitations of the Reason,
60:The human mind is, in the mass, averse to a radical change of conception. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Creation of the Heterogeneous Nation,
61:There is nothing that can be set down as impossible in the chances of the future. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Internationalism and Human Unity,
62:A nation, race or people which loses its language cannot live its whole life or its real life. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
63:There can be no real freedom of thought where a padlock is put upon freedom of speech. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Peril of the World-State,
64:The widest spirituality does not exclude or discourage any essential human activity or faculty. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Reason and Religion,
65:The scientist is Man the thinker mastering the forces of material Nature by knowing them. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Barbarism,
66:Equality like individualistic liberty may turn out to be not a panacea but an obstacle. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
67:Every society represents a collective being and he owes to it all that he can give it. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
68:The perfection of man lies in the unfolding of the ever-perfect Spirit. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation,
69:A certain amount of waste and friction is necessary and useful to all natural action. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
70:Man does not actually live as an isolated being, nor can he grow by an isolated freedom. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
71:Everything finite is striving to express an infinite which it feels to be its real truth. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Reason as Governor of Life,
72:The love of God is an infinite and absolute feeling which does not admit of any rational limitation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Reason and Religion,
73:Unity is an idea which is not at all arbitrary or unreal; for unity is the very basis of existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
74:Unity we must create, but not necessarily uniformity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Nature’s Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity,
75:The renascence of India is as inevitable as the rising of tomorrow’s sun. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Problem of a Federated Heterogeneous Empire,
76:All life is only a lavish and manifold opportunity given us to discover, realise, express the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Good,
77:He who sees God in all, will serve freely God in all with the service of love. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age,
78:No machinery invented by the reason can perfect either the individual or the collective man. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
79:The Divine in life is Power possessed of self-mastery, but also of mastery of His world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Ultimate of Life,
80:All life is only a lavish and manifold opportunity given us to discover, realise, express the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Good,
81:All movement forward implies a certain amount of friction and difficulty of adjustment ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Problem of Uniformity and Liberty,
82:Language creates and determines thought even while it is created and determined by it. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Problem of Uniformity and Liberty,
83:A yet unfound law of love is the only sure foundation possible for a perfect social evolution. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
84:Man’s consciousness of the divine within himself and the world is the supreme fact of his existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Culture,
85:Nature will not suffer human egoism to baffle for ever her fixed intention and necessity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Imperfection of Past Aggregates,
86:Reason is in its nature an imperfect light with a large but still restricted mission. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Office and Limitations of the Reason,
87:Diversity is as necessary as unity to our true completeness. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Nature’s Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity,
88:The perfect society will be that which most entirely favours the perfection of the individual. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Imperfection of Past Aggregates,
89:A spiritual idea is a power, but only when it is both inwardly and outwardly creative. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual Age,
90:Genius can preserve its power even when it labours in shackles and refuses to put forth all its resources. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Beauty,
91:The nation in modern times is practically indestructible, unless it dies from within. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle: Nation and Empire Real and Political Unities,
92:God works all his miracles by an evolution of secret possibilities which have been long prepared. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Infrarational Age of the Cycle,
93:Reason is neither the first principle of life, nor can be its last, supreme and sufficient principle. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
94:The holding of an ideal becomes almost an excuse for not living according to the ideal. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual Age,
95:The enemy of all real religion, is human egoism, the egoism of the individual, the egoism of class and nation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Religion of Humanity,
96:Reason lives not only in actual facts, but in possibilities, not only in realised truths, but in ideal truths. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
97:The deepest meaning of freedom is the power to expand and grow towards perfection by the law of one’s own nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Religion as the Law of Life,
98:No difficulty can be presented to the human mind which the human mind, if it will, cannot solve. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Problem of a Federated Heterogeneous Empire,
99:The religious instinct in man is most of all the one instinct in him that cannot be killed, it only changes its form. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Religion as the Law of Life,
100:A society that lives not by its men but by its institutions, is not a collective soul, but a machine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual Age,
101:The development of the free individual is, we have said, the first condition for the development of the perfect society. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Barbarism,
102:All life is Nature fulfilling itself and not Nature destroying or denying itself. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Nature’s Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity,
103:A spiritual symbol is only a meaningless ticket, unless the thing symbolised is realised in the spirit. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual Age,
104:Man within the community is now at least a half-civilised creature, but his international existence is still primitive. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
105:It is not enough that the natural language should be spoken by the people; it must be the expression of its higher life and thought. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
106:Each part of man’s being has its own dharma which it must follow and will follow in the end, put on it what fetters you please. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Spiritual Aim and Life,
107:Man at his highest is a half-god who has risen up out of the animal Nature and is splendidly abnormal in it. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation,
108:The group-man follows in the wake of the individual and is always far behind the highest individual development. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Drive towards Economic Centralisation,
109:The State is not an organism; it is a machinery, and it works like a machine, without tact, taste, delicacy or intuition. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
110:Existence is one only in its essence and totality, in its play it is necessarily multiform. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Nature’s Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity,
111:Barbarism is the state of society in which man is almost entirely preoccupied with his life and body, his economic and physical existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Civilisation and Culture,
112:Our readiest and strongest mental motives and psychological needs are those which grow out of our vital necessities and instincts. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Internationalism and Human Unity,
113:For man alone of terrestrial creatures to live rightly involves the necessity of knowing rightly. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Nature’s Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity,
114:The State is a convenience, and a rather clumsy convenience, for our common development; it ought never to be made an end in itself. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
115:A free equality founded upon spontaneous cooperation, not on governmental force and social compulsion, is the highest anarchistic ideal. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The End of the Curve of Reason,
116:Genius, the true creator, is always suprarational in its nature and its instrumentation even when it seems to be doing the work of the reason. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Beauty,
117:A society that pursues liberty as its ideal is unable to achieve equality; a society that aims at equality will be obliged to sacrifice liberty. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Religion of Humanity,
118:Language is the sign of the cultural life of a people, the index of its soul in thought and mind that stands behind and enriches its soul in action. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
119:The value of our actions lies not so much in their apparent nature and outward result as in their help towards the growth of the Divine within us. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Suprarational Good,
120:The tree must bear its own proper fruit, and Nature is always a diligent gardener. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Possibility of a First Step towards International Unity - Its Enormous Difficulties,
121:Abnormality in Nature is no objection, no necessary sign of imperfection, but may well be an effort at a much greater perfection. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation,
122:Though man is infinitely greater than the plant or the animal, he is not perfect in his own nature like the plant and the animal. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation,
123:A State religion is an artificial monstrosity, although a national religion may well be a living reality. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Drive towards Legislative and Social Centralisation and Uniformity,
124:The human mind has not yet reached that illumination or that sure science by which it can forecast securely even its morrow. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Small Free Unit and the Larger Concentrated Unity,
125:The plan of the human form is one, yet no two human beings are precisely alike in their physical characteristics. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Nature’s Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity,
126:Life develops in obedience to its own law and the pressure of forces and not according to the law and the logic of the self-conscious mind. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Drive towards Economic Centralisation,
127:Ours is still a world in which ideals can only be imposed if they have a preponderating vital and physical force in their hands or at their backs. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Principle of Free Confederation,
128:The emergence of an ideal in human thought is always the sign of an intention in Nature, but not always of an intention to accomplish. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle: The Turn towards Unity Its Necessity and Dangers,
129:The nature of the Spirit is a spacious inner freedom and a large unity into which each man must be allowed to grow according to his own nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual Age,
130:It is only through the individual mind that the mass can arrive at a clear knowledge and creation of the thing it held in its subconscient self. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age,
131:Nature moves forward always in the midst of all stumblings and secures her aims in the end more often in spite of man’s imperfect mentality than by its means. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Inadequacy of the State Idea,
132:While diversity is essential for power and fruitfulness of life, unity is necessary for its order, arrangement and stability. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Nature’s Law in Our Progress - Unity in Diversity,
133:The artificiality of much in human life is the cause of its most deep-seated maladies; it is not faithful to itself or sincere with Nature and therefore it stumbles and suffers. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
134:In Nature there are no errors but only the deliberate measure of her paces traced and retraced in a prefigured rhythm. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Ancient Cycle of Prenational Empire-Building - The Modern Cycle of Nation-Building,
135:Spiritual freedom is not the egoistic assertion of our separate mind and life but obedience to the Divine Truth in ourself and our members and in all around us. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age,
136:Reason can accept no convention merely because men are agreed upon it: it has to ask whether they are right in their agreement, whether it is not an inert and false acquiescence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Curve of the Rational Age,
137:Geographical necessity is only a relative force; it can be overridden by a powerful sentiment of disunion when nothing is done effectively to dissolve the disintegrating impulsion. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Creation of the Heterogeneous Nation,
138:An instrument good for a certain work and set of conditions, if it is still retained when other work has to be done and conditions change, becomes necessarily an obstacle. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Formation of the Nation-Unit - The Three Stages,
139:The mind and intellect must develop to their fullness so that the spirituality of the race may rise securely upward upon a broad basis of the developed lower nature in man, the intelligent mental being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Infrarational Age of the Cycle,
140:One who first founds on a large scale and rapidly, needs always as his successor a man with the talent or the genius for organisation rather than an impetus for expansion. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Ancient Cycle of Prenational Empire-Building - The Modern Cycle of Nation-Building,
141:The practical mind of the politician which represents the average reason and temperament of the time and effects usually something much nearer the minimum than the maximum of what is possible. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Possibility of a First Step towards International Unity - Its Enormous Difficulties,
142:Nor does he achieve his destiny as the individual Man for the sake of the individual soul alone,—a lonely salvation is not his complete ideal,—but for the world also or rather for God in the world, for God in all as well as above all and not for God solely and separately in one. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Ideal Law of Social Development,
143:Spirit's joyAcross the covert air the spirit breathes,A body of the cosmic beauty and joyUnseen, unguessed by the blind suffering world, ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age,
144:The attempts of the positive critical reason to dissect the phenomena of the religious life sound to men of spiritual experience like the prattle of a child who is trying to shape into the mould of his own habitual notions the life of adults or the blunders of an ignorant mind which thinks fit to criticise patronisingly or adversely the labours of a profound thinker or a great scientist. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle 129,
145:For the conscious appreciation of beauty reaches its height of enlightenment and enjoyment not by analysis of the beauty enjoyed or even by a right and intelligent understanding of it, - these things are only a preliminary clarifying of our first unenlightened sense of the beautiful, - but by an exaltation of the soul in which it opens itself entirely to the light and power and joy of the creation. The soul of beauty in us identifies itself with the soul of beauty in the thing created and feels in appreciation the same divine intoxication and uplifting which the artist felt in creation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle ,
146:The Self in man enlarging light and knowledge and harmonising will with light and knowledge so as to fulfil in life what he has seen in his increasing vision and idea of the Self, this is man’s source and law of progress and the secret of his impulse towards perfection. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Ideal Law of Social Development,
147:Therefore the coming of a spiritual age must be preceded by the appearance of an increasing number of individuals who are no longer satisfied with the normal intellectual, vital and physical existence of man, but perceive that a greater evolution is the real goal of humanity and attempt to effect it in themselves, to lead others to it and to make it the recognised goal of the race. In proportion as they succeed and to the degree to which they carry this evolution, the yet unrealised potentiality which they represent will become an actual possibility of the future. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual Age,
148:To us poetry is a revel of intellect and fancy, imagination a plaything and caterer for our amusement, our entertainer, the nautch-girl of the mind. But to the men of old the poet was a seer, a revealer of hidden truths, imagination no dancing courtesan but a priestess in God's house commissioned not to spin fictions but to image difficult and hidden truths; even the metaphor or simile in the Vedic style is used with a serious purpose and expected to convey a reality, not to suggest a pleasing artifice of thought. The image was to these seers a revelative symbol of the unrevealed and it was used because it could hint luminously to the mind what the precise intellectual word, apt only for logical or practical thought or to express the physical and the superficial, could not at all hope to manifest. To them this symbol of the Creator's body was more than an image, it expressed a divine reality. Human society was for them an attempt to express in life the cosmic Purusha who has expressed himself otherwise in the material and the supraphysical universe. Man and the cosmos are both of them symbols and expressions of the same hidden Reality. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle IS - Chapter 1,
149:And for the same reason, because that which we are seeking through beauty is in the end that which we are seeking through religion, the Absolute, the Divine. The search for beauty is only in its beginning a satisfaction in the beauty of form, the beauty which appeals to the physical senses and the vital impressions, impulsions, desires. It is only in the middle a satisfaction in the beauty of the ideas seized, the emotions aroused, the perception of perfect process and harmonious combination. Behind them the soul of beauty in us desires the contact, the revelation, the uplifting delight of an absolute beauty in all things which it feels to be present, but which neither the senses and instincts by themselves can give, though they may be its channels, - for it is suprasensuous, - nor the reason and intelligence, though they too are a channel, - for it is suprarational, supra-intellectual, - but to which through all these veils the soul itself seeks to arrive. When it can get the touch of this universal, absolute beauty, this soul of beauty, this sense of its revelation in any slightest or greatest thing, the beauty of a flower, a form, the beauty and power of a character, an action, an event, a human life, an idea, a stroke of the brush or the chisel or a scintillation of the mind, the colours of a sunset or the grandeur of the tempest, it is then that the sense of beauty in us is really, powerfully, entirely satisfied. It is in truth seeking, as in religion, for the Divine, the All-Beautiful in man, in nature, in life, in thought, in art; for God is Beauty and Delight hidden in the variation of his masks and forms. When, fulfilled in our growing sense and knowledge of beauty and delight in beauty and our power for beauty, we are able to identify ourselves in soul with this Absolute and Divine in all the forms and activities of the world and shape an image of our inner and our outer life in the highest image we can perceive and embody of the All-Beautiful, then the aesthetic being in us who was born for this end, has fulfilled himself and risen to his divine consummation. To find highest beauty is to find God; to reveal, to embody, to create, as we say, highest beauty is to bring out of our souls the living image and power of God. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle 144,

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   5 The Mother


   5 The Mothers Agenda
   2 The Secret Doctrine


0.07_-_1957, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  
  I shall soon have completed the revision41 of The Life Divine and The Human Cycle, so I believe
  I shall have done the best I could, at present, to serve you. October 30th is my birthday. Could I leave immediately thereafter?

Agenda_Vol_10, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  There's a problem I should put to you, an important problem: I would very much like you to ask
  Sri Aurobindo what we should do. It's about The Human Cycle. The latest news is that the
  publisher in Paris is quite ready to publish a first text by Sri Aurobindo. But I've started having
  --
  manuscript back here. I wondered if, after all, that wasn't a sign that the first volume of Sri
  Aurobindo to be brought out, rather than The Human Cycle, should not rather be The Synthesis of
  Yoga? The thought has come to me. It's very important: what should we begin with? The Human
  --
  Yes, it's newer, more central.
  You see, the other [The Human Cycle] discusses things that they've already discussed, and it takes a
  special disposition to understand that the viewpoint is new. While here, it's wholly new.
  --
  There's a question Id like to tell you about. It's about the publication of Sri Aurobindo's books in
  France. You know that we sent The Synthesis of Yoga and The Human Cycle.35 The woman who
  looks after those publications hasn't reacted very well. And not because of the translation (which

Agenda_Vol_11, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Oh, thats troublesome. When A. was here, he worked out a program with them, and he saw it was...
  Its gone. I have, fully ready at the Press, The Bases of Yoga, Lights on Yoga, The Human Cycle,
  The Ideal of Human Unity, and your Questions and Answers of 1958 [all in French]. I have those

Agenda_Vol_12, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  What have we published?
  The Human Cycle, Human Unity, a few chapters of The Life Divine....
  Well, we should finish the book.

Agenda_Vol_6, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Exactly, I suddenly remembered in this connection a quotation from Sri Aurobindo that seemed to
  me interesting. It's in "The Human Cycle," at the end of "The Human Cycle." Here's what he says:
  "It may well be that, once started, it [the supramental endeavour] may not advance rapidly even to
  --
  figures like a miracle."17
  17The Human Cycle, Cent. Ed. XV.252.
  

Agenda_Vol_9, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  It's good.
  Do you have news of your publisher for The Human Cycle?
  No, nothing at all.
  --
  And then... You know that from every side I've been trying to get Sri Aurobindo published [in
  France], in particular The Human Cycle. At last I got a letter from a certain J. B., who writes: "For
  a long time now, a publisher (F.) has been asking me to create a collection in his publishing house.

BOOK_II._--_PART_III._ADDENDA._SCIENCE_AND_THE_SECRET_DOCTRINE_CONTRASTED, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  manifesting as atomic energy only on our plane of consciousness. It is that which, individualized in
  The Human Cycle, is transmitted from father to son.
  Now Haeckel, modifying Darwin's theory, suggests "most plausibly," as the author of the "Modern

BOOK_I._--_PART_I._COSMIC_EVOLUTION, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  alone -- that a Spirit is endowed with intelligence -- is a proof to the Occultist that that Being must
  have been a man, and acquired his knowledge and intelligence throughout The Human Cycle. There is
  but one indivisible and absolute Omniscience and Intelligence in the Universe, and this thrills

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