The Evolution of the Spiritual Man

As we embark on the next chapter of the Life Divine, it will be useful to once again review the Vedic and Upanishadic citations that Sri Aurobindo has chosen to introduce this chapter and subject.

The Vedic sages in particular use a language rich in symbolic content. They “imply” rather than state in the way that modern thought can follow easily. Sri Aurobindo undertakes to bring these concepts to life for the modern world.

“As a seer working out the occult truths and their discoveries of knowledge, he brought into being the seven Craftsmen of heaven and in the light of day they spoke and wrought the things of their wisdom.” Rig Veda, Iv.16.3

“He strives by these means and ahs the knowledge: in him this spirit enters into its supreme status….Satisfied in knowledge, having built up their spiritual being, the Wise, in union with the spiritual self, reach the Omnipresent everywhere and enter into the All.” Mundaka Upanishad, III.2.4,5

“In these there is not the Wonder and the Might; the truths occult exist not for the mind of the ignorant.” Rig Veda, VII.61.5

There is an implication here that man can undertake practices to gain knowledge, and that they can thereby undertake to become spiritual beings. That is the focus and subject of the new chapter.

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 24, “The Evolution of the Spiritual Man”