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A collection of quotes by Sri Aurobindo on spirituality, life, God, love, yoga, divine, truth, soul, mind, prejudice, opinion, Vedanta, heart, sin and happiness.

87 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Sri Aurobindo That Will Change The Way You Live

Quick Facts

Famous As
Political and Spiritual Leader

Born On
15 August 1872 AD

Died On
05 December 1950 AD

Born In
Kolkata

Founder / Co Founder
Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Died At Age
78

Aurobindo Ghose was a renowned Indian scholar and a spiritual preacher known for his theory of divine life. After his studies in United Kingdom, he returned to his homeland and served the ruler of the princely state of Baroda. There, he served as a teacher in various colleges and nurtured his intellect on Indian traditions. He understood the bad impact of the British Empire and covertly coordinated with several revolutionaries of the time. He collaborated with revolutionaries and contributed in building the four main pillars of Swaraj, Swadesh, Boycott and National Education in the national movement. He worked actively toeards uniting the people for the national movement of freedom against the oppressive British government. After his participation in the national struggle, turned towards spirituality and shifted to Pondicherry (then a French colony). His influential writings on yoga and spirituality increased his followers and helped him establish the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He was nominated twice for the ‘Nobel Prize’ for his contributions in the field of spirituality and philosophical literature. He shared his thoughts on spirituality, freedon, God, life, love and much more. His thoughts are quite often quoted. Here is a collection of profound thoughts and quotations by Sri Aurobindo.

True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become.

- Sri Aurobindo

There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind's immobility and thought-free stillness. When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.

- Sri Aurobindo

An aimless life is always a troubled life. Every individual should have an aim. But do not forget that the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others. Whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realized unless you have realized perfection in yourself.

- Sri Aurobindo

Our actual enemy is not any force exterior to ourselves, but our own crying weaknesses, our cowardice, our selfishness, our hypocrisy, our purblind sentimentalism.

- Sri Aurobindo

Safety lies in tending towards our highest and not in resting content with an inferior potentiality..... To rest in or follow after an inferior potentiality may seem safe, rational, comfortable, easy, but it ends badly, in some futility or in a mere circling down the abyss or in a stagnant morass. Our right and natural road is towards the summits.

- Sri Aurobindo

My God is love and sweetly suffers all.

- Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol, Sri Aurobindo

The yoga we practice is not for ourselves alone, but for the Divine; its aim is to work out the will of the Divine in the world, to effect a spiritual transformation and to bring down a divine nature and a divine life into the mental, vital and physical nature and life of humanity. Its object is not personal Mukti, although Mukti is a necessary condition of the yoga, but the liberation and transformation of the human being. It is not personal Ananda, but the bringing down of the divine Ananda - Christ's kingdom of heaven, our Satyayuga - upon the earth.

- Sri Aurobindo

The first principle of true teaching is that nothing can be taught.

- Sri Aurobindo

Perfect health, sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches.

- Sri Aurobindo

The Divine Truth is greater than any religion or creed or scripture or idea or philosophy.

- Sri Aurobindo

The great are strongest when they stand alone, A God-given might of being is their force.

- Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love with his chains; this is the first paradox and inextricable knot of our nature.

- Sri Aurobindo

Our human knowledge is a candle burnt On a dim altar to a sun-vast Truth.

- Sri Aurobindo

Peace is the first condition, without which nothing else can be stable.

- Sri Aurobindo

Do not belong to the past dawns,but to the noons of future

- Sri Aurobindo

A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface, and you will feel your true being within, separate from them, observing but not carried away

- Sri Aurobindo

But few are those who tread the sunlit path; Only the pure in soul can walk in light.

- Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

Man is a transitional being. He is not final. The step from man to superman is the next approaching achievement in the earth evolution. It is inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner spirit and the logic of nature's process.

- Sri Aurobindo

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.

- Sri Aurobindo

The supreme state of human love is...the unity of one soul in two bodies.

- Sri Aurobindo

The progressive growth of the finite consciousness of man towards this Self, towards the universal , the eternal, the infinite, in a word his growth into spiritual consciousness by the development of his ordinary ignorant natural being into an illumined divine nature, this is for Indian thinking the significance of life and the aim of human existance.

- Sri Aurobindo

Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.

- Sri Aurobindo

What the soul sees and has experienced, that it knows; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion.

- Sri Aurobindo

The first and the most important thing is to know that life is one and immortal. Only the forms, countless in number, are transient and brittle. The life everlasting is independent of any form but manifests itself in all forms. Life then does not die... but the forms are dissolved.

- Sri Aurobindo

By your stumbling, the world is perfected.

- Sri Aurobindo

Watch the too indignantly righteous. Before long you will find them committing or condoning the very offence which they have so fiercely censured.

- Sri Aurobindo

Life is life--whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.

- Sri Aurobindo

In order to see, you have to stop being in the middle of the picture

- Sri Aurobindo

Is it true that existence consists only in the action of energy? Or is it not rather that energy is an output of Existence?

- Sri Aurobindo

For the powers of our mind, life, and body are bound to their own limitations, and however high they may rise or however widely expand, they cannot rise beyond them. But still, mental man can open to what is beyond him and call down a Supramental Light, Truth, and Power to work in him and do what the mind cannot do. If mind cannot by effort become what is beyond mind, Supermind can descend and transform mind into its own substance.

- Sri Aurobindo

Each victory gained over oneself means new strength to gain more victories.

- Sri Aurobindo

By our stumbling the world is perfected

- Sri Aurobindo

He who chooses the infinite has been chosen by the infinite.

- Sri Aurobindo

Evolution of consciousness is the central motive of terrestrial existence.

- Sri Aurobindo

The existence of poverty is the proof of an unjust and ill-organised society, and our public charities are but the first tardy awakening in the conscience of a robber.

- Sri Aurobindo

Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act. All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self–consciousness.

- Sri Aurobindo

All fanaticism is false, because it is a contradiction of the very nature of God and of Truth. Truth cannot be shut up in a single book, Bible or Veda or Koran, or in a single religion. The Divine Being is eternal and universal and infinite and cannot be the sole property of the Mussulmans or of the Semitic religions only, - those that happened to be in a line from the Bible and to have Jewish or Arabian prophets for their founders.

- Sri Aurobindo

While doing work if the mind continues to be active let it be so, but there must be at the same time a capacity for silence.

- Sri Aurobindo

To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.

- Sri Aurobindo

The consciousness of the seer, is a greater power for knowledge than the consciousness of the thinker. The perceptual power of the inner sight is greater and more direct than the perceptual power of thought: ...

- Sri Aurobindo

Live according to Nature, runs the maxim of the West; but according to what nature, the nature of the body or the nature which exceeds the body? This first we ought to determine.

- Sri Aurobindo

My love is not a hunger of the heart, My love is not a craving of the flesh; It came to me from God, to God returns.

- The Divine Plan, Sri Aurobindo

The deeper we look, the more we shall be convinced that the one thing wanting, which we must strive to acquire before all others, is strength strength physical, strength mental, strength moral, but above all strength spiritual which is the one inexhaustible and imperishable source of all the others. If we have strength everything else will be added to us easily and naturally.

- Sri Aurobindo

The business of both parent and teacher is to enable and to help the child to educate himself, to develop his own intellectual, moral, aesthetic and practical capacities and to grow freely as an organic being, not to be kneaded and pressured into form like an inert plastic material

- Sri Aurobindo

The supreme end is the freedom of the spirit.

- Sri Aurobindo

[S]tand aside and watch the working of the divine power in yourself.

- Sri Aurobindo

The anarchic is the true divine state of man in the end as in the beginning; but in between it would lead us straight to the devil and his kingdom.

- Sri Aurobindo

Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh genius.

- Sri Aurobindo

Care not for time and success. Act out thy part, whether it be to fail or to prosper.

- Sri Aurobindo

All thoughts, desires, conventions, attachments which come from outside must be ruthlessly pushed away.

- Sri Aurobindo

Sin and virtue are a game of resistance we play with God in His efforts to draw us towards perfection.

- Sri Aurobindo

Love is the keynote, Joy is the music, Knowledge is the performer, the Infinite All is the composer and audience.

- Sri Aurobindo

The Atheist is God playing at hide and seek with Himself.

- Sri Aurobindo

Sit in meditation ! But do not think ! Look only at your mind ! You will see thoughts coming into it ! Before they can enter, throw these away from your mind till your mind is capable of entire silence.

- Sri Aurobindo

One who loves God finds the object of his love everywhere.

- Sri Aurobindo

There are four great events in history, the siege of Troy, the life and crucifixion of Christ , the exile of Krishna in Brindaban and the colloquy on the field of Kurukshetra. The siege of Troy created Hellas, the exile in Brindaban created devotional religion, (for before there was only meditation and worship), Christ from his cross humanized Europe, the colloquy at Kurukshetra will yet liberate humanity.

- Sri Aurobindo

Delight is the secret. Learn of pure delight and thou shalt learn of God. What then was the commencement of the whole matter? Existence that multiplied itself for sheer delight of being and plunged into numberless trillions of forms so that it might find itself innumerably.

- Sri Aurobindo

Yoga is a generic name for any discipline by which one attempts to pass out of the limits of one's ordinary mental consciousness into a greater spiritual consciousness.

- Sri Aurobindo

Death is but changing of our robes to wait in wedding garments at the Eternal's gate.

- Sri Aurobindo

The only work that spiritually purifies us is that which is done without personal motives.

- Sri Aurobindo

Outside and above the mind there is the play of a consciousness which is lighted by the higher Truth, but man is not conscious of it and of that he has to be conscious.

- Sri Aurobindo

The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.

- Sri Aurobindo

India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples.

- Sri Aurobindo

Live within; be not shaken by outward happenings.

- Sri Aurobindo

The mind of an ordinary man is truly near the heart.

- Sri Aurobindo

The soul in man is greater than his fate...

- Sri Aurobindo

Detachment is the beginning of mastery.

- Sri Aurobindo

We cannot afford to raise any institution to the rank of a fetish. To do so would be simply to become the slaves of our own machinery.

- Sri Aurobindo

The spiritual path is one of falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, turning and looking sheepishly at God and then taking the next step.

- Sri Aurobindo

Trust the divine power, and she will free the godlike elements in you and shape all into an expression of divine nature.

- Sri Aurobindo

But difficulties were made to be overcome and if the Supreme Will is there, they will be overcome.

- Sri Aurobindo

The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.

- Sri Aurobindo

A thought is an arrow shot at the truth; it can hit a point , but not cover the whole target. But the archer is too well satisfied with his success to ask anything farther.

- Sri Aurobindo

All existence is a manifestation of God.

- Sri Aurobindo

If a religion is not universal, it cannot be eternal. A narrow religion, a sectarian religion, an exclusive religion can live only for a limited time and a limited purpose.

- Sri Aurobindo

Arise, transcend Thyself, Thou art man and the whole nature of man Is to become more than himself.

- Sri Aurobindo

When I had the dividing reason, I shrank from many things; after I had lost it in sight, I hunted through the world for the ugly and the repellant, but I could no longer find them.

- Sri Aurobindo

... for we perceive that this miraculous development is not the result of our own efforts: an eternal Perfection is moulding us into its own image.

- Sri Aurobindo

We have to create strength where it did not exist before; we have to change our natures, and become new men with new hearts, to be born again ... We need a nucleus of men in whom the Shakti is developed to its uttermost extent, in whom it fills every corner of the personality and overflows to fertilise the earth. These, having the fire of Bhawani in their hearts and brains, will go forth and carry the flame to every nook and cranny of our land.

- Sri Aurobindo

They proved to me by convincing reasons that God does not exist; Afterwards I saw God, for he came and embraced me. And now what am I to believe- the reasoning of others or my own experience? Truth is what the soul has seen and experienced; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion.

- Sri Aurobindo

Physical education for the body to be effective must be rigorous and detailed, far sighted and methodological. This will be translated into habits. These habits should be controlled and disciplined, while remaining flexible enough to adapt themselves to circumstances and to the needs of growth and development of the being.

- Sri Aurobindo

What is required is faith. Man has body, life and mind but that is not all that constitutes man. He has risen to the mind as a result of evolution. Now a higher consciousness will be evolved - this I call Supermind. It is the instrument of the Divine Consciousness, the Truth-Consciousness.

- Sri Aurobindo

The aggressive and quite illogical idea of a single religion for all mankind, a religion universal by the very force of its narrowness, one set of dogmas, one cult, one system of ceremonies, one ecclesiastical ordinance, one array of prohibitions and injunctions which all minds must accept on peril of persecution by men and spiritual rejection or eternal punishment by God, that grotesque creation of human unreason which has been the parent of so much intolerance, cruelty and obscurantism and aggressive fanaticism, has never been able to take firm hold of the Indian mentality.

- Sri Aurobindo

Hinduism ... gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God ward endeavor of the human spirit. An immense many-sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Santana Dharma...

- Sri Aurobindo

Suffering makes us capable of the full force of the Master of Delight; it makes us capable also to bear the utter play of the Master of Power. Pain is the key that opens the gates of strength; it is the high-road that leads to the city of beatitude.

- Sri Aurobindo

Religions, creeds and forms are only a characteristic outward sign of the spiritual impulsion and religion itself is the intensive action by which it tries to find its inward force. Its expansive movement comes in the thought which it throws out on life, the ideals which open up new horizons and which the intellect accepts and life labours to assimilate.

- Sri Aurobindo

The human mind moves always forward, alters its viewpoint and enlarges its thought substance, and the effect of these changes is to render past systems of thinking obsolete or, when they are preserved, to extend, to modify and subtly or visibly to alter their value.

- Sri Aurobindo