Sri Aurobindo and Integral Yoga

Bondage, Liberation and Perfection

ONE OF the greatest contributions of the Indian science of Yoga is that of the discovery of the state of bondage of the human soul, as also that of the fashioning of the various methods which would ensure liberation and its other consequences relating to perfection.

Every human being is required to deal with a given environment and a certain set of circumstances, and at a certain stage, a conscious feeling begins to grow that there is something in the human personality which needs to be distinguished from the environment and circumstances in an effort either to escape from the burden of life and its responsibilities or to refashion the inner psychological complexities of the being so as to control, master and perfect the inner life, outer life and the world. This feeling is, in the beginning, evanescent or temporary; but in due course, it grows under various pressures of experience, and one begins to suspect one's ignorance and one's state of bondage, accompanied by a growing aspiration to remove ignorance and to attain to liberation and perfection.

It has been rightly observed that a special characteristic of ignorance is that it does not suspect itself. To discover that one is ignorant is itself a sign of a certain growth of knowledge. It is only at that stage that one begins to ask some of the deepest questions about the riddle of the world and the intricacies of varieties of relationships in which one is entangled in one's commerce with the outer world.

At a farther stage, one is led to inquire into the questions as

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