Spirituality and Materialism

"Materialism can hardly be spiritual in its basis, because its basic method is just the opposite of the spiritual way of doing things. The spiritual works from within outward, the way of materialism is to work from out inwards. It makes the inner a result of the outer, fundamentally a phenomenon of Matter and it works upon that view of things. It seeks to “perfect” humanity by outward means and one of its main efforts is to construct a perfect social machine which will train and oblige men to be what they ought to be. The loss of the ego in the Divine is the spiritual ideal; here it is replaced by the immolation of the individual to the military and industrial State. Where is there any spirituality in all that?"
- Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo's Letters: The Supramental Evolution (2)

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Glenn R Smith said...

Very nice and succinct. I especially like the distinction between living inside-put rather than outside-in.

December 8, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

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