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Super Human

If asked the question 'what's the purpose of  your life?', a seed would say 'to become a Tree'; a sperm would say 'to become a human'


So, what would be your answer? Perhaps, 'to become a super human?'


If the term 'Super Human' is to be defined not in relative terms (like better than this, greater than that etc) but in absolute terms, it would be:


'To know and act in a way that brings happiness and success ALWAYS'. With the human beings ultimate aim has been to be happy, this seem to be an apt definition for 'Super Human'


(the word 'Super Human' is extensively used by Aurobindo in his works)

Why Sarvodaya is important for Life

Democracy working with capitalism favours the few who have capital. Democracy together with socialism favours the majority, but is still limited to humans. Sarvodaya includes the care of the earth; of animals, forests, rivers and land. For Gandhi, life is sacred and so he advocated reverence for all life, humans as well as other than humans

Joy of Being: Destiny, Dharma and Effort

when the question arises in Rama's mind as to whether destiny or the desire led effort comes first, the sage answers that rather than answer that question, he would suggest him to try and answer the same through Self realization when all answers could be revealed as till then it would be only wasted mental effort


http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/article2738372.ece

Where is the problem?

Hunger is the worst weapon of mass destruction in the world which does not kill soldiers, but innocent children

This year’s global hunger index, developed by the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, says that global hunger remains at a “serious” level. India has ranked 67th, two ranks below that of last year, in the index as one of the most hungry nations, eight ranks below Pakistan and only three ranks above Bangladesh. The index ranks countries on a 100-point scale — from the “no hunger” score of 0 to the “most hunger” of 100 — combining three indicators: the undernourished as a percentage of the population, the proportion of underweight children below the age of five and the mortality rate of children under five. Values between 20 and 29.9 are “alarming”. That is where India stands, with a score of 23.7.
If India is 'progressing' & growing', why are we slipping behind on this index?
Even if we are to question the accuracy of this report, th…

The Heart is the Self

Maurice Frydman: Sri Bhagavan speaks of the heart as the seat of Consciousness and as identical with
the Self. What does the heart exactly signify?

Bhagavan: The question about the heart arises because you are interested in seeking the source of consciousness.
To all deep-thinking minds, the enquiry about the ‘I’ and its nature has an irresistible fascination. Call it by any
name, God, Self, the heart or the seat of Consciousness, it is all the same. The point to be grasped is this, that
Heart means the very core of one’s being, the Centre, without which there is nothing whatsoever.

compassion is above that of justice

...there have been eloquent voices that have defended violence in service of justice. In her Reflections on Violence, the philosopher Hannah Arendt writes: “…Under certain circumstances violence, which is to act without argument or speech and without reckoning with consequences, is the only possibility of setting the scales of justice right again… In this sense, rage and the violence that sometimes, not always, goes with it, belong to the ‘natural’ emotions, and to cure man of them would mean nothing less than to dehumanise or emasculate him.” The problem with this position is that such ‘hot’ violence inevitably turns into a ‘cold’ carnage characterised by planning and calculation. Moreover, violence that begins with a clear purpose acquires a life of its own, fulfilling obscure wishes more than its consciously stated goals. It begins to exercise a dangerous fascination, a “terrible beauty”, from which, also, we cannot avert their eyes. We get a glimpse of this fascination in many ki…