The Interaction of the Ideal With the Material-Vital Existence


Sri Aurobindo knew well ahead of the curve that humanity was approaching a time of profound shift beyond just “awakening”… but a literal quantum leap into ascended beingness — what many refer to today as homo luminous, or homo noeticus. This transition, as we now know from our place in the midst of it, is not without its challenges and deep choices.

Sri Aurobindo Studies

At a certain point in our evolutionary development, the satisfaction of the material wants and vital desires can no longer captivate our entire attention. There is more to our existence than a purely material-vital will to live. In particular, the human experience shows us that we have a mentality, and that there are goals, aspirations, ideals erected by this mentality that try to reduce or eliminate the domination of the physical-vital life and make them in fact subservient to the needs of the intellect. We set up images of an ideal in each field of mental activity, whether it be aesthetic, ethical, intellectual, moral, philosophical, scientific or spiritual. And yet, because of the limitations and resistance of the material-vital frame, the ideal remains far beyond what can be actually achieved.

Sri Aurobindo discusses this issue: “Matter and life, however, in spite of their insistence and great importance are not all…

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