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Describe the holistic view of mind, body, and spirit in Sri Aurobindo's 'Is India Civilised'?

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Sri Aurobindo was radical for his time because of his insistence that spiritual liberation was the base upon which political liberation can be experienced.  In this light, Sri Aurobindo was able to draw upon the resistance movement the strokes of a paintbrush that was able to persuade others to see freedom as not a political state of the contingent, but rather a transcendent one that went beyond circumstance and condition.  Through his study of the Vedic scriptures, Sri Aurobindo recognized that spiritual planes were above the conscious mind and there was divinity in all levels of existence.  In this assertion, one sees how mind and body must be linked to the divine present in all consciousness.  This supersedes all else.  In embracing a realm where the division between mind, body, and spirit is absent, Sri Aurobindo argues spiritual and political conceptions must be embraced in the process of consciousness.  In this light, the article reflects a different position of Indian independence as a movement that has to embrace a spiritual plane before a political or social one can be recognized.

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What is the view of the mind/ body dualism in Sri Aurobindo's "Is India Civilized?"  

I would say that Sri Aurobindo seeks to answer the question of the mind/ body dualism in the human being through assessing the question on a national level for India.  In "Is India Civilized?," Sri Aurobindo argues that India has to do some level of "soul searching" in terms of what place it will occupy in the new world for both itself and the rest of the world.  Mere imitation of the West is not something he sees as the answer.  Yet, Sri Aurobindo also does not see blind nation worshipping of India as the best path, as well.  In this, one sees him rejecting the basic tenets of binary oppositional dualism that forces a choice.  Rather, Sri Aurobindo finds a new level where India, as a nation to which India can be vaulted:

[What India needs is] a unity with the rest of mankind, in which we shall maintain our spiritual and our outer independence.

The implications of this idea on the issue of mind/ body dualism is a powerful one.  Sri Aurobindo is arguing that there is a way for individuals to exist in both realms without a conscious choice to be made.  One must find a way to unify with others, enabling mind and body to be harmonious with one another, while remaining distinct to retain their individual characteristics.  I don't see Sri Aurobindo advocating the subjugation of one over the other, just as he does not suggest that India's identity come at the cost of others or of itself.  In this "unity," the mind and body dualism is resolved in that both are able to exist within one another as there is a subjugation to a new configuration that praises and acknowledges both realities without sacrificing one over the other.

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