“All Life Is Yoga”

Sri Aurobindo Studies

Specialisation has both advantages and disadvantages. The benefit arises from the ability to concentrate exclusively on a particular line of endeavor and optimize the fruits and results thereby. This takes place in Western scientific endeavor and the development of technology, as well as in the practice of the specialized forms of Yoga. This type of exclusive concentration, however, tends to narrow the vision and ability to embrace the entirety of our existence. We see then, in terms of technology, a restriction of our interaction with life and the world, which arises from our constant interaction with the technology and what it produces. Similarly with Yoga, this focus has frequently implied abandonment or withdrawal from the flow of life and action in the world, and the yogic practitioner has for the most part been someone who has given up any major active role in the development and support of the human…

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