Debashish Banerji, PhD, is former Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles as well as an adjunct faculty member at Pasadena City College and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also the former director of the East West Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He is author of Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo and also The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore, a book about his great grandfather. He edited an anthology about his great uncle, Rabindranath Tagore in the Twenty-First Century.
Here he notes that Aurobindo emphasized both Vedanta and Tantra. In other words, he emphasized both escape from the bonds of attachment and the attainment of many varieties of pleasure. He emphasized the enhancement of the supernormal powers, or Siddhis, within humanity. These included levitation, being able to view things at a distance, being able to view microscopic objects, and being able to influence things at a distance. He was particularly interested in the future evolution of the human race and in understanding the potential of the human body itself. In that sense, he was a major influence in the development of the Human Potential Movement in the United States. He viewed paranormal powers as a natural aspect of what he called “the divine life.”
(Recorded on December 20, 2015)
Published on December 31, 2015