Vision of Sri Aurobindo and Teilhard de Chardin: Empowered by Creative Evolution and Mysticism


This paper is an effort to understand vision of Sri Aurobindo and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin pertaining to the future of man. Both were fervid believers in evolution as well as mystics. Evolution occupies a special place in their vision of cosmic consciousness. Evolutionary theory empowered Teilhard to introduce the idea of re-visioning of Christianity. His spiritual and mystical experiences empowered him to discuss �cosmicisation� of Christ, culminating into, Omega Point. His position was in stark contrast to Biblical fundamentalism, due to which he suffered at the hands of the church authorities till his death, but his faith in Christ and science, compelled the Papal authorities to declare that Christianity is not opposed to evolution. Sri Aurobindo�s philosophy of involution-evolution enabled him to reinterpret Vedas and Upanishads. Indian philosophers interpretations were idealistic and world-negating. Sri Aurobindo in his reinterpretation did bring out their essential concern in this world, which was a necessary corrective to the dominant inwardness of later Upanishads. The culmination of his integral evolution is the birth of a Gnostic being and Gnostic society. Both the thinkers accept emergent evolution, although there are differences within. Convergence and integration, is common to them, however, for Teilhard it is a closure at the Omega Point. Both the thinkers are influenced by Marxist thought as far as the social aspect of our life is concerned. While sri Aurobindo's �Life Divine� can be called post-modern Upanishad, Teilhard is a visionary of new Christianity.

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Kamaladevi R. Kunkolienker, P.E.S's College of Arts and Science, India

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Conference: ACERP2015
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and Religion

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