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From the Editors
Vol. 45, No. 2/3
When the first issue of Vol. 45 went to press in May 2020, our country was just beginning to grapple with a global pandemic—on top of entering the home stretch of the 2020 campaign season. At the time, many were still holding out for a (futile) return to “normal” and an end to our divisive and polarizing politics. Here at Collaboration, we decided to enter into deep inquiry: about current events the world over, the future of humanity, and the roles we each fulfill as a collective expression of Integral Yoga.
We grounded this endeavor in Sri Aurobindo’s notion of Time-Spirit and what it might be demanding of us. After witnessing falsehoods about the integrity of science and election rigging repeated over and over by our elected leaders, at the beginning of the new year we again stood aghast—watching our fellow citizens mob the U.S. Capitol. Indeed, we seem to be grappling with falsehood’s grip on human consciousness right when our hopes and aspirations would have us expect the opposite. What is this spirit of the time we are living in? How should we understand the role of falsehood in human evolution and in the process of Integral Yoga? Is human unity through a radical shift in consciousness still a real possibility?
For this double issue, we began by selecting excerpts from Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem Savitri (in both English and Spanish) to shed light on falsehood and how we may be guided through this necessary passage. Philip Goldberg’s article “Yoga in Crazy Times” reflects on the current sociopolitical climate of our nation and points out that spiritual practice, though sometimes thought of as a luxury pastime, is in fact what is most needed at this unprecedented and tumultuous time. In Sarani Ghosal Mondal’s “Marriage of Soil and Soul,” we find the leaves of Walt Whitman’s grass a prescient reminder of our paradoxically cosmic wholeness in the widening fields of nature, both the world’s and our own.
John Robert Cornell’s “Grand Canyon of Yoga” invites us to embrace a new guiding narrative in Integral Yoga as we process the gap that exists between our visionary experiences and daily realities. The journal’s inaugural “Gem” from the Collaboration Archive—“Living Laboratories of the Life Divine” by Debashish Banerji—artfully expands upon this gap by honing in on us as the bridge, and how we connect to supramental consciousness. Conversely, for those just embarking on the spiritual path, Matthias Pommerening provides an accessible way forward in “Approaching Integral Yoga.” To round out these pages of inquiry, in “Harmony in Oneness” Martha Orton proposes a radical change in human nature—a complete transformation of consciousness—for resolving human conflict, bridging divides, and unearthing collective oneness. Above all, Sri Aurobindo’s sonnets “Evolution” and “The Call of the Impossible” offer us mountains of hope in our moments of despair. Praise be.