The Sunlit Path|Apr 16, 2010 9:40 AM| by:

Family and Spiritual Aspiration

What role does family play in the life of a spiritual aspirant? Our bonds are deeper, tied by blood and understandably more complicated to deal with.

Sri Aurobindo gives us his answer.


What you write about the family ties is perfectly correct. It creates an unnecessary interchange and comes in the way of a complete turning to the Divine. Relations after taking up yoga should be less based on a physical origin or the habits of the physical consciousness and more and more on the basis of sadhana—of sadhak with sadhaks, of others as souls travelling the same path or children of the Mother than in the ordinary way or with the old viewpoint.


When one enters the spiritual life, the family ties which belong to the ordinary nature fall away—one becomes indifferent to the old things. This indifference is a
release. There need be no harshness in it at all. To remain tied to the old physical affections would mean to remain tied to the ordinary nature and that would
prevent the spiritual progress.


The attachment to parents belongs to the ordinary physical nature—it has nothing to do with Divine Love.


It [the child’s indebtedness to his father] for bringing him up is a law of human society, not a law of Karma. The child did not ask the father to bring him into the world—and if the father has done it for his own pleasure, it is the least he can do to bring up the child. All these are social relations (and it is not at all a one-sided debt of the child to the father, either), but whatever they are, they cease once one takes to the spiritual life. For the spiritual life does not at all rest on the external physical relations; it is the Divine alone with whom one has then to do.

Sri Aurobindo