Stages of Spiritual Growth (REL 302)

Stages of Spiritual Growth (REL 302)

Course Description

This course is about the different stages of spiritual growth from aspiration to illumination. It is based upon The Life Divine—the magnum opus of Sri Aurobindo, the great sage of modern India. This course will set forth the quintessence of this great work, what is often described as one of the greatest works on metaphysics of the 20th century. Beginning with a review of his remarkable life, from a childhood in England, to his political work in India’s early liberation movement, to his most profound insights from which the entire holistic movement emerged. It will answer such questions as how do we reconcile the material/scientific values of the West with the spiritual/mystical insights of the East based upon the philosophy of integration, that can bring us to the next stage of evolution beyond the reasoning mind

Course Sessions and Topics

This course is divided into ten, one-hour lectures.

Week 1  |  The Life of Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950)

Week 2  |  Materialism and Spiritualism

Week 3  |  Nature of the Soul

Week 4  |  The Delight of Existence

Week 5  |  Conscious Force

Week 6  |  Cause of Suffering

Week 7  |  From Ignorance to Knowledge

Week 8  |  The Idea of the Absolute

Week 9  |  The Destiny of Individuality

Week 10  |  The Magical Power of God

Learning Outcomes for this Course

Outcome 1:  Students will be able to explain how “materialism” and “spiritual  idealism” can be harmonized as two inseparable aspects of balanced living

Outcome 2:  Students will be able to recognize and discuss the aspects and qualities  of the soul as an integrating factor of individual life and the world as a whole.

Outcome 3:  Students will be able to discuss the delight of existence as the rationale for divine creation. 

Outcome 4:  Students will be able to discuss “metaphysical ignorance” as the cause of suffering and describe its relationship to individual and collective responsibility and growth.

Outcome 5:  Students are able to discuss how material values and spiritual values can be reconciled as complementary and necessary ideals for higher living. 

Outcome 6:  Students are able to discuss the question “If God is perfect and has no need, why did He create?”; and recognize the popular philosophical notions and discuss their inadequacies with regard to this question. 

Outcome 7:  Students are able to describe the metaphysics of the sevenfold ignorance and its replacement with the sevenfold knowledge

Outcome 8:  Students are able to recognize and discuss the secret elements of divine magic.

Your Professor

Obadiah S. Harris, Ph.D.  | Ph.D., Education, University of Michigan.  M.A., Education, Arizona State University.  BA, Education and Philosophy, Arizona State University.  Author of, Self-Knowledge and Social Action, The New Consciousness: The Next Stage of Human Development and President of the University of Philosophical Research.