Archive for March, 2009

March 25 – To do the integral yoga

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Has thy effort succeeded, O thou Titan?
Dost thou sit, like Ravana and Hiranyakashipou,
served by the gods and the world’s master?
But that which thy soul was really hunting after, has escaped from thee.

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 508)

To do the integral yoga *

…. Sri Aurobindo has said — that to do the integral yoga one must first resolve to surrender entirely to the Divine, there is no other way, this is the way. But after that one must have the five psychological virtues, five psychological perfections, and we say that these perfections are:

  • Sincerity or Transparency
  • Faith or Trust (Trust in the Divine, naturally)
  • Devotion or Gratitude
  • Courage or Aspiration
  • Endurance or Perseverance

One form of endurance is faithfulness, faithfulness to one’s resolution — being faithful. One has taken a resolution, one is faithful to one’s resolution. This is endurance.

If one persists, there comes a time when one is victorious.

Victory is to the most persistent.

– The Mother
CWM Vol.8, pg.42
*(Title by the sender)

All extracts and quotations from the written works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are copyright Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry -605002 India

March 18 – A Prayer

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

I knew my mind to be conquered when it admired the beauty of the hideous,
yet felt perfectly why other men shrank back or hated.
Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 49)

A Prayer*

Thou art the one and only goal of my life and the centre of my aspiration, the pivot of my thought, the key of the synthesis of my being. And as Thou art beyond all sensation, all feeling and all thought, Thou art the living but ineffable experience, the Reality lived in the depths of the being but untranslatable in our poor words; and it is because human intelligence is powerless to reduce Thee to a formula that some, a little disdainfully, label “sentiment” the knowledge that it is possible to have of Thee, but it is surely as far from sentiment as it is from thought. So long as one has not attained this supreme Knowledge, one has no solid basis or lasting centre for one’s mental and emotional synthesis, and all other intellectual constructions can only be arbitrary, artificial and vain.

Thou art eternal silence and perfect peace in what we are able to perceive of Thee.

Thou art all the perfection we must acquire, all the marvels to be realised, all the splendour to be manifested.

And all our words are but children’s babblings when we venture to speak of Thee.

In silence is the greatest reverence.

– The Mother
CWM Vol. 1, Page 51
*(Title by the sender)

All extracts and quotations from the written works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are copyright Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry -605002 India

March 11 – The Supramental Evolution

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

In God’s providence there is no evil, but only good or its preparation

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 187)

The Supramental Evolution

….

Materialism can hardly be spiritual in its basis, because its basic method is just the opposite of the spiritual way of doing things. The spiritual works from within outward, the way of materialism is to work from out inwards. It makes the inner a result of the outer, fundamentally a phenomenon of Matter and it works upon that view of things. It seeks to “perfect” humanity by outward means and one of its main efforts is to construct a perfect social machine which will train and oblige men to be what they ought to be. The loss of the ego in the Divine is the spiritual ideal; here it is replaced by the immolation of the individual to the military and industrial State. Where is there any spirituality in all that? Spirituality can only come by opening of the mind, vital and physical to the inmost soul, to the higher Self, to the Divine, and their subordination to the spiritual forces and instrumentation as channels of the inner Light, the higher Knowledge and Power. Other things, mental, aesthetic, vital, are often misnamed `spirituality’, but they lack the essential character without which the word loses its true significance.– Sri Aurobindo
SABCL Vol. 22, Pg.6

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March 4 – To Know How To Love

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Thy soul has not tasted God’s entire delight,
if it has never had the joy of being His enemy,
opposing His designs and engaging with Him in mortal combat.

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 417)

To Know How To Love

The first step is to stop being selfish. For everyone it is the same thing, not only for those who want to do yoga but also in ordinary life: if one wants to know how to love, one must not love oneself first and above all selfishly; one must give oneself to the object of love without exacting anything in return. This discipline is elementary in order to surmount oneself and lead a life which is not altogether gross.

As for yoga we may add something else: it is as I said in the beginning, the will to pierce through this limited and human form of love and discover the principle of divine Love which is behind it. Then one is sure to get a result. This is better than drying up one’s heart. It is perhaps a little more difficult but it is better in every way, for like this, instead of egotistically making others suffer, well, one may leave them quiet in their own movement and only make an effort to transform oneself without imposing one’s will on others, which even in ordinary life is a step towards something higher and a little more harmonious.

– The Mother
The Great Adventure, Page 287

All extracts and quotations from the written works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are copyright Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry -605002 India