Archive for April, 2009

April 29, 2009 – Difficulties of the Path

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Foiled by the world, thou turnest to seize upon God.
If the world is stronger than thou,
thinkest thou God is weaker?
Turn to Him rather for His bidding and for strength to fulfil it.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 253)

Difficulties of the Path

(A sincere heart is worth all the extraordinary powers in the world)*

I have never said that yoga or that this yoga is a safe and easy path. What I say is that anyone who has the will to go through, can go through. For the rest, if you aim high there is always the danger of a steep fall if you misconduct your aeroplane. But the danger is for those who allow themselves to entertain a double being, aiming high but also indulging their lower outlook and hankerings. What else can you expect when people do that? You must become single-minded, then the difficulties of the mind and vital will be overcome. Otherwise, those who oscillate between their heights and their abysses will always be in danger till they have become single-minded. That applies to the “advanced” as well as to the beginner. These are facts of nature; I can’t pretend for anybody’s comfort that they are otherwise. But there is the fact also that nobody need keep himself in this danger. One-mindedness, surrender to the Divine, faith, true love for the Divine, complete sincerity in the will, spiritual humility (real, not formal) ? there are so many things that can be a safeguard against any chance of eventual downfall. Slips, stumbles, difficulties, upsettings everyone has; one can’t be assured against these things, but if one has the safeguards, they are transitory, help the nature to learn and are followed by a better progress

– Sri Aurobindo
SABCL Vol.24 Pages: 1641 – 1642
*(By the sender)

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April 22, 2009 – Sadhana through Love and Devotion

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The most binding Law of Nature is only a fixed process
which the Lord of Nature has framed and uses constantly;
the Spirit made it and the Spirit can exceed it,
but we must first open the doors of our prison-house
and learn to live less in Nature than in the Spirit

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 126)

Sadhana through Love and Devotion

When the love goes towards the Divine, there is still this ordinary human element in it. There is the call for a return and if the return does not seem to come, the love may sink; there is the self-interest, the demand for the Divine as a giver of all that the human being wants and, if the demands are not acceded to, abhim?na against the Divine, loss of faith, loss of fervour, etc., etc. But the true love for the Divine is in its fundamental nature not of this kind, but psychic and spiritual. The psychic element is the need of the inmost being for self-giving, love, adoration, union which can only be fully satisfied by the Divine. The spiritual element is the need of the being for contact, merging, union with its own highest and whole self and source of being and consciousness and bliss, the Divine. These two are two sides of the same thing. The mind, vital, physical can be the supports and recipients of this love, but they can be fully that only when they become remoulded in harmony with the psychic and spiritual elements of the being and no longer bring in the lower insistences of the ego.

Why do you need something remarkable? The love of the soul is the true thing, simple and absolute – the rest is good only if it is a means of manifestation of the soul’s love.

The outer being has to learn to love in the psychic way without ego. If it loves in the egoistic vital way, then it only creates difficulties for itself and for the sadhana and for the Mother.

The relation of the child to the Mother is that of an entire, sincere and simple trust, love and dependence.

When you come to the Divine, lean inwardly on the Divine and do not let other things affect you.

– Sri Aurobindo
SABCL Vol.23 Page 760

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April 15, 2009 – Synthetic Method and Integral Yoga

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Calvin who justified eternal Hell,
knew not God but made one terrible mask of Him His eternal reality.
If there were an unending Hell, it could only be a seat of unending rapture;
for God is Ananda and than the eternity of His bliss there is no other eternity.

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 473)

Synthetic Method and Integral Yoga

To cleave to the path means to follow it without leaving it or turning aside. It is a path of self-offering of the whole being in all its parts, the offering of the thinking mind and the heart, the will and actions, the inner and the outer instruments so that one may arrive at the experience of the Divine, the Presence within, the psychic and spiritual change. The more one gives of oneself in all ways, the better for the sadhana. But all cannot do it to the same extent, with the same rapidity, in the same way. How others do it or fail to do it should not be one’s concern – how to do it faithfully oneself is the one thing important.

To say that one enters the stream of sadhana through work only is to say too much. One can enter it through meditation or bhakti also, but work is necessary to get into full stream and not drift away to one side and go circling there. Of course all work helps provided it is done in the right spirit.

There are several sadhaks who have advanced very far by work alone, work consecrated to the Mother or else by work mainly with very little time for meditation. Others have advanced far by meditation mainly, but work also. Those who tried to do meditation alone and became impatient of work (because they could not consecrate it to the Mother) have generally been failures like X and Y. But one or two may succeed by meditation alone, if it is in their nature or if they have an intense and unshakable faith and bhakti. All depends on the nature of the sadhak.

– Sri Aurobindo
SABCL Vol.23, Page 573

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April 8, 2009 – Basic Requisites of the Path

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

“He loves her”, the senses say;
but the soul says “God God God”.
That is the all-embracing formula of existence.

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 448)

Basic Requisites of the Path

…. Faith is the soul’s witness to something not yet manifested, achieved or realised, but which yet the Knower within us, even in the absence of all indications, feels to be true or supremely worth following or achieving. This thing within us can last even when there is no fixed belief in the mind, even when the vital struggles and revolts and refuses. Who is there that practises the yoga and has not his periods, long periods of disappointment and failure and disbelief and darkness? But there is something that sustains him and even goes on in spite of himself, because it feels that what it followed after was yet true and it more than feels, it knows. The fundamental faith in yoga is this, inherent in the soul, that the Divine exists and the Divine is the one thing to be followed after – nothing else in life is worth having in comparison with that. So long as a man has that faith, he is marked for the spiritual life and I will say that, even if his nature is full of obstacles and crammed with denials and difficulties, and even if he has many years of struggle, he is marked out for success in the spiritual life.

It is this faith that you need to develop – a faith which is in accordance with reason and common sense – that if the Divine exists and has called you to the Path, (as is evident), then there must be a Divine Guidance behind and through and in spite of all difficulties you will arrive. Not to listen to the hostile voices that suggest failure or to the voices of impatient, vital haste that echo them, not to believe that because great difficulties are there, there can be no success or that because the Divine has not yet shown himself he will never show himself, but to take the position that everyone takes when he fixes his mind on a great and difficult goal, “I will go on till I succeed – all difficulties notwithstanding.” To which the believer in the Divine adds, “The Divine exists, my following after the Divine cannot fail. I will go on through everything till I find him.”

– Sri Aurobindo
SABCL Vol.23, Page 573

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