Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012 – To progress in Yoga *

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Inspiration is a slender river of brightness
leaping from a vast and eternal knowledge,
it exceeds reason more perfectly
than reason exceeds the knowledge of the senses.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 02)

To progress in Yoga *

Yoga means union with the Divine and the union is effected through offering—it is founded on the offering of yourself to the Divine. In the beginning you start by making this offering in a general way, as though once for all; you say, “I am the servant of the Divine; my life is given absolutely to the Divine; all my efforts are for the realisation of the Divine Life.” But that is only the first step; for this is not sufficient. When the resolution has been taken, when you have decided that the whole of your life shall be given to the Divine, you have still at every moment to remember it and carry it out in all the details of your existence. You must feel at every step that you belong to the Divine; you must have the constant experience that, in whatever you think or do, it is always the Divine Consciousness that is acting through you. You have no longer anything that you can call your own; you feel everything as coming from the Divine, and you have to offer it back to its source. When you can realise that, then even the smallest thing to which you do not usually pay much attention or care, ceases to be trivial and insignificant; it becomes full of meaning and it opens up a vast horizon beyond.

This is what you have to do to carry out your general offering in detailed offerings. Live constantly in the presence of the Divine; live in the feeling that it is this presence which moves you and is doing everything you do. Offer all your movements to it, not only every mental action, every thought and feeling but even the most ordinary and external actions such as eating; when you eat, you must feel that it is the Divine who is eating through you. When you can thus gather all your movements into the One Life, then you have in you unity instead of division. No longer is one part of your nature given to the Divine, while the rest remains in its ordinary ways, engrossed in ordinary things; your entire life is taken up, an integral transformation is gradually realised in you.

* title by the sender

The Mother

CWM Vol.3, pgs.23-24

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February 22, 2012 – The Body Needs Activity

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

There are two allied powers in man;
knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge is so much of the truth seen in a distorted
medium as the mind arrives at by groping,
wisdom what the eye of divine vision sees in the spirit.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 01)

The Body Needs Activity

The body needs activity: if you keep it inactive, it will begin to revolt by becoming sick and so on. It needs an activity, it really needs an activity like planting flowers, building a house, something really material. You must feel it. Some people do exercises, some ride bicycles, there are countless activities…. Each one can find the activity which suits his temperament, his nature and his need. But not with ideas. Ideas are not much good, ideas give you preconceptions, for example, “That is a good work, that work is not worthy of me,” and all that sort of nonsense. There is no bad work – there are only bad workers. All work is good when you know how to do it in the right way. Everything . And it is a kind of communion. If you are fortunate enough to be conscious of an inner light, you will see that in your manual work, it is as if you called the Divine down into things; then the communion becomes very concrete, there is a whole world to be discovered, it is marvellous.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – Pg 156

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February 15, 2012 – Difficult to Stop Meditation

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Kalidasa says in a daring image that the snowrocks of Kailasa
are Shiva’s loud world-laughters piled up in utter whiteness
and pureness on the mountain-tops.
It is true;and when their image falls on the heart,
then the world’s cares melt away like the clouds below into their real nothingness.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 506)

Difficult to Stop Meditation

Is not an increasing effort of meditation needed and is it not true that the more hours you meditate the greater progress you make?

The number of hours spent in meditation is no proof of spiritual progress. It is a proof of your progress when you no longer have to make an effort to meditate. Then you have rather to make an effort to stop meditating: it becomes difficult to stop meditation, difficult to stop thinking of the Divine, difficult to come down to the ordinary consciousness. Then you are sure of progress, then you have made real progress when concentration in the Divine is the necessity of your life, when you cannot do without it, when it continues naturally from morning to night whatever you may be engaged in doing. Whether you sit down to meditation or go about and do things and work, what is required of you is consciousness; that is the one need, – to be constantly conscious of the Divine.

The Mother

CWM VOL 3, pages 19-20

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February 8, 2012 – The Object of Integral Yoga

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

O Aristophanes of the universe,
thou who watchest thy world and laughest sweetly to thyself,
wilt thou not let me too see with divine eyes and share in thy worldwide laughters?

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 505)

The Object of Integral Yoga

The object of the yoga is to enter into and be possessed by the Divine Presence and Consciousness, to love the Divine for the Divine’s sake alone, to be tuned in our nature into the nature of the Divine, and in our will and works and life to be the instrument of the Divine. Its object is not to be a great yogi or a Superman (although that may come) or to grab at the Divine for the sake of the ego’s power, pride or pleasure. It is not for Moksha though liberation comes by it and all else may come, but these must not be our objects. The Divine alone is our object.

To come to this yoga merely with the idea of being a superman would be an act of vital egoism which would defeat its own object. Those who put this object in the front of their preoccupations invariably come to grief, spiritually and otherwise. The aim of this yoga is, first, to enter into the divine consciousness by merging into it the separative ego (incidentally, in doing so one finds one’s true individual self which is not the limited, vain and selfish human ego but a portion of the Divine) and, secondly, to bring down the supramental consciousness on earth to transform mind, life and body. All else can be only a result of these two aims, not the primary object of the yoga.

You must get out of certain wrong ideas that you seem to have about yoga, for these are dangerous and ought to be thrown away by every sadhak.


Sri Aurobindo

SABCL Vol 23, page 503

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