This recording is the second part of Chapter 4 The Sacrifice, the Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice, picking up on page 112. In this part, Sri Aurobindo continues to reveal the practice of this Yoga, which demands a constant inward remembrance of the one central liberating knowledge: in all is the one Self, the one Divine is all; all are in the Divine, all are the Divine and there is nothing else in the universe, – this is the whole background ….. becoming the whole substance of the consciousness. Realization of this enables self-surrender; self-giving progresses and sacrifice becomes easier, more powerful ….. opposing forces lose much of its strength …..
This chapter 4: The Sacrifice, the Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice, starting on page 106, is long enough to divide into 4 readings. In this first part, Sri Aurobindo begins to explain what sacrifice truly in its highest aspect: ” … we should turn our whole life into a conscious sacrifice. Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-givng to the Eternal. All our actions, ….. our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice. ”
This reading is the second (final) half of Self-Surrender in Works – the Way of the Gita picking up on page 98 through page 105, which is Chapter III of Part I, the Yoga of Divine Works.
In this chapter, Sri Aurobindo goes in depth on the concept of action, man’s acts; the human usually, ordinarily, acts due to his desire, his want or need and the fruits of his action are normally the impetus for the act, whether consciously or not. Now the Gita comes and points out that all action must be done in an increasingly Godward consciousness, a sacrifice to the Divine, thereby making God-love and God-service our only motive…..equality, renunciation of all desire for the fruit of our works, action done as a sacrifice to the supreme Lord of our nature and of all nature, – these are the three first Godward approaches in the Gita’s way of Karmayoga.
Here is the first half of Chapter 3, page 89, titled Self-Surrender in Works – The Way of the Gita, of Part One The Yoga of Divine Works.
The gist of this chapter may be summed up in this quote of Sri Aurobindo:
“… Attaining to a perfect equality in the soul, mind and heart, we realize our true self of oneness, one with all beings, one too with That which expresses itself in them and in all that we see and experience … not one with all, we are not spiritual, not divine. Not equal-souled to all things, happenings and creatures, we cannot see spiritually, cannot know divinely, cannot feel divinely towards others.
This reading ends on page 98. The concluding half of this chapter picks up again on page 998 and goes to its end on page 105.
Here is the completion of Chapter 2 Self-Consecration of Part One Yoga of Divine Works, page 78 through page 88.
” A constant and unfailing will of consecration of all ourselves to the Supreme is demanded of us, an offering of our whole being and our many-chambered nature to the Eternal who is the All ….. total fullness of consecration can only come by a constant progression when the long and difficult process of transforming desire out of existence is completed in an ungrudging measure……constant rejection of all that is not the true Truth of the Divine …..perfect self-consecration implies perfect self-surrender….”
In this chapter, Self-Consecration, Sri Aurobindo begins by stating that all yoga is a birth out of the ordinary into a higher spiritual consciousness. According to the nature of the man a call comes for an inward change, which must be followed by a decision of the mind and will to a complete and effective self-consecration.
Who embarks on the path of Integral Yoga comes face to face with the complexity of his own being; he must go deep within himself, learn the secret stuff of his nature and create in it all a divine centre, a true harmony and luminous order….
This reading is from page 69 through page 78, the first half of the chapter. It will be concluded next week, ending with the assurance that a greater leading not personal to ourselves, is within and behind us.
This reading commences with the first half of Part 1: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 1: The Four Aids. on page 53.
The four aids, or four great instruments are first, knowledge of truths. Next the persistent force of our personal effort. Thirdly, the influence of the Teacher and lastly, the instrumentality of Time; in all things there is a cycle of their action and a period of the divine movement.
This reading completes Part One The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter One The Four Aids.
At the beginning of this chapter the four aids were given as the knowledge of the truths, patient persistent action known through that knowledge, the example and influence of the Guru and finally the instrumentality of Time.
Sri Aurobindo admits it is difficult for man to believe in something unseen within himself; the spiritual progress of most human beings demands a human representative, an object of faith outside ourselves; we are assured that, for according to the need of the human soul, the Divine manifests himself as deity, as human divine or in simple humanity.
In this concluding half of the chapter, Sri Aurobindo points out yet again that to see, know, become and fulfill this One in our inner selves, as well as in all our outer nature, was always the secret goal and the conscious purpose of our embodied existence.
This reading completes Chapter 5 of the Introduction, ending on page 50..
Sri Auroboindo states that this Integral Yoga is no easy sadhana; it requires a colossal faith, an absolute courage and an unflinching patience. He assures us though, that although this path is at once the most difficult imaginable, it is yet, in comparison with the magnitude of its effort and object, the most easy and the most sure of all.
This is the first half of Chapter V, The System of the Systems on page 41. The second half will appear next, thus completing the Introduction.
It may appear that a synthesis of all yogas would result in an integral yoga. Sri Aurobindo explains that an undiscriminating combination of the various yogas would not be a synthesis, but a confusion.
He further elucidates on Tantric Yoga, a yoga apart, not a synthesis of other schools.
In the final half of this chapter, that God dwells concealed in humanity, is made clear. And we are reminded of the Idea in the Gita, “whatever is a man’s faith or the sure Idea in him, that he becomes.”.