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.”.
This recording is the second and final half of Chapter 4, the Systems of Yoga, page 36 through 40. In the integral view of things the paths of Bhakta Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga are one; Divine Love leads to a path of Knowledge, thus becoming a path of Works. Sri Aurobindo examines and explains each path separately, concluding that it is in this triple path that we come finally to absolute knowledge, love and service to the One, the One in all beings.
Today continues the Introduction of the Synthesis of Yoga, the first half of Chapter IV: The Systems of Yoga, page 31 , and the second half will be recorded next week.
Sri Aurobindo explains that in practice there are three conceptions necessary before there can be any possibility of Yoga; three consenting parties to the effort: God, Nature and the human soul.
Hatha Yoga is explained in depth. Raja Yoga, will be the next thing considered…
This recording presents the final 5 pages of Chapter III: The Threefold Life, ending on page 30.
“…..We have to recognise once more that the individual exists not in himself alone, but in the collectivity, and that individual perfection and liberation are not the whole sense of God’s intention in the world. The free use of our liberty includes also the liberation of others, and of mankind…..”
Here is the first half of Chapter III The Threefold Life, page 20 – 25. In this chapter Sri Aurobindo reiterates that Spirit is the crown of universal existence; Matter is its basis; Mind is the link between the two. Spirit is that which is eternal; Mind and Matter are its workings. Spirit, concealed, has to be revealed; mind and body are the means by which is seeks to reveal itself.
The second portion of this chapter will follow next week, to the end of the chapter.
“The Three Steps of Nature” puts forth that in man’s evolution there are three successive elements: a bodily life (the basis of our existence here in the material world) and a mental life into which we emerge, raising the bodily to higher uses, enlarging it into a greater completeness, and a divine existence…..which is at once the goal of the other two.
These concepts are explored and explained in depth.
The duration of the reading of this chapter is 35 minutes. Listening could be for approximately 15 minutes at a time, in order to maintain attention and derive the greatest benefit from Sri Aurobindo’s writing, as he so patiently describes the Integral Yoga. Of course it may be listened to in its entirety, according to one’s condition and attention span.