Beginning on page 144 The Ascent of the Sacrifice – 1 continues through page 150. In this section, Sri Aurobindo states : “… This then is the true relation between divine and human knowledge; it is not a separation into disparate fields, sacred and profane …but the character of the consciousness behind the working.”
He continues further: ” … It is one of the decisive moments of the integral Yoga when the psychic being, liberated, brought out from the veil to the front, can pour the full flood of its divinations, seeings and impulsions on the mind, life and body of man and begins to prepare the upbuilding of divinity in the earthly nature.”
Here, picking up on page 139 through 144, is the second of 4 segments:of Chapter 5 The Ascent of the Sacrifice – 1.
Again Sri Aurobindo stresses that our works, our pursuit of knowledge, our every thought, word and deed must be part of the sacrifice offered to the Highest, the Divine Shakti and to no other Power, and in the right spirit, by the free soul.
Continuing with Part One, Yoga of Divine Works, beginning Chapter 5: The Ascent of the Sacrifice – 1, Works of Knowledge – Psychic Being. This reading,page134 through page 139, is the first section of what will be 4 sections,
The foundations of integral knowledge of the Supreme and Infinite, it is to This that we offer our sacrifice, in its triple character: – a sacrifice of works, a sacrifice of love and adoration and, a sacrifice of knowledge.
And here concludes with this reading Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 4: The Sacrifice and the Lord of the Sacrifice, pages 125 through 133.
” . . . a surrender and submission to That which is beyond us, enabling the full and free working of its Power is indispensable. As that self-giving progresses, the work of the sacrifice becomes easier and more powerful . . . the prevention of the opposing Forces loses much of its strength . . .there takes place a coming to the front of some secret inmost soul within which was veiled by the restless activity of the mind, the turbulence of our vital impulses, the obscurity of the physical consciousness . . . which we now call our self.”
Here is the third reading (of 4) of Part One The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 4 The Sacrifice, the Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice.
In this portion, Sri Aurobindo explains further the often confusing concept of duality; the biune duality of Brahman-Maya, of Purusha-Prakriti, stands revealed. This Duality although in aspect separate, is inseparable. Wherever there is Prakriti, there is Purusha. Wherever there is Purusha, there is Prakriti. In fact, the dynamic duality of Ishwari Shakti, divine consciousness and World-Mother, become a mediatrix between the eternal One and manifested Many.
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….”