Category Archives: Integral Yoga
Chapter IX starting on page 221: Equality and the Annihilation of the Ego, in which Sri Aurobindo again extols the simple yet profound teaching of the Gita: "To action thou hast a right but never under any circumstances to its fruit."
" . . . the renunciation of attachment to the work and its fruit is the beginning of a wide movement towards an absolute equality in the mind and soul." To act, work with attachment to the result means our work is not offered to the Highest, but to our ego.
He continues, reminding us that the Lord is there equally in all beings: the wise and the ignorant, friend and enemy, man and animal, saint and sinner; and so to hate none, despise none, be repelled by none. in the God-nature to which we must, indeed shall rise, there can be a calm, forceful rejection but not repulsion, scorn nor dislike. Because in all we have to see the One . . . all is ourself, one self that has taken many shapes . . . we shall have equality of soul towards the ugly and the beautiful, the maimed and the perfect, the noble and the vulgar, the good and the evil, since all things are the one Self in its manifestation.
Continuing with Part 1, the Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 7 Standards of Conduct and Spiritual Freedom, begins on page 188.
" ..... all action and development has for the keystone of its structure a more and more concrete perception of unity, the living sense of an all-pervading oneness; ..... "
Sri Aurobindo further points out the definition of good and evil: " ..... For good is all that helps the individual and the world towards their divine fullness, and evil is all that retards or breaks up that increasing perfection."
This chapter will be recorded in a total of 4 readings, this being the first.
This reading concludes Chapter 5, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 1, commencing on page 151 through page 157.
" ..... All true Truth of love and of the works of love, the psychic being accepts in their place ...
.. its flame mounts always upward ..... eager to push the ascent from lesser to higher degrees of Truth ..... only by the ascent to the original Truth ..... all the works of love ..... of knowledge and of life, be restored to a divine significance and become part of an integral spiritual existence."
Sri Aurobindo: the Synthesis of Yoga, Part One the Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 8 The Supreme Will continuing on page 213 until the end of this chapter on page 221.
Sri Aurobindo points out that the way and end of Karmayoga is the total surrender of all our actions to a supreme and universal Will, which will replace the ordinary working of the ego-nature. We get to be reminded of this truth, over and over, in many ways, in ways that anyone and everyone can grasp.
He explains minutely who Is Purusha (Soul or consciousness that is the lord, witness, knower, enjoyer, upholder and source of sanction for the work of Prakriti) and who is Prakriti, Nature-Force (the doer, the supporting consciousness). These are separate powers. And of the One-in-all, Ishwara-Shakti, the Lord, the Supreme, of whom the soul is a portion, a being of that Being and a power of the Power.
CIRHU started "Aurovillian Conversations", a series of weekly reflections between students, volunteers, newcomers and interested people with Aurovillians and friends of Auroville with experience in specific fields of knowledge.
This week the Aurovillian pioneer "B" was invited to share his experiences and reflections on "The Sunlit Path". He also very interestingly referred to the modern day spiritual classic "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle as being a guide for the Sunlit Path, and of course as well as the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, which have been B's main source of inspiration.
Listen in to the many beautiful reflections which were shared during this conversation at Bhavishyate on the evening of the 16th March 2017.
Sri Aurobindo: the Synthesis of Yoga, Part 1 Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 8 the Supreme Will, page 208. This chapter will be recorded in 2 parts, ending on page 220.
"Abandoning all dharmas, all principles and laws and rules of conduct, take refuge in me alone." These are the words spoken to the Karmayogin in the Gita. We must have the faith and the courage to utterly trust ourselves, unconditionally surrender ourselves (take refuge) into the hands of the Lord, leaving behind our mental limitations.
A mind fallen into silence is only a channel for the Light and Truth of the divine knowledge; the ocean of the Infinite flows through him and moves him ... forever.
Continuing with the vast concept of sacrifice: Chapter VI The Ascent of the Sacrifie - 2, The Works of Love - The Works of Life, page 158, stopping at the bottom of page 162.
Sri Aurobindo points out that life itself can be transformed into its own true spiritual figure. Although it is a divine love for the supreme and universal Divine that must be the rule of our spiritual existence, individual love that draws soul to soul is not excluded. Again he points out that a psychic change is necessary, the old inferior consciousness transformed, and each movement of love spiritualized - resulting in love being restored to its spiritual and psychic essence with the mind, vital and physical.
Another crucial and main point Sri Aurobindo emphasizes too: love for the Divine is no complete worship if not offered to him wherever he manifests; in man and object and every creature.
Through successive readings, this chapter will progress to its end on page 187