Category Archives: Integral Yoga
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 .....
On the 16th December 2016 a group gathered at Bhavishyate, Bharat Nivas, to discuss, share and deeply reflect on "how to recognize psychic discernment", the Intuitive guidance of the Psychic Being. What unfolded that evening was very interesting indeed.
Divyanshi Chugh presents the first session of a seminar series at Savitri Bhavan, which will cover Integrality in all Spheres of Life. This weeks theme was Integral Philosophy based on the handouts by Matthys Cornellisen, Indian Psychology Institute, Pondicherry.
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.
The session began with an exercise wherein participants were requested to stand where they felt the most aligned on a continuum between two ends - one that represented "conserving Earth's resources for preserving Earth's beauty" and another that represented "spending Earth's resources to express inner human beauty". There was a diagonal line between these ends and a center. Half the participants stood near the center and half of them near the end closer to conserving resources. The session used the attached image to depict how essentially answers to such tough questions lie in transcending the continuum between seeming opposites, realizing their inner oneness as well as uniqueness of each element that is constituted in it.
At Savitri Bhavan, on the 15th December 2016, Divyanshi Chugh presented the third seminar of her ten seminar series on the Integrality in all Spheres of Life, the theme was poetry. She invited two guest speakers, Vladimir Yatsenko and Manohar (Luigi Fedele) to share their experience and knowledge of Savitri.
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.
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...."
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.
Next week the second half of this chapter, page 61, to completion.