Category Archives: Integral Yoga
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
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.
In this section Sri Aurobindo begins to elaborate the meaning of these concepts; an increasing light of divine consciousness begins to occur as we work towards the goal.
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 .....
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.