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Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveler Of The Worlds, Canto XI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Mind, Part 1, P. 260 - 264
We travel with the King through a place of greater levels of universal thought than our little mind can receive from. Some additional writings of Sri Aurobindo and Mother tell us what our mind is and exactly what "our" thoughts are. This part of Canto XI is a general description that introduces the planes of consciousness where the universal thoughts are. The great Thinker has regained his privilege of shadowless sight and has entered the Immortal's air, and he drinks again his pure and mighty source.
Once more Aryamani and an actors ensemble had worked on a selection from Sri Aurobindos Savitri, trying to evoke, to bring close to us, its vastness, infinity, its mantric power. Through voice, sounds and movements. It is an exploration and an ongoing search. It is a prayer and a call.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Little Mind, Part 1
Even the highest paradise of life energies is not enough to hold the Traveller. Nothing can hold him until he reaches the Highest. He moves into the first, lowest plane of Mind where the development of Mind in our life in a body first begins. Throughout the worlds of Mind, Sri Aurobindo speaks of Mind's development in terms of increasing light and decreasing darkness. First the Traveller meets a silver-grey expanse where dim and shifting rays divide Life's energies from Mind's poise. He travels on in the Physical Mind which receives only from the erring senses and admits only the physical, objective, the actual. Rays of light continue to come and Mind evolves slowly but surely.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto IX, The Paradise Of The Life Gods
The Traveller has reached the highest world of the life force, where Life can manifest her highest hopes and capacities. After the work of his long purifying journey through Night, he has purified his being to the point where he can experience Life's highest. In our world, life ends in death. In this world, life is carried by Immortality. The wounded limbs of the Travellr's warrior nature are healed in the arms of pure, stainless Energies which do not fear their own bliss. His physical body can experience the supreme demand for bliss. He bore the rapture that the Gods sustain, and immortal pleasure cleansed him in its waves and turned his strength into undying power. These are Sri Aurobindo's own experiences, which he writes about all through his diary, The Record of Yoga.
Savitri, Book II, The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms and Godheads Of The Little Mind, Part 4, Pages 253 - 259
The great Yogi-King is at the end of his journey through the little mind. Sri Aurobindo shows us how reason, the last and greatest process of our little mind, cannot see the whole Truth. "For nothing is known while aught remains concealed; the Truth is known only when all is seen." He shows what happens can when science, which is based on reasoning thought and observation of material things, can no longer rely on the thinking processes of the little mind. He speaks of the destruction that occurs when man uses only reason to control others by the mis-use of dangerous scientific discoveries.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Little Mind, Part 3
The Traveller has come to the third and greatest of the functions of our mind at the level of the mind which is limited to the information given to it by our senses. It is Reason, a mental process which we have always valued very highly. Sri Aurobindo shows us Reason's limitations. For a world seen, Reason weaves a world conceived. Reason tries to harmonize all life by controlling it with thought, but the real source of harmony is beyond the senses. If we use only reason to define our world, we end up in a reality where there is no place for soul or spirit because Reason can not experience things which are not brought to it by the senses.
Students from California Institute of Integral Studies is visiting Auroville to learn and share what it means to live Integral Yoga. A rich course of events have been planned for them to explore different aspects of Auroville and interactions are organized for mutual learning. One such occasion was today when they were at Bharat Nivas engaged in a spiritual discussion which was very rich in knowledge and of deep insights. They are here for two weeks and its an opportunity for everyone in Auroville to have a unique kind of cultural exchange with students of the same subject, Integral Yoga, inspired by the same master Sri Aurobindo and carry the same aspirations.
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."
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Little Life, Part 2
The Traveller experiences the mental planes which are open to man. He follows the work of the Divine Shakti, the great Puissance, as she creates mind's evolution in life in matter. He experiences two different ways that our surface mind functions. The first one shows the ways of thought which want to keep everything the same. This type of thought moves around and around in the same time-worn grooves. The second mode of thought is unstable, passionate and irrational. The burning vision of desire moves these thoughts to flame to the heights and sink to the depths and to waste life energy in pursuit of unreal dreams.
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.