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Synthesis of Yoga

This reading completes Chapter 2 The Status of Knowledge, Part II The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, pages 303 - 307. Sri Aurobindo continues to teach us that God is in us, in everything, and that our whole being ought to demand God. The whole life and body can be satisfied of God.

Knowledge and experience, which we must attain, are primary means of arriving and possessing identity ; it is ourself that we see and experience but are incomplete unless they culminate in identity, living in all our being the supreme Vedntic knowledge: He am I. A supernal unity with the Ineffable. Actually that is the culmination of all divine knowing; that is also the source of all divine delight and divine living.

The status of knowledge then is the aim of this path and when pursued to its end is only a first approach to the ascent which we have to use until the divine doors swing open into the infinite Light.

Savitri, B. II, C. XIII

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto XIII, In The Self Of Mind, Pages 283 - 288

King Aswapathy reaches the silent Self of Mind at the summit of the mental worlds and feels that he has arrived at his goal. But a ray of light falls upon all things seen or touched or heard or felt, and showed his mind that nothing could be known. He must reach "That", the true source of all knowledge. Sri Aurobindo poetically describes and destroys all the value of the planes of Mind which the traveler has been through so far, and the immortal spirit of the king is imprisoned in a world where all must die to live and live to die.

Savitri, B. II, C. XI, Part 2

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveler Of The Worlds, Canto XI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Mind, Part 2, Pages 264 - 271

Sri Aurobindo describes the ascent into Greater Mind, starting with the first two levels of what he calls "a triple realm of ordered thought". He describes the wardens who meet the heaven-bound soul, interpreters between man's mind and God's mind, and the Masters of Things Actual whose thoughts give form to Natures moods; the are the creators of matter by hid stress of mind; the beings who fill life with Thought's immensities. Then he describes the subtle archangel race who live in the mind and know truth from within. Still, no mental power can receive the whole Truth of the Mighty Mother's vast work of the creation of our universe.

Synthesis of Yoga Part 1 Chapter 5

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."


Comments: 0 Date: 21 Feb 2017

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 10

This reading concludes Chapter 10, The Three Modes of Nature. Sri Aurobinido began the chapter outlining precisely what are the three modes, their influence on our nature and our goal to become one with the Divine. In this second half of the chapter he goes on to instruct us that getting rid, rejecting, if that were even possible, what would appear to be holding us back or down, that any attempt at an exclusive resort to sattwa as the sought after highest of the three gunas, seeming to be the way of escape, won't do. As no one of the qualities can prevail by itself against the other two.

Again, the Gita: to stand back in oneself from the action of the of the modes, and to observe as the Witness, seated above the forces of Nature. The Witness looks but neither accepts nor interferes. Achieving a static freedom of the soul, no longer only witness, a dynamic transformaton of the nature takes place.

Savitri, B. II, C. XII

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto XII, The Heavens Of The Ideal

The Traveller enters the first world of spiritual higher mind. Although the great godheads and great thoughts at this level are a powerful part of the whole cosmic scheme, they are not the final goal. Sri Aurobindo writes that although the power of the spiritual higher mind isn't enough to completely purify us, still it can make a first change in us. On either side of the ascending stairs of the World Stair at this level rise the two kingdoms of this plane of consciousness; the mighty kingdoms of the Deathless Rose and the mighty kingdoms of the Deathless Flame Each one gives the seeker something which helps along the way.

Savitri, B. II, C. XI, Part 1

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.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 9


Continuing with part 1 the Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 9 Equality and the Annihilation of Ego on page 226 through its conclusion on page 231.

Sri Aurobindo explains that for we must grow into equality of spirit; there is a stoical period of preparation of equality in which we learn not to run from that which pains nor run towards that which pleases, but to accept, face, bear and conquer. He calls this period a most elementary and yet a heroic age. This period of resignation and endurance shall result in the soul's strength, equal to all shocks and contacts.

The follower of this Path will finally realize him/herself as the conscious instrument of the eternal Worker, having renounced, surrendered fully to the supramental Shakti his works as well as the fruits of his works.

Savitri, B. II, C. XI, Part 3

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto XI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 3

The Traveller is reaching the summit of the triple stairs of the Greater Mind. He sees the sovereign Kings of Thought whose thoughts are partners in the vast control of the commanding thoughts of the creator Self. With their abstract purity of godless sight they brought to mind what mind could never reach. This was the play of the bright gods of Thought, attracting into time the timeless Light. They have planned to snare the feet of Truth and keep her captive for the thinker's joy. Sri Aurobindo shows us how each of us relates to Truth and how we each use Truth for our own purposes, but Truth is greater than her forms. She remains herself and infinite.

Savitri, B. II, C. X, Part 4

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.

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