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Synthesis of Yoga

This reading commences on page 264 Chapter 12 The Divine Work,
in Part 1: The Yoga of Divine Works, through page 271:

Sri Aurobindo poses the question for us: whether any work or what work is left for the soul after liberation and, to what purpose? This chapter fully explores the complexities of this question.

And again it is reiterated: If we seek the Divine it should be for the sake of the Divine and for nothing else because, that is the supreme call of our being, the deepest truth of the spirit. Realization of our true and highest self, of union with the Divine is the highest law of our nature; it is the Divine Will in us . . .

This chapter will continue on page 271 though page 276, end of chapter.

Synthesis of Yoga; Sri Aurobi nd

Continuing with Part One the Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 11 The Master of the Work on page 258, through to the end of the chapter on page 263.

Sri Aurobindo reiterates that this Integral Yoga is not only for an individual’s salvation, but for the whole of humanity. And as we advance through the various stages of the long and difficult journey, the Master of works does not wait till the end to meet the seeker on the path. He puts his half-shown Hand upon him, upon his life and his actions.
” . . . Already he was there in the world as the Originator and Receiver of works behind the dense veils of the Inconscient, disguised in force of Life, visible to the Mind through dynamic godheads and figures. It may well be in these disguises that he first meets the soul destined to the way of integral Yoga. . . ”

” . . . the Supramental Transcendence is not a thing absolutely apart and unconnected with our present existence. It is a greater Light our of which all this has come for the adventure of the Soul lapsing into the Inconscience and emerging out of it, and, while that adventure proceeds, it waits superconscient above our minds till it can become conscious in us.

Synthesis of Yoga

The Synthesis of Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, continuing in Part One The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 11 The Master of the Work, on page 254.

” . . . the Divine conforms itself to our individualised personality and accepts a personal relation with us . . . as our Master, Friend, Lover, Teacher, our Father and our Mother, our Playmate . . . who has disguised himself throughout as friend and enemy, helper and opponent . . . has led our steps towards our perfection and our release.”

” . . . It is our personal evolution that is his preoccupation, a personal relation with that is our joy and fulfilment, the building of our nature into his divine image that is our self-finding and perfection. The outside world seems to exist only as a field for this growth and a provider of materials or of helping and opposing forces, for its successive stages. Our works done in that world are his works, . . . “

The next reading will begin mid-page 258 until the end of this chapter on page 263

Synthesis of Yoga

Sri Aurobindo: the Synthesis of Yoga, continuing with Part One, The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 11, The Master of the Work, resuming on page 248.

In this chapter, Sri Aurobindo points out the trickery of the ego, how it can disguise itself, and therefore the attitude of our mind must become a conscious attitude, saturated with this knowledge:
“A Divine Power works in this mind and body and it is the same that works in all men and in the animal, in the plant and in the metal, in conscious and living things and in things apparently inconscient and inanimate.”

The next reading will commence on mid-page 254.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 11

“The Master and Mover of our works is the One . . .the Self of all beings, Master of all worlds, the Light and Guide . . . All that is, is he, and he is the More than all that is, . . . and we ourselves are being of his being (though we know it not) . Even our mortal existence is made out of his substance; there is an immortal within us that is a spark of the Light that is for ever.”

It is long before we can see truly, and longer still if we would be transformed. Key is our renunciation of the egoism of the worker. When our surrender to his Dilvine Shaki is absolute, only then will we have arrived. And of course in all Yoga the first requisites are faith and patience. The Gita reminds us that the Yoga must be practiced, applied, with a heart free from despondent sinking which may come due to our impatience. Remmmmmmmmmembering that the Master has promised us he works always through our nature; we are his creation; in our errors is the substance of a Truth which works to reveals its meaning to us. . . He is wiser that our reason . . .

This reading is the first one of this chapter; to be continued .

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.

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.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 9

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.

Synthesis of Yoga

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.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 8

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.

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