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Synthesis of Yoga

Continuing with Part Two The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter VIII The Release from the Heart and the Mind.

Sri Aurobindo explains how life’s characteristics are movement, action, attraction or repulsion. We give a mental value as we perceive and accept whatever comes, in the form of action, desire, liking, disliking, pleasure and pain. The result is a tangle of confusion. It is this confusion that is the evil of our psychological existence. And in that confusion the law that seems to reign, is the law of desire.

The universal Divine Being acts, moves, enjoys for the satisfaction of divine Delight whereas the individual in life moves, acts and enjoys for the satisfaction of desire. “The proper function of the life-energy is to do what it is bidden by the divine principle in us, to reach and enjoy what is given to it by that indwelling Divine, and not to desire at all.”

“Equality, not indifference is the basis. Equal endurance, impartial indifference, calm submission to the causes of joy and grief without any reaction of either grief or joy …. are the basis of equality ….. but equality is not fulfilled till it takes it positive form of love and delight.”

Synthesis of Yoga

Part II The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter Five: Renunciation page 326 through page 331, to be continued with the next reading.

” ….. by renunciation we seize upon the falsehoods ….. that have overgrown and perverted our nature ….. pluck up their roots and cast them out of our way so that they shall no longer hamper by their persistence, resistance, recurrence the happy and harmonious growth of our divine living. Renunciation is an indispensable instrument of our perfection.”

” ….. our object is the fulfillment of the Divine in the human being ….. renunciation of attachment ….. craving of desire in the senses and the heart, of self-will in the thought and action ….. of egoism in the center of the consciousness ….. the three knots by which we are bound to our lower nature and if we can renounce these utterly, there is nothing else that can bind us.”

Synthesis of Yoga

Chapter 4 Concentration continued to its completion; pages 321 – 325, of Part II, The Yoga of Integral Knowledge.

Sri Aurobindo explains: ” ….. concentraiton proceeds by the Idea, using thought, form and name as keys which yield up to the concentrating mind the Truth that lies concealed behind all thought, form and name ….. “

” ….. the mind is a thing that dwells in diffusion ….. it can only concentrate on one thing at a time and when not concentrated runs from one thing to another very much at random.”

” ….. The first step in concentration must be always to accustom the discursive mind to a settled unwavering pursuit ….. on a single subject ….. undistracted by all lures and alien calls on its attention ….. common enough in our ordinary life ….. difficult when we have to do it inwardly ….. this inward concentration is what the seeker of knowledge must effect.”

Synthesis of Yoga

Part Two, The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter IV, Concention. Beginning on page 317.

In this chapter, Sri Aurobindo explains that “Purity and concentration ….. are of the same status of being; purity is the condition in which concentration becomes effective ….. by concentration purity does its works …..impurity is a confusion … entangled action of the different parts of the being …..”

“Comncentraton ….. removal of the thought from all distracting activities of the mind ….. concentration on the One by which the soul rises ….. into the one reality.

:By concentration on anything whatsoever we are able to know that thing ….. we must use this power to know not things, but the one Thing-in-itself ….. to become that which is above all things …. the pure and absolute Being …..”

The second half of this chapter will be the content of the next reading.

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.

Synthesis of Yoga

Beginning Part II The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter 1 The Object of Knowledge on page 287

.”All spiritual seeking moves towards an object of Knowledge to which men ordinarily do not turn the eye of the mind, to someone or something Eternal, Infinite, Absolute . . . aims at a state of knowledge by which we can touch, enter or know by identity this Eternal, Infinite and Absolute . . . “

What needs to be eliminated is the falsity of the ego, the falsity of the life which figures as mere vital craving and the mechanical round of our corporeal existence; our true life in the power of the Godhead along with the joy of the Infinite will appear.

This reading continues to mid-page 293, to be continued to the end of the chapter.

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