‘The Chariot of Jagannath’ is an ideal that Sri Aurobindo envisaged and explained in his early Bengali writings of the same name. It is the symbol of the collective development of Society with the Divine at its centre.
One’s inner attitude determines the way of spiritual life, so the path of genuine evolution opens from within outwards rather than outside in. An inner initiation spontaneously happens with the growth of inner preparation and opening. It could come like a Mantra, or a sentence or an experience. The whole of our life gets its true meaning from this awakening.
Equipped with sraddha and prarthana, the sadhaka can walk in the path of yoga confidently as he can feel the joy and protection of the Divine always with him.
In this yoga one needs faith that the Divine exists and will reveal Himself in response to our sincere aspiration by His own Grace. Once this fundamental faith is there, a thousand failures cannot stop him achieving the goal.
Many parts of our being are not open to the Divine, and we have to persist until they open too. Absence of fear and a complete surrender are the best conditions to be in whatever are the outer circumstances, and facilitate a wide opening.
Taking the truth of Vedanta as its base, Sri Aurobindo reveals us the Truth of future and the way of its manifestation. The whole creation is created by Ananda, dwelling in Ananda and proceeding towards Ananda. We have to realize the delight of the Divine in the essence as well as in the manifestation.
Sri Aurobindo tells us that, though essentially everything is Divine in its origin and manifestation, the divine manifests gradually in a progressive way in the manifestation. Therefore we can understand Evil by knowing that it is either good in the passing or good in the making.
There are three kinds of life we live, ordinary, religious, and spiritual, and we evolve from one into the other. We remain limited unless we cross the border that would disclose to us the total truth.
The yoga should not be done with a heart full of despondency, rather it should be done with a happy inner attitude. The sign of progress and effort in the right direction is a growth of joy and peace within, accompanied with vastness and wisdom, not visions and voices. It is a growth towards Oneness and not a state of division of life.
Personal effort and surrender are often seen as contradictory processes of sadhana, but they are complementary processes and go together. Various levels of balance and the need for exercising choices. Personal effort in itself is not the end but the way for joy, harmony and growth of surrender. A true surrender and the path of offering. How becoming wide and supple paves the way for growth into the immensity of the Divine Consciousness.
The story of Buddha and its inner meaning and significance. Distinction between true renunciation, vairagya impelled by a positive seeking, and a temporary state of disillusionment which is essentially a negative state without much force in it. The need for balance and moderation on the path of yoga. Tamas, rajas and sattwa, and necessity of first bringing the tamoguna and rajoguna under the control of Sattwa to achieve the mastery of nature.
The certainty of the Goal and the need for faith in Integral Yoga. The journey of this yoga through scenes and circumstances of inner and outer life, and its goal of bringing down and manifesting the Divine in the conditions of material life. Four fundamental steps in the process,— shuddhi, mukti, shakti and siddhi, and the triple labour of aspiration, rejection and surrender in achieving them.
Incapacity of our present nature to bear the presence of Divine Light and Force; the need for and the process of purification. The process of liberating the intellect from the grip of the senses and awakening the true discriminating intellect within oneself; the need for intellectual honesty. Detecting the wrong movements from the right ones, removing the falsity from the core of truth, and the growth of sincerity.
The workings and limitations of the lower nature which has to be slowly transformed into the higher Perfection; why transformation is a slow process, with a number of practical examples. Distinction between a forceful breaking of the present mould of nature and transforming it; the need for balance and avoidance of extremes. The Divine Love that transforms lower nature, and our personal efforts necessary to prepare and open ourselves to this Supreme Love.