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6.2 Progress and the Psychic Being

Of course one cannot say that every man has got a psychic being, just as one cannot refuse to grant it to every animal. Many animals that have lived near man have some beginnings of it, while so often one comes across people who do not seem to be anything else than brutes.

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6.1 What Is the Psychic Being? (part 2)

You must not mistake the feelings for the psychic, you understand! — these two are absolutely different things. People always think that when they have emotions, feelings, they are entering the psychic. These things have nothing to do with the psychic, they are purely vital. […] It’s not through the feelings that one goes to the psychic, it is through a very intense aspiration and a self-detachment.

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6.1 What Is the Psychic Being? (part 1)

In the ordinary life there’s not one person in a million who has a conscious contact with his psychic being, even momentarily. The psychic being may work from within, but so invisibly and unconsciously for the outer being that it is as though it did not exist. And in most cases, the immense majority, almost the totality of cases, it’s as though it were asleep, not at all active, in a kind of torpor.

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5.8 The Overmind

The Overmind, therefore, does not and cannot possess the power to transform humanity into divine nature. For that, the Supramental is the sole effective agent. And what exactly differentiates our Yoga from attempts in the past to spiritualise life […]

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5.7 Reason, Inspiration, Intuition

What is consciousness?

[… ] it is the creative essence of the universe — without consciousness, no universe; for consciousness means objectification. I could also say that consciousness is what “is”, because without consciousness nothing is — this is the best reason.

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5.6 Imagination

What is the function, the use of the imagination?

I have always felt that if one didn’t have the capacity of imagination he would not make any progress. Your imagination always goes ahead of your life […] Imagination opens for you the path of realisation.

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5.5 The Mental

There is one thing certain about the mind and its workings; it is that you can understand only what you already know in your own inner self. What strikes you in a book is what you have already experienced deep within you.

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5.4 The Vital (The Life Force)

The vital body surrounds the physical body with a kind of envelope which has almost the same density as the vibrations of heat observable when the day is very hot. And it is this which is the intermediary between the subtle body and the most material vital body. It is this which protects the body Read More

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5.3 Matter and the Body

Why is “each spot of the body symbolical of an inner movement” ?

Because the whole physical world is the symbol of universal movements. So our body is the symbol of our inner movements.

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5.2 The Subconscient and the Subliminal

Sweet Mother, is the subconscient stronger than the mind, vital and physical?

It has a greater power. […] There are many things which one doesn’t wish to keep and drives out from the active consciousness, but they go down there, hide there, and because it is subconscious one doesn’t notice them […] And then, when you are off your guard … it rises up and comes out.

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5.1 The Origin of Individuality

“…whereas the origin of individualisation being in the Supreme Himself, the ego is only a passing deformation, necessary for the moment, which will disappear when its utility is over, when the Truth-Consciousness will be established.”

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4.3 Animals and Men

There are animals with very developed senses, aren’t there?

Ah! yes, there are animals which are much more advanced than we.

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4.1 Trees and Flowers

… in flowers it is […] a spontaneous movement, a very special vibration. So, if one is in contact with it, if one feels it, one gets an impression which may be translated by a thought. That is how I have given a meaning to flowers and plants