Some of terms specific to the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother are discussed, not from a linguistic but from an experiential point of view. There is also a detailed description of the meaning of Sri Aurobindo’s symbol in response to a question.
“As to the question of pursuing the Path without an embodied Guru – well, we may not be able to see Her, but She is able to see us, and yoga depends primarily on the Divine rather than on human end… ” (CN03)
Nature, in her play of forces, has accepted the new Force which has manifested and included it in her movements. And as always, the movements of Nature are on a scale which is infinitely beyond the human scale and not visible to an ordinary human consciousness.
Thus streamed down from the realm of early Light
Ethereal thinkings into Matter’s world […]
To labour and to dream and new-create,
To feel beauty’s touch and know the world and self:
The Golden Child began to think and see.
All my cells thrill swept by a surge of splendour,
Soul and body stir with a mighty rapture,
Light and still more light like an ocean billows
Over me, round me.
Yoga has little to do with techniques and methods which are largely subordinate and secondary. The one important thing is the central and conscious aspiration. It is this that opens the doors of the Spirit rather than any fixed technique.
The Force of life entering Matter accepts and assumes the obscurity of the medium through which it has chosen to express itself. It becomes like a bird in a cage that can move about only within certain limits.
A weekly sharing on Savitri by Dr Alok Pandey (an audio recording in English).
Our purpose in Yoga is to exile the limited outward-looking ego and to enthrone God in its place as the ruling Inhabitant of the nature. … This, not an exaggerated or even a sublimated energy of human intellect and action, is the type of the superman whom we are called to evolve by our Yoga.
So also spiritual life has little to do with conventional religiosity. A very religious man may be far from the true spiritual life, often even closed to it. The stages of our evolution towards the spiritual consciousness are discussed in this talk.
To eternal light and knowledge meant to rise,
Up from man’s bare beginning is our climb;
Out of earth’s heavy smallness we must break,
We must search our nature with spiritual fire
Our outer life is a preparation for the inner, and the more conscious we become of our true life, our inner life, the better we are able to deal with the outer life and change it. In this talk we discuss the attitudes helpful to prepare us for the great journey.
This talk deals with the enigma centered around the Divine Mother’s physical withdrawal, Her Work and Her Mission as well as the after effects.
An article by Amal Kiran, originally appeared in Mother India, November 1974.