Experiencing the physical body as separate from the self is an indication that the power of the senses does not come from the organs that conduit them but from another layer of consciousness deeper than the physical. The method of investigating these truths would be through a development of the subtle senses or by evolving the sixth sense, termed as intuition in ancient psychology.
The seventh presentation at the 2017 Integral Yoga Retreat in Greenville, South Carolina (video and audio).
… as the Mother points out, impatience leads to imitation. This is especially so when we seek an experience; it may be a vision of the Divine, a seeking for the illumination of knowledge or the descent of Power or whatever. Things project themselves from the subconscious under the drive of the force of impatience and the gates are opened for all kinds of pseudo-experiences.
As the name suggests, this Canto describes the domains through which our being passes inwardly in our seeking for the soul. These three domains are the physical, vital and mental realms.
What makes the physical so weak that it can’t do without the vital’s help?
The physical is not weak, it is inert, because inertia is its principle — it is meant to be an instrument.
“SUDDENLY the veil was rent, the horizon was disclosed, and before the clear vision my whole being threw itself at Thy feet in a great outburst of gratitude. Yet in spite of this deep and integral joy, all was calm, all was peaceful with the peace of eternity.”
Tomorrow is the day of Mahakali puja, and The Mother’s chair is kept at the Ashram where devotees go to receive the same Blessings and feel the invisible Presence watching over their destinies. Therefore we close this year’s readings with Divine Love. The 18th Oct is also Pranab Da’s birthday and hence we also take up a small extract from his stock of memories.
“A lonely Calm and void unchanging Peace
On the dumb crest of Nature’s mysteries.”
Recorded by M P Pandit (Selected Works 2 : 391-392)
“All high things served their nether opposite:
The forms of Gods sustained a demon cult;
Heaven’s face became a mask and snare of Hell.”
A quote from “The Ishavasyopanishad”, Sri Aurobindo’s incomplete commentary on Isha Upanishad [CWSA 17:130]
A weekly sharing on Savitri by Alok Pandey (an audio recording in English).
“The procedure to deal with dreams…. Become conscious of your dreams. Observe the relation between them and the happenings of your waking hours…. In sleep some action or other is always going on in your mental or vital or other plane; things happen there and they govern your waking consciousness.”
… today I found for the first time that my heart took certain things very deeply. I don’t know how to keep it under the psychic control
The heart is part of the vital — it has to be controlled in the same way as the rest, by rejection of the wrong movements, by acceptance of the true psychic surrender which prevents all demand and clamour, by calling in the higher light and knowledge.