38 Trance and the Waking State

Trance and the Waking State

X told me that if one leaves the physical consciousness one can easily have the experience of the Brahman everywhere and in all things.

If he means by leaving the physical consciousness going into samadhi that is not much use — it is the waking consciousness of the Brahman everywhere that is needed — and for that the physical consciousness must be there.

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The Background of Yoga (TH 054)

When we start to prepare ourselves for yoga, we have to prepare the background first. A firm background is necessary because the path of yoga is full of different experiences and lots of unpredictable challenges.

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Ideals and Modern Politics

The pure application of ideals to politics is as yet a revolutionary method of action which can only be hoped for in exceptional crises; the day when it becomes a rule of life, human nature and life itself will have become a new phenomenon, something almost superterrestrial and divine. That day is not yet.

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The Great Secret: Remember The One, Be Simple

Quoting the Mother’s Words: “That is a great secret of sadhana, to know how to get things done by the Power behind or above instead of doing all by the mind’s effort. The great secret is to learn to give oneself …”

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The Dark Anarchy, p. 220

Having revealed to us the general description and the atmosphere of various levels of descent into Hell, Sri Aurobindo now describes the beings and forces of evil and darkness, the parent power that gave them birth and finally, their nemesis and end.

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Explorations in Savitri 147, pp. 355-356

At once she seemed to found a mightier race.
Arrived upon the strange and dubious globe
The child remembering inly a far home
Lived guarded in her spirit’s luminous cell,
Alone mid men in her diviner kind.

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12.4 Miracles

It is the ignorant, limited, egoistic consciousness which demands miracles. As soon as one is enlightened, one knows that everywhere and always there is miracle.

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

This talk was facilitated by Anurag Banerjee and delivered as a part of the seventh Subhash Kumar Mukherjee Memorial Oration, organised by the Overman Foundation on the 20th December 2019.

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The Best Way to Read Savitri

Each verse of Savitri is like a Mantra which surpasses all that man possesses by way of knowledge and is arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound which is OM…. It is the most beautiful thing He has left for man, the highest possible.



All Nature reproduced her in its lines,
Its movements were large copies of her own.
She was the single self of all these selves,
She was in them and they were all in her.

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In the Home of Horror, pp. 218-219

Aswapati has now completed his descent into the Abyss. Thus Aswapati entered the pit of Inconscient, digging deep into the filth and mire of a distorted and perverse nature to prepare a field for sowing there too the seeds of light and faith and hope.