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.
Will you not teach me how to aspire properly so that there may be no mental push in it?
A quiet prayer or remembrance of the object of aspiration without a pull for results is the way for doing that. If along with that, there is a faith that it is sure to come, it is the best for this condition.
The higher Worlds are concealed within matter as states of Consciousness. They are the secret cause of our striving towards perfection and the sudden efflorescence of marvels upon earthly life. To bring the Divine Perfection out in symbols of names and forms is the labour of love undertaken by earth.
Savitri observes how the mind works incessantly, churning thoughts constantly. She sees that though man’s ego claims everything and believes itself the doer, it is very clearly Nature that does everything. Yet there is something of his own, and it is his soul’s consent.
The Path of Knowledge aims at the realisation of the unique and supreme Self. … as ordinarily followed, (it) leads to the rejection of the phenomenal worlds from the consciousness as an illusion and the final immergence without return of the individual soul in the Supreme.
When Sri Aurobindo was eleven years old, he had a sort of premonition that great revolutions were going to take place in the future and that he had a part to play in some of them. Not a mental idea, but a kind of inner feeling was growing within him that he had some great work to do, a mission to fulfil.
The taste and need for miracles is there in human nature. In its essence it is a need for the exceptional and the marvelous. In its deepest sense it is a need for the Divine in life to assist our human journey.
An animal creature wonderfully human,
A charm and miracle of fur-footed Brahman,
Whether she is spirit, woman or a cat,
Is now the problem I am wondering at.
Reminiscences of Sri Aurobindo by C C Dutt, Part 2.
A weekly sharing on Savitri by Dr Alok Pandey (an audio recording in English).
Video and audio recordings of Dr Alok Pandey’s interaction with audience at the Coimbatore Branch of Sri Aurobindo Society in December, 2017 (session 2).
Let me no more act from attachment or desire or blind instinct, but respond only to impulses coming directly from Thee… I cannot escape from the bonds of this terrible mechanism unless Thou, in Thy Grace, lift me and take up my whole life into Thy divine being and consciousness.
Evolution has an antecedent which is described as involution. It is the plunge of the One Infinite Consciousness along with all Its Powers and degrees into the darkness of Inconscience. Then starts the reversal which we call as evolution.
The scene changes and Savitri moves from the grey Night and its hellish atmosphere to the ‘seeming heavens.’ Mostly built by man’s imagination and wishes, they are not the true higher planes but drawn from them.