A talk by Dr Alok Pandey from a series on psychological difficulties in yoga. A post with the Q&A Session is to follow soon. Recorded at Savitri Bhavan, Auroville, and sponsored by Santé – Auroville Institute for Integral Health.
But what has to emerge is […] a self-realised being, a building of the spiritual self, an intensity and urge of the soul and the deliverance and sovereignty of its light and power and beauty, — not an egoistic supermanhood seizing on a mental and vital domination over humanity, but the sovereignty of the Spirit over its own instruments
This precious oneself is just the present impermanent exterior nature which has absolutely nothing to do with the several other formations behind which, as behind the present one, the true being stands. Only the supramental consciousness holds these births as if strung on one single thread and that alone can give the real knowledge of them all.
Sri Aurobindo worked in different aspects of human consciousness and everywhere he established the needed lines along which humanity could grow and progress. All that is needed now is a sincere Yes from our side and an opening to the Divine Consciousness that He has brought down and established upon earth.
At this stage of the sadhana, should I try to divide my mental consciousness into two, one part doing mental work, the other part doing the sadhana?
It usually comes of itself, not by trying.
The beings of this greater life are wider in their consciousness and have the ring of a greater vision and power around them than ordinary human life. The circle of their influence is large and the sphere of their action extends beyond their little personal life.
The atheist takes this world as it is and draws his philosophy out of his limited and partial field of observation. He does not feel any urge to go deeper or further. All this is a mechanical movement of an Inconscient nature, going on in a clockwork manner without any sense or purpose, driven by the blind engines of random chance.
Dr Alok Pandey shares insights on social, ethical, religious and spiritual evolution of man, with practical examples from myths and practical life.
The talk is about choices, decisions, and qualities, such as endurance, needed to make our life beautiful and divine. Followed by questions and answers, including ones on Auroville.
“The Voice withdrew into its hidden skies.
But like a shining answer from the gods
Approached through sun-bright spaces Savitri.”
Savitri now answers to Death as to what is true freedom. It is not conditional nor depends upon situations and deliverance from earthly robes. The free remain free even when in bonds.
In 1905 I came to Pondicherry for study. In 1910 Sri Aurobindo also arrived here. What a coincidence! He came to the very town where I had come! I was full of joy, thrilled with delight. A strong desire arose in me that I must see Sri Aurobindo.
There is a common misunderstanding with regard to the role of a Guru and who would it be in the Integral Yoga. This question is typical of the times we live in and needs to be addressed especially in the context of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s withdrawal.
A weekly sharing on Savitri by Dr Alok Pandey (an audio recording in English).