It is a general fitness of the body for all that can be asked from it which is the common formula of all this action, a fitness attained by a few or by many, that could be generalised by an extended and many-sided physical education and discipline. Some of these activities can be included under the name of sports; there are others for which sports and physical exercises can be an effective preparation. In some of them a training for common action, combined movement, discipline are needed and for that our physical exercises can make one ready; in others a developed individual will, skill of mind and quick perception, forcefulness of life-energy and subtle physical impulsion are more prominently needed and may even be the one sufficient trainer. All must be included in our conception of the natural powers of the body and its capacity and instrumental fitness in the service of the human mind and will, and therefore in our concept of the total perfection of the body.
– SRI AUROBINDO [CWSA 13:528]
Yes, people in their mind and their vital asked to become divine; well, it is all the old story of spirituality, reiterated for centuries. No, now it is the body. It is the body that wants to participate. It is altogether a progress.
– THE MOTHER [CWM 11:92]
The same consciousness which was the monopoly of the vital and the mind has become that of the body: the consciousness is working in the cells of the body.
The cells of the body are becoming something conscious, wholly conscious.
A consciousness that is independent, not depending at all upon the vital or the mental consciousness: it is a bodily consciousness. […]
But since it is happening in one body, it can happen in all bodies! I am not made of something different from the others. The difference is in consciousness, that is all.
– THE MOTHER [CWM 11:93]