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It may be useful to try to place ourselves, for the moment, in something akin to the divine standpoint rather than our own individual ego-personality, and try to understand what this means as to the perspective and understanding about our own role in the world and the unity of the entire creation.
Obviously it is not easily possible to make this leap without preparation, but we can at least work with different perspectives that will provide analogies to the situation. The first one is to imagine that the cells of our body are akin to separate individuals in the world. We know, from our standpoint experiencing the entire body, that each cell is part of a larger whole, a unified “oneness” if you will and what impacts one, impacts all, and thus, we need to treat each cell with respect and provide it what it needs to grow, thrive and…
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We believe that we exercise free will in our actions. We make choices, we determine the direction we want to go and the steps we want to take. We have the sense of freedom in our minds based on this illusion of free choice. It is an illusion because we fail to take into account the larger framework and reality that actually sets up and determines our choices for us, the machinery of the three modes of Nature, and Nature carrying out the Will of the Supreme in all things. Our entire development of personality, values, and our decision-making process is conditioned by these larger and less visible realities. Sri Aurobindo advises that is what is meant when the Gita “…speaks of the Lord within the heart of all existences who turns all creatures as if mounted on a machine by the illusion of Nature.”
Sri Aurobindo describes the machinery:…
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Most of the attention and focus of yogic paths has traditionally been on the inner growth of the individual seeker, the spiritual development. This has generally been accompanied by a drawing away from or outright abandonment of the life in the world, to the extent possible while still having to live, breathe and eat! Aside from those who have undertaken spiritual disciplines, there are also other individuals who have what we might call a true “inner life” that acts as the fulcrum of their action in the world in some serious degree. Philosophers, sages and seers, scientists and serious artists obviously have considerable inner direction. For the vast mass of humanity however, almost the entire life is lived on the service and in interaction with the outer world and could be considered to be “outer-directed”. Even for those with a true inner life, it does not control all their actions…
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The transformative action in the world called for by Sri Aurobindo is not to be accomplished solely by individual separation from the life of the world and salvation of a single individual. This implies that a new standpoint of consciousness must be brought forward, active not only in the higher mind of reason and intellectual endeavors, or the purest emotions of the heart, but also in life and the material world. Since the vital-physical life is very much bound to the force of desire and the limitations of the ego-consciousness, there must be a change that eliminates the ego as the center of the action, and transfers the Will and the Power of action to the Divine Lord of creation, who stands behind all forms and their activities.
When we live in the ego-standpoint and try to understand and evaluate both our own efforts in the world and their interaction…
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Posted February 9, 2015on:
While the preferred method of development of the integral Yoga is to find a way to include all aspects of the being on a consistent basis right from the outset, Sri Aurobindo reminds us that in the end, each individual nature must address the situation from a unique starting point and with unique sets of capacities and limitations to be resolved. “Yoga is after all primarily a change of the inner consciousness and nature, and if the balance of our parts is such that this must be done with an initial exclusiveness and the rest left for later handling, we must accept the apparent imperfection of the process.”
Sri Aurobindo constantly reminds us not to be enslaved to a specific set doctrine or methodology without taking into account the actual conditions that must be dealt with. When he takes up a specific focus, it is not intended to overshadow or…
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While some paths of Yoga aim for release from life in this world, and others focus on creating a concentration that leads either to the silence of the Infinite or the ecstatic devotion of the lover of God, the integral Yoga sets as its aim the transformation of the life in the world of manifestation. The integral Yoga does not attempt to avoid the problem of existence by denying its reality; rather, it sees that all life is ultimately real, the manifestation of the Divine, by the Divine, for the Divine’s purpose.
Sri Aurobindo describes the goal: “The transformation of our superficial, narrow and fragmentary human way of thinking, seeing, feeling and being into a deep and wide spiritual consciousness and an integrated inner and outer existence and of our ordinary human living into the divine way of life must be its central purpose.”
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When we observe the process of Nature, we see a steady, albeit slow and somewhat roundabout progression of consciousness to higher and ever-more-complex and powerful forms. We observe Life evolving out of Matter, and Mind evolving out of Life-Energy. We are in the midst of a process that does not show any indication that it has reached its terminus and come to any conclusion; we may therefore safely accept the idea that new levels of consciousness lie before us to evolve out of Mind.
The purpose of the integral Yoga is to understand this process and to enhance the speed of its implementation through conscious participation rather than through the influence or pressure of the environment, the societal structures and relationships and the underlying direction of Nature.
Sri Aurobindo explains: “In Yoga we replace this confused, crooked crab-motion by a rapid, conscious and self-directed evolution which is planned to carry…
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