The Integral Yoga by Sri Aurobindo. Friends, we would like to present to you an excerpt from the work on Integral Yoga by Sri Aurobindo, whose message was “All life is Yoga”.
“If one can remain always in the higher consciousness, so much the better. But why does not one remain always there?
Because the lower is still part of the nature and it pulls you down towards itself. If on the other hand the lower is transformed, it becomes of one kind with the higher and there is nothing lower to pull downward.
Transformation means that the higher consciousness or nature is brought down into the mind, vital and body and takes the place of the lower.
There is a higher consciousness of the true self, which is spiritual, but it is above; if one rises above into it, then one is free as long as one remains there, but if one comes down into or uses mind, vital or body—and if one keeps any connection with life, one has to do so, either to come down and act from the ordinary consciousness or else to be in the self but use mind, life and body, then the imperfections of these instruments have to be faced and mended—they can only be mended by transformation.
By transformation I do not mean some change of the nature—I do not mean, for instance, sainthood or ethical perfection or yogic siddhis […] or a transcendental […] body. I use transformation in a special sense, a change of consciousness radical and complete and of a certain specific kind which is so conceived as to bring about a strong and assured step forward in the spiritual evolution of the being of a greater and higher kind and of a larger sweep and completeness than what took place when a mentalised being first appeared in a vital and material animal world.”
📖THE INTEGRAL YOGA
Sri Aurobindo’s teachings and method of practice
Letters on yoga / Sri Aurobindo […]. 1993
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