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Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/The Concentric System Outer to Inner.htm
Section Two   The Concentric System:   Outer to Inner        Chapter One   The Outer Being and the Inner Being   The Outer and the Inner Being and Consciousness   There are always two different consciousnesses in the human being, one outward in which he ordinarily lives, the other in ward and concealed of which he knows nothing. When one does sadhana, the inner consciousness begins to open and one is able to go inside and have all kinds of experiences there. As the sadhana progresses, one begins to live more and more in this inner being and the outer becomes more and more superficial. At first the
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/Morality and Yoga.htm
Chapter Three   Morality and Yoga   The Spiritual Life and the Ordinary Life       The spiritual life (adhyatma jivana), the religious life (dharma   jivana) and the ordinary human life of which morality is a part are three quite different things and one must know which one desires and not confuse the three together. The ordinary life is that of the average human consciousness separated from its own true self and from the Divine and led by the common habits of the mind, life and body which are the laws of the Ignorance. The religious life is a movement of the same ignorant human consciousness, turning or trying to turn away from the earth toward
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/Death.htm
Chapter Three   Death   Death and Karma   It [death] is a universal force —the happening or change called death is simply one result of the working of the force.   *   Most people die before the vitality of the body is exhausted. It is due to many causes of which one is the destiny prepared by past lives; another the inner purpose or utility of the present life being completed —but these are subtle and secret reasons — others, accident, violence or other causes, are only an exterior machinery.   *   X had reached a stage of her development marked by a predominance of the sattwic nature, but not a strong vital (which work
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/The Subconscient and the Inconscient.htm
Chapter Ten   The Subconscient and the Inconscient   The Subconscient in the Integral Yoga   In our Yoga we mean by the subconscient that quite submerged part of our being in which there is no wakingly conscious and coherent thought, will or feeling or organised reaction, but which yet receives obscurely the impressions of all things and stores them up in itself and from it too all sorts of stimuli, of persistent habitual movements, crudely repeated or disguised in strange forms can surge up into dream or into the waking nature. For if these impressions rise up most in dream in an incoherent and disorganised manner, they can also and do rise up into our wa
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/The Vital Being and Vital Consciousness.htm
Chapter Seven   The Vital Being and Vital Consciousness   The Vital   Mind and vital are two different processes of one consciousness.   *   It [vital] means prana —it is the life-force and desire-force in a man and the part of the being that responds to desire and is the instrument of the life-forces.   The True Vital Being and Consciousness   There is behind all the vital nature in man his true vital being concealed and immobile which is quite different from the surface vital nature. The surface vital is narrow, ignorant, limited, full of obscure desires, passions, cravings, revolts, pleasures and pains, transient j
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/The Gods.htm
Chapter Two   The Gods   The Gods or Divine Powers   The Gods are Personalities or Powers put forth by the Divine — they are therefore in front limited Emanations, although the full Divine is behind each of them.   *   Of course, the gods exist —that is to say, there are Powers that stand above the world and transmit the divine workings. It is the physical mind which believes only in what is physical that denies them. There are also beings of other worlds —gods and Asuras etc.   *   There are Gods everywhere on all the planes.   *   The Gods are in the universal Self —if identified with the universal S
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/Occult Powers or Siddhis.htm
Chapter Two   Occult Powers or Siddhis   General Remarks   The astasiddhis as obtained in the ordinary Yoga are vital powers or, as in the Rajayoga, mental siddhis. Usually they are un certain in their application and precarious depending on the maintenance of the process by which they were attained.   *   It is certainly possible to have consciousness of things going on at a distance and to intervene. The idea that true Yogins do not or ought not to use such powers, I regard as an ascetic superstition. I believe that all Yogins who have these powers do use them whenever they find that they are called on from within to do so. They m
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/The Vertical System Supermind to Subconscient.htm
Section Three   The Vertical System:   Supermind to Subconscient       Chapter One   The Planes or Worlds of Consciousness   The System of Planes or Worlds   What we speak of are planes of consciousness —the physical is the lowest, above it the ordinary vital, above it the emotional (heart), above it the mental, above the mental are other planes. There is a psychic plane behind the emotional which influences all the others.   *   The physical is not the only world; there are others that we become aware of through dream records, through the subtle senses, through influences and cont
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/The Supramental Transformation.htm
Chapter Three   The Supramental Transformation   Preparatory Steps towards the Supramental Change   It is not possible to have the direct supramental working now. The Adhar is not yet ready. First one must accept an indirect working which prepares the lower planes for the supramental change.   *   The gate of the supramental cannot be smashed open like that. The Adhar has to be steadily prepared, changed, made fit for the supramental Descent. There are several powers between the ordinary mind and the supramental and these must be opened up and absorbed by the consciousness —only then is the supramental change possible.   *  
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/CWSA/Letters On Yoga-I/Idealism and Spirituality.htm
Chapter Two   Idealism and Spirituality   Human Perfection and Spirituality   I would not describe the perfections you describe in your letter, fine though they are, as spiritual in the proper sense of the word —for they lack the essential condition of spirituality. Perfection of all kinds is indeed good, as it is the sign of the pressure of the consciousness in the material world towards full self-expression in this or that limit, on this or that level. In a certain sense it is an urge of the Divine itself hidden in forms that tends in the lesser degrees of consciousness towards its own increasing self-revelation. Perfection of an object or a scene in