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SABCL - Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library

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Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Four Aids.htm
Chapter I The Four Aids                    YOGA-SIDDHI, the perfection that comes from the practice of Yoga, can be best attained by the combined working of four great instruments. There is, first, the knowledge of the truths, principles, powers and processes that govern the realisation – śāstra. Next comes a patient and persistent action on the lines laid down by this knowledge, the force of our personal effort –  utsāha. There intervenes, third, uplifting our knowledge and effort into the domain of spiritual experience, the direct suggestion, example and influence of the Teacher – guru. Last comes the instrumentality of Time – kāla; for in all things there is a cycle
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/Post Content.htm
Facsimile of a page revised by Sri Aurobindo from a disciple's handwritten copy of the first few chapters of The Synthesis of Yoga from the Arya.
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Release from the Ego.htm
Chapter IX The Release from the Ego                              THE formation of a mental and vital ego tied to the body-sense was the first great labour of the cosmic Life in its progressive evolution; for this was the means it found for creating out of matter a conscious individual. The dissolution of this limiting ego is the one condition, the necessary means for this very same Life to arrive at its divine fruition: for only so can the conscious individual find either his transcendent self or his true Person. This double movement is usually represented as a fall and a redemption or a creation and a destruction, – the kindling of a light and its e
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Lower Triple Purusha.htm
Chapter XX The Lower Triple Purusha SUCH is the constituent principle of the various worlds of cosmic existence and the various planes of our being; they are as if a ladder plunging down into Matter and perhaps below it, rising up into the heights of the Spirit, even perhaps to the point at which existence escapes out of cosmic being into ranges of a supra-cosmic Absolute, – so at least it is averred in the world-system of the Buddhists. But to our ordinary materialised consciousness all this does not exist because it is hidden from us by our preoccupation with our existence in a little corner of the material universe and with the petty experiences of
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Realisation of Sachchidananda .htm
-32_The Realisation of Sachchidananda .htm Chapter XII The Realisation of Sachchidananda THE modes of the Self which we have dealt with in our last Chapter may seem at first to be of a highly metaphysical character, to be intellectual conceptions more fit for philosophical analysis than for practical realisation. But this is a false distinction made by the division of our faculties. It is at least a fundamental principle of the ancient wisdom, the wisdom of the East on which we are founding ourselves, that philosophy ought not to be merely a lofty intellectual pastime or a play of dialectical subtlety or even a pursuit of metaphysical truth for its own sake, but a discovery by all r
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/Concentration.htm
Chapter IV Concentration                              ALONG with purity and as a help to bring it about, concentration. Purity and concentration are indeed two aspects, feminine and masculine, passive and active, of the same status of being; purity is the condition in which concentration becomes entire, rightly effective, omnipotent; by concentration purity does its works and without it would only lead to a state of peaceful quiescence and eternal repose. Their opposites are also closely connected; for we have seen that impurity is a confusion of Dharmas, a lax, mixed and mutually entangled action of the different parts of the being; and this confusion proceeds
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/Rajayoga .htm
-48_Rajayoga .htm Chapter XXVIII Rajayoga AS THE body and the Prana are the key of all the closed doors of the Yoga for the Hathayogin, so is the mind the key in Rajayoga. But since in both the dependence of the mind on the body and the Prana is admitted, in the Hathayoga totally, in the established system of Rajayoga partially, therefore in both systems the practice of Asana and Pranayama is included; but in the one they occupy the whole field, in the other each is limited only to one simple process and in their unison they are intended to serve only a limited and intermediate office. We can easily see how largely man, even though in his being an embodied soul, is in his earthly nature th
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Supreme Will.htm
Chapter VIII The Supreme Will                    IN THE light of this progressive manifestation of the Spirit, first apparently bound in the Ignorance, then free in the power and wisdom of the Infinite, we can better understand the great and crowning injunction of the Gita to the Karmayogin, “Abandoning all Dharmas, all principles and laws and rules of conduct, take refuge in me alone.” All standards and rules are temporary constructions founded upon the needs of the ego in its transition from Matter to Spirit. These makeshifts have a relative imperativeness so long as we rest satisfied in the stages of transition, content with the physical and vital life, attac
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Three Modes of Nature.htm
Chapter X The Three Modes of Nature                              TO TRANSCEND the natural action of the lower Prakriti is indispensable to the soul, if it is to be free in its self and free in its works. Harmonious subjection to this actual universal Nature, a condition of good and perfect work for the natural instruments, is not an ideal for the soul, which should rather be subject to God and his Shakti, but master of its own nature. As agent or as channel of the Supreme Will it must determine by its vision and sanction or refusal the use that shall be made of the storage of energy, the conditions of environment, the rhythm of combined movement which are
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Planes of Our Existence.htm
Chapter XIX The Planes of Our Existence IF THE Purusha in us has thus to become by union with its highest self, the Divine Purusha, the knower, lord, free enjoyer of its Prakriti, it cannot be done, evidently, by dwelling on the present plane of our being; for that is the material plane in which the reign of Prakriti is complete; there the divine Purusha is entirely hidden in the blinding surge of her activities, in the gross pomp of her workings, and the individual soul emerging from her involution of spirit in matter, subject in all its activities to its entangling in the material and vital instruments is unable to experience the divine freedom. What it