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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
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Conditions of Attainment to the Gnosis.htm
Chapter XXIII The Conditions of Attainment to the Gnosis KNOWLEDGE is the first principle of the Vijnana, but knowledge is not its only power. The Truth-consciousness, like every other plane, founds itself upon that particular principle which is naturally the key of all its motions; but it is not limited by it, it contains all the other powers of existence. Only the character and working of these other powers is modified and moulded into conformity with its own original and dominant law; intelligence, life, body, will, consciousness, bliss are all luminous, awake, instinct with divine knowledge. This is indeed the process of Purusha-Prakriti
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Divine Work.htm
Chapter XII The Divine Work                              ONE question remains for the seeker upon the way of works, when his quest is or seems to have come to its natural end, – whether any work or what work is left for the soul after liberation and to what purpose? Equality has been seated in the nature or governs the whole nature; there has been achieved a radical deliverance from the ego-idea, from the pervading ego-sense, from all feelings and impulsions of the ego and its self-will and desires. The entire self-consecration has been made not only in thought and heart but in all the complexities of the being. A complete purity or transcendence of the three
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of Sri Aurobindo/English/SABCL/The Synthesis of Yoga_Volume-20/The Cosmic Consciousness.htm
Chapter XV The Cosmic Consciousness TO REALISE and unite oneself with the active Brahman is to exchange, perfectly or imperfectly according as the union is partial or complete, the individual for the cosmic consciousness. The ordinary existence of man is not only an individual but an egoistic consciousness; it is, that is to say, the individual soul or Jivatman identifying himself with the nodus of his mental, vital, physical experiences in the movement of universal Nature, that is to say, with his mind-created ego, and, less intimately, with the mind, life, body which receive the experiences. Less intimately, because of these he can say “my mind, life