Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - The Mother

Sri Aurobindo – Vast like the Blue above and the Blue below (contd.)

The following is a continuation of the article on Sri Aurobindo and his Yoga compiled from the book, ‘The Yoga of Sri Aurobindo’ by Swami Shuddananda Bharati. The first part was featured in our July 2013 issue. ‘The Yoga of Sri Aurobindo’ is one of the books selected and preserved for future generations in the Crypt of Civilization in the U. S. A., to be opened six thousand years hence.

His flaming aspiration to see God face to face is revealed to us in one of his most popularly known letters. He was mad after God and divinity. Perfect was his faith, and unreserved his surrender to the Highest Divine.

The ardent aspiration of Sri Aurobindo to see God face to face was fulfilled during his one year’s tapasya in Alipore Jail:

“His strength entered into me and I was able to do the Sadhana of the ‘Gita’… to be free from repulsion and desire, to do work for Him without the demand for fruit, to renounce self-will and become a passive and faithful instrument in His hands, to have an equal heart for the high and low, friend and opponent, success and failure… He made me realize the central truth of the Hindu religion.. It was while I was walking that His strength entered into me..”

It is in the ‘Arya’, the veritable Gospel of Poorna Yoga, the one wonderful work that deserves to be the scripture of the present and the coming humanity, started after four years of silent Sadhana, that we meet the Superman, the God-man, the Poorna Yogi that Sri Aurobindo is.

Every sentence of Arya, so rhythmic, so well-balanced, so replete with the Spirit’s highest promises, so eloquent with its divine optimism, deserves to be inscribed in the heart of humanity in letters of gold.

 “To know, possess and be the divine being in an animal and egoistic consciousness, to convert our twilit or obscure physical mentality into the plenary supramental illumination, to build peace and a self-existent bliss where there is only a stress of transitory satisfactions besieged by physical pain and emotional suffering, to establish an infinite freedom in a world which presents itself as a group of mechanical necessities, to discover and realize the immortal life in a body subjected to death and constant mutation.”

This is the limitless scope of his wonderful synthetic Yoga and its fulfillment in his entire preoccupation. To divinize man and heavenise existence, to universalize the individual, to be God in man and godlike in God’s universal play- this is the ideal with which he was born.


Reproduced from :‘Mother India’, August 1997

(‘All India Magazine’ Dec 1997, “The Greatness of the Great”. Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry)

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