Guiding Light of The Month

In this immense heroic struggle, in this sublime struggle of love against hatred, of justice against injustice, of obedience to Thy supreme law against revolt, may I gradually be able to make humanity worthy of a still sublimer peace in which, all internal dissensions having ceased, the whole effort of man may be united for the attainment of a more and more perfect and integral realisation of Thy divine Will and Thy progressive ideal. - The Mother

October Sunday Activities at the Centre – A glimpse

5th October 2014: Reading Circle – ‘Bases of Yoga

We continued with Chapter 5 of the book on, “Physical Consciousness – Subconscient – Sleep and Dream – Illness”. We read the passages from pages 94 to 96, which were basically on the subconscient parts of our being. In simple and straightforward language, Sri Aurobindo explains what is not perceived by our surface consciousness. The readings naturally led one to look within oneself to grasp what Sri Aurobindo was revealing through words. While it was necessary for one doing Yoga or Sadhana to know his lower nature, Sri Aurobindo also cautions us of the dangers that we may expose ourselves to if we are not well prepared in our consciousness for the descent. Here is what Sri Aurobindo writes:

If you go down into your lower parts or ranges of nature, you must be always careful to keep a vigilant connection with the higher already regenerated levels of the consciousness and to bring down the Light and Purity through them into these nether still unregenerated regions. If there is not this vigilance, one gets absorbed in the unregenerated movements of the inferior layers and there is obscuration and trouble.

We then concluded the session with meditation music.

12th October 2014: Readings from The Mother’s Writings and Talks: ‘The Synthesis of Yoga The Mother’s Talks’ and OM Choir

This was a special Sunday for us. We started with a new session of readings preceding the OM choir session for the second Sunday of the month. The book we referred to was ‘The Synthesis of Yoga – The Mother’s Talks’, 1st edition, 1989 by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. The talks were part of a series of talks that Mother gave during her “Wednesday Classes” to students, teachers and sadhaks of the ashram. This particular series on ‘The Synthesis of Yoga’ began on the 19th of October 1955 and dealt with six chapters of ‘The Synthesis of Yoga’. During these sessions, The Mother would read from the passages.

This Sunday, we started with the first chapter, ‘The Four Aids”, Talk 1. This particular section dealt with the fourth aid, Kala, or Time. Here is a passage that summarises what we read then, about there being a certain period of time for every movement to take place:

And all movements – when you observe them, you become aware that they have a certain rhythm – the movements of inner consciousness, for example, not only from the point of view of understanding but that of personal reactions, of the ups and downs in progress; of a fairly regular periodic return, at once of advancing and recoiling, of difficulties and of helps.

Following the readings, we sat down to chant OM during the remaining minutes, brining down into us and surrendering to the effects that Om chanting generally brings.

19th October 2014: Reading Circle – ‘Bases of Yoga

We continued with the second round of readings on ‘Bases of Yoga’, from page 100 to 102. In one passage, psycho-analytic ideas, which were making their appearance then, were examined and their short-comings highlighted in the light Sri Aurobindo’s own idea of a greater psychology. In the greater psychology, the Superconscient was looked upon as the foundation of things unlike in the new psychology where the subconscient was highlighted. The passages went on to describe sleep. Here is a something Sri Aurobidno wrote on sleep:

Sleep, ……, usually  brings down to a lower level, unless it is a conscious sleep; to make it more and more conscious is the one permanent remedy; but also until that is done, one should always react against this sinking tendency when one wakes and not allow the effect of dull nights to accumulate. But these things need always a settled endeavor and discipline and must take time, sometimes a long time. It will not do to refrain from the effort because immediate results do not appear.

- Jayanthy

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