All Life Is Yoga: The Inward Movement In Yoga - Sri Aurobindo - ebook
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"Man lives mostly in his surface mind, life and body but there is an inner being within him with greater possibilities to which he has to awake – for it is only a very restricted influence from it that he receives now and that pushes him to a constant pursuit of a greater beauty, harmony, power and knowledge. The first process of Yoga is therefore to open the ranges of this inner being and to live from there outward, governing his outward life by an inner light and force. In doing so he discovers in himself his true soul which is not this outer mixture of mental, vital and physical elements but something of the Reality behind them, a spark from the one Divine Fire. He has to learn to live in his soul and purify and orientate by its drive towards the Truth the rest of the nature. There can follow afterwards an opening upward and descent of a higher principle of the Being." – Sri Aurobindo

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The Inward MovementIn Yoga

Selections from the Works ofSri Aurobindo and The Mother

All

Life

Is

Yoga

„All life is Yoga.” – Sri Aurobindo

Content

Imprint

Publisher‘s Note

Our Outer Life

At the Basis of Our Outward Existence

External Personality and the Real Self

A Fear of the Materialistic Thinker

Reversal of Consciousness

The Inward Movement

An Indispensable Step for Yoga

It leads to True Universality – Not Imprisonment in the Personal Self

How to Develop the Inner Consciousness

Single-pointedness

Control

Meditation

Separation

Witness consciousness

Some Guidance

More Guidance

Shift of the centre

Tranquillising purification of the outer nature

Dangers of a vehement endeavour

Signs of a readiness for the conversion

Entry in the Inmost Being

Purusha consciousness gives liberation from nature

Entry into the inmost being, beyond Purusha, is necessary for transformation

Awakening of the Inner Being in Sleep

Examples of Inner Consciousness

Results of Entry

The first result of entry: Governance by the psychic

The second result of entry: Inflow of spiritual experiences

The third result of Entry: An upward opening and the descent

References

Sri Aurobindo Digital Edition

Imprint

ALL LIFE IS YOGA

The Inward Movement in Yoga

Selections from the Works ofSri Aurobindo and The Mother

First edition 2018

ISBN 978-3-937701-90-5

© 2018 AURO MEDIAVerlag und FachbuchhandelWilfried Schuh

www.auro.mediaverlag@auro.media

© Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry, India

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Flower on the cover:

Ipomoea cairica. Light rose purple or light mauve

Spiritual significance and explanation given by the Mother:Detachment from all that is not the Divine A single occupation, a single aim, a single joy – the Divine.

Publisher‘s Note

This is one in a series of some e-books published by Sri Aurobindo Digital Edition under the title ”ALL LIFE IS YOGA”. Our effort is to bring together, from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, simple passages with a practical orientation on specific subjects, so that everyone may feel free to choose a book according to his inner need. The topics cover the whole field of human activity, because true spirituality is not the rejection of life but the art of perfecting life.

While the passages from Sri Aurobindo are in the original English, most of the passages from the Mother (selections from her talks and writings) are translations from the original French. We must also bear in mind that the excerpts have been taken out of their original context and that a compilation, in its very nature, is likely to have a personal and subjective approach. A sincere attempt, however, has been made to be faithful to the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

The excerpts from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother carry titles and captions chosen by the editor, highlighting the theme of the excerpts and, whenever possible, borrowing a phrase from the text itself. The sources of the excerpts are given at the end of each issue.

We hope these e-books will inspire the readers to go to the complete works and will help them to mould their lives and their environments towards an ever greater perfection.

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Man lives mostly in his surface mind, life and body but there is an inner being within him with greater possibilities to which he has to awake – for it is only a very restricted influence from it that he receives now and that pushes him to a constant pursuit of a greater beauty, harmony, power and knowledge. The first process of Yoga is therefore to open the ranges of this inner being and to live from there outward, governing his outward life by an inner light and force. In doing so he discovers in himself his true soul which is not this outer mixture of mental, vital and physical elements but something of the Reality behind them, a spark from the one Divine Fire. He has to learn to live in his soul and purify and orientate by its drive towards the Truth the rest of the nature. There can follow afterwards an opening upward and descent of a higher principle of the Being. – Sri Aurobindo

Our Outer Life

At the Basis of Our Outward Existence

Words of Sri Aurobindo

It is a mistake to think that we live physically only or only with the outer mind and life. We are all the time living and acting on other planes of consciousness, meeting others there and acting upon them, and what we do and feel and think there, the forces we gather, the results we prepare have an incalculable importance and effect, unknown to us, upon our outer life. Not all of it comes through, and what comes through takes another form in the physical – though sometimes there is an exact correspondence; but this little is at the basis of our outward existence. All that we become and do and bear in the physical life is prepared behind the veil within us. It is therefore of immense importance for a Yoga which aims at the transformation of life to grow conscious of what goes on within these domains, to be master there and be able to feel, know and deal with the secret forces that determine our destiny and our internal and external growth or decline.

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External Personality and the Real Self

Words of Sri Aurobindo

...this little mind, vital and body which we call ourselves is only a surface movement and not our “self” at all. It is an external bit of personality put forward for one brief life and for the play of the Ignorance. It is equipped with an ignorant mind stumbling about in search of fragments of truth, an ignorant vital rushing about in search of fragments of pleasure, an obscure and mostly subconscious physical receiving the impacts of things and suffering rather than possessing a resultant pain or pleasure. All that is accepted until the mind gets disgusted and starts looking about for the real Truth of itself and things, the vital gets disgusted and begins wondering whether there is not such a thing as real bliss and the physical gets tired and wants liberation from itself and its pains and pleasures. Then it is possible for this little ignorant bit of surface personality to get back to its real Self...

The real Self is not anywhere on the surface but deep within and above. Within is the soul supporting an inner mind, inner vital, inner physical in which there is a capacity for universal wideness and with it for the things now asked for, – direct contact with the Truth of self and things, taste of a universal bliss, liberation from the imprisoned smallness and sufferings of the gross physical body. Even in Europe the existence of something behind the surface is now very frequently admitted, but its nature is mistaken and it is called subconscient or subliminal, while really it is very conscious in its own way and not subliminal but only behind the veil.

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A Fear of the Materialistic Thinker

Words of Sri Aurobindo