Sri Aurobindo, Father of Integral Yoga
SRI AUROBINDO was born in Calcutta on August 15, 1872 – In 1879, at the age of seven, he was taken with his two elder brothers to England for education and lived there for fourteen years, and left England for India, arriving there in February, 1893.
Sri Aurobindo began his practice of Yoga in 1904. At first he practiced tradional forms known in India, working from the base chakra to the crown chakra. Whereas Sri Aurobindo’s yoga first rises to the crown chakra to redescend down to the base chakra, bringing the light and power and bliss of the Spirit into life to transform it. To realise this possibility has been the dynamic aim of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga. Sri Aurobindo left his body on December 5, 1950. The Mother carried on his work until November 17, 1973. Their work continues.
Mind is – Mind is the highest term yet reached in the evolution, but it is not the highest of which it is capable. There is above it a Supermind or eternal Truth-Consciousness which is in its nature the self-aware and self-determining light and power of a Divine Knowledge. Mind is an ignorance seeking after Truth, but this is a self-existent Knowledge harmoniously manifesting the play of its forms and forces. It is only by the descent of this supermind that the perfection dreamed of by all that is highest in humanity can come.
Integral Yoga – Its goal is a harmonised totality of spiritual realisation and experience. An integral experience of the Divine Reality. The Gita describes it in the words samagram mam, “the whole Me” of the Divine Being. Its method is an integral opening of the whole consciousness, mind, heart, life, will, body to that Reality, to the Divine Existence, Consciousness, Beatitude, to its being and its integral transformation of the whole nature.
Mindfullness – There is no method in this yoga except to concentrate, preferably in the heart and call the presence and power of the Mother to take up the being and by the workings of her force transform the consciousness; one can concentrate also in the head or between the eyebrows, but for many this is a too difficult opening.
When the mind falls quiet and the concentration becomes strong and the aspiration intense, then there is a beginning of experience. The more the faith, the more rapid the result is likely to be. For the rest one must not depend on one’s own efforts only, but succeed in establishing a contact with the Divine and a receptivity to the Mother’s Power and Presence.
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