The Rich Complexity of our Being

My recent post about ‘Blogging and the Emotional risks of it ‘ (in its English original, evoked from my visitors very varied reactions, all of them caring but a few slightly bewildered by what they saw as a surprising flaw in the results of my sadhana. One friend wrote to me this very moving comment:

‘We are all wounded children, so to say, and have those wounds behind the scenes effecting our choices and actions. I recently read an interview with a wife of a French spiritual teacher who passed a few years ago. She spoke quite candidly about herself. And the comment about ‘we are all wounded children’ struck me in its truth. I’m smart and read and meditate and do hatha yoga, vipassana intensives, have STD’s and still I’m lonely and a bit depressed. I believe that at least some of my study and knowledge and search has been a ‘spiritual bypass’. Have you heard that term?

“Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. … Spiritual bypassing is a very persistent shadow of spirituality …”  (quoted from Robert Masters’ writings: ‘Spiritual bypassing’)

Otherwise these strong reactions would not blindside us so strongly.

I would otherwise be genuinely be non-attached to the results of my actions, as Krishna and just about every guide has recommended.’

‘Spiritual bypassing’?…

Such a criticism is indeed founded, at least regarding the older types of Yoga (even if  developed by contemporary spiritual gurus), which are not meant at all for any transformation of the outer personality, as they do not at all envisage a conscious evolution of the entire being: they can’t possibly see that such an integral transformation is absolutely needed in order to realize upon Earth a Divine Plan, as they have no idea such a Plan exists either…

But on the contrary It is probably on this point that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s ‘Integral Yoga’ approach is far superior to those more traditional methods of Yoga: this new, integral approach was entirely and especially conceived not just for a return of the soul alone to the beatific spiritual dimensions, but for fulfilling that Divine Plan of a continuing terrestrial evolution towards what Sri Aurobindo called ‘The Life Divine’, right here upon Earth.

Well, my own enduring emotional vulnerability could be seen as a similar failure as in the case of the lady teacher mentioned above (and of my friend too, it would seem, from what he adds about himself).

But in my own case it is not really a failure, and there doesn’t need to be a final failure for anyone else either if one follows the Integral Yoga, as I will explain just now, first through the very illuminating text by Sri Aurobindo that I anyway intended precisely to quote for this new blog post:


‘Men do not know themselves and have not learned to distinguish the different parts of their being; for these are usually lumped together by them as mind, because it is through a mentalised perception and understanding that they know or feel them; therefore they do not understand their own states and actions, or, if at all, then only on the surface. It is part of the foundation of yoga to become conscious of the great complexity of our nature, see the different forces that move it and get over it a control of directing knowledge. We are composed of many parts each of which contributes something to the total movement of our consciousness, our thought, will, sensation, feeling, action, but we do not see the origination or the course of these impulsions; we are aware only of their confused and pell-mell results on the surface upon which we can at best impose nothing better than a precarious shifting order.

The remedy can only come from the parts of the being that are already turned towards the Light. To call in the light of the Divine Consciousness from above, to bring the psychic being to the front and kindle a flame of aspiration which will awaken spiritually the outer mind and set on fire the vital being, is the way out.’

Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, pp.233

This whole bewildering complexity of our human nature, ignored or not taken into account in the traditional ways of Yoga (because not needed for their limited aim), is on the contrary the very basis for the approach taken in the Integral Yoga: to find the means of an ultimate actual transformation for each of all those disparate but indispensable elements of our nature. This is the only way to still have them all at our disposal later, but each one then with its divine way of functioning, upon completion of the long process necessary for such a total transformation.

None of it can be achieved in any permanent manner until the entire being finishes to undergo the last of the three absolutely needed stages of transformation: the Supramental Transformation.

It is for this foreseen and announced future result that Sri Aurobindo, decade after decade, slowly brought down from its own sovereign Dimension that supreme divine Power – the only one capable, once activated on Earth, of accomplishing in us such an higtherto impossible evolutive change : the Supramental Power .

It is then of course that same newly activated Consciousness-Force that has been at work in the Mother during the next nearly two decades, for the extremely difficult first attempt at the transformation of a physical body – her own, offered for this first experiment – through a gradual awakening of all its cells. After the other parts of her outer nature, her body-cells too had to undergo the two preliminary stages of transformation required:

1/ the Psychicization, thanks to the influence and coming forward, from within, of the Psychic Being (the Being formed around the Soul), and

2/ the Spiritualization, thanks to the influence and descent, from above, of all the Powers of the Higher Nature; the whole process culminating finally with

3/ the Supramentalization, bringing in fully the Divine Nature, and at last a stabilization of all the previous victories into a permanent Supramentalized Body, still physical but functioning in a new, supramental way.

One can easily perceive the daunting magnitude of this ‘Triple Transformation’ process, and understand that it cannot be accomplished in the linear manner our mind would think of and try… with disastrous results. It is not linear at all. The Spiritualization process, for example, may happen more or less together with the Psychicization, but neither will possibly become complete before both nearly are. The Supramentalization gets its turn for finalizing and stabilizing what has been achieved by the two previous stages of the overall Transformation, especially for what concerns the body, whose conscious awakening – a totally new evolutive event  on Earth – could start happening only thanks to this activation of the Supramental Power, directly in terrestrial Matter.

If one is wise enough to follow the advice consistently given by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, that is, to put oneself with total trust and surrender into Her divine Hands, asking Her to please do it all for us, our Divine Mother will do everything indeed, in the right way and at the right time, so that the final result is reached in the best, fastest and safest possible manner for the gradual transformation of our unique individuality into its true, divine form. Each part of the being is bound, throughout this gigantic process, to be taken up by Her, improved as much as already possible, and then put aside… only to be taken up again later on for another progress that has in the meantime become possible… and so on and so forth! And as the years pass, things do get healed and  pacified in an amazing way within one’s being, which makes one become confident even about the other changes still to be realized fully…

So, my dear visitors, don’t be too shocked by the present condition of my emotional being: you have no idea how much worse it was before, and, thanks to the help of the Divine Mother, how much it has already progressed!!!  😀

And we are speaking now only of the emotional being, but what about the mental being, and the vital being, not to mention the body-cells?!.. This same huge process is going on also for them all, of course, and you have no idea how much has already changed, that I had sometimes despaired to ever see changing at all!…

For each person the specific vulnerabilities are different, so those who would laugh at my or anyone else’s weaknesses should rather first perhaps wonder what their own shortcomings might be, and from such an attentive self-observation gain the humility everyone should better have at all times while the various members of their Inner Family are gradually being so wonderfully re-educated, each of them in turn, one at a time every time, for a certain period of time, and then again and again… until the many facets of the hidden Diamond start all shining, more and more revealed in their true, eternal Beauty…



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. silrakk
    Sep 15, 2017 @ 04:31:49

    Your quote from Shri Aurobindo was both clarifying and leading me to a further question.
    As I’m learning more about Swedenborg’s ideas or interpreted journeys I see increasing similarities to Aurobindo’s ideas. Though granted it is presumptive to say anything about Aurobindo’s work as I know next to nothing just what I’ve glimmered in your blog.

    2 of my guiding ideas.
    1st, A wise man once told me, “there are no new truths”. (how could there be?) Beware of anyone who is selling such.
    2nd, God is everywhere always broadcasting to all unceasingly. Obvious when you think about it.

    So, why the myriad churches, religions, prophets and saints and sages?
    Up until very recently there hasn’t been a possibility of global communication. Because of all the different, times and lands, peoples, cultures, intelligences and customs on this planet this Unitive-intelligent-cosmic-being has had to appear throughout all these varying time places and peoples, in whatever way would be accessible to them. Something like the variety you hear in NDE stories.
    For instance, the Old Testament stories happened for some tribes in an area of north Africa. Then the Christos came as a reformer. Look what some zealots and political maneuverings made of that.
    This leads me to believe that there isn’t a best, much less an only way, or teaching. Though because of ego’s need to somehow feel special the followers of each teacher and teaching needs to assert theirs is the best or true way.
    This reminds me of Krishna Das’s answer to what is the best practice? “The one you do”.
    The same wise man said beware of ‘only solutions’. Which I, now say this as, ‘it doesn’t need to be either/or. It can be both/plus.
    Wisdom guides have specific work to do here and it will come thru them as specifically as a person of that time, place, talents or tendencies or strengths of the guide, saint Avatar or whatever.
    It the devotees who don’t like ambiguity, who want to nail everything down. Being able to quote chapter and verse as is said about Christian Bible pundits.
    Keep up the good work,

    Liked by 1 person


    • Bhaga
      Sep 17, 2017 @ 12:35:55

      Sorry for leaving your great comment unanswered for so long: you will now find my answer, interwoven with a copy of your comment, published as a new post which I invite you (and my other visitors) to read there.
      Thank you for taking the trouble to write such an elaborate and thoughtful comment!



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