Dec. 5th,1950: Sri Aurobindo, Mother, and our Bodies’ Future

(Translation of the previous Post in French: https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/le-5-decembre-1950-sri-aurobindo-mere-et-le-futur-de-nos-corps/ )

Again this morning upon awakening, my body in all its cells is filled with fervent gratitude: this time, it is the anniversary of the day when Sri Aurobindo deliberately sacrificed his physical body, and so, also the personal evolutive transformation that was already visible in it and could have continued.

He had chosen to finish rather the immense Work he had undertaken since 1926, having withdrawn into his room, for the whole Earth: to bring down all the way into terrestrial Matter the specific vibratory frequency of the Supramental World, the Consciousness – Force from beyond the Mental Power. Only this Energy would be able to activate inside Matter the very same vibratory frequency waiting to awaken here too. In that way would start the beginning of a new Evolutive Era, quite urgently needed for our terrestrial world to avoid a Third World War even more catastrophic than the first two, and generated by the same Forces of Division to which the Mental Consciousnss has been subjecting us for too long.

Using an illness that he could simply have just eliminated as he had done with other illnesses, and as he was doing so easily also for his disciples, Sri Aurobindo chose to hide his decision to go, so as to avoid the foreseeable strong reactions from those around him.

But while finally leaving his own body, he transferred all the accumulated consciousness it contained already, into the body of Mother, who was standing next to the bed on which his body was lying, officially “dead”. It was to the extent that Mother felt the friction from the entry of all that additional consciousness into her physical substance, while she stood there, immobile and mute, unable to believe  that really, Sri Aurobindo was leaving the physical world. It is only later, after receiving inwardly from him the full explanation of the reasons for his departure, that she truly accepted his decision, the only possible one indeed to insure the best outcome for terrestrial evolution.

In effect, only a few years more have been necessary for Sri Aurobindo’s tremendous Goal to be achieved, on February 29th 1956, the day when the Consciousness-Force from high above started pouring itself down towards the Earth, in what Mother called the ‘Supramental Manifestation’.

From that date on, it is the body of Mother herself that, as Sri Aurobindo had foreseen, became the first body to receive consciously this so mighty New Energy, and to learn little by little, at the cost of innumerable difficulties and excruciating ordeals, how to make of it the new basis for a new way of functioning unknown as yet on Earth.

This is how began, in Mother’s body, what she soon came to call ‘the Yoga of the cells’ – for this is exactly indeed what it was: the body-cells themselves, their microscopic consciousnesses turning more and more with adoration and faith towards the Divine, had started their own Yoga, their own work of conscious evolutive Transformation. This, until that 17th November 1973 when Mother’s body seemed to die…

And the most wonderful thing is, all of that didn’t stop with Sri Aurobindo and Mother: precisely because the changes in the way of functioning were happening directly at the cellular level, and were the result of a learning process by the cells themselves, it turned out to be potentially contagious for the other physical bodies that had the needed receptivity – for this is how Evolution advances: through the new modes of functioning learned by the cells of one body, spreading little by little to others and becoming in that way a new potential for the whole species. When what is at stake, as is the case now, is fundamental changes like those made possible by the Supramental Consciousness-Force, it is an altogether New Era we are beginning to witness.

Thanks to the enormous Evolutive Work accomplished by Sri Aurobindo and Mother, it is the Future of our bodies that is by now marching on, irresistibly.

Mother had explained that the final decision would be left to the cells of her body, whether to bring to completion the Transformation of that body, or, if they saw that this other solution would be even more useful for the Earth, to disperse within as many other bodies as possible, which they would seed in that way with the Golden Contagion they were carrying. Perhaps those cells have managed to achieve both things at the same time: the new body for Mother, that she and some others had already seen in the Subtle-Physical dimension, and also a dispersion of some cells for ‘contagioning’ other bodies!…

For some of us know it through direct experience: ô unconceivable wonder, their body  has already begun to awaken, often without their wanting that to happen or even their ever envisaging that to be possible at all…!

It is in that way that it all started, precisely, for my own body, a long time ago, and this is what it has such an infinite gratitude for: when it has been given so much, such an incredible, invaluable Gift, how could my body not want ardently to make the best possible use of that Gift,  dedicating every instant of its existence to this Transformation to be manifested, that will honor and vindicate the life’s Work of those two Pioneers who have made such a wonderful Transformation possible: Sri Aurobindo and Mother…

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Le 5 Décembre 1950: Sri Aurobindo, Mère, et le Futur de nos corps

À nouveau ce matin à mon réveil, mon corps en toutes ses cellules est rempli de fervente gratitude: cette fois, c’est l’anniversaire du jour où Sri Aurobindo fit délibérément le sacrifice de son corps physique, et donc aussi de la transformation évolutive personnelle qui y était déjà visible et aurait pu s’y continuer.

Il avait choisi de terminer plutôt le Travail immense que depuis 1926 il avait entrepris, retiré dans sa chambre, pour la Terre entière : amener jusque dans la Matière terrestre la vibration énergétique spécifique du Monde Supramental, la Conscience-Force d’au-delà du Mental. Seule cette énergie serait capable d’activer dans la Matière la même fréquence vibratoire attendant de s’éveiller ici aussi. Ainsi commencerait le début d’une nouvelle Ère Évolutive, nécessaire de toute urgence pour notre monde terrestre en grand danger d’une Troisième Guerre Mondiale encore plus catastrophique que les deux premières, et générée par les mêmes Forces de Division auxquelles la Conscience Mentale nous assujettit de puis trop longtemps.

À la faveur d’une maladie qu’il aurait pu tout simplement éliminer comme les autres, lui qui le faisait si facilement aussi pour ses disciples, Sri Aurobindo préféra dissimuler sa décision de partir, pour éviter les réactions de son entourage,

Mais en quittant finalement ainsi son propre corps, il fit passer tout ce que celui-ci contenait déjà de conscience accummulée, directement dans le corps de Mère, debout près du lit où son corps était étendu, officiellement “mort”. Ce fut au point que Mère sentit au passage la friction de l’entrée de toute cette conscience additionnelle en son organisme, elle qui se tenait là muette, n’arrivant pas à croire que vraiment c’était réel, Sri Aurobindo quittait le monde physique. Ce ne fut que plus tard, ayant reçu intérieurement de lui la pleine’explication des raisons de son départ, qu’elle fut capable d’accepter vraiment sa décision, la seule possible en effet pour l’évolution terrestre.

Il ne fallut effectivement ensuite que quelques années pour que le but de Sri Aurobindo soit atteint, le 29 février 1956, jour où la Conscience-Force se déversa sur la Terre en ce que Mère appela la Manifestation Supramentale .

À partir de cette date, ce fut le corps de Mère elle-même qui, comme prévu par Sri Aurobindo, devint le premier corps à consciemment recevoir cette Nouvelle Énergie si puissante, et à apprendre peu à peu, au prix de mille difficultés et souffrances, comment en faire la nouvelle base d’un fonctionnement nouveau encore inconnu sur la Terre.

C’est ainsi que dans le corps de Mère commença ce qu’elle appela bientôt le “Yoga des cellules”, car c’était bel et bien de cela qu’il s’agissait: les cellules corporelles elles-mêmes, leurs microscopiques consciences se tournant progressivement avec adoration et confiance vers le Divin, avaient entrepris leur propre Yoga, leur propre travail de Trnsformation évolutive consciente. Cela, jusqu’à ce 17 novembre 1973, où le corps de Mère lui aussi sembla mourir…

Et le plus merveilleux est que tout cela ne s’est pas arrêté à Sri Aurobindo et Mère: précisément parce que les changements de fonctionnement se passaient directement au niveau cellulaire, et étaient le résultat d’un apprentissage par la conscience des cellules elles-mêmes, cela se révéla être potentiellement contagieux pour les autres corps s’ils avaient la réceptivité voulue – car c’est ainsi que l’Évolution avance: à travers les modes de fonctionnement nouveaux appris par les cellules d’un corps, se répandant peu à peu dans d’autres et devenant ainsi un nouveau potentiel pour toute l’espèce. Lorsqu’il s’agit, comme c’est le cas maintenant, de changements fondamentaux comme ceux rendus possibles par la Conscience-Force Supramentale, c’est carrément à une Nouvelle Ére que l’on commence à assister.

Grâce au Travail Évolutif énorme accompli par Sri Aurobindo et Mère, c’est le Futur de nos corps qui est désormais en marche, irrésistiblement.

Mère avait expliqué que la décision finale serait laissée aux cellules de son corps, ou bien de mener à son terme la Transformation de ce corps-là, ou bien, si elles voyaient que cela serait encore plus utile pour la Terre, de se disperser en autant d’autres corps que possible, qu’elles ensemenceraient ainsi de la Contagion Dorée qu’elles portaient en elles. Peut-être bien que ces cellules se sont débrouillées pour faire les deux à la fois: le nouveau corps pour Mère, qu’elle et d’autres avaient déjà vu dans le Physique Subtil, et aussi une dispersion de certaines cellules pour “contagionner” d’autres corps!…

Car certains d’entre nous le savent par expérience directe: ô merveille stupéfiante, leur corps a déjà commencé à s’éveiller, souvent sans qu’ils l’aient voulu ni même jamais envisagé comme possible !..

C’est de cette manière-là que cela a commencé justement pour mon propre corps, il y a longtemps, et c’est ce dont il a une gratitude si infinie: quand tant lui a été donné, tel un incroyable, inestimable Cadeau, comment ne souhaiterait-il pas ardemment faire de ce Cadeau la meilleure utilisation possible, consacrant chaque instant de son existence à cette Transformation à manifester, qui rendra honneur aux deux Pionniers qui ont fait qu’une si merveilleuse Transformation devienne possible: Sri Aurobindo et Mère…

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17.11.17: Gratitude de mes Cellules pour les Cellules du Corps de Mère

(Traduction de l’article en anglais précédent)

Depuis l’Anniversaire d’Auroville cette année (le 28 février 2017) la conscience de mes cellules  a franchi un important pas de plus, affirmant sa propre indépendance à l’égard des parties mentale et vitale en moi, qui avaient pour habitude d’utiliser constamment le corps pour ce qui les intéressait elles – une habitude existant depuis toujours en chacun de nous êtres humains, et que l’on ne remarque même pas tellement elle semble “normale”.

Mais maintenant que le Pas Nouveau dans l’évolution terrestre s’est produit, les choses sont en train de changer: dans le corps de Mère, pour commencer, un moment est venu où les cellules n’ont plus accepté cette ancienne manière de s’y prendre, qui n’est en réalité qu’un esclavage du corps à ces deux autres parties extérieures de notre être, le Mental et le Vital.

Lorsque le corps dans son ensemble en vient au point où la seule chose qu’il veut vraiment est de servir uniquement le Divin, ressenti et obéi directement grâce à l’influence aimante de notre Ëtre Psychique individuel, dans notre Centre du Coeur, alors cette révolte contre ses précédents maîtres indignes devient inéluctable. Je ne m’attendais pas cependant à ce qu’elle se produise aussi tôt dans mon propre corps, si bien que je ne pensais même pas du tout à cette possibilité, mais une fois de plus, comme pour les précédents grands pas accomplis par ma conscience cellulaire, celui-ci m’a totalement prise par surprise.

Depuis lors, ce changement radical a transformé à nouveau toute ma vie, ce jour-ci lui-même apportant dès le matin tôt une intention nouvelle dans mon corps, de vouloir célébrer ce Jour de Darshan spécial d’une manière bien à lui: honorer spécifiquement ces cellules héroïques du corps de Mère qui avaient remporté toutes les victoires nécessaires, rendant ainsi possible maintenant pour ces cellules du mien d’avoir l’expérience de cette incroyable évolution dont jour après jour elles ont eu l’expérience de manière toujours grandissante depuis que la “contagion” de l’éveil a été semée en elles lorsqu’enfin elles ont vu le corps de Mère, debout en total émerveillement devant lui qui était supposé être mort.

Alors mes cellules ce matin, pendant ma méditation habituelle (à laquelle de toutes façons elles se joignent d’une manière ou d’une autre), m’ont déclaré intérieurement qu’elles avaient quelque chose à dire par écrit, parce que c’était important; cela se révéla être un “Manifeste des Corps”, que je cite ici dans l’original français qu’elles écrivirent ensuite dans mon cahier-journal:

MANIFESTE  DES  CORPS

“Il est venu, le Temps des Corps

Qui ne veulent plus souffrir encore,

Et qui refusent leur accord

À des scripts de douleur et mort.

Ils veulent la Loi du Non-Effort

(Qui est la Vraie Loi), et leur essor

Loin de tous ces si mauvais sorts,

Retrouvant le Délice d’Or

De la Vérité Vraie des Corps.”

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Wouah. Quelle remarquable Déclaration en effet, et exprimée de surcroît avec quelle force ! Ce que j’ai cité ci-dessus n’en est que la première partie, qui fut écrite séparément comme formant un tout, mais fut suivie à peine quelques instants plus tard par une seconde partie, adressée celle-là directement au Suprême, à travers la magnifique image (de grande taille) de Lui/Elle que nous toutes aimons tant, mes cellules et moi, et gardons près du lit où nous dormons, de façon à nous endormir la nuit et nous éveiller au matin sur cette si inspirante Vision.

Comme cette seconde partie était plus intimiste et moins valable pour tous les corps,  je m’arrêterai là dans ce témoignage dont j’espère qu’il illustrera suffisamment les étonnants progrès devenant maintenant possibles pour la conscience de nos cellules … grâce à celles de Mère, ne l’oublions jamais!…

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17.11.17: Gratitude to Mother’s body-cells from my body-cells

Since Auoville’s Birthday this year (Feb, 28th, 2017) the consciousness of my cells has undergone a very important new step,  asserting its own independence from the mental and the vital parts of me that were in the habit of constantly using the body for their own purposes – a habit which has been going on since ever within us human beings, and that is not even noticed any more in our consciousness, so ‘normal’ it seems to be.

But now that the present New Step in terrestrial evolution has begun, things are rapidly changing: in Mother’s body to start with, a time came indeed in the cells when they didn’t accept anymore this old way that is actually a slavery of the body to those two other outer parts of the being, the Mental and the Vital,

When the body as a whole has come to the point where all it really wants is to serve the Divine only, felt and obeyed directly thanks to the loving influence from our individual Psychic Being right in our Heart Centre, then this rebellion against its previous unworthy masters is bound to happen. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon though, with my own body, so I wasn’t even thinking of such a possibility at all, but once again like the previous big steps taken by my cellular consciousness, this new one too took me completely by surprise.

Since then this drastic change has transformed my life all over again, today itself bringing from its early morning a new attitude in my body, of wanting to celebrate this special Darshan Day in its own way: honoring specifically those heroic cells in Mother’s body that won all the needed victories, making it possible now for these cells of mine to experience the incredible evolution they have been experiencing day after day in ever increasing ways since  the “contagion” of the awakening was sown in them when they saw at last Mother’s body, while standing in total awe in front of it when it was said to have died.

So my cells  this morning, during my usual meditation (to which they since long associate themselves anyway to one extent or the other) declared inwardly to me that they had to say something in writing, as it was important: it turned out to be a ‘Manifesto of the Bodies.” I’ll quote it first in the French original they proceeded to write on my Diary Notebook:

MANIFESTE  DES  CORPS

“Il est venu, le Temps des Corps

Qui ne veulent plus souffrir encore,

Et qui refusent leur accord

À des scripts de douleur et mort.

Ils veulent la Loi du Non-Effort

(Qui est la Vraie Loi), et leur essor

Loin de tous ces si mauvais sorts,

Retrouvant le Délice d’Or

De la Vérité Vraie des Corps.”

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There. Quite a Declaration indeed, and a strongly worded one at that. The above is only the first part of it, which was written separately as a whole, but was followed only moments later by more, addressed this time directly to the Supreme, through the big size magnificent representation of Him/Her that we all love, my cells and myself, and have next to the bed where we sleep, so that we fall asleep at night and awaken in the morning with that so inspiring Vision.

I’ll leave out that part that came next, and translate only the main text they wrote first:

MANIFESTO  OF  THE  BODIES

It has come, the Time of Bodies

That just wont suffer anymore

And just refuse their agreement

To scripts of suffering and death.

They want the Law of Non-Effort

(Which is the True Law), their soaring

Far above all so-called bad lucks,

Finding back the Golden Delight

That is the True Truth of Bodies.”

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Only Through this Blog as a Whole Will You Get the Overall Picture

Since I started this Research Blog in 2011 as one more way to reach out to other people anywhere who might be interested, each of my posts has inevitably addressed only one part of the Full Picture needed to understand how it all works within ourselves once we consciously take up the path of Conscious Evolution, particularly as this Integral Yoga Sri Aurobindo and the Mother devised especially for this purpose.

It may have started in its own limited way long before, sometimes already in our early childhood, with strange happenings now and then that we didn’t even know were ‘spiritual experiences, although later on we may have realized they actually were. It has been the case with me, so I know, but still it is only when I read for the first time the first lines of ‘The Life Divine’, my first book by Sri Aurobindo (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/my-first-contact-with-sri-aurobindo-1971/), that my whole life has really entered consciously that Path, which it has never left since. Massive experience after massive experience ensued, already while I was still in France, and then as soon as I arrived in Auroville it was as if the Inner Motor was finally turned really on for good.

So my visitors shouldn’t judge of my present overall spiritual condition only from the recent posts in which I have purposely revealed some of the inner flaws that, like anyone else, I too have had or still have to conquer – or in fact to offer at some point in total humility to our Divine Mother, the Divine as the eternal Mother of the divine child eternally growing in me: for only with Her all-powerful Help can we ever truly overcome an inner obstacle… or simply feel the obstacle suddenly melt and altogether vanish from our being.

It is our Psychic Being, the being of the Soul within us, that gives us that spontaneous, deep and irresistible, childlike Love for the Divine, and the total trust in Him/Her that makes us spontaneously give ourselves totally to that Wonder of Love and Wisdom and Power and Delight that we gradually find is also the One, unique Being our own Higher Self is a particular aspect of, from eternity and for eternity.

So if you read more of those past posts I have also written here since 2011, you will see that the required Psychicisation and Spiritualisation processes have been actually going full blast in me since decades, and far from abating, it is only increasing ever, either in depth or in vastness of the experiences lived again and again in various forms so that the entire being, down to its very body-cells, becomes more and more impregnated with the Divine Reality hiding secretly in each of us, waiting to be discovered and lived ever more constantly as our new normal life.

The little amusing story that I wrote about in my just previous post, is only the latest of those ever surprising advances one may see manifest in oneself, as our Divine Mother makes good use of absolutely any circumstance in our outer life to help us understand something more, or become able to do or be something we couldn’t before. In that way She cuts out every time better one more facet of the future fully revealed divine diamond that each of us is…

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So for grasping the entire Process through which She does in each of us at every moment this wonderful revealing, it is also not enough to read just the last few posts I have written. Each and every post from before has also presented some other part of this Process, that might be useful for you personally, if not today, perhaps at some later point when you suddenly remember having read it and its contents become at once exactly relevant for that moment in your own life…

That’s what Conscious Evolution is about, being simply described this way or that other way along my posts, showing how charmingly varied and ever unexpected this whole Process is, that our entire life gradually becomes, as we enter more and more into the World of the Wonderful.

 

 

 

 

Introducing my own Inner Family

At the end of my previous post, which was about ‘The Rich Complexity of our Being’, I called all those various inner parts of us, in a half joking manner,  our ‘Inner Family’… A rather dysfunctional one to start with, it seems, for most of us!… But let’s not lose hope: harmony can be learned, also within ourselves, through the practice of the Integral Yoga meant  precisely for that integral transformation.

Well, over the years I started having vague impressions of what the main inner parts of me looked like, so to say, or rather what they felt like to me, but for long it remained a very vague, blurry kind of picture, never reaching the stage of a clear one for any of them.

But then something happened in the last few years, which enables me today to introduce you to at least some of those members of my Inner Family, with , lo and behold, some actual (symbolic) images of them!!!

What happened is that since many-many years I have been keeping notes of my dreams and of my experiences at the cellular level. For keeping regularly such an important record for my research work about Conscious Evolution, I regularly got quite simply some little notebooks, the kind that kids use in school, from our internal small general store in Auroville.

For years the covers were photos of beautiful landscapes from all over the world, for awakening a concern for the environment in the kids who would use them. It was really nicely done. I myself enjoyed a lot looking at those spectacular places on the Earth that I would probably never visit, but at least I could know of and admire that way.

But one day when I needed soon a new notebook and went looking for one, all that was available was in a completely different style: the covers now were amusing drawings, probably more likely to attract children. Most of them didn’t attract me at all, though. Until I found one that immediately made me laugh out loud, right in the store, with the joy of recognition:

‘But this is my mental being!!!’ I exclaimed under my breath, and started smiling at it with total glee. The drawing was this one:

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I loved it!!! Without an instant of hesitation, I took it home and was eager to start using it when the previous one did come to an end.

This notebook was quite thick actually, so it stayed with me for an enjoyable rather long time, although I wrote on it daily, and often quite lengthy entries. But still after a while I had to go and find the next one…

This time, no funny drawings on the covers of the available notebooks. A different style again, and not inspiring at all. None of those that I looked at I liked, so what to do?… I kept still looking in the little pile. And suddenly, down at the very bottom, what I saw took my breath away. It was this:

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‘Oh my, a Unicorn!… What a beauty… So powerful, yet so calmly at rest in that lovely protected clearing, in that soft Soul Light… Wow, this must be a symbolic image for something of my Soul, of my Psychic Being! This picture is a pure Blessing from the Divine. I’m taking this home.’

There was one more notebook with the very same cover, of course I gladly added it to the first one.

Those two were again of the thick kind, so they took care of my daily notes for quite a few months. It was pure bliss to look at the cover every time I would use these two notebooks, the second one right after the first was finished. When still finally the time to find a new one came once more, it was with a heavy heart that I went again to that notebook shelf in the store: how could I ever find anything as great as that so resplendent and peaceful Unicorn?…

Surprise: the funny drawings were back on the covers for the whole new pile that was there. I sighed. Would I find again something at least worthwhile, even if only again in that funny style?

Almost at once it came up, quite funny indeed, and yet so charming in its own way:

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Just a split second looking at it, and then I knew, and smiled a huge, sweet grin of recognition again: this was my emotional being, of course! Unmistakable, in every detail of it, just like for the one I had found before that was also such a perfect image of my mental being!!!

I had to laugh softly, thinking of my emotional being so wonderfully rendered in that unexpected but so true portrait of it!…. ‘But wait a minute’, I suddenly thought, ‘what does that mean, getting now this specific little cover after the two wonderful Unicorns?’ Well, I had some idea what it meant, and I wasn’t sure I liked it: it meant that after the wonderful, long inner period that had rested and reinforced my inner strength and purity of purpose – right at the cellular level of my being – the Divine was now warning me somehow, with a smile, through this new so cute and amusing little cover, that my emotional being was going to get some further training, probably so as to be reinforced and purified too!

The ‘Unicorn’ period was still not over, as the second one of those notebooks was still only halfway through, so I kind of forgot what was likely to come next for my sadhana, But several weeks back the second ‘Unicorn’ notebook did come to an end and then came the turn of the cute, sweet girly teddy-bear all in pink, with her pink heart balloon begging for love just as her shy smile did…

My visitors here on this blog know only of the emotional shocks I mentioned, which related to Blogging, but of course that vulnerability is there also in other areas of my life, in an extreme way that as a young adult I soon saw had no cause at all in this lifetime. As I discovered later in Auroville (while in a deliberate trance), it is actually one of the two major ancient problems from another life, that I scripted myself to take up again in this lifetime, knowing that my deep spiritual progress this time around would enable me at last to heal that scarred and scared part of myself once and for all.

Well, when that waiting little notebook came finally to be used, oh my, that was it indeed!!! Since that month of July, emotional shocks from the most unexpected quarters have simply rained on me like hail. I was grateful to the Divine that thanks to this gentle but so clear warning through the new notebook’s cover, I was ready, and didn’t take anything too badly…! As you may have noticed in the end of my post about the shocks related to Blogging, a very liberating sense of humor started even to express itself about it all, right in my emotional being itself… So it is still for the time being a ‘Work in progress’, no doubt, but it is progressing indeed!

Now that you have some idea of what at least those main members of my Inner Family are like in my own case, what I will describe in future posts of the evolutive process as experienced by each of them will be, I hope, a livelier and funnier read, while giving you also, most importantly, a good example of what the Integral Yoga means in daily life…

 

 

 

The Rich Complexity of our Being

My recent post about ‘Blogging and the Emotional risks of it ‘ (in its English original, https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/blogging-the-emotional-risks-of-it/) 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:

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‘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…

 

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