Many of us have at times felt those influences and inspirations which express themselves through us as scientific breakthroughs, poetic verses, stirring musical compositions or great works of art. According to Sri Aurobindo, these moments of inspiration are actually the secret workings of the four powers called Revelation, Inspiration, Intuition and Discrimination. These powers can be consciously cultivated through the practice of Integral Yoga. This post describes these four powers.
The spiritual ego (or magnified ego) develops when one gets excited by powerful spiritual experiences and begins to take pride in one’s success at Yoga. Here are some excerpts from Sri Aurobindo & The Mother on this matter:
The Upanishads, besides delineating various spiritual experiences, also give a few hints on sadhana, i.e., paths of spiritual realization. These methods of sadhana are called vidyas. This post outlines this in brief.
Spiritual experiences provide us with a path to the realization of a higher consciousness within us. Discussing such experiences freely in public is not advised because the power that one has gained through the experience dissipates. These are the remarks of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother on this matter:
The power of imagination gives man the power to create what Sri Aurobindo & The Mother refer to as “formations”. These formations have their own powers and perils as explained here.
Here is Sri Aurobindo on the Gita Chapter 6, Verse 5
uddhared atmanatmanam natmanam avasadayet
atmaiva hy atmano bandhur atmaiva ripur atmanah
This post is about the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 18.
karmany akarma yah pasyed akarmani ca karma yah
sa buddhiman manusyesu sa yuktah krtsna-karma-krut