2014 in review

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11 thoughts on “2014 in review

  1. prem jindal

    I read a most interesting article about “Yoga and Hypnotism” by Sri Aurobindo in The Ideal of the Karmayogi”. It appears that this most interesting article about yoga. If I am correct that passivity of mind is the most important and then “Nature” at the command of Divine brings about dramatic changes in your conscious without your own volition. Your own will or effort is not important. Can you please comment on this.
    I will greatly appreciate it
    Prem Jindal

    1. Sandeep Post author

      Just re-read the article. The passivity that Yoga demands is that of the “surface mind” – imagine the area around your temple with all its creases – that part of your body should relax. And Yoga demands an active awareness, so think of how you would remain aware of the area behind your brain, neck, spinal cord, lower back.

      So, your will and effort is indeed important, because it is the combination of this passivity + activeness that allows the Divine to manifest. If you make no positive effort, you could just fall asleep or even worse, you could fall prey to all kinds of malevolent spirits which seek to use you as a medium.

      See this blog post for more:

      Hypnotism only requires passivity; Yoga also requires active awareness mentioned above.

  2. prem jindal

    Dear Sandeep:
    I have enjoyed your comments and your web site and have followed it for many years. Sri Aurobindo wrote a small booklet called ” A System of National Education”. I think that it is a remarkable book and have read it many many times. Sri Aurobindo writes about ” nadi-sudhi”; “Suksmadrsti” and ” Citta-sudhi”. I practice these things off- on and find them extremely useful. I will appreciate if you can expand these ideas and point out where I can get more detailed information about these things.
    I will sincerely appreciate it very much.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Prem Jindal, […] PA , USA

    1. Sandeep Post author

      Suksmadrsti (subtle sight)
      : develops automatically when you advance in Yoga. The third eye between the eyebrow opens and you start getting visuals of the inner planes.

      Citta Suddhi : Citta = mental consciousness. The Suddhi or purification happens when you are able to remain in tranquil state for long periods of time. When the tumultous emotions cease, the heart becomes peaceful and then you begin to get a glimpse of the “inner ocean” of consciousness. The Upanishads call them the “Hridaya-Akashas” See this article “Meditation Techniques from Yoga Upanishads

      Nadi Suddhi : Nadis means the subtle fibres which make up the vital or Pranic sheath. This purification is done by adopting various methods of Pranayama (of which I am not an expert). When the Nadis become strong, you are able to work long hours without getting tired or requiring stimulants like tea, coffee, alcohol.

      For these questions, I would also recommend reading
      Four Austerities and Liberations – by the Mother
      Transcending the work-leisure cycle
      Widen the consciousness

      The Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry publishes many small booklets on Yoga which might help elucidate these questions further. You can check their catalog http://sabda.sriaurobindoashram.org/index.php

      1. prem jindal

        Dear Sandeep:
        Again, I greatly appreciate your quick reply and very helpful references regarding citta-sudhi and nadi-sudhi.
        Sri Aurobindo’ writings have greatly influenced my life and thinking but his writings are not that straight forward to understand and grasp. Your web site is a tremendous help in that directions. Another booklet he has written is ” The Yoga and its Objects” and also ” The Brain of India” Can you enlighten on the topics covered in the two books.
        With kind regards and best wishes,
        Yours Sincerely,
        Prem Jindal

      2. Sandeep Post author

        Dear Prem,

        I would urge you not to post complete contact details in every comment. There are spammers who can misuse the information.

        There is a section called “Notes on the Text” at the end of every volume published by the Ashram. This section describes the context in which an article was written by Sri Aurobindo.

        1) Yoga and its Objects: This was written about 1912. The “Notes on the Text” says that in 1934, Sri Aurobindo wrote that the booklet represented “an early stage” of his sadhana “and only a part of it is applicable to the Yoga as it has at present taken form after a lapse of more than twenty years”.

        For accessible introductions to Yoga, it is best to first read compilations written by A.S.Dalal or M.P.Pandit.

        2) Brain of India : Written around 1910 or before, it called for greater development of brain-power in India. These were observations written by Sri Aurobindo based on his teaching experience at Baroda State and Bengal. He had also written another article titled “National System of Education”. In the “Brain of India”, he says greater intellectuality can be developed via “Brahmacharya” (explained elsewhere).

        Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s ideas on Integral Education can be more easily grasped via a compiled booklet rather than individual articles. These ideas have also been put into practice at the SAICE school in Pondicherry and the Mirambika school in New Delhi and maybe a few others.

        There is a workbook by Neeltje Huppes called “Psychic Education” which is useful.

        For other compilations on Education, see the listing at http://sabda.sriaurobindoashram.org/catalog/booksearch.php?cat=ENGD-PA&category_key=D

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