Aspiration, Rejection, Surrender

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Sri Aurobindo outlines the spiritual principles behind Integral Yoga

The personal effort required is a triple labour of aspiration, rejection and surrender :

  • an aspiration vigilant, constant, unceasing ― the mind’s will, the heart’s seeking, the assent of the vital being, the will to open and make plastic the physical consciousness and nature;
  • rejection of the movements of the lower nature
    • ― rejection of the mind‘s ideas, opinions, preferences, habits, constructions, so that the true knowledge may find free room in a silent mind,
    • ― rejection of the vital nature’s desires, demands, cravings, sensations, passions, selfishness, pride, arrogance, lust, greed, jealousy, envy, hostility to the Truth, so that the true power and joy may pour from above into a calm, large, strong and consecrated vital being,
    • ― rejection of the physical nature’s stupidity, doubt, disbelief, obscurity, obstinacy, pettiness, laziness, unwillingness to change, tamas, so that the true stability of Light, Power, Ananda may establish itself in a body growing always more divine;
  • surrender of oneself and all one is and has and every plane of the consciousness and every movement to the Divine and the Shakti.   (See more on Surrender )

[Sri Aurobindo. SABCL vol. 25, The Mother, p 7]

10 thoughts on “Aspiration, Rejection, Surrender

  1. ipsa

    True Surrender a poem by Champaklal, a disciple of Sri Aurobindo

    The outer happenings are just a pretext.
    What the Lord wills,
    Ultimately that alone happens in the world. (2)
    With good will towards all, your love,
    You are pouring, simply pouring,
    Pouring on all.

    Whenever your personal desires are not satisfied,
    Even then if you are able to give the same love to everyone,
    Then only you can know that you are steady and patient.

    Whenever your personal desires are not satisfied,
    Then if your faith wavers,
    Then you can know that your surrender is not true at all,
    It is not, it is not, it is not at all a true surrender.

  2. ipsa

    I remember that once we spoke of courage as one of the perfections; I remember having written it down once in a list. But this courage means having a taste for the supreme adventure. And this taste for supreme adventure is aspiration—an aspiration which takes hold of you completely and flings you, without calculation and without reserve and without a possibility of withdrawal, into the great adventure of the divine discovery, the great adventure of the divine meeting, the yet greater adventure of the divine Realisation; you throw yourself into the adventure without looking back and without asking for a single minute, “What’s going to happen?” For if you ask what is going to happen, you never start, you always remain stuck there, rooted to the spot, afraid to lose something, to lose your balance. That’s why I speak of courage—but really it is aspiration. They go together. A real aspiration is something full of courage.


  3. abhijit

    what is sri aurobindo and mothers views on karma sanchit prarabda and agamya and how to burn out the karma
    how many disciples of sri aurobindo and mother have attained the supramental

    1. Sandeep Post author

      > what is sri aurobindo and mothers views on karma:
      > sanchita, prarabda and agamya and how to burn out the karma

      I am going to use Ramana Maharshi’s definition:
      Sanchita Karma: that part which we bring over from past lives.
      Agamya Karma : that part which is being created during this life.
      Prarabdha Karma : that part of Sanchita which has to be experienced in this life.

      Sri Aurobindo and the Mother didn’t express their perspective through these terms, but that doesn’t negate those definitions.

      I have summarized their arguments in two articles
      Aurobindonian Model of Karma and
      Karma can be changed. Your destiny is in your hands.

      > how many disciples of sri aurobindo and mother have attained the supramental

      We are still working on it. 🙂
      First we need to attain the traditional Enlightenment, as you probably know, before we can leap to the next plane. At this point, the less said, the better!

  4. ipsa

    O THOU of whom I am the instrument,
    O secret Spirit and Nature housed in me,
    Let all my mortal being now be blent
    In Thy still glory of divinity.
    I have given my mind to be dug Thy channel mind,
    I have offered up my will to be Thy will :
    Let nothing of myself be left behind
    In our union mystic and unutterable.
    My heart shall throb with the world-beats of Thy love;
    My body become Thy engine for earth-use;
    In my nerves and veins Thy rapture’s streams shall move ;
    My thoughts shall be hounds of Light for Thy power to loose.
    Keep only my soul to adore eternally
    And meet Thee in each form and soul of Thee.

    – Surrender by Sri Aurobindo


  5. ipi

    Every person has aspiration at some level, it is the element which leads his evolution whatever its stage. It may be expressed as a skill or perfection in work, a friendliness to others, an inquisitiveness or interest, etc. In each person we meet we can spark and uplift their aspiration as well as our own by taking some interest in them when they express this positive movement and remaining indifferent and detached when other movements arise.

    Trying to share our aspiration dilutes it. But aligning our own with that in the world around us releases it in greater measure for all.

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  7. Arpan

    I have a confusion regarding nature of “aspiration”.
    How does one aspire while meditating by witness-method ?
    Or is the effort of triple dissociation from mind, vital and body itself an aspiration ?
    Rejection and surrender are implicit in this method I guess.

    It’s just one silly intellectual quandry that has seized my mind these days and interfering with my practice.

    1. Arpan

      Or is it about the “attitude” colouring my meditation ? Eg. I tend to have an attitude of “acceptance” towards all phenomenon while meditating with this method.

      A buddhist monk: Ajahn Brahm says that it is not your object but your attitude towards it that matters in meditation. Similarly, it is not your current mental experience but your attitude towards it that matters.


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