Disciple : What happens when the human consciousness is replaced by the Divine Consciousness?
Sri Aurobindo : One feels perpetual calm, perpetual strength, – one is aware of Infinity, lives not only in Infinity but in Eternity. One feels the immortality and does not care about the death of the body, and one has the consciousness of the One in all. Everything becomes the manifestation of the Brahman. For instance, as I look around the room I see everything as the Brahman – it is not thinking, it is a concrete experience, – even the wall, the book is Brahman. I see you not as X. but as a divine being in the Divine. It is a wonderful experience.
[A. B. Purani, Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo]
In my view, a man’s value does not depend on what he learns, or his position or fame, or what he does, but on what he is and inwardly becomes.
Ordinarily, the human consciousness is shut in the body like a bottle filled with muddy water. With the practice of Yoga, subtle centers (Chakras) within the body become activated. The passage at the top of the head known as Brahmarandhara opens bringing access to the Superconscient realms. The powers which are awakened by these movements of consciousness cause changes in the human consciousness. During these changes, one may see various symbols and have Visions, Experiences and Realizations. The action of the higher planes upon the body consciousness occurs due to the Ascent and Descent experiences.
The three Gunas(modes of Nature) which constitute the consciousness become purified and change into their divine equivalents:
- sattva(purity) becomes jyoti, the authentic spiritual light;
- rajas(kineticism) becomes tapas, the tranquilly intense divine force;
- tamas(inertia) becomes sama, the divine quiet, rest, peace.
The end result is the psychic transformation, spiritual transformation and perhaps even the supramental transformation. All three are described at Triple transformation.
- Signs of readiness for the spiritual path
- Signs of spiritual apitude
- Stages in the spiritual journey (as per Anandamayi Ma)
- States of self-realization defined in the Gita
- Various ways in which the Kundalini rises
- Why spiritual experiences do not repeat?
- Why does Yoga give you a “high”?
- Explaining the Ascent-Descent in Integral Yoga
- The subtle sounds which indicate progress in Yoga
- The phenomenon of double consciousness
- Identifying the signs of spiritual progress
- Modalities of the Initiation process (Diksha)
- How does the Mind change with Yoga?
- The inversion of day and night (Gita 2:69) which occurs in Brahmic consciousness
- The Divine child suckled by the Vedic day and night
- The Triple Cord which has to be sundered
- The Golden Lid or Hiranmaya Patra which has to be ruptured
- How does a Guru act?
- Can I have more than one Guru?
- Practicing Yoga without a Guru
- The laissez-faire approach of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
- Anandamayi Ma as the Guru
- The Mother Mirra Alfassa as a Guru
- Handling Rejection by the Guru
- Four epistemic methods of consciousness
- The greater powers of the sense-mind (Manas)
- Explaining out-of-body and near-death experiences
- Obsessive-compulsive spirituality by Dr Ramesh Bijlani
- The spiritual ego which can develop
- Sattwic ego, Rajasic ego and Tamasic ego
- A case of Yogic Illness
- Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual program called the Sapta Chatusthaya (Seven Quartets)
- Amat-un-Nur’s essay on Sri Aurobindo’s concept of self-realization