Letters of Sri Aurobindo
2. Integral Yoga and Other Paths
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Sri Aurobindo — Doshi, Nagin
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The impulse towards laya is a creation of the mind, it is not the sole possible destiny of the soul. When the mind tries to abolish its own Ignorance, it finds no escape from it except by laya, because it supposes that there is no higher principle of cosmic existence beyond itself – beyond itself is only the pure Spirit, the absolute impersonal Divine. Those who go through the heart (love, bhakti) do not accept laya, they believe in a state beyond of eternal companionship with the Divine or dwelling in the Divine without laya. All this quite apart from supramentalisation. What then becomes of your starting-point that laya is the inevitable destiny of the soul and it is only the personal descent of the Avatar that saves it from inevitable laya!
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[Largest or earliest found passage: ] Doshi, Nagin. Guidance from Sri Aurobindo: Letters to a Young Disciple.- In 3 volumes.- Volume 1. 1933-34
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