Letters of Sri Aurobindo
2. Integral Yoga and Other Paths
Fragment ID: 109
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Sri Aurobindo — Nahar, Prithwi Singh
April 26, 1936
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The ascension and descent of the Force in this yoga accomplishes itself in its own way without any necessary reproduction of the details laid down in the Tantric books. Many become conscious of the centres, but others simply feel the ascent or descent in a general way or from level to level rather than from centre to centre, that is, they feel the Force descending first to the head, then to the heart, then to the navel and still below. It is not at all necessary to become aware of the deities in the centres according to the Tantric description, but some feel the Mother in the different centres. In these things our sadhana does not cleave to the knowledge given in the books, but only keeps to the central truth behind and realises it independently without any subjection to the old forms and symbols. The centres themselves have a different interpretation here from that given in the books of the Tantriks.
1 Sri Aurobindo and Mother to Prithwi Singh; CWSA, volume 29: the books
2 Sri Aurobindo and Mother to Prithwi Singh; CWSA, volume 29: is to say, the
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