Letters of Sri Aurobindo
2. Integral Yoga and Other Paths
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Sri Aurobindo — Doshi, Nagin
April 13, 1936
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Wonderful! The realisation of the Self which includes the liberation from ego, the consciousness of the One in all, the established and consummated transcendence out of the universal Ignorance, the fixity of the consciousness in the union with the Highest, the Infinite and Eternal is not anything worth doing or recommending to anybody – is “not a very difficult stage”!
Nothing new! Why should there be anything new? The object of spiritual seeking is to find out what is eternally true, not what is new in Time.
From where did you get this singular attitude towards the old yogas and yogis? Is the wisdom of the Vedanta and Tantra a small and trifling thing? Have then the sadhaks of the Ashram attained to self-realisation and are they liberated Jivanmuktas, free from ego and ignorance? If not, why then do you say, “it is not a very difficult stage”, “their goal is not high”, “is it such a long process?”
I have said that this yoga is “new” because it aims at the integrality of the Divine in this world and not only beyond it and at a supramental realisation. But how does that justify a superior contempt for the spiritual realisation which is as much the aim of this yoga as of any other?
1 Doshi, Nagin. Guidance...- Vol. 1: from the ego
2 Doshi, Nagin. Guidance...- Vol. 1; CWSA, volumes 29, 35: this
3 Doshi, Nagin. Guidance...- Vol. 1: a difficult
4 Doshi, Nagin. Guidance...- Vol. 1: not so high
5 CWSA, volumes 29, 35: was
6 Doshi, Nagin. Guidance...- Vol. 1; CWSA, volume 35: a
7 Doshi, Nagin. Guidance...- Vol. 1; CWSA, volume 35: change
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