The first chapter of The Mother is clearly intended for someone who aspires to practice and succeed in the practice of the integral yoga and the supramental transformation. It sets forth the expectations, not for “a little progress” but for realisation.
Tibetan Yoga has a famous practitioner by the name of Milarepa, who determined that he would do “whatever it takes” to achieve realisation in one lifetime. Some individuals feel that call and have that determination. This first chapter is for such individuals. But even those who do not feel that specific call, but who still want to understand the principles and start on the way, would do well to understand and take heed of Sri Aurobindo’s guidelines here:
“There are two powers that alone can effect in their conjunction the great and difficult thing which is the aim of our endeavour, a fixed and unfailing aspiration that calls from below and a supreme Grace from above that answers.”
It seems simple. But working this out in detail is where the difficulty lies. The principle of an aspiration from below is essentially the pressure of the seed pushing to break out and spring to life in harmony with the warmth and radiation of the sun that creates the conditions of the seed’s germination.
It is useful to understand that nothing can manifest from Matter that is not already involved in Matter. The involution takes place from the highest planes of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss and the native power of those planes responds as the evolutionary process gets underway.
It is the conjunction of the evolutionary developing consciousness, and its “aspiration”, together with a corresponding response from the native planes of the supramental consciousness, that can carry out the development that is the next stage of the evolution of consciousness.