Any Gate, However Narrow, Can Lead To Realisation

The Gita continually urges the seeker to not be satisfied with a first step of achievement of a wide, calm poise outside the active life of the world. While such a step is accepted as a goal by many, and itself represents a major achievement for most, in fact, one that has been the object of a lifetime of effort, the Gita sets forth the understanding that this is actually a first stage of a process that must continue and achieve the higher goal of Oneness with the immanent Divine both separate from the action of the world and within that action.

Sri Aurobindo describes the yoga and its various methods, as outlined by the Gita: “All Yoga is a seeking after the Divine, a turn towards union with the Eternal. According to the adequacy of our perception of the Divine and the Eternal will be the way of the seeking, the depth and fullness of the union and the integrality of the realisation. Man, the mental being, approaches the Infinite through his finite mind and has to open some near gate of this finite upon that Infinite. He seeks for some conception on which his mind is able to seize, selects some power of his nature which by force of an absolute self-heightening can reach out and lay its touch on the infinite Truth that in itself is beyond his mental comprehension.”

Each individual has a different starting point and different psychological strengths and limitations. Each one, then, works with the power within himself that has the best opportunity of self-exceeding, whether it is the mind of knowledge, the heart of devotion, the will in works, or one of the other paths found in the many different yogic practices that have developed through time.

“However narrow the gate may be, he is satisfied if it offers some prospect into the wideness which attracts him, if it sets him on the way to the fathomless profundity and unreachable heights of that which calls to his spirit. And as he approaches it, so it receives him….”

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part I, Chapter 7, The Supreme Word of the Gita, pp. 323-324

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