The Application of Diverse Yogic Paths To Achieve the Aims of the Integral Yoga

While the preferred method of development of the integral Yoga is to find a way to include all aspects of the being on a consistent basis right from the outset, Sri Aurobindo reminds us that in the end, each individual nature must address the situation from a unique starting point and with unique sets of capacities and limitations to be resolved. “Yoga is after all primarily a change of the inner consciousness and nature, and if the balance of our parts is such that this must be done with an initial exclusiveness and the rest left for later handling, we must accept the apparent imperfection of the process.”

Sri Aurobindo constantly reminds us not to be enslaved to a specific set doctrine or methodology without taking into account the actual conditions that must be dealt with. When he takes up a specific focus, it is not intended to overshadow or preempt other issues or directions, but more to shine a spotlight on the aspects of that path, and aid the practitioner when he finds himself confronted with the issues addressed by that methodology. For instance, the present focus is centered around the practice of the yoga of works. “In any case, our present preoccupation is with a Yoga, integral in its aim and complete movement, but starting from works and proceeding by works although at each step more and more moved by a vivifying divine love and more and more illumined by a helping divine knowledge.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 3, Self-Surrender in Works–The Way of the Gita, pp. 86-87