The Integral Yoga’s Threefold Process To Transform the Emotional and Vital Nature of Man

The usual solutions to dealing with the vital drives and the heart’s emotions include all the various options described as ethical, moral, and religio-ethical, including altruism, philanthropy and humanitarian service. All of these are founded and based in the mental consciousness and thus represent only partial solutions or compromises to try to control or upgrade the egoistic reactions. As a result, they cannot effectuate the complete transformation nor provide the uplifting force needed to totally spiritualise the action of the being from the divine standpoint. Sri Aurobindo explains the essential difficulty of trying to resolve these issues at the level of mind: “The mind is the sphere of the dualities and, just as it is impossible for it to achieve any absolute Truth but only truths relative or mixed with error, so it is impossible for it to achieve any absolute good; for moral good exists as a counterpart and corrective to evil and has evil always for its shadow, complement, almost its reason for existence. But the spiritual consciousness belongs to a higher than the mental plane and there the dualities cease; for there falsehood confronted with the truth by which it profited through a usurping falsification of it and evil faced by the good fo which it was a perversion or a lurid substitute, are obliged to perish for want of sustenance and to cease.”

Sri Aurobindo describes the process of the integral Yoga in addressing these issues: “The integral Yoga, refusing to rely upon the fragile stuff of mental and moral ideals, puts its whole emphasis in this field on three central dynamic processes–the development of the true soul or psychic being to take the place of the false soul of desire, the sublimation of human into divine love, the elevation of consciousness from its mental to its spiritual and supramental plane by whose power alone both the soul and the life-force can be utterly delivered from the veils and prevarications of the Ignorance.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 5, The Ascent of the Sacrifice-1, The Works of Knowledge–The Psychic Being, pp. 143-144

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