The Spirit of Divine Love In the Integral Yoga

The complete and powerful transformation from the human standpoint to the divine standpoint, and the impact thereby on the outer life in the world, is most effectively brought about by the central action of devotion, love and adoration in concrete form in the outer world. The yogic paths that are centered in the mind of knowledge, or the dedication of the power of works, can become dry and abstracted from life, or the performance of a stoic duty. When, however, each action takes on the nature of an act of consecration, there is a noticeable change in the sadhana. It becomes less of a struggle and can take on more the aspect of a joyful self-giving.

Sri Aurobindo describes this: “In itself the adoration in the act is a great and complete and powerful sacrifice that tends by its self-multiplication to reach the discovery of the One and make the radiation of the Divine possible. For devotion by its embodiment in acts not only makes its own way broad and full and dynamic, but brings at once into the harder way of works in the world the divinely passionate element of joy and love which is often absent in its beginning when it is only the austere spiritual will that follows in a struggling uplifting tension the steep ascent, and the heart is still asleep or bound to silence. If the spirit of divine love can enter, the hardness of the way diminishes, the tension is lightened, there is a sweetness and joy even in the core of difficulty and struggle.”

“All life turned into this cult, all actions done in the love of the Divine and in the love of the world and its creatures seen and felt as the Divine manifested in many disguises become by that very fact part of an integral Yoga.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 6, The Ascent of the Sacrifice-2, The Works of Love–The Works of Life, pp. 154-155

1 thought on “The Spirit of Divine Love In the Integral Yoga

  1. Thank you Maa!Oh Divine Love, hardness, tension difficulty and struggle are not there in your dictionary.All are wiped out in our upward inner journey, bless us Maa! Namaste.

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