Understanding the Comprehensive Aim of the Integral Yoga

Each path of Yoga has its own aims and methodology. For some it is immersion in the impersonal Absolute; for others it is becoming the perfect implement of a divine action; and for yet others, it is the intensity of love and devotion that comes from a deep union with the personal Divine. The seeker of the integral Yoga looks for a complete transformation of the life at all levels and in all parts of the being. All of the realisations that are part of the more specialized paths are to be incorporated into the integral approach.

Sri Aurobindo observes: “The aim of this synthetic or integral Yoga which we are considering, is union with the being, consciousness and delight of the Divine through every part of our human nature separately or simultaneously, but all in the long end harmonised and unified, so that the whole may be transformed into a divine nature of being. Nothing less than this can satisfy the integral seer, because what he sees must be that which he strives to possess spiritually and, so far as may be, become.”

“And since God meets us in many ways of his being and in all tempts us to him even while he seems to elude us,–and to see divine possibility and overcome its play of obstacles constitutes the whole mystery and greatness of human existence,–therefore in each of these ways at its highest or in the union of all, if we can find the key of their oneness, we shall aspire to track out and find and possess him. Since he withdraws into impersonality, we follow after his impersonal being and delight, but since he meets us also in our personality and through personal relations of the Divine with the human, that too we shall not deny ourselves; we shall admit both the play of the love and the delight and its ineffable union.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Three: The Yoga of Divine Love, Chapter 6, The Delight of the Divine, pp. 562-563

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