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It is impossible to write coherently on Osho. The mind becomes confounded when approaching him. The only truth one can render upon him is that all of what is said about him, either by sannyasins or by detractors, is a lie. Nothing said can touch what Osho is, and yet words flow forth from all who seriously look into his eyes and look into his words and look into his activities. Many, many useless words, and yet the appeal to his mystery is like diving into the flame of love, knowing that death is the only outcome. They have come by the millions and died for their love of him. Can anyone possibly understand that? If he is a fraud, then the whole universe is a fraud and there is no God.

Or understand the efforts of his devotee lieutenants to take over a portion of Oregon in the 1980s to set up a community for sannyasins to engage in their ecstasy-generating meditations and live together as an advanced human civilization. Watch the Netflix six-hour film Wild Wild Country. Get engaged on both sides! Shake your fist! Wring all the judgments out of your mind; then go onto the website and see the legacy Osho has left behind. And yes, I believe the American government poisoned him. Such a man and the reality he represents, especially at this time in the history of humanity, presents a greater danger than terrorist bombings. Jesus was murdered for the same reason; Mohammed took up arms in his time in order not to be murdered. These men questioned the reality of their worlds, not just the politics. What has changed in thousands of years of human madness and its search for answers? Someone had the balls to say the truth! Look around at all the institutions that control our thinking and our activities. There is no such thing as political freedom. Don’t be fooled. Osho spent his life saying the things that get people killed if those words take on great influence, as Osho’s words did.

Now that he is dead, he is a safe undertaking. No one will follow you into dark alleys. If you end up looking over your shoulders, it will be to see your family and friends inside the barriers they hide behind rather than face the unbounded ocean of being. His legacy is massive. All that he has left behind is alive and well and massively transforming. Osho was a speaker. He spoke eternity. He spoke eternity for thousands of hours. Those talks have been turned into printed books, audiobooks, and videos. Go to the home website. Sign up for newsletters. Become a member. Listen to talks. Acquire and use the Osho Zen Tarot and the Osho Transformation Tarot. Get the physical decks or get the phone apps and use them. Practice the dynamic meditations. Get the music. Dance in the light. Get to know your ecstatic self. Learn their truths. Go on the many websites devoted to him. Feel the praise and the rage. Go on Amazon for print books and audiobooks. Best books to get: The Book of Secrets and Tantra; best audiobook: The Path of Love. My best recommendation is to listen to audiobooks. His English is accented but clear and understandable. He was a college professor before he cut loose from that scene, so he is very educated. He knows a thing or two about saints and sages, ancient and contemporary, history and contemporary politics; he knows scriptures from all religions. He doesn’t hold anything back.

And then when you are done with all of that, get over to Pune, India, southeast of Mumbai, and throw yourself into the fire. Want quick radical change? Go there.

Osho is not safe. He requires of his sannyasins that they give up absolutely everything they believe in, all in the name of undefined existence. Pure existence itself bursts out of his eyes. Nothing he does or says can be contained by the totality of his being. How deeply etched into your consciousness are the boundaries of your life? He will crush them. There is no sober way to approach Osho.

YouTube videos are now overflowing with commercials, so I will leave you with two links:

The Osho Home Page with everything in it.

My Realization, Osho’s narrative of his personal awakening with text (90 min)

Don’t forget to the photos below. Beautiful darshan flows from all the images.

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“Only rare individuals have the strength to take a large immediate plunge straight into the sea of the Divine Infinity. Some therefore must choose as a starting point a concentration in thought or contemplation or the mind’s one-pointedness to find the eternal reality of the Self in them.” –Sri Aurobindo The Synthesis of Yoga

All forms of the divine, whether they originate in the history of the race, or in the deep imagination of a culture, or from the swirl of ideas in the wash of time—all so consecrated forms are gestures of the one Absolute Spirit, impulses of the Infinite intelligence toward the awaking of that single individual who has turned head and heart in the direction of that truth. All other considerations aside, the seeker of God receives what he or she needs in the way of ascending to the path of truth, from which, through the faith and longing in the heart, there is no return, only eternal unfoldment.

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Such a form is Lord Shiva. Worshipped for thousands of years through art, stories, chants, mantras, sutras, ceremony, pilgrimage, and face-on-the-floor surrender, this form of God is a doorway into the infinite for any individual willing to walk through it. Shiva brings his own gifts to the heart he floods with illumination. Divinity specific to this form is a storehouse of revelation. Satchitananda is his home. His earthly abode is atop Mt. Kailash in western Tibet. I know. I have visited the sacred mountain and circumambulated its base. I have touched the north face with mortal hands and have ridden the wave of inner transformation that has led me to this moment. Lord Shiva knows me and I Him. He is the essence of meditation, which is a dive into infinite silence, into consciousness without a thought, into existence before consciousness. I have meditated tens of thousands of hours at his feet. To know Shiva is to be awake to the Absolute. His image is fierce because making the inward turn takes courage that can only deity can provide. Cutting through the waves of infinity is serious business. Shiva is also infinite intelligence. His dance covers the entire cosmos. And, yes, too, “I am Shiva! Lord of Death!”. Om namah Shivia  Om namah Shivia  Om namah Shivia

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Caution is always advised when moving in the direction of the Infinite. A deity worshipped with an open and sincere heart acts as much as a protector as a revealer. On your own is not a safe passage; often the infinite roars like a giant waterfall getting louder as one clutches helplessly to one’s raft. What to do? A steady ascending passage is the gift of the Divine through the chosen deity. Such a deity is not a savior, but the divine uplift inherent in the spirit woven into the mind and heart of the awakening soul. The sadguru will bring the deity to life. Your Higher Self will guide you in its use.

The chant presented here is called the Shiva Gayatri. Gayatri is a rhythm, one of the most ancient rhythms of awakening in the human race. It was the most used by the ancient seers of the Rig Veda. All Gayatri mantras today use that rhythm and several key words. I have underlined those key words in the text below. The original Gayatri Mantra was an offering to the Solar Lord of this system and is the oldest known mantra in existence. It has been rendered today by many devotional singers. Devi Premal has recorded many Hindu devotional chants, the most beloved of which, I believe, is the original Gayatri Mantra. This audio is of me chanting the Shiva Gayatri for ten minutes:

Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe

Mahadevaya Dhimahi

Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat

Om, Let me meditate on the great Purusha,

Oh, greatest God, give me higher intellect,

And let God Rudra illuminate my mind

 Purusha = the divine self, the invisible room, the indefinable;

Rudra = an ancient name for Shiva

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The advantage of taking up a form of worship from outside of one’s home culture is that you can consciously determine how much of the cultural overlay you wish to participate in. The question is how much “debris” do you wish to row your evolutionary boat through on the way to infinity, where all forms burn up in the fire of life? In the privacy of my heart, I can feel the divinity of Jesus, but I would not proclaim that feeling to any others in my world without risking being defined in a way that I know I am not. Think of the mantra above as a tool, one of many possible tools, in this metaphor as an oar; think of the boat as your personal self; think of the river as the evolutionary movement in which your boat moves. When your boat begins moving on its own inexorably toward the goal, no need for the oar. Eventually no need for the boat. I believe in keeping it simple. Feel what it is. Touch the mystery of existence. Touch the mystery of you. The image above is my worship for you to see. The image below is my inner journey for you to see.

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How can we ever know the nature of the womb until we emerge from it into a space where we can turn around and see. Awakenings in the spirit always include a place of living gestations out of which we emerge into an unfamiliar environment: infinity this way, infinity that way; new knowings to wrap around my awareness so I can move forward, understand more, take my place in a new reality. The soul is always in a process of childbirth. The courage to step out of the familiar into the unfamiliar and seek new protection, new forms of knowing as a vehicle for further awakening, puzzles the will that eventually realizes it cannot find viability without the guidance of great beings of the cosmos. Such is the story of this episode.

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We can hardly make progress in our desire to awake without having some fundamental understanding of reality as it is structured in our consciousness. Here is a workable model: We exist as unique, individual psyches within a vast cosmos, about which scientists of our time have given us jaw-dropping explanations; we exist also in an inner reality of many planes of existence outside the thinking mind; and indeed behind all veils lies the transcendental absolute, inner and outer. We exist as individuals, we exist as particles of life in the evolving cosmos, and we exist as the divine source of everything. I am that, you are that, all this is that. In this episode, we touch each of these components of our existence. We look at potential futures of humanity and ask a very interesting question for the soul: Mars or Nirvana? Who chooses? What a mystery to explore possible human destinies! Another choice: artificial intelligence or revelation arising out of the higher mind? Beyond that lies the mystery of existence itself. Get involved! The episode concludes with a passage from Sri Aurobindo’s The Synthesis of Yoga. Though it we seek to activate the gifts of higher mind intelligence: intuition, inspiration, and revelation. Join in. Enjoy the ride.

“For there is yet a third intensely close and personal aspect of the Master of Works which is a key to his sublimest hidden mystery and ecstasy; for he detaches from the secret of the hidden Transcendence and the ambiguous display of the cosmic Movement an individual Power of the Divine that can mediate between the two and bridge our passage from the one to the other. In this aspect the transcendent and universal person of the Divine conforms itself to our individualised personality and accepts a personal relation with us, at once identified with us as our supreme Self and yet close and different as our Master, Friend, Lover, Teacher, our Father and our Mother, our Playmate in the great world-game who has disguised himself throughout as friend and enemy, helper and opponent and, in all relations and in all workings that affect us, has led our steps towards our perfection and our release. It is through this more personal manifestation that we are admitted to some possibility of the complete transcendental experience; for in him we meet the One not merely in a liberated calm and peace, not merely with a passive or active submission in our works or through the mystery of union with a universal Knowledge and Power filling and guiding us, but with an ecstasy of divine Love and divine Delight that shoots up beyond silent Witness and active World-Power to some positive divination of a greater beatific secret. For it is not so much knowledge leading to some ineffable Absolute, not so much works lifting us beyond world-process to the originating supreme Knower and Master, but rather this thing most intimate to us, yet at present most obscure, which keeps for us wrapped in its passionate veil the deep and rapturous secret of the transcendent Godhead and some absolute positiveness of its perfect Being, its all-concentrating Bliss, its mystic Ananda.”

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The Invisible Room Podcast is about generating a psychic motion inside the mind that carries listeners through the many mental, emotional, and physical layers of our existence to come upon a reality of pure spirit, the divine self, Atman, Nirvana, the Buddha-nature, or God if you wish, or the invisible room, the real place, the truth place, the center of the maelstrom. That passage is, to my mind, the truth of our human existence, the thing we do when we wake up from the insistent story-telling of the mass consciousness and the dark resistance put up against those who seek to step outside the well-guarded norms of social, religious, and political beliefs. Something inside us is real! Locating that reality in how we live our confused and tortured lives is the challenge of existence, for beneath even the simplest quotidian activities, there is an inherent anxiety about the place we occupy in the universe and the astonishing lack of knowledge of who we are as human beings and where we are going as our lives unfold, not to mention the destiny of the race. You stand alone and the more awake you are, the more alone you are. The unknown is unrelenting in its power to generate existential anxiety.

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Deeper still is the anxiety that arises out of the structure of human consciousness, which creates a separation between an inner knowing being and an outer world that is existentially experienced as a not-self reality, something alien, and something inherently dangerous. The anxiety generated by that gap is the stuff of human living, and the challenge of religious and spiritual dominions is to overcome that crisis either through a radical restructuring of our consciousness (e.g., Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism) or through a compensation for the alien other by creating out of it a particular loving other, a saint, savior, deity, guru, or God that will make it all okay (all other religion).

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Regardless of whether one is religious or not, every human being faces from moment to moment these crises of the unknown and the unknowable as an ongoing anxiety out of which all other anxieties arise. For most human beings this anxiety is a deadening hum arising out of the infinite.

So how to deal with this anxiety in this podcast and in the awakenings represented in the stories, images, and darshan pages on the website? And who are these people anyway? What appears here are some gestures for moving forward with that kind of knowledge. Take it as it is. Being awake means taking responsibility for the situation you are in, which manifests in the intense longings that arise in the heart, mind, and body, urging you to do something, even if the person next to you has no idea.

Tuning in to the one real voice inside of us is the only chance we have for approaching this anxiety with courage.

If you want to define this anxiety as arising from separation from God, feel free. In the west, it’s the norm. The exile of Adam and Eve from Eden for committing a crime against God is the dominant story in western consciousness. This story has turned western civilization into a morality play of crime, punishment, and redemption, which is being acted out behind every door in every home and office, and in every public forum, including in, especially, the mass media. The Old Testament is the life of separation-from-God anxiety lived by the guilty descendants of Adam and Eve, struggling from generation to generation on the way to some undefined redemption, or acceptance of the simple belief that being Jewish is enough. The New Testament represents the opportunity to live life free of that anxiety by inviting in Jesus to pay the fine arising from our de facto guilt, paving the way to an anxiety free afterlife. The question here, of course, is whether the real Jesus can be freed from imprisonment in the dungeons of the mass consciousness to affect personal redemption, not to mention the mass uplifting of believers into his eternal presence in an afterlife. Two thousand years of absence and counting. The same is true for Mohammad and Moses within their respective cultures. The overall failure of western and eastern religions to alleviate human ignorance and suffering after thousands of years of applying that “software,” to human pain and longing should be apparent to anyone willing to look up and assess. From within those institutions, however, no self-diagnostics are allowed. Self and other remains self and other, unredeemed and still looking. Perhaps nature has a plan. Perhaps God has a plan. Perhaps there are better odds here than drawing to an inside strait.

Tuning in to the one real voice inside of us is the only chance we have for approaching this anxiety with courage.

 Synthesis of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo

 Book of Secrets by Osho

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The longing to return to God is always there. It may manifest in many different modes familiar to us as human beings. Any desire to create, whether it be a physical object, or a mental idea, or a garden of feelings, they all point back to the source of their creation. But now, as we awake, we can actually sense a path back the way we came, what we knew before darkness fell into our knowing, how the things we love are always a reminder of the absolute bliss consciousness which is always there and to which we can ascend were we to apply an intent and purpose.

Episode 59 engages listeners in a process of lifting the dense mind out of its struggle with existence, passing through the higher mental faculties of revelation, inspiration and intuition, into faculties of transcendental knowledge and bliss. It is possible to experience these things here and now. We can always go there given the right intent, the right angle, and the right conditions. In this episode I hope to provide all three. The material below will guide you as you listen. Here you are. Give it a try. No promises. Tune in, energize, and ascend! Or just kick back and enjoy the ride!

The Method:

  1. selecting text or activity
  2. generating shakti (energy)
  3. establishing sense of purpose
  4. establishing a sense of continuing

Expected results: knowledge of transcendence; recognition of the independence of transcendental consciousness from the mind; the inspiration to explore higher states of consciousness; activation of higher mind faculties

 

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Aurobindo text one:

“The method we have to pursue, then, is to put our whole conscious being into relation and contact with the Divine and to call Him in to transform our entire being into His. Thus in a sense God Himself, the real Person in us, becomes the sadhaka (the perfection) of the sadhana (the practice) as well as the Master of the Yoga by whom the lower personality is used as the centre of a divine transfiguration and the instrument of its own perfection.”

Aurobindo text two:

“The terminology of Yoga recognises besides the status of our physical and vital being, termed the gross body and doubly composed of the food sheath and the vital vehicle, besides the status of our mental being, termed the subtle body and singly composed of the mind sheath or mental vehicle, a third, supreme and divine status of supra-mental being, termed the causal body and composed of a fourth and a fifth vehicle which are described as those of knowledge and bliss.

But this knowledge is not a systematised result of mental questionings and reasonings, not a temporary arrangement of conclusions and opinions in the terms of the highest probability, but rather a pure self-existent and self-luminous Truth.

And this bliss is not a supreme pleasure of the heart and sensations with the experience of pain and sorrow as its background, but a delight also self-existent and independent of objects and particular experiences, a self-delight which is the very nature, the very stuff, as it were, of a transcendent and infinite existence.

Do such psychological conceptions correspond to anything real and possible? All Yoga asserts them as its ultimate experience and supreme aim. They form the governing principles of our highest possible state of consciousness, our widest possible range of existence. There is, we say, a harmony of supreme faculties, corresponding roughly to the psychological faculties of revelation, inspiration and intuition, yet acting not in the intuitive reason or the divine mind, but on a still higher plane, which see Truth directly face to face, or rather live in the truth of things both universal and transcendent and are its formulation and luminous activity. And these faculties are the light of a conscious existence superseding the egoistic and itself both cosmic and transcendent, the nature of which is Bliss. These are obviously divine and, as man is at present apparently constituted, superhuman states of consciousness and activity.

A trinity of transcendent existence, self-awareness and self-delight is, indeed, the metaphysical description of the supreme Atman, the self-formulation, to our awakened knowledge, of the Unknowable whether conceived as a pure Impersonality or as a cosmic Personality manifesting the universe. But in Yoga they are regarded also in their psychological aspects as states of subjective existence to which our waking consciousness is now alien, but which dwell in us in a superconscious plane and to which, therefore, we may always ascend.”

Important links:

The Sri Aurobindo Page on The Invisible Room Podcast Website

Synthesis of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo

Creating a Spiritual Practice on the Podcast Website

Explorations of Synthesis of Yoga

  1. Click link and read all the chapter titles
  2. Read the first section entitled The Conditions of the Synthesis (50 pages. — use technique above; get there on your own)
  3. Read entire book as sadhana (practice every day)
  4. Change your name and move to India (just kidding)

Elements of a Spiritual Practice (sadhana)

A) Deep meditation; ideas, beliefs, and texts that reference reality, the absolute spirit, the shores of the unknown; read it or listen to it and experience it; (rishi)

B) Images, music, mantras, techniques, or things rhythmic, like chants and drumming, that stir the energy of the cosmos; shakti, the divine mother, the holy spirit; feel it and experience it; (devata)

C) A stance for engaging the mass consciousness without being weighed down by it; a stance that protects your heart, becoming a warrior; becoming a voice for truth; being true to yourself; ready to die for it (chhandas)

D) A sadhana, a practice (using elements 1-3), a showing to God of your commitment; generating more light day by day; opening your heart to other dimensions of reality; inviting in the higher beings to facilitate your efforts to create; becoming a long distance seeker; all in for fully awake; getting noticed (bhakti)

 

“The Supermind is the divine Gnosis which creates, governs and upholds the worlds: it is the secret Wisdom which upholds both our Knowledge and our Ignorance.”The Life Divine

“The spiritual life will draw its sustenance not from desire but from a pure and selfless spiritual delight of essential existence.”The Synthesis of Yoga

Creating one of these darshan pages is like jumping into the unbounded ocean of being qualified by the specific dramatic visions and undertakings of great souls who have walked among us, or who are still spreading their divine natures to all who wish to live an awakened life. Sri Aurobindo, who lived from 1872-1950, was a political revolutionary activist early in his life and a revolutionary thinker and spiritual visionary for the greater part his adult life. He grew up and was educated in England but when he returned to Calcutta, he took up violent opposition to the British occupation of India. He spent a year in jail, where he had life-transforming visions of God. When he was released from prison, he fled south to Pondicherry, which at the time was a French enclave, with the intent to continue his political activity. It did not turn out that way. Most of his adulthood until he died in 1950 was spent in seclusion with a small group of devoted disciples as he managed his experiences of higher dimensions of reality, God-realization (in the form of Krishna), God union, and ongoing cognitions of reality beyond human consciousness, as well as the influx of divine consciousness into humanity as part of the evolution of spirit, all of which in its totality he called Integral Yoga. He wrote books, many books, which probably constitute the most inclusive model of reality around, a model which, by the way, is devoid of influence of western religion, which he knew about intimately, but which chose not to include in his written expression.

“Good grief!” as Charlie Brown used to say. I am embarrassed to have tried such a simplistic verbalization of Aurobindo’s work, but my job at the moment is just to provide a match for the reader to strike on whatever ground he or she wishes. Many grounds are provided on this page. Besides, as I move deeper into Sri Aurobindo’s consciousness, I anticipate making more precise statements. This is just for starters.

Sri Aurobindo made two major revisions to Indian spiritual thinking. First was his emphasis on the “Supermind,” which he described as the link between cosmic intelligence (sachchidananda) and human existence; it functions as the active evolutionary intelligence of all reality (I hope I got that right), as opposed to the indefinable Brahman, which is beyond being and doing. His second contribution was to reject the Indian depiction of reality as an eternal repetition of cycles of eons called yugas; he depicts human existence as part of an ever-expanding evolution of consciousness into a beyond still yet to be discovered. He wrote profound and densely packed expositions of these realities.

His companion, The Mother, became the translator of his experience and knowledge into a practical landscape, which included teaching and giving darshan, and the creation and maintenance of an Ashram in Pondicherry in southern India until her death in 1973. The Supermind is said to have “downloaded” into her in 1959. She also was the inspiration for the small, dedicated community of Auroville outside of Pondicherry which draws many visitors and seekers who come to bathe in this knowledge.

The videos below are all extraordinary. The first three are a discussion of Sri Aurobindo’s life and cosmic vision, which is delivered by a wonderfully articulate Dr. Debashish Banerjee. They are well worth a listen and will be sufficient for those who wish to take a quick dip into Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual energy and teachings.

The two videos that follow are dynamic animations of Sri Aurobindo’s cosmic vision. The visuals, music, and descriptions of these realities are a powerful immersion into Aurobindo’s full vision in a very short time. Don’t be surprised if your intuition starts flashing insights. If you want to cut to the chase and go big, go directly to “Evolution Fast Forward Part 2.” If you want to see the multi-dimensional reality of the human being and our connection to higher planes of existence, go to “Evolution Fast Forward Part 3.” One should prepare for a shift in consciousness while watching these videos. The analytical mind will not fare well.

After imbedding oneself in Sri Aurobindo’s massive cosmology, one has to ask: Is there any more the mind can do in addressing the evolution of humanity? and What does it say about the state of one’s personal evolution, if one simply passes Sri Aurobindo by? Not a light undertaking. Simple truth is: It’s not just the information or the intellectual vision. Things change inside by exposing oneself to this material. It’s so inclusive. Doors open. Consciousness seeps out of its personal boundaries into an unfamiliar vastness. Higher this or that?  It doesn’t matter. These doors don’t close. That’s all you need to know. 
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My most life-altering experience of Sri Aurobindo has come in reading his major work The Life Divine. This book does not open up to the faint of heart, and those readers who approach it with no background in Indian spirituality would probably find it too daunting to undertake. Naturally, when I became aware of its challenging qualities, I dove right in thumping my chest. Things did not turn out the way I thought.

Lesson: you must learn to use the mind in a different way reading this book; you use it as a launching platform rather than as a thought processor. Think of a Saturn V rocket on the way to the moon. As you read, you find yourself drawn into a higher cognitive function where the abstract conditions, which are the characters in this life divine drama, become as real as the person sitting next to you at dinner. One’s consciousness is the life divine active within itself.

Originally, my intent was to read it beginning to end as was my predilection with books. After reading through nearly half of it in that fashion, my intent broke down. I was devastated to find that it was so hard to manage. Understanding was not a problem. It was the fact that each sentence required deep attention. Imagine a swimmer diving deep into the ocean; he can get where he wants to go but cannot stay long. In reading this book, I had to revise what it meant to “understand” something. I had to learn to dive deeper and to stay longer. Takes practice.

One morning while reading I was hit by a flash of psychic lightening which cracked open my mind as if it were a walnut, and suddenly I knew things the human mind was not structured to know. Alas, I knew them for only as long as it takes lightning to strike. After spending weeks cultivating these intuitional lightning strikes in short bursts of random reading, and having great experiences, I put The Life Divine on my bookshelf, where it rests just to my right. After all, where to go with this? Did these experiences have anything to Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga? Look at the image below. From which gradation of mind do we experience life energy, including language arising out of reading?

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Approaching Sri Aurobindo and The Mother requires a willingness to submit yourself to the cosmic mind, or the “Supermind,” as they called it. It is not a warm invitation. The outer cosmos is a real place, but it is not a warm place. Once your psyche breaks through to this level of existence, all pretenses of personal spiritual accomplishment evaporate. I heard Osho say once that Sri Aurobindo wrote great books but that he was not enlightened. One crack of lightning from the Supermind into one’s small personal existence will make such a comment irrelevant and, indeed, any pretenses about enlightenment as a personal goal seem trivial, at least for as long as one is in contact with that higher consciousness space.

A day devoted to viewing the two “Evolution Fast Forward” videos and reading a chapter or two from this book can be life transforming. Be with it and things will change.

I love walking through doors through which there is no return!

All of Sri Aurobindo’s books are available as PDF files at this site:

Don’t forget to scroll down past the videos to the photo gallery.