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The Synthesis of Yoga – Recitation and Summaries

The Synthesis of Yoga is Sri Aurobindo’s major work on Integral Yoga. In it are highlighted the ambitious methods and means of seeking the Divine integrally. The basic mantra is Aspiration, Rejection and Surrender.Yoga, must not be a goal, but the goal of Life for, All Life is Yoga.

The below links will make your study of this work easier than ever.

Download the complete text here.

Download audio recitations of all chapters from the Introduction and Part I here [mp3 at 48kbps CBR]. The rest are on their way.

David Hutchinson has prepared chapter-wise summaries of the book. They are available at collaboration.org.

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January 31, 2009 at 3:47 am Leave a comment

Certitudes

In the deep there is a greater deep, in the heights a greater
height. Sooner shall man arrive at the borders of infinity than at
the fullness of his own being. For that being is infinity, is God –
I aspire to infinite force, infinite knowledge, infinite bliss.
Can I attain it? Yes, but the nature of infinity is that it has no
end. Say not therefore that I attain it. I become it. Only so can
man attain God by becoming God.
But before attaining he can enter into relations with him,
To enter into relations with God is Yoga, the highest rapture &
the noblest utility. There are relations within the compass of the
humanity we have developed. These are called prayer, worship,
adoration, sacrifice, thought, faith, science, philosophy. There
are other relations beyond our developed capacity, but within
the compass of the humanity we have yet to develop. Those are
the relations that are attained by the various practices we usually
call Yoga.
We may not know him as God, we may know him as Nature,
our Higher Self, Infinity, some ineffable goal. It was so that Buddha
approached Him; so approaches him the rigid Adwaitin. He
is accessible even to the Atheist. To the materialist He disguises
Himself in matter. For the Nihilist he waits ambushed in the
bosom of Annihilation.

-‘Essays Divine and Human’, 1910-1950

January 30, 2009 at 3:19 am Leave a comment

Podcast: The Core of the Gita’s Meaning

A Recitation of the chapter from ‘Essays on the Gita’.

The Core of the Gita’s Meaning

January 29, 2009 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

Podcast: The Message of the Gita

Recitation of the last chapter from ‘Essays on the Gita’. Click to download.

Download: The Message of the Gita

January 28, 2009 at 2:21 am Leave a comment

The Message of the Gita

Existence is not merely a machinery of Nature, a wheel of law in which the soul is entangled for a moment or for ages; it is a constant manifestation of the Spirit. Life is not for the sake of life alone, but for God, and the living soul of man is an eternal portion of the Godhead. Action is for self-finding, for self-fulfillment, for self-realization and not only for its own external and apparent fruits of the moment or the future.

Know then your self; know your true self to be God and one with the self of all others; know your soul to be a portion of God. Live in what you know; live in the self, live in your supreme spiritual nature, be united with God and Godlike. Offer, first, all your actions as a sacrifice to the Highest and the One in you and to the Highest and the One in the world; deliver last all you are and do into his hands for the supreme and universal spirit to do through you his own will and works in the world.

– ‘Essays on the Gita’, 1928

January 28, 2009 at 2:16 am Leave a comment

Podcast: The Ideal of the Karmayogin

A recitation of this beautiful essay by Sri Aurobindo that first appeared in the weekly review called Karmayogin on 19 June 1909.  Click to download.

The Ideal of the Karmayogin

January 27, 2009 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

Podcast: Uttarapara Speech

Recitation of the famous Uttarapara Speech which Sri Aurobindo made on 30 May 1909 soon after his release from Alipore jail. Click to download.

Uttarapara Speech

January 26, 2009 at 2:05 am Leave a comment

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What we propose in our Yoga is nothing less than to break up the whole formation of our past and present which makes up the ordinary material and mental man and create a new centre of vision and a new universe of activities in ourselves which shall constitute a divine humanity or a superhuman nature.
Sri Aurobindo

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