Poorna Yoga - Integration of
The Resurgence, the Renaissance and the Reformation.
Many forms of Yoga exist as Differential Yoga but Aurobindo
integrated them all as Poorna or Integral Yoga.
Philosophers and Yogins had
preferred different aspects of Godhead, but Aurobindo declared
that the aim of Integral yoga is to embrace Him in all aspects and even
beyond aspect. He declared that Yoga is the Art of Conscious Self Finding,
and that Life, not a remotely silent or a highly ecstatic
uplifted Beyond, life alone is the field of the Poorna Yoga.
correcting the orthodox version that spirituality means to
gravitate to the Himalayas.
The Kingdom of Heaven is
not of this world. At the same time,it is of this
world". He declared, averring that the Supermind
- the Alpha and the Omega of Existence - must be brought down to
Terra Firma ! And when we bcome siddha in the Integral Yoga, we
can bring humanity to the same level of perfection !
If we have a material existence,
do we have anterior or posterior existences?
If Matter exists in 3 states -
solid, liquid and gaseous - as ice, water, steam - it implies
that water has an anterior and a posterior state of existence. For, nothing
ever begins to be. It merely undergoes a parallel transformation into
conditions which preexisted in other conditions. Are we talking about
Metempsychosis, Rebirth ? Even if it be so, it wont
surprise anybody, as Dialectiics is defined as the completion of Science in
the Synthesis of Wisdom !
Dr Walter Cannon defined
Homeostasis as "a self regulating mechanism, that which maintains the
constancy of the internal milieu " in his magnum opus " The Wisdom
of the Body". This concept extended to Sociology, Psychology, Cosmology
and Philosophy! Psychologists are talking about psychological
Homeostasis. Cosmologists are now talking about homeostatic
control systems in the Universe,
which prevent cosmic bodies from collision. Newton remarked that planetary
perturbations can destroy the solar system, a view supported by Laplace and
Lagrange. If Earth has an eccentricity > .1 or Mars
> .3, collission can occur ! But some Unknown Wonder prevents this from
Extension of this scientific
concept to Spirituality is Spiritual Homeostasis !
The Path Celestial is not
easy. It is arduous, long, dangerous, difficult. The aspirant will be
subject to a baptism by fire, by the combined forces of Heaven and Hell.
While Heaven will subject him to pitiless trials and cold luminous denials,
Hell will open his hordes to enwound and devastate! Obstacles
and hindrances may appear to impede his progress !
I walk on the Razor's edge alone,
The path is narrow, the Way
In the case of an Exemplar,
Walt Whitman, being human, he was subject to suffering, sorrow and strife,
but he never let these depressive moods reach a dead end, because behind the
body-mind-complex was the Life Force, the Self, the Will and the
passion to surpass the individual and the biological and to enter what
Rilke called " supernumerous existence"!
The male intellect will feel
depressed when a problem is encountered. But, then there is the female
Intuition to raise him up and lead him on to the Goal, as Goethe
divined ! In the Divina Commedia, Dante represents male Intellect and
Beatrice, female Intuition !
Poets are propelled by Inspiration
and Inspiration floweth from Thee, Sarva Prachodanam Prabhavanti