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The object of our yoga

The object of our yoga is self-perfection, not self annulment.

There are two paths set for the feet of the Yogin, withdrawal from the universe and perfection in the universe; the first by acetism, the second is effected by tapasya; the first receives us when we lose God in Existence, the second is attained when we fulfil existence in God. Let ours be the path of perfection, not of abandonmentl let our aim be victory in the battle, not the escape from all conflict.

Buddha and Shankara supposed the world to be radically false and miserable; therefore, escape from the world was to them the only wisdom ^1. But this world is Brahman, the world is God, the world is Satyam, the world is Ananda; it is our misreading of the world through mental egoism that is a falsehood and our wrong relation with God ^2 in the world that is a misery. There is no other falsity and no other cause of sorrow. Read more »

The Hour of God

From the back of the Hour of God by Sri Aurobindo.
ISBN: 978-81-7058-834-4
with pieces written from 1910 – 1940.

Man’s greatness is not in what he is but in what he makes possible. His glory is that he is the closed place and secret workshop of a living labour in which supermanhood is made ready by a divine Craftsman.

But he is admitted to a yet greater greatness and it is this that, unlike the lower creation, he is allowed to be partly the conscious artisan of his divine change. His free assent, his consecrated will and participation are needed that into his body may descend the glory that will replace him. His aspiration is earth’s call to the supramental Creator.

If earth calls and the supreme answers, the hour can be even now for that immense and glorious transformation.

Maya and Deconstruction

This is the beginning of the last chapter of the 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik and it is called Nataraja‘s secret: destruction is deconstruction.

Brahma creates. Shiva destroys. Brahma is not worshipped. Shiva is worshipped. This is because Brahma creates Kama, Yama and Tripura, desire, death and the three worlds. Shiva is Kamantaka, Yamantaka and Tripurantaka, destroyer of desire, death and the three worlds.

Humans desire life, fear death, and construct three worlds because humans fear death more than any other living creature on Earth. Our fear is greater because we can imagine. We imagine what happens after death, we imagine a world without death, we imagine a world without us and wonder what is the point of life. Unable to make sense of things, we try to control life – we get attached to things, we resist change, and we create property. Human civilization is thus rooted in fear. Its a delusion. Brahmanda or culture is Maya. Read more »

on this world your blessing lord

1. On this World your blessing, Lord,
On this World your grace bestow.
On this World your blessing, Lord,
May it come and never go,
Bringing peace and joy and happiness,
Bringing love that knows no end.
On this World your blessing, Lord,
On this World your blessing send. Read more »

king janaka and tantra / aghora

One day King Janaka was taken to heaven by a messenger of the god. While there, he asked to see hell, which he had not seen before. A demon was summoned, and Janaka was taken to hell.

When they arrived, Janaka was surprised to see that everyone there was happy and smiling, but the demon was even more surprised, because everyone in hell is supposed to be in agony, miserable. When the demon asked for an explanation, one of the inhabitants of hell replied, “When we look at him (meaning Janaka), we feel that he is bearing our karmas for us, so that soon all our evil karmas will be finished and we will also be able to go to heaven”. Read more »

ode to hymn

Chorus : Seek the Lord when in trouble,
Seek the Lord midst your care,
Seek the Lord when you are happy,
Seek him everywhere.
When you wake at break of day
Just lift your heart and to Him say
“I don’t know what this day will bring
But Lord, I offer you everything.” Read more »

power supreme

From page 130 of Aurobindo’s Isha Upanishad (as per this), and the end of Powers Within compiled by AS Dalal.

Look up, O Child of the ancient Yoga, and be no longer a trembler and a doubter; fear not, doubt not, grieve not; for in your apparent body is One who can create and destroy worlds with a breath.

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da new blog

da cuz of mine has started a blog

divine sanction

This bit is from John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s Silmarillion. It tells of the history of Creation, the trials of the Gods of Ea or Earth, the deeds of Morgoth Bauglir (the Devil), the concept of Eru the Creator who is illimitable, the firstborn (Elves) and the afterborn (Men)

Aule is the member of Tolkien’s pantheon most skilled in craft, whose consort Yavanna was creator of the Trees of Valinor. In this passage, it is shown that sometimes even Immortals cannot do things without divine sanction. Read more »

birds – watercolors

These watercolours were done by my mom about 20 yrs ago.

Click here for the full size image.