Aurobindo

Refuge in the Divine

People should never think of themselves: on the contrary, they should fix their thoughts on the Divine, and all their difficulties will go. They must put themselves into the Divine’s arms, for His arms are always ready to hold His children. All troubles will go if people take refuge in the Divine.

— Mother

 

Aurobindo

Death and Life

So we could correctly say that there are kinds of gradations in death. Gradations in life and gradations in death: some beings are alive to a greater or lesser degree, or if we want to put it negatively, some beings are dead to a greater or lesser degree. But for those who know, oh, for those who know that this material form can manifest a supramental light, well, those who don’t have the supramental light in them are already a little dead. That’s how it is. So there are gradations. What people have conventionally called “death” is just a purely external phenomenon, because it’s something they can’t deny — the body going to pieces.

— Mother

 

 

Aurobindo · Poems

Yoga of the King

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Climbed through white rays to meet an unseen Sun
His soul lived as eternity’s delegate,
His mind was like a fire assailing heaven,
His will a hunter in the trails of light.
An ocean impulse lifted every breath;
Each action left the footprints of a god,
Each moment was a beat of puissant wings.
The little plot of our mortality
Touched by this tenant from the heights became
A playground of the living Infinite.
This bodily appearance is not all;
The form deceives, the person is a mask;
Hid deep in man celestial powers can dwell.
His fragile ship conveys through the sea of years
An incognito of the Imperishable.
A spirit that is a flame of God abides,
A fiery portion of the Wonderful,
Artist of his own beauty and delight,
Immortal in our mortal poverty.
This sculptor of the forms of the Infinite,
This screened unrecognised Inhabitant,
Initiate of his own veiled mysteries,
Hides in a small dumb seed his cosmic thought.
In the mute strength of the occult Idea
Determining predestined shape and act,
Passenger from life to life, from scale to scale,
Changing his imaged self from form to form,
He regards the icon growing by his gaze
And in the worm foresees the coming god.
At last the traveller in the paths of Time
Arrives on the frontiers of eternity.
In the transient symbol of humanity draped,
He feels his substance of undying self
And loses his kinship to mortality.
A beam of the Eternal smites his heart,
His thought stretches into infinitude;
All in him turns to spirit vastnesses.
His soul breaks out to join the Oversoul,
His life is oceaned by that superlife.
He has drunk from the breasts of the Mother of the worlds;
A topless Supernature fills his frame:
She adopts his spirit’s everlasting ground
As the security of her changing world
And shapes the figure of her unborn mights.
Immortally she conceives herself in him,
In the creature the unveiled Creatrix works:
Her face is seen through his face, her eyes through his eyes;
Her being is his through a vast identity.
Then is revealed in man the overt Divine.
A static Oneness and dynamic Power
Descend in him, the integral Godhead’s seals;
His soul and body take that splendid stamp.
A long dim preparation is man’s life,
A circle of toil and hope and war and peace
Tracked out by Life on Matter’s obscure ground.
In his climb to a peak no feet have ever trod,
He seeks through a penumbra shot with flame
A veiled reality half-known, ever missed,
A search for something or someone never found,
Cult of an ideal never made real here,
An endless spiral of ascent and fall
Until at last is reached the giant point
Through which his Glory shines for whom we were made
And we break into the infinity of God.
Across our nature’s border line we escape
Into Supernature’s arc of living light.
This now was witnessed in that son of Force;
In him that high transition laid its base.
Original and supernal Immanence
Of which all Nature’s process is the art,
The cosmic Worker set his secret hand
To turn this frail mud-engine to heaven-use.
A Presence wrought behind the ambiguous screen:
It beat his soil to bear a Titan’s weight,
Refining half-hewn blocks of natural strength
It built his soul into a statued god.
The Craftsman of the magic stuff of self
Who labours at his high and difficult plan
In the wide workshop of the wonderful world,
Modelled in inward Time his rhythmic parts.
Then came the abrupt transcendent miracle:
The masked immaculate Grandeur could outline,
At travail in the occult womb of life,
His dreamed magnificence of things to be.
A crown of the architecture of the worlds,
A mystery of married Earth and Heaven
Annexed divinity to the mortal scheme.
A Seer was born, a shining Guest of Time.
For him mind’s limiting firmament ceased above.
In the griffin forefront of the Night and Day
A gap was rent in the all-concealing vault;
The conscious ends of being went rolling back:
The landmarks of the little person fell,
The island ego joined its continent.
Overpassed was this world of rigid limiting forms:
Life’s barriers opened into the Unknown.
Abolished were conception’s covenants
And, striking off subjection’s rigorous clause,
Annulled the soul’s treaty with Nature’s nescience.
All the grey inhibitions were torn off
And broken the intellect’s hard and lustrous lid;
Truth unpartitioned found immense sky-room;
An empyrean vision saw and knew;
The bounded mind became a boundless light,
The finite self mated with infinity.

— Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

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Nature of God realisation

No one can ever come close to understanding the mystery of Shiva, for he is the very essence of the transcendence of the known. He is eternally steeped in the unknown, in the unfathomable. For a soul in samadhi, Shiva is like a horizon that can never be reached, the horizon of the infinity that is illuminated by the light of his love and magnificence. The reaching, and not reaching, of the horizon of Shiva’s supreme presence is the undying journey of the soul into his ever-receding transcendental subjectivity. This is her love, for love is both reaching and not-reaching. Love, in
order to exist, can never arrive at its destination – it is always arriving. To think that by realizing one’s pure nature one has become Shiva is not only ignorant, but even arrogant.

— Anadi

 

Poems

I was wondering..

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I was wondering yesterday looking at the stars, how all these is created? How I am connected with all these mystery? People live on earth but rarely are wondering about the mysteries of the world. How to connect oneself with all these mighties things that are above? There are people for whom these mysteries are not so far away, they are something known as grass, trees and flowers for ordinary people. They feel what is happening far above them in the same way as they feel their own bodies. But even in ordinary things is infinite depth, because beyond the trees, grass and flowers there must be hidden world that connects everything higher and lower. There must be mirror inside mirror inside us that reveal that which is now hidden. And this is not something “far away”, this is in our very soul, nearer than anything else. Because that which is dear to us is in our depths, it’s close to our nature, to our inner being. And that which is only outer appearance is closer to our outer being. So when we are looking above at these mysteries, actually we are looking inside..

This is the poem that I found today in Agrippa book “The Philosophy of Natural Magic”:

The Number and the Nature of those things,
Called Elements—what Fire, Earth, Aire forth brings;
From whence the Heavens their beginnings had;
Whence Tide, whence Rainbow, in gay colors clad.
What makes the Clouds that gathered are, and black,
To send forth Lightnings, and a Thund’ring crack;
What doth the Nightly Flames, and Comets make;
What makes the Earth to swell, and then to quake;
What is the Seed of Metals, and of Gold;
What Virtues, Wealth, Both Nature’s Coffer hold.

Whence all things flow—
Whence Mankind, Beast; whence Fire, whence Rain and Snow;
Whence Earthquakes are; why the whole Ocean beats
Over its banks and then again retreats;
Whence strength of Herbs, whence Courage, rage of Brutes
All kinds of Stone, of creeping Things, and Fruits.

As in great haste,
What makes the golden Stars to march so fast?
What makes the Moon sometimes to mask her face,
The Sun also, as if in some disgrace?

How th’ Sun doth rule with twelve Zodiac Signs,
The Orb that’s measur’d round about with Lines—
It doth the Heavens’ Starry Way make known,
And strange Eclipses of the Sun and Moon;
Arcturus also, and the Stars of Rain,
The Seven Stars likewise, and Charles, his wain;
Why Winter Suns make tow’rds the West so fast;
What makes the Nights so long ere they be past?

Hence, by the Heavens we may foreknow
The Seasons all; times for to reap and sow,
And when ’tis fit to launch into the deep,
And when to war, and when in peace to sleep;
And when to dig up trees, and them again
To set, that they may bring forth amain.

Christianity · Kabbalah

Word of the Lord

There is a known passage from Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

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Probably this is the most common quote from the New Testament.. I pondered about it many many times, what all these mean? What is the spiritual meaning of this “Word”? In the Book of Zohar with Sulam commentary (of Yehuda Ashlag) we have the answer:

11) Rabbi Shimon said, “Elazar my son, cease talking, and you will discover the concealing of the uppermost secret that the people of the world do not know.” Rabbi Elazar went silent. Rabbi Shimon wept and said, “Elazar, what is ELEH [these]? If you say that it is the stars and the signs, are they always visible? And in MA [what], which is Malchut, were they created? It is written, ‘The heavens were made by the word of the Lord.’ The heavens were made by Malchut, who is called ‘The word of the Lord.’ And if ELEH was said about the hidden things, it should not have written ELEH, since they are disclosed stars and signs.

— Hakdama Zohar, MI Bara ELE deEliahu

Many times I thought that “the word” is about light of the Creator, we could say light of hochma. But here it’s written that “word of the Lord” is malchut! And malchut is kli, container of light, a vessel. We also know that it’s written in the Talmud Eser Sfirot: “In the world of Ein Sof, He and His name are one”. And “His name” is malchut, so in the olam (world) Ein Sof there is actually no difference between light and kli, because there is no duality here.

We know also that “there is no light without kli”, so in order to receive light, to be conscious of it, there must be something to receive this light, because light without kli can’t be known.

So light can be known only in a vessel (kli), in emptiness or darkness. There is emptiness in us because we made tzimtzum (restriction) in ourselves. And this darkness is already awareness of light. This is the space in which we are aware of God, but from the side of darkness/emptiness. And this emptiness is created in us by light of God. There is a reshimo in it, trace about the light that was before, but now is gone. The kli was full of it and now it is empty. But neverthless it shines, we are aware of his boundaries, possiblity of being filled completely once again, etc. And this is why it’s written that “light shines in the darkness”.
We can abide our mind in this space, in “her”, because darkness has feminine qualities, it’s “she”. So this darkness is very precious thing, it’s a gift from God.

In other words we could say that this is our “new heart”, above mundane things, thoughts, etc. There is a second heart, with old habits, uncorrected wishes, etc. But new heart is a holy space, it’s above it, it is in inner man, second heart is in outer man.

The divine darkness is not the kind of blackness we experience stumbling into an underground room with no lights. This darkness is a positive reality that helps us to discover God, and hence is called “luminous.” Although it sounds like a contradiction in terms, a luminous darkness is one filled with God’s presence, and by faith, the soul can begin to perceive God in darkness. In fact, the closer that God comes to the soul, the more intense the darkness becomes; it is then that all other things of this world are cleared away. The soul looks up to the Lord and never ceases to desire him.

— St. Gregory of Nyssa

In this darkness there is a part of us that don’t want to stay in this dark room, this part want the light of day and not darkness. Raising above this with faith (strengthening masach/screen in our kli) is a correction and brings change in consciousness, it gives light of faith (hasadim), it may actually mark a new day for us (light of hochma dressed in the light of hasadim), new revelation, because now we have strength to receive it.

This emptiness is created by four levels of light expansion in the mystery of the name HaVaYaH, as is explained in the first chapter of the “Pticha le hochma de kabbalah”

4) The reason why the will to receive must cascade by the four above-mentioned discernments in ABYA (Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, Assiya) is that there is a great rule concerning the Kelim (plural for Kli): the expansion of the Light and its departure make the Kli fit for its task. This means that as long as the Kli has not been separated from its Light, it is included in the Light and is annulled within it like a candle in a torch.

This annulment is because they are completely opposite from one another, on opposite ends. This is so because the Light extends from His Essence existence from existence. From the perspective of the Thought of Creation in Ein Sof, it is all towards bestowal and there is no trace of will to receive in it. Its opposite is the Kli, the great will to receive that abundance, which is the root of the initiated creature, in which there is no bestowal whatsoever.

Hence, when they are bound together, the will to receive is annulled in the Light within it, and can determine its form only once the Light has departed thence once. This is so because following the departure of the Light from it, it begins to crave it, and this craving properly determines and sets the shape of the will to receive. Subsequently, when the Light dresses in it once more, it is regarded as two separate matters: Kli and Light, or Guf and Life. Observe closely, for this is most profound.

— Pticha, Yehuda Ashlag

This quote above is one of my favourite from Pticha, and these parts from book of Zohar which I quoted above for me are the most important. They are the key. All the Hakdama Zohar, but this maamar (article) “MI Bara ELE” and the next “MI Bara ELE Elyahu” are essence of the wisdom of kabbalah.

In kabbalah there is a rosh (head) and guf (body) and together they are called “partzuf”. Of course these are pure spiritual terms, there is nothing here about physical body or head, it should be obvious. This is our inner being.
Rosh is the light of pure consciousness and guf is a vessel. This vessel has two parts: toch and sof.

So word of God is malchut. There is no creation without malchut, without the wish to receive light. And actually this creation is unfolding in us. Now. The more light of consciousness we can receive in our vessels, the greater spectrum of reality we perceive. Even in mundane things there is a infinite depth. Why? Because God is infinite, and our spiritual vessel has no boundaries, no limits, etc. I every sfirah there is another 10 sfirot and another 10 and so on..  You don’t believe in angels or heavenly beings? You think that they don’t exist? You have right, because you don’t perceive it yet, for you they don’t exist, because today you have limited awareness. But still there is possibility to perceive it tomorrow by expanding your awareness, this is the only way.  And by raising vibrations, because there is law of similarity between spiritual objects. You can’t perceive angels unless you have similar qualities.. And remember, there is no light without a kli and there are spiritual laws of  receiving the light correctly  (laws of tzimtzum, masach, or hozer, three lines, etc.). But this is another story..