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January 13, 2006

Equality

The following quotes are from Sri Aurobindo's book THE INTEGRAL YOGA Sri Aurobindo's Teaching and Method of Practice pages 124-127
Not to be disturbed by either joy or grief, pleasure or displeasure by what people say or do or by any outward things is called in yoga a state of samata, equality to all things. It is of immense importance in sadhana(spiritual practice) to be able to reach this state. It helps the mental quietude and silence as well as the vital to come. It means indeed that the vital itself and the vital mind are already falling silent and becoming quiet. The thinking mind is sure to follow.
Equality is to remain unmoved within in all conditions.
Equality means a quiet and unmoved mind and vital, it means not to be touched or disturbed by things that happen or things said or done to you, but to look at them with a straight look, free from the distortions created by personal feeling, and to try to understand what is behind them, why they happen, what is to be learnt from them, what is it in oneself which they are cast against and what inner profit or progress one can make out of them; it means self mastery over the vital movements,- anger and sensitiveness and pride as well as desire and the rest,- not to let them get hold of the emotional being and disturb the inner peace, not to speak and act in the rush and impulsion of these things, always to act and speak out of a calm inner poise of the spirit.
The inner spiritual progress does not depend on outer conditions so much as in the way we react to them from within - that has always been the ultimate verdict of spiritual experience.
There can be no firm foundation in sadhana without equality, samata. Whatever the unpleasantness of circumstances, however disagreeable the conduct of others, you must learn to receive them with a perfect calm and without any disturbing reaction. These things are the test of equality. It is easy to be calm and equal when things go well and people and circumstances are pleasant; it is when they are the opposite that the completeness of the calm, peace, equality can be tested, reinforced, made perfect. posted by Gordon Wednesday, January 11, 2006 10:32 AM

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