All Life is Yoga
- by Aju Mukhopadhyay
In an age when the purport of spirituality
has been lightened, mixed with sensuousness and frivolity
I feel like sitting at Sri Aurobindo’s feet to hear him:
‘The delight of spirit is ever new,
the forms of beauty it takes innumerable,
its godhead ever young and the taste of delight, rasa,
of the infinite eternal and inexhaustible.’
‘Spirituality cannot be called upon
to deal with life by non-spiritual method . . .
always failed and will continue to fail . . .
for ‘The spiritual evolution of Nature
is still in process and incomplete, . . . only beginning . . . .
‘Any premature attempt at a large scale spiritual life
is exposed to vitiation . . . .
the individual must be preoccupied with . . . changing
his mind and life into conformity
with the truth of the spirit’-
While all this are mined
out of his golden treasure of The Life Divine,
I venture to go into his more pungent
but luscious words found in a letter-
‘The supramental can only make
the best conditions for anybody
who can open up to it . . . .
But it could not dispense with the necessity of sadhana.
If it did, the logical consequence would be that
the whole earth, men, dogs and worms
would suddenly wake up
to find themselves supramental.
There would be no need of an Ashram or of Yoga.’
‘An Asram means’, he wrote,
‘the house or houses of a teacher
or the Master of spiritual philosophy
in which he receives and lodges those
who come to him for the teaching and practice . . . .
it is only what has been indicated above
and nothing more.’
And, no Ashram without the Gurus, he wrote to clear the point.
About the institutions he wrote in The Human Cycle-
‘The existence of institutions is sufficient
to abrogate the need of insisting on the spirit
that made the institutions.
But spirituality is . . . nothing
if it is not lived inwardly and if the outward life
does not flow out of this inward living.’
‘All life is yoga’- Yes he wrote.
But without squandering its meaning,
following Sri Aurobindo we may say
All life of a Yogi is Yoga-
not that of an ordinary man, dog or worm.
© Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2008