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Primordial Purity Oral Instructions on the Three Words That Strike the Vital Point
the Divine Purity


Purity is more a condition than a substance. Peace helps to purity — since in peace disturbing influences cease and the essence of purity b to respond only to the Divine Influence and not to have affini^ with other movements.

Purity, simple sincerity and capacity of an unegoistic, unmIxed self-offering without pretension or demand are the conditions of an entire opening of the psychic being.

Purity, Stage of: See: Dasa-bhumi.

purity, cleanliness; ritual ablution before prayers.

purity ::: freedom from soil or mixture. The divine purity is that in which there is not mixture of the turbid ignorant movements of the lower nature.

purity ::: n. --> The condition of being pure.
freedom from foreign admixture or deleterious matter; as, the purity of water, of wine, of drugs, of metals.
Cleanness; freedom from foulness or dirt.
Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin; innocence; chastity; as, purity of heart or of life.
Freedom from any sinister or improper motives or views.
Freedom from foreign idioms, or from barbarous or improper html{color:

purity ::: Sri Aurobindo: “It [purity] is more a condition than a substance. Peace helps to purity — since in peace disturbing influences cease and the essence of purity is to respond only to the Divine Influence and not to have an affinity with other movements.” *Letters on Yoga

PURITY. ::: To accept no other influence but only the influ- ence of the Divine.

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   51 Sri Aurobindo
   10 The Mother
   2 Sri Ramakrishna
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   1 Swami Vivekananda
   1 Swami Satyananda Saraswati
   1 Sri Chidananda
   1 Saint Teresa of Avila
   1 Saint John of the Cross
   1 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   1 Saint Augustine
   1 Saadi
   1 Phillip Yancey
   1 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   1 Hermann Hesse
   1 Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
   1 Book of Wisdom
   1 Anonymous
   1 Alice A. Bailey
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   29 Frederick Lenz
   27 Mahatma Gandhi
   19 Swami Vivekananda
   13 Sri Aurobindo
   10 Anonymous
   7 Gautama Buddha
   6 Thomas a Kempis
   6 Henry David Thoreau
   5 Sathya Sai Baba
   4 Thomas Kempis
   4 Rumi
   3 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   3 Simone Weil
   3 Rajneesh
   3 Orson Scott Card
   3 Nadia Bolz Weber
   3 Lao Tzu
   3 Joshua Harris
   3 John Calvin
   3 Charles Haddon Spurgeon

1:Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent. ~ Saint Augustine,
2:Ignorance is not a state of innocence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Purity,
3:Only a consciousness full of light can be pure. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Purity,
4:Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
5:Peace was a thrilled voluptuous purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
6:God is love and beauty as well as purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, Religion as the Law of Life,
7:All impurity is a confusion of working. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Purified Understanding,
8:Purity is to accept no other influence but only the influence of the Divine.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, [T5],
9:When mind is still, then Truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human,
10:God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform. ~ Saint John of the Cross, [T5],
11:In sincerity is the certitude of victory. Sincerity! Sincerity! How sweet is the purity of thy presence!
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
12:Tranquillity is a sign of increasing self-mastery and purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Higher and the Lower Knowledge,
13:Peace, purity and silence can be felt in all material things—for the Divine Self is there in all. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Peace,
14:The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace.
   ~ Phillip Yancey,
15:Early dawns cannot endure in their purity, so long as the race is not ready. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, The Infrarational Age of the Cycle,
16:One who has the call in him cannot fail to arrive, if he follows patiently the way towards the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Purity,
17:Desire is the impurity of the Prana, the life-principle, and its chain of bondage. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Perfection of Equality,
18:God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
19:The beginning of wisdom is the sincere desire for instruction. To observe attentively its laws is to establish the perfect purity of the soul. ~ Book of Wisdom,
20:Our Yoga is not an ascetic Yoga: it aims at purity, but not at a cold austerity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV, Human Relations and the Spiritual Life,
21:God, before He comes to the heart, sends servants to make it ready for His coming. And who are those servants? Purity, chastity, humility, loving-kindness. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
22:Purity and concentration are indeed two aspects, feminine and masculine, passive and active, of the same status of being . ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Concentration,
23:Q : How can I meditate? What is meant by opening? Where should I open?
The Mother ,: An inner purity and receptivity that freely lets in the Mother's influence. Begin with the heart. ~ The Mother,
24:A single drop of poison can vitiate the entire stream of wholesome blood in the body.
But there is too a Purity, a drop of which can render crystal clear a whole morass of soil and dirt. ~ Nolini Kanta Gupta,
25:How can I meditate? What is meant by opening? Where should I open?

   An inner purity and receptivity that freely lets in the Mother's influence. Begin with the heart.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
26:Psychic love is distinguished by an essential purity and selflessness—but the vital can put on a very brilliant imitation of that character. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV, Human Relations and the Spiritual Life,
27:Fools or hypocrites! Meanest falsehood is this among mortals,
Veils of purity weaving, names misplacing ideal
When our desires we disguise and paint the lusts of our nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Ilion,
28:The shining Edens of the vital gods
Received him in their deathless harmonies.
All things were perfect there that flower in Time;
Beauty was there creation’s native mould,
Peace was a thrilled voluptuous purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
29:As for myself, I look upon all women as my Mother. This is a very pure attitude of mind. There is no risk or danger in it. To look upon a woman as one's sister is also not bad. But the other attitudes are very difficult and dangerous. It is almost impossible to keep to the purity of the ideal. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
30:Sincerity, Aspiration, Faith, Devotion and Self-Giving, Surrender to the Divine Will, Love, Openness and Receptivity, Purity and Humility, Gratitude and Faithfulness, Will and Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Hope and Straightforwardness, Happiness and Joy, Heroism and Bravery, Prudence and Balance, Truth and Speech ~ ?, toc,
31:God's Tread
Once we have chosen to be as the gods, we must follow that motion.
Knowledge must grow in us, might like a Titan’s, bliss like an ocean,
Calmness and purity born of the spirit’s gaze on the Real,
Rapture of his oneness embracing the soul in a clasp ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Ahana,
32:To want to be a superman is a mistake, it only swells the ego. One can aspire for the Divine to bring about the supramental transformation, but that also should not be done till the being has become psychic and spiritualised by the descent of the Mother's peace, force, light and purity.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
33:To be humble means for the mind, the vital and the body never to forget that without the Divine they know nothing, are nothing and can do nothing; without the Divine they are nothing but ignorance, chaos and impotence. The Divine alone is Truth, Life, Power, Love, Felicity.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Purity and Humility, 152,
34:A certain amount of purification is necessary before there can be any realisation of the Divine and that is what has been going on in you. It is after all not a very long time since the real purification began and it is never an easy work. So the impatience may be natural, but it is not exactly reasonable. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, Purity,
35:Why do men cling to a religion?

   Religions are based on creeds which are spiritual experiences brought down to a level where they become more easy to grasp, but at the cost of their integral purity and truth. The time of religions is over. We have entered the age of universal spirituality, of spiritual experience in its initial purity.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
36:Remember that the Mother is always with you.
   Address Her as follows and She will pull you out of all difficulties:

   "O Mother, Thou art the light of my intelligence, the purity of my soul,
   the quiet strength of my vital, the endurance of my body.
   I rely on Thee alone and want to be entirely Thine.
   Make me surmount all obstacles on the way."
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III, [T1],
37:Neither numbers nor powers nor wealth nor learning nor eloquence nor anything else will prevail, but purity, living the life, in one word, anubhuti, realisation. Let there be a dozen such lion-souls in each country, lions who have broken their own bonds, who have touched the Infinite, whose whole soul is gone to Brahman, who care neither for wealth nor power nor fame, and these will be enough to shake the world.
   ~ Swami Vivekananda,
38:The ground is composed of gold, the trees are wish-fulfilling trees, and the rain is the rainfall of nectar. All beings are dakas and dakinis; the calls of the birds are the sounds of Dharma; the sounds of nature, wind, water, and fire reverberate as the Vajra Guru mantra; and all thoughts are expressions of wisdom and bliss. So here the perception of purity is much vaster and more omnipresent than in the sutras.
   ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Guru Yoga,
39:In your nature there are many obstacles, chiefly a great activity of the outward-going mind and a thick crust of the impure lower Prakriti that covers the heart and the vital being. Quieting of the mind and purification of the nature are what you must have before you can fulfil your aim. Aspire for these two things first; ask for them constantly from above. You will not be able to achieve them by your own unaided effort. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, Purity,
40:Mind, heart, life, body are to do the works of the Divine, all the works which they do now and yet more, but to do them divinely, as now they do not do them. This is the first appearance of the problem before him on which the seeker of perfection has to lay hold, that it is not a negative, prohibitory, passive or quietistic, but a positive, affirmative, active purity which is his object. A divine quietism discovered the immaculate eternity of the Spirit, a divine kinetism adds to it the right pure undeviating action of the soul, mind and body.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga,
41:In all doubt and depression, to say 'I belong to the Divine, I cannot fail'; to all suggestions of impurity and unfitness, to reply 'I am a child of Immortality chosen by the Divine; I have but to be true to myself and to Him-the victory is sure; even if I fell, I would be sure to rise again'; to all impulses to depart and serve some smaller ideal, to reply 'This is the greatest, this is the Truth that alone can satisfy the soul within me; I will endure through all tests and tribulations to the very end of the divine journey.' This is what I mean by faithfulness to the Light and the Call.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
42:But if human mind can become capable of the glories of the divine Light, human emotion and sensibility can be transformed into the mould and assume the measure and movement of the supreme Bliss, human action not only represent but feel itself to be the motion of a divine and non-egoistic Force and the physical substance of our being suffiently partake of the purity of the supernal essence, suffiently unify plasticity and durable constancy to support and prolong these highest experiences and agencies, then all the long labour of Nature will end in a crowning justification and her evolutions reveal their profound significance.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga,
43:Calm, even if it seems at first only a negative thing, is so difficult to attain, that to have it at all must be regarded as a great step in advance.
   "In reality, calm is not a negative thing, it is the very nature of the Sat-Purusha and the positive foundation of the divine consciousness. Whatever else is aspired for and gained, this must be kept. Even Knowledge, Power, Ananda, if they come and do not find this foundation, are unable to remain and have to withdraw until the divine purity and peace of the Sat-Purusha are permanently there.
   "Aspire for the rest of the divine consciousness, but with a calm and deep aspiration. It can be ardent as well as calm, but not impatient, restless or full of rajasic eagerness.
   "Only in the quiet mind and being can the supramental Truth build its true creation." ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1954,
44:The heaven-hints that invade our earthly lives,
   The dire imaginations dreamed by Hell,
   Which if enacted and experienced here
   Our dulled capacity soon would cease to feel
   Or our mortal frailty could not long endure,
   Were set in their sublime proportions there.
   There lived out in their self-born atmosphere,
   They resumed their topless pitch and native power;
   Their fortifying stress upon the soul
   Bit deep into the ground of consciousness
   The passion and purity of their extremes,
   The absoluteness of their single cry
   And the sovereign sweetness or violent poetry
   Of their beautiful or terrible delight.
   All thought can know or widest sight perceive
   And all that thought and sight can never know,
   All things occult and rare, remote and strange
   Were near to heart's contact, felt by spirit-sense.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The World-Stair,
45:January 7, 1914
GIVE them all, O Lord, Thy peace and light, open their blinded eyes and their darkened understanding; calm their futile worries and their vain anxieties. Turn their gaze away from themselves and give them the joy of being consecrated to Thy work without calculation or mental reservation. Let Thy beauty flower in all things, awaken Thy love in all hearts, so that Thy eternally progressive order may be realised upon earth and Thy harmony be spread until the day all becomes Thyself in perfect purity and peace.

Oh! let all tears be wiped away, all suffering relieved, all anguish dispelled, and let calm serenity dwell in every heart and powerful certitude strengthen every mind. Let Thy life flow through all like a regenerating stream that all may turn to Thee and draw from that contemplation the energy for all victories. ~ The Mother, Prayers And Meditations,
46:10.: I do not know whether I have put this clearly; self-knowledge is of such consequence that I would not have you careless of it, though you may be lifted to heaven in prayer, because while on earth nothing is more needful than humility. Therefore, I repeat, not only a good way, but the best of all ways, is to endeavour to enter first by the room where humility is practised, which is far better than at once rushing on to the others. This is the right road;-if we know how easy and safe it is to walk by it, why ask for wings with which to fly? Let us rather try to learn how to advance quickly. I believe we shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavouring to know God, for, beholding His greatness we are struck by our own baseness, His purity shows our foulness, and by meditating on His humility we find how very far we are from being humble. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle, 1.02,
47:The hostile forces have a certain self-chosen function: it is to test the condition of the individual, of the work, of the earth itself and their readiness for the spiritual descent and fulfilment. At every step of the journey, they are there attacking furiously, criticising, suggesting, imposing despondency or inciting to revolt, raising unbelief, amassing difficulties. No doubt, they put a very exaggerated interpretation on the rights given them by their function, making mountains even out of what seems to us a mole-hill. A little trifling false step or mistake and they appear on the road and clap a whole Himalaya as a barrier across it. But this opposition has been permitted from of old not merely as a test or ordeal, but as a compulsion on us to seek a greater strength, a more perfect self-knowledge, an intenser purity and force of aspiration, a faith that nothing can crush, a more powerful descent of the Divine Grace.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV,
48:Turn your thoughts now, and lift up your thoughts to a devout and joyous contemplation on sage Vyasa and Vasishtha, on Narda and Valmiki. Contemplate on the glorious Lord Buddha, Jesus the Christ, prophet Mohammed, the noble Zoroaster (Zarathushtra), Lord Mahavira, the holy Guru Nanak. Think of the great saints and sages of all ages, like Yajnavalkya, Dattatreya, Sulabha and Gargi, Anasooya and Sabari, Lord Gauranga, Mirabai, Saint Theresa and Francis of Assisi. Remember St. Augustine, Jallaludin Rumi, Kabir, Tukaram, Ramdas, Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Vivekananda and Rama Tirtha. Adore in thy heart the sacred memory of Mahatma Gandhi, sage Ramana Maharishi, Aurobindo Ghosh, Gurudev Sivananda and Swami Ramdas. They verily are the inspirers of humanity towards a life of purity, goodness and godliness. Their lives, their lofty examples, their great teachings constitute the real wealth and greatest treasure of mankind today.
   ~ Sri Chidananda, Advices On Spiritual Living,
49:Influence is more important than example. Influence is not the outward authority of the Teacher over his disciple, but the power of his contact, of his presence, of the nearness of his soul to the soul of another, infusing into it, even though in silence, that which he himself is and possesses. This is the supreme sign of the Master. For the greatest Master is much less a Teacher than a Presence pouring the divine consciousness and its constituting light and power and purity and bliss into all who are receptive around him.
   And it shall also be a sign of the teacher of the integral Yoga that he does not arrogate to himself Guruhood in a humanly vain and self-exalting spirit. His work, if he has one, is a trust from above, he himself a channel, a vessel or a representative. He is a man helping his brothers, a child leading children, a Light kindling other lights, an awakened Soul awakening souls, at highest a Power or Presence of the Divine calling to him other ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga,
50:The personal will of the sadhaka has first to seize on the egoistic energies and turn them towards the light and the right; once turned, he has still to train them to recognise that always, always to accept, always to follow that. Progressing, he learns, still using the personal will, personal effort, personal energies, to employ them as representatives of the higher Power and in conscious obedience to the higher Influence. Progressing yet farther, his will, effort, energy become no longer personal and separate, but activities of that higher Power and Influence at work in the individual. But there is still a sort of gulf or distance which necessitates an obscure process of transit, not always accurate, sometimes even very distorting, between the divine Origin and the emerging human current. At the end of the process, with the progressive disappearance of egoism and impurity and ignorance, this last separation is removed; all in the individual becomes the divine working. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga,
51:The triple way takes for its chosen instruments the three main powers of the mental soul-life of the human being. Knowledge selects the reason and the mental vision and it makes them by purification, concentration and a certain discipline of a Goddirected seeking its means for the greatest knowledge and the greatest vision of all, God-knowledge and God-vision. Its aim is to see, know and be the Divine. Works, action selects for its instrument the will of the doer of works; it makes life an offering of sacrifice to the Godhead and by purification, concentration and a certain discipline of subjection to the divine Will a means for contact and increasing unity of the soul of man with the divine Master of the universe. Devotion selects the emotional and aesthetic powers of the soul and by turning them all Godward in a perfect purity, intensity, infinite passion of seeking makes them a means of God-possession in one or many relations of unity with the Divine Being. All aim in their own way at a union or unity of the human soul with the supreme Spirit.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Principle of the Integral Yoga, 610 [T3],
52:Do not be over-eager for experience, - for experiences you can always get, having once broken the barrier between the physical mind and the subtle planes. What you have to aspire for most is the improved quality of the recipient consciousness in you - discrimination in the mind, the unattached impersonal Witness look on all that goes on in you and around you, purity in the vital, calm equanimity, enduring patience, absence of pride and the sense of greatness - and more especially, the development of the psychic being in you - surrender, self-giving, psychic humility, devotion. It is a consciousness made up of these things, cast in this mould that can bear without breaking, stumbling or deviation into error the rush of lights, powers and experiences from the supraphysical planes. An entire perfection in these respects is hardly possible until the whole nature from the highest mind to the subconscient physical is made one in the light that is greater than Mind; but a sufficient foundation and a consciousness always self-observant, vigilant and growing in these things is indispensable
   - for perfect purification is the basis of the perfect siddhi. ~ ?,
53:But for the knowledge of the Self it is necessary to have the power of a complete intellectual passivity, the power of dismissing all thought, the power of the mind to think not at all which the Gita in one passage enjoins. This is a hard saying for the occidental mind to which thought is the highest thing and which will be apt to mistake the power of the mind not to think, its complete silence for the incapacity of thought. But this power of silence is a capacity and not an incapacity, a power and not a weakness. It is a profound and pregnant stillness. Only when the mind is thus entirely still, like clear, motionless and level water, in a perfect purity and peace of the whole being and the soul transcends thought, can the Self which exceeds and originates all activities and becomings, the Silence from which all words are born, the Absolute of which all relativities are partial reflections manifest itself in the pure essence of our being. In a complete silence only is the Silence heard; in a pure peace only is its Being revealed. Therefore to us the name of That is the Silence and the Peace.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Purified Understanding, 302,
54:The whole principle of this Yoga is to give oneself entirely to the Divine alone and to nobody and to nothing else, and to bring down into ourselves by union with the Divine Mother-Power all the transcendent light, force, wideness, peace, purity, truth-consciousness and Ananda of the supramental Divine. In this Yoga, therefore, there can be no place for vital relations or interchanges with others; any such relation or interchange immediately ties down the soul to the lower consciousness and its lower nature, prevents the true and full union with the Divine and hampers both the ascent to the supramental Truth consciousness and the descent of the supramental Ishwari Shakti. Still worse would it be if this interchange took the form of a sexual relation or a sexual enjoyment, even if kept free from any outward act; therefore these things are absolutely forbidden in the sadhana. It goes without saying that any physical act of the kind is not allowed, but also any subtler form is ruled out. It is only after becoming one with the supramental Divine that we can find our true spiritual relations with others in the Divine; in that higher unity this kind of gross lower vital movement can have no place. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV,
55:In order to strengthen the higher knowledge-faculty in us we have to effect the same separation between the intuitive and intellectual elements of our thought as we have already effected between the understanding and the sense-mind; and this is no easy task, for not only do our intuitions come to us incrusted in the intellectual action, but there are a great number of mental workings which masquerade and ape the appearances of the higher faculty. The remedy is to train first the intellect to recognise the true intuilion, to distinguish it from the false and then to accustom it, when it arrives at an intellectual perception or conclusion, to attach no final value to it, but rather look upward, refer all to the divine principle and wait in as complete a silence as it can command for the light from above. In this way it is possible to transmute a great part of our intellectual thinking into the luminous truth-conscious vision, -- the ideal would be a complete transition, -- or at least to increase greatly the frequency, purity and conscious force of the ideal knowledge working behind the intellect. The latter must learn to be subject and passive to the ideal faculty.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Purified Understanding, 316,
56:understanding fails when pulled down by lower movements ::: By the understanding we mean that which at once perceives, judges and discriminates, the true reason of the human beingnot subservient to the senses, to desire or to the blind force of habit, but working in its own right for mastery, for knowledge. Certainly, the reason of man as he is at present does not even at its best act entirely in this free and sovereign fashion; but so far as it fails, it fails because it is still mixed with the lower half-animal action, because it is impure and constantly hampered and pulled down from its characteristic action. In its purity it should not be involved in these lower movements, but stand back from the object, and observe disinterestedly, put it in its right place in the whole by force of comparison, contrast, analogy, reason from its rightly observed data by deduction, induction, inference and holding all its gains in memory and supplementing them by a chastened and rightly-guided imagination view all in the light of a trained and disciplined judgment. Such is the pure intellectual understanding of which disinterested observation, judgment and reasoning are the law and characterising action.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Knowledge, The Purified Understanding,
57:need for the soul's spiritualization :::
   And yet even the leading of the inmost psychic being is not found sufficient until it has succeeded in raising itself out of this mass of inferior Nature to the highest spiritual levels and the divine spark and flame descended here have rejoined themselves to their original fiery Ether. For there is there no longer a spiritual consciousness still imperfect and half lost to itself in the thick sheaths of human mind, life and body, but the full spiritual consciousness in its purity, freedom and intense wideness. There, as it is the eternal Knower that becomes the Knower in us and mover and user of all knowledge, so it is the eternal All-Blissful who is the Adored attracting to himself the eternal divine portion of his being and joy that has gone out into the play of the universe, the infinite Lover pouring himself out in the multiplicity of his own manifested selves in a happy Oneness. All Beauty in the world is there the beauty of the Beloved, and all forms of beauty have to stand under the light of that eternal Beauty and submit themselves to the sublimating and transfiguring power of the unveiled Divine Perfection. All Bliss and Joy are there of the All-Blissful, and all inferior forms of enjoyment, happiness or pleasure are subjected to the shock of the intensity of its floods or currents and either they are broken to pieces as inadequate things under its convicting stress or compelled to transmute themselves into the forms of the Divine Ananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2, 168,
58:In the name of Him Who created and sustains the world, the Sage Who endowed tongue with speech.
He attains no honor who turns the face from the doer of His mercy.
The kings of the earth prostate themselves before Him in supplication.
He seizes not in haste the disobedient, nor drives away the penitent with violence. The two worlds are as a drop of water in the ocean of His knowledge.
He withholds not His bounty though His servants sin; upon the surface of the earth has He spread a feast, in which both friend and foe may share.
Peerless He is, and His kingdom is eternal. Upon the head of one He placed a crown another he hurled from the throne to the ground.
The fire of His friend He turned into a flower garden; through the water of the Nile He sended His foes to perdition.
Behind the veil He sees all, and concealed our faults with His own goodness.

He is near to them that are downcast, and accepts the prayers of them that lament.
He knows of the things that exist not, of secrets that are untold.
He causes the moon and the sun to revolve, and spreads water upon the earth.
In the heart of a stone hath He placed a jewel; from nothing had He created all that is.
Who can reveal the secret of His qualities; what eye can see the limits of His beauty?
The bird of thought cannot soar to the height of His presence, nor the hand of understanding reach to the skirt of His praise.
Think not, O Saadi, that one can walk in the road of purity except in the footsteps of Mohammed (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him)
~ Saadi, The Bustan of Sa'di,
59:the powers of concentration :::
   By concentration on anything whatsoever we are able to know that thing, to make it deliver up its concealed secrets; we must use this power to know not things, but the one Thing-in-itself. By concentration again the whole will can be gathered up for the acquisition of that which is still ungrasped, still beyond us; this power, if it is sufficiently trained, sufficiently single-minded, sufficiently sincere, sure of itself, faithful to itself alone, absolute in faith, we can use for the acquisition of any object whatsoever; but we ought to use it not for the acquisition of the many objects which the world offers to us, but to grasp spiritually that one object worthy of pursuit which is also the one subject worthy of knowledge. By concentration of our whole being on one status of itself, we can become whatever we choose; we can become, for instance, even if we were before a mass of weaknesses and fear, a mass instead of strength and courage, or we can become all a great purity, holiness and peace or a single universal soul of Love; but we ought, it is said, to use this power to become not even these things, high as they may be in comparison with what we now are, but rather to become that which is above all things and free from all action and attributes, the pure and absolute Being. All else, all other concentration can only be valuable for preparation, for previous steps, for a gradual training of the dissolute and self-dissipating thought, will and being towards their grand and unique object.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Concentration, [318],
60:Received him in their deathless harmonies.
   All things were perfect there that flower in Time;
   Beauty was there creation's native mould,
   Peace was a thrilled voluptuous purity.
   There Love fulfilled her gold and roseate dreams
   And Strength her crowned and mighty reveries;
   Desire climbed up, a swift omnipotent flame,
   And Pleasure had the stature of the gods;
   Dream walked along the highways of the stars;
   Sweet common things turned into miracles:
   Overtaken by the spirit's sudden spell,
   Smitten by a divine passion's alchemy,
   Pain's self compelled transformed to potent joy
   Curing the antithesis twixt heaven and hell.
   All life's high visions are embodied there,
   Her wandering hopes achieved, her aureate combs
   Caught by the honey-eater's darting tongue,
   Her burning guesses changed to ecstasied truths,
   Her mighty pantings stilled in deathless calm
   And liberated her immense desires.
   In that paradise of perfect heart and sense
   No lower note could break the endless charm
   Of her sweetness ardent and immaculate;
   Her steps are sure of their intuitive fall.
   After the anguish of the soul's long strife
   At length were found calm and celestial rest
   And, lapped in a magic flood of sorrowless hours,
   Healed were his warrior nature's wounded limbs
   In the encircling arms of Energies
   That brooked no stain and feared not their own bliss.
   In scenes forbidden to our pallid sense
   Amid miraculous scents and wonder-hues
   He met the forms that divinise the sight,
   To music that can immortalise the mind
   And make the heart wide as infinity
   Listened, and captured the inaudible
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
Initial Definitions and Descriptions
Yoga has four powers and objects, purity, liberty, beatitude and perfection. Whosoever has consummated these four mightinesses in the being of the transcendental, universal, lilamaya and individual God is the complete and absolute Yogin.
All manifestations of God are manifestations of the absolute Parabrahman.
The Absolute Parabrahman is unknowable to us, not because It is the nothingness of all that we are, for rather whatever we are in truth or in seeming is nothing but Parabrahman, but because It is pre-existent & supra-existent to even the highest & purest methods and the most potent & illimitable instruments of which soul in the body is capable.
In Parabrahman knowledge ceases to be knowledge and becomes an inexpressible identity. Become Parabrahman, if thou wilt and if That will suffer thee, but strive not to know It; for thou shalt not succeed with these instruments and in this body.
In reality thou art Parabrahman already and ever wast and ever will be. To become Parabrahman in any other sense, thou must depart utterly out of world manifestation and out even of world transcendence.
Why shouldst thou hunger after departure from manifestation as if the world were an evil? Has not That manifested itself in thee & in the world and art thou wiser & purer & better than the Absolute, O mind-deceived soul in the mortal? When That withdraws thee, then thy going hence is inevitable; until Its force is laid on thee, thy going is impossible, cry thy mind never so fiercely & wailingly for departure. Therefore neither desire nor shun the world, but seek the bliss & purity & freedom & greatness of God in whatsoever state or experience or environment.
~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human,
62:The first cause of impurity in the understanding is the intermiscence of desire in the thinking functions, and desire itself is an impurity of the Will involved in the vital and emotional parts of our being. When the vital and emotional desires interfere with the pure Will-to-know, the thought-function becomes subservient to them, pursues ends other than those proper to itself and its perceptions are clogged and deranged. The understanding must lift itself beyond the siege of desire and emotion and, in order that it may have perfect immunity, it must get the vital parts and the emotions themselves purified. The will to enjoy is proper to the vital being but not the choice or the reaching after the enjoyment which must be determined and acquired by higher functions; therefore the vital being must be trained to accept whatever gain or enjoyment comes to it in the right functioning of the life in obedience to the working of the divine Will and to rid itself of craving and attachment. Similarly the heart must be freed from subjection to the cravings of the life-principle and the senses and thus rid itself of the false emotions of fear, wrath, hatred, lust, etc, which constitute the chief impurity of the heart. The will to love is proper to the heart, but here also the choice and reaching after love have to be foregone or tranquillised and the heart taught to love with depth and intensity indeed, but with a calm depth and a settled and equal, not a troubled and disordered intensity. The tranquillisation and mastery of these members is a first condition for the immunity of the understanding from error, ignorance and perversion. This purification spells an entire equality of the nervous being and the heart; equality, therefore, even as it was the first word of the path of works, so also is the first word of the path of knowledge.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Purified Understanding,
63:It must also be kept in mind that the supramental change is difficult, distant, an ultimate stage; it must be regarded as the end of a far-off vista; it cannot be and must not be turned into a first aim, a constantly envisaged goal or an immediate objective. For it can only come into the view of possibility after much arduous self-conquest and self-exceeding, at the end of many long and trying stages of a difficult self-evolution of the nature. One must first acquire an inner Yogic consciousness and replace by it our ordinary view of things, natural movements, motives of life; one must revolutionise the whole present build of our being. Next, we have to go still deeper, discover our veiled psychic entity and in its light and under its government psychicise our inner and outer parts, turn mind-nature, life-nature, body-nature and all our mental, vital, physical action and states and movements into a conscious instrumentation of the soul. Afterwards or concurrently we have to spiritualise the being in its entirety by a descent of a divine Light, Force, Purity, Knowledge, freedom and wideness. It is necessary to break down the limits of the personal mind, life and physicality, dissolve the ego, enter into the cosmic consciousness, realise the self, acquire a spiritualised and universalised mind and heart, life-force, physical consciousness. Then only the passage into the supramental consciousness begins to become possible, and even then there is a difficult ascent to make each stage of which is a separate arduous achievement. Yoga is a rapid and concentrated conscious evolution of the being, but however rapid, even though it may effect in a single life what in an instrumental Nature might take centuries and millenniums or many hundreds of lives, still all evolution must move by stages; even the greatest rapidity and concentration of the movement cannot swallow up all the stages or reverse natural process and bring the end near to the beginning.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Supermind and the Yoga of Works, 281,
64:indifference to things of the body :::
   This detachment of the mind must be strengthened by a certain attitude of indifference to the things of the body; we must not care essentially about its sleep or its waking, its movement or its rest, its pain or its pleasure, its health or ill-health, its vigour or its fatigue, its comfort or its discomfort, or what it eats or drinks. This does not mean that we shall not keep the body in right order so far as we can; we have not to fall into violent asceticisms or a positive neglect of the physical frame. But we have not either to be affected in mind by hunger or thirst or discomfort or ill-health or attach the importance which the physical and vital man attaches to the things of the body, or indeed any but a quite subordinate and purely instrumental importance. Nor must this instrumental importance be allowed to assume the proportions of a necessity; we must not for instance imagine that the purity of the mind depends on the things we eat or drink, although during a certain stage restrictions in eating and drinking are useful to our inner progress; nor on the other hand must we continue to think that the dependence of the mind or even of the life on food and drink is anything more than a habit, a customary relation which Nature has set up between these principles. As a matter of fact the food we take can be reduced by contrary habit and new relation to a minimum without the mental or vital vigour being in any way reduced; even on the contrary with a judicious development they can be trained to a greater potentiality of vigour by learning to rely on the secret fountains of mental and vital energy with which they are connected more than upon the minor aid of physical aliments. This aspect of self-discipline is however more important in the Yoga of self-perfection than here; for our present purpose the important point is the renunciation by the mind of attachment to or dependence on the things of the body.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Release from Subjection to the Body,
65:It is not very easy for the customary mind of man, always attached to its past and present associations, to conceive of an existence still human, yet radically changed in what are now our fixed circumstances.We are in respect to our possible higher evolution much in the position of the original Ape of the Darwinian theory. It would have been impossible for that Ape leading his instinctive arboreal life in primeval forests to conceive that there would be one day an animal on the earth who would use a new faculty called reason upon the materials of his inner and outer existence, who would dominate by that power his instincts and habits, change the circumstances of his physical life, build for himself houses of stone, manipulate Nature's forces, sail the seas, ride the air, develop codes of conduct, evolve conscious methods for his mental and spiritual development. And if such a conception had been possible for the Ape-mind, it would still have been difficult for him to imagine that by any progress of Nature or long effort of Will and tendency he himself could develop into that animal. Man, because he has acquired reason and still more because he has indulged his power of imagination and intuition, is able to conceive an existence higher than his own and even to envisage his personal elevation beyond his present state into that existence. His idea of the supreme state is an absolute of all that is positive to his own concepts and desirable to his own instinctive aspiration,-Knowledge without its negative shadow of error, Bliss without its negation in experience of suffering, Power without its constant denial by incapacity, purity and plenitude of being without the opposing sense of defect and limitation. It is so that he conceives his gods; it is so that he constructs his heavens. But it is not so that his reason conceives of a possible earth and a possible humanity. His dream of God and Heaven is really a dream of his own perfection; but he finds the same difficulty in accepting its practical realisation here for his ultimate aim as would the ancestral Ape if called upon to believe in himself as the future Man. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Ego and the Dualities,
66:But now thou askest me how thou mayest destroy this naked knowing and feeling of thine own being. For peradventure thou thinkest that if it were destroyed, all other hindrances were destroyed ; and if thou thinkest thus, thou thinkest right truly. But to this I answer thee and I say, that without a full special grace full freely given by God, and also a full according ableness on thy part to receive this grace, this naked knowing and feeling of thy being may in nowise be destroyed. And this ableness is nought else but a strong and a deep ghostly sorrow. ... All men have matter of sorrow; but most specially he feeleth matter of sorrow that knoweth and feeleth that he is. All other sorrows in comparison to this be but as it were game to earnest. For he may make sorrow earnestly that knoweth and feeleth not only what he is, but that he is. And whoso felt never this sorrow, let him make sorrow; for he hath never yet felt perfect sorrow. This sorrow, when it is had, cleanseth the soul, not only of sin, but also of pain that it hath deserved for sin ; and also it maketh a soul able to receive that joy, the which reave th from a man all knowing and feeling of his being. This sorrow, if it be truly conceived, is full of holy desire; and else a man might never in this life abide it or bear it. For were it not that a soul were somewhat fed with a manner of comfort by his right working, he should not be able to bear that pain that he hath by the knowing and feeling of his being. For as oft as he would have a true knowing and a feeling of his God in purity of spirit (as it may be here), and then feeleth that he may not for he findeth evermore his knowing and his feeling as it were occupied and filled with a foul stinking lump of himself, the which must always be hated and despised and forsaken, if he shall be God's perfect disciple, taught by Himself in the mount of perfection so oft he goeth nigh mad for sorrow. . . . This sorrow and this desire must every soul have and feel in itself (either in this manner or in another), as God vouchsafed! to teach his ghostly disciples according to his good will and their according ableness in body and in soul, in degree and disposition, ere the time be that they may perfectly be oned unto God in perfect charity such as may be had here, if God vouchsafed!.
   ~ Anonymous, The Cloud Of Unknowing,
67:they are acting all the while in the spirit of rajasic ahaṅkara, persuade themselves that God is working through them and they have no part in the action. This is because they are satisfied with the mere intellectual assent to the idea without waiting for the whole system and life to be full of it. A continual remembrance of God in others and renunciation of individual eagerness (spr.ha) are needed and a careful watching of our inner activities until God by the full light of self-knowledge, jñanadı̄pena bhasvata, dispels all further chance of self-delusion. The danger of tamogun.a is twofold, first, when the Purusha thinks, identifying himself with the tamas in him, "I am weak, sinful, miserable, ignorant, good-for-nothing, inferior to this man and inferior to that man, adhama, what will God do through me?" - as if God were limited by the temporary capacities or incapacities of his instruments and it were not true that he can make the dumb to talk and the lame to cross the hills, mūkaṁ karoti vacalaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim, - and again when the sadhak tastes the relief, the tremendous relief of a negative santi and, feeling himself delivered from all troubles and in possession of peace, turns away from life and action and becomes attached to the peace and ease of inaction. Remember always that you too are Brahman and the divine Shakti is working in you; reach out always to the realisation of God's omnipotence and his delight in the Lila. He bids Arjuna work lokasaṅgraharthaya, for keeping the world together, for he does not wish the world to sink back into Prakriti, but insists on your acting as he acts, "These worlds would be overpowered by tamas and sink into Prakriti if I did not do actions." To be attached to inaction is to give up our action not to God but to our tamasic ahaṅkara. The danger of the sattvagun.a is when the sadhak becomes attached to any one-sided conclusion of his reason, to some particular kriya or movement of the sadhana, to the joy of any particular siddhi of the yoga, perhaps the sense of purity or the possession of some particular power or the Ananda of the contact with God or the sense of freedom and hungers after it, becomes attached to that only and would have nothing else. Remember that the yoga is not for yourself; for these things, though they are part of the siddhi, are not the object of the siddhi, for you have decided at the beginning to make no claim upon God but take what he gives you freely and, as for the Ananda, the selfless soul will even forego the joy of God's presence, ... ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays In Philosophy And Yoga,
68:How can one become conscious of Divine Love and an instrument of its expression?
   First, to become conscious of anything whatever, you must will it. And when I say "will it", I don't mean saying one day, "Oh! I would like it very much", then two days later completely forgetting it.
   To will it is a constant, sustained, concentrated aspiration, an almost exclusive occupation of the consciousness. This is the first step. There are many others: a very attentive observation, a very persistent analysis, a very keen discernment of what is pure in the movement and what is not. If you have an imaginative faculty, you may try to imagine and see if your imagination tallies with reality. There are people who believe that it is enough to wake up one day in a particular mood and say, "Ah! How I wish to be conscious of divine Love, how I wish to manifest divine Love...." Note, I don't know how many millions of times one feels within a little stirring up of human instinct and imagines that if one had at one's disposal divine Love, great things could be accomplished, and one says, "I am going to try and find divine Love and we shall see the result." This is the worst possible way. Because, before having even touched the very beginning of realisation you have spoilt the result. You must take up your search with a purity of aspiration and surrender which in themselves are already difficult to acquire. You must have worked much on yourself only to be ready to aspire to this Love. If you look at yourself very sincerely, very straight, you will see that as soon as you begin to think of Love it is always your little inner tumult which starts whirling. All that aspires in you wants certain vibrations. It is almost impossible, without being far advanced on the yogic path, to separate the vital essence, the vital vibration from your conception of Love. What I say is founded on an assiduous experience of human beings. Well, for you, in the state in which you are, as you are, if you had a contact with pure divine Love, it would seem to you colder than ice, or so far-off, so high that you would not be able to breathe; it would be like the mountain-top where you would feel frozen and find it difficult to breathe, so very far would it be from what you normally feel. Divine Love, if not clothed with a psychic or vital vibration, is difficult for a human being to perceive. One can have an impression of grace, of a grace which is something so far, so high, so pure, so impersonal that... yes, one can have the feeling of grace, but it is with difficulty that one feels Love.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1950-1951,
69:He continuously reflected on her image and attributes, day and night. His bhakti was such that he could not stop thinking of her. Eventually, he saw her everywhere and in everything. This was his path to illumination.

   He was often asked by people: what is the way to the supreme? His answer was sharp and definite: bhakti yoga. He said time and time again that bhakti yoga is the best sadhana for the Kali Yuga (Dark Age) of the present.

   His bhakti is illustrated by the following statement he made to a disciple:

   To my divine mother I prayed only for pure love.
At her lotus feet I offered a few flowers and I prayed:

   Mother! here is virtue and here is vice;
   Take them both from me.
   Grant me only love, pure love for Thee.
   Mother! here is knowledge and here is ignorance;
   Take them both from me.
   Grant me only love, pure love for Thee.
   Mother! here is purity and impurity;
   Take them both from me.
   Grant me only love, pure love for Thee.

Ramakrishna, like Kabir, was a practical man.
He said: "So long as passions are directed towards the world and its objects, they are enemies. But when they are directed towards a deity, then they become the best of friends to man, for they take him to illumination. The desire for worldly things must be changed into longing for the supreme; the anger which you feel for fellow man must be directed towards the supreme for not manifesting himself to you . . . and so on, with all other emotions. The passions cannot be eradicated, but they can be turned into new directions."

   A disciple once asked him: "How can one conquer the weaknesses within us?" He answered: "When the fruit grows out of the flower, the petals drop off themselves. So when divinity in you increases, the weaknesses of human nature will vanish of their own accord." He emphasized that the aspirant should not give up his practices. "If a single dive into the sea does not bring you a pearl, do not conclude that there are no pearls in the sea. There are countless pearls hidden in the sea.

   So if you fail to merge with the supreme during devotional practices, do not lose heart. Go on patiently with the practices, and in time you will invoke divine grace." It does not matter what form you care to worship. He said: "Many are the names of the supreme and infinite are the forms through which he may be approached. In whatever name and form you choose to worship him, through that he will be realized by you." He indicated the importance of surrender on the path of bhakti when he said:

   ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati, A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya,
70:10000 ::: The True Object of Spiritual Seeking:
   To find the Divine is indeed the first reason for seeking the spiritual Truth and the spiritual life; it is the one thing indispensable and all the rest is nothing without it. The Divine once found, to manifest Him,-that is, first of all to transform one's own limited consciousness into the Divine Consciousness, to live in the infinite Peace, Light, Love, Strength, Bliss, to become that in one's essential nature and, as a consequence, to be its vessel, channel, instrument in one's active nature. To bring into activity the principle of oneness on the material plane or to work for humanity is a mental mistranslation of the Truth-these things cannot be the first or true object of spiritual seeking. We must find the Self, the Divine, then only can we know what is the work the Self or the Divine demands from us. Until then our life and action can only be a help or means towards finding the Divine and it ought not to have any other purpose. As we grow in the inner consciousness, or as the spiritual Truth of the Divine grows in us, our life and action must indeed more and more flow from that, be one with that. But to decide beforehand by our limited mental conceptions what they must be is to hamper the growth of the spiritual Truth within. As that grows we shall feel the Divine Light and Truth, the Divine Power and Force, the Divine Purity and Peace working within us, dealing with our actions as well as our consciousness, making use of them to reshape us into the Divine Image, removing the dross, substituting the pure gold of the Spirit. Only when the Divine Presence is there in us always and the consciousness transformed, can we have the right to say that we are ready to manifest the Divine on the material plane. To hold up a mental ideal or principle and impose that on the inner working brings the danger of limiting ourselves to a mental realisation or of impeding or even falsifying by a half-way formation the true growth into the full communion and union with the Divine and the free and intimate outflowing of His will in our life. This is a mistake of orientation to which the mind of today is especially prone. It is far better to approach the Divine for the Peace or Light or Bliss that the realisation of Him gives than to bring in these minor things which can divert us from the one thing needful. The divinisation of the material life also as well as the inner life is part of what we see as the Divine Plan, but it can only be fulfilled by an outflowing of the inner realisation, something that grows from within outward, not by the working out of a mental principle.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, [T1],
71:The preliminary movement of Rajayoga is careful self-discipline by which good habits of mind are substituted for the lawless movements that indulge the lower nervous being. By the practice of truth, by renunciation of all forms of egoistic seeking, by abstention from injury to others, by purity, by constant meditation and inclination to the divine Purusha who is the true lord of the mental kingdom, a pure, clear state of mind and heart is established.
   This is the first step only. Afterwards, the ordinary activities of the mind and sense must be entirely quieted in order that the soul may be free to ascend to higher states of consciousness and acquire the foundation for a perfect freedom and self-mastery. But Rajayoga does not forget that the disabilities of the ordinary mind proceed largely from its subjection to the reactions of the nervous system and the body. It adopts therefore from the Hathayogic system its devices of asana and pranayama, but reduces their multiple and elaborate forms in each case to one simplest and most directly effective process sufficient for its own immediate object. Thus it gets rid of the Hathayogic complexity and cumbrousness while it utilises the swift and powerful efficacy of its methods for the control of the body and the vital functions and for the awakening of that internal dynamism, full of a latent supernormal faculty, typified in Yogic terminology by the kundalini, the coiled and sleeping serpent of Energy within. This done, the system proceeds to the perfect quieting of the restless mind and its elevation to a higher plane through concentration of mental force by the successive stages which lead to the utmost inner concentration or ingathered state of the consciousness which is called Samadhi.
   By Samadhi, in which the mind acquires the capacity of withdrawing from its limited waking activities into freer and higher states of consciousness, Rajayoga serves a double purpose. It compasses a pure mental action liberated from the confusions of the outer consciousness and passes thence to the higher supra-mental planes on which the individual soul enters into its true spiritual existence. But also it acquires the capacity of that free and concentrated energising of consciousness on its object which our philosophy asserts as the primary cosmic energy and the method of divine action upon the world. By this capacity the Yogin, already possessed of the highest supracosmic knowledge and experience in the state of trance, is able in the waking state to acquire directly whatever knowledge and exercise whatever mastery may be useful or necessary to his activities in the objective world.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Conditions of the Synthesis, The Systems of Yoga, 36,
72:The Teacher of the integral Yoga will follow as far as he may the method of the Teacher within us. He will lead the disciple through the nature of the disciple. Teaching, example, influence, - these are the three instruments of the Guru. But the wise Teacher will not seek to impose himself or his opinions on the passive acceptance of the receptive mind; he will throw in only what is productive and sure as a seed which will grow under the divine fostering within. He will seek to awaken much more than to instruct; he will aim at the growth of the faculties and the experiences by a natural process and free expansion. He will give a method as an aid, as a utilisable device, not as an imperative formula or a fixed routine. And he will be on his guard against any turning of the means into a limitation, against the mechanising of process. His whole business is to awaken the divine light and set working the divine force of which he himself is only a means and an aid, a body or a channel.

The example is more powerful than the instruction; but it is not the example of the outward acts nor that of the personal character which is of most importance. These have their place and their utility; but what will most stimulate aspiration in others is the central fact of the divine realisation within him governing his whole life and inner state and all his activities. This is the universal and essential element; the rest belongs to individual person and circumstance. It is this dynamic realisation that the sadhaka must feel and reproduce in himself according to his own nature; he need not strive after an imitation from outside which may well be sterilising rather than productive of right and natural fruits.

Influence is more important than example. Influence is not the outward authority of the Teacher over his disciple, but the power of his contact, of his presence, of the nearness of his soul to the soul of another, infusing into it, even though in silence, that which he himself is and possesses. This is the supreme sign of the Master. For the greatest Master is much less a Teacher than a Presence pouring the divine consciousness and its constituting light and power and purity and bliss into all who are receptive around him.

And it shall also be a sign of the teacher of the integral Yoga that he does not arrogate to himself Guruhood in a humanly vain and self-exalting spirit. His work, if he has one, is a trust from above, he himself a channel, a vessel or a representative. He is a man helping his brothers, a child leading children, a Light kindling other lights, an awakened Soul awakening souls, at highest a Power or Presence of the Divine calling to him other powers of the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga,
73:root of the falsification and withdrawl of divine love :::
   At every moment they are moved to take egoistic advantage of the psychic and spiritual influences and can be detected using the power, joy or light these bring into us for a lower life-motive. Afterwards too, even when the seeker has opened to the Divine Love transcendental, universal or immanent, yet if he tries to pour it into life, he meets the power of obscuration and perversion of these lower Nature-forces. Always they draw away towards pitfalls, pour into that higher intensity their diminishing elements, seek to capture the descending Power for themselves and their interests and degrade it into an aggrandised mental, vital or physical instrumentation for desire and ego. Instead of a Divine Love creator of a new heaven and a new earth of Truth and Light, they would hold it here prisoner as a tremendous sanction and glorifying force of sublimation to gild the mud of the old earth and colour with its rose and sapphire the old turbid unreal skies of sentimentalising vital imagination and mental idealised chimera. If that falsification is permitted, the higher Light and Power and Bliss withdraw, there is a fall back to a lower status; or else the realisation remains tied to an insecure half-way and mixture or is covered and even submerged by an inferior exaltation that is not the true Ananda. It is for this reason that Divine Love which is at the heart of all creation and the most powerful of all redeeming and creative forces has yet been the least frontally present in earthly life, the least successfully redemptive, the least creative. Human nature has been unable to bear it in its purity for the very reason that it is the most powerful, pure, rare and intense of all the divine energies; what little could be seized has been corrupted at once into a vital pietistic ardour, a defenceless religious or ethical sentimentalism, a sensuous or even sensual erotic mysticism of the roseate coloured mind or passionately turbid life-impulse and with these simulations compensated its inability to house the Mystic Flame that could rebuild the world with its tongues of sacrifice. It is only the inmost psychic being unveiled and emerging in its full power that can lead the pilgrim sacrifice unscathed through these ambushes and pitfalls; at each moment it catches, exposes, repels the mind's and the life's falsehoods, seizes hold on the truth of the Divine Love and Ananda and separates it from the excitement of the mind's ardours and the blind enthusiasms of the misleading life-force. But all things that are true at their core in mind and life and the physical being it extricates and takes with it in the journey till they stand on the heights, new in spirit and sublime in figure. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2, 166,
74:To Know How To Suffer
   IF AT any time a deep sorrow, a searing doubt or an intense pain overwhelms you and drives you to despair, there is an infallible way to regain calm and peace.
   In the depths of our being there shines a light whose brilliance is equalled only by its purity; a light, a living and conscious portion of a universal godhead who animates and nourishes and illumines Matter, a powerful and unfailing guide for those who are willing to heed his law, a helper full of solace and loving forbearance towards all who aspire to see and hear and obey him. No sincere and lasting aspiration towards him can be in vain; no strong and respectful trust can be disappointed, no expectation ever deceived.
   My heart has suffered and lamented, almost breaking beneath a sorrow too heavy, almost sinking beneath a pain too strong.... But I have called to thee, O divine comforter, I have prayed ardently to thee, and the splendour of thy dazzling light has appeared to me and revived me.
   As the rays of thy glory penetrated and illumined all my being, I clearly perceived the path to follow, the use that can be made of suffering; I understood that the sorrow that held me in its grip was but a pale reflection of the sorrow of the earth, of this abysm of suffering and anguish.
   Only those who have suffered can understand the suffering of others; understand it, commune with it and relieve it. And I understood, O divine comforter, sublime Holocaust, that in order to sustain us in all our troubles, to soothe all our pangs, thou must have known and felt all the sufferings of earth and man, all without exception.
   How is it that among those who claim to be thy worshippers, some regard thee as a cruel torturer, as an inexorable judge witnessing the torments that are tolerated by thee or even created by thy own will?
   No, I now perceive that these sufferings come from the very imperfection of Matter which, in its disorder and crudeness, is unfit to manifest thee; and thou art the very first to suffer from it, to bewail it, thou art the first to toil and strive in thy ardent desire to change disorder into order, suffering into happiness, discord into harmony.
   Suffering is not something inevitable or even desirable, but when it comes to us, how helpful it can be!
   Each time we feel that our heart is breaking, a deeper door opens within us, revealing new horizons, ever richer in hidden treasures, whose golden influx brings once more a new and intenser life to the organism on the brink of destruction.
   And when, by these successive descents, we reach the veil that reveals thee as it is lifted, O Lord, who can describe the intensity of Life that penetrates the whole being, the radiance of the Light that floods it, the sublimity of the Love that transforms it for ever! ~ The Mother, Words Of Long Ago, To Know How To Suffer, 1910,
75:On that spring day in the park I saw a young woman who attracted me. She was tall and slender, elegantly dressed, and had an intelligent and boyish face. I liked her at once. She was my type and began to fill my imagination. She probably was not much older than I but seemed far more mature, well-defined, a full-grown woman, but with a touch of exuberance and boyishness in her face, and this was what I liked above all .

   I had never managed to approach a girl with whom I had fallen in love, nor did I manage in this case. But the impression she made on me was deeper than any previous one had been and the infatuation had a profound influence on my life.

   Suddenly a new image had risen up before me, a lofty and cherished image. And no need, no urge was as deep or as fervent within me as the craving to worship and admire. I gave her the name Beatrice, for, even though I had not read Dante, I knew about Beatrice from an English painting of which I owned a reproduction. It showed a young pre-Raphaelite woman, long-limbed and slender, with long head and etherealized hands and features. My beautiful young woman did not quite resemble her, even though she, too, revealed that slender and boyish figure which I loved, and something of the ethereal, soulful quality of her face.

   Although I never addressed a single word to Beatrice, she exerted a profound influence on me at that time. She raised her image before me, she gave me access to a holy shrine, she transformed me into a worshiper in a temple.

   From one day to the next I stayed clear of all bars and nocturnal exploits. I could be alone with myself again and enjoyed reading and going for long walks.

   My sudden conversion drew a good deal of mockery in its wake. But now I had something I loved and venerated, I had an ideal again, life was rich with intimations of mystery and a feeling of dawn that made me immune to all taunts. I had come home again to myself, even if only as the slave and servant of a cherished image.

   I find it difficult to think back to that time without a certain fondness. Once more I was trying most strenuously to construct an intimate "world of light" for myself out of the shambles of a period of devastation; once more I sacrificed everything within me to the aim of banishing darkness and evil from myself. And, furthermore, this present "world of light" was to some extent my own creation; it was no longer an escape, no crawling back to -nether and the safety of irresponsibility; it was a new duty, one I had invented and desired on my own, with responsibility and self-control. My sexuality, a torment from which I was in constant flight, was to be transfigured nto spirituality and devotion by this holy fire. Everything :brk and hateful was to be banished, there were to be no more tortured nights, no excitement before lascivious picures, no eavesdropping at forbidden doors, no lust. In place of all this I raised my altar to the image of Beatrice, :.. and by consecrating myself to her I consecrated myself to the spirit and to the gods, sacrificing that part of life which I withdrew from the forces of darkness to those of light. My goal was not joy but purity, not happiness but beauty, and spirituality.

   This cult of Beatrice completely changed my life.

   ~ Hermann Hesse, Demian,
76:It is thus by an integralisation of our divided being that the Divine Shakti in the Yoga will proceed to its object; for liberation, perfection, mastery are dependent on this integralisation, since the little wave on the surface cannot control its own movement, much less have any true control over the vast life around it. The Shakti, the power of the Infinite and the Eternal descends within us, works, breaks up our present psychological formations, shatters every wall, widens, liberates, presents us with always newer and greater powers of vision, ideation, perception and newer and greater life-motives, enlarges and newmodels increasingly the soul and its instruments, confronts us with every imperfection in order to convict and destroy it, opens to a greater perfection, does in a brief period the work of many lives or ages so that new births and new vistas open constantly within us. Expansive in her action, she frees the consciousness from confinement in the body; it can go out in trance or sleep or even waking and enter into worlds or other regions of this world and act there or carry back its experience. It spreads out, feeling the body only as a small part of itself, and begins to contain what before contained it; it achieves the cosmic consciousness and extends itself to be commensurate with the universe. It begins to know inwardly and directly and not merely by external observation and contact the forces at play in the world, feels their movement, distinguishes their functioning and can operate immediately upon them as the scientist operates upon physical forces, accept their action and results in our mind, life, body or reject them or modify, change, reshape, create immense new powers and movements in place of the old small functionings of the nature. We begin to perceive the working of the forces of universal Mind and to know how our thoughts are created by that working, separate from within the truth and falsehood of our perceptions, enlarge their field, extend and illumine their significance, become master of our own minds and active to shape the movements of Mind in the world around us. We begin to perceive the flow and surge of the universal life-forces, detect the origin and law of our feelings, emotions, sensations, passions, are free to accept, reject, new-create, open to wider, rise to higher planes of Life-Power. We begin to perceive too the key to the enigma of Matter, follow the interplay of Mind and Life and Consciousness upon it, discover more and more its instrumental and resultant function and detect ultimately the last secret of Matter as a form not merely of Energy but of involved and arrested or unstably fixed and restricted consciousness and begin to see too the possibility of its liberation and plasticity of response to higher Powers, its possibilities for the conscious and no longer the more than half-inconscient incarnation and self-expression of the Spirit. All this and more becomes more and more possible as the working of the Divine Shakti increases in us and, against much resistance or labour to respond of our obscure consciousness, through much struggle and movement of progress and regression and renewed progress necessitated by the work of intensive transformation of a half-inconscient into a conscious substance, moves to a greater purity, truth, height, range. All depends on the psychic awakening in us, the completeness of our response to her and our growing surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2, 183,
77:We have now completed our view of the path of Knowledge and seen to what it leads. First, the end of Yoga of Knowledge is God-possession, it is to possess God and be possessed by him through consciousness, through identification, through reflection of the divine Reality. But not merely in some abstraction away from our present existence, but here also; therefore to possess the Divine in himself, the Divine in the world, the Divine within, the Divine in all things and all beings. It is to possess oneness with God and through that to possess also oneness with the universal, with the cosmos and all existences; therefore to possess the infinite diversity also in the oneness, but on the basis of oneness and not on the basis of division. It is to possess God in his personality and his impersonality; in his purity free from qualities and in his infinite qualities; in time and beyond time; in his action and in his silence; in the finite and in the infinite. It is to possess him not only in pure self, but in all self; not only in self, but in Nature; not only in spirit, but in supermind, mind, life and body; to possess him with the spirit, with the mind, with the vital and the physical consciousness; and it is again for all these to be possessed by him, so that our whole being is one with him, full of him, governed and driven by him. It is, since God is oneness, for our physical consciousness to be one with the soul and the nature of the material universe; for our life, to be one with all life; for our mind, to be one with the universal mind; for our spirit, to be identified with the universal spirit. It is to merge in him in the absolute and find him in all relations. Secondly, it is to put on the divine being and the divine nature. And since God is Sachchidananda, it is to raise our being into the divine being, our consciousness into the divine consciousness, our energy into the divine energy, our delight of existence into the divine delight of being. And it is not only to lift ourselves into this higher consciousness, but to widen into it in all our being, because it is to be found on all the planes of our existence and in all our members, so that our mental, vital, physical existence shall become full of the divine nature. Our intelligent mentality is to become a play of the divine knowledge-will, our mental soul-life a play of the divine love and delight, our vitality a play of the divine life, our physical being a mould of the divine substance. This God-action in us is to be realised by an opening of ourselves to the divine gnosis and divine Ananda and, in its fullness, by an ascent into and a permanent dwelling in the gnosis and the Ananda. For though we live physically on the material plane and in normal outwardgoing life the mind and soul are preoccupied with material existence, this externality of our being is not a binding limitation. We can raise our internal consciousness from plane to plane of the relations of Purusha with prakriti, and even become, instead of the mental being dominated by the physical soul and nature, the gnostic being or the bliss-self and assume the gnostic or the bliss nature. And by this raising of the inner life we can transform our whole outward-going existence; instead of a life dominated by matter we shall then have a life dominated by spirit with all its circumstances moulded and determined by the purity of being, the consciousness infinite even in the finite, the divine energy, the divine joy and bliss of the spirit.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, The Higher and the Lower Knowledge [511] [T1],
78:The principle of Yoga is the turning of one or of all powers of our human existence into a means of reaching the divine Being. In an ordinary Yoga one main power of being or one group of its powers is made the means, vehicle, path. In a synthetic Yoga all powers will be combined and included in the transmuting instrumentation.
   In Hathayoga the instrument is the body and life. All the power of the body is stilled, collected, purified, heightened, concentrated to its utmost limits or beyond any limits by Asana and other physical processes; the power of the life too is similarly purified, heightened, concentrated by Asana and Pranayama. This concentration of powers is then directed towards that physical centre in which the divine consciousness sits concealed in the human body. The power of Life, Nature-power, coiled up with all its secret forces asleep in the lowest nervous plexus of the earth-being,-for only so much escapes into waking action in our normal operations as is sufficient for the limited uses of human life,-rises awakened through centre after centre and awakens, too, in its ascent and passage the forces of each successive nodus of our being, the nervous life, the heart of emotion and ordinary mentality, the speech, sight, will, the higher knowledge, till through and above the brain it meets with and it becomes one with the divine consciousness.
   In Rajayoga the chosen instrument is the mind. our ordinary mentality is first disciplined, purified and directed towards the divine Being, then by a summary process of Asana and Pranayama the physical force of our being is stilled and concentrated, the life-force released into a rhythmic movement capable of cessation and concentrated into a higher power of its upward action, the mind, supported and strengthened by this greater action and concentration of the body and life upon which it rests, is itself purified of all its unrest and emotion and its habitual thought-waves, liberated from distraction and dispersion, given its highest force of concentration, gathered up into a trance of absorption. Two objects, the one temporal, the other eternal,are gained by this discipline. Mind-power develops in another concentrated action abnormal capacities of knowledge, effective will, deep light of reception, powerful light of thought-radiation which are altogether beyond the narrow range of our normal mentality; it arrives at the Yogic or occult powers around which there has been woven so much quite dispensable and yet perhaps salutary mystery. But the one final end and the one all-important gain is that the mind, stilled and cast into a concentrated trance, can lose itself in the divine consciousness and the soul be made free to unite with the divine Being.
   The triple way takes for its chosen instruments the three main powers of the mental soul-life of the human being. Knowledge selects the reason and the mental vision and it makes them by purification, concentration and a certain discipline of a Goddirected seeking its means for the greatest knowledge and the greatest vision of all, God-knowledge and God-vision. Its aim is to see, know and be the Divine. Works, action selects for its instrument the will of the doer of works; it makes life an offering of sacrifice to the Godhead and by purification, concentration and a certain discipline of subjection to the divine Will a means for contact and increasing unity of the soul of man with the divine Master of the universe. Devotion selects the emotional and aesthetic powers of the soul and by turning them all Godward in a perfect purity, intensity, infinite passion of seeking makes them a means of God-possession in one or many relations of unity with the Divine Being. All aim in their own way at a union or unity of the human soul with the supreme Spirit.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Self-Perfection, The Principle of the Integral Yoga, 609,
79:The perfect supramental action will not follow any single principle or limited rule.It is not likely to satisfy the standard either of the individual egoist or of any organised group-mind. It will conform to the demand neither of the positive practical man of the world nor of the formal moralist nor of the patriot nor of the sentimental philanthropist nor of the idealising philosopher. It will proceed by a spontaneous outflowing from the summits in the totality of an illumined and uplifted being, will and knowledge and not by the selected, calculated and standardised action which is all that the intellectual reason or ethical will can achieve. Its sole aim will be the expression of the divine in us and the keeping together of the world and its progress towards the Manifestation that is to be. This even will not be so much an aim and purpose as a spontaneous law of the being and an intuitive determination of the action by the Light of the divine Truth and its automatic influence. It will proceed like the action of Nature from a total will and knowledge behind her, but a will and knowledge enlightened in a conscious supreme Nature and no longer obscure in this ignorant Prakriti. It will be an action not bound by the dualities but full and large in the spirit's impartial joy of existence. The happy and inspired movement of a divine Power and Wisdom guiding and impelling us will replace the perplexities and stumblings of the suffering and ignorant ego.
   If by some miracle of divine intervention all mankind at once could be raised to this level, we should have something on earth like the Golden Age of the traditions, Satya Yuga, the Age of Truth or true existence. For the sign of the Satya Yuga is that the Law is spontaneous and conscious in each creature and does its own works in a perfect harmony and freedom. Unity and universality, not separative division, would be the foundation of the consciousness of the race; love would be absolute; equality would be consistent with hierarchy and perfect in difference; absolute justice would be secured by the spontaneous action of the being in harmony with the truth of things and the truth of himself and others and therefore sure of true and right result; right reason, no longer mental but supramental, would be satisfied not by the observation of artificial standards but by the free automatic perception of right relations and their inevitable execution in the act. The quarrel between the individual and society or disastrous struggle between one community and another could not exist: the cosmic consciousness imbedded in embodied beings would assure a harmonious diversity in oneness.
   In the actual state of humanity, it is the individual who must climb to this height as a pioneer and precursor. His isolation will necessarily give a determination and a form to his outward activities that must be quite other than those of a consciously divine collective action. The inner state, the root of his acts, will be the same; but the acts themselves may well be very different from what they would be on an earth liberated from ignorance. Nevertheless his consciousness and the divine mechanism of his conduct, if such a word can be used of so free a thing, would be such as has been described, free from that subjection to vital impurity and desire and wrong impulse which we call sin, unbound by that rule of prescribed moral formulas which we call virtue, spontaneously sure and pure and perfect in a greater consciousness than the mind's, governed in all its steps by the light and truth of the Spirit. But if a collectivity or group could be formed of those who had reached the supramental perfection, there indeed some divine creation could take shape; a new earth could descend that would be a new heaven, a world of supramental light could be created here amidst the receding darkness of this terrestrial ignorance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Standards of Conduct and Spiritual Freedom, 206,
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and had better come first. Purity means singleness. God is one. The wand is not a wand if it has something sticking to it which is not an essential part of itself. If you wish to invoke Venus, you do not succeed if there are traces of Saturn mixed up with it.

That is a mere logical commonplace: in magick one must go much farther than this. One finds one's analogy in electricity. If insulation is imperfect, the whole current goes back to earth. It is useless to plead that in all those miles of wire there is only one-hundredth of an inch unprotected. It is no good building a ship if the water can enter, through however small a hole.

That first task of the Magician in every ceremony is therefore to render his Circle absolutely impregnable.
If one littlest thought intrude upon the mind of the Mystic, his concentration is absolutely destroyed; and his consciousness remains on exactly the same level as the Stockbroker's. Even the smallest baby is incompatible with the virginity of its mother. If you leave even a single spirit within the circle, the effect of the conjuration will be entirely absorbed by it.> {101}

The Magician must therefore take the utmost care in the matter of purification, "firstly", of himself, "secondly", of his instruments, "thirdly", of the place of working. Ancient Magicians recommended a preliminary purification of from three days to many months. During this period of training they took the utmost pains with diet. They avoided animal food, lest the elemental spirit of the animal should get into their atmosphere. They practised sexual abstinence, lest they should be influenced in any way by the spirit of the wife. Even in regard to the excrements of the body they were equally careful; in trimming the hair and nails, they ceremonially destroyed> the severed portion. They fasted, so that the body itself might destroy anything extraneous to the bare necessity of its existence. They purified the mind by special prayers and conservations. They avoided the contamination of social intercourse, especially the conjugal kind; and their servitors were disciples specially chosen and consecrated for the work.

In modern times our superior understanding of the essentials of this process enables us to dispense to some extent with its external rigours; but the internal purification must be even more carefully performed. We may eat meat, provided that in doing so we affirm that we eat it in order to strengthen us for the special purpose of our proposed invocation.> {102}

By thus avoiding those actions which might excite the comment of our neighbours we avoid the graver dangers of falling into spiritual pride.

We have understood the saying: "To the pure all things are pure", and we have learnt how to act up to it. We can analyse the mind far more acutely than could the ancients, and we can therefore distinguish the real and right feeling from its imitations. A man may eat meat from self-indulgence, or in order to avoid the dangers of asceticism. We must constantly examine ourselves, and assure ourselves that every action is really subservient to the One Purpose.

It is ceremonially desirable to seal and affirm this mental purity by Ritual, and accordingly the first operation in any actual ceremony is bathing and robing, with appropriate words. The bath signifies the removal of all things extraneous to antagonistic to the one thought. The putting on of the robe is the positive side of the same operation. It is the assumption of the fame of mind suitable to that one thought.

A similar operation takes place in the preparation of every instrument, as has been seen in the Chapter devoted to that subject. In the preparation of theplace of working, the same considerations apply. We first remove from that place all objects; and we then put into it those objects, and only those {103} objects, which are necessary. During many days we occupy ourselves in this process of cleansing and consecration; and this again is confirmed in the actual ceremony.

The cleansed and consecrated Magician takes his cleansed and consecrated instruments into that cleansed and consecrated place, and there proceeds to repeat that double ceremony in the ceremony itself, which has these same two main parts. The first part of every ceremony is the banishing; the second, the invoking. The same formula is repeated even in the ceremony of banishing itself, for in the banishing ritual of the pentagram we not only command the demons to depart, but invoke the Archangels and their hosts to act as guardians of the Circle during our pre-occupation with the ceremony proper.

In more elaborate ceremonies it is usual to banish everything by name. Each element, each planet, and each sign, perhaps even the Sephiroth themselves; all are removed, including the very one which we wished to invoke, for that force ... ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA,
81:To what gods shall the sacrifice be offered? Who shall be invoked to manifest and protect in the human being this increasing godhead?

Agni first, for without him the sacrificial flame cannot burn on the altar of the soul. That flame of Agni is the seven-tongued power of the Will, a Force of God instinct with Knowledge. This conscious and forceful will is the immortal guest in our mortality, a pure priest and a divine worker, the mediator between earth and heaven. It carries what we offer to the higher Powers and brings back in return their force and light and joy into our humanity.

Indra, the Puissant next, who is the power of pure Existence self-manifested as the Divine Mind. As Agni is one pole of Force instinct with knowledge that sends its current upward from earth to heaven, so Indra is the other pole of Light instinct with force which descends from heaven to earth. He comes down into our world as the Hero with the shining horses and slays darkness and division with his lightnings, pours down the life-giving heavenly waters, finds in the trace of the hound, Intuition, the lost or hidden illuminations, makes the Sun of Truth mount high in the heaven of our mentality.

Surya, the Sun, is the master of that supreme Truth, - truth of being, truth of knowledge, truth of process and act and movement and functioning. He is therefore the creator or rather the manifester of all things - for creation is out-bringing, expression by the Truth and Will - and the father, fosterer, enlightener of our souls. The illuminations we seek are the herds of this Sun who comes to us in the track of the divine Dawn and releases and reveals in us night-hidden world after world up to the highest Beatitude.

Of that beatitude Soma is the representative deity. The wine of his ecstasy is concealed in the growths of earth, in the waters of existence; even here in our physical being are his immortalising juices and they have to be pressed out and offered to all the gods; for in that strength these shall increase and conquer.

Each of these primary deities has others associated with him who fulfil functions that arise from his own. For if the truth of Surya is to be established firmly in our mortal nature, there are previous conditions that are indispensable; a vast purity and clear wideness destructive of all sin and crooked falsehood, - and this is Varuna; a luminous power of love and comprehension leading and forming into harmony all our thoughts, acts and impulses, - this is Mitra; an immortal puissance of clear-discerning aspiration and endeavour, - this is Aryaman; a happy spontaneity of the right enjoyment of all things dispelling the evil dream of sin and error and suffering, - this is Bhaga. These four are powers of the Truth of Surya. For the whole bliss of Soma to be established perfectly in our nature a happy and enlightened and unmaimed condition of mind, vitality and body are necessary. This condition is given to us by the twin Ashwins; wedded to the daughter of Light, drinkers of honey, bringers of perfect satisfactions, healers of maim and malady they occupy our parts of knowledge and parts of action and prepare our mental, vital and physical being for an easy and victorious ascension.

Indra, the Divine Mind, as the shaper of mental forms has for his assistants, his artisans, the Ribhus, human powers who by the work of sacrifice and their brilliant ascension to the high dwelling-place of the Sun have attained to immortality and help mankind to repeat their achievement. They shape by the mind Indra's horses, the chariot of the Ashwins, the weapons of the Gods, all the means of the journey and the battle. But as giver of the Light of Truth and as Vritra-slayer Indra is aided by the Maruts, who are powers of will and nervous or vital Force that have attained to the light of thought and the voice of self-expression. They are behind all thought and speech as its impellers and they battle towards the Light, Truth and Bliss of the supreme Consciousness.

There are also female energies; for the Deva is both Male and Female and the gods also are either activising souls or passively executive and methodising energies. Aditi, infinite Mother of the Gods, comes first; and there are besides five powers of the Truthconsciousness, - Mahi or Bharati, the vast Word that brings us all things out of the divine source; Ila, the strong primal word of the Truth who gives us its active vision; Saraswati, its streaming current and the word of its inspiration; Sarama, the Intuition, hound of heaven who descends into the cavern of the subconscient and finds there the concealed illuminations; Dakshina, whose function is to discern rightly, dispose the action and the offering and distribute in the sacrifice to each godhead its portion. Each god, too, has his female energy.

All this action and struggle and ascension is supported by Heaven our Father and Earth our Mother Parents of the Gods, who sustain respectively the purely mental and psychic and the physical consciousness. Their large and free scope is the condition of our achievement. Vayu, master of life, links them together by the mid-air, the region of vital force. And there are other deities, - Parjanya, giver of the rain of heaven; Dadhikravan, the divine war-horse, a power of Agni; the mystic Dragon of the Foundations; Trita Aptya who on the third plane of existence consummates our triple being; and more besides.

The development of all these godheads is necessary to our perfection. And that perfection must be attained on all our levels, - in the wideness of earth, our physical being and consciousness; in the full force of vital speed and action and enjoyment and nervous vibration, typified as the Horse which must be brought forward to upbear our endeavour; in the perfect gladness of the heart of emotion and a brilliant heat and clarity of the mind throughout our intellectual and psychical being; in the coming of the supramental Light, the Dawn and the Sun and the shining Mother of the herds, to transform all our existence; for so comes to us the possession of the Truth, by the Truth the admirable surge of the Bliss, in the Bliss infinite Consciousness of absolute being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, The Doctrine of the Mystics,
82:And now what methods may be employed to safeguard the worker in the field of the world? What can be done to ensure his safety in the present strife, and in the greater strife of the coming centuries? 1. A realisation that purity of all the vehicles is the prime essential. If a Dark Brother gains control over any man, it but shows that that man has in his life some weak spot.... 2. The elimination of all fear. The forces of evolution vibrate more rapidly than those of involution, and in this fact lies a recognisable security. Fear causes weakness; weakness causes a disintegration; the weak spot breaks and a gap appears, and through that gap evil force may enter.... 3. A standing firm and unmoved, no matter what occurs. Your feet may be bathed in the mud of earth, but your head may be bathed in the sunshine of the higher regions... 4. A recognition of the use of common-sense, and the application of this common-sense to the matter in hand. Sleep much, and in sleeping, learn to render the body positive; keep busy on the emotional plane, and achieve the inner calm. Do naught to overtire the body physical, and play whenever possible. In hours of relaxation comes the adjustment that obviates later tension. ~ Alice A. Bailey, Letters on Occult Meditation p. 137/8, (1922)

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1:Purity, simplicity, love. ~ Kate Morton
2:I am amazed at the seeker of purity ~ Rumi
3:Behave simply and hold on to purity. ~ Laozi
4:Purity is the fruit of prayer. ~ Mother Teresa
5:Purity and peace make men upright. ~ Lao-Tsu-Te
6:The price of purity is purists. ~ Calvin Trillin
7:The purity of intention repels fear. ~ Toba Beta
8:Learn from the purity of nature. ~ Frederick Lenz
9:Rare is the union of beauty and purity. ~ Juvenal
10:Snow is false purity. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
11:Allow the purity of evil to guide you. ~ The Undertaker
12:Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing ~ S ren Kierkegaard
13:Waiting on God means increasing purity. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
14:Purity of heart is to will one thing. ~ Soren Kierkegaard
15:Purity of heart is what enables us to see. ~ Benedict XVI
16:True beauty consists of purity of heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
17:True beauty lies in purity of the heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
18:We want his power more than his purity. ~ David Wilkerson
19:Purity without balance is its own corruption. ~ V E Schwab
20:If we are pure, we cannot see impurity. ~ Swami Vivekananda
21:In politics, purity is the enemy of victory. ~ Haley Barbour
22:Purity is the power to contemplate defilement. ~ Simone Weil
23:Your true nature is purity, peace and joy. ~ Sathya Sai Baba
24:Unity is divinity, purity is enlightenment. ~ Sathya Sai Baba
25:In deep meditation we see nothing but purity. ~ Frederick Lenz
26:Purity is the ability to contemplate defilement. ~ Simone Weil
27:Purity of heart is what enables us to see. ~ Pope Benedict XVI
28:Purity of life is the highest and truest art. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
29:Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
30:The power of purity-it is a definite power. ~ Swami Vivekananda
31:Without purity it's impossible to realize God. ~ Frederick Lenz
32:His moral purity serves to magnify our impurity. ~ Jerry Bridges
33:Purity consists of more than remaining a virgin. ~ Joshua Harris
34:Purity in person and in morals is true godliness. ~ Hosea Ballou
35:Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent. ~ Saint Augustine
36:Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent. ~ Saint Augustine,
37:Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor. ~ David Hare
38:What power is higher than the power of purity? ~ Swami Vivekananda
39:...the universe is a flaw in the purity of non-being. ~ Paul Val ry
40:True beauty after all consists in purity of heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
41:experience of the purity and the power, the love and ~ Andrew Murray
42:The purity of youth will usher in the Divine Wind. ~ Takijiro Onishi
43:What purity is for the soul, cleanliness is for the body. ~ Epicietus
44:My hands are clean, but my heart has somewhat of impurity. ~ Euripides
45:Out of purity and silence comes the word of power. ~ Swami Vivekananda
46:Purity and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven. ~ Laozi
47:Purity of soul and impurity of body can go together. ~ Vincent Van Gogh
48:‎If heart filled with purity,
then mind found the beauty. ~ Toba Beta
49:I shall sully the purity of your floor, said he...
~ Juan de la Cruz
50:Purity and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven. ~ Lao Tzu
51:Purity comes from Seva... it comes from selfless love. ~ Sathya Sai Baba
52:True beauty after all consists in purity of heart. With ~ Mahatma Gandhi
53:Civil disobedience can only lead to strength and purity. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
54:Purity, perseverance, and energy- these three I want. ~ Swami Vivekananda
55:The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
56:Purity is when there is no anxiety, no worry, no thinking. ~ B K S Iyengar
57:There is only a single step between impurity and purity. ~ Berl Katznelson
58:7For  r God has not called us for  s impurity, but in holiness. ~ Anonymous
59:Cultural purity is an oxymoron (Saunders just quoted this). ~ Doug Saunders
60:I feel bad that I don't identify with the purity of babies. ~ Melissa Broder
61:Peace of heart is the natural outcome of purity of heart. ~ Spiros Zodhiates
62:In a single wave of meaning the triumphant purity of being. ~ Boris Pasternak
63:So much for the high road: Victory is more important than purity. ~ Anonymous
64:The principle of supreme purity is in repose, in perfect calm. ~ Hoce-nan-tse
65:It was sad and fierce all at once, alive with a lonely purity. ~ Karen Russell
66:It is purity of spirit that will keep corruption from the flesh ~ Mark Lawrence
67:Maybe the gruffness and anger can be done with a purity of sound. ~ Josh Groban
68:Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature. ~ William Faulkner
69:The simplicity and purity of enjoying a growing friendship ~ William Paul Young
70:You could drink the truth in its purity if you went to the source ~ John Graves
71:A people that does not protect its racial purity will perish! ~ Julius Streicher
72:Confidence is the purity of action produced by a mind free of doubt. ~ Katty Kay
73:Purity doesn't happen by accident; it requires obedience to God. ~ Joshua Harris
74:Simplicity, simplicity! How sweet is the purity of Thy Presence!... ~ The Mother
75:All your knowledge is dust. Knowing is your purity, knowledge is dust. ~ Rajneesh
76:consideration of Christ's sufferings is urged for purity and holiness ~ Anonymous
77:Simplicity ought to be in the intention, purity in the affection. ~ Thomas Kempis
78:There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. ~ Gautama Buddha
79:By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down. ~ Henry David Thoreau
80:Man flows at once to God when the channel of purity is open. ~ Henry David Thoreau
81:Purity or impurity depends on oneself, no one can purify another. ~ Gautama Buddha
82:There are no simple paths to justice and purity, only the difficult one. ~ Jo Nesb
83:The negro has maintained his racial purity by his well known habit of ~ Che Guevara
84:It signifies joy, purity, beauty, and when given as a gift, secret love. ~ Sieni A M
85:Simplicity reaches out after God; purity discovers and enjoys Him. ~ Thomas a Kempis
86:The greatest impurity is ignorance. Free yourself from it. Be pure. ~ Gautama Buddha
87:He always had a problem with the purity of others. Never his own. ~ Christopher Moore
88:Holy Purity is granted by God when it is asked for with humility. ~ Josemaria Escriva
89:Ignorance is not a state of innocence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Purity,
90:People like beauty and purity. They pretend that's what it's all about. ~ Patti Smith
91:Purity or impurity depends on oneself,
No one can purify another. ~ Gautama Buddha
92:The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention ~ Richard Moss
93:You can't build a foundation of sin now for a life of purity later. ~ Craig Groeschel
94:one endure In purity of thought, joy follows him As his own shadow—sure. ~ James Allen
95:Purity is also developed in action. Purity is developed when we love. ~ Frederick Lenz
96:There is no purity with regards to the marketplace and art, I believe. ~ Kehinde Wiley
97:The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its purity. ~ Matthew Henry
98:We estimate wrongdoing in proportion to the purity of our conscience ~ Honor de Balzac
99:How long, I wonder, will ignorance spell purity and knowledge shame? ~ Rosamond Lehmann
100:If your goal is purity of heart, be prepared to be thought very odd. ~ Elisabeth Elliot
101:It is only by means of purity of mind can you come close to the Lord. ~ Sathya Sai Baba
102:Living in balance and purity is the highest good for you and the earth. ~ Deepak Chopra
103:The excellence of the Church does not consist in multitude but in purity. ~ John Calvin
104:The politics of the possible was being replaced by the politics of purity. ~ H W Brands
105:Your capacity to keep your vow will depend on the purity of your life. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
106:I am a Soul sharing the Purity and Gift of my Soul - with the Souls of Others. ~ Eleesha
107:Purity is, next to birth, the greatest good that can be given to man. ~ Avesta: Vendidad
108:You are the source of all purity and impurity. No one purifies another. ~ Gautama Buddha
109:If one endure In purity of thought, joy follows him As his own shadow—sure. ~ James Allen
110:It was the work of the quiet mountains, this torrent of purity at my feet. ~ Jack Kerouac
111:Purity is light. Not just an ordinary light, but a transcendental light. ~ Frederick Lenz
112:Purity and virtue scarcely differ from vice, if they're not free of malice ~ Anton Chekhov
113:Purity of race does not exist. Europe is a continent of energetic mongrels. ~ H A L Fisher
114:This purity is attained through conquering the passions. ~ Vladimir Aleksandrovich Antonov
115:External practices have value only as helps to develop internal purity. ~ Swami Vivekananda
116:Let the purity and innocence of a child be your one and only religion! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan
117:Mainly through sins of impurity, do the forces of darkness subjugate souls. ~ Pope Pius XII
118:. . . meekness,love, purity, these are the things that should magnify us. ~ Joseph Smith Jr
119:The lotus symbolizes purity, because it rises out of the mud but looks pristine. ~ Lisa See
120:True affection and love have a purity which shall always prevail over bigotry. ~ Libba Bray
121:Why should men arrogate to themselves the right to regulate female purity? ~ Mahatma Gandhi
122:A single white roes goes with everything, doesn´t it, and it symbolizes purity. ~ Alex Flinn
123:But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute. ~ William Shakespeare
124:Eureka! [I have found it!] On discovery of a method to test the purity of gold. ~ Archimedes
125:If you came to see the truth, the purity, it's here inside a lonely heart. ~ Michael Jackson
126:Purity prepares the soul for love, and love confirms the soul in purity. ~ John Henry Newman
127:Alas, all traditions lose their primal purity and we all fail our founders. ~ Karen Armstrong
128:Is not light grander than fire? It is the same element in a state of purity. ~ Thomas Carlyle
129:All that remains of that minute is time in all its purity, bone-white time. ~ Marguerite Duras
130:But no perfection is so absolute
That some inpurity doth not pollute. ~ William Shakespeare
131:Only a consciousness full of light can be pure. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Purity,
132:Ego is impurity. Be selfless. Consecrate and dedicate your life to perfection. ~ Frederick Lenz
133:It keeps her purity vacum-sealed to preserve its freshness for her future husband. ~ Libba Bray
134:Our purity lies in our originality. Our intuition lies in our innocence. ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi
135:purity of a sort is easily had where responsibilities are not assumed. The ~ Richard Hofstadter
136:Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government. ~ James Madison
137:True art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and purity of its authors. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
138:By two wings a man is lifted up from things earthly: by simplicity and purity. ~ Thomas a Kempis
139:From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality. ~ Henry David Thoreau
140:If one lives only for the Divine and by the Divine, there follows a perfect purity. ~ The Mother
141:Peace was a thrilled voluptuous purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
142:Purity is the ability to see dharma in its manifold forms in any plane or loka. ~ Frederick Lenz
143:The scriptures recommend love and service to the enlightened to develop purity. ~ Frederick Lenz
144:The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire
145:...of all the kinds of decay in this world, decadent purity is the most malignant. ~ Yukio Mishima
146:Purity prepares the soul for love, and love confirms the soul in purity. ~ Saint John Henry Newman
147:Nothing is black and white, and there is no purity and there is no such thing has justice. ~ Banksy
148:Reformers who are obsessed with purity and cannot see that their obsession is impure. ~ E M Forster
149:Rigour and purity in assembling words, however simple the result, create a vacuum. ~ Theodor Adorno
150:Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
151:There is only one prayer and that is prayer for light, for purity, for perfection. ~ Frederick Lenz
152:Unless you have a great deal of purity, it's difficult to retain the higher light. ~ Frederick Lenz
153:My goal was not pleasure, but purity; not happiness, but beauty and intellectuality. ~ Hermann Hesse
154:When you start looking for purity in politics, you eventually get to unreality. ~ Mario Vargas Llosa
155:Zealous men often confuse purity with intolerance, particularly when they're young. ~ R Scott Bakker
156:He who is concerned only with the purity of his own life ruins the great human relations. ~ Confucius
157:I can receive nothing more from these tragic solitudes than a little empty purity. ~ Jean Paul Sartre
158:I should wish to die if a man who is impure should parade his purity in front of me. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
159:My name, Paloma, means 'dove' in Spanish. It stands as a symbol of peace and purity. ~ Paloma Picasso
160:Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
161:[T]he astonishing purity of pain, how it will not be mixed with any other sensation. ~ Charles Baxter
162:The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals ~ Theophile Gautier
163:A life of peace, purity and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
164:Had Passion and Purity never encountered, Tenderness had never come into the world. ~ William Faulkner
165:Her purity of spirit would never be in doubt, though she moved through a blemished world. ~ Ian McEwan
166:Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
167:Purity of morals [is] the only sure foundation of public happiness in any country. ~ George Washington
168:The human mind has claimed for water one of its highest values-the value of purity. ~ Gaston Bachelard
169:The newly emerging ideal was solitude, purity, perfect waves far from civilization. ~ William Finnegan
170:The true master lives in truth,In goodness and restraint,Non-violence, moderation and purity. ~ Buddha
171:All the classical genres are now ridiculous in their rigorous purity. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
172:Don't be offended by your lack of purity. Purity is a seed that will grow and develop. ~ Frederick Lenz
173:Humility and purity are the wings which carry us to God and make us almost divine. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina
174:I am there where it is spoken that the universe is a defect in the purity of non-being. ~ Jacques Lacan
175:In whatever you are doing, be one: body, soul, mind. Do it beautifully and with purity. ~ B K S Iyengar
176:Like the watch, the heart needs the winding of purity, or the Dweller ceases to speak. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
177:The natural purity of our mind is of no use to us if we are not aware of it, ~ Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
178:A fearless woman who knows that her purity is her best shield can never be dishonoured. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
179:God is love and beauty as well as purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, Religion as the Law of Life,
180:I want to lead people toward finding hope through the purity and healing power of metal. ~ David Draiman
181:rethink things. There was something about the design that lacked purity, he felt. “Why ~ Walter Isaacson
182:The Bush administration does not desire to see Islam practiced in its pristine purity. ~ Louis Farrakhan
183:When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo
184:A kind of childlike purity to her repose that made the thought of kissing her seem vile. ~ Jessica Khoury
185:If there be any one whose power is in beauty, in purity, in goodness, it is a woman. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
186:Not extreme perfection,
but purity and clarity are the targets
at which we should aim. ~ Lao Tzu
187:Politicians who talk about purity usually end up deciding who is pure and who is not. ~ Elizabeth Kostova
188:Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness. ~ Cyril Connolly
189:Those who love and who have a sense of purity live in a very luminous band of awareness. ~ Frederick Lenz
190:Your innermost core has always been pure. Purity is intrinsic to you, it cannot be taken away. ~ Rajneesh
191:Every single act of one who would lead a life of purity should be in the nature of yajna. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
192:He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver. ~ Thomas a Kempis
193:My death, taking the light from my eyes, gives back to the day the purity which they soiled. ~ Jean Racine
194:She was pure, it was true, as he had never dreamed of purity; but cherries stained her lips. ~ Jack London
195:That government which doth not promote unity as well as purity, is not the government of Christ. ~ Various
196:That’s the purity of nature. It may be harsh in its honesty, but it never lies to you. ~ Carine McCandless
197:Ahimsa (non-killing), truthfulness, purity, mercy, and godliness are always to be kept. ~ Swami Vivekananda
198:All impurity is a confusion of working. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Purified Understanding,
199:As frustrating as the battle for purity must be, I suppose it's easier if you've got company. ~ Kevin Roose
200:Contemplation places us in a purity and radiance which is far above our understanding. ~ John of Ruysbroeck
201:Ramanama is for the pure at heart and for those who want to attain purity and remain pure. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
202:The demand for absolute purity of genres is becoming nowadays an anachronism in literature. ~ Stanislaw Lem
203:Winning has a joy and discrete purity to it that cannot be replaced by anything else. ~ A Bartlett Giamatti
204:Because that was there even when love wasn't - the net of family, the purity of habit and home. ~ Emma Cline
205:By the purity of the thoughts, of the actions, of holy words one cometh to know Ahura-Mazda. ~ Avesta: Yaçna
206:Spend time with spiritual friends, those who seek light. Purity is gained through strength. ~ Frederick Lenz
207:If we cannot write with the beauty of Mozart, let us at least try to write with his purity. ~ Johannes Brahms
208:Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success and above all love. ~ Swami Vivekananda
209:Rather than the obsession with impurity, you'd do better to fear the nostalgia for purity. ~ Georges Bernanos
210:Whatever others think or do, lower not your standard of purity, morality and love of God. ~ Swami Vivekananda
211:A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, must not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
212:I always knew that God's way was the best, that I wanted to wait, and that I valued purity. ~ Rebecca St James
213:Nothing but free argument, raillery and even ridicule will preserve the purity of religion. ~ Thomas Jefferson
214:Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
215:The primordial purity of the ground completely transcends words, concepts, and formulations. ~ Jamgon Kongtrul
216:To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire
217:Any action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, mind and soul, is Art. ~ B K S Iyengar
218:In the religion of all nations a purity is hinted at, which, I fear, men never attain to. ~ Henry David Thoreau
219:A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
220:Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love. ~ Swami Vivekananda
221:Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God's image. ~ William Ames
222:The world commands our desire for purity but bids that we not be too precise about it. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
223:Bear with the various opinions of everybody. Patience, purity, and perseverance will prevail. ~ Swami Vivekananda
224:But my arts are also pure, as a circle is pure, and in a flawed world purity cannot endure. ~ Stephen R Donaldson
225:I do love the young adult novels as a form and genre, because it has a purity of intention and heart. ~ Ira Sachs
226:The purity of man is the absence of something, the purity of Jesus is the presence of something. ~ Ravi Zacharias
227:The true master lives in truth, in goodness and restraint, non-violence, moderation, and purity. ~ Gautama Buddha
228:Use your mind to discriminate. Choose to advance yourself, to bring more purity into your being. ~ Frederick Lenz
229:11 He who f loves purity of heart, and whose g speech is gracious, h will have the king as his friend. ~ Anonymous
230:Even a few moments of offering lovingkindness can reconnect you with the purity of your loving heart. ~ Tara Brach
231:In order to go beyond ideas to direct realization, it's essential to have a great deal of purity. ~ Frederick Lenz
232:Survivors are so often re-victimized by a system that demands they prove their purity and innocence. ~ Lena Dunham
233:The armies of the day have chased the army of the night, Heaven and earth are filled with purity and light. ~ Rumi
234:The moral strength of the Church depends upon purity of doctrine and not upon the mass of individuals. ~ Anonymous
235:Bavaria made the adoption of the Beer Purity Law a condition of its joining the new German Empire. ~ Neil MacGregor
236:This self can always be won by truth and austerity, by purity and by entire knowledge. ~ Mundaka Upanishad III. 1-5
237:Two wings lift a person up from earthly concerns: Simplicity in intention, and Purity in feeling. ~ Thomas a Kempis
238:My hair is pure. It stands for purity because no foreign chemicals or substances has ever touched my hair. ~ CM Punk
239:The nobility of the ancients was no more than purity and serenity--what need for bushels of emblems? ~ Thomas Cleary
240:understood that there was a line of purity, and he would neither cross it nor ask her to cross it. ~ Karen Kingsbury
241:doubt seems the only purity for those who are too fervent to deny, and too lucid to affirm. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney
242:Quite a bit of human solidarity has been sacrificed in pursuit of preserving some kind of imagined purity ~ Eula Biss
243:The Age of Aquarius is the age of excellence in which personal purity shall absolutely matter. ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi
244:The stench of impurity before God and the angels is so great, that no stench in the world can equal it. ~ Philip Neri
245:His purity has brought him many profitable things, and this in the first rank, to know his soul. ~ Apollonius of Tyana
246:Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood. ~ Yukio Mishima
247:Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. ~ Thomas Kempis
248:During courtship, guarding each other's purity and refraining from intimacy are the acts of lovemaking. ~ Joshua Harris
249:It was enough that slander could ruin a woman, because her purity was the most important thing about her. ~ Jane Porter
250:There's a kind of purity to a relationship unencumbered by convention, a sense of simplicity and freedom. ~ J P Delaney
251:My question is, do you believe in an evil possessed of its own purity? or does every act intend some good? ~ Brent Weeks
252:Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. ~ Thomas a Kempis
253:Purity is innocence, the innocence of lack of self. Desire is innocent unless it's connected with self. ~ Frederick Lenz
254:The only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a monopoly on knowledge. ~ Orson Scott Card
255:the only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a monopoly on knowledge. ~ Orson Scott Card
256:Tulsidas's Ramayana is a notable book because it is informed with the spirit of purity, pity and piety. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
257:Holy is the Bible word for all that makes God different from us, in particular his awesome power and purity. ~ J I Packer
258:Necessary, forever necessary, to burn out false shames and smelt the heaviest ore of the body into purity. ~ D H Lawrence
259:Of all the religions in the world, perhaps the religion of liberty is the only faith capable of purity. ~ Tiffany Madison
260:Purity, patience and perseverance overcome all obstacles. All great things must of necessity be slow. ~ Swami Vivekananda
261:He wanted and needed their love, but felt none towards them. He now had neither love nor humility nor purity ~ Leo Tolstoy
262:Holy” is the Bible word for all that makes God different from us, in particular his awesome power and purity. ~ J I Packer
263:The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond. ~ Henry David Thoreau
264:A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
265:I am a lover of truth, a worshiper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance. ~ Stephen Fry
266:My question is, do you believe in an evil possessed of its own purity? or does every act intend some good?... ~ Brent Weeks
267:Purity is to accept no other influence but only the influence of the Divine.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, [T5],
268:When our heart wants to live in purity & do the right thing, God will keep us from falling into sin. ~ Stormie Omartian
269:but here in this November instant those tiny flakes swirled with the unspeakable purity of a divine gift. ~ Beatriz Williams
270:I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance. ~ Stephen Fry
271:India has the purity, the innocence. India knows what it wants. There is a direction. It has so much to offer. ~ Anil Kapoor
272:Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause. ~ Swami Vivekananda
273:Purity brings freedom, life, love, and a sense of stability and fortification for which every human heart longs. ~ Eric Ludy
274:The one who wants to love God has to take care about the purity of the soul, first of all. ~ Vladimir Aleksandrovich Antonov
275:The purity men love is like the mists which envelop the earth, and not like
the azure ether beyond. ~ Henry David Thoreau
276:There was a refreshing purity to their views, which seemed often unaffected by real-world complexities. The ~ Ben S Bernanke
277:"All is passing". When one realises this, he sits loose to this world of sorrow : This is the way of purity. ~ Gautama Buddha
278:Consciousness equals energy = love = awareness = light = wisdom = beauty = truth = purity. It's all the same trip. ~ Ram Dass
279:It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods. ~ Margaret Fuller
280:Purity is very fragile when it takes physical manifestation. It is very, very strong in its original aspect. ~ Frederick Lenz
281:that the only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a monopoly on knowledge. ~ Orson Scott Card
282:The more grace we have, the less we shall think of ourselves, for grace, like light, reveals our impurity. ~ Charles Spurgeon
283:when your consciousness is simply there without content, that contentless purity is what Tantra calls real experience. ~ Osho
284:In no other place had I ever seen female purity celebrated by a 355-foot phallic object. But maybe that was me. ~ Anne Fortier
285:Men, generally going with the stream, seldom judge for themselves, and purity of taste is almost as rare as talent. ~ Voltaire
286:No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state ~ Felix Adler
287:Perfect purity is the most essential thing, for only "the pure in heart shall see God". ~ Swami Vivekananda from Jnana Yoga IX
288:True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. ~ Milan Kundera
289:External worship is only a symbol of internal worship; but internal worship and purity are the real things. ~ Swami Vivekananda
290:History is a tissue of base and cruel acts in the midst of which a few drops of purity sparkle at long intervals. ~ Simone Weil
291:Only the man who extols the purity of love devoid of desire, is capable of the depravity of a desire devoid of love. ~ Ayn Rand
292:The certain mark by which a Christian community can be recognized is the preaching of the gospel in its purity. ~ Martin Luther
293:A concern for doctrinal purity should always be based on love of the Lord, not a desire to express spiritual pride. ~ Max Anders
294:God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform. ~ Saint John of the Cross
295:Purity does not mean crushing the instincts but having the instincts as servants and not the master of the spirit. ~ Eric Liddell
296:The body's a mirror of heaven: Its energies make angels jealous. Our purity astounds seraphim. Devils shiver at our nerve. ~ Rumi
297:Books are the basis; purity is the force; preaching is the essence; utility is the principle. ~ A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
298:But they also were on some base level congenitally brave. There was a selflessness within them, a purity of action. ~ Harlan Coben
299:I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don't want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones. ~ George Orwell
300:It is only when one is thoroughly true that there can be purity and freedom. Falsehood always punishes itself. ~ Berthold Auerbach
301:Personal purity isn’t really the issue. Not supporting animal abuse – and persuading others not to support it – is. ~ Peter Singer
302:Real meditation engenders humility and purity, always. Yet I don't really think it demands any kind of lifestyle. ~ Frederick Lenz
303:What terrifies you most in purity, I asked?
Haste, William answered.
-- The Name of the Rose, Fifth Day, Nones ~ Umberto Eco
304:When human rights are abused on a grand scale, the broth of purity boils and feeds the rebellion of a new order. ~ James A Baldwin
305:When mind is still, then Truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human,
306:Because monks come from the midst of purity, they consider as good and pure what does not arouse desire among other people. ~ Dogen
307:Being right on a stock had something of the purity of a perfect move in chess; it had an intellectual resonance. ~ Roger Lowenstein
308:Charm was the luxury of those who still believed in the essential rightness of things. In purity and picket fences. ~ Dennis Lehane
309:Purity strikes me as the most mysterious of the virtues and the more I think about it the less I know about it. ~ Flannery O Connor
310:Simplicity is the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God, purity unites with and enjoys him. ~ Thomas a Kempis
311:Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives. ~ Eric Hoffer
312:Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable. ~ James Baldwin
313:No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable. ~ James Baldwin
314:Purity means lack of hatred, jealousy, fear, greed and lust - the absence of anything that can stain consciousness. ~ Frederick Lenz
315:The creative universe begins with its essentiality, and, whatever path the imagination takes, ends with its purity. ~ Giorgio Armani
316:The more grace we have, the less we shall think of ourselves, for grace, like light, reveals our impurity. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
317:We believe as much in the purity of races as we think they (the Whites) advocating the purity of all races. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
318:When the mind, through the quality of extreme purity, merges in the Heart, it will attain perfection as peace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
319:When the peace of God follows the purity of God's wisdom into our hearts and lives, it will affect those around us. ~ David Jeremiah
320:And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want, not alone with your brittle frame. ~ Charlotte Bront
321:I like the purity of stand-up because it is all about whether people laugh at your jokes. Either they laugh or they don't. ~ Jo Brand
322:Purity is receptivity, the ability to sit and wait patiently, for as long as necessary, for the coming of the light. ~ Frederick Lenz
323:The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity. ~ Robert Graves
324:The whitest robes, unless their purity be preserved by divine grace, will be defiled by the blackest spots. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
325:And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want, not alone with your brittle frame. ~ Charlotte Bronte
326:Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
327:It was one thing to read about a society obsessed with female purity—quite another to find yourself living in one. ~ Emily Croy Barker
328:I've never had anyone define purity. You probably can't define purity. Purity is to live according to original design. ~ Josh McDowell
329:Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable. ~ James A Baldwin
330:People like to think of themselves as purists, but there is no such thing as purity, when there exists so much contact. ~ Ana Castillo
331:Classified ads of the Ku Klux Klan: Tired of all the games? Do you like racial purity, horses and dressing up like a ghost? ~ Dana Gould
332:God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform. ~ Saint John of the Cross, [T5],
333:Strive always to confess your sins with a deep knowledge of your own wretchedness and with clarity and purity. ~ Saint John of the Cross
334:The women that I met were exceptional, extraordinary - tremendous purity, tremendous gentleness, self-giving and power. ~ Frederick Lenz
335:Always remember the essence of Christian holiness is simplicity and purity: one design, one desire: entire devotion to God. ~ John Wesley
336:But I always connected to the people and the purity of their faith, rather than the religious code they followed. ~ Gregory David Roberts
337:Purity is not about following a list of rules so that you'll avoid hell. It's about wanting heaven for the person you love. ~ Jason Evert
338:Purity of heart, self-restraint, evenness of temper, tenderness towards all beings are virtues of the sattvic mind. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
339:The ideological purity of the Islamic State has one compensating virtue: it allows us to predict some of the group’s actions. ~ Anonymous
340:There are no pure styles of karate. Purity comes only when pure knuckles meet pure flesh, no matter who delivers or receives. ~ Ed Parker
341:Tranquillity is a sign of increasing self-mastery and purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Higher and the Lower Knowledge,
342:...without any conscientious scruples condoning impurity in themselves, required ideal and angelic purity in their women... ~ Leo Tolstoy
343:12Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. ~ Anonymous
344:If you will express the requisite purity of character in action, you cannot do it better than through the spinning wheel. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
345:The thing that brings people to wail at a wall, or face Mecca, or to go to church, is a search for that feeling of purity. ~ Michael J Fox
346:...I've known damnable beauty - the turgid pull of swirling blackness - but in the end, it's futile - purity alone redeems... ~ John Geddes
347:I haven't got purity, and I don't think I ever did. I have always been, even as a child, a very decadent little person. ~ Marianne Faithfull
348:Later, she also saw that innocence need be nothing of the kind, and that conventional morality might have its own impurity. ~ Laura Thompson
349:Purity of heart, evenness of temper and tenderness towards all beings are the outstanding virtues of the sattvic mind. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
350:The majesty of the Scriptures strikes me with admiration, as the purity of the gospel has its influence on my heart. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau
351:The purity of Jewish upbringing - the restrictions that one carries through life being a 'nice Jewish girl' - what a burden. ~ Lauren Bacall
352:A creativity that comes out of meditative innocence, of meditative purity. And a real creator is possible only through meditation. ~ Rajneesh
353:A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by. ~ Barry Mann
354:Purity is developed through caring. You need to care about light and the matters of light, truth, religion and spirituality. ~ Frederick Lenz
355:Purity is something that comes from another world. It's a radiance that enters into this world of transformation and change. ~ Frederick Lenz
356:The pursuit of purity is not about the suppression of lust, but about the reorientation of one's life to a larger goal. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
357:We can all pretend to be cynical and scheming, but when we’re faced with purity and innocence, the cynical mask drops off. ~ Federico Fellini
358:You cannot have both. Riches and purity do not match. Humility hates pride.” He paced in a circle. “You have been warned. ~ Tess Uriza Holthe
359:As dawn announces the rising of the sun, so in a man disinterestedness, purity, rectitude forerun the coming of the Eternal. ~ Sri Ramakrishna
360:Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. — LEONARDO DA VINCI ~ Michael J Gelb
361:The best guarantee against the abuse of power consists in the freedom, the purity, and the frequency of popular elections. ~ John Quincy Adams
362:Maintain purity of heart.
Trust in the process.
Hold steadfast to your belief of self.
Never loose sight of your smile. ~ Truth Devour
363:Peace, purity and silence can be felt in all material things—for the Divine Self is there in all. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Peace,
364:The long-continued and useful public service and eminent purity of character of the deceased ex-President will be remembered. ~ Ulysses S Grant
365:The mere contemplation of his loss of virginity, and thereby his purity, inspired naught but a violent shudder of raw terror.  ~ Barbara Devlin
366:At the root of all this is purity. Where there is purity there love grows. When purity and love come together, there is bliss. ~ Sathya Sai Baba
367:In sincerity is the certitude of victory. Sincerity! Sincerity! How sweet is the purity of thy presence!
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
368:Race prejudice is a gift of nature, intended to preserve in purity the various divisions of mankind which the ages have evolved. ~ H P Lovecraft
369:Step by step, piece by piece, hour by hour, the wise man should purify his soul of all impurity as a silver worker purifies silver. ~ Dhammapada
370:Early dawns cannot endure in their purity, so long as the race is not ready. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, The Infrarational Age of the Cycle,
371:Oh, to live even for a day in the full light of freedom, to breathe the free air of simplicity! Isn't that the highest purity? ~ Swami Vivekananda
372:Proverbs, words, and grammar inflections convey the public sense with more purity and precision, than the wisest individual. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
373:That is the nature of the obscene: a truth so honest it must be guarded, for it holds a revelation of purity that is deadly to mankind. ~ K I Hope
374:Christ, being man, had to see impurity and denounced it; but God, infinitely higher, does not see iniquity and cannot be angry. ~ Swami Vivekananda
375:Christ does not make new laws; he rectifies the wrong interpretations of the scribes which had vitiated the purity of the law of God. ~ John Calvin
376:Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind, by that sin against solitude. ~ Emile M Cioran
377:Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform. ~ Chanakya
378:The best part of being a vegan is the purity and peace of mind one experiences and the strong connection I feel to the animal kingdom. ~ Uri Geller
379:would be important to ascertain whether a man’s son was his own through a wife’s purity, but where marriage was not involved it was ~ Iris Johansen
380:Better by far the destiny of plant or stone, bereft of knowledge and consciousness, but blessed at least with purity and peace of mind! ~ Cao Xueqin
381:God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. ~ Saint Augustine
382:If you accept such love with purity and humility, you will understand that Love is neither giving nor receiving -it is participating. ~ Paulo Coelho
383:The sectarian divisions which plagued Marxism are manifestations of an urge for purity which the Left would be better off without. ~ Richard M Rorty
384:They had painted in a grand rush to keep intact the purity of their first impression, the mood in which the motif had been conceived. ~ Irving Stone
385:We cannot bring the good old days back but, if we must eat mass-made foods, get laws passed to insist upon its goodness and purity. ~ Flora Thompson
386:As you learn to accept that the body is transitory, as you watch it with love, but without attachment, the body will develop purity. ~ Frederick Lenz
387:No, among Catholics one did not question the purity of the Holy Virgin, and among Nazis one didn’t question the honor of the Führer. ~ Upton Sinclair
388:One who has the call in him cannot fail to arrive, if he follows patiently the way towards the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Purity,
389:Or do you, like Achilles, believe in the dignity of love and the purity of honor as the only things that matter in the face of death? ~ Adam Nicolson
390:There is an innocence or purity that we see in renewals and in the Mennonite church and a new an invigorated civil rights movement. ~ Shane Claiborne
391:The sweetest souls, like the sweetest flowers, soon canker in cities, and no purity is rarer there than the purity of delight. ~ Walter Savage Landor
392:Desire is the impurity of the Prana, the life-principle, and its chain of bondage. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Perfection of Equality,
393:Sallust is indisputably one of the best historians among the Romans, both for the purity of his language and the elegance of his style. ~ Edmund Burke
394:When life feels heavy, these two remedies relieve life’s complexities: simplicity and purity. Simplicity seeks God. Purity enjoys him. ~ Thomas Kempis
395:I have been much too calm these past three years. I can receive nothing more from these tragic solitudes than a little empty purity. ~ Jean Paul Sartre
396:Again, as I had often met it in my own church, I was confronted with the Impurity of Women doctrine that seemed to preoccupy all clergymen. ~ Harper Lee
397:But how can anyone put a bridle on man's vanity and arrogance? But how can Purity walk the earth without covering her feet with mud? ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
398:Optimism can be prescribed and applied as a medicine, and is a remedy in proportion to its purity and the wisdom displayed in its use. ~ Horace Fletcher
399:The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace.
   ~ Phillip Yancey,
400:To think that fulfilling yourself in this world will create eternal fulfillment is absurd. But we feel this way because we lack purity. ~ Frederick Lenz
401:Oh? Did you think he was some paragon of purity? I’ve seen him kill girls younger than you. I’ve seen him wind women up to crawl to his bed. ~ Elise Kova
402:If history teaches us any lessons at all, it teaches us that force applied to religion creates not a purity of faith but a river of blood. ~ Edwin Gaustad
403:No negative, all positive, affirmative. I am, God is, everything is in me. I will manifest health, purity, knowledge, whatever I want. ~ Swami Vivekananda
404:Our purity systems, even those established with the best of intentions, do not make us holy.*4 They only create insiders and outsiders. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber
405:Better by far the destiny of plant or stone, bereft of knowledge and consciousness, but blessed at least with purity and peace of mind!’ These ~ Cao Xueqin
406:I have called her beautiful, because it was her moral beauty that at once attracted me. True beauty after all consists in purity of heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
407:Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda
408:Judy Garland was the singer I most wanted to sound like then, not to copy, but to get some of her soul and purity. A wonderful young voice. ~ Sarah Vaughan
409:Robinson’s fierce quest for spiritual purity had been tempered by the realization that little was to be gained by arrogance and anger. ~ Nathaniel Philbrick
410:The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness - it is India. ~ Swami Vivekananda
411:The waxen pallor of her face was almost spiritual in its ivorylike purity though her rosebud mouth was a genuine Cupid's bow, Greekly perfect. ~ James Joyce
412:I did say that in-group, authority and purity are necessary for the maintenance of order, but I would never give them a blanket endorsement. ~ Jonathan Haidt
413:It is not enough to maintain physical purity alone. One must also guard against mental acts of unfaithfulness (see Ex. 20:17; compare Ps. 19:14). ~ Anonymous
414:I was in love with the innocence of dogs, the purity of their affection. They didn't know enough to hide their feelings. They existed. ~ Benjamin Alire S enz
415:Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
416:Through fasting. . .I have found a perfect health, a new state of existence, a feeling of purity and happiness, something unknown to humans. ~ Upton Sinclair
417:Truly? You’ve been chaste for that long?”
“‘Chaste’ implies a purity of thought that I assure you does not apply. But I have been celibate. ~ Lisa Kleypas
418:Your body is woven from the light of heaven. Are you aware that its purity and swiftness is the envy of angels and its courage keeps even devils away. ~ Rumi
419:God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
420:In another life, before taking the veil of journalistic purity, I practiced the black arts of a political operative, including 'debate prep. ~ Jeff Greenfield
421:Only cast your pure eyes into the well of my delight, friends! You will not dim its sparkle! It shall laugh back at you with its purity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
422:Purity most often leads to pride or to despair, not to holiness. Because holiness is about union with, and purity is about separation from. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber
423:The one common thread is purity. I created a look that highlights the innate beauty of the face from the eyes to the lip to clear, shiny skin. ~ Gucci Westman
424:To claim the mantle of purity is always a risky business. It just gives an excuse to be disillusioned once your ordinary humidity is exposed. ~ Rick Perlstein
425:Whiteness, Fanon asserts, has become a symbol of purity, of Justice, Truth, Virginity. It defi nes what it means to be civilized, modern and human ~ Anonymous
426:Assuredly we bring not innocence not the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary. ~ John Milton
427:Don't condemn yourself - that only increases the hold of impurity. Accept your limitations but know that you're working towards changing them. ~ Frederick Lenz
428:Gay male and lesbian culture is obsessed with purity of identity as the only basis for figuring out who you can trust or dance with. -Pat Califia ~ Carol Queen
429:I would beseech you not only to be pure beyond suspicion but I would ask you to combine with stainless purity, great wisdom and great ability. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
430:No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without being a reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language. ~ Fisher Ames
431:Our Yoga is not an ascetic Yoga: it aims at purity, but not at a cold austerity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV, Human Relations and the Spiritual Life,
432:Parents don't want their children to lose that purity and innocence of childhood. We want to bottle that and hold onto that, but it's impossible. ~ Pete Docter
433:Peace, then, be unto everyone who becomes a teacher of peace. For peace is the acknowledgment of perfect purity from which no one is excluded. ~ Helen Schucman
434:The beginning of wisdom is the sincere desire for instruction. To observe attentively its laws is to establish the perfect purity of the soul. ~ Book of Wisdom
435:The purity of her beauty gives me a feeling close to sadness - a very natural feeling, though one only something extraordinary could produce. ~ Haruki Murakami
436:The scene was horrid, yet it had the purity of a stanza from a ballad come to life, a ballad composed about tragic events in some border hell. ~ Lucius Shepard
437:Very few people are conscious of the deeper strata of eternity. The primary reason is either because they lack purity or they lack motivation. ~ Frederick Lenz
438:As soon as you willfully allow a dialogue with temptation to begin, the soul is robbed of peace, just as consent to impurity destroys grace. ~ Josemaria Escriva
439:I've never been one that thinks that the function of an instrument is to approach the purity of voice or the structure of a beautifully sung line. ~ Evan Parker
440:Purity is the foundation of a spiritual life. God reveals Himself soon in a pure heart. Try to remain pure in body, speech, and mind.MAHAPURUSH SWAMI SHIVANANDA
441:The beginning of wisdom is the sincere desire for instruction. To observe attentively its laws is to establish the perfect purity of the soul. ~ Book of Wisdom,
442:To achieve purity of mind, one should cultivate constant awareness by being mindful all the time. One should remain always aware of one's thoughts. ~ Rama Swami
443:Around her shone the nameless charms unmarked by her alone—the light of Love, the purity of Grace, the mind, the Music breathing from her face … ~ Carolyn Miller
444:The neglected legacy of the Sixties is just this: unabashed moral certitude, and the purity -- the incredibly outgoing energy -- of righteous rage. ~ June Jordan
445:The purity of a revolution can last a fortnight. That is why a poet, the revolutionary of the soul, limits himself to the about-turns of the mind. ~ Jean Cocteau
446:We should wash ourselves clean from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, making our sanctification complete in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ~ Beth Moore
447:Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
448:The purity of her beauty gives me a feeling close to sadness—a very natural feeling, though one that only something extraordinary could produce. ~ Haruki Murakami
449:what is the ingredient to double the strength of a positive thought? Faith. For tripling it? Persistence. How to quadruple it? Purity of the intention. ~ Om Swami
450:Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. ~ Anonymous
451:He hoped it would snow recklessly and bring to the island the impossible winter purity, so rare and precious, he remembered fondly from his youth. ~ David Guterson
452:Historically, there are hierarchies of purity. Certain aspects of poetry are very, very pure. The lyric poem can't be anything but the lyric poem. ~ Vijay Seshadri
453:She was my Heaven, filling me with love, wrapping me in warmth, our souls joining in the purity of our love. She was my light. My strength. My all. ~ Ashlan Thomas
454:So purity of soul is sufficient of itself to reflect God, as the Lord also says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. ~ Athanasius of Alexandria
455:For some reason, there is a purity to the Swiss Alps - a certain energy - that is very reminiscent of my snowboarding experiences in the Himalayas. ~ Frederick Lenz
456:For those with the purity to see it, a nursing mother is one of the most precious, most beautiful, and most holy of all possible images of woman. ~ Christopher West
457:His purity was too great, his aspiration too high for this poor, miserable world! His great soul is now only enjoying that for which it was worthy! ~ Queen Victoria
458:Return to the purity of your innocence where you are enchanted with life. Give love for no reason. Surround yourself with others doing the same. ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz
459:The confusing signals, the impurity of the signal, gives you verisimilitude, as when you attend a funeral and notice that it's being poorly done. ~ Donald Barthelme
460:Work hard every day at increasing your purity of heart, which consists in appraising things and weighing them in the balance of God's will. ~ Saint Francis de Sales
461:Your have a purity I've lost, pet. But in some ways, the important ones, you're not naive. You understand the darkness without ever having been in it. ~ Joey W Hill
462:December brought stone-silent days though a fresh odor came from the heavy sky, the smell of cold purity that was the essence of the boreal forest. So ~ Annie Proulx
463:Intemperance is a hydra with a hundred heads. She never stalks abroad unaccompanied with impurity, anger, and the most infamous profligacies. ~ Saint John Chrysostom
464:It's only with that absolute humility and purity that you can make friends with God; because, otherwise, you're just too busy with all your desires. ~ Frederick Lenz
465:I wish the Lord would just knock me over with kindness and goodness and simple purity, because I don't seem to be getting the knack of it on my own. ~ Nancy E Turner
466:Martyrdom does not consist only in dying for one's faith. Martyrdom also consists in serving God with love and purity of heart every day of one's life ~ Saint Jerome
467:Strange how my body and its purity have become the town's sacred possessions, yet they spare me no pity. It's as if they were the ones wronged, not me. ~ Julie Berry
468:When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
469:Here are the four fundamentals of true spirituality:
recognize simplicity,
cherish purity,
reduce your possessions,
diminish your desires. ~ Lao Tzu
470:I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
471:In other words, the proof of spiritual maturity is not how 'pure' you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace. ~ Philip Yancey
472:Truth, purity, self-control, firmness, fearlessness, humility, unity, peace, and renunciation - these are the inherent qualities of a civil resister. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
473:We believe as much in the purity of race as we think they do... We believe also that the white race of South Africa should be the predominating race. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
474:By two wings is man lifted above earthly things, even by
simplicity and purity. Simplicity ought to be in the intention,
purity in the affection. ~ Thomas Kempis
475:Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (NIV). ~ Alex Harris
476:Satire's nature is to be one-sided, contemptuous of ambiguity, and so unfairly selective as to find in the purity of ridicule an inarguable moral truth. ~ E L Doctorow
477:Christ is the most perfect image of God, into which we are so renewed as to bear the image of God, in knowledge, purity, righteousness, and true holiness. ~ John Calvin
478:We can understand the inherent radiance & purity of our minds by understanding metta. Like the mind, metta is not distorted by what it encounters. ~ Sharon Salzberg
479:When I read Andrew Motion's biography, I wept. It's something about the purity of the story and how fresh it was because of the love letters Keats wrote. ~ Jane Campion
480:it is a testament to the strength and purity of the democratic sentiment in the country, that the republic has not been overthrown by its newspapers. ~ Harriet Martineau
481:No one since the Garden of Eden - which the serpent forsook in order to run for higher office - has imputed to politicians great purity of motive. ~ William F Buckley Jr
482:We make and sell a very, very large number of (hopefully) beautiful, well-made things. Our success is a victory for purity, integrity - for giving a damn. ~ Jonathan Ive
483:Before children, even the most cynical people throw down their usual masks and become capable of feeling the purity and love which all human beings seek. ~ Sun Myung Moon
484:By the ancients, courage was regarded as practically the main part of virtue; by us, though I hope we are not less brave, purity is so regarded now. ~ Julius Charles Hare
485:The proof of spiritual maturity, Tolstoy contended, is not how “pure” you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace. ~ Philip Yancey
486:The small things you do everyday- smiling at a stranger or paying someone a compliment -bring you closer to your spiritual truth , the purity of your soul ~ Deepak Chopra
487:The untouched countryside, the purity of the air. It was a simpler time. Things have changed a great deal in eight hundred years, much of it for the worse. ~ Carl Ashmore
488:We must be pure. I do not speak merely of the purity of the senses. We must observe great purity in our will, in our intentions, in all our actions. ~ Peter Julian Eymard
489:You place too much importance... on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be! ~ J K Rowling
490:Do not think only of your own joy, but vow to save all beings from suffering. This is sharing in its highest form and purity beyond all poisons of this world. ~ Dalai Lama
491:If the mental poisons can finally be transformed into wisdom, it is because their ultimate nature is endowed with primordial, naturally luminous purity.   ~ Dalai Lama XIV
492:The dizzy rapture of starving. The power of needing nothing. By force of will I make myself the impossible sprite who lives on air, on water, on purity. ~ Kathryn Harrison
493:You will perceive by my preaching that I am growing old: it is the privilege of years, and I am sure you will pardon it from the purity of it's motives. ~ Thomas Jefferson
494:Gone is the blinding glow in his hands - gone, too, is the illusion of purity and beauty! In it's place all that remains is mind-numbing, spine-chilling reality! ~ Dave Sim
495:learning was useless if there was no love; that sacrifices were meaningless without purity of heart; and gifts worthless if bestowed on the undeserving. ~ Anand Neelakantan
496:Purity most often leads to pride or to despair, not to holiness. Because holiness is about union with, and purity is about separation from. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber
497:A lot of times people start out with a lot of good ideas, but then they don't execute. They lose the purity of their vision. You end up running around in circles. ~ Jan Koum
498:God, before He comes to the heart, sends servants to make it ready for His coming. And who are those servants? Purity, chastity, humility, loving-kindness. ~ Sri Ramakrishna
499:If there were a scale to determine the purity of a person, I would send one side crashing to the ground with the weight of my sins, and laugh while I watched. ~ Meghan March
500:It is the special privilege of the fine artist to reveal immediate data with a clarity, intensity and purity that promotes them to a special degree of reality. ~ Alton Tobey


  265 Integral Yoga
   72 Poetry
   36 Christianity
   34 Occultism
   33 Philosophy
   21 Yoga
   12 Fiction
   7 Psychology
   6 Mysticism
   5 Hinduism
   2 Integral Theory
   2 Education
   2 Buddhism
   1 Science
   1 Philsophy
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  235 Sri Aurobindo
  128 The Mother
   60 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   53 Satprem
   14 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   14 Plotinus
   14 Aleister Crowley
   13 William Wordsworth
   12 Saint John of Climacus
   12 Percy Bysshe Shelley
   11 Swami Vivekananda
   10 Sri Ramakrishna
   10 Aldous Huxley
   8 James George Frazer
   7 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   7 A B Purani
   6 Carl Jung
   5 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
   5 Swami Krishnananda
   5 Jalaluddin Rumi
   5 Franz Bardon
   4 Robert Browning
   4 Rabindranath Tagore
   3 William Butler Yeats
   3 Walt Whitman
   3 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   3 Saint Teresa of Avila
   3 Plato
   3 Patanjali
   3 John Keats
   3 Friedrich Schiller
   3 Friedrich Nietzsche
   2 Jordan Peterson
   2 Bokar Rinpoche
   2 Anonymous

   37 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   22 The Life Divine
   19 Letters On Yoga IV
   18 Essays On The Gita
   15 Prayers And Meditations
   15 Letters On Yoga II
   13 Wordsworth - Poems
   13 Savitri
   13 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
   13 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   12 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
   12 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   12 Shelley - Poems
   12 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
   11 Questions And Answers 1954
   11 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
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   11 City of God
   10 The Perennial Philosophy
   10 The Human Cycle
   10 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
   9 Liber ABA
   8 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
   8 The Golden Bough
   8 Questions And Answers 1956
   8 Letters On Yoga III
   8 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
   8 Agenda Vol 02
   7 Record of Yoga
   7 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   7 Questions And Answers 1953
   7 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   6 Words Of The Mother II
   6 Words Of Long Ago
   6 Vedic and Philological Studies
   6 Magick Without Tears
   6 Letters On Yoga I
   6 Essays Divine And Human
   6 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05
   6 Collected Poems
   6 Agenda Vol 04
   6 Agenda Vol 01
   5 The Study and Practice of Yoga
   5 The Secret Doctrine
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   5 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 01
   5 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   5 Amrita Gita
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   4 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   4 Some Answers From The Mother
   4 Questions And Answers 1929-1931
   4 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 04
   4 Mysterium Coniunctionis
   4 Isha Upanishad
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   3 5.1.01 - Ilion
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   2 The Phenomenon of Man
   2 The Lotus Sutra
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   2 Tara - The Feminine Divine
   2 Sex Ecology Spirituality
   2 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 02
   2 On Education
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0.02 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  is supported by Sweet Mother.
  When we are in the presence of hostile forces, only the Purity of
  an absolute truth can conquer them.

0.02 - The Three Steps of Nature, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Equally, the vital and nervous energies in us are there for a great utility; they too demand the divine realisation of their possibilities in our ultimate fulfilment. The great part assigned to this element in the universal scheme is powerfully emphasised by the catholic wisdom of the Upanishads. "As the spokes of a wheel in its nave, so in the Life-Energy is all established, the triple knowledge and the Sacrifice and the power of the strong and the Purity of the wise. Under the control of the LifeEnergy is all this that is established in the triple heaven."2 It is therefore no integral Yoga that kills these vital energies, forces them into a nerveless quiescence or roots them out as the source
  The immanence itself would have no credible reason for being if it did not end in such a transfiguration. But if human mind can become capable of the glories of the divine Light, human emotion and sensibility can be transformed into the mould and assume the measure and movement of the supreme Bliss, human action not only represent but feel itself to be the motion of a divine and non-egoistic Force and the physical substance of our being sufficiently partake of the Purity of the supernal essence, sufficiently unify plasticity and durable constancy to support and prolong these highest experiences and agencies, then all the long labour of Nature will end in a crowning justification and her evolutions reveal their profound significance.

0.03 - Letters to My little smile, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  and live there eternally.
  My Mother, give me Purity and constancy in my

0.03 - The Threefold Life, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The utility of the compromise in the then actual state of the world cannot be doubted. It secured in India a society which lent itself to the preservation and the worship of spirituality, a country apart in which as in a fortress the highest spiritual ideal could maintain itself in its most absolute Purity unoverpowered by the siege of the forces around it. But it was a compromise, not an absolute victory. The material life lost the divine impulse to growth, the spiritual preserved by isolation its height and Purity, but sacrificed its full power and serviceableness to the world. Therefore, in the divine Providence the country of the Yogins and the Sannyasins has been forced into a strict and imperative contact with the very element it had rejected, the element of the progressive Mind, so that it might recover what was now wanting to it.

0.04 - The Systems of Yoga, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The Conditions of the Synthesis
   the powers of disorder. The preliminary movement of Rajayoga is a careful self-discipline by which good habits of mind are substituted for the lawless movements that indulge the lower nervous being. By the practice of truth, by renunciation of all forms of egoistic seeking, by abstention from injury to others, by Purity, by constant meditation and inclination to the divine
  Purusha who is the true lord of the mental kingdom, a pure, glad, clear state of mind and heart is established.
  The Conditions of the Synthesis
   differs also in this, - and here from the point of view of an integral Yoga there seems to be a defect, - that it is indifferent to mental and bodily perfection and aims only at Purity as a condition of the divine realisation. A second defect is that as actually practised it chooses one of the three parallel paths exclusively and almost in antagonism to the others instead of effecting a synthetic harmony of the intellect, the heart and the will in an integral divine realisation.

0.05 - The Synthesis of the Systems, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The divine existence is of the nature not only of freedom, but of Purity, beatitude and perfection. An integral Purity which shall enable on the one hand the perfect reflection of the divine
  Being in ourselves and on the other the perfect outpouring of its

01.01 - The One Thing Needful, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  To find the Divine is indeed the first reason for seeking the spiritual Truth and the spiritual life; it is the one thing indispensable and all the resit is nothing without it. The Divine once found, to manifest Him, - that is, first of all to transform one's own limited consciousness into the Divine Consciousness, to live in the infinite Peace, Light, Love, Strength, Bliss, to become that in one's essential nature and, as a consequence, to be its vessel, channel, instrument in one's active nature. To bring into activity the principle of oneness on the material plane or to work for humanity is a mental mistranslation of the Truth - these things cannot be the first true object of spiritual seeking. We must find the Self, the Divine, then only can we know what is the work the Self or the Divine demands from us. Until then our life and action can only be a help or a means towards finding the Divine and it ought not to have any other purpose. As we grow in inner consciousness, or as the spiritual Truth of the Divine grows in us, our life and action must indeed more and more flow from that, be one with that. But to decide beforeh and by our limited mental conceptions what they must be is to hamper the growth of the spiritual Truth within. As that grows we shall feel the Divine Light and Truth, the Divine Power and Force, the Divine Purity and Peace working within us, dealing with our actions as well as our consciousness, making use of them to reshape us into the Divine Image, removing the dross, substituting the pure Gold of the Spirit. Only when the Divine Presence is there in us always and the consciousness transformed, can we have the right to say that we are ready to manifest the Divine on the material plane. To hold up a mental ideal or principle and impose that on the inner working brings the danger of limiting ourselves to a mental realisation or of impeding or even falsifying by a halfway formation the truth growth into the full communion and union with the Divine and the free and intimate outflowing of His will in our life. This is a mistake of orientation to which the mind of today is especially prone. It is far better to approach the Divine for the Peace or Light or Bliss that the realisation of Him gives than to bring in these minor things which can divert us from the one thing needful. The divinisation of the material life also as well as the inner life is part of what we see as the Divine Plan, but it can only be fulfilled by an ourflowing of the inner realisation, something that grows from within outwards, not by the working out of a mental principle.

01.03 - Mystic Poetry, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   But first let us go to the fans et origo, be acquainted with the very genuine article in its Purity and perfection, in its essential simplicity. I do not know of any other ideal exemplar than the Upanishad. Thus,
   This, I say, is something different from the religious and even from the mystic. It is away from the merely religious, because it is naked of the vesture of humanity (in spite of a human face that masks it at times) ; it is something more than the merely mystic, for it does not stop being a signpost or an indication to the Beyond, but is itself the presence and embodiment of the Beyond. The mystic gives us, we can say, the magic of the Infinite; what I term the spiritual, the spiritual proper, gives in addition the logic of the Infinite. At least this is what distinguishes modern spiritual consciousness from the ancient, that is, Upanishadic spiritual consciousness. The Upanishad gives expression to the spiritual consciousness in its original and pristine Purity and perfection, in its essential simplicity. It did not buttress itself with any logic. It is the record of fundamental experiences and there was no question of any logical exposition. But, as I have said, the modern mind requires and demands a logical element in its perceptions and presentations. Also it must needs be a different kind of logic that can satisfy and satisfy wholly the deeper and subtler movements of a modern consciousness. For the philosophical poet of an earlier age, when he had recourse to logic, it was the logic of the finite that always gave him the frame, unless he threw the whole thing overboard and leaped straight into the occult, the illogical and the a logical, like Blake, for instance. Let me illustrate and compare a little. When the older poet explains indriyani hayan ahuh, it is an allegory he resorts to, it is the logic of the finite he marshals to point to the infinite and the beyond. The stress of reason is apparent and effective too, but the pattern is what we are normally familiar with the movement, we can say, is almost Aristotelian in its rigour. Now let us turn to the following:
   Poetry, actually however, has been, by and large, a profane and mundane affair: for it expresses the normal man's perceptions and feelings and experiences, human loves and hates and desires and ambitions. True. And yet there has also always been an attempt, a tendency to deal with them in such a way as can bring calm and Puritykatharsisnot trouble and confusion. That has been the purpose of all Art from the ancient days. Besides, there has been a growth and development in the historic process of this katharsis. As by the sublimation of his bodily and vital instincts and impulses., man is gradually growing into the mental, moral and finally spiritual consciousness, even so the artistic expression of his creative activity has followed a similar line of transformation. The first and original transformation happened with religious poetry. The religious, one may say, is the profane inside out; that is to say, the religious man has almost the same tone and temper, the same urges and passions, only turned Godward. Religious poetry too marks a new turn and development of human speech, in taking the name of God human tongue acquires a new plasticity and flavour that transform or give a new modulation even to things profane and mundane it speaks of. Religious means at bottom the colouring of mental and moral idealism. A parallel process of katharsis is found in another class of poetic creation, viz., the allegory. Allegory or parable is the stage when the higher and inner realities are expressed wholly in the modes and manner, in the form and character of the normal and external, when moral, religious or spiritual truths are expressed in the terms and figures of the profane life. The higher or the inner ideal is like a loose clothing upon the ordinary consciousness, it does not fit closely or fuse. In the religious, however, the first step is taken for a mingling and fusion. The mystic is the beginning of a real fusion and a considerable ascension of the lower into the higher. The philosopher poet follows another line for the same katharsisinstead of uplifting emotions and sensibility, he proceeds by thought-power, by the ideas and principles that lie behind all movements and give a pattern to all things existing. The mystic can be of either type, the religious mystic or the philosopher mystic, although often the two are welded together and cannot be very well separated. Let us illustrate a little:

01.04 - The Intuition of the Age, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   So instead of the rational principle, the new age wants the principle of Nature or Life. Even as regards knowledge Reason is not the only, nor the best instrument. For animals have properly no reason; the nature-principle of knowledge in the animal is Instinct the faculty that acts so faultlessly, so marvellously where Reason can only pause and be perplexed. This is not to say that man is to or can go back to this primitive and animal function; but certainly he can replace it by something akin which is as natural and yet purified and self-consciousillumined instinct, we may say or Intuition, as Bergson terms it. And Nietzsche's definition of the Superman has also a similar orientation and significance; for, according to him, the Superman is man who has outgrown his Reason, who is not bound by the standards and the conventions determined by Reason for a special purpose. The Superman is one who has gone beyond "good and evil," who has shaken off from his nature and character elements that are "human, all too human"who is the embodiment of life-force in its absolute Purity and strength and freedom.

01.04 - The Poetry in the Making, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   I said that the supreme artist is superconscious: his consciousness withdraws from the normal mental consciousness and becomes awake and alive in another order of consciousness. To that superior consciousness the artist's mentalityhis ideas and dispositions, his judgments and valuations and acquisitions, in other words, his normal psychological make-upserves as a channel, an instrument, a medium for transcription. Now, there are two stages, or rather two lines of activity in the processus, for they may be overlapping and practically simultaneous. First, there is the withdrawal and the in-gathering of consciousness and then its reappearance into expression. The consciousness retires into a secret or subtle worldWords-worth's "recollected in tranquillity"and comes back with the riches gathered or transmuted there. But the Purity of the gold thus garnered and stalled in the artistry of words and sounds or lines and colours depends altoge ther upon the Purity of the channel through which it has to pass. The mental vehicle receives and records and it can do so to perfection if it is perfectly in tune with what it has to receive and record; otherwise the transcription becomes mixed and blurred, a faint or confused echo, a poor show. The supreme creators are precisely those in whom the receptacle, the instrumental faculties offer the least resistance and record with absolute fidelity the experiences of the over or inner consciousness. In Shakespeare, in Homer, in Valmiki the inflatus of the secret consciousness, the inspiration, as it is usually termed, bears down, sweeps away all obscurity or contrariety in the recording mentality, suffuses it with its own glow and puissance, indeed resolves it into its own substance, as it were. And the difference between the two, the secret norm and the recording form, determines the scale of the artist's creative value. It happens often that the obstruction of a too critically observant and self-conscious brain-mind successfully blocks up the flow of something supremely beautiful that wanted to come down and waited for an opportunity.
   The three or four major orders I speak of in reference to conscious artistry are exampled characteristically in the history of the evolution of Greek poetry. It must be remembered, however, at the very outset that the Greeks as a race were nothing if not rational and intellectual. It was an element of strong self-consciousness that they brought into human culture that was their special gift. Leaving out of account Homer who was, as I said, a primitive, their classical age began with Aeschylus who was the first and the most spontaneous and intuitive of the Great Three. Sophocles, who comes next, is more balanced and self-controlled and pregnant with a reasoned thought-content clothed in polished phrasing. We feel here that the artist knew what he was about and was exercising a conscious control over his instruments and materials, unlike his predecessor who seemed to be completely carried away by the onrush of the poetic enthousiasmos. Sophocles, in spite of his artistic perfection or perhaps because of it, appears to be just a little, one remove, away from the Purity of the central inspiration there is a veil, although a thin transparent veil, yet a veil between which intervenes. With the third of the Brotherhood, Euripides, we slide lower downwe arrive at a predominantly mental transcription of an experience or inner conception; but something of the major breath continues, an aura, a rhythm that maintains the inner contact and thus saves the poetry. In a subsequent age, in Theocritus, for example, poetry became truly very much 'sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought', so much of virtuosity and precocity entered into it; in other words, the poet then was an excessively self-conscious artist. That seems to be the general trend of all literature.
   The consciously purposive activity of the poetic consciousness in fact, of all artistic consciousness has shown itself with a clear and unambiguous emphasis in two directions. First of all with regard to the subject-matter: the old-world poets took things as they were, as they were obvious to the eye, things of human nature and things of physical Nature, and without questioning dealt with them in the beauty of their normal form and function. The modern mentality has turned away from the normal and the obvious: it does not accept and admit the "given" as the final and definitive norm of things. It wishes to discover and establish other norms, it strives to bring about changes in the nature and condition of things, envisage the shape of things to come, work for a brave new world. The poet of today, in spite of all his effort to remain a pure poet, in spite of Housman's advocacy of nonsense and not-sense being the essence of true Art, is almost invariably at heart an incorrigible prophet. In revolt against the old and established order of truths and customs, against all that is normally considered as beautiful,ideals and emotions and activities of man or aspects and scenes and movements of Natureagainst God or spiritual life, the modern poet turns deliberately to the ugly and the macabre, the meaningless, the insignificant and the triflingtins and teas, bone and dust and dustbin, hammer and sicklehe is still a prophet, a violent one, an iconoclast, but one who has his own icon, a terribly jealous being, that seeks to pull down the past, erase it, to break and batter and knead the elements in order to fashion out of them something conforming to his heart's desire. There is also the class who have the vision and found the truth and its solace, who are prophets, angelic and divine, messengers and harbingers of a new beauty that is to dawn upon earth. And yet there are others in whom the two strains mingle or approach in a strange way. All this means that the artist is far from being a mere receiver, a mechanical executor, a passive unconscious instrument, but that he is supremely' conscious and master of his faculties and implements. This fact is doubly reinforced when we find how much he is preoccupied with the technical aspect of his craft. The richness and variety of patterns that can be given to the poetic form know no bounds today. A few major rhythms were sufficient for the ancients to give full expression to their poetic inflatus. For they cared more for some major virtues, the basic and fundamental qualitiessuch as truth, sublimity, nobility, forcefulness, Purity, simplicity, clarity, straightforwardness; they were more preoccupied with what they had to say and they wanted, no doubt, to say it beautifully and powerfully; but the modus operandi was not such a passion or obsession with them, it had not attained that almost absolute value for itself which modern craftsmanship gives it. As technology in practical life has become a thing of overwhelming importance to man today, become, in the Shakespearean phrase, his "be-all and end-all", even so the same spirit has invaded and pervaded his aesthetics too. The subtleties, variations and refinements, the revolutions, reversals and inventions which the modern poet has ushered and takes delight in, for their own sake, I repeat, for their intrinsic interest, not for the sake of the subject which they have to embody and clothe, have never been dream by Aristotle, the supreme legislator among the ancients, nor by Horace, the almost incomparable craftsman among the ancients in the domain of poetry. Man has become, to be sure, a self-conscious creator to the pith of his bone.

01.04 - The Secret Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  They have no goal to reach, no aim to serve.
  Implacable in their timeless Purity,
  All barter or bribe of worship they refuse;

01.08 - Walter Hilton: The Scale of Perfection, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Here is the Augustinian mantra taken as the motto of The Scale of Perfection: We ascend the ascending grades in our heart and we sing the song of ascension1. The journey's end is heavenly Jerusalem, the House of the Lord. The steps of this inner ascension are easily visible, not surely to the outer eye of the sense-burdened man, but to the "ghostly seeing" of the aspirant which is hazy in the beginning but slowly clears as he advances. The first step is the withdrawal from the outer senses and looking and seeing within. "Turn home again in thyself, and hold thee within and beg no more without." The immediate result is a darkness and a restless darknessit is a painful night. The outer objects of attraction and interest have been discarded, but the inner attachments and passions surge there still. If, however, one continues and persists, refuses to be drawn out, the turmoil settles down and the darkness begins to thin and wear away. One must not lose heart, one must have patience and perseverance. So when the outward world is no more-there and its call also no longer awakes any echo in us, then comes the stage of "restful darkness" or "light-some darkness". But it is still the dark Night of the soul. The outer light is gone and the inner light is not yet visible: the night, the desert, the great Nought, stretches between these two lights. But the true seeker goes through and comes out of the tunnel. And there is happiness at the end. "The seeking is travaillous, but the finding is blissful." When one steps out of the Night, enters into the deepest layer of the being, one stands face to face to one's soul, the very image of God, the perfect God-man, the Christ within. That is the third degree of our inner ascension, the entry into the deepest, purest and happiest statein which one becomes what he truly is; one finds the Christ there and dwells in love and union with him. But there is still a further step to take, and that is real ascension. For till now it has been a going within, from the outward to the inner and the inmost; now one has to go upward, transcend. Within the body, in life, however deep you may go, even if you find your soul and your union with Jesus whose tabernacle is your soul, still there is bound to remain a shadow of the sinful prison-house; the perfect bliss and Purity without any earthly taint, the completeness and the crowning of the purgation and transfiguration can come only when you go beyond, leaving altoge ther the earthly form and worldly vesture and soar into Heaven itself and be in the company of the Trinity. "Into myself, and after... above myself by overpassing only into Him." At the same time it is pointed out, this mediaeval mystic has the common sense to see that the going in and going above of which one speaks must not be understood in a literal way, it is a figure of speech. The movement of the mystic is psychological"ghostly", it is saidnot physical or carnal.
   This will elucidate another point of difference between the Christian's and the Vaishnava's love of God, for both are characterised by an extreme intensity and sweetness and exquisiteness of that divine feeling. This Christian's, however, is the union of the soul in its absolute Purity and simplicity and "privacy" with her lord and master; the soul is shred here of all earthly vesture and goes innocent and naked into the embrace of her Beloved. The Vaishnava feeling is richer and seems to possess more amplitude; it is more concrete and less ethereal. The Vaishnava in his passionate yearning seeks to carry as it were the whole world with him to his Lord: for he sees and feels Him not only in the inmost chamber of his soul, but meets Him also in and I through his senses and in and through the world and its objects around. In psychological terms one can say that the Christian realisation, at its very source, is that of the inmost soul, what we call the "psychic being" pure and simple, referred to in the book we are considering; as: "His sweet privy voice... stirreth thine heart full stilly." Whereas the Vaishnava reaches out to his Lord with his outer heart too aflame with passion; not only his inmost being but his vital being also seeks the Divine. This bears upon the occult story of man's spiritual evolution upon earth. The Divine Grace descends from the highest into the deepest and from the deepest to the outer ranges of human nature, so that the whole of it may be illumined and transformed and one day man can embody in his earthly life the integral manifestation of God, the perfect Epiphany. Each religion, each line of spiritual discipline takes up one limb of manone level or mode of his being and consciousness purifies it and suffuses it with the spiritual and divine consciousness, so that in the end the whole of man, in his integral living, is recast and remoulded: each discipline is in charge of one thread as it were, all together weave the warp and woof in the evolution of the perfect pattern of a spiritualised and divinised humanity.

0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  bad due to the selfish falsehood of human nature which prevents
  the vibrations of love from manifesting in their Purity.
  4 June 1963

01.10 - Nicholas Berdyaev: God Made Human, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Eastern spirituality does not view sorrow and sufferingevilas an integral part of the Divine Consciousness. It is born out of the Divine, no doubt, as nothing can be outside the Divine, but it is a local and temporal formation; it is a disposition consequent upon certain conditions and with the absence or elimination of those conditions, this disposition too disappears. God and the Divine Consciousness can only be Purity, light, immortality and delight. The compassion that a Buddha feels for the suffering humanity is not at all a feeling of suffering; pain or any such normal human reaction does not enter into its composition; it is the movement of a transcendent consciousness which is beyond and purified of the normal reactions, yet overarching them and entering into them as a soothing and illumining and vivifying presence. The healer knows and understands the pain and suffering of his patient but is not touched by them; he need not contract the illness of his patient in order to be in sympathy with him. The Divine the Soulcan be in flesh and yet not smirched with its mire; the flesh is not essentially or irrevocably the ooze it is under certain given conditions. The divine physical body is composed of radiant matter and one can speak of it even as of the soul that weapons cannot pierce it nor can fire burn it.

01.10 - Principle and Personality, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The thing, however, is that what you call principles do not drop from heaven in their virgin Purity and all at once lay hold of mankind en masse. It is always through a particular individual that a great principle manifests itself. Principles do not live in the general mind of man and even if they live, they live secreted and unconscious; it is only a puissant personality, who has lived the principle, that can bring it forward into life and action, can awaken, like the Vedic Dawn, what was dead in allmritam kanchana bodhayanti. Men in general are by themselves 'inert and indifferent; they have little leisure or inclination to seek, from any inner urge of their own, for principles and primal truths; they become conscious of these only when expressed and embodied in some great and rare soul. An Avatar, a Messiah or a Prophet is the centre, the focus through which a Truth and Law first dawns and then radiates and spreads abroad. The little lamps are all lighted by the sparks that the great torch scatters.

0.11 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Waste of any kind is the result of unconsciousness.
  Consciousness in its Purity is perfect and infallible.
  2 April 1968
  Only the pure in soul can walk in light.”7
  What a joy it would be to possess the required Purity!
  When one is living among men with all their miseries, it is only
  the Divine Influence and no other, it is certain — and at the same
  time it is perfect Purity.
  This is what we should strive for.

02.01 - A Vedic Story, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Fire then is the energy of consciousness secreted in the heart of things. It is that which moves the creation upward, produces the unfolding evolution that is history, both individual and collective. It is kindled, it increases in volume and strength and Purity and effectiveness, as and when a lower element is offered and submitted to a higher reality and this higher reality impinges upon the lower one (which is what the rubbing of the arai or the pressing of the soma symbolises); the limitation is broken, the small enters into and becomes the vast, the crooked is straightened and leng thened out, what was hidden becomes manifest. This is described as the progression of the sacrifice (adhvaraadvanceon the path). That is also the victorious battle waged against the dark forces of Ignorance. The goal, the purpose is the descent and manifestation of the gods here upon earth in human vehicles.

02.01 - Our Ideal, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Nature's attempt at the transcendence of Mind opens the door for a more and more direct and integral descent of the Divine Consciousness, and in its highest degrees the degrees of the Supermind the Descent means a reversal of the normal values, a swift and total transfiguration of earthly life into the mould of supernal spiritual realities. An absolute degree of the Descent, an irruption of the Divine Consciousness in its supreme Purity and fullness becomes inevitable in the end: for that alone can bring about the fulfilment that Nature ultimately has in view. Matter will yield completely, and life power too, only to the direct touch and embrace of the Divine's own self.

02.01 - The World-Stair, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    Bit deep into the ground of consciousness
    The passion and Purity of their extremes,
    The absoluteness of their single cry

02.02 - The Kingdom of Subtle Matter, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It has a tact our touch cannot attain,
  A Purity of sense we never feel;
  Its intercession with the eternal Ray

02.03 - The Glory and the Fall of Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  In forms not too remote from human grasp
  Some passion of the inviolate Purity
  Broke through, a ray of the original Bliss.
  And her extremes keen edges of harmony:
  Indulgence with a tender Purity came
  And nursed the god on her maternal breast:

02.06 - Boris Pasternak, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   That is why even when Pasternak speaks of social progress, a better humanity, we are not sure. For what matters is the present. A brave new world in the offing, yes. But how to take life in the meanwhile? Evidently, it is the life of the cross, you have to choose that or it is imposed upon you. The Kingdom of Heaven is within you and in spite of what the world and life are, you can create within you, possess in your inner consciousness something of the divine element, the peace that passeth understanding, the Purity and freedom and harmony with oneself and with the entire creation, including even one's neighbours.

02.06 - The Integral Yoga and Other Yogas, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  - this psychic being takes charge of the sadhana and turns the whole being to the Truth and the Divine, with results in the mind, the vital, the physical consciousness which I need not go into here, - that is a first transformation. We realise it next as the one Self, Brahman, Divine, first above the body, life, mind and not only within the heart supporting them - above and free and unattached as the static Self but also extended in wideness through the world as the silent Self in all and dynamic too as the active Divine Being and Power, Ishwara-Shakti, containing the world and pervading it as well as transcending it, manifesting all cosmic aspects. But, what is most important for us, is that it manifests as a transcending Light, Knowledge,
  Power, Purity, Peace, Ananda of which we become aware above and which descends into the being and progressively replaces the ordinary consciousness by its own movements - that is the second transformation. We realise also the consciousness itself as moving upward, ascending through many planes physical, vital, mental, overmental to the supramental and Ananda planes.

02.09 - The Paradise of the Life-Gods, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Beauty was there creation's native mould,
  Peace was a thrilled voluptuous Purity.
  There Love fulfilled her gold and roseate dreams

02.11 - The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  These dared to grasp with their thought Truth's absolute;
  By an abstract Purity of godless sight,
  By a percept nude, intolerant of forms,

02.15 - The Kingdoms of the Greater Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A light was round him wide and absolute,
  A diamond Purity of eternal sight;
  A consciousness lay still, devoid of forms,
  He had left the reign of Nature's hues and shades;
  He dwelt in his self's colourless Purity.
  It was a plane of undetermined spirit

03.03 - A Stainless Steel Frame, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   What is needed then is an army of souls: individuals, either separately or in groups, who have contacted their inmost reality, their divinity, in some way or othermen with a new consciousness and aspiration, a new life and realisation. They will live in the midst of the general degeneration and disintegration, not aloof and immured in their privacy of Purity, but take part in the normal activities of everyday life, still acting from the height and depth of the pure consciousness prove by their very living that one can be in the world and yet not of it, doing what is necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of life and yet not stooping to the questionable ways that are supposed to be necessary and inevitable. In other words, they will disprove that safety and success and prosperity in life can be had only if one follows the lead of Evil, if one sells one's soul. On the contrary, by living out one's divine essence one will have conquered the worldihaiva tairjitam. At every moment, in all circumstances one follows the voice of the highest in oneself. If it is that and no other inferior echo, then one becomes fearless and immortal and all-conquering.

03.03 - The House of the Spirit and the New Creation, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Could shelter find in darkness' sanctuary
  Against the white Purity of heaven's cleansing flame.
  All seemed to have perished that was undivine:
  Blazoned like hues upon a colourless air
  On the white Purity of the Witness Soul.
  These hues were the very prism of the Supreme,

03.04 - The Other Aspect of European Culture, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   If then Europe can cut across the snares that Modernism has spread all about her and get behind the surface turmoils and ebullitions and seek that which she herself once knew and esteemed as the one thing needful, then will she really see what the East means, then only will she find the bond of indissoluble unity with Asia. For the Truth that Europe carried in her bosom is much bigger than anything she ever suspected even in her best days. And she carried it not with the full illumination and power of a Master, but rather in the twilight consciousness of a servant or a devotee. The Truth in its Purity flowed there for the most part much under the main current of life, and its formulations in life were not its direct expressions and embodiments but echoes and images. It is Asia who grasps the Truth with the hand of the Master, the Truth in its full and absolute truth and it is Asia who can show in fact and life how to embody it integrally.

03.07 - Brahmacharya, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Modern education means storage of information, knowledge of thingsas much knowledge of as many things as it is possible for the brain to contain. The older ideal, however, was not so much knowledge, that is to say, packet of knowings, but capacity, first capacity in a general way, and then as its application, the capacity of knowledge. The problem was to locate, that is to say, find out the source of energy then master it, increase it, harness it and utilise it. The physico-vital energy is the most elementary and elemental energy that is nearest to us and most easily available. It is the basic energy; man starts his life with that, a child possesses it abundantly. The first problem is how to store it; evidently it is most liable to be thrown or frittered away. The first form of the discipline in the preparatory stage of early life is regularity in habits, methodical physical exercises; even a fixed routine sometimes helps much. Next comes self-control, continence, physical Purity. This is Brahmacharya proper. It means the exercise of conscious will.


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