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INSPIRATION BY PART OF SELF


  PHYSICAL INSPIRATION
  - Physical Inspiration are generally various media showing various perfections or great developments manifested physically. And could exhibit Grace, Strength, Dexterity / Coordination , Beauty, Intricacy, Subtleness etc.
  - I want to make a physical inspiration video at some point.
  - including gymnastics, breakdancing, ballet, parkour, martial arts, weapons training, it could also use potentially other forms of beauty.

  VITAL / EMOTIONAL INSPIRATION
  - Vital Inspiration, I suppose, could be any form of inspiration that compels action. If it is strictly Vital then at its highest levels I imagine it is as if Bhatki. Any emotion or desire at its highest pitch.
  - is this like seeing someone who is actually an embodiment of love? and my heart knowing I too must follow this path, instead of neglecting it.
  - this also seems triggered by contemplating the worlds suffering. see also Tonglen.
  - while not inspiring, Sun Salutations, seem to generate vital energy which then sometimes moves up? see also Pranayama.

  MENTAL INSPIRATION
  - whats this mean? things that promote new ideas or connections? or realization or imaginings? Higher mental movements tend to produce much mental action as it gets disected and consumed by the lower mind. But a Mental proper inspiration would be perhaps the ones that tend to cause higher mental movements afterwards, and brings to mind Wilber, Borges, Crowley.

  HIGHER MENTAL INSPIRATION
  - this brings to mind especially visions. things that seem to overflow with more then I can make of it. Goddess images, images of perhaps the subtle physical (inner / true physical). Or its like a subtle object with layer of casual. They tend to have LSD feel.
  - These seem to get triggered by reading Savitri, or Sri Aurobindo, by smoking weed, sometimes meditation, sometimes dreaming. In the case of Sri Aurobindo the resultant higher mental movements may or may not have anything to do with what is being read, and generally it seems that if one taps into the thing being said, moves to that plane, then from there that habits of the being, funnel a force there, or the force that brought it forth into another discipline, such that may I make grand progress in Game Development ideation while reading Savitri.

  SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION
  - this is probably the hardest to trigger? perhaps this is not a thing one triggers, but seems more like a boon or gift. if one feels spiritually inspired from say studying Sri Ramakrishna, it could be said there comes a strong urge for spiritual practice, or prayer or aspiration. or the need for concentration (though not the thought or feeling of should as that is likely merely mental).
  - otherwise something that triggers spiritual experience or even higher mental is often the intensest sufferings. in those pits of darkness, despair or desperation where one turns to God as there is nowhere else to go.
  - a few components of this are openness, silence, stillness, overflowings or redirections of forces upwards, or downpours.



INJUNCTIONS THAT PROMOTE INSPIRATION
  meditation
  study
INSPIRATION AS A MEANS OF MOVEMENT (AS KNOWLEDGE-FORCE)

--- NOTES
  inspiration comes when one is no longer satisfied with lower things, and is willing to sacrifice the lower for the higher? there is a related quote..
  internal vs external sources

--- INSPIRATION BY SOURCE
when do i get inspired? what are the conditions?
I often think it "comes" from seeing certain media. hearing a song, seeing a show.
triggered by the media, and resulting hope, or makes a connection.
  Art, (by Physical inspiration, technological)
  Music,
  by media

- QUOTES -


writing for inspiration ::: The use of your writing is to keep you in touch with the inner source of inspiration and intuition, so as to wear thin the crude external crust in the consciousness and encourage the growth of the inner being.
~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. ~ Sigmund Freud

My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.
~ Nikola Tesla

It is in the silence of the mind that the strongest and freest action can come, e.g. the writing of a book, poetry, inspired speech etc. When the mind is active it interferes with the inspiration, puts in its own small ideas which get mixed up with the inspiration or starts something from a lower level or simply stops the inspiration altogether by bubbling up with all sorts of mere mental suggestions. So also intuitions or action etc. can come more easily when the ordinary inferior movement of the mind is not there. It is also in the silence of the mind that it is easiest for knowledge to come from within or above, from the psychic or from the higher consciousness.
~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV



see also ::: the Future, remembering, openness, stillness, prequisites, conditions, the Divine Grace, Maheshwari, Saraswati, aspiration,
the source of inspiration






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--- SEE ALSO


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Maheshwari
openness
prequisites
remembering
Saraswati
stillness
the_Divine_Grace
the_Future

--- SIMILAR TITLES [1]


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select ::: Being, God, injunctions, media, place, powers, subjects,
favorite ::: cwsa, everyday, grade, mcw, memcards (table), project, project 0001, Savitri, the Temple of Sages, three js, whiteboard,
temp ::: consecration, experiments, knowledge, meditation, psychometrics, remember, responsibility, temp, the Bad, the God object, the Good, the most important, the Ring, the source of inspirations, the Stack, the Tarot, the Word, top priority, whiteboard,

--- DICTIONARIES (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)


inspiration ::: 1. A divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. 2. An inspiring or animating action or influence. inspiration’s, Inspiration’s. :::

inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.

inspirational ::: a. --> Pertaining to inspiration.

inspiration ::: n. --> The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of expiration.
The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc.

inspirationist ::: n. --> One who holds to inspiration.

INSPIRATION. ::: It comes from above in answer to a state of concentration which is itself a call to it.

inspiration — same as śruti, truth-hearing, the faculty of jñāna which “comes as a vibration which carries the Truth in it and sometimes it comes as the actual word”; also, an instance of the working of this faculty; sometimes equivalent to inspired logistis, the middle plane of logistic ideality; (of vāk) the characteristic of the fourth level of style (see inspired).

inspirational — having the nature of inspiration; same as inspired.

inspirational gnosis — same as inspired logistis.

inspirational ideality — (in 1918-19) same as inspired logistis; (in 1920) same as śrauta vijñāna (hermetic ideality).

inspirational intuitional — same as inspirational intuitive.

inspirational intuitive — having the nature of inspired intuition.

inspirational intuitive idealised mind — the inspirational intuitive form of idealised mentality, same as inspired intuitional intellectuality.

inspirational intuivity — same as inspired intuitivity.

inspirational logistis — same as inspired logistis.

inspirational mental — having the nature of inspirational mentality.

inspirational mentality — the middle level of idealised mentality, a “mind of luminous inspiration” which, in dealing with the movement in time, sees things “in the light of the world’s larger potentialities”; its defect is that it may be liable “to a hesitation or suspension of determining view as between various potential lines of the movement or even to a movement away from the line of eventual actuality and following another not yet applicable sequence”.

inspirational revelation — revelation with an element of inspiration;(in 1919) same as inspired revelatory logistis.

inspirational-revelatory — having the nature of inspirational revelation

inspirational tapas — tapas acting in the inspired logistis.

Inspiration::: Inspiration is a slender river of brightness leaping from a vast & eternal knowledge, it exceeds reason more perfectly than reason exceeds the knowledge of the senses.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 12, Page: 423

inspirational ::: a. --> Pertaining to inspiration.

inspiration ::: n. --> The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of expiration.
The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc.

inspirationist ::: n. --> One who holds to inspiration.

Inspiration: A state of psychic receptivity to creative spiritual influence.

Inspiration, Inspired [from Latin in into, upon + spiro breathe (cf afflatus from ad upon + flo breathe); adopted from Greek empneusis from en in + pneo breathe] Generally the reception of knowledge or influence from a source superior — or even inferior — to the ordinary consciousness.

inspiration for the poem deriving from J. P.

INSPIRATION—The inbreathing or imparting of an idea, emotion or mental or spiritual influence; the elevating and creative influence of genius.

INSPIRATION Reception of consciousness content from the superconscious.
(K 1.22.5)




INSPIRATION. ::: It comes from above in answer to a state of concentration which is itself a call to it.

inspiration ::: 1. A divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. 2. An inspiring or animating action or influence. inspiration’s, Inspiration’s. :::

inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.

inspiration — same as śruti, truth-hearing, the faculty of jñāna which “comes as a vibration which carries the Truth in it and sometimes it comes as the actual word”; also, an instance of the working of this faculty; sometimes equivalent to inspired logistis, the middle plane of logistic ideality; (of vāk) the characteristic of the fourth level of style (see inspired).

inspirational — having the nature of inspiration; same as inspired.

inspirational gnosis — same as inspired logistis.

inspirational ideality — (in 1918-19) same as inspired logistis; (in 1920) same as śrauta vijñāna (hermetic ideality).

inspirational intuitional — same as inspirational intuitive.

inspirational intuitive — having the nature of inspired intuition.

inspirational intuitive idealised mind — the inspirational intuitive form of idealised mentality, same as inspired intuitional intellectuality.

inspirational intuivity — same as inspired intuitivity.

inspirational logistis — same as inspired logistis.

inspirational mental — having the nature of inspirational mentality.

inspirational mentality — the middle level of idealised mentality, a “mind of luminous inspiration” which, in dealing with the movement in time, sees things “in the light of the world’s larger potentialities”; its defect is that it may be liable “to a hesitation or suspension of determining view as between various potential lines of the movement or even to a movement away from the line of eventual actuality and following another not yet applicable sequence”.

inspirational revelation — revelation with an element of inspiration;(in 1919) same as inspired revelatory logistis.

inspirational-revelatory — having the nature of inspirational revelation


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1:When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. ~ Sigmund Freud,
2:There are three sources of belief: reason, custom, inspiration. ~ Blaise Pascal,
3:We meet no ordinary people in our lives. ~ C S Lewis, Inspirational Christian Library ,
4:Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~ Stephen King, On Writing ,
5:The nature of poetry is to soar on the wings of the inspiration to the highest intensities. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Recent English Poetry - I,
6:Inspiration comes from above in answer to a state of concentration which is itself a call to it. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II The Divine Force in Work,
7:Mind’s voices mimicked inspiration’s stress,Its ictus of infallibility,Its speed and lightning heaven-leap of the Gods. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 07.03 - The Entry into the Inner Countries,
8:My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists. ~ Nikola Tesla,
9:Intuition and inspiration are not only spiritual in their essence, they are the characteristic means of all spiritual vision and utterance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry The Course of English Poetry - V,
10:An overmastering impulse is not necessarily an inspiration of true guidance; in following always such impulses one is more likely to become a creature of random caprices. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV The Nature of the Vital,
11:The use of your writing is to keep you in touch with the inner source of inspiration and intuition, so as to wear thin the crude external crust in the consciousness and encourage the growth of the inner being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
12:He listens for Inspiration’s postman knockAnd takes delivery of the priceless giftA little spoilt by the receiver mindOr mixed with the manufacture of his brain; ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 07.06 - Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute,
13:Inspiration with her lightning feet,A sudden messenger from the all-seeing tops,Traversed the soundless corridors of his mindBringing her rhythmic sense of hidden things. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Yoga of the King,
14:It is in our inner spiritual experiences that we shall find the proof and source of the world’s Scriptures, the law of knowledge, love and conduct, the basis and inspiration of Karmayoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga 1.01 - The Ideal of the Karmayogin,
15:As a student who has no idea of dharma and no mind training, you decide to commit to the path and to train yourself. As you train your mind, you begin to see all kinds of things. What you see is not so much the inspiration of a glimpse of enlightenment, or buddha nature. Instead, the first thing you see is what is wrong with samsara. ~ Chogyam Trungpa,
16:Just as anyone who listens to the muse will hear, you can write out of your own intention or out of inspiration. There is such a thing. It comes up and talks. And those who have heard deeply the rhythms and hymns of the gods, can recite those hymns in such a way that the gods will be attracted. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life & Works ,
17:But imagine this same vital power of expression, with the inspiration coming from far above-the highest inspiration possible, when all the heavens open before us-then that becomes wonderful. There are certain passages of César Franck, certain passages of Beethoven, certain passages of Bach, there are pieces by others also which have this inspiration and power. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 ,
18:...to do the integral yoga one must first resolve to surrender entirely to the Divine, there is no other way, this is the way. But after that one must have the five psychological virtues, five psychological perfections and we say that the perfections are 1.Sincerity or Transparency 2.Faith or Trust (Trust in the Divine) 3.Devotion or Gratitude 4.Courage or Inspiration 5.Endurance or Perseverance ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1956 ,
19:The High-Subtle Self ::: "...cognitive style- actual intuition and literal inspiration, archetypal Form, audible illumination, revelations of light and sound affective elements- rapture, bliss, ecstatic release into superconsciousness motivational/conative factors-karuna, compassion, overwhelming love and gratefulness temporal mode- transtemporal, moving into eternity mode of self- archetypal-divine, overself, overmind." ~ Ken Wilber, The Atman Project pg.80 ,
20:The Mantra in other words is a direct and most heightened, an intensest and most divinely burdened rhythmic word which embodies an intuitive and revelatory inspiration and ensouls the mind with the sight and the presence of the very self, the inmost reality of things and with its truth and with the divine soul-forms of it, the Godheads which are born from the living Truth. Or, let us say, it is a supreme rhythmic language which seizes hold upon all that is finite and brings into each the light and voice of its own infinite. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry ,
21:It is in the silence of the mind that the strongest and freest action can come, e.g. the writing of a book, poetry, inspired speech etc. When the mind is active it interferes with the inspiration, puts in its own small ideas which get mixed up with the inspiration or starts something from a lower level or simply stops the inspiration altogether by bubbling up with all sorts of mere mental suggestions. So also intuitions or action etc. can come more easily when the ordinary inferior movement of the mind is not there. It is also in the silence of the mind that it is easiest for knowledge to come from within or above, from the psychic or from the higher consciousness. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
22:But the vijnana or gnosis is not only truth but truth power, it is the very working of the infinite and divine nature; it is the divine knowledge one with the divine will in the force and delight of a spontaneous and luminous and inevitable self-fulfilment. By the gnosis, then, we change our human into a divine nature. But even the intuitive reason is not the gnosis; it is only an edge of light of the supermind finding its way by flashes of illumination into the mentality like lightnings in dim and cloudy places. Its inspirations, revelations, intuitions, self-luminous discernings are messages from a higher knowledge-plane that make their way opportunely into our lower level of consciousness. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
23:Overmind is the highest source of the cosmic consciousness available to the embodied being in the Ignorance. It is part of the cosmic consciousness-but the human individual when he opens into the cosmic usually remains in the cosmic Mind-Life-Matter receiving only inspirations and influences from the higher planes of Intuition and Overmind. He receives through the spiritualised higher and illumined mind the fundamental experiences on which spiritual knowledge is based; he can become even full of intuitive mind movements, illuminations, various kinds of powers and illumined light, liberation, Ananda. But to rise fully into the Intuition is rare, to reach the Overmind still rarer- although influences and experiences can come down from there. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - I 152,
24:Sri Aurobindo: There is a veil between the Supermind above and the lower Prakriti below - the veil of ingrained formations. This veil may completely withdraw or be partially withdrawn. Thus even if there is some little opening, with the contact of Light from above the lower nature will get slowly changed. Even if the being is not entirely purified, varieties of inspirations and powers may come down from above but this may lead to serious errors. Inspirations from above mixing with the impurities from below get all muddled up and the sadhak takes this for an absolute command. Many a sadhak has thus fallen into danger. Therefore, one must particularly lay stress on the purification of the being. All desires and egoism will have to be banished from the being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Anilbaran Roy Interviews and Conversations ,
25:the central notion of the Veda ::: The sense of the first two verses is clear enough when we know Saraswati to be that power of the Truth which we call inspiration. Inspiration from the Truth purifies by getting rid of all falsehood, for all sin according to the Indian idea is merely falsehood, wrongly inspired emotion, wrongly directed will and action. The central idea of life and ourselves from which we start is a falsehood and all else is falsified by it. Truth comes to us as a light, a voice, compelling a change of thought, imposing a new discernment of ourselves and all around us. Truth of thought creates truth of vision and truth of vision forms in us truth of being, and out of truth of being (satyam) flows naturally truth of emotion, will and action. This is indeed the central notion of the Veda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret Of The Veda ,
26:there is a special personal tie between you and me, between all who have turned to the teaching of Sri Aurobindo and myself, - and, it is well understood, distance does not count here, you may be in France, you may be at the other end of the world or in Pondicherry, this tie is always true and living. And each time there comes a call, each time there is a need for me to know so that I may send out a force, an inspiration, a protection or any other thing, a sort of message comes to me all of a sudden and I do the needful. These communications reach me evidently at any moment, and you must have seen me more than once stop suddenly in the middle of a sentence or work; it is because something comes to me, a communication and I concentrate. With those whom I have accepted as disciples, to whom I have said Yes, there is more than a tie, there is an emanation of me. This emanation warns me whenever it is necessary and tells me what is happening. Indeed I receive intimations constantly ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother I ,
27:Few poets can keep for a very long time a sustained level of the highest inspiration. The best poetry does not usually come by streams except in poets of a supreme greatness though there may be in others than the greatest long-continued wingings at a considerable height. The very best comes by intermittent drops, though sometimes three or four gleaming drops at a time. Even in the greatest poets, even in those with the most opulent flow of riches like Shakespeare, the very best is comparatively rare. All statements are subject to qualification. What Lawrence states1 is true in principle, but in practice most poets have to sustain the inspiration by industry. Milton in his later days used to write every day fifty lines; Virgil nine which he corrected and recorrected till it was within half way of what he wanted. In other words he used to write under any conditions and pull at his inspiration till it came. Usually the best lines, passages, etc. come like that. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Inspiration and Effort - II,
28:Directly on awakening, preferably at dawn, the initiate goes to the place of invocation. Figuring to himself as he goes that being born anew each day brings with it the chance of greater rebirth, first he banishes the temple of his mind by ritual or by some magical trance. Then he unveils some token or symbol or sigil which represents to him the Holy Guardian Angel. This symbol he will likely have to change during the great work as the inspiration begins to move him. Next he invokes an image of the Angel into his minds eye. It may be considered as a luminous duplicate of ones own form standing in front of or behind one, or simply as a ball of brilliant light above ones head. Then he formulates his aspirations in what manner he will, humbling himself in prayer or exalting himself in loud proclamation as his need be. The best form of this invocation is spoken spontaneously from the heart, and if halting at first, will prove itself in time. He is aiming to establish a set of ideas and images which correspond to the nature of his genius, and at the same time receive inspiration from that source. As the magician begins to manifest more of his true will, the Augoeides will reveal images, names, and spiritual principles by which it can be drawn into greater manifestation. ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null ,
29:The supramental memory is different from the mental, not a storing up of past knowledge and experience, but an abiding presence of knowledge that can be brought forward or, more characteristically, offers itself, when it is needed: it is not dependent on attention or on conscious reception, for the things of the past not known actually or not observed can be called up from latency by an action which is yet essentially a remembrance. Especially on a certain level all knowledge presents itself as a remembering, because all is latent or inherent in the self of supermind. The future like the past presents itself to knowledge in the supermind as a memory of the preknown. The imagination transformed in the supermind acts on one side as a power of true image and symbol, always all image or index of some value or significance or other truth of being, on the other as an inspiration or interpretative seeing of possibilities and potentialities not less true than actual or realised things. These are put in their place either by an attendant intuitive or interpretative judgment or by one inherent in the vision of the image, symbol or potentiality, or by a supereminent revelation of that which is behind the image or symbol or which determines the potential and the actual and their relations and, it may be, overrides and overpasses them, imposing ultimate truths and supreme certitudes. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
30:Inspiration is always a very uncertain thing; it comes when it chooses, stops suddenly before it has finished its work, refuses to descend when it is called. This is a well-known affliction, perhaps of all artists, but certainly of poets. There are some who can command it at will; those who, I think, are more full of an abundant poetic energy than careful for perfection; others who oblige it to come whenever they put pen to paper but with these the inspiration is either not of a high order or quite unequal in its levels. Again there are some who try to give it a habit of coming by always writing at the same time; Virgil with his nine lines first written, then perfected every morning, Milton with his fifty epic lines a day, are said to have succeeded in regularising their inspiration. It is, I suppose, the same principle which makes Gurus in India prescribe for their disciples a meditation at the same fixed hour every day. It succeeds partially of course, for some entirely, but not for everybody. For myself, when the inspiration did not come with a rush or in a stream,-for then there is no difficulty,-I had only one way, to allow a certain kind of incubation in which a large form of the thing to be done threw itself on the mind and then wait for the white heat in which the entire transcription could rapidly take place. But I think each poet has his own way of working and finds his own issue out of inspiration's incertitudes. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Inspiration and Effort - I,
31:37 - Some say Krishna never lived, he is a myth. They mean on earth; for if Brindavan existed nowhere, the Bhagavat (6) could not have been written. - Sri AurobindoDoes Brindavan exist anywhere else than on earth?The whole earth and everything it contains is a kind of concentration, a condensation of something which exists in other worlds invisible to the material eye. Each thing manifested here has its principle, idea or essence somewhere in the subtler regions. This is an indispensable condition for the manifestation. And the importance of the manifestation will always depend on the origin of the thing manifested.In the world of the gods there is an ideal and harmonious Brindavan of which the earthly Brindavan is but a deformation and a caricature.Those who are developed inwardly, either in their senses or in their minds, perceive these realities which are invisible (to the ordinary man) and receive their inspiration from them.So the writer or writers of the Bhagavat were certainly in contact with a whole inner world that is well and truly real and existent, where they saw and experienced everything they have described or revealed.Whether Krishna existed or not in a human form, living on earth, is only of very secondary importance (except perhaps from an exclusively historical point of view), for Krishna is a real, living and active being; and his influence has been one of the great factors in the progress and transformation of the earth.8 June 1960(6 The story of Krishna, as related in the Bhagavat Purana.) ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms volume-10,
32:The link between the spiritual and the lower planes of the mental being is that which is called in the old Vedantic phraseology the vijnana and which we may term the Truth-plane or the ideal mind or supermind where the One and the Many meet and our being is freely open to the revealing light of the divine Truth and the inspiration of the divine Will and Knowledge. If we can break down the veil of the intellectual, emotional, sensational mind which our ordinary existence has built between us and the Divine, we can then take up through the Truth-mind all our mental, vital and physical experience and offer it up to the spiritual -- this was the secret or mystic sense of the old Vedic "sacrifice" -- to be converted into the terms of the infinite truth of Sachchidananda, and we can receive the powers and illuminations of the infinite Existence in forms of a divine knowledge, will and delight to be imposed on our mentality, vitality, physical existence till the lower is transformed into the perfect vessel of the higher. This was the double Vedic movement of the descent and birth of the gods in the human creature and the ascent of the human powers that struggle towards the divine knowledge, power and delight and climb into the godheads, the result of which was the possession of the One, the Infinite, the beatific existence, the union with God, the Immortality. By possession of this ideal plane we break down entirely the opposition of the lower and the higher existence, the false gulf created by the Ignorance between the finite and the Infinite, God and Nature, the One and the Many, open the gates of the Divine, fulfil the individual in the complete harmony of the cosmic consciousness and realise in the cosmic being the epiphany of the transcendent Sachchidananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.15,
33:There is, indeed, a higher form of the buddhi that can be called the intuitive mind or intuitive reason, and this by its intuitions, its inspirations, its swift revelatory vision, its luminous insight and discrimination can do the work of the reason with a higher power, a swifter action, a greater and spontaneous certitude. It acts in a self-light of the truth which does not depend upon the torch-flares of the sense-mind and its limited uncertain percepts; it proceeds not by intelligent but by visional concepts: It is a kind of truth-vision, truth-hearing, truth-memory, direct truth-discernment. This true and authentic intuition must be distinguished from a power of the ordinary mental reason which is too easily confused with it, that power of Involved reasoning that reaches its conclusion by a bound and does not need the ordinary steps of the logical mind. The logical reason proceeds pace after pace and tries the sureness of each step like a marl who is walking over unsafe ground and has to test by the hesitating touch of his foot each span of soil that he perceives with his eye. But this other supralogical process of the reason is a motion of rapid insight or swift discernment; it proceeds by a stride or leap, like a man who springs from one sure spot to another point of sure footing, -- or at least held by him to be sure. He sees this space he covers in one compact and flashing view, but he does not distinguish or measure either by eye or touch its successions, features and circumstances. This movement has something of the sense of power of the intuition, something of its velocity, some appearance of its light and certainty, arid we always are apt to take it for the intuition. But our assumption is an error and, if we trust to it, it may lead us into grievous blunders. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
34:When, in last week's aphorism, Sri Aurobindo opposed - as one might say - "knowledge" to "Wisdom", he was speaking of knowledge as it is lived in the average human consciousness, the knowledge which is obtained through effort and mental development, whereas here, on the contrary, the knowledge he speaks of is the essential Knowledge, the supramental divine Knowledge, Knowledge by identity. And this is why he describes it here as "vast and eternal", which clearly indicates that it is not human knowledge as we normally understand it.Many people have asked why Sri Aurobindo said that the river is "slender". This is an expressive image which creates a striking contrast between the immensity of the divine, supramental Knowledge - the origin of this inspiration, which is infinite - and what a human mind can perceive of it and receive from it.Even when you are in contact with these domains, the portion, so to say, which you perceive, is minimal, slender. It is like a tiny little stream or a few falling drops and these drops are so pure, so brilliant, so complete in themselves, that they give you the sense of a marvellous inspiration, the impression that you have reached infinite domains and risen very high above the ordinary human condition. And yet this is nothing in comparison with what is still to be perceived.I have also been asked if the psychic being or psychic consciousness is the medium through which the inspiration is perceived.Generally, yes. The first contact you have with higher regions is a psychic one. Certainly, before an inner psychic opening is achieved, it is difficult to have these inspirations. It can happen as an exception and under exceptional conditions as a grace, but the true contact comes through the psychic; because the psychic consciousness is certainly the medium with the greatest affinity with the divine Truth. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,
35:Disciple : What part does breathing exercise - Pranayama - play in bringing about the higher consciousness?Sri Aurobindo : It sets the Pranic - vital - currents free and removes dullness of the brain so that the higher consciousness can come down. Pranayama does not bring dullness in the brain. My own experience, on the contrary, is that brain becomes illumined. When I was practising Pranayama at Baroda, I used to do it for about five hours in the day, - three hours in the morning and two in the evening. I found that the mind began to work with great illumination and power. I used to write poetry in those days. Before the Pranayama practice, usually I wrote five to eight lines per day; and about two hundred lines in a month. After the practice I could write 200 lines within half an hour. That was not the only result. Formerly my memory was dull. But after this practice I found that when the inspiration came I could remember all the lines in their order and write them down correctly at any time. Along with these enhanced functionings I could see an electrical activity all round the brain, and I could feel that it was made up of a subtle substance. I could feel everything as the working of that substance. That was far from your carbon-dioxide!Disciple : How is it that Pranayama develops mental capacities? What part does it play in bringing about the higher consciousness?Sri Aurobindo : It is the Pranic - vital - currents which sustain mental activity. When these currents are changed by Pranayama, they bring about a change in the brain. The cause of dullness of the brain is some obstruction in it which does not allow the higher thought to be communicated to it. When this obstruction is removed the higher mental being is able to communicate its action easily to the brain. When the higher consciousness is attained the brain does not become dull. My experience is that it becomes illumined. ~ Sri Aurobindo, A B Purani Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo,
36:Has any one at the end of the nineteenth century any distinct notion of what poets of a stronger age understood by the word inspiration? If not, I will describe it. If one had the smallest vestige of superstition left in one, it would hardly be possible completely to set aside the idea that one is the mere incarnation, mouthpiece, or medium of an almighty power. The idea of revelation, in the sense that something which profoundly convulses and upsets one becomes suddenly visible and audible with indescribable certainty and accuracy―describes the simple fact. One hears―one does not seek; one takes―one does not ask who gives. A thought suddenly flashes up like lightening; it comes with necessity, without faltering. I have never had any choice in the matter. There is an ecstasy so great that the immense strain of it is sometimes relaxed by a flood of tears, during which one's steps now involuntarily rush and anon involuntarily lag. There is the feeling that one is utterly out of hand, with the very distinct consciousness of an endless number of fine thrills and titillations descending to one's very toes. There is a depth of happiness in which the most painful and gloomy parts do not act as antitheses to the rest, but are produced and required as necessary shades of color in such an overflow of light. There is an instinct of rhythmic relations which embraces a whole world of forms (length, the need of a wide-embracing rhythm, is almost the measure of the force of an inspiration, a sort of counterpart to its pressure and tension). Everything happens quite involuntary, as if in a tempestuous outburst of freedom, of absoluteness, of power and divinity. The involuntary nature of the figures and similes is the most remarkable thing; everything seems to present itself as the readiest, the truest, and simplest means of expression. It actually seems, to use one of Zarathustra's own phrases, as if all things came to one, and offered themselves as similes. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra [trans. Thomas Common] (1999) ,
37:Many men think and write through inspiration. From where does it come?Many! That is indeed a wonderful thing. I did not think there have been so many.... So?Poets, when they write poems...Ah! Inspirations come from very many different places. There are inspirations that may be very material, there are inspirations that may be vital, there are inspirations that come from all kinds of mental planes, and there are very, very rare inspirations that come from the higher mind or from a still higher region. All inspirations do not come from the same place. Hence, to be inspired does not necessarily mean that one is a higher be- ing.... One may be inspired also to do and say many stupid things!What does "inspired" mean?It means receiving something which is beyond you, which was not within you; to open yourself to an influence which is outside your individual conscious being.Indeed, one can have also an inspiration to commit a murder! In countries where they decapitate murderers, cut off their heads, this causes a very brutal death which throws out the vital being, not allowing it the time to decompose for coming out of the body; the vital being is violently thrown out of the body, with all its impulses; and generally it goes and lodges itself in one of those present there, men half horrified, half with a kind of unhealthy curiosity. That makes the opening and it enters within. Statistics have proved that most young murderers admit that the impulse came to them when they were present at the death of another murderer. It was an "inspiration", but of a detestable kind.Fundamentally it is a moment of openness to something which was not within your personal consciousness, which comes from outside and rushes into you and makes you do something. This is the widest formula that can be given.Now, generally, when people say: "Oh! he is an inspired poet", it means he has received something from high above and expressed it in a remarkable manneR But one should rather say that his inspiration is of a high quality. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 ,
38:But even before that highest approach to identity is achieved, something of the supreme Will can manifest in us as an imperative impulsion, a God-driven action; we then act by a spontaneous self-determining Force but a fuller knowledge of meaning and aim arises only afterwards. Or the impulse to action may come as an inspiration or intuition, but rather in the heart and body than in the mind; here an effective sight enters in but the complete and exact knowledge is still deferred and comes, if at all, lateR But the divine Will may descend too as a luminous single command or a total perception or a continuous current of perception of what is to be done into the will or into the thought or as a direction from above spontaneously fulfilled by the lower members. When the Yoga is imperfect, only some actions can be done in this way, or else a general action may so proceed but only during periods of exaltation and illumination. When the Yoga is perfect, all action becomes of this character. We may indeed distinguish three stages of a growing progress by which, first, the personal will is occasionally or frequently enlightened or moved by a supreme Will or conscious Force beyond it, then constantly replaced and, last, identified and merged in that divine Power-action. The first is the stage when we are still governed by the intellect, heart and senses; these have to seek or wait for the divine inspiration and guidance and do not always find or receive it. The second is the stage when human intelligence is more and more replaced by a high illumined or intuitive spiritualised mind, the external human heart by the inner psychic heart, the senses by a purified and selfless vital force. The third is the stage when we rise even above spiritualised mind to the supramental levels. In all three stages the fundamental character of the liberated action is the same, a spontaneous working of Prakriti no longer through or for the ego but at the will and for the enjoyment of the supreme Purusha. At a higher level this becomes the Truth of the absolute and universal Supreme expressed through the individual soul and worked out consciously through the nature, - no longer through a half-perception and a diminished or distorted effectuation by the stumbling, ignorant and all-deforming energy of lower nature in us but by the all-wise transcendent and universal Mother. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.08 - The Supreme Will,
39:The poet-seer sees differently, thinks in another way, voices himself in quite another manner than the philosopher or the prophet. The prophet announces the Truth as the Word, the Law or the command of the Eternal, he is the giver of the message; the poet shows us Truth in its power of beauty, in its symbol or image, or reveals it to us in the workings of Nature or in the workings of life, and when he has done that, his whole work is done; he need not be its explicit spokesman or its official messenger. The philosopher's business is to discriminate Truth and put its parts and aspects into intellectual relation with each other; the poet's is to seize and embody aspects of Truth in their living relations, or rather - for that is too philosophical a language - to see her features and, excited by the vision, create in the beauty of her image. No doubt, the prophet may have in him a poet who breaks out often into speech and surrounds with the vivid atmosphere of life the directness of his message; he may follow up his injunction "Take no thought for the morrow," by a revealing image of the beauty of the truth he enounces, in the life of Nature, in the figure of the lily, or link it to human life by apologue and parable. The philosopher may bring in the aid of colour and image to give some relief and hue to his dry light of reason and water his arid path of abstractions with some healing dew of poetry. But these are ornaments and not the substance of his work; and if the philosopher makes his thought substance of poetry, he ceases to be a philosophic thinker and becomes a poet-seer of Truth. Thus the more rigid metaphysicians are perhaps right in denying to Nietzsche the name of philosopher; for Nietzsche does not think, but always sees, turbidly or clearly, rightly or distortedly, but with the eye of the seer rather than with the brain of the thinker. On the other hand we may get great poetry which is full of a prophetic enthusiasm of utterance or is largely or even wholly philosophic in its matter; but this prophetic poetry gives us no direct message, only a mass of sublime inspirations of thought and image, and this philosophic poetry is poetry and lives as poetry only in so far as it departs from the method, the expression, the way of seeing proper to the philosophic mind. It must be vision pouring itself into thought-images and not thought trying to observe truth and distinguish its province and bounds and fences. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry ,
40:the ways of the Bhakta and man of Knowledge ::: In the ordinary paths of Yoga the method used for dealing with these conflicting materials is direct and simple. One or another of the principal psychological forces in us is selected as our single means for attaining to the Divine; the rest is quieted into inertia or left to starve in its smallness. The Bhakta, seizing on the emotional forces of the being, the intense activities of the heart, abides concentrated in the love of God, gathered up as into a single one-pointed tongue of fire; he is indifferent to the activities of thought, throws behind him the importunities of the reason, cares nothing for the mind's thirst for knowledge. All the knowledge he needs is his faith and the inspirations that well up from a heart in communion with the Divine. He has no use for any will to works that is not turned to the direct worship of the Beloved or the service of the temple. The man of Knowledge, self-confined by a deliberate choice to the force and activities of discriminative thought, finds release in the mind's inward-drawn endeavour. He concentrates on the idea of the self, succeeds by a subtle inner discernment in distinguishing its silent presence amid the veiling activities of Nature, and through the perceptive idea arrives at the concrete spiritual experience. He is indifferent to the play of the emotions, deaf to the hunger-call of passion, closed to the activities of Life, -- the more blessed he, the sooner they fall away from him and leave him free, still and mute, the eternal non-doer. The body is his stumbling-block, the vital functions are his enemies; if their demands can be reduced to a minimum, that is his great good fortune. The endless difficulties that arise from the environing world are dismissed by erecting firmly against them a defence of outer physical and inner spiritual solitude; safe behind a wall of inner silence, he remains impassive and untouched by the world and by others. To be alone with oneself or alone with the Divine, to walk apart with God and his devotees, to entrench oneself in the single self-ward endeavour of the mind or Godward passion of the heart is the trend of these Yogas. The problem is solved by the excision of all but the one central difficulty which pursues the only chosen motive-force; into the midst of the dividing calls of our nature the principle of an exclusive concentration comes sovereignly to our rescue. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Self-Consecration. 76-77,
41:Vijnana, true ideation, called ritam, truth or vedas, knowledge in the Vedas, acts in human mind by four separate functions; revelation, termed drishti, sight; inspiration termed sruti,hearing; and the two faculties of discernment, smriti, memory,which are intuition, termed ketu, and discrimination, termed daksha, division, or viveka, separation. By drishti we see ourselves the truth face to face, in its own form, nature or self-existence; by sruti we hear the name, sound or word by which the truth is expressed & immediately suggested to the knowledge; by ketu we distinguish a truth presented to us behind a veil whether of result or process, as Newton discovered the law of gravitation hidden behind the fall of the apple; by viveka we distinguish between various truths and are able to put them in their right place, order and relation to each other, or, if presented with mingled truth & error, separate the truth from the falsehood. Agni Jatavedas is termed in the Veda vivichi, he who has the viveka, who separates truth from falsehood; but this is only a special action of the fourth ideal faculty & in its wider scope, it is daksha, that which divides & rightly distributes truth in its multiform aspects. The ensemble of the four faculties is Vedas or divine knowledge. When man is rising out of the limited & error-besieged mental principle, the faculty most useful to him, most indispensable is daksha or viveka. Drishti of Vijnana transmuted into terms of mind has become observation, sruti appears as imagination, intuition as intelligent perception, viveka as reasoning & intellectual judgment and all of these are liable to the constant touch of error. Human buddhi, intellect, is a distorted shadow of the true ideative faculties. As we return from these shadows to their ideal substance viveka or daksha must be our constant companion; for viveka alone can get rid of the habit of mental error, prevent observation being replaced by false illumination, imagination by false inspiration, intelligence by false intuition, judgment & reason by false discernment. The first sign of human advance out of the anritam of mind to the ritam of the ideal faculty is the growing action of a luminous right discernment which fixes instantly on the truth, feels instantly the presence of error. The fullness, the manhana of this viveka is the foundation & safeguard of Ritam or Vedas. The first great movement of Agni Jatavedas is to transform by the divine will in mental activity his lower smoke-covered activity into the bright clearness & fullness of the ideal discernment. Agne adbhuta kratw a dakshasya manhana. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Hymns To The Mystic Fire 717,
42:EVOCATION Evocation is the art of dealing with magical beings or entities by various acts which create or contact them and allow one to conjure and command them with pacts and exorcism. These beings have a legion of names drawn from the demonology of many cultures: elementals, familiars, incubi, succubi, bud-wills, demons, automata, atavisms, wraiths, spirits, and so on. Entities may be bound to talismans, places, animals, objects, persons, incense smoke, or be mobile in the aether. It is not the case that such entities are limited to obsessions and complexes in the human mind. Although such beings customarily have their origin in the mind, they may be budded off and attached to objects and places in the form of ghosts, spirits, or "vibrations," or may exert action at a distance in the form of fetishes, familiars, or poltergeists. These beings consist of a portion of Kia or the life force attached to some aetheric matter, the whole of which may or may not be attached to ordinary matter. Evocation may be further defined as the summoning or creation of such partial beings to accomplish some purpose. They may be used to cause change in oneself, change in others, or change in the universe. The advantages of using a semi-independent being rather than trying to effect a transformation directly by will are several: the entity will continue to fulfill its function independently of the magician until its life force dissipates. Being semi-sentient, it can adapt itself to a task in that a non-conscious simple spell cannot. During moments of the possession by certain entities the magician may be the recipient of inspirations, abilities, and knowledge not normally accessible to him. Entities may be drawn from three sources - those which are discovered clairvoyantly, those whose characteristics are given in grimoires of spirits and demons, and those which the magician may wish to create himself. In all cases establishing a relationship with the spirit follows a similar process of evocation. Firstly the attributes of the entity, its type, scope, name, appearance and characteristics must be placed in the mind or made known to the mind. Automatic drawing or writing, where a stylus is allowed to move under inspiration across a surface, may help to uncover the nature of a clairvoyantly discovered being. In the case of a created being the following procedure is used: the magician assembles the ingredients of a composite sigil of the being's desired attributes. For example, to create an elemental to assist him with divination, the appropriate symbols might be chosen and made into a sigil such as the one shown in figure 4. A name and an image, and if desired, a characteristic number can also be selected for the elemental. Secondly, the will and perception are focused as intently as possible (by some gnostic method) on the elemental's sigils or characteristics so that these take on a portion of the magician's life force and begin autonomous existence. In the case of preexisting beings, this operation serves to bind the entity to the magician's will. This is customarily followed by some form of self-banishing, or even exorcism, to restore the magician's consciousness to normal before he goes forth. An entity of a low order with little more than a singular task to perform can be left to fulfill its destiny with no further interference from its master. If at any time it is necessary to terminate it, its sigil or material basis should be destroyed and its mental image destroyed or reabsorbed by visualization. For more powerful and independent beings, the conjuration and exorcism must be in proportion to the power of the ritual which originally evoked them. To control such beings, the magicians may have to re-enter the gnostic state to the same depth as before in order to draw their power. ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null ,
43:AUGOEIDES: The magicians most important invocation is that of his Genius, Daemon, True Will, or Augoeides. This operation is traditionally known as attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is sometimes known as the Magnum Opus or Great Work. The Augoeides may be defined as the most perfect vehicle of Kia on the plane of duality. As the avatar of Kia on earth, the Augoeides represents the true will, the raison detre of the magician, his purpose in existing. The discovery of ones true will or real nature may be difficult and fraught with danger, since a false identification leads to obsession and madness. The operation of obtaining the knowledge and conversation is usually a lengthy one. The magician is attempting a progressive metamorphosis, a complete overhaul of his entire existence. Yet he has to seek the blueprint for his reborn self as he goes along. Life is less the meaningless accident it seems. Kia has incarnated in these particular conditions of duality for some purpose. The inertia of previous existences propels Kia into new forms of manifestation. Each incarnation represents a task, or a puzzle to be solved, on the way to some greater form of completion. The key to this puzzle is in the phenomena of the plane of duality in which we find ourselves. We are, as it were, trapped in a labyrinth or maze. The only thing to do is move about and keep a close watch on the way the walls turn. In a completely chaotic universe such as this one, there are no accidents. Everything is signifcant. Move a single grain of sand on a distant shore and the entire future history of the world will eventually be changed. A person doing his true will is assisted by the momentum of the universe and seems possessed of amazing good luck. In beginning the great work of obtaining the knowledge and conversation, the magician vows to interpret every manifestation of existence as a direct message from the infinite Chaos to himself personally. To do this is to enter the magical world view in its totality. He takes complete responsibility for his present incarnation and must consider every experience, thing, or piece of information which assails him from any source, as a reflection of the way he is conducting his existence. The idea that things happen to one that may or may not be related to the way one acts is an illusion created by our shallow awareness. Keeping a close eye on the walls of the labyrinth, the conditions of his existence, the magician may then begin his invocation. The genius is not something added to oneself. Rather it is a stripping away of excess to reveal the god within. Directly on awakening, preferably at dawn, the initiate goes to the place of invocation. Figuring to himself as he goes that being born anew each day brings with it the chance of greater rebirth, first he banishes the temple of his mind by ritual or by some magical trance. Then he unveils some token or symbol or sigil which represents to him the Holy Guardian Angel. This symbol he will likely have to change during the great work as the inspiration begins to move him. Next he invokes an image of the Angel into his minds eye. It may be considered as a luminous duplicate of ones own form standing in front of or behind one, or simply as a ball of brilliant light above ones head. Then he formulates his aspirations in what manner he will, humbling himself in prayer or exalting himself in loud proclamation as his need be. The best form of this invocation is spoken spontaneously from the heart, and if halting at first, will prove itself in time. He is aiming to establish a set of ideas and images which correspond to the nature of his genius, and at the same time receive inspiration from that source. As the magician begins to manifest more of his true will, the Augoeides will reveal images, names, and spiritual principles by which it can be drawn into greater manifestation. Having communicated with the invoked form, the magician should draw it into himself and go forth to live in the way he hath willed. The ritual may be concluded with an aspiration to the wisdom of silence by a brief concentration on the sigil of the Augoeides, but never by banishing. Periodically more elaborate forms of ritual, using more powerful forms of gnosis, may be employed. At the end of the day, there should be an accounting and fresh resolution made. Though every day be a catalog of failure, there should be no sense of sin or guilt. Magic is the raising of the whole individual in perfect balance to the power of Infinity, and such feelings are symptomatic of imbalance. If any unnecessary or imbalanced scraps of ego become identified with the genius by mistake, then disaster awaits. The life force flows directly into these complexes and bloats them into grotesque monsters variously known as the demon Choronzon. Some magicians attempting to go too fast with this invocation have failed to banish this demon, and have gone spectacularly insane as a result. ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null ,
44: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 1.02 - The Doctrine of the Mystics,
45:This, in short, is the demand made on us, that we should turn our whole life into a conscious sacrifice. Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-giving to the Eternal. All our actions, not less the smallest and most ordinary and trifling than the greatest and most uncommon and noble, must be performed as consecrated acts. Our individualised nature must live in the single consciousness of an inner and outer movement dedicated to Something that is beyond us and greater than our ego. No matter what the gift or to whom it is presented by us, there must be a consciousness in the act that we are presenting it to the one divine Being in all beings. Our commonest or most grossly material actions must assume this sublimated character; when we eat, we should be conscious that we are giving our food to that Presence in us; it must be a sacred offering in a temple and the sense of a mere physical need or self-gratification must pass away from us. In any great labour, in any high discipline, in any difficult or noble enterprise, whether undertaken for ourselves, for others or for the race, it will no longer be possible to stop short at the idea of the race, of ourselves or of others. The thing we are doing must be consciously offered as a sacrifice of works, not to these, but either through them or directly to the One Godhead; the Divine Inhabitant who was hidden by these figures must be no longer hidden but ever present to our soul, our mind, our sense. The workings and results of our acts must be put in the hands of that One in the feeling that that Presence is the Infinite and Most High by whom alone our labour and our aspiration are possible. For in his being all takes place; for him all labour and aspiration are taken from us by Nature and offered on his altar. Even in those things in which Nature is herself very plainly the worker and we only the witnesses of her working and its containers and supporters, there should be the same constant memory and insistent consciousness of a work and of its divine Master. Our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice. It is clear that a conception of this kind and its effective practice must carry in them three results that are of a central importance for our spiritual ideal. It is evident, to begin with, that, even if such a discipline is begun without devotion, it leads straight and inevitably towards the highest devotion possible; for it must deepen naturally into the completest adoration imaginable, the most profound God-love. There is bound up with it a growing sense of the Divine in all things, a deepening communion with the Divine in all our thought, will and action and at every moment of our lives, a more and more moved consecration to the Divine of the totality of our being. Now these implications of the Yoga of works are also of the very essence of an integral and absolute Bhakti. The seeker who puts them into living practice makes in himself continually a constant, active and effective representation of the very spirit of self-devotion, and it is inevitable that out of it there should emerge the most engrossing worship of the Highest to whom is given this service. An absorbing love for the Divine Presence to whom he feels an always more intimate closeness, grows upon the consecrated worker. And with it is born or in it is contained a universal love too for all these beings, living forms and creatures that are habitations of the Divine - not the brief restless grasping emotions of division, but the settled selfless love that is the deeper vibration of oneness. In all the seeker begins to meet the one Object of his adoration and service. The way of works turns by this road of sacrifice to meet the path of Devotion; it can be itself a devotion as complete, as absorbing, as integral as any the desire of the heart can ask for or the passion of the mind can imagine. Next, the practice of this Yoga demands a constant inward remembrance of the one central liberating knowledge, and a constant active externalising of it in works comes in too to intensify the remembrance. In all is the one Self, the one Divine is all; all are in the Divine, all are the Divine and there is nothing else in the universe, - this thought or this faith is the whole background until it becomes the whole substance of the consciousness of the worker. A memory, a self-dynamising meditation of this kind, must and does in its end turn into a profound and uninterrupted vision and a vivid and all-embracing consciousness of that which we so powerfully remember or on which we so constantly meditate. For it compels a constant reference at each moment to the Origin of all being and will and action and there is at once an embracing and exceeding of all particular forms and appearances in That which is their cause and upholder. This way cannot go to its end without a seeing vivid and vital, as concrete in its way as physical sight, of the works of the universal Spirit everywhere. On its summits it rises into a constant living and thinking and willing and acting in the presence of the Supramental, the Transcendent. Whatever we see and hear, whatever we touch and sense, all of which we are conscious, has to be known and felt by us as That which we worship and serve; all has to be turned into an image of the Divinity, perceived as a dwelling-place of his Godhead, enveloped with the eternal Omnipresence. In its close, if not long before it, this way of works turns by communion with the Divine Presence, Will and Force into a way of Knowledge more complete and integral than any the mere creature intelligence can construct or the search of the intellect can discover. Lastly, the practice of this Yoga of sacrifice compels us to renounce all the inner supports of egoism, casting them out of our mind and will and actions, and to eliminate its seed, its presence, its influence out of our nature. All must be done for the Divine; all must be directed towards the Divine. Nothing must be attempted for ourselves as a separate existence; nothing done for others, whether neighbours, friends, family, country or mankind or other creatures merely because they are connected with our personal life and thought and sentiment or because the ego takes a preferential interest in their welfare. In this way of doing and seeing all works and all life become only a daily dynamic worship and service of the Divine in the unbounded temple of his own vast cosmic existence. Life becomes more and more the sacrifice of the eternal in the individual constantly self-offered to the eternal Transcendence. It is offered in the wide sacrificial ground of the field of the eternal cosmic Spirit; and the Force too that offers it is the eternal Force, the omnipresent Mother. Therefore is this way a way of union and communion by acts and by the spirit and knowledge in the act as complete and integral as any our Godward will can hope for or our soul's strength execute. It has all the power of a way of works integral and absolute, but because of its law of sacrifice and self-giving to the Divine Self and Master, it is accompanied on its one side by the whole power of the path of Love and on the other by the whole power of the path of Knowledge. At its end all these three divine Powers work together, fused, united, completed, perfected by each other. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Divine Works,
46:Can a Yogi attain to a state of consciousness in which he can know all things, answer all questions, relating even to abstruse scientific problems, such as, for example, the theory of relativity?Theoretically and in principle it is not impossible for a Yogi to know everything; all depends upon the Yogi. But there is knowledge and knowledge. The Yogi does not know in the way of the mind. He does not know everything in the sense that he has access to all possible information or because he contains all the facts of the universe in his mind or because his consciousness is a sort of miraculous encyclopaedia. He knows by his capacity for a containing or dynamic identity with things and persons and forces. Or he knows because he lives in a plane of consciousness or is in contact with a consciousness in which there is the truth and the knowledge. If you are in the true consciousness, the knowledge you have will also be of the truth. Then, too, you can know directly, by being one with what you know. If a problem is put before you, if you are asked what is to be done in a particular matter, you can then, by looking with enough attention and concentration, receive spontaneously the required knowledge and the true answer. It is not by any careful application of theory that you reach the knowledge or by working it out through a mental process. The scientific mind needs these methods to come to its conclusions. But the Yogi's knowledge is direct and immediate; it is not deductive. If an engineer has to find out the exact position for the building of an arch, the line of its curve and the size of its opening, he does it by calculation, collating and deducing from his information and data. But a Yogi needs none of these things; he looks, has the vision of the thing, sees that it is to be done in this way and not in another, and this seeing is his knowledge. Although it may be true in a general way and in a certain sense that a Yogi can know all things and can answer all questions from his own field of vision and consciousness, yet it does not follow that there are no questions whatever of any kind to which he would not or could not answer. A Yogi who has the direct knowledge, the knowledge of the true truth of things, would not care or perhaps would find it difficult to answer questions that belong entirely to the domain of human mental constructions. It may be, he could not or would not wish to solve problems and difficulties you might put to him which touch only the illusion of things and their appearances. The working of his knowledge is not in the mind. If you put him some silly mental query of that character, he probably would not answer. The very common conception that you can put any ignorant question to him as to some super-schoolmaster or demand from him any kind of information past, present or future and that he is bound to answer, is a foolish idea. It is as inept as the expectation from the spiritual man of feats and miracles that would satisfy the vulgar external mind and leave it gaping with wonder. Moreover, the term "Yogi" is very vague and wide. There are many types of Yogis, many lines or ranges of spiritual or occult endeavour and different heights of achievement, there are some whose powers do not extend beyond the mental level; there are others who have gone beyond it. Everything depends on the field or nature of their effort, the height to which they have arrived, the consciousness with which they have contact or into which they enter. Do not scientists go sometimes beyond the mental plane? It is said that Einstein found his theory of relativity not through any process of reasoning, but through some kind of sudden inspiration. Has that inspiration anything to do with the Supermind?The scientist who gets an inspiration revealing to him a new truth, receives it from the intuitive mind. The knowledge comes as a direct perception in the higher mental plane illumined by some other light still farther above. But all that has nothing to do with the action of Supermind and this higher mental level is far removed from the supramental plane. Men are too easily inclined to believe that they have climbed into regions quite divine when they have only gone above the average level. There are many stages between the ordinary human mind and the Supermind, many grades and many intervening planes. If an ordinary man were to get into direct contact even with one of these intermediate planes, he would be dazzled and blinded, would be crushed under the weight of the sense of immensity or would lose his balance; and yet it is not the Supermind. Behind the common idea that a Yogi can know all things and answer all questions is the actual fact that there is a plane in the mind where the memory of everything is stored and remains always in existence. All mental movements that belong to the life of the earth are memorised and registered in this plane. Those who are capable of going there and care to take the trouble, can read in it and learn anything they choose. But this region must not be mistaken for the supramental levels. And yet to reach even there you must be able to silence the movements of the material or physical mind; you must be able to leave aside all your sensations and put a stop to your ordinary mental movements, whatever they are; you must get out of the vital; you must become free from the slavery of the body. Then only you can enter into that region and see. But if you are sufficiently interested to make this effort, you can arrive there and read what is written in the earth's memory. Thus, if you go deep into silence, you can reach a level of consciousness on which it is not impossible for you to receive answers to all your questions. And if there is one who is consciously open to the plenary truth of the supermind, in constant contact with it, he can certainly answer any question that is worth an answer from the supramental Light. The queries put must come from some sense of the truth and reality behind things. There are many questions and much debated problems that are cobwebs woven of mere mental abstractions or move on the illusory surface of things. These do not pertain to real knowledge; they are a deformation of knowledge, their very substance is of the ignorance. Certainly the supramental knowledge may give an answer, its own answer, to the problems set by the mind's ignorance; but it is likely that it would not be at all satisfactory or perhaps even intelligible to those who ask from the mental level. You must not expect the supramental to work in the way of the mind or demand that the knowledge in truth should be capable of being pieced together with the half-knowledge in ignorance. The scheme of the mind is one thing, but Supermind is quite another and it would no longer be supramental if it adapted itself to the exigencies of the mental scheme. The two are incommensurable and cannot be put together. When the consciousness has attained to supramental joys, does it no longer take interest in the things of the mind?The supramental does not take interest in mental things in the same way as the mind. It takes its own interest in all the movements of the universe, but it is from a different point of view and with a different vision. The world presents to it an entirely different appearance; there is a reversal of outlook and everything is seen from there as other than what it seems to the mind and often even the opposite. Things have another meaning; their aspect, their motion and process, everything about them, are watched with other eyes. Everything here is followed by the supermind; the mind movements and not less the vital, the material movements, all the play of the universe have for it a very deep interest, but of another kind. It is about the same difference as that between the interest taken in a puppet-play by one who holds the strings and knows what the puppets are to do and the will that moves them and that they can do only what it moves them to do, and the interest taken by another who observes the play but sees only what is happening from moment to moment and knows nothing else. The one who follows the play and is outside its secret has a stronger, an eager and passionate interest in what will happen and he gives an excited attention to its unforeseen or dramatic events; the other, who holds the strings and moves the show, is unmoved and tranquil. There is a certain intensity of interest which comes from ignorance and is bound up with illusion, and that must disappear when you are out of the ignorance. The interest that human beings take in things founds itself on the illusion; if that were removed, they would have no interest at all in the play; they would find it dry and dull. That is why all this ignorance, all this illusion has lasted so long; it is because men like it, because they cling to it and its peculiar kind of appeal that it endures. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931 93?
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47:Mental EducationOF ALL lines of education, mental education is the most widely known and practised, yet except in a few rare cases there are gaps which make it something very incomplete and in the end quite insufficient. Generally speaking, schooling is considered to be all the mental education that is necessary. And when a child has been made to undergo, for a number of years, a methodical training which is more like cramming than true schooling, it is considered that whatever is necessary for his mental development has been done. Nothing of the kind. Even conceding that the training is given with due measure and discrimination and does not permanently damage the brain, it cannot impart to the human mind the faculties it needs to become a good and useful instrument. The schooling that is usually given can, at the most, serve as a system of gymnastics to increase the suppleness of the brain. From this standpoint, each branch of human learning represents a special kind of mental gymnastics, and the verbal formulations given to these various branches each constitute a special and well-defined language. A true mental education, which will prepare man for a higher life, has five principal phases. Normally these phases follow one after another, but in exceptional individuals they may alternate or even proceed simultaneously. These five phases, in brief, are: (1) Development of the power of concentration, the capacity of attention. (2) Development of the capacities of expansion, widening, complexity and richness. (3) Organisation of one's ideas around a central idea, a higher ideal or a supremely luminous idea that will serve as a guide in life. (4) Thought-control, rejection of undesirable thoughts, to become able to think only what one wants and when one wants. (5) Development of mental silence, perfect calm and a more and more total receptivity to inspirations coming from the higher regions of the being. It is not possible to give here all the details concerning the methods to be employed in the application of these five phases of education to different individuals. Still, a few explanations on points of detail can be given. Undeniably, what most impedes mental progress in children is the constant dispersion of their thoughts. Their thoughts flutter hither and thither like butterflies and they have to make a great effort to fix them. Yet this capacity is latent in them, for when you succeed in arousing their interest, they are capable of a good deal of attention. By his ingenuity, therefore, the educator will gradually help the child to become capable of a sustained effort of attention and a faculty of more and more complete absorption in the work in hand. All methods that can develop this faculty of attention from games to rewards are good and can all be utilised according to the need and the circumstances. But it is the psychological action that is most important and the sovereign method is to arouse in the child an interest in what you want to teach him, a liking for work, a will to progress. To love to learn is the most precious gift that one can give to a child: to love to learn always and everywhere, so that all circumstances, all happenings in life may be constantly renewed opportunities for learning more and always more. For that, to attention and concentration should be added observation, precise recording and faithfulness of memory. This faculty of observation can be developed by varied and spontaneous exercises, making use of every opportunity that presents itself to keep the child's thought wakeful, alert and prompt. The growth of the understanding should be stressed much more than that of memory. One knows well only what one has understood. Things learnt by heart, mechanically, fade away little by little and finally disappear; what is understood is never forgotten. Moreover, you must never refuse to explain to a child the how and the why of things. If you cannot do it yourself, you must direct the child to those who are qualified to answer or point out to him some books that deal with the question. In this way you will progressively awaken in the child the taste for true study and the habit of making a persistent effort to know. This will bring us quite naturally to the second phase of development in which the mind should be widened and enriched. You will gradually show the child that everything can become an interesting subject for study if it is approached in the right way. The life of every day, of every moment, is the best school of all, varied, complex, full of unexpected experiences, problems to be solved, clear and striking examples and obvious consequences. It is so easy to arouse healthy curiosity in children, if you answer with intelligence and clarity the numerous questions they ask. An interesting reply to one readily brings others in its train and so the attentive child learns without effort much more than he usually does in the classroom. By a choice made with care and insight, you should also teach him to enjoy good reading-matter which is both instructive and attractive. Do not be afraid of anything that awakens and pleases his imagination; imagination develops the creative mental faculty and through it study becomes living and the mind develops in joy. In order to increase the suppleness and comprehensiveness of his mind, one should see not only that he studies many varied topics, but above all that a single subject is approached in various ways, so that the child understands in a practical manner that there are many ways of facing the same intellectual problem, of considering it and solving it. This will remove all rigidity from his brain and at the same time it will make his thinking richer and more supple and prepare it for a more complex and comprehensive synthesis. In this way also the child will be imbued with the sense of the extreme relativity of mental learning and, little by little, an aspiration for a truer source of knowledge will awaken in him. Indeed, as the child grows older and progresses in his studies, his mind too ripens and becomes more and more capable of forming general ideas, and with them almost always comes a need for certitude, for a knowledge that is stable enough to form the basis of a mental construction which will permit all the diverse and scattered and often contradictory ideas accumulated in his brain to be organised and put in order. This ordering is indeed very necessary if one is to avoid chaos in one's thoughts. All contradictions can be transformed into complements, but for that one must discover the higher idea that will have the power to bring them harmoniously together. It is always good to consider every problem from all possible standpoints so as to avoid partiality and exclusiveness; but if the thought is to be active and creative, it must, in every case, be the natural and logical synthesis of all the points of view adopted. And if you want to make the totality of your thoughts into a dynamic and constructive force, you must also take great care as to the choice of the central idea of your mental synthesis; for upon that will depend the value of this synthesis. The higher and larger the central idea and the more universal it is, rising above time and space, the more numerous and the more complex will be the ideas, notions and thoughts which it will be able to organise and harmonise. It goes without saying that this work of organisation cannot be done once and for all. The mind, if it is to keep its vigour and youth, must progress constantly, revise its notions in the light of new knowledge, enlarge its frame-work to include fresh notions and constantly reclassify and reorganise its thoughts, so that each of them may find its true place in relation to the others and the whole remain harmonious and orderly. All that has just been said concerns the speculative mind, the mind that learns. But learning is only one aspect of mental activity; the other, which is at least equally important, is the constructive faculty, the capacity to form and thus prepare action. This very important part of mental activity has rarely been the subject of any special study or discipline. Only those who want, for some reason, to exercise a strict control over their mental activities think of observing and disciplining this faculty of formation; and as soon as they try it, they have to face difficulties so great that they appear almost insurmountable. And yet control over this formative activity of the mind is one of the most important aspects of self-education; one can say that without it no mental mastery is possible. As far as study is concerned, all ideas are acceptable and should be included in the synthesis, whose very function is to become more and more rich and complex; but where action is concerned, it is just the opposite. The ideas that are accepted for translation into action should be strictly controlled and only those that agree with the general trend of the central idea forming the basis of the mental synthesis should be permitted to express themselves in action. This means that every thought entering the mental consciousness should be set before the central idea; if it finds a logical place among the thoughts already grouped, it will be admitted into the synthesis; if not, it will be rejected so that it can have no influence on the action. This work of mental purification should be done very regularly in order to secure a complete control over one's actions. For this purpose, it is good to set apart some time every day when one can quietly go over one's thoughts and put one's synthesis in order. Once the habit is acquired, you can maintain control over your thoughts even during work and action, allowing only those which are useful for what you are doing to come to the surface. Particularly, if you have continued to cultivate the power of concentration and attention, only the thoughts that are needed will be allowed to enter the active external consciousness and they then become all the more dynamic and effective. And if, in the intensity of concentration, it becomes necessary not to think at all, all mental vibration can be stilled and an almost total silence secured. In this silence one can gradually open to the higher regions of the mind and learn to record the inspirations that come from there. But even before reaching this point, silence in itself is supremely useful, because in most people who have a somewhat developed and active mind, the mind is never at rest. During the day, its activity is kept under a certain control, but at night, during the sleep of the body, the control of the waking state is almost completely removed and the mind indulges in activities which are sometimes excessive and often incoherent. This creates a great stress which leads to fatigue and the diminution of the intellectual faculties. The fact is that like all the other parts of the human being, the mind too needs rest and it will not have this rest unless we know how to provide it. The art of resting one's mind is something to be acquired. Changing one's mental activity is certainly one way of resting; but the greatest possible rest is silence. And as far as the mental faculties are concerned a few minutes passed in the calm of silence are a more effective rest than hours of sleep. When one has learned to silence the mind at will and to concentrate it in receptive silence, then there will be no problem that cannot be solved, no mental difficulty whose solution cannot be found. When it is agitated, thought becomes confused and impotent; in an attentive tranquillity, the light can manifest itself and open up new horizons to man's capacity. Bulletin, November 1951 ~ The Mother, On Education ,
48:It does not matter if you do not understand it - Savitri, read it always. You will see that every time you read it, something new will be revealed to you. Each time you will get a new glimpse, each time a new experience; things which were not there, things you did not understand arise and suddenly become clear. Always an unexpected vision comes up through the words and lines. Every time you try to read and understand, you will see that something is added, something which was hidden behind is revealed clearly and vividly. I tell you the very verses you have read once before, will appear to you in a different light each time you re-read them. This is what happens invariably. Always your experience is enriched, it is a revelation at each step. But you must not read it as you read other books or newspapers. You must read with an empty head, a blank and vacant mind, without there being any other thought; you must concentrate much, remain empty, calm and open; then the words, rhythms, vibrations will penetrate directly to this white page, will put their stamp upon the brain, will explain themselves without your making any effort. Savitri alone is sufficient to make you climb to the highest peaks. If truly one knows how to meditate on Savitri, one will receive all the help one needs. For him who wishes to follow this path, it is a concrete help as though the Lord himself were taking you by the hand and leading you to the destined goal. And then, every question, however personal it may be, has its answer here, every difficulty finds its solution herein; indeed there is everything that is necessary for doing the Yoga.*He has crammed the whole universe in a single book.* It is a marvellous work, magnificent and of an incomparable perfection. You know, before writing Savitri Sri Aurobindo said to me, WIKI am impelled to launch on a new adventure; I was hesitant in the beginning, but now I am decided. Still, I do not know how far I shall succeed. I pray for help.* And you know what it was? It was - before beginning, I warn you in advance - it was His way of speaking, so full of divine humility and modesty. He never... *asserted Himself*. And the day He actually began it, He told me: WIKI have launched myself in a rudderless boat upon the vastness of the Infinite.* And once having started, He wrote page after page without intermission, as though it were a thing already complete up there and He had only to transcribe it in ink down here on these pages. In truth, the entire form of Savitri has descended "en masse" from the highest region and Sri Aurobindo with His genius only arranged the lines - in a superb and magnificent style. Sometimes entire lines were revealed and He has left them intact; He worked hard, untiringly, so that the inspiration could come from the highest possible summit. And what a work He has created! Yes, it is a true creation in itself. It is an unequalled work. Everything is there, and it is put in such a simple, such a clear form; verses perfectly harmonious, limpid and eternally true. My child, I have read so many things, but I have never come across anything which could be compared with Savitri. I have studied the best works in Greek, Latin, English and of course French literature, also in German and all the great creations of the West and the East, including the great epics; but I repeat it, I have not found anywhere anything comparable with Savitri. All these literary works seems to me empty, flat, hollow, without any deep reality - apart from a few rare exceptions, and these too represent only a small fraction of what Savitri is. What grandeur, what amplitude, what reality: it is something immortal and eternal He has created. I tell you once again there is nothing like in it the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What He has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything. It may then be said that Savitri is a revelation, it is a meditation, it is a quest of the Infinite, the Eternal. If it is read with this aspiration for Immortality, the reading itself will serve as a guide to Immortality. To read Savitri is indeed to practice Yoga, spiritual concentration; one can find there all that is needed to realise the Divine. Each step of Yoga is noted here, including the secret of all other Yogas. Surely, if one sincerely follows what is revealed here in each line one will reach finally the transformation of the Supramental Yoga. It is truly the infallible guide who never abandons you; its support is always there for him who wants to follow the path. Each verse of Savitri is like a revealed Mantra which surpasses all that man possessed by way of knowledge, and I repeat this, the words are expressed and arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound, which is OM. My child, yes, everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the gods, of creation, of Nature. How the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny - all is there. You can find all the answers to all your questions there. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of the evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has described it all in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. But this mystery is well hidden behind the words and lines and one must rise to the required level of true consciousness to discover it. All prophesies, all that is going to come is presented with the precise and wonderful clarity. Sri Aurobindo gives you here the key to find the Truth, to discover the Consciousness, to solve the problem of what the universe is. He has also indicated how to open the door of the Inconscience so that the light may penetrate there and transform it. He has shown the path, the way to liberate oneself from the ignorance and climb up to the superconscience; each stage, each plane of consciousness, how they can be scaled, how one can cross even the barrier of death and attain immortality. You will find the whole journey in detail, and as you go forward you can discover things altogether unknown to man. That is Savitri and much more yet. It is a real experience - reading Savitri. All the secrets that man possessed, He has revealed, - as well as all that awaits him in the future; all this is found in the depth of Savitri. But one must have the knowledge to discover it all, the experience of the planes of consciousness, the experience of the Supermind, even the experience of the conquest of Death. He has noted all the stages, marked each step in order to advance integrally in the integral Yoga. All this is His own experience, and what is most surprising is that it is my own experience also. It is my sadhana which He has worked out. Each object, each event, each realisation, all the descriptions, even the colours are exactly what I saw and the words, phrases are also exactly what I heard. And all this before having read the book. I read Savitri many times afterwards, but earlier, when He was writing He used to read it to me. Every morning I used to hear Him read Savitri. During the night He would write and in the morning read it to me. And I observed something curious, that day after day the experiences He read out to me in the morning were those I had had the previous night, word by word. Yes, all the descriptions, the colours, the pictures I had seen, the words I had heard, all, all, I heard it all, put by Him into poetry, into miraculous poetry. Yes, they were exactly my experiences of the previous night which He read out to me the following morning. And it was not just one day by chance, but for days and days together. And every time I used to compare what He said with my previous experiences and they were always the same. I repeat, it was not that I had told Him my experiences and that He had noted them down afterwards, no, He knew already what I had seen. It is my experiences He has presented at length and they were His experiences also. It is, moreover, the picture of Our joint adventure into the unknown or rather into the Supermind. These are experiences lived by Him, realities, supracosmic truths. He experienced all these as one experiences joy or sorrow, physically. He walked in the darkness of inconscience, even in the neighborhood of death, endured the sufferings of perdition, and emerged from the mud, the world-misery to breathe the sovereign plenitude and enter the supreme Ananda. He crossed all these realms, went through the consequences, suffered and endured physically what one cannot imagine. Nobody till today has suffered like Him. He accepted suffering to transform suffering into the joy of union with the Supreme. It is something unique and incomparable in the history of the world. It is something that has never happened before, He is the first to have traced the path in the Unknown, so that we may be able to walk with certitude towards the Supermind. He has made the work easy for us. Savitri is His whole Yoga of transformation, and this Yoga appears now for the first time in the earth-consciousness. And I think that man is not yet ready to receive it. It is too high and too vast for him. He cannot understand it, grasp it, for it is not by the mind that one can understand Savitri. One needs spiritual experiences in order to understand and assimilate it. The farther one advances on the path of Yoga, the more does one assimilate and the better. No, it is something which will be appreciated only in the future, it is the poetry of tomorrow of which He has spoken in The Future Poetry. It is too subtle, too refined, - it is not in the mind or through the mind, it is in meditation that Savitri is revealed. And men have the audacity to compare it with the work of Virgil or Homer and to find it inferior. They do not understand, they cannot understand. What do they know? Nothing at all. And it is useless to try to make them understand. Men will know what it is, but in a distant future. It is only the new race with a new consciousness which will be able to understand. I assure you there is nothing under the blue sky to compare with Savitri. It is the mystery of mysteries. It is a *super-epic,* it is super-literature, super-poetry, super-vision, it is a super-work even if one considers the number of lines He has written. No, these human words are not adequate to describe Savitri. Yes, one needs superlatives, hyperboles to describe it. It is a hyper-epic. No, words express nothing of what Savitri is, at least I do not find them. It is of immense value - spiritual value and all other values; it is eternal in its subject, and infinite in its appeal, miraculous in its mode and power of execution; it is a unique thing, the more you come into contact with it, the higher will you be uplifted. Ah, truly it is something! It is the most beautiful thing He has left for man, the highest possible. What is it? When will man know it? When is he going to lead a life of truth? When is he going to accept this in his life? This yet remains to be seen. My child, every day you are going to read Savitri; read properly, with the right attitude, concentrating a little before opening the pages and trying to keep the mind as empty as possible, absolutely without a thought. The direct road is through the heart. I tell you, if you try to really concentrate with this aspiration you can light the flame, the psychic flame, the flame of purification in a very short time, perhaps in a few days. What you cannot do normally, you can do with the help of Savitri. Try and you will see how very different it is, how new, if you read with this attitude, with this something at the back of your consciousness; as though it were an offering to Sri Aurobindo. You know it is charged, fully charged with consciousness; as if Savitri were a being, a real guide. I tell you, whoever, wanting to practice Yoga, tries sincerely and feels the necessity for it, will be able to climb with the help of Savitri to the highest rung of the ladder of Yoga, will be able to find the secret that Savitri represents. And this without the help of a Guru. And he will be able to practice it anywhere. For him Savitri alone will be the guide, for all that he needs he will find Savitri. If he remains very quiet when before a difficulty, or when he does not know where to turn to go forward and how to overcome obstacles, for all these hesitations and incertitudes which overwhelm us at every moment, he will have the necessary indications, and the necessary concrete help. If he remains very calm, open, if he aspires sincerely, always he will be as if lead by the hand. If he has faith, the will to give himself and essential sincerity he will reach the final goal. Indeed, Savitri is something concrete, living, it is all replete, packed with consciousness, it is the supreme knowledge above all human philosophies and religions. It is the spiritual path, it is Yoga, Tapasya, Sadhana, in its single body. Savitri has an extraordinary power, it gives out vibrations for him who can receive them, the true vibrations of each stage of consciousness. It is incomparable, it is truth in its plenitude, the Truth Sri Aurobindo brought down on the earth. My child, one must try to find the secret that Savitri represents, the prophetic message Sri Aurobindo reveals there for us. This is the work before you, it is hard but it is worth the trouble. - 5 November 1967 ~ The Mother, Sweet Mother The Mother to Mona Sarkar,

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1:inspirational, science ~ Unknown,
2:The Inspiration You Seek ~ Rumi,
3:Don't waste inspiration ~ Salman Khan,
4:mystic finding inspiration ~ A W Tozer,
5:took inspiration from work ~ Anonymous,
6:Inspiration is for Strangers... ~ Unknown,
7:That way of inspiration ~ Hilda Doolittle,
8:Inspiration gives no warnings, ~ Anonymous,
9:Inspiration is for amateurs. ~ Chuck Close,
10:Inspiration starts somewhere. ~ Bill Gates,
11:Inspiration is for amateurs. ~ Daniel Coyle,
12:Inspiration is like love. ~ Chris J Anderson,
13:Inspiration in desperation. ~ Stephenie Meyer,
14:Inspiration is intention obeyed. ~ Emily Carr,
15:Inspiration before intercourse. ~ Lisa Kessler,
16:Bob Seger was a huge inspiration. ~ Eric Church,
17:I'm not a guy who gets inspirations. ~ Stan Lee,
18:Inspiration is everywhere. ~ Charlotte Eriksson,
19:Ajamu Baraka is very inspirational. ~ Jill Stein,
20:I find inspiration in everything. ~ Concha Buika,
21:Out of routine comes inspiration. ~ Mark Kostabi,
22:If you need inspiration, don't do it. ~ Elon Musk,
23:Most obstacles are inspiration. ~ Millard Drexler,
24:My greatest inspiration is memory. ~ Paul Theroux,
25:I find my inspiration in myself. ~ Thelonious Monk,
26:Insomnia is my greatest inspiration. ~ Jon Stewart,
27:Inspiration is cross-pollinating. ~ Marian Bantjes,
28:Suffering is key to inspiration. ~ Chuck Palahniuk,
29:Travel is the ultimate inspiration. ~ Michael Kors,
30:Inspiration is what keeps us well. ~ James Redfield,
31:Inspiration is the key to everything. ~ Olivia Wilde,
32:Babyface is definitely a big inspiration. ~ Taio Cruz,
33:Celine Dion is my major inspiration. ~ Jackie Evancho,
34:Inspiration follows aspiration. ~ Rabindranath Tagore,
35:I view art as an inspirational tool. ~ Thomas Kinkade,
36:My inspiration is love and history. ~ Waris Ahluwalia,
37:Ask for nothing less than inspiration. ~ Deepak Chopra,
38:Be the inspiration you want to see in others ~ Sabrina,
39:Creativity is Inspiration having fun ~ Albert Einstein,
40:Inspiration and genius -one and the same. ~ Victor Hugo,
41:Inspiration and genius--one and the same. ~ Victor Hugo,
42:Inspiration gives no warnings. ~ Gabriel Garc a M rquez,
43:Inspiration gives no warnings. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
44:It is not inspiration; it is expiration. ~ Jean Cocteau,
45:Love is one of my main inspirations. ~ Enrique Iglesias,
46:My tears had given me an inspiration. ~ Stephenie Meyer,
47:All my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal. ~ Miles Davis,
48:For me, love is happiness and inspiration. ~ Leona Lewis,
49:I'm always looking for inspiration. ~ Alicia Silverstone,
50:It's inspiration that counts, not the drill. ~ Hugo Ball,
51:She is my inspiration. My muse. My obsession. ~ Amy Plum,
52:I get inspiration from my everyday life. ~ Hayao Miyazaki,
53:Inspiration is God making contact with itself. ~ Ram Dass,
54:Inspiration strikes at very funny times. ~ Gillian Jacobs,
55:My daughter is my greatest inspiration. ~ Whitney Houston,
56:One day you'll be an inspiration at others. ~ Demi Lovato,
57:You can look anywhere and find inspiration. ~ Frank Gehry,
58:Angelina Jolie is my style inspiration. ~ Adrianne Palicki,
59:He was absurd to the point of inspiration. ~ Joseph Conrad,
60:I like the inspiration of the first take. ~ Clint Eastwood,
61:Inspiration is nothing without work. ~ William Morris Hunt,
62:Inspiration is often the child of desperation. ~ Anonymous,
63:The ultimate inspiration is the deadline. ~ Nolan Bushnell,
64:Embrace the inspiration of people’s success. ~ Guy Kawasaki,
65:Fathers can find great inspiration in faith. ~ Bruce Feiler,
66:I let people down easy with inspiration. ~ David Hasselhoff,
67:I'm tired of ignorance held up as inspiration. ~ Phil Plait,
68:Observation capitalizes inspiration. ~ Alex Faickney Osborn,
69:Wine is a clog to the pen, not an inspiration. ~ Mark Twain,
70:Every great inspiration is but an experiment. ~ Charles Ives,
71:Inspiration comes of working every day. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
72:Inspiration is always a surprising visitor. ~ John O Donohue,
73:Inspiration is the opportunity of genius. ~ Honore de Balzac,
74:My dads music was a great inspiration to me. ~ Julian Lennon,
75:Give me inspiration over information. ~ Henri Cartier Bresson,
76:Great inspiration makes great scientists. ~ A P J Abdul Kalam,
77:Inspiration needs disease, injury, madness. ~ Chuck Palahniuk,
78:Routine is the housekeeper of inspiration ~ Carlos Ruiz Zaf n,
79:Writing is mainly perspiration, not inspiration. ~ Roald Dahl,
80:Inspiration is found everywhere if you look hard enough. ~ RZA,
81:Money has never been a huge inspiration for me. ~ Ryan Kwanten,
82:Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all ~ Kofi Annan,
83:The glow of inspiration warms us; it is a holy rapture. ~ Ovid,
84:Discipline is the servant of inspiration. ~ Bebe Moore Campbell,
85:Don't park... Arrival is the death of inspiration. ~ Ernst Haas,
86:Humans do inspiration; machines do validation. ~ Alistair Croll,
87:I'm not an inspirational quote kind of person. ~ Chrissy Teigen,
88:My friends are a huge part of my inspiration. ~ Waris Ahluwalia,
89:You look for inspiration, I do, that got me going. ~ Peter Berg,
90:Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
91:Inspiration takes many forms, but it's rarely pure. ~ Hilton Als,
92:One reads not for information, but inspiration. ~ Wayne Teasdale,
93:Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
94:When inspiration is silent reason tires quickly. ~ Roger Zelazny,
95:Inspiration comes from all different places. ~ Jeffrey Katzenberg,
96:Inspiration is finding something that excites you. ~ Connie Smith,
97:The modernist writers found despair inspirational. ~ Mason Cooley,
98:The OTHER Serenity Prayer 🌿 Eleanor Brownn ~ Amen! ~ #Inspiration,
99:[Castro is] a source of inspiration to the world. ~ Naomi Campbell,
100:Human requirements are the inspiration for art. ~ Stephen Gardiner,
101:In life you need either inspiration or desperation. ~ Tony Robbins,
102:Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. ~ Pablo Picasso,
103:Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration ~ Thomas A Edison,
104:Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. ~ Stephen Leacock,
105:Success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration! ~ Thomas A Edison,
106:The beauty of inspiration is its unpredictable timing. ~ T F Hodge,
107:Doggedness in art is no substitute for inspiration. ~ Benjamin Wood,
108:Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while working. ~ Henri Matisse,
109:Inspiration existis, but it has to find us working. ~ Pablo Picasso,
110:Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. ~ Pablo Picasso,
111:Inspiration is solitary, never consecutive. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine,
112:Traveling is also a big inspiration for me. ~ Donavon Frankenreiter,
113:You should work your hardest to inspire your inspirations ~ Mod Sun,
114:All this talk about inspiration and moment is nonsense. ~ M F Husain,
115:Being a husband and a dad is my inspiration. ~ Donavon Frankenreiter,
116:In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up. ~ Larry Niven,
117:Inspiration exists, but you have to find it working. ~ Pablo Picasso,
118:Inspiration in matters of taste will not come twice. ~ Andre Maurois,
119:Inspiration is a joke, real artists sit down and work ~ Tara Donovan,
120:Inspiration means breathing in. Breathing in God. ~ Natalie Goldberg,
121:Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
122:Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation ~ Frank Lloyd Wright,
123:Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired ~ Richard Kemp,
124:The pain was brilliant, like a poisonous inspiration. ~ Stephen King,
125:You can't express inspiration without skill. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch,
126:You can't give if your cup of inspiration isn't full. ~ Isabel Lucas,
127:I don't wait for inspiration. Writing is my job. ~ Gail Carson Levine,
128:Inspiration fires you up; motivation keeps you burning. ~ Stuart Aken,
129:Like a lot of what happens in novels, inspiration is ~ Stanley Elkin,
130:Michael Jackson was my inspiration. Love and blessings. ~ Miley Cyrus,
131:Antagonism, pure nitro-charged agro, fuels inspiration. ~ Steven Tyler,
132:Failure is the inspiration of tomorrow's entrepreneurs. ~ Saint Jerome,
133:Genius is not inspired. Inspiration is perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
134:I believe in a higher power. I believe in inspiration. ~ Janet Jackson,
135:In life, you need either inspiration or desperation. ~ Anthony Robbins,
136:It's lack that gives us inspiration. It's not fullness. ~ Ray Bradbury,
137:My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director. ~ Cole Porter,
138:To cast aside from Poetry, all that is not Inspiration ~ William Blake,
139:Why Read? “Read to refill the wells of inspiration, ~ J Oswald Sanders,
140:With each movie I have a different set of inspirations. ~ Wes Anderson,
141:Don’t wait for inspiration; create a framework for it. ~ Jocelyn K Glei,
142:Everyone's looking to the urban scene for inspiration now. ~ Robin Gibb,
143:I find inspiration in literally just about everything. ~ Josh McDermitt,
144:Keep the inspiration alive and reach for what you want ~ Anamika Mishra,
145:Night is the fatherland of the great inspirations. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
146:Terror has its inspiration, as well as competition. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
147:Ultimately, the film [Dream of Life] is inspirational. ~ Steven Sebring,
148:One of the secrets to success is ideas mixed with inspiration ~ Jim Rohn,
149:Photography is 10% inspiration and 90% moving furniture. ~ Helmut Newton,
150:She's my teacher, my adviser, my greatest inspiration. ~ Whitney Houston,
151:What good is inspiration if it's not backed up by action? ~ Tony Robbins,
152:When I finally started to heal, that was the inspiration. ~ Laura Prepon,
153:When the inspiration comes, let everything else go! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
154:When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly. ~ Jocelyn K Glei,
155:Writing music is not so much inspiration as hard work. ~ George Gershwin,
156:Artistic inspiration ignores the law of supply and demand. ~ Mason Cooley,
157:Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration. ~ Bill Frist,
158:Ernest Hemingway was the author I drew inspiration from. ~ Nelson DeMille,
159:I don't wanna be a role model. I'd like to be an inspiration. ~ Tairrie B,
160:Japan, for me, will always be my inspiration source. ~ Nicola Formichetti,
161:My father was my greatest inspiration. He was a lunatic. ~ Spike Milligan,
162:No man was ever great without divine inspiration. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero,
163:Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. ~ Man Ray,
164:To be someone's inspiration is the biggest goal in my life. ~ Demi Lovato,
165:Confidence imparts a wonderful inspiration to the possessor. ~ John Milton,
166:Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working. ~ Henri Matisse,
167:Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working. ~ Henri Matisse,
168:He is gifted with genius who knoweth much by natural inspiration. ~ Pindar,
169:I believe it was an inspiration rather than a temptation ~ Charlotte Bront,
170:If your job is inspiration you have to go at it at all costs. ~ Kanye West,
171:Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered. ~ John Updike,
172:There is no higher qualification than genuine inspiration. ~ Tama J Kieves,
173:You destroy my life then feed me inspirational philosophy. ~ Richelle Mead,
174:You just need to recognize inspiration when it strikes. ~ Julianne MacLean,
175:Don’t wait for inspiration. She’s a fickle tart. Just write. ~ Ruth Bavetta,
176:Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
177:Inspiration is the impact of a fact on a well-prepared mind ~ Louis Pasteur,
178:I still to this day get the most inspiration from rap lyrics. ~ Ezra Koenig,
179:I think an inspirational quote can get you through hard times. ~ E Lockhart,
180:I travel a lot, but I don't come away with new inspiration. ~ Edward Ruscha,
181:In the end, I find my influences or inspirations where I can. ~ Lana Del Rey,
182:Millions of pages cloaked in dust and inspiration and wisdom. ~ Sarah Noffke,
183:My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness. ~ Enrique Iglesias,
184:See obstacles as opportunities.See obstacles as inspirations ~ Anthony Doerr,
185:The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen. ~ Rumi,
186:When the mind is allowed to relax, inspiration often follows. ~ Phil Jackson,
187:Why do people watch fights?... They watch it for inspiration. ~ Greg Jackson,
188:Action breeds inspiration more than inspiration breeds action. ~ Willem Dafoe,
189:Conformity is the inspiration of much second-rate virtue. ~ Sarah Orne Jewett,
190:Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. ~ Robin S Sharma,
191:He's been an inspiration for me since the Olympics 1996. ~ Wladimir Klitschko,
192:Innovation = Inspiration + Perspiration + Perseverance. ~ Juan Roman Riquelme,
193:inspirational and supportive of a spiritual and reverential ~ David R Hawkins,
194:Inspiration and work ethic - they ride right next to each other. ~ Jack White,
195:Inspiration will always sing; inspiration will never explain. ~ Khalil Gibran,
196:Me personally as a man is nothing without the inspiration of JAH ~ Bob Marley,
197:My ideas and creativity are the sources of inspiration for me. ~ Yayoi Kusama,
198:One bold inspiration choreographs a dance with promise. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher,
199:See obstacles as opportunities. See obstacles as inspiration. ~ Anthony Doerr,
200:The ironies in the commonplace are my inspiration and delight. ~ Mason Cooley,
201:Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination. ~ Louise Brooks,
202:You can find inspiration when you're not even looking for it. ~ Judy Woodruff,
203:Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration. ~ Jocelyn K Glei,
204:Pravin Tambe is bigger inspiration than me for young cricketers ~ Rahul Dravid,
205:What They Know + What They See + What They Feel = Inspiration ~ John C Maxwell,
206:When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. ~ Sigmund Freud,
207:Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration. ~ Martin Freeman,
208:he carried "a pencil and paper with him in case inspiration struck. ~ Anonymous,
209:I don't believe in the word 'inspiration', you just have to do it. ~ Will Alsop,
210:If you wait for inspiration, you're not a writer, but a waiter. ~ Louis L Amour,
211:I have always looked to movies and theatre for inspiration. ~ David Copperfield,
212:Information doesn't mean a thing to people without inspiration. ~ Bernie Siegel,
213:It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration. ~ Edmund Burke,
214:My children are my greatest gifts and my greatest inspirations. ~ Trista Sutter,
215:Nothing great was ever accomplished without inspiration. See ~ Earl Nightingale,
216:People either make things or they don't. Inspiration is a poster. ~ Merlin Mann,
217:The Koran is an inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror. ~ Geert Wilders,
218:There are three sources of belief: reason, custom, inspiration. ~ Blaise Pascal,
219:You are the equal of the idol who has given you your inspiration ~ Jack Kerouac,
220:you are the equal of the idol who has given you your inspiration ~ Jack Kerouac,
221:Your mental attitude is your motivation and your inspiration. ~ Jeffrey Gitomer,
222:Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club. ~ Jack London,
223:I find motivation and inspiration and hope in information. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher,
224:I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright,
225:Inspiration doesn't always come in chronological order. ~ Gina Marinello Sweeney,
226:Inspiration is that state in which mind and heart are connected. ~ Deepak Chopra,
227:I think to get society to act as a whole, people need inspiration. ~ Chip Giller,
228:Often you cannot wait for inspiration—it needs to be sought out. ~ Dean F Wilson,
229:The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration. ~ Cornel West,
230:There are lots of things that I'm always pulling inspiration from. ~ Tom DeLonge,
231:Wealth is not a matter of intelligence, it's a matter of inspiration. ~ Jim Rohn,
232:You can find inspiration for man's behaviour wherever you look. ~ Marilyn Manson,
233:All the inspiration I ever needed was a phone call from a producer. ~ Cole Porter,
234:If you don't give inspiration an opportunity, it will never arrive. ~ Ethan Hawke,
235:If you're going to be an artist, real life is your inspiration. ~ Madonna Ciccone,
236:Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry. ~ Alexander Pushkin,
237:Inspiration is the seed of imagination, where great ideas bloom ~ Jennifer Sodini,
238:Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
239:Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big. ~ Peter Diamandis,
240:You can't wait for inspiration,you have to go after it will a club. ~ Jack London,
241:A lot of my inspiration is reactionary to images I see in the media. ~ Pieter Hugo,
242:Genius defined: of inspiration 1% percent, of perspiration, 99%. ~ Thomas A Edison,
243:I don't wait for inspiration. I get up and write every day. ~ Cathy Marie Buchanan,
244:I get my fuel and inspiration from children, they are our future. ~ David Batstone,
245:Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice. ~ Phil Cousineau,
246:Inspiration is all around us. Don't let the brain limit the mind . ~ Lisi Harrison,
247:Inspiration is an excuse for doing something you already want to do. ~ Lauren Kate,
248:Inspiration is a word used by people who aren't really doing anything. ~ Nick Cave,
249:Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. ~ Bob Dylan,
250:It's never your successful friends posting the inspirational quotes ~ Damien Fahey,
251:ROBIN SHARMA DAILY INSPIRATION from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari ~ Robin S Sharma,
252:Sometimes inspiration strikes; other times you have to hunt it down. ~ Nina LaCour,
253:You can't really do anything creative without a source of inspiration. ~ J Tillman,
254:You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London,
255:You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London,
256:You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London,
257:You don’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London,
258:Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work. ~ Harvey Mackay,
259:Definitely my wife and my kid [are my biggest inspiration]. ~ Donavon Frankenreiter,
260:For me, it was all about working with an inspirational filmmaker. ~ Gugu Mbatha Raw,
261:Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. ~ Abraham Lincoln,
262:if the hacker is a creator, we have to take inspiration into account. ~ Paul Graham,
263:If you're waiting for inspiration, you'll wait until you're dead. ~ Kurt Braunohler,
264:I have inspiration and feelings of being alive most every day I live ~ Judy Collins,
265:I look at someone like Giggsy and he is an inspiration to all of us. ~ Phil Neville,
266:Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance. ~ Jean Anouilh,
267:Inspiration without perspiration leads to frustration and stagnation. ~ Bill Bright,
268:It was a sudden inspiration. But inspiration never came without a reason. ~ Jo Nesb,
269:Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more. ~ Benjamin Cardozo,
270:No life is well-rounded without the subtle inspiration of beauty. ~ Beatrix Farrand,
271:Once the inspiration comes, that directs where the perspiration goes. ~ Carole King,
272:Peak performers replace depletion with inspiration on a daily basis. ~ Robin Sharma,
273:You cannot wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London,
274:And we feel motivation only when we feel enough emotional inspiration. ~ Mark Manson,
275:I could never live without artwork. It's a constant inspiration. ~ Narciso Rodriguez,
276:If you lack inspiration simply begin...inspiration will follow. ~ Mary Anne O Connor,
277:Inspiration is a sustainable internal glow which pulls you forward. ~ Thomas Leonard,
278:'Inspiration' is a word used by people who aren't really doing anything. ~ Nick Cave,
279:Inspiration springs more readily from knowledge than from ignorance. ~ Horace Kallen,
280:Love is a constant source of inspiration, surprise, and wonderment. ~ Gloria Estefan,
281:The beauty of nature has been one of the great inspirations in my life. ~ Jim Henson,
282:We each need to find our own inspiration. Sometimes it is not easy. ~ Hayao Miyazaki,
283:You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint. ~ Francis Bacon,
284:A box is more a coffin for the human spirit than an inspiration. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright,
285:education without inspiration is only recipe for desperation ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
286:I read a lot of different stuff, but I keep being open to inspiration. ~ Pete Carroll,
287:Success flows from perspiration, and inspiration from diligence and effort. ~ Amos Oz,
288:The inspiration you seekis already within You.Be Silent and Listen. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
289:We talk to God--that is prayer; God talks to us--that is inspiration. ~ H Emilie Cady,
290:A novel is achieved with hard work, the short story with inspiration. ~ Isabel Allende,
291:For me, our beaches have always been a source of personal inspiration. ~ Thomas Carper,
292:Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
293:I am very conscious of who I am as an artist and as an inspirational person. ~ R Kelly,
294:I had hoped when my life was chronicled, it would be an inspirational story. ~ Om Puri,
295:I'm lucky to have so many supportive, inspirational people in my life. ~ Witney Carson,
296:Inspiration is everywhere! I think you just have to have your eyes open. ~ LeAnn Rimes,
297:Inspiration is like love. You don’t get it by pursuing it directly. ~ Chris J Anderson,
298:#Intuition (is) perception via the unconcious ~ Carl Jung #quote #jungian #inspiration,
299:It isn't that inspiration doesn't exist, but it comes only with writing. ~ John Braine,
300:Learn to love your haters, they are a wonderful source of inspiration. ~ Habeeb Akande,
301:Most of my inspiration, if that's the word, came from books themselves. ~ Shelby Foote,
302:Motion Picture Soundtrack on Kid A was another Coltrane inspiration. ~ Colin Greenwood,
303:Music, art, landscape - these are all things I draw inspiration from. ~ Josh McDermitt,
304:Not exactly but I get inspiration from stories which are unconventional. ~ Anil Kapoor,
305:The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration. ~ Claude Monet,
306:Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel,
307:education without inspiration is only a recipe for desperation ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
308:Francis Bacon is one of my giant inspirations. I just love him to pieces. ~ David Lynch,
309:Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. ~ Jonathan Sacks,
310:Hope fuels your inspirations while doubts assault your aspirations! ~ Israelmore Ayivor,
311:Man is a centaur, a tangle of flesh and mind, divine inspiration and dust. ~ Primo Levi,
312:Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. ~ Johannes Brahms,
313:Writing is a discipline, and you have to stay at it. Inspiration will come. ~ Sam Barry,
314:Beauty and inspiration can be found in any natural place of the earth. ~ Akiane Kramarik,
315:If you wait for inspiration to write you're not a writer, you're a waiter. ~ Dan Poynter,
316:Imagination is the door to inspiration and the basis of all thought. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
317:I'm more focused on giving solutions and inspiration more than anything. ~ Nipsey Hussle,
318:INSPIRATIONAL NOTE TO SELF:
Flowers grow in sand.
I can do anything. ~ Jen Sincero,
319:Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. ~ Ned Rorem,
320:Inspiration for my music just comes from, you know, my life experiences. ~ Avril Lavigne,
321:Like all writers, my greatest inspiration, my ultimate muse, is a deadline. ~ Dave Barry,
322:Most of my horror inspiration is really older stuff and really new stuff. ~ Joe Swanberg,
323:My inspiration was the game itself, not any individual player in it. ~ Nomar Garciaparra,
324:Photography is 90% sheer, brutal drudgery! The other 10% is inspiration!! ~ Brett Weston,
325:See obstacles as opportunities, Reinhold. See obstacles as inspirations. ~ Anthony Doerr,
326:That which takes us by surprise-moments of happiness-that is inspiration. ~ Agnes Martin,
327:We look up for inspiration, down for desperation, right and left for information. ~ Tyga,
328:Without such inspiration, we would rapidly deteriorate and finally perish. ~ Walt Disney,
329:Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, ~ William Poundstone,
330:I get my inspiration from young stylish girls I see all over my travels. ~ Olivia Palermo,
331:Inspiration comes in the middle of the night when you should be doing homework. ~ Amy Lee,
332:Inspiration doesn't respond to meeting requests. You can't schedule greatness. ~ Jay Baer,
333:Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy. ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,
334:No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero,
335:Success is causing the world around you to aspire to your inspiration. ~ Chris Oyakhilome,
336:The bigger your mission becomes, the greater inspiration you will be given. ~ Ryuho Okawa,
337:The first inspiration I ever had was the cosmos, the planetary system. ~ Alexander Calder,
338:The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
339:There are more inspirational people in music than there are in politics. ~ Kinky Friedman,
340:The success of every single woman is the inspiration for another. ~ Diane von Furstenberg,
341:The thing about inspiration is that it takes your mind off everything else. ~ Vikram Seth,
342:When inspiration touches talent, she gives birth to truth and beauty. ~ Steven Pressfield,
343:Works of art are not born in flashes of inspiration but in daily fidelity. ~ Albert Camus,
344:You always hope that the cloak of inspiration will fall, and you'll be O.K. ~ Gary Oldman,
345:Art, inspiration, love, they're all so easy to dissect. To explain away. ~ Chuck Palahniuk,
346:Elvis is iconic; a lot of performers today look to that for inspiration. ~ Beyonce Knowles,
347:I always get inspiration from whatever characters say about my character. ~ Robert Englund,
348:inspiration is an excuse for doing something you already want to do. Lucifer ~ Lauren Kate,
349:Inspiration is not purely passive, but does favor the prepared mind. ~ Scott Barry Kaufman,
350:Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Etc. ~ Mark Manson,
351:Inspiration on its own was shallow; you had to back it up with hard work. ~ Michelle Obama,
352:My tastes and inspirational artists were always rather eclectic and diverse. ~ Taylor Dane,
353:One of the most inspirational people I have ever known is Viktor Frankl, ~ Stephen R Covey,
354:The coach's main job is 20 percent technical and 80 percent inspirational. ~ Franz Stampfl,
355:There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration. ~ Richelle Mead,
356:All my inspiration comes from life. That's how it never stops, in a way. ~ Marina Abramovic,
357:He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
358:I'm afraid, ha, ha, I find more inspiration in the Marquis de Sade. ~ Christopher Isherwood,
359:Inspiration knocks now and again, but spite bangs on the door all year long. ~ T Kingfisher,
360:Now my inspiration but it won’t last and we’ll be just a photograph—i ~ William S Burroughs,
361:Take your inspiration from wherever you find it, no matter how ridiculous. ~ Roy H Williams,
362:The Spirit of God breathes inspiration, while the carnal mind breeds vanity. ~ Fred C White,
363:When the going gets tough that should be your inspirational reason to drive on. ~ Jon Jones,
364:Fiction is a careful combination of observation, inspiration, and imagination. ~ Luke Taylor,
365:I believe in the relation between photography and music; And thats my inspiration. ~ Man Ray,
366:I get inspiration everywhere - by my friends, my family, and mostly love. ~ Leighton Meester,
367:Inspiration quite frequently arrives as a surprise. The key is being open to it. ~ Tori Amos,
368:I spend a lot of time writing. I get inspiration from texts rather than images. ~ Bill Viola,
369:Make your art a gift of inspiration to others to work toward better things. ~ Richard Schmid,
370:there was another rationalization: Trump was “inspirational not operational. ~ Michael Wolff,
371:VISIONEERING = INSPIRATION + CONVICTION + ACTION + DETERMINATION + COMPLETION ~ Andy Stanley,
372:We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation. ~ Jim Rohn,
373:When it come to creative inspiration, job titles and hierarchy are meaningless. ~ Ed Catmull,
374:I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work. ~ Chuck Close,
375:I'm of the ilk of writers that feels you have to be open to the inspiration. ~ Sara Bareilles,
376:Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance. ~ Jean Anouilh,
377:Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys. ~ Billy Graham,
378:My inspiration can come from anything - films, the street, paparazzi pictures. ~ Craig McDean,
379:Waiting for inspiration is like standing at the airport waiting for a train. ~ Leigh Michaels,
380:When it comes to creative inspiration, job titles and hierarchy are meaningless. ~ Ed Catmull,
381:You don't get tired of muffins, but you don't find inspiration in them. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
382:Barbie has always been an inspiration. Dressing her was part of ever girl's dream. ~ Reem Acra,
383:Drunkenness had this to be said for it, it stopped the flow of inspirations. ~ Terry Pratchett,
384:I don't believe in inspiration. I write when I can't avoid writing anymore. ~ Aleksandar Hemon,
385:I feel like you only need one moment of inspiration to turn your life around. ~ DeVon Franklin,
386:"If everything around you seems dark, look again, you may be the light." - Rumi ~ #Inspiration,
387:My manager said the next best inspiration to heartbreak is travel, and it's true. ~ Beth Orton,
388:Reading inspirational and motivational quotes daily is like taking my vitamins. ~ Rosanne Cash,
389:The inspirations of today are the shams of tomorrow the purpose has departed. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
390:To make profound changes in your life, you need either inspiration or desperation. ~ Hal Elrod,
391:Books matter. They are an inspiration, an escape. Something bigger than we are... ~ Lucy Dillon,
392:Check you out,' said Magnus. 'My famous boyfriend, inspiration to the masses. ~ Cassandra Clare,
393:If faith requires you to foreclose on an inspiration, surely it is not faith. ~ Christian Wiman,
394:I get a lot of my inspiration from my family, but I never got to meet my dad's dad. ~ Guy Fieri,
395:I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool. ~ Bob Marley,
396:Inspiration is in seeing a part of the whole with the part of the whole in you. ~ Khalil Gibran,
397:Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Etc. Your ~ Mark Manson,
398:There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero,
399:What gets projects done for me is not inspiration. It's curiosity and rigor. ~ Andrew Zuckerman,
400:Almost every Spirit filled believer is able to prophesy on an inspirational level. ~ Mike Bickle,
401:Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~ Stephen King,
402:I connect the psychedelic dimension to the dimension of inspiration and dream. ~ Terence McKenna,
403:I have always had a mystical attitude toward inspiration. Thats my nature. ~ Madison Smartt Bell,
404:Inspirational people weren't meant to be enablers. They were meant to empower! ~ Shannon L Alder,
405:Inspiration does not always precede the act of writing; it often follows it. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
406:I prefer milk because I am a Prohibitionist, but I do not go to it for inspiration. ~ Mark Twain,
407:Most, if not all, creativity is born out of perspiration rather than inspiration. ~ Blaine Hogan,
408:Most of my sermons are inspirational, and I believe people need that encouragement. ~ Max Lucado,
409:This book is for: those who take action and those who provide the inspiration ~ Chris Guillebeau,
410:What I think is so great about interviews, is when people cite inspirations. ~ Jason Schwartzman,
411:A different way is to cooperate fully, humbly, and joyfully with inspiration. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
412:A lot of songs are inspiration and help people through pain, grief and loss. ~ Olivia Newton John,
413:Inspirational Quotes on: Honesty, Simplicity, Secret, Universe, Modesty, Peace ~ Thomas Jefferson,
414:Inspiration is always trying to work with me. So I sit there and I work, too. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
415:she doesn't wait for inspiration, she acts in anticipation of its apparition. ~ Steven Pressfield,
416:There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration. ~ Diana Vreeland,
417:True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. ~ George Gershwin,
418:Wake up; the world is waiting for your sunny energy. You are the inspiration for many. ~ Amit Ray,
419:[When asked what was the inspiration for most of her work:] Need of money, dear. ~ Dorothy Parker,
420:Animals are inspirational. They don’t know how to lie. They are natural forces. ~ Charles Bukowski,
421:A writer's inspiration is not just to create. He must eat three times a day. ~ Pierre Beaumarchais,
422:Celebrity inspiration: Mark Ruffalo, if he were a failure. Lifestyle/Job/Personality ~ Jessi Klein,
423:If women become too much like men, men lose purpose, meaning, and inspiration in life. ~ John Gray,
424:I never played music, but it's an important thing ... the studying, the inspiration. ~ Kevin James,
425:I notice inspiration when it comes by. I don't sit down at my desk and try to write. ~ Gary Panter,
426:Inspiration gives you a desire. Decision makes it an intention. Action makes it real. ~ Joe Vitale,
427:most people understood the difference between the Amish and Inspirationists. ~ Judith McCoy Miller,
428:Open to me, so that I may open.
Provide me your inspiration
So that I might see mine. ~ Rumi,
429:The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it. ~ Steven Pressfield,
430:There's just so much out there and so much inspiration... I just want to be tasteful. ~ ASAP Rocky,
431:To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry. ~ Mahmoud Darwish,
432:A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all. ~ Rita Mae Brown,
433:Because your little inspirational speech was about as uplifting as a kitten funeral. ~ Sarah Dalton,
434:Being independent... is being innovative out of inspiration as well as necessity. ~ Martin Scorsese,
435:Directing, I get all kinds of inspiration. It's working with people. It's a lot more fun. ~ Ang Lee,
436:Ever in the dullest existence there is a sheen either of Inspiration or of Madness ~ Thomas Carlyle,
437:If the inspirational calendar had been a person, Gus would have punched it in the face. ~ T J Klune,
438:I'm always on the lookout for projects with a strong moral and inspirational core. ~ Neal McDonough,
439:I travel the garden of music, thru inspiration. It's a large, very large garden, seen? ~ Peter Tosh,
440:Leadership is about inspiration with character, not manipulation with position! ~ Israelmore Ayivor,
441:My inspirations come from everywhere. It's important to look at everything and anything. ~ Jason Wu,
442:To me, it's all about inspiration. What gets me creatively excited is a challenge. ~ Bill Skarsgard,
443:While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. ~ Ronald Reagan,
444:You get your inspiration - suggestions - wherever you have to, even from your mother. ~ Vikram Seth,
445:Beware of direct inspiration. It leads too quickly to repetitions of what inspired you. ~ Ernst Haas,
446:Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you. ~ H Jackson Brown Jr,
447:I always saw what the girls were doing, the supermodels, and they were my inspiration. ~ David Gandy,
448:La science, aujourd'hui, cherchera une source d'inspiration au-dessus d'elle ou périra ~ Simone Weil,
449:May you find INSPIRATION in the big picture, but may you find LOVE in the details. ~ Adrienne Maloof,
450:The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it. ~ George Santayana,
451:The universe is always sending you inspiration, you just have to listen and allow. ~ Linda Armstrong,
452:We don't have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool. ~ Bob Marley,
453:You can find inspiration in everything. If you can't, then you're not looking properly. ~ Paul Smith,
454:Inspiration, move me brightly, light the song with sense and color, hold away despair ~ Robert Hunter,
455:Inspiration, without action, is merely entertainment. ACT on your inspiration today! ~ Mary Morrissey,
456:Keep working. Don't wait for inspiration. Work inspires inspiration. Keep working. ~ Michael Crichton,
457:The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it. He ~ Steven Pressfield,
458:Today, I find inspiration in music, art, traveling the world, and meeting new people. ~ Nastia Liukin,
459:We must now learn to draw inspiration from the tangible miracles that surround us. ~ Umberto Boccioni,
460:Ballast yourself with reality and throw yourself into the sea . The sea is inspiration . ~ Victor Hugo,
461:Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? ~ George Eliot,
462:Inspirational quotes are dances of light that shine in dark places during your life. ~ Shannon L Alder,
463:Inspiration is like perspiration. It tends to strike at the most inopportune of times. ~ Max Hawthorne,
464:I would be lying if I didn't say that the most inspirational place for me is Jamaica. ~ Kreesha Turner,
465:Someone once asked me... whether I waited for inspiration. My answer was: "Every day!" ~ Aaron Copland,
466:The lazy will always attribute genius to some 'inspiration' that comes for mere waiting. ~ Will Durant,
467:The simple everyday experiences become the doorway to new thoughts and inspirations. ~ E A Bucchianeri,
468:waiting for inspiration to write is like standing at the airport waiting for a train. ~ Jocelyn K Glei,
469:We all face adversity and tragedy and need inspiration and motivation to Keep Rolling. ~ Steve Gleason,
470:Any band on their first couple records is just trying to keep up with their inspiration. ~ Joshua Homme,
471:Do not seek after love, but simply remove the barriers you have built against it. - Rumi ~ #Inspiration,
472:I don't get my inspiration from books or a painting. I get it from the women I meet. ~ Carolina Herrera,
473:I love Pinterest, so I got a little inspiration from there - I'm obsessed with cookies. ~ Devon Windsor,
474:Inspiration is the gift of those who have experienced life at its most defined moments. ~ Sasha Azevedo,
475:Music in general and lately opera in particular fills my soul with hope and inspiration. ~ China Forbes,
476:My father beat me with a curtain rod when I was nine, (That was) the inspiration for Creep ~ Thom Yorke,
477:The grandeur of the acts of men are measured by the inspiration from which they spring. ~ Louis Pasteur,
478:The muse, or the inspiration, does not just show up, it requires sweat as an offering. ~ James Altucher,
479:The secret to a masterpiece is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. ~ Mario Vargas Llosa,
480:A language brings with it a mass of perceptions, clichés, judgements and inspirations. ~ Nicholas Ostler,
481:At dawn of man, many words of inspiration.
At the end, there will be words of revelation. ~ Toba Beta,
482:Inspirational shit works a lot better, he mused, when your whole life isn’t already ruined. ~ Leah Konen,
483:Inspiration comes from displacement. Get out of your comfort zone, the rewards are legion. ~ Bob Lefsetz,
484:The most inspirational man I knew only reached his potential by helping a child reach his. ~ Mitch Albom,
485:We are now on the threshold of a newer movement, with a newer hope and a new inspiration. ~ James Larkin,
486:When you change yourself, you inspire others, and this inspiration changes the world. ~ Stephen Richards,
487:But opposing evil requires inspiration by what is sound rather than by what is resonant. ~ Timothy Snyder,
488:Excellence isn't achieved without inspiration and perspiration. You've got to have both. ~ George Foreman,
489:For all the tenure of humans on Earth, the night sky had been a companion and an inspiration. ~ Anonymous,
490:Good leaders don't tell people what to do, they give teams capability and inspiration. ~ Jeffrey R Immelt,
491:I have many musical inspirations, but I would really love to just be me. My very own artist. ~ Thia Megia,
492:I'm just a simple man standing alone with my old brushes, asking God for inspiration. ~ Peter Paul Rubens,
493:Let us beware of common folk, common sense, sentiment, inspiration, and the obvious. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
494:There are few teachers as instructive as your past or as inspirational as your future. ~ Nathan Van Coops,
495:All of my books are made of sweat, blood, laughter, cat hair, chocolate and inspiration. ~ Julie Anne Long,
496:Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the best of the past. ~ Lana Del Rey,
497:Growing up I never got into comic books at all. I didn't have any inspiration for it. ~ Scarlett Johansson,
498:In writing, habit seems to be a much stronger force than either willpower or inspiration. ~ John Steinbeck,
499:I probably get more inspiration for human stories and idiosyncrasies than I do animal stories. ~ Jim Davis,
500:The book is there for inspiration and as a foundation, the fundamentals on which to build. ~ Thomas Keller,

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   14 Philosophy
   9 Occultism
   5 Yoga
   5 Integral Yoga
   4 Christianity
   2 Hinduism
   1 Buddhism


   34 Sri Aurobindo
   13 The Mother
   9 Aldous Huxley
   6 Aleister Crowley
   5 Friedrich Nietzsche
   3 Swami Vivekananda
   3 Sri Ramakrishna
   3 Satprem
   3 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   2 Thubten Chodron
   2 Saint Teresa of Avila
   2 Nolini Kanta Gupta


   20 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   12 The Life Divine
   11 The Mothers Agenda
   9 The Perennial Philosophy
   8 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   7 The Secret Of The Veda
   7 Savitri
   5 Words Of The Mother II
   5 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   4 Twilight of the Idols
   4 The Secret Doctrine
   4 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
   4 Liber ABA
   4 Essays Divine And Human
   4 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
   3 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   3 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   3 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
   3 Talks
   3 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   3 Magick Without Tears
   3 Liber Null
   3 Letters On Yoga III
   3 Isha Upanishad
   3 Essays On The Gita
   2 Walden
   2 The Way of Perfection
   2 The Blue Cliff Records
   2 Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   2 Raja-Yoga
   2 On Education
   2 Letters On Yoga I
   2 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
   2 How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator
   2 Agenda Vol 1


00.01_-_The_Mother_on_Savitri, #Sweet Mother - Harmonies of Light, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  
  In truth, the entire form of Savitri has descended "en masse" from the highest region and Sri Aurobindo with His genius only arranged the lines - in a superb and magnificent style. Sometimes entire lines were revealed and He has left them intact; He worked hard, untiringly, so that the inspiration could come from the highest possible summit. And what a work He has created! Yes, it is a true creation in itself. It is an unequalled work. Everything is there, and it is put in such a simple, such a clear form; verses perfectly harmonious, limpid and eternally true. My child, I have read so many things, but I have never come across anything which could be compared with Savitri. I have studied the best works in Greek, Latin, English and of course French literature, also in German and all the great creations of the West and the East, including the great epics; but I repeat it, I have not found anywhere anything comparable with Savitri. All these literary works seems to me empty, flat, hollow, without any deep reality - apart from a few rare exceptions, and these too represent only a small fraction of what Savitri is. What grandeur, what amplitude, what reality: it is something immortal and eternal He has created. I tell you once again there is nothing like in it the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What He has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything.
  

0.02_-_The_Three_Steps_of_Nature, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  Do such psychological conceptions correspond to anything real and possible? All Yoga asserts them as its ultimate experience and supreme aim. They form the governing principles of our highest possible state of consciousness, our widest possible range of existence. There is, we say, a harmony of supreme faculties, corresponding roughly to the psychological faculties of revelation, inspiration and intuition, yet acting not in the intuitive reason or the divine mind, but on a still higher plane, which see Truth directly face to face, or rather live in the truth of things both universal and transcendent and are its formulation and luminous activity. And these faculties are the light of a conscious existence superseding the egoistic and itself both cosmic and transcendent, the nature of which is Bliss. These are obviously divine and, as man is at present apparently constituted, superhuman states of consciousness and activity. A trinity of transcendent existence, self-awareness and self-delight7 is, indeed, the metaphysical description of the supreme Atman, the self-formulation, to our awakened knowledge, of the Unknowable whether conceived as a pure Impersonality or as a cosmic Personality manifesting the universe. But in Yoga they are regarded also in their psychological aspects as states of subjective existence to which our waking consciousness is now alien, but which dwell in us in a superconscious plane and to which, therefore, we may always ascend.
  

0.05_-_1955, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  
  To complete the picture - for I don't know what inspiration compels me to expose all this to you in such detail - I must tell you that these friends are opium users and that opium has played an important role in my life and continues to exert a strong attraction over me, the attraction of oblivion.
  

0.07_-_1957, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  
  But besides all this, there is a special personal bond of affection between you and me, between all who have turned towards Sri Aurobindo's teaching and me - and of course, distance does not count; you may be in France, at the other end of the world, or in Pondicherry, but this bond remains just as real and as living. Each time there is a call, each time I need to know something to send out a force, an inspiration, a protection or whatever else, a sort of message suddenly comes to me, and I do what is needed. Obviously, these communications come to me at any moment whatsoever, and you may have seen me more than once suddenly stop in the middle of a sentence or some work: it means something, some communication is coming, so I concentrate.
  
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  These minutes of contact with the soul are often those that mark a decisive turning point in one's life, a step forward; a progress in consciousness, and they frequently result from a crisis, a situation of extreme intensity, when a call surges forth from the whole being, a call so strong that the inner consciousness pierces through the unconscious layers that envelop it and is revealed fully luminous upon the surface. This very strong call of the being can also call forth the descent of a divine emanation, an individuality, a divine aspect that unites with your own individuality at a given moment to do a given work, to win a particular battle, to express this thing or that. Then, when the work is accomplished, this emanation most often withdraws. So it may be that one retains the memory of the circumstances surrounding these minutes of revelation or inspiration, one sees again a landscape, the color of a garment one was wearing, the shade of one's skin, things that were around you at that particular moment - all this is imprinted in an indelible way, with an extraordinary intensity, for the details of ordinary life are then also revealed in their true intensity, their true tonality. The consciousness that reveals itself in you reveals at the same time the consciousness in things. These details can sometimes help you reconstitute the period in which you lived or the deeds that were accomplished, surmise the country where you lived, but it is quite easy, too, to fantasize and mistake one's imaginings for reality.
  

01.03_-_The_Yoga_of_the_King_The_Yoga_of_the_Souls_Release, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Or scan the apparent face of thought and life.
  \t:Oft inspiration with her lightning feet,
  A sudden messenger from the all-seeing tops,

02.03_-_The_Glory_and_the_Fall_of_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The voice of Time sang of the Immortal's joy;
  An inspiration and a lyric cry,
  The moments came with ecstasy on their wings;

02.08_-_The_World_of_Falsehood,_the_Mother_of_Evil_and_the_Sons_of_Darkness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And, lodged in the breast or whispering from outside,
  A lying inspiration fell and dark
  A new order substitutes for the divine.

02.10_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Little_Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Lifting her beautiful and miraculous head,
  She conspired with inspiration's sister brood
  To fill thought's skies with glimmering nebulae.

07.03_-_The_Entry_into_the_Inner_Countries, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Its flame-foot gallop they could imitate:
  Mind's voices mimicked inspiration's stress,
  Its ictus of infallibility,

07.04_-_The_Triple_Soul-Forces, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Yet is he visited by intuitive light
  And inspiration comes from the Unknown;
  But only reason and sense he feels as sure,

07.06_-_Nirvana_and_the_Discovery_of_the_All-Negating_Absolute, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Comes to him wrapped in golden coverings;
  He listens for inspiration's postman knock
  And takes delivery of the priceless gift

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  
  The religion of Islam influenced him, to a great extent, in the formulation of his monotheistic doctrines. But he always went back to the Vedas for his spiritual inspiration. The Brhmo Samj, which he founded in 1828, was dedicated to the "worship and adoration of the Eternal, the Unsearchable, the Immutable Being, who is the Author and Preserver of the Universe". The Samj was open to all without distinction of colour, creed, caste, nation, or religion.
  
  The real organizer of the Samj was Devendranth Tgore (1817-1905), the father of the poet Rabindranth. His physical and spiritual beauty, aristocratic aloofness, penetrating intellect, and poetic sensibility made him the foremost leader of the educated Benglis. These addressed him by the respectful epithet of Maharshi, the "Great Seer". The Maharshi was a Sanskrit scholar and, unlike Rj Rmmohan Roy, drew his inspiration entirely from the Upanishads. He was an implacable enemy of image worship and also fought to stop the infiltration of Christian ideas into the Samj. He gave the movement its faith and ritual. Under his influence the Brhmo Samj professed One Self-existent Supreme Being who had created the universe out of nothing, the God of Truth, Infinite Wisdom, Goodness, and Power, the Eternal and Omnipotent, the One without a Second. Man should love Him and do His will, believe in Him and worship Him, and thus merit salvation in the world to come.
  
  --
  
  The Brhmo leaders received much inspiration from their contact with Sri Ramakrishna.
  

1.00_-_Main, #Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
  
  The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Dayspring of His Revelation and the Fountain of His laws, Who representeth the Godhead in both the Kingdom of His Cause and the world of creation. Whoso achieveth this duty hath attained unto all good; and whoso is deprived thereof hath gone astray, though he be the author of every righteous deed. It behoveth every one who reacheth this most sublime station, this summit of transcendent glory, to observe every ordinance of Him Who is the Desire of the world. These twin duties are inseparable. Neither is acceptable without the other. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Source of Divine inspiration.
  

1.01_-_Economy, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  
  I do not mean to prescribe rules to strong and valiant natures, who will mind their own affairs whether in heaven or hell, and perchance build more magnificently and spend more lavishly than the richest, without ever impoverishing themselves, not knowing how they live,if, indeed, there are any such, as has been dreamed; nor to those who find their encouragement and inspiration in precisely the present condition of things, and cherish it with the fondness and enthusiasm of lovers,and, to some extent, I reckon myself in this number; I do not speak to those who are well employed, in whatever circumstances, and they know whether they are well employed or not;but mainly to the mass of men who are discontented, and idly complaining of the hardness of their lot or of the times, when they might improve them. There are some who complain most energetically and inconsolably of any, because they are, as they say, doing their duty. I also have in my mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.
  

1.01_-_Foreward, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  impersonal Truth which they embodied in Mantras, revealed
  verses of power, not of an ordinary but of a divine inspiration
  and source. The name given to these sages was Kavi, which
  --
  
  He is not thinking of the Nature-Power presiding over the outer element of fire or of the fire of the ceremonial sacrifice. Or he speaks of Saraswati as one who impels the words of Truth and awakes to right thinkings or as one opulent with the thought: Saraswati awakes to consciousness or makes us conscious of the "Great Ocean and illumines all our thoughts." It is surely not the River Goddess whom he is thus hymning but the Power, theRiver if you will, of inspiration, the word of the Truth, bringing its light into our thoughts, building up in us that Truth, an inner knowledge. The Gods constantly stand out in their psychological functions; the sacrifice is the outer symbol of an inner work, an inner interchange between the gods and men, - man givingwhat he has, the gods giving in return the horses of power, the herds of light, the heroes of Strength to be his retinue, winning for him victory in his battle with the hosts of Darkness, Vritras, Dasyus, Panis. When the Rishi says, "Let us become conscious whether by the War-Horse or by the Word of a Strength beyond men", his words have either a mystic significance or they have no coherent meaning at all. In the portions translated in this book we have many mystic verses and whole hymns which, however mystic, tear the veil off the outer sacrificial images covering the real sense of the Veda. "Thought", says the Rishi, "has nourished for us human things in the Immortals, in the Great Heavens; it is the milch-cow which milks of itself the wealth of many forms" - the many kinds of wealth, cows, horses and the rest for which the sacrificer prays; evidently this is no material wealth, it is something which Thought, the Thought embodied in the Mantra, can give and it is the result of the same Thought that nourishes our human things in the Immortals, in the Great Heavens. A process of divinisation, and of a bringing down of great and luminous riches, treasures won from the Gods by the inner work of sacrifice, is hinted at in terms necessarily covert but still for one who knows how to read these secret words, nin.ya vacamsi, sufficiently expressive, kavaye nivacana. Again, Night and Dawn the eternal sisters are like "joyful weaving women weaving the weft of our perfected works into the form of a sacrifice."
  
  --
  of the Truth, satyasrutah., and the knowledge received by this
  hearing as Sruti. It is in this sense of inspiration or inspired
  knowledge that we can take it in the esoteric meaning of the
  --
  to food or fame but is perfectly apposite and significant if he is
  speaking of inspirations which rise up to the Truth above or
  bring down the Truth to us. This is the method we can apply
  --
  and higher than the light of human understanding which comes
  by revelation and inspiration, an immortality towards which
  the soul has to rise. We have to find our way to that, to get into

1.01_-_Historical_Survey, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
   treatise is devoted. The spiritual revivalist movement inaugurated among the Jews of Poland by Rabbi Israel
  Baal Shem Tov in the first half of the eighteenth century is sufficiently important to warrant some mention here. For although Chassidism, as that movement was called, derives its enthusiasm from contact with nature and the great out-doors of the Carpathians, it has its primary literary origin and significant inspiration in the books which consti- tute the Qabalah. Chassidism gave the doctrines of the
  Aohar to the " Am ha-aretz " in a way in which no previous set of Rabbis had succeeded in doing, and it would, more- over, appear that the Practical Qabalah received a con- siderable impetus at the same time. For we find that

1.01_-_Our_Demand_and_Need_from_the_Gita, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Essays on the Gita
   have missed or only imperfectly grasped so that they deal either with subsidiary and inferior aspects of the truth of things or can merely prepare less evolved minds for the heights to which we have arrived. And we are still prone to force upon ourselves or others the whole sacred mass of the book or gospel we admire, insisting that all shall be accepted as eternally valid truth and no iota or underline or diaeresis denied its part of the plenary inspiration.
  

1.01_-_THAT_ARE_THOU, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  I am not competent, nor is this the place to discuss the doctrinal differences between Buddhism and Hinduism. Let it suffice to point out that, when he insisted that human beings are by nature non-Atman, the Buddha was evidently speaking about the personal self and not the universal Self. The Brahman controversialists, who appear in certain of the Pali scriptures, never so much as mention the Vedanta doctrine of the identity of Atman and Godhead and the non-identity of ego and Atman. What they maintain and Gautama denies is the substantial nature and eternal persistence of the individual psyche. As an unintelligent man seeks for the abode of music in the body of the lute, so does he look for a soul within the skandhas (the material and psychic aggregates, of which the individual mind-body is composed). About the existence of the Atman that is Brahman, as about most other metaphysical matters, the Buddha declines to speak, on the ground that such discussions do not tend to edification or spiritual progress among the members of a monastic order, such as he had founded. But though it has its dangers, though it may become the most absorbing, because the most serious and noblest, of distractions, metaphysical thinking is unavoidable and finally necessary. Even the Hinayanists found this, and the later Mahayanists were to develop, in connection with the practice of their religion, a splendid and imposing system of cosmological, ethical and psychological thought. This system was based upon the postulates of a strict idealism and professed to dispense with the idea of God. But moral and spiritual experience was too strong for philosophical theory, and under the inspiration of direct experience, the writers of the Mahayana sutras found themselves using all their ingenuity to explain why the Tathagata and the Bodhisattvas display an infinite charity towards beings that do not really exist. At the same time they stretched the framework of subjective idealism so as to make room for Universal Mind; qualified the idea of soullessness with the doctrine that, if purified, the individual mind can identify itself with the Universal Mind or Buddha-womb; and, while maintaining godlessness, asserted that this realizable Universal Mind is the inner consciousness of the eternal Buddha and that the Buddha-mind is associated with a great compassionate heart which desires the liberation of every sentient being and bestows divine grace on all who make a serious effort to achieve mans final end. In a word, despite their inauspicious vocabulary, the best of the Mahayana sutras contain an authentic formulation of the Perennial Philosophya formulation which in some respects (as we shall see when we come to the section, God in the World) is more complete than any other.
  

1.01_-_The_Ideal_of_the_Karmayogin, #Essays In Philosophy And Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Upanishad, Darshana, Purana, Tantra, nor could it reject the
  Bible or the Koran; but its real, most authoritative scripture is in the heart in which the Eternal has His dwelling. It is in our inner spiritual experiences that we shall find the proof and source of the world's Scriptures, the law of knowledge, love and conduct, the basis and inspiration of Karmayoga.
  

1.02.4.1_-_The_Worlds_-_Surya, #Isha Upanishad, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Vijnana is intuitional or rather gnostic Idea,2 not intellectual
  2 Intuition (revelation, inspiration, intuitive perception, intuitive discrimination) is
  Vijnana working in mind under the conditions and in the forms of mind. Gnosis or true

1.025_-_Sadhana_-_Intensifying_a_Lighted_Flame, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  
  It has been said that all great things are mysteries. They are not calculated effects produced logically by imagined causes, but are mysteries, which is another way of saying that all of this is unthinkable by the human mind. Knowledge somehow arises. One fine morning we get up and find that we are fired with a love for God. What has happened to us? Why is it that we suddenly we say, "Oh, today I am something different." Why we are something different today? From where has this inspiration come? Nobody knows what has happened. If we read the lives of great masters, sages and saints, we will find that they were all suddenly fired with a longing which they could not explain, and no one can explain ordinarily. That knowledge, that aspiration, that love of God has not come from books. It has not come from any imaginable source. It has simply come that is all. How? Nobody knows.
  

1.02_-_Karmayoga, #Essays In Philosophy And Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  E HAVE spoken of Karmayoga as the application of
  Vedanta and Yoga to life. To many who take their knowledge of Hinduism secondhand this may seem a doubtful definition. It is ordinarily supposed by "practical" minds that Vedanta as a guide to life and Yoga as a method of spiritual communion are dangerous things which lead men away from action to abstraction. We leave aside those who regard all such beliefs as mysticism, self-delusion or imposture; but even those who reverence and believe in the high things of Hinduism have the impression that one must remove oneself from a full human activity in order to live the spiritual life. Yet the spiritual life finds its most potent expression in the man who lives the ordinary life of men in the strength of the Yoga and under the law of the Vedanta. It is by such a union of the inner life and the outer that mankind will eventually be lifted up and become mighty and divine. It is a delusion to suppose that Vedanta contains no inspiration to life, no rule of conduct, and is purely metaphysical and quietistic. On the contrary, the highest morality of which humanity is capable finds its one perfect basis and justification in the teachings of the Upanishads and the Gita. The characteristic doctrines of the Gita are nothing if they are not a law of life, a dharma, and even the most transcendental aspirations of the
  Vedanta presuppose a preparation in life, for it is only through life that one can reach to immortality. The opposite opinion is due to certain tendencies which have bulked large in the history and temperament of our race. The ultimate goal of our religion is emancipation from the bondage of material Nature and freedom from individual rebirth, and certain souls, among the highest we have known, have been drawn by the attraction of the final hush and purity to dissociate themselves from life and bodily action in order more swiftly and easily to reach the goal. Standing like

1.02_-_Meditating_on_Tara, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
  well-being.
  The sadhana continues with verses praising Taras qualities and requesting her inspiration for our spiritual practice. These verses, recited while we
  visualize Tara in front of us, focus our attention on her enlightened qualities. The more we reect upon Taras wonderful qualities, the more we will

1.02_-_Self-Consecration, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  12:In the ordinary paths of Yoga the method used for dealing with these conflicting materials is direct and simple. One or another of the principal psychological forces in us is selected as our single means for attaining to the Divine; the rest is quieted into inertia or left to starve in its smallness. The Bhakta, seizing on the emotional forces of the being, the intense activities of the heart, abides concentrated in the love of God, gathered up as into a single one-pointed tongue of fire; he is indifferent to the activities of thought, throws behind him the importunities of the reason, cares nothing for the mind's thirst for knowledge. All the knowledge he needs is his faith and the inspirations that well up from a heart in communion with the Divine. He has no use for any will to works that is not turned to the direct worship of the Beloved or the service of the temple. The man of Knowledge, self-confined by a deliberate choice to the force and activities of discriminative thought, finds release in the mind's inward-drawn endeavour. He concentrates on the idea of the self, succeeds by a subtle inner discernment in distinguishing its silent presence amid the veiling activities of Nature, and through the perceptive idea arrives at the concrete spiritual experience. He is indifferent to the play of the emotions, deaf to the hunger-call of passion, closed to the activities of Life, -- the more blessed he, the sooner they fall away from him and leave him free, still and mute, the eternal non-doer. The body is his stumbling-block, the vital functions are his enemies; if their demands can be reduced to a minimum, that is his great good fortune. The endless difficulties that arise from the environing world are dismissed by erecting firmly against them a defence of outer physical and inner spiritual solitude; safe behind a wall of inner silence, he remains impassive and untouched by the world and by others. To be alone with oneself or alone with the Divine, to walk apart with God and his devotees, to entrench oneself in the single self-ward endeavour of the mind or Godward passion of the heart is the trend of these Yogas. The problem is solved by the excision of all but the one central difficulty which pursues the only chosen motive-force; into the midst of the dividing calls of our nature the principle of an exclusive concentration comes sovereignly to our rescue.
  

1.02_-_Taras_Tantra, #Tara - The Feminine Divine, #Bokar Rinpoche, #Buddhism
  By this story we see not only how Tara was an
  inspiration for Atisha but also we see her ardor in
  leading her beloved child to the Land of Snow.

1.02_-_The_Doctrine_of_the_Mystics, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  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.
  

1.02_-_The_Stages_of_Initiation, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Theosophy
   p. 92
   the ability to come quickly to terms with himself, for he must here find his higher self in the truest sense of the word. He must rapidly decide in all things to listen to the inspiration of the spirit. There is no time for doubt or hesitation. Every moment of hesitation would prove that he was still unfit. Whatever prevents him from listening to the voice of the spirit must be courageously overcome. It is a question of showing presence of mind in this situation, and the training at this stage is concerned with the perfect development of this quality. All the accustomed inducements to act or even to think now cease. In order not to remain inactive he must not lose himself, for only within himself can he find the one central point of vantage where he can gain a firm hold. No one on reading this, without further acquaintance with these matters, should feel an antipathy for this principle of being thrown back on oneself, for success in this trial brings with it a moment of supreme happiness.
  

1.03_-_Hymns_of_Gritsamada, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
    7. O Fire, give us the vast possessions, the thousandfold riches; open to inspiration like gates the plenitude; make Earth and Heaven turned to the Beyond by the Word. The Dawns have broken into splendour as if there shone the brilliant world of the Sun.
      6 Or, like a thing of delight in his shining beauty,
  --
  SUKTA 10
  1. Fire is to us as our first father and to him must rise our call when he is kindled by man in the seat of his aspiration. He puts on glory and beauty like a robe; he is our Horse of swiftness full of inspiration to be groomed by us, he is the immortal wide in knowledge.
  

1.03_-_PERSONALITY,_SANCTITY,_DIVINE_INCARNATION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  Some people measure the worth of good actions only by their natural qualities or their difficulty, giving the preference to what is conspicuous or brilliant. Such men forget that Christian virtues, which are Gods inspirations, should be viewed from the side of grace, not that of nature. The dignity and difficulty of a good action certainly affects what is technically called its accidental worth, but all its essential worth comes from love alone.
  

1.03_-_Reading, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  
  However much we may admire the orators occasional bursts of eloquence, the noblest written words are commonly as far behind or above the fleeting spoken language as the firmament with its stars is behind the clouds. _There_ are the stars, and they who can may read them. The astronomers forever comment on and observe them. They are not exhalations like our daily colloquies and vaporous breath. What is called eloquence in the forum is commonly found to be rhetoric in the study. The orator yields to the inspiration of a transient occasion, and speaks to the mob before him, to those who can _hear_ him; but the writer, whose more equable life is his occasion, and who would be distracted by the event and the crowd which inspire the orator, speaks to the intellect and health of mankind, to all in any age who can
  _understand_ him.

1.03_-_The_Sephiros, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  
  Bacchus, another name of Dionysius for purposes of worship, is the god of intoxication, of inspiration, a giver
  

1.04_-_GOD_IN_THE_WORLD, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  It is in the literature of Mahayana and especially of Zen Buddhism that we find the best account of the psychology of the man for whom Samsara and Nirvana, time and eternity, are one and the same. More systematically perhaps than any other religion, the Buddhism of the Far East teaches the way to spiritual Knowledge in its fulness as well as in its heights, in and through the world as well as in and through the soul. In this context we may point to a highly significant fact, which is that the incomparable landscape painting of China and Japan was essentially a religious art, inspired by Taoism and Zen Buddhism; in Europe, on the contrary, landscape painting and the poetry of nature worship were secular arts which arose when Christianity was in decline, and derived little or no inspiration from Christian ideals.
  

1.04_-_Hymns_of_Bharadwaja, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   rZyt s\dO 4
  4. Travellers with surrender to the plane of the godhead, seekers of inspired knowledge, they won an inviolate inspiration,
  

1.04_-_The_Sacrifice_the_Triune_Path_and_the_Lord_of_the_Sacrifice, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  This, in short, is the demand made on us, that we should turn our whole life into a conscious sacrifice. Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-giving to the Eternal. All our actions, not less the smallest and most ordinary and trifling than the greatest and most uncommon and noble, must be performed as consecrated acts. Our individualised nature must live in the single consciousness of an inner and outer movement dedicated to Something that is beyond us and greater than our ego. No matter what the gift or to whom it is presented by us, there must be a consciousness in the act that we are presenting it to the one divine Being in all beings. Our commonest or most grossly material actions must assume this sublimated character; when we eat, we should be conscious that we are giving our food to that Presence in us; it must be a sacred offering in a temple and the sense of a mere physical need or self-gratification must pass away from us. In any great labour, in any high discipline, in any difficult or noble enterprise, whether undertaken for ourselves, for others or for the race, it will no longer be possible to stop short at the idea of the race, of ourselves or of others. The thing we are doing must be consciously offered as a sacrifice of works, not to these, but either through them or directly to the
  One Godhead; the Divine Inhabitant who was hidden by these figures must be no longer hidden but ever present to our soul, our mind, our sense. The workings and results of our acts must be put in the hands of that One in the feeling that that Presence is the Infinite and Most High by whom alone our labour and our aspiration are possible. For in his being all takes place; for him all labour and aspiration are taken from us by Nature and offered on his altar. Even in those things in which Nature is herself very plainly the worker and we only the witnesses of her working and its containers and supporters, there should be the same constant memory and insistent consciousness of a work and of its divine Master. Our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice.
  

1.05_-_Adam_Kadmon, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  
  In their analysis of man, the Qabalists found that hand in hand with the physical body man had an automatic- or habit-forming or desire-consciousness, which gave him im- petus and volition in certain directions. It took care of the functions of his organism to which conscious attention was seldom directed, such as the circulation of the blood, the beating of the heart, and the involuntary motions of the diaphragm resulting in the inspiration and expiration of breath. They also noted the faculty of reason and criticism, the power whereby a man proceeds from premisses to con- clusion. And above and beyond this w r as the Spiritual entity who used this body, who used this desire and rational consciousness.
  

1.05_-_Hsueh_Feng's_Grain_of_Rice, #The Blue Cliff Records, #Yuanwu Keqin, #Zen
  Ch'an, Hui Neng (also known as 'workman Lu'), and is used to
  refer to him, as well as to his inspiration and lineage. According to
  tradition, when the Fifth Patriarch Hung Jen wanted to appoint a

1.05_-_Hymns_of_Bharadwaja, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
    4. Travellers with surrender to the plane of the godhead, seek-ers of inspired knowledge, they won an inviolate inspiration, they held the sacrificial Names and had delight in thy happy vision.
  
  --
  
    11. O thou who art filled with inspiration and a passer of barriers, O thou who hast extended earth and heaven by the wideness of thy light and thy inspired discoveries of knowledge, shine wider yet in us with thy large and solid and opulent amassings, O Fire.
  
    12. O Prince of Riches, fix always in us that in which are the Gods, settle here many herds for the begotten son. In us may there be the happy things of true inspiration and the multitude of the large impulsions from which evil is far.
  
  --
  SUKTA 2
    1. O Fire, thou travellest like a friend to the glory where is our home. O wide-seeing Prince of the Treasure, thou nurturest our inspiration and our growth.
  
  --
  
    5. When man gives to thee with the sacrifice and the fuel and with his spoken words and his chants of illumination, he becomes, O Immortal, O Son of Force, a mind of knowledge among mortals and shines with the riches and inspiration and light.
  
  --
  
    3. He among mortals is fed on inspiration, the illumined who gives with his word to the Fire, the seer whom the Fire of the brilliant illuminations settles by his luminous safeguardings in the conquest of the Pen where are the herds of the Light.
  
  --
  
    5. Found, O Fire, for us and the masters of plenty by thy safeguardings packed with the plenitudes a treasure of richly brilliant kinds; for these are they who surpass all others in their opulence and inspiration and hero-mights.
  
  --
  
    5. O Fire, O Son of Force, found for men, that they may grow, happy riches of inspiration with strength of its hero keepers, - many herds, thy creation in thy might, but now a food for the wolf and the foe and the destroyer.
  

1.05_-_Mental_Education, #On Education, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
    (4) Thought-control, rejection of undesirable thoughts, to become able to think only what one wants and when one wants.
    (5) Development of mental silence, perfect calm and a more and more total receptivity to inspirations coming from the higher regions of the being.
  
  --
  
  For this purpose, it is good to set apart some time every day when one can quietly go over one's thoughts and put one's synthesis in order. Once the habit is acquired, you can maintain control over your thoughts even during work and action, allowing only those which are useful for what you are doing to come to the surface. Particularly, if you have continued to cultivate the power of concentration and attention, only the thoughts that are needed will be allowed to enter the active external consciousness and they then become all the more dynamic and effective. And if, in the intensity of concentration, it becomes necessary not to think at all, all mental vibration can be stilled and an almost total silence secured. In this silence one can gradually open to the higher regions of the mind and learn to record the inspirations that come from there.
  

1.05_-_MORALITY_AS_THE_ENEMY_OF_NATURE, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  reasons enough to prove to us that this problem is an inaccessible one
  to us. When we speak of values, we speak under the inspiration, and
  through the optics of life: life itself urges us to determine values:

1.05_-_Some_Results_of_Initiation, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Theosophy
   p. 187
   proceed from the inspiration of a higher world. He owes this knowledge to his first personal glimpse into this higher world. The so-called initiates of humanity now become vested with reality for him.
  

1.05_-_The_Ascent_of_the_Sacrifice_-_The_Psychic_Being, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
     This then is in its foundations the integral knowledge of the Supreme and Infinite to whom we offer our sacrifice, and this the nature of the sacrifice itself in its triple character, -a sacrifice of works, a sacrifice of love and adoration, a sacrifice of knowledge. For even when we speak of the sacrifice of works by itself, we do not mean the offering only of our outward acts, but of all that is active and dynamic in us; our internal movements no less than our external doings are to be consecrated on the one altar. The inner heart of all work that is made into a sacrifice is a labour of self-discipline and self-perfection by which we can hope to become conscious and luminous with a Light from above poured into all our movements of mind, heart, will, sense, life and body. An increasing light of divine consciousness will make us close in soul and one by identity in our inmost being and spiritual substance with the Master of the world-sacrifice, -- the supreme object of existence proposed by the ancient Vedanta; but also it will tend to make us one in our becoming by resemblance to the Divine in our nature, the mystic sense of the symbol of sacrifice in the sealed speech of the seers of the Veda.
     But if this is to be the character of the rapid evolution from a mental to a spiritual being contemplated by the integral Yoga, a question arises full of many perplexities but of great dynamic importance. How are we to deal with life and works as they now are, with the activities proper to our still unchanged human nature? An ascension towards a greater consciousness, an occupation of our mind, life and body by its powers has been accepted as the outstanding object of the Yoga: but still life here, not some other life elsewhere, is proposed as the immediate field of the action of the Spirit, -- a transformation, not an annihilation of our instrumental being and nature. What then becomes of the present activities of our being, activities of the mind turned towards knowledge and the expression of knowledge, activities of our emotional and sensational parts, activities of outward conduct, creation, production, the will turned towards mastery over men, things, life, the world, the forces of Nature? Are they to be abandoned and to be replaced by some other way of living in which a spiritualised consciousness can find its true expression and figure. Are they to be maintained as they are in their outward appearance, but transformed by an inner spirit in the act or enlarged in scope arid liberated into new forms by a reversal of consciousness such as was seen on earth when man took up the vital activities of the animal to mentalise and extend and transfigure them by the infusion of reason, thinking will, refined emotions, an organised intelligence? Or is there to be an abandonment in part, a preservation only of such of them as can bear a spiritual change and, for the rest, the creation of a new life expressive, in its form no less than in its inspiration and motive-force, of the unity, wideness, peace, joy and harmony of the liberated spirit? It is this problem most of all that has exercised most the minds of those who have tried to trace the paths that lead from the human to the Divine in the long journey of the Yoga.
     Every kind of solution has been offered from the entire abandonment of works and life, so far as that is physically possible, to the acceptance of life as it is but with a new spirit animating and uplifting its movements, in appearance the same as they were but changed in the spirit behind them and therefore in their inner significance. The extreme solution insisted on by the world-shunning ascetic or the inward-turned ecstatical and self-oblivious mystic is evidently foreign to the purpose of an integral Yoga; for if we are to realise the Divine in the world, it cannot be done by leaving aside the world-action and action itself altogether. At a less high pitch it was laid down by the religious mind in ancient times that one should keep only such actions as are in their nature part of the seeking, service or cult of the Divine and such others as are attached to these or, in addition, those that are indispensable to the ordinary setting of life but done in a religious spirit and according to the injunctions of traditional religion and Scripture. But this is too formalist a rule for the fulfilment of the free spirit in works, and it is besides professedly no more than a provisional solution for tiding over the transition from life in the world to a life in the Beyond which still remains the sole ultimate purpose. An integral Yoga must lean rather to the catholic injunction of the Gita that even the liberated soul, living in the Truth, should still do all the works of life so that the plan of the universal evolution under a secret divine leading may not languish or suffer. But if all works are to be done with the same forms and on the same lines as they are now done in the Ignorance, our gain is only inward and our life in danger of becoming the dubious and ambiguous formula of an inner Light doing the works of an outer Twilight, the perfect Spirit expressing itself in a mould of imperfection foreign to its own divine nature. If no better can be done for a time, -and during a long period of transition something like this does inevitably happen, -- then so it must remain till things are ready and the spirit within is powerful enough to impose its own forms on the life of the body and the world outside; but this can be accepted only as a transitional stage and not as our soul's ideal or the ultimate goal of the passage.

1.06_-_Agni_and_the_Truth, #The Secret Of The Veda, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Kratu means in Sanskrit work or action and especially work in the sense of the sacrifice; but it means also power or strength
  (the Greek kratos) effective of action. Psychologically this power effective of action is the will. The word may also mean mind or intellect and Sayana admits thought or knowledge as a possible sense for kratu. Sravas means literally hearing and from this primary significance is derived its secondary sense, "fame". But, psychologically, the idea of hearing leads up in Sanskrit to another sense which we find in sravan.a, sruti, sruta, - revealed knowledge, the knowledge which comes by inspiration. Dr.s.t.i and sruti, sight and hearing, revelation and inspiration are the two chief powers of that supra-mental faculty which belongs to the old Vedic idea of the Truth, the Ritam. The word sravas is not recognised by the lexicographers in this sense, but it is accepted in the sense of a hymn, - the inspired word of the
  Veda. This indicates clearly that at one time it conveyed the idea of inspiration or of something inspired, whether word or knowledge. This significance, then, we are entitled to give it, provisionally at least, in the present passage; for the other sense of fame is entirely incoherent and meaningless in the context.
  
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  We get then this rendering of the four verses: -
  "May Agni, priest of the offering whose will towards action is that of the seer, who is true, most rich in varied inspiration, come, a god with the gods.
  
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  Who, then, is this god Agni to whom language of so mystic a fervour is addressed, to whom functions so vast and profound are ascribed? Who is this guardian of the Truth, who is in his act its illumination, whose will in the act is the will of a seer possessed of a divine wisdom governing his richly varied inspiration? What is the Truth that he guards? And what is this good that he creates for the giver who comes always to him in thought day and night bearing as his sacrifice submission and self-surrender? Is it gold and horses and cattle that he brings or is it some diviner riches?
  It is not the sacrificial Fire that is capable of these functions, nor can it be any material flame or principle of physical heat and light. Yet throughout the symbol of the sacrificial Fire is maintained. It is evident that we are in the presence of a mystic symbolism to which the fire, the sacrifice, the priest are only outward figures of a deeper teaching and yet figures which it was thought necessary to maintain and to hold constantly in front.
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  This is the obvious sense of the word kavikratuh., he whose active will or power of effectivity is that of the seer, - works, that is to say, with the knowledge which comes by the truth-consciousness and in which there is no misapplication or error. The epithets that follow confirm this interpretation. Agni is satya, true in his being; perfect possession of his own truth and the essential truth of things gives him the power to apply it perfectly in all act and movement of force. He has both the satyam and the r.tam. Moreover, he is citrasravastamah.; from the Ritam there proceeds a fullness of richly luminous and varied inspirations which give the capacity for doing the perfect work. For all these are epithets of Agni as the hotr., the priest of the sacrifice, he who performs the offering. Therefore it is the power of Agni to apply the Truth in the work (karma or apas) symbolised by the sacrifice, that makes him the object of human invocation.
  

1.06_-_Dhyana_and_Samadhi, #Raja-Yoga, #Swami Vivkenanda, #unset
  
  The Yogi teaches that the mind itself has a higher state of existence, beyond reason, a superconscious state, and when the mind gets to that higher state, then this knowledge, beyond reasoning, comes to man. Metaphysical and transcendental knowledge comes to that man. This state of going beyond reason, transcending ordinary human nature, may sometimes come by chance to a man who does not understand its science; he, as it were, stumbles upon it. When he stumbles upon it, he generally interprets it as coming from outside. So this explains why an inspiration, or transcendental knowledge, may be the same in different countries, but in one country it will seem to come through an angel, and in another through a Deva, and in a third through God. What does it mean? It means that the mind brought the knowledge by its own nature, and that the finding of the knowledge was interpreted according to the belief and education of the person through whom it came. The real fact is that these various men, as it were, stumbled upon this superconscious state.
  
  The Yogi says there is a great danger in stumbling upon this state. In a good many cases there is the danger of the brain being deranged, and, as a rule, you will find that all those men, however great they were, who had stumbled upon this superconscious state without understanding it, groped in the dark, and generally had, along with their knowledge, some quaint superstition. They opened themselves to hallucinations. Mohammed claimed that the Angel Gabriel came to him in a cave one day and took him on the heavenly horse, Harak, and he visited the heavens. But with all that, Mohammed spoke some wonderful truths. If you read the Koran, you find the most wonderful truths mixed with superstitions. How will you explain it? That man was inspired, no doubt, but that inspiration was, as it were, stumbled upon. He was not a trained Yogi, and did not know the reason of what he was doing. Think of the good Mohammed did to the world, and think of the great evil that has been done through his fanaticism! Think of the millions massacred through his teachings, mothers bereft of their children, children made orphans, whole countries destroyed, millions upon millions of people killed!
  
  So we see this danger by studying the lives of great teachers like Mohammed and others. Yet we find, at the same time, that they were all inspired. Whenever a prophet got into the superconscious state by heightening his emotional nature, he brought away from it not only some truths, but some fanaticism also, some superstition which injured the world as much as the greatness of the teaching helped. To get any reason out of the mass of incongruity we call human life, we have to transcend our reason, but we must do it scientifically, slowly, by regular practice, and we must cast off all superstition. We must take up the study of the superconscious state just as any other science. On reason we must have to lay our foundation, we must follow reason as far as it leads, and when reason fails, reason itself will show us the way to the highest plane. When you hear a man say, "I am inspired," and then talk irrationally, reject it. Why? Because these three states instinct, reason, and superconsciousness, or the unconscious, conscious, and superconscious states belong to one and the same mind. There are not three minds in one man, but one state of it develops into the others. Instinct develops into reason, and reason into the transcendental consciousness; therefore, not one of the states contradicts the others. Real inspiration never contradicts reason, but fulfils it. Just as you find the great prophets saying, "I come not to destroy but to fulfil," so inspiration always comes to fulfil reason, and is in harmony with it.
  
  All the different steps in Yoga are intended to bring us scientifically to the superconscious state, or Samadhi. Furthermore, this is a most vital point to understand, that inspiration is as much in every man's nature as it was in that of the ancient prophets. These prophets were not unique; they were men as you or I. They were great Yogis. They had gained this superconsciousness, and you and I can get the same. They were not peculiar people. The very fact that one man ever reached that state, proves that it is possible for every man to do so. Not only is it possible, but every man must, eventually, get to that state, and that is religion. Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth, until we experience it ourselves. You cannot hope to make a man a surgeon by simply giving him a few books. You cannot satisfy my curiosity to see a country by showing me a map; I must have actual experience. Maps can only create curiosity in us to get more perfect knowledge. Beyond that, they have no value whatever. Clinging to books only degenerates the human mind. Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book! Millions of people have been killed because they did not believe what the books said, because they would not see all the knowledge of God within the covers of a book. Of course this killing and murdering has gone by, but the world is still tremendously bound up in a belief in books.
  

1.06_-_Hymns_of_Parashara, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  1. He is the conqueror in the forests; in mortals he is a friend:
  he chooses inspiration as a king an unaging councillor. He
  4 Or, he is a light difficult to kindle;

1.06_-_MORTIFICATION,_NON-ATTACHMENT,_RIGHT_LIVELIHOOD, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  First, that she should do all that belonged to her to do by any law, human or Divine. Secondly, that she was to refrain from doing those things that were forbidden her by human or Divine Law, or by Divine inspiration. Thirdly, that she should bear with as much patience or resignation as possible all crosses and contradictions to her natural will, which were inflicted by the hand of God. Such, for instance, were aridities, temptations, afflictions or bodily pain, sickness and infirmity; or again, the loss of friends or want of necessaries and comforts. All this was to be endured patiently, whether the crosses came direct from God or by means of His creatures. These indeed were mortifications enough for Dame Gertrude, or for any other soul, and there was no need for anyone to advise or impose others.
  
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  It is by long obedience and hard work that the artist comes to unforced spontaneity and consummate mastery. Knowing that he can never create anything on his own account, out of the top layers, so to speak, of his personal consciousness, he submits obediently to the workings of inspiration; and knowing that the medium in which he works has its own self-nature, which must not be ignored or violently overriden, he makes himself its patient servant and, in this way, achieves perfect freedom of expression. But life is also an art, and the man who would become a consummate artist in living must follow, on all the levels of his being, the same procedure as that by which the painter or the sculptor or any other craftsman comes to his own more limited perfection.
  

1.06_-_Wealth_and_Government, #Words Of The Mother III, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  
  The various forms of government can stay as they are; that is only of secondary importance. But whatever the social status of the men in power, they should receive their inspiration from those who have realised the Truth and have no other will than that of the Supreme.
  

1.06_-_Yun_Men's_Every_Day_is_a_Good_Day, #The Blue Cliff Records, #Yuanwu Keqin, #Zen
  Three phrases are inherent in every one phrase of Yun Men;
  since the source inspiration of his family is like this, when Yun
  Men utters a phrase, it must be returned to the source. Any

1.07_-_A_Song_of_Longing_for_Tara,_the_Infallible, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
  monasteries do a particular puja, they make offerings and repeat requests for
  inspiration over and over again. One time, they were making 100,000 of these
  offerings and requests to Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava. This little rinpoche asked my friend, Why do we request the Buddha over and over again
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  mind and trying to turn it right-side up so that the sunlight can ll it. Reciting verses and mantras sincerely and with proper understanding of their
  meaning makes our mind open and receptive so that the inspiration and
  teachings of the Buddha can enter and grow.
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  that he had spiritual realizations.
  The Tibetan word that is usually translated as blessing or inspiration
  can more literally be translated as to transform into magnicence. We are
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  of love. Arouse the great power of your compassion and think of me. Here,
  we ask Tara for her help and inspiration. We also say to ourselves, Im making myself ready to receive the enlightening inuence of Tara and of all the
  Buddhas. I want to follow the path and do the meditations necessary to

1.07_-_TRUTH, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  With Keatss statement in its secondary meaning the exponents of the Perennial Philosophy would certainly disagree. The experience of beauty in art or in nature may be qualitatively akin to the immediate, unitive experience of the divine Ground or Godhead; but it is not the same as that experience, and the particular beauty-fact experienced, though partaking in some sort of the divine nature, is at several removes from the Godhead. The poet, the nature lover, the aesthete are granted apprehensions of Reality analogous to those vouchsafed to the selfless contemplative; but because they have not troubled to make themselves perfectly selfless, they are incapable of knowing the divine Beauty in its fulness, as it is in itself. The poet is born with the capacity of arranging words in such a way that something of the quality of the graces and inspirations he has received can make itself felt to other human beings in the white spaces, so to speak, between the lines of his verse. This is a great and precious gift; but if the poet remains content with his gift, if he persists in worshipping the beauty in art and nature without going on to make himself capable, through selflessness, of apprehending Beauty as it is in the divine Ground, then he is only an idolater. True, his idolatry is among the highest of which human beings are capable; but an idolatry, none the less, it remains.
  
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  Non-rational creatures do not look before or after, but live in the animal eternity of a perpetual present; instinct is their animal grace and constant inspiration; and they are never tempted to live otherwise than in accord with their own animal dharma, or immanent law. Thanks to his reasoning powers and to the instrument of reason, language, man (in his merely human condition) lives nostalgically, apprehensively and hopefully in the past and future as well as in the present; has no instincts to tell him what to do; must rely on personal cleverness, rather than on inspiration from the divine Nature of Things; finds himself in a condition of chronic civil war between passion and prudence and, on a higher level of awareness and ethical sensibility, between egotism and dawning spirituality. But this wearisome condition of humanity is the indispensable prerequisite of enlightenment and deliverance. Man must live in time in order to be able to advance into eternity, no longer on the animal, but on the spiritual level; he must be conscious of himself as a separate ego in order to be able consciously to transcend separate selfhood; he must do battle with the lower self in order that he may become identified with that higher Self within him, which is akin to the divine Not-Self; and finally he must make use of his cleverness in order to pass beyond cleverness to the intellectual vision of Truth, the immediate, unitive knowledge of the divine Ground. Reason and its works are not and cannot be a proximate means of union with God. The proximate means is intellect, in the scholastic sense of the word, or spirit. In the last analysis the use and purpose of reason is to create the internal and external conditions favour able to its own transfiguration by and into spirit. It is the lamp by which it finds the way to go beyond itself. We see, then, that as a means to a proximate means to an End, discursive reasoning is of enormous value. But if, in our pride and madness, we treat it as a proximate means to the divine End (as so many religious people have done and still do), or if, denying the existence of an eternal End, we regard it as at once the means to Progress and its ever-receding goal in time, cleverness becomes the enemy, a source of spiritual blindness, moral evil and social disaster. At no period in history has cleverness been so highly valued or, in certain directions, so widely and efficiently trained as at the present time. And at no time have intellectual vision and spirituality been less esteemed, or the End to which they are proximate means less widely and less earnestly sought for. Because technology advances, we fancy that we are making corresponding progress all along the line; because we have considerable power over inanimate nature, we are convinced that we are the self-sufficient masters of our fate and captains of our souls; and because cleverness has given us technology and power, we believe, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, that we have only to go on being yet cleverer in a yet more systematic way to achieve social order, international peace and personal happiness.
  

1.08_-_The_Depths_of_the_Divine, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  :::Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. . . . The magnetism which all original action exerts is explained when we inquire the reason of self-trust. Who is the Trustee? What is the aboriginal Self, on which a universal reliance may be grounded? . . . The inquiry leads us to that source, at once the essence of genius, of virtue, and of life. . . . In that deep force, the last fact behind which analysis cannot go, all things find their common origin.
  :::For the sense of being which in calm hour arises, we know not how, in the Soul, is not diverse from things, from space, from light, from time, from man, but one with them and proceeds obviously from the same source whence their life and being also proceed. . . . Here is the fountain of action and of thought. Here are the lungs of that inspiration which giveth man wisdom. . . . We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity. When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams. . . .
  :::The relations of the Soul to the divine spirit are so pure that it is profane to seek to interpose helps. It must be that when God speaketh he should communicate, not one thing, but all things; should fill the world with his voice; should scatter forth light, nature, time, souls, from the center of the present thought; and new date and new create the whole. Whenever a mind is simple and receives a divine wisdom, old things pass away-means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now and absorbs past and future into the present hour. All things are made sacred by relation to it-one as much as another. All things are dissolved to their center by their cause, and in the universal miracle petty and particular miracles disappear.

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