Elements of Yoga
Elements of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo is a compilation of Sri Aurobindo’s replies to elementary questions about Yoga raised by a disciple during the years 1933 to 1936. It was first published in 1953 and reissued in 1956. In 1991 the text was reproduced as the first part of Commentaries on “Elements of Yoga” by the Mother. Elements of Yoga is now being issued independently again in a second edition.
Author: Sri Aurobindo
Print Length: 78 pages
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
- The Call and Fitness
- The Foundation
- The Psychic Opening
- Experiences and Visions
- Difficulties and Progress
- Sex — Food— Sleep
- Some Explanations
Elements of Yoga
1. The Call and Fitness
How can one know if he is fit for the spiritual life before taking up Yoga?
How can anyone know before he puts his step on the path? He can only know whether he has the aspiration or not, whether he feels a call or not.
You have said that to enter the path of Yoga “all one needs to know is whether the soul in one has been moved to the Yoga or not”. But how to know this clearly before entering the path?
It is a question of feeling it or not. There is no “how to know” about it. One knows or one does not know, one feels or one does not feel. You don’t ask how to know when one is happy or angry or sorrowful — one knows at once.
How can people know whether they have any spiritual possibility in them?
Nobody does know. When the soul pushes them, they turn towards the Divine, that is all.
Please let me know if I have any possibility for spiritual realisation.
It is a waste of time to ask such a question. When you have entered the spiritual path, you have only to go on relying not on your possibility but on the Mother’s Power.