My Pilgrimage to the Spirit

My Pilgrimage to the Spirit

My Pilgrimage to the Spirit by Dr. Govindbhai Patel is the book of his experiences in sadhana in Sri Aurobindo Ashram as well as in his life outside, while following an ideal of Sri Aurobindo– «All life is Yoga.» The book therefore is significantly divided mainly in two parts. The first part covers his Yogic experiences and visions guided by the Divine Grace in the form of letters by the Divine Master of Yoga in Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The second part covers his experiences in the thick of life outside, guided by the Divine Grace, which gives a touch of originality and uniqueness to the book, for it is the first book of its type which contains author’s experiences outside the Ashram, moulding his life with care, by the touch of the Grace and fulfilling it into a stream of dedicated pilgrimage. Here we have the pleasure to see, how skilfully the door of the human life which is a paradox, is opened by the key of the Divine Grace, turning it into a fulfilment of life as a dedicated pilgrimage. «Life is a paradox, with God for key.»


Book Details

Author: Dr. Govindbhai Patel

Print Length: 169

Publisher:  Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department

Original source: http://sabda.sriaurobindoashram.org

Contributor: Blindshiva

Book format: PDF, ePub, Kindle

Language: English


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Contents

  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • FOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION
  • How and why I came to Pondicherry
  • SOME REMINISCENCES

PART I 

  • TOWARDS OVERMIND
  • EXPERIENCES OF OVERMIND
  • TOWARDS SUPERMIND
  • TOWARDS PURUSHOTTAMA
  • EXPERIENCES OF COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS
  • ATTITUDE
  • TO MONEY AND THINGS
  • TO SEX AND POWER
  • TO THE WORLD
  • TO READING
  • TO PERSONAL EFFORT
  • THE PSYCHIC OR YOGIC ATTITUDE
  • TO SPIRITUAL CONNECTION AND OPENNESS
  • LET US KNOW
  • CHITTA AND CHIT
  • DEMAND AND DESIRE
  • APPROACH TO THE MOTHER
  • EGO
  • SURRENDER
  • DIVINE WILL
  • SLEEP
  • EXPERIENCES IN SLEEP
  • OCCULTISM
  • TRANCE
  • CENTRES
  • ILLNESS AND ITS CURE
  • FATIGUE AND ITS CURE
  • FOOD
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • WORK
  • GOSSIP
  • PERSONAL
  • COLLECTION OF MONEY
  • COLLECTION OF LETTERS
  • MOTHER’S LOVE
  • MAHATMA GANDHI

PART II

  • THE TOUCH OF GRACE IN THE THICK OF LIFE
  • THE TOUCH OF GRACE IN FAMILY AND SOCIAL LIFE
  • THE TOUCH OF GRACE IN THE ACTIVITIES OF SRI AUROBINDO CENTRE
  • THE TOUCH OF GRACE IN THE PRACTICE OF NATUROPATHIC EYE CLINIC
  • THE DEDICATION PILGRIMAGE
  • GRACE THAT FULFILS
  • THE ART OF LIVING

PART III

  • THE MOTHER
  • SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM
  • AUROVILLE
  • THE AUTHOR

 Sample

My Pilgrimage to the Spirit

……The only creation for which there is any place here is the Supramental, the bringing of the Divine Truth down on the earth not only into the mind and vital but into the body and into the Matter. Its object is not to remove all «limitations» on the expansion of the ego or to give a free field and make unlimited room for the fulfilment of the ideas of the human mind or the desires of the ego-centered life force. None of us is here to «do as we like», or to create a world in which we shall at last be able to do as we like: We are here to do what the Divine’ wills and to create a world in which the Divine Will can manifest its Truth, no longer deformed by human ignorance or perverted and mistranslated by the vital desire. The work which the sadhaka of the Supramental Yoga has to do is not his own work for which he can lay down his own conditions, but the work of the Divine which he has to do according to the conditions laid down by the Divine. Our Yoga is not for our own sake but for the sake of the Divine. It is not our personal manifestation that we are to seek, the manifestation of the individual ego freed from all bounds and from all bonds, but the manifestation of the Divine, of that manifestation our own spiritual liberation, perfection, fullness is to be a result and a part, but not in any egoistic sense or for any ego-centered or self-seeking purpose. This liberation, perfection, fullness too are not to be for our own sake, but for the sake of the Divine. I emphasize this character of the creation, because a constant forgetfulness of this simple and central truth, a conscious, half-conscious or wholly ignorant confusion about it has been at the root of the most of the vital revolts that have spoiled many an individual sadhana here and disturbed the progress of the general inner work and the spiritual atmosphere.

The Supramental Creation, since it is to be a creation upon earth, must be not only an inner ehange, but a physical and external manifestation also. And it is precisely for this part of the work, the most difficult of all, that surrender is most needful; for this reason that it is the actual descent of the Supramental Divine into Matter and working of the Divine Presence and Power there that can alone make the physical and external change possible. Even the most powerful self-assertion of human will and endeavour is impotent to bring it about….