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Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Yoga and its Objects and Record of Yoga

Re: What Jugal told me about Record of Yoga by RY Deshpande on Sun 18 Mar 2012 07:33 AM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
In the context of Record of Yoga we must recognize a couple of things. These records were for personal “use” in the sense that, in this way, what was experienced became realized, concrete, got fixed, writing them down gave firmness to all these. What bearing that personal “use” has for others is another matter. These experiences belong primarily to the first ten-fifteen years of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga-tapasya, and it has that historical relevance, that bearing.
After 1920 things started moving altogether in a different manner. Naturally, Sri Aurobindo himself felt that the earlier formulations had kind of become ‘dated’. That is what he means in his letter dated 28 October 1934 that what was described in the 1921 The Yoga and its Objects belongs to the earlier period of his yogic pursuit and formulation. The same of course applies to Record of Yoga, and we should not make a fetish of things… This “historical perspective” must be borne in mind when we are talking about the Yoga-related writings of Sri Aurobindo. 

How does one know what he has abandoned? SA used different terminologies and different formulations in different texts, this doesn’t necessarily mean he abandoned one for the other.
Only a few of the terms of the Sapta C turn up in Part IV of the Synthesis, though it is clear he is discussing the same material. The personal gods Krishna and Kali don’t turn up at all in the Synthesis or any of his later public writings, the book The Mother is the only place outside of the Record where he mentions the 4 Mahashaktis but says nothing of their Ishwaras, and certain things related to the sharira chatusthaya of the Record are not discussed by him anywhere before his last writings (The Supramental Manifestation). In the LD or the Synthesis, he says nothing about the avatar and in the LD there is no mention of the guru. In Savitri he mentions Overmind only once and Supermind and psychic being never.
In the commentary on the Kena Upanishads and in Part IV of the Synthesis, he mentions the 4 forms of Knowledge – vijnana, prajnana, samjnana and aajnana, but nowhere else. The point I’m making is that none of this is a proof that he discarded or abandoned something.

Finally, the siddhis and anandas spoken of in the Record are not addressed anywhere else but can clearly be seen in Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s own functioning. Comment on The Seven Quartets of Becoming by Debashish Banerji by debbanerji from Comments for Posthuman Destinies by debbanerji 
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