Integral Yoga of Transformation - Psychic, Spiritual and Supramental

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  • PART ONE

    Meaning of Transformation

    The integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother can rightly be described as the yoga of total transformation. The word "transformation" which has been used by Sri Aurobindo in expounding the integral yoga of triple transformation has a distinctive meaning, and although explained briefly else where, we may refer to the following statement of Sri Aurobindo:

    "By transformation I do not mean some change of the nature — I do not mean, for instance, sainthood or ethical perfection or yogic siddhis (like the tantrik's) or a transcendental (chinmaya) body. I use transformation in a special sense, a change of consciousness radical and complete and of a certain specific kind which is so conceived as to bring about a strong and assured step forward in the spiritual evolution of the being of a greater and higher kind and of a larger sweep and completeness than what took place when a mentalised being first appeared in a vital and material animal world. If anything short of that takes place or at least if a real beginning is not made on that basis, a fundamental progress towards this fulfillment, then my object is not accomplished. A partial realization, something mixed and inconclusive, does not meet the demand I make on life and yoga."1

    Sri Aurobindo makes a distinction between the liberation of the soul from Nature or Prakriti and the liberation of Nature from its own limitations. Generally, liberation of the soul from

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