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Letters on Yoga – II
Practice of the Integral Yoga


Section One: The Path and the Goal

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The True Object of Spiritual Seeking 5
Motives for Seeking the Divine 8
Dedication to the Spiritual Life 15
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A Yoga of Divine Life 19
A Yoga Not for Ourselves 20
Not Liberation But Transformation 22
Divinisation and Transformation 23

Section Two: Basic Requisites of the Path

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The Call 27
Turning towards the Divine 29
Spiritual Destiny 30
Capacity for Yoga 31
Fitness for Yoga 32
Capacity of Westerners for Yoga 36
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Indispensable Qualities 42
Conditions of the Yoga 43
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Purification of the Nature 46
The Meaning of Purity 48
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The Meaning of Sincerity 50
Sincerity in Sadhana 51
Earnestness and Straightforwardness 54
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The Value of Aspiration 55
The Meaning of Aspiration 56
The Object of Aspiration 57
No Need of Words in Aspiration 58
The Necessity of Aspiration 58
Intensity of Aspiration and Vital Impatience 59
Aspiration and Desire 60
Aspiration and Pulling 61
Lack of Aspiration 61
Aspiration and Conversion 63
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Rejection of the Lower Impulses 64
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The Meaning of Surrender 67
A Free Surrender 68
The Will to Surrender 69
The Inner Surrender 69
The Central Surrender 72
Complete or Absolute Surrender 72
The Surrender of the Vital 74
Surrender and the Psychic 76
Surrender and Bhakti 78
Surrender and the Brahmic Condition 78
Surrender and Transformation 79
Passive or Tamasic Surrender 79
Surrender and Tapasya 81
Surrender and Personal Effort 82
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Faith, Belief, Confidence, Trust 88
A Problem of Faith 90
Faith and Knowledge 91
Faith and Experience 92
The Gospel of Faith 95
Faith and Doubt 97
Types of Faith 99
Faithfulness 99
Keep Firm Faith 101
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Consecration 103
Offering 104
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The Meaning of Opening 105
Opening to the Divine 106
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Patience 110
Persistence 114
Perseverance 116
Endurance 117
Resolution 118
Firmness 118
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Vigilance, Discrimination, Control 119

Section Three: The Foundation of the Sadhana

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Peace Is the First Condition 123
Peace, Calm, Wideness 124
Difficulties, Disturbances and Peace 125
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Equality or Samata 129
Samata and Loyalty to Truth 131
Samata and Ego 133
Equality and Detachment 133
Equality in Times of Trouble and Difficulty 134
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Quiet, Calm, Peace, Silence 137
Quietude 138
Quiet Mind 141
Vacant Mind 145
Calm 145
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Peace Is Something Positive 148
Peace Comes Little by Little 149
A Settled or Established Peace 149
Peace in the Mind, Vital and Physical 151
Peace in the Inner Being 153
Passive Peace 154
Peace and Inertia 154
Peace and Force 155
Peace, Love and Joy 155
Peace, Happiness, Joy, Delight, Ananda 156
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Freedom from Thoughts 158
Silence and True Knowledge 159
Silence and Quietness of Mind 159
Silence, Peace and Calm 162
Silence and True Activity 162

Section Four: The Divine Response

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The Divine Grace 167
The Grace and Personal Effort 171
Strength and Grace 172
Grace and Tapasya 172
No Insistence on the Grace 173
Trust in the Divine Grace 174
Withdrawal of Grace 174
The First Responses of the Divine 175
The Divine Guidance 175
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The Nature of Spiritual Force 179
The Divine Force Works under Conditions 185
Writing about Spiritual Force 186
Use and Misuse of the Divine Force 187
The Action of the Divine Force 187
Allow the Divine Force to Act 188
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Acceptance of the Guru 190
The Guru in the Supramental Yoga 192
Surrender to the Guru 193
Other Gurus 194
The Guru’s Help in Difficulty 195
The Knowledge Given by the Guru 197
The Capacity of the Guru 199
The Bhakta and the Disciple 200


Section One: A Yoga of Knowledge, Works, Bhakti and Self-Perfection

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Four Necessary Processes 207
The Need for Plasticity 208
Work, Meditation and Bhakti 209
Surrender and Self-Giving 212
Aspiration and Will of Consecration 214
Sadhana, Tapasya, Aradhana, Dhyana 215
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The Place of Work in Sadhana 216
A Defence of Works 218
Work and Meditation 221
No Competition between Work and Meditation 222
The Time Given to Work and Meditation 224
Concentration, Meditation and Prayer 225
Bhakti and Knowledge 227

Section Two: Sadhana through Work

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Work as Part of Sadhana 231
Work without Personal Motives 232
The Karmayoga of the Gita 234
No Vital Demand in Work 238
The Utility of Work 240
Right Attitude in Work 242
Equanimity in Work 243
The Impersonal Worker 244
Service of the Divine 245
All Work Equal in the Eyes of the Spirit 246
Interest in Work 250
Joy in Work 251
Loss of Inspiration in Work 252
Thoughts of Sadhana during Work 253
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Working from Within 254
Working with a Double Consciousness 256
Absorption in Work 257
Remembering the Presence in Work 258
Inner Guidance about Work 260
Knowing the Divine Will 263
Freedom in Work 264
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Receiving the Divine Power or Force 266
The Working of the Force 268
The Force and the Peace in Action 271
Drawing upon the Force for Energy 272
Avoiding Overstrain 274
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Order and Rhythm 276
Rules, Discipline, Regularity, Thoroughness 277
Harmony 278
Avoiding Harshness, Severity, Anger 279
Working with Subordinates and Superiors 281
Overcoming the Instinct of Domination 282
Avoiding Disturbance 283
Avoiding Restlessness, Worry and Anxiety 284
Compliments and Criticism 286
Thinking about Work 287
Dealing with Physical Things 287
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The Arts and the Spiritual Life 290
Literature 291
Painting 292
Singing 294

Section Three: Sadhana through Concentration, Meditation and Japa

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The Meaning of Concentration and Meditation 297
The Role of Concentration and Meditation (Dhyana) in Sadhana 298
The Object of Meditation 300
Meditation Not Necessary for All 300
Methods of Meditation and Concentration 301
Concentration on the Idea 305
Centres for Concentration 306
Postures for Concentration or Meditation 311
Regularity, Length and Other Conditions 312
Coming out of Concentration or Meditation 313
The Difficulty of the Mechanical Mind 314
Surface Thoughts and Imaginations 315
Straining and Concentration 315
Relaxation and Concentration 316
Passive Meditation and Concentration 317
Inertia, Laziness, Tiredness in Meditation 317
Meditation, Sleep and Samadhi 319
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The Word 322
Mantras 323
The Mantra OM 323
The Mantra So’ham 324
The Gayatri Mantra 325
Mantras in the Integral Yoga 326
Namajapa or Repetition of the Name 327
Verses of the Gita Used as Japa 328
Success in Japa 328

Section Four: Sadhana through Love and Devotion

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Divine Love and Its Manifestation 333
Divine Love and Psychic Love 336
Psychic Love 336
Universal Love and Psychic Love 337
Love for the Divine 338
Human Love in the Sadhana 341
Human Love and Divine Love 344
The Vital and Love for the Divine 347
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Turning the Emotions towards the Divine 350
Bhakti or Devotion 352
Bhakti and Love 356
Emotional Bhakti 357
Vital Bhakti 358
Viraha or Pangs of Separation 359
Enmity to the Divine 360
Contact with the Divine 361
Contact and Union with the Divine 363
Outer Worship 364
Prayer 365


Section One: A Yoga of Transformation

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The Meaning of Purna Yoga 373
This-Worldliness and Other-Worldliness 374
The Importance of Descent in the Yoga 376
The Inclusiveness of the Yoga 379
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Not an Ascetic Path 380
Asceticism and Detachment 383
Two Methods of Living in the Supreme 384
The Human Approach to the Divine 385
Vairagya 387
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The World Not an Illusion 391
Shankara, Buddhism, Evolution 391
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The Meaning of Transformation 398
Towards a Transformation of Earth Life 401
Spiritualisation and Transformation 404
The Attempt at Physical Transformation 407

Section Two: Other Spiritual Paths and the Integral Yoga

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Old and New Truth 411
Spiritual Realisation and the Supramental Transformation 412
Depreciation of the Old Yogas 415
The Old Lines and This Line 416
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The Vedic Rishis 417
The Veda and the Greeks 420
No Incarnation of the Vedic Gods 420
Terms and Verses of the Upanishads 423
The Vedantin 425
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Jainism 428
Buddhism 428
Buddhist Nirvana 431
Different Kinds of Buddhism 433
Buddhism and Vedanta 434
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Sankhya 437
Patanjali’s Yoga 437
The Yoga-Vasishtha 439
Asanas and Pranayama 439
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The Teaching of the Gita 441
Apparent Contradictions in the Gita 441
The Gita, the Divine Mother and the Purushottama 443
The Gita and the Integral Yoga 444
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Shankara’s Mayavada 447
Mayavada and Nirvana 451
The Illusionist Metaphors 457
Laya 457
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Tantra and the Integral Yoga 459
Kundalini, the Chakras and the Integral Yoga 460
Levels of Speech (Vak) 464
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The Vaishnava Theory and Sadhana 465
Vaishnava Bhakti and the Integral Yoga 466
The True Vaishnava Attitude 467
The Sunlit Way of Yoga 469
Ordinary Life, Vaishnava Traditions and the Supramental Yoga 475
Different Approaches through Love and Bhakti 483
Love and Bhakti for Krishna 487
Love of Krishna and This Yoga 494
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Ramana Maharshi 496
Swami Ramatirtha 500
Swami Ramdas 500
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Christianity 504
Theosophy 511

Notes are paraphrased from the “Publisher's Note” and “Note on the Texts”.