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Aim of Integral Yoga
            The way of Yoga followed here has a different purpose from
        others, — for its aim is not only to rise out of the ordinary ignorant
        world-consciousness into the divine consciousness, but to bring
        the supramental power of that divine consciousness down into
        the ignorance of mind, life and body, to transform them, to mani-
        fest the Divine here and create a divine life in Matter. This is an
        exceedingly difficult aim and difficult Yoga; to many or most it will
        seem impossible. All the established forces of the ordinary igno-
        rant world-consciousness are opposed to it and deny it and try to
        prevent it, and the sadhak will find his own mind, life and body full
        of the most obstinate impediments to its realisation. If you can
        accept the ideal whole-heartedly, face all the difficulties, leave the
        past and its ties behind you and are ready to give up everything
        and risk everything for this divine possibility, then only can you
        hope to discover by experience the Truth behind it.
            The sadhana of this Yoga does not proceed through any set
        mental teaching or prescribed forms of meditation, mantras or
        others, but by aspiration, by a self-concentration inwards or up-
        wards, by self-opening to an Influence, to the Divine Power above
        us and its workings, to the Divine Presence in the heart, and by
        the rejection of all that is foreign to these things. It is only by faith,
        aspiration and surrender that this self-opening can come.
                                                     (CWSA 29:19-20)

        The practice of this Yoga is double - ascent and descent
            The practice of this Yoga is double — one side is of an ascent
        of the consciousness to the higher planes, the other is of a de-
        scent of the power of the higher planes into the earth conscious-
        ness so as to drive out the Power of darkness and ignorance and
        transform the nature.
                                                      (CWSA 30:416)

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