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all that is done in the universe, the Divine through his Shakti
is behind all action but he is veiled by his Yoga Maya and works
through the ego of the Jiva in the lower nature.
Yoga also it is the Divine who is the Sadhaka and the Sadhana; it
is his Shakti with her light, power, knowledge, consciousness, Ananda,
acting upon the Adhara and, when it is opened to her, pouring into
it with these divine forces that makes the Sadhana possible. But
so long as the lower nature is active the effort of the Sadhaka
personal effort required is a triple labour of aspiration, rejection
an aspiration vigilant, constant, unceasing
the mind's will, the hearts seeking, the assent of the vital being,
the will to open and make plastic the physical consciousness and
rejection of the movements of lower nature
rejection of the mind's ideas, opinions, preferences, habits, constructions,
so that the true knowledge may find free room in a silent mind,
rejection of the vital nature's desires, demands, cravings, sensations,
passions, selfishness, pride, arrogance, lust, greed, jealousy,
envy, hostility to Truth, so that the true power and joy may pour
from above into a calm, large, strong and consecrated vital being,
rejection of the physical nature's stupidity, doubt, disbelief,
obscurity, obstinacy, pettiness, laziness, unwillingness to change,
so that the true stability of Light, Power, Ananda may establish
itself in a body growing always more divine;
surrender of oneself and all one is and has and every plane of the
consciousness and every movement to the Divine Shakti.
proportion as the surrender and self-consecration progress the Sadhaka
becomes conscious of the Divine Shakti doing the Sadhana, pouring
into him more and more of herself, founding in him the freedom and
perfection of the Divine Nature.
more this conscious process replaces his own effort, the more rapid
and true becomes his progress.
it cannot completely replace the necessity of personal effort until
the surrender and consecration are pure and complete from top to
that a tamasic surrender refusing to fulfill the conditions and
calling on the God to do everything and save one all the trouble
and struggle is a deception and does not lead to freedom and perfection.