Vedic Glossary

Vedic Glossary

Integral Yogic Psychology - the source of these wisdom teachings is from Sri Aurobindo Goshe and Mother Mirra who established the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, and wrote many books on human consciousness which offer insight into the true meaning of life on earth and the present evolutionary crisis we are facing. The aim of integral yoga is to integrate the body, mind and spirit by combining physical practice and a philosophical approach to life in order to develop the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of individuals. According to teachings, spirit manifests itself in a process of involution (downward vortex) and evolution (upward vortex) in order to move toward complete manifestation of spirit. The result is transformation of our narrow human way of thinking, seeing, feeling and being into a deep and wide spiritual consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo (Aravind) Goshe - his world view gives each individual a meaningful place in a progressive cosmic unfolding and casts our understanding of human endeavour in a new and purposeful perspective. Both Sri Aurobindo and The Mother worked all their lives for the manifestation of a mode of consciousness beyond mind which Sri Aurobindo named the 'super mind' or the 'supramental'.

Mirra Alfassa - known as “The Mother” was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo Goshe. She worked tirelessly to bring about the transformation of human nature and body through bringing down of the 'supramental' power in evolution. She also helped create Auroville, a model universal township in India. The symbol used on this website is taken from The Mother. The outer circle symbolizes the twelve powers of The Mother manifested for her work: Sincerity, Humility, Gratitude, Perseverance, Aspiration, Receptivity, Progress, Courage, Goodness, Generosity, Equality and Peace.

Aspiration - One must have a fixed and unfailing aspiration, vigilant and constant, an aspiration of the entire being, an aspiration that takes hold of you completely, an aspiration to unity with the Divine…to give oneself totally to the Divine Consciousness, so that the Divine may be all in all. Source: The Mother

Courage - An indomitable courage, a perfect sincerity, a total self-giving to the extent that you do not calculate or bargain, you do not give with the idea of receiving, you do not offer yourself with the intention of being protected, you do not have a faith that needs proofs - that is indispensable for advancing on earth - this alone can shelter you against all danger. Source: The Mother

Equality - A perfect equality of our spirit and nature is a means by which we can move back from the troubled and ignorant outer consciousness into the inner kingdom of heaven and possess the Spirit’s eternal kingdom of greatness, joy and peace. Source: The Mother

Generosity - This is a power, a Divine movement that spreads, diffuses, throws out freely forces and things and whatever else it possesses on all levels of nature, from the more material to the most spiritual planes. If truly surrendered to the Divine, it will be utilized as an instrument for the Divine work. Source: The Mother

- One must do as well as one can, the best one can, but without expecting a result, without doing it with a view to the result. Just this attitude, to expect a reward for a good action - to become good because one thinks this will make life easier - takes away all value from the good action. Source: The Mother
Gratitude - Physically, materially upon earth it is in gratitude that one finds the form of purest delight. Of all the movements within the reach of human consciousness gratitude is certainly the one that draws you most out of the ego. Source: The Mother

- Humility is the recognition that one does not know, that one knows nothing, and that there may be something beyond what presently appears to us as being truest, noblest, most disinterested. Source: The Mother

- No matter what one wants to realize, one must begin by establishing this perfect and immutable peace: it is the basis from which one must work. Peace and stillness are the great remedy for disease. When we can bring peace in our cells, we are cured. Source: The Mother

Perseverance - Be ready to begin again a hundred times the same thing with the same intensity with which one did it the first time and as though one had never done it before. If one persists, there comes a time when one is victorious. Victory is to the most persistent. Source: The Mother

Progress - It is especially the will for progress and self-purification that lights the fire. The will for progress. When those who have strong will turn it toward spiritual progress and purification, they automatically light the fire within themselves. Source: The Mother

Receptivity - The power to receive the Divine Force and to feel its presence and the presence of the Mother in it and allow it to work, guiding one’s sight and will and action. Source: The Mother

Sincerity - every act of sincerity carries in itself its own reward; the feeling of purification, of soaring upwards, of liberation one gets when one has rejected even one particle of falsehood. Sincerity is the safeguard, the protection, the guide, and finally the transforming power. Source: The Mother


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