Descent of Peace
The Peace, Power, Light, Ananda of the higher
spiritual consciousness are there in all veiled above. A certain
opening upwards is needed for it to descent- the quietude of
the mind and a certain wide concentrated passivity to the descending
Influence are the best conditions for the descent.
I mean that you need not pull it down, but you should aid its
entry by your full aspiration and assent.
There is no necessity of feeling pressure. One feels force when
something is being done or the force is flowing on or if it
is there manifest in the body- but not when what is manifesting
is peace and silence.
The descent of Peace, the descent of Force or Power, the descent
of Light, the descent of Ananda, these are the four things that
transform the nature.
Light, Peace, Force, Ananda constitute the spiritual consciousness;
if they are not among the major experiences, what are?
I don't think the peace descent is in the habit of waiting for
companions- more often it likes at first to be all by itself
and then call down its friends with the message, "Come
along, I have made the place all ready for you".
Yes, when things begin to descend, they must come down on a
solid basis. That is why it is necessary to have peace as the
first descent and that it should become as strong and solid
as possible. But in any case to contain is the first necessity
-then more and more can come and settle itself. Once these two
things are settled -peace and strength, one can bear any amount
of everything else, Ananda, Knowledge or, whatever it may be.
...it is oftenest when the mind falls silent that there is the
full descent of a wide peace from above and in that wide tranquillity
the realisation of the silent Self above the mind spread out
in its vastness everywhere.
There is no rule, but the most normal course is for a certain
Peace and Force and light which is above the mind to descend
and as the result of its workings the cosmic consciousness opens
and in it higher and higher levels above mind. Many people get
an opening into the cosmic consciousness first but without the
basis of the higher Peace and Light it brings only a mass of
The descent into the body first in the head, then down to the
neck and in the chest is the ordinary rule. For many there is
a big stop before it gets below the navel owing to some vital
resistance. Once it passes that barricade it does not usually
take long to come down farther. But there is no rule as to the
time taken. In some it comes down like a flood, in others it
goes through with a methodical and deliberate increase.
It [peace] has to be brought down to the heart and navel
That gives it a certain kind of inner stability -though not
absolute. There is no method other than aspiration, a strong
quiet will and a rejection of all that is not turned towards
the Divine in those parts into which you call the peace.
A sensation of coolness indicates usually some touch
or descent of peace. It is felt as very cold by the human vital
because the latter is always in a fever of restlessness.
Your description of the solid cool block of peace pressing on
the body and making it immobile makes it certain that it is
what we call in this yoga the descent of the higher consciousness.
A deep, intense or massive substance of peace and stillness
is very commonly the first of its powers that descends and many
experience it in that way. At first it comes and stays only
during meditation or, without the sense of physical inertness
or immobility , a little while longer and afterwards is lost;
but if the sadhana follows its normal course, it comes more
and more, lasting longer and in the end as an enduring deep
peace and inner stillness and release becomes a normal character
of the consciousness, the foundation indeed of a new consciousness,
calm and liberated.
Your idea of psychic is certainly a
mental construction which should be avoided. The psychic has
indeed the quality of peace -but that is not its main character
as it is of the Self or Atman. The psychic is the divine element
in the individual being and its characteristic power is to turn
everything towards the Divine, to bring afire of purification,
aspiration, devotion, true light of discernment, feeling, will,
an action which transforms by degrees the whole nature. Quietude,
peace and silence in the heart and therefore in the vital part
of the being are necessary to reach the psychic, to plunge in
it, for the perturbations of the vital nature, desire, emotion
turned ego-wards or world-wards are the main part of the screen
that hides the soul from the nature. It is better, therefore,
to be free from the mental constructions when you take the plunge
and to have only the sense of aspiration, of devotion, of self-
giving to the Divine.
Letters on Yoga II , III