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Mother and Sri Aurobindo on Peace

 In peace there is besides the sense of stillness a harmony that gives a feeling of liberation and full satisfaction.It is from the Silence that the peace comes; when the peace deepens and deepens, it becomes more and more the Silence.

Sri Aurobindo
Letters on Yoga

How to Establish Peace in Oneself

Q: When we get peace and purity and light and other such things, from what plane do they come?


    
From any higher plane. Peace and purity may come from the psychic also.


Q: How is one to remain quiet within even while carrying on all kinds of activities?


By having a separate consciousness calm and silent within, separate from the mental, vital or physical activity.


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The ease and peace are felt very deep and far within because they are in the psychic and the psychic is very deep within us, covered over by the mind and vital. When you meditate you open to the psychic, become aware of your psychic consciousness deep within and feel these things. In order that these ease and peace and happiness may become strong and stable and felt in all the being and in the body, you have to go still deeper within and bring out the full force of the psychic into the physical. This can most easily be done by regular concentration and meditation with the aspiration for this true consciousness. It can be done by work also, by dedication, by doing the work for the Divine only without thought of self and keeping the idea of consecration to the Mother always in the heart. But this is not easy to do perfectly.

...peace and joy can be there permanently, but the condition of this permanence is that one should have the constant contact or indwelling of the Divine, and this comes naturally not to the outer mind or vital but to the inner soul or psychic being. Therefore one who wants his yoga to be a path of peace or joy must be prepared to dwell in his soul rather than in his outer mental and emotional nature.


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To become indifferent to the attraction of outer objects is one of the first rules of yoga, for this non-attachment liberates the inner being into peace and the true consciousness. (It is only when one sees the Divine in all things that objects get a value for the yoga, but even then not for their own sake or as objects of desire, but for the sake of the Divine within and as a means of the divine work and manifestation.)

Nagin Doshi,
Guidance from Sri Aurobido, Vol I

 

SHANTI-CHATUSHTAYA

...more easily it is established by a descent from above - one feels it coming down, entering and occupying or surrounding the personal consciousness which then tends to merge itself in the vast impersonal silence.


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To feel the peace above and about your head is a first step ; you have to get connected with it and it must descend into you and fill your mind and life and body and surround you so that you live in it...
                               

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At last you have the true foundation of the sadhana. This calm, peace and surrender are the right atmosphere for all the rest to come, knowledge, strength, Ananda. Let it become complete.
    It does not remain when engaged in work because it is still confined to the mind proper which has only just received the gift of silence. When the new consciousness is fully formed and has taken entire possession of the vital nature and the physical being (the vital as yet is only touched or dominated by the silence, not possessed by it), then this defect will disappear .
    The quiet consciousness of peace you now have in the mind must become not only calm but wide. You must feel it everywhere, yourself in it and all in it. This also will help to bring the calm as a basis into the action.
    The wider your consciousness becomes, the more you will be able to receive from above. The Shakti will be able to descend and bring strength and light as well as peace into the system.

Letters on Yoga II , III

   

The Spirit is eternally at rest even in the midst of action - peace gives this spiritual rest. Tamas is a degradation of it and leads to inaction.

Sri Aurobindo
Letters on Yoga

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