Guidance to Disciples
is of course how it should be. It should go so far indeed
that you will feel this peace and vastness as your , very self,
the abiding stuff of your consciousness -unchangeably there.
I presume that [feeling
peace very concretely in the lobes of the brain] would mean
that the peace had become or was becoming very material and
solid and physically tangible- "peace in the cells"
.Everything is a "substance" -even peace, consciousness,
Ananda, -only there are different orders of substance.
When the peace is fully
established everywhere in the being, these things [reactions
of the lower vital] will not be able to shake it. They may come
first as ripples on the surface, then only as suggestions which
one looks at or does not care to look at but in either case
they don't get inside, affect or disturb at all.
is difficult to explain, but it is something like a mountain
at which one throws stones -if conscious all through the mountain
may feel the touch of the stones, but the thing would be so
slight and superficial that it would not be in the least affected.
In the end even that reaction disappears.
If the peace or silence is once absolutely established,no amount
of movements on the surface can impair or abolish it. It can
bear all the movements of the universe and yet be the same.
Of course. It is quite usual to feel an established peace in
the inner being even if there is disturbance on the surface.
In fact that is the usual condition of the yogi before he has
attained the absolute samata in all the being.
A great wave (or sea) of calm and the constant consciousness
of a vast and luminous Reality -this is precisely the character
of the fundamental realisation of the Supreme Truth in its first
touch on the mind and the soul. One could not ask for a better
beginning or foundation -it is like a rock on which the rest
can be built. It means certainly not only a Presence, but the
Presence -and it would be a great mistake to weaken the
experience by any non-acceptance or doubt of its character .
It is not necessary to define it and
one ought not even to try to turn it into an image; for this
Presence is in its nature infinite. Whatever it has to manifest
of itself or out of itself, it will do inevitably by its own
power, if there is a sustained acceptance.
These are the ordinary normal experiences of the sadhana when
there is an opening from above -the contact with the peace of
the Brahman, Self or Divine and the contact with the higher
Power, the Power of the Mother. He does not know what they are,
quite naturally but feels very correctly and his description
is quite accurate. "How beautiful, calm and still all seems
-as if in water there were not even a wave. But it is not Nothingness.
I feel a Presence steeped in life but absolutely silent and
quiet in meditation," -there could hardly be a better description
of this experience - the experience of the peace and silence
of the Divine or of the Divine itself in its own essential peace
...the spiritual peace is something other and infinitely more
than the mental peace and its results are different, not merely
clear thinking or some control or balance or a sattwic state.
But its greater results can only be fully and permanently manifest
when it lasts long enough in the system or when one feels spread
out in it above the head and on every side stretching towards
infinity as well as penetrated by it down to the very cells.
Then it carries with it the deep and vast and solid tranquillity
that nothing can shake- even if on the surface there is storm
and battle. I was myself of the sattwic type you describe in
my youth, but when the peace from above came down, that was
quite different. Sattvaguna disappeared into nirguna
and negative nirguna into positive traigunyatita.
There are two conditions, one of Ananda, another of great calm
and equality in which there is no joy or grief. If one attains
the latter, afterwards a greater more permanent Ananda becomes
The quietude and silence which you feel and the sense of happiness
in it are indeed the very basis of successful sadhana. When
one has got that, then one may be sure that the sadhana is placing
itself on a sound footing. You are also right in thinking that
if this quietude is fully established all that is concealed
within will come out. It is true also that the happiness of
this peace is far greater than anything outer objects can bring
-there can be no comparison.
Passivity of the mind is good, but take care to be passive only
to the Truth and to the touch of the Divine Shakti. If you are
passive to the suggestions and influences of the lower nature,
you will not be able to progress or else you will expose yourself
to adverse forces which may take you far away from the true
path of yoga.
When the peace is deep or wide it is usually in the inner
being. The outer parts do not ordinarily go beyond a certain
measure of quietude -they get deep peace only when they are
flooded with it from the inner being.
Yes, certainly -the peace starts in the inner being -it
is spiritual and psychic but it overflows the outer being -
when it is there in the activity , it means either that the
ordinary restless mind, vital, physical has been submerged by
the flood of the inner peace or, at a more advanced stage, that
they have been partially or wholly changed into thoughts, forces,
emotions, sensations which have in their very stuff an essence
of inner silence and peace.
Yes, surely the peace can come into the outer consciousness
also; it is meant to do so. It is perfectly possible for the
body to bear the peace and stillness. It is more difficult for
it to bear the full play of the Force; but if the peace is first
established in it, then there is no difficulty of that kind.
Passive peace is not supposed
to do anything. It is by the complete solid presence of peace
alone that all disturbance is pushed out to the surface or outside
If the workings are really those
of the higher consciousness or if these predominate the ego
fades out -but there is also often a wideness of opening to
the universal mental, vital, physical existence and, if the
sadhak responds more to this than to the higher consciousness,
then he does not get free. Sometimes even the ego gets aggrandised.
But if the psychic is awake, then there is not this danger;
one finds one's true being in place of the ego.
Letters on Yoga II , III