Elements of Yoga


A compilation of Sri Aurobindo’s replies to elementary questions on yoga.


This book is a compilation of Sri Aurobindo’s replies to elementary questions about yoga raised by a disciple during the years 1933 to 1936. It was first published in 1953 and reissued in 1956. In 1991 the text was reproduced as the first part of “Commentaries on Elements of Yoga” by the Mother. Elements of Yoga is now being issued independently again in a second edition. Subjects include sincerity, surrender, love, transformation, etc.

Q: Is work indispensable for growing into the spiritual consciousness and realising the Supramental Truth ?

A: The growth out of the ordinary mind into the spiritual consciousness can be effected either by meditation, dedicated work or Bhakti for the Divine. In our Yoga, which seeks not only a static peace or absorption but a dynamic spiritual action, work is indispensable. As for the Supra-mental Truth, that is a different matter; it depends only on the descent of the Divine and the action of the Supreme Force and is not bound by any method or rule.

Q: Is it possible for sadhaks to realise the Supermind through work?

A: If they have the right consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo, Elements of Yoga, pp. 63-64

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