The Sunlit Path|Jan 18, 2011 4:01 AM| by:

Assault to our Being

There are times when we face an assault to our being, especially that part which is trying to cling to the Divine and our tendency is to give in to the temptation and let go because we feel inadequate to cope. Addressing this dilemma, and answering a question that almost all sadhaks battle with at some point in their lives, here are Sri Aurobindo’s words.

You must realise that these moods are attacks which should be rejected at once—for they repose on nothing but suggestions of self-distrust and incapacity which have no meaning, since it is by the Grace of the Divine and the aid of a Force greater than your own, not by personal capacity and worth that you can attain the goal of the sadhana. You have to remember that and dissociate yourself from these suggestions when they come, never accept or yield to them. No sadhak even if he had the capacity of the ancient Rishis and Tapaswis or the strength of a Vivekananda can hope to keep during the early years of his sadhana a continuous good condition or union with the Divine or an unbroken call or height of aspiration. It takes a long time to spiritualise the whole nature and until that is done, variations must come. A constant trust and patience must be cultivated—must be acquired—not least when things go against—for when they are favourable, trust and patience are easy.

Sri Aurobindo