is meant by spiritual aspiration?
It means the aspiration towards spiritual
things, spiritual experience, spiritual realisation, the
will and aspiration the same?
No, certainly not. Aspiration
is a call to the Divine,will is the pressure of a
conscious force on Nature.
prayer the same as aspiration?
It is an expression of aspiration
or can be. For there are prayers which only express a desiree.g.,
prayers for wealth, worldly success, etc.
is the difference between aspiration and opening?
They have nothing to do with each
other, except that aspiration brings opening. Opening means
that the consciousness becomes opened to the Truth or the
Divine to which it is now shutit indicates a state
of receptivity. Aspiration is a call in the being, it is
the aspiration rising from the vital of the same nature
rising from the heart?
No, the vital is dynamic, a call from
the Life-forcethat from the heart is either emotional
the power of aspiration vary in different sadhaks according
to their natures?
No. Aspiration is the same power in
all; it differs only in purity, intensity and object.
Can a person with a weak will progress
in sadhana by aspiration only?
No. He must either increase his will-power
or call in a Higher Power to do it for him.
aspiration increase the will-power of a person whose will
Yes, it canby calling in then
does aspiration become sometimes slow and sometimes rapid?
It is so with everyonethe nature
cannot always go at a rapid pace.
the nature cannot always go at a rapid pace why are we asked
to remain constant in aspiration?
If you are not constant in aspiration,
the nature will then sink back into the old lower ways.
a sadhak who feels neither any intense aspiration nor any
acute resistance of the obstacles of his nature, be able
to go forward in his sadhana?
I suppose it means that he can only
a sadhak does not feel any aspiration and does not get any
experience, what should he do to stick on to his sadhana?
Remember the Mother, remain quiet
it possible for a sadhak to realise the Divine fully from
the beginning by the power of his aspiration?
If there is the full purity of the
psychic and spiritual aspiration, then that can happenbut
it is rare.
feel that aspiration is also increased by the Mother's Will
and Grace. Is it not so?
Yes, but not if you do not aspire.
have asked me to have ceaseless aspiration. But I find that
it is the Mother's Force that kindles up the aspiration
and strengthens and increases it in me. What personal effort
on my part is then needed?
It is true that it is the Mother's
Force that aspires in you, but if the personal consciousness
does not give its assent, then the Force does not work.
If the personal consciousness ceaselessly looks for the
Divine and assents to the working, the aspiration and the
working of the Force becomes also ceaseless.
- Sri Aurobindo