Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
Summer 1995, Vol. 21, No. 1


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Editorial--Wayne Bloomquist
Editorial--Lynda Lester
New letters on yoga
Current affairs
Auroville almanac
Center to center

Matagiri: A center for the evolution of consciousness
Auburn, Alabama, group studies Sri Aurobindo

Chronicles and recollections - The story of Matagiri: Part 1, Sam Spanier

Special section: Music and consciousness

Source material
The Mother on music
Sri Aurobindo on music

Music: A means to higher experience
The Grateful Dead: A special quality of energy

Readers discuss "Music", Surama Bloomquist, Wayne Bloomquist, John Powell, Lisa Rachlin, Tony Geballe, Dian Kiser, Will Moss

On the shores of Lake Winnepasakee, Gordon Korstange
Soldier Daddy...and the music found, Seyril Schochen
Eighty-eight gurus, David Hutchinson
The mysticism of music, sound, and word, Vishnu Eschner

The poetry room
Routheni, Carlo Chiopris, Arvind Habbu, Chitra Neogy

Notes from the field
In search of community, Savitra

Savitri and the mystic hero's journey, Rod Hemsell


"Transformation" is a word that I have brought in myself (like "supermind") to express certain spiritual concepts and spiritual facts of the integral yoga. People are now taking them up and using them in senses which have nothing to do with the significance which I put into them. Purification of the nature by the "influence" of the Spirit is not what I mean by transformation; purification is only part of a psychic change or a psycho-spiritual change--the word besides has many senses and is very often given a moral or ethical meaning which is foreign to my purpose. What I mean by the spiritual transformation is something dynamic (not merely liberation of the Self or realisation of the One which can very well be attained without any descent). It is a putting on of the spiritual conscious ness, dynamic as well as static, in every part of the being down to the subconscient. That cannot be done by the influence of the Self leaving the consciousness fundamentally as it is with only purifica tion, enlightenment of the mind and heart and quiescence of the vital. It means a bringing down of the Divine Consciousness static and dynamic into all these parts and the entire replacement of the present consciousness by that. This we find unveiled and unmixed above mind, life and body. It is a matter of the undeniable experience of many that this can descend and it is my experience that nothing short of its full descent can thoroughly remove the veil and mixture and effect the full spiritual transformation.

Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, p.115-116

Its madness is a wise madness of Ananda, the incalculable ecstasy of a supreme consciousness and power vibrating with an infinite sense of freedom and intensity in its divine life-movements.--Sri Aurobindo, Synthesis of Yoga, p. 482