The flame of divine aspiration
are those who mourn, for they will be comforted, (Matthew
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will
be filled, (Matthew 5.6).
the most important quality that a yogi needs is aspiration. The
aspiration is the internal flame, the constant craving for The Divine
Being, for what is highest. It is the voice of our own soul searching
its manifestation in the form. Sri Aurobindo has spoken about it
a lot in his writings, emphasizing its basic role in the yogi’s
is the engine that drives us through our practice and our development
towards the Divinity. Aspiration comes sometimes through a negative
experience, or through a loss, when we understand that the temporal
world is a very limited place to be looking for our happiness in,
and then we start searching for a more elevated truth. Sometimes
it is born spontaneously, like divine grace, or like the expression
of our own soul, trying to make way through our mundane experience.
what may, Jesus calls blissful anyone who feels this thirst for
the Divine; a thirst that, sooner or later, will take them to the
Kingdom of God.
yogic technique can substitute aspiration; without it we will not
get very far in our journey. Rather, our own aspiration will attract,
sooner or later, the techniques, the resources and the masters that
we need for our advancement:
do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry
about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your
Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these
things will be given to you as well, (Luke 12.29-31).
flame of aspiration, located in our heart, can be fed the same as
the Sadhus, the ascetics from India, constantly feed a ceremonial
fire. We feed our inner fire every day with the devotion Yoga, searching
for the divine company, for those lectures, persons or saints that
keep the divine fire alive. In India they have always highly valued
the importance of the Satsang, the inspiring company of those persons
devoted to their spiritual growth. It is said that an instant in
the company of such persons is enough to change a person’s
asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while
he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?,”
can always enjoy such company, even if it is just by reading inspiring
books. Each student knows what inspires him best, is free to choose
the fuel that burns better in his own fire.
fire of divine aspiration, the same as the Kingdom of Heaven, is
born from a tiny spark but, properly fed, it will grow until turning
into a radiant flame that, like the burning bramble that Moses found,
will consume and refresh the devout in its divine fire. The yogi
gives to this fire his ties and inferior traits, and finally ends
up giving all his live and his personality to this aspiration for
yearning to melt in the Interior Spirit and a firm determination
in the Knowledge of the Truth that makes us free: truly, this is
the true Knowledge that takes us to the Spiritual Wisdom. Everything
that opposes this is ignorance, (Bhagavad Gita XIII.11).
whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses
their life for me will find it, (Matthew 16.25).
who give me the reins of their lives, worshipping me constantly
with their love, having an unmovable Faith in Me, I consider them
my best devotees, (Bhagavad Gita XII.2).
this fire of aspiration is our own internal Divinity looking inside
us for a complete manifestation:
am the holy words, the holy nourishment, the holy fire, and I am
also the offering that burns the fire in the holocaust,
(Bhagavad Gita IX.16).
is why we say that, in reality, we seek the seeker inside us. This
is a paradox that gets resolved when the devotee offers to the Divinity
the fire of his own aspiration, of his yearning overflowed with
the Divine, and the Divinity mutates it into pure joy. A joy that
consumes and renews the devotee, who finds the Beloved, this way,