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The very first lesson in this Yoga is to face life and its trials with a quiet mind – Sri Aurobindo

The first thing to do in the sadhana is to get a settled peace and silence in the mind. Otherwise you may have experiences, but nothing will be permanent. It is in the silent mind that the true consciousness can be built. A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface and you will feel your true being within separate from them, observing but not carried away, able to watch and judge them and reject all that has to be rejected and to accept and keep to all that is true consciousness and true experience.

One who has not the courage to face patiently and firmly life and its difficulties will never be able to go through the still greater inner difficulties of the sadhana. The very first lesson in this Yoga is to face life and its trials with a quiet mind, a firm courage and an entire reliance on the Divine Shakti. Letters on Yoga, 2 vols (Pondicherry: Aurobindo Ashram, 2013), 2.149–50.

Aspire intensely, but without impatience. … If there are difficulties, stumblings or failures, one has to look at them quietly and call in tranquilly and persistently the Divine help for their removal, but not to allow oneself to be upset or pained or discouraged. Yoga is not an easy path and the total change of the nature cannot be done in a day (Sri Aurobindo, Bases of Yoga (Pondicherry:
Aurobindo Ashram, 1955), 21–2.)

Sri Aurobindo