Nirodbaran: What exactly is vital intechange?
[Sri Aurobindo's revised version - see footnote
- of the letter of 2.5.38 :]
There is always a drawing of vital forces from one to another in all
human social mixture; it takes place automatically.
Lovemaking is one of the most powerful ways of each drawing up the
other's vital force, - or of one drawing the other's, which also often
happens in a one-sided way to the great detriment of the "other".
In the passage come many things good and bad, elation, feelings of
strength, fullness, support or weakness and depletion, infiltration
of good and bad qualities, interchange of psychological moods, states
and movements, ideas helpful and harmful, depression, exhaustion -
the whole gamut.
In the ordinary consciousness one is not aware of these things; the
effects come into the surface being, but the cause and process remain
unknown and unnoticed because the interchange is subtle and covert,
it takes place through what is called the subconscient, but is rather
a behind-consciousness covered by the surface waking mind.
When one gets into a certain Yogic consciousness, one becomes very
much aware of this covert movement very sensitive to all this interchange
and action and reaction; but one has this advantage that one can consciously
build a wall against them, reject, refuse, accept what helps, throw
out or throw back what injures or hinders.
Illnesses can also pass in this way from one to another, even those
which are not medically regarded as contagious or infectious; one
can even by will draw another's illness into oneself as did Antigonus
of Macedon accepting death in this way in order to save his son Demetrius.
This fact of vital interchange, which seems strange and unfamiliar
to you, becomes quite intelligible if one realises that ideas, feelings
etc. are not abstract things but in their way quite concrete, not
confining their movements to the individual's mind or body but moving
out very much like the "waves" of science and communicating
themselves to anyone who can serve as a receiver.
Just as people are not conscious of the material waves, so it is and
still more with these mental or vital waves; but if the subtle mind
and senses become active on the surface - and that is what takes place
in Yoga - then the conscious becomes aware in its reception of them
and records accurately and automatically their vibrations.
in: "Nirodbaran's Correspondence with Sri Aurobindo"
Second Complete Edition 1995
volume 2 - pages 1061-1062
published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA
Note: a montage of two extracts
of the correspondence of May 2 and May 3 1938 between Nirodbaran and
Sri Aurobindo has been published in "Letters on Yoga" -
Part One - Section 9 "Fate and Free-Will, Karma and Heredity,
etc." SABCL 22, pages 478-479.
"[Vital interchange:]  Difficult to specify. There is always
a drawing of vital forces from one to another in all human social
mixture that takes place automatically. Love-making is one of the
most powerful ways of each drawing upon the other's vital force, or
of one drawing the other's, which also often happens in a one-sided
way to the great detriment of the "other". In the passage come many
things good and bad, elation, feeling of strength and support, infiltration
of good or bad qualities, interchange of psychological moods, states
and movements, depressions, exhaustion - the whole gamut. People don't
know it - which is a mercy of God upon them - but when one gets into
a certain yogic consciousness, one becomes very much aware and sensitive
to all this interchange and action and reaction, but also one can
build a wall against, reject etc. etc.
[2 - Nirod had asked the next day: Is that the way to "build
a wall" against anything undesirable?] It is a wall of consciousness
that one has to build. Consciousness is not something abstract, it
is like existence itself or Ananda or mind or prāna, something very
concrete. If one becomes aware of the inner consciousness, one can
do all sorts of things with it, send it out as a stream of force,
erect a circle or wall of consciousness around oneself, direct an
idea so that it shall enter somebody's head in America etc. etc. "
After the first letter on May 2, 1938 Nirod had asked Sri Aurobindo:
Guru, I learned from Ishwarbhai that you want me to send up this
letter [[on vital interchange]]. I wonder if you can deal with the
subject a little more liberally on the typed sheet, as it is rather
an important and interesting phenomenon.
And he had received the letter above, which has not been published
in "Letters on Yoga".
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