spiritual type) could be transferred to the work with the body. All higher mind/spiritual paths (including the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo) are based on a purging of the external being, that is of the Mind and Vital. The conditions and course taken of these cathartic processes are very well known. As I explain below, they are however not suitable for the path which The Mother proposed.

Before the work by The mother the attempt had not been made to unite the physical body – and its cells – with the Divine consciousness. The body was always perceived as a vessel for spirit and soul. The attention which the body experiences in Hatha Yoga concerns not its transformation but rather the wish, to attain mastery over it, to control its functions so as to be able to open oneself spiritually without being disturbed by it and its desires.

rather the wish, to attain mastery over it, to control its functions so as to be able to open oneself spiritually without being disturbed by it and its desires.

After the 29th February 1956 when the so-called “supramental consciousness“ came down to Earth and took its effect (chapter 3.1), the time has come to create for the physical body in the trinity “body – soul – spirit” a place equal to that accorded to the spirit and the soul so the body itself awakes to a consciousness of the divine which could bring about its transformation.

On the basis of Mother’s research and her experiences above all from the year 1967, we are able nowadays to state the basis and pre-conditions which are required for the work on the physical body:

Heightening of its 
ability to sense, receptiveness, ability to focus
as well as its ability to surrender and attentiveness.

These abilities and characteristics are exactly those which are situated at the center of the work with the Perceptible Breath (after Ilse Middendorf), and which constitute its fundamentals. Along with this remarkable fact, numerous experiences and visions of Ilse Middendorf, likewise those of the present author, have demonstrated that the Perceptible Breath plays a significant role in the preparation of the body, the ability to perceive the supramental reality, and the transforming of the physical body. In this way the growing numbers of seekers after truth are offered a method with which they can very practically and directly work on the dawning of consciousness of the physical body.

Happily the necessary cathartic processes of the physical body require less time than those of the higher mind-spiritual path, and are easy to fulfill than those, so that everyone is in a position

to take part in this process. Whereas, for example, ten years ago one needed five hours for the communication of a particular breathing experience, today one only needs one hour. Mother explained this phenomenon with the following words:

“From the progress which an individual makes in the dawning of consciousness of the physical body all (bodies) in the world profit!”

Some days after I had begun with the work for this publication, the following sentences formed themselves in my intuitive consciousness which I  wrote out en bloc– without looking at them in my Mind during that :
 

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