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the soul as the presiding spiritual fact. The development of the Psychic Being bringsin the true harmony between the different parts of our being. However, in theordinary consciousness the Psychic Being is veiled by the ego. (which cannot bringabout an integration of the personality). At a certain stage of inner progress, the egohas to be surpassed for the full blossoming of the individual.(c) Thirdly, besides the observable state of awareness that we call ‘ourselves’, thereare other ranges of consciousness yet unexplored. In addition to the subconscious of the psychoanalysts, Integral Yoga brings in new dimensions — viz. (i) theSuperconscious that covers the consciousness of the Psychic Being and of the higherplanes beyond the Mind and whose exploration opens up all our future possibilities;(ii) the Subliminal that is the meeting ground of the individual and the universalspheres of consciousness; (iii) the Circumconscient layer in the universe thatsurrounds us.Evidently, this hologram provided by Integral Yoga is most suited to study for allaspirants who attempt to live out the Universal and the Transcendent in theirindividual spheres. It would be interesting to study the inner existential conflicts of two such individuals who outwardly manifested the same clinical picture – drugdependency.
S was a young man in his twenties who had an intellectual flair for creative writingand a strong vital urge for socialisation. He also desired to effectively integrate thesetwo aspects of his character. He left his small semi-urban home town for hisuniversity studies at a big cosmopolitan city where he was greatly shocked to findthat the intellectual and political role-models whom he had cherished so long were inreality far below his rather utopian expectations. This unexpected bankruptcy of eulogised values and ideals led to a recoil in his Vital Being and he felt a subjectivevacuum. He decided to have an‘experience of the zero feeling’ from where he wouldstart his life afresh. Thus began his experimentation with drugs. Initially his Vitaldrew immense satisfaction from what he considered to be a bold venture. The vitalhowever is never satisfied and when S found that drugs could not provide the innerlight for progress, his drug abusing habit had already become a Vital-Physicalfixation — a phenomenon that clinically qualifies for the diagnosis of drugdependency.At this juncture, S’s contact with Integral Yoga led him to speculate that a life of seclusion would give him enough time for introspection, that would enable him todiscover an alternative source of inner stimulation. Subsequently, through intensivepractice, he could dissociate partially the separate parts of his being (the Physical, theVital and the Mental) and also understand the necessity for surpassing the ego. Eventhis initial, premature and amateurish realisation opened up several avenues forprogress. He successfully conquered the necessity of stimulating his Lower Vital bydrugs. Instead he sought to stimulate his Higher Vital through altruistic activities. Heleft his seclusion and went to an illiterate village in the countryside as aschoolteacher where he pursued his activities with a missionary zeal — the GoodSamaritan who was destined to be a saviour for deprived children. His Vital felt agreat pride in this ‘selfless’ work. He however was continuing his
of theIntegral Yoga and aspiring for a life centred around the Psychic Being. He was alsoconcurrently developing the Mental and Physical parts of his being. The former he