the most powerful aids that yogic discipline can provide to the sportsman is to
teach him how to renew his energies by drawing them from the inexhaustible
source of universal energy.
Modern science has made great progress in the art of nourishment,
which is the best known means of replenishing one's energies. But this process
is at best precarious and subject to all kinds of limitations. We shall not
speak about it here, for the subject has already been discussed at great length.
But it is quite obvious that so long as the world and men are what they are,
food is an indispensable factor. Yogic science knows of other ways of acquiring
energy, and we shall mention two of the most important.
The first is to put oneself in relation with the energies
accumulated in the terrestrial material world and to draw freely from this
inexhaustible source. These material energies are obscure and half unconscious;
they encourage animality in man, but, at the same time, they establish a kind
of harmonious relationship between the human being and material Nature. Those
who know how to receive and use these energies are usually successful in life
and succeed in everything they undertake. But they are still largely dependent
on their living conditions and their state of bodily health. The harmony
created in them is not immune from all attack; it usually vanishes when
circumstances become adverse. The child spontaneously receives this energy from
material Nature as he expends all his energies without calculating, joyfully
and freely. But in most human beings, as they grow up, this faculty is blunted
by the worries of life, as a result of the predominant place which mental
activities come to occupy in the consciousness.
However, there is a source of energy which, once discovered, is
never exhausted, whatever the outer circumstances and
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physical conditions of life may be. It is the energy that can be
described as spiritual, and is received no longer from below, from the
inconscient depths, but from above, from the supreme origin of the universe and
man, from the all-powerful and eternal splendours of the superconscient. It is
there, all around us, permeating everything; and to enter into contact with it
and to receive it, it is enough to aspire sincerely for it, to open oneself to
it in faith and trust, to widen one's consciousness and identify it with the
At the outset, this may seem very difficult, if not impossible.
Yet by examining this phenomenon more closely, one can see that it is not so
alien, not so remote from the normally developed human consciousness. Indeed,
there are very few people who have not felt, at least once in their lives, as
if lifted up beyond themselves, filled with an unexpected and uncommon force
which, for a time, has made them capable of doing anything whatever; at such
moments nothing seems too difficult and the word “impossible” loses its
This experience, however fleeting it may be, gives a glimpse of
the kind of contact with the higher energy that yogic discipline can secure and
The method of achieving this contact can hardly be given here.
Besides, it is something individual and unique for each one, which starts from
where he stands, adapting itself to his personal needs and helping him to take
one more step forward. The path is sometimes long and slow, but the result is
worth the trouble one takes. We can easily imagine the consequences of this
power to draw at will and in all circumstances on the boundless source of an
energy that is all-powerful in its luminous purity. Weariness, exhaustion,
illness, old age and even death become mere obstacles on the way, which a
persistent will is sure to overcome.
Bulletin, August 1949
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