Q: During these dark periods what do you suggest that I do?
There are always two alternatives, either to remain calm and detached and aspire or pray or else to use the Will or other active means as you used to do sometimes before.
Q: What is it that exposes me so often to attacks from the forces of dissatisfaction and desire?
It is the weakness in the vital which enables them to keep up their attack. Instead of allowing the weakness, revive your will and aspiration and love and let them throw out this egoistic darkness.
– Sri Aurobindo