Q: Was it not a mistake on my part to associate aspiration with a mental push? What is the remedy for it now?
I did not say it was a mistake — only that there can be a still aspiration without the mental push.
Q: Is a mental push necessary in everybody’s sadhana, particularly in the beginning?
There generally is a mental push from the beginning of the sadhana. So long as there is not a constant action of the Force from above or else a deeper Will from within, the mental will is necessary.
Q: Will you not teach me how to aspire properly so that there may be no mental push in it?
A quiet prayer or remembrance of the object of aspiration without a pull for results is the way for doing that. If along with that, there is a faith that it is sure to come, it is the best for this condition.
– Sri Aurobindo