Q: My mind does not remain vigilant all the time. Perhaps it is because it has not the vital’s assistance.
It is the mind’s business to be on guard, not the vital’s. If you mean that the vital is interested in other things and the mind follows, that may be so. But the business of the mind is to recall the vital, not to follow it.
Q: The mind observes and directs the vital, doesn’t it?
It ought to, but in most men the mind is the instrument of the vital.
– Sri Aurobindo