Aspiration is one of the twelve attributes of the Mother.
Aspiration is a turning upward of the inner being with a call, yearning, prayer for the Divine, for the Truth, for the Consciousness, Peace, Ananda, Knowledge, descent of Divine Force or whatever else is the aim of one’s endeavour.
Sri Aurobindo – Letters On Yoga – II: CWSA, Vol. 29, pp.56 – 57
…. Aspiration should be not a form of desire, but the feeling of an inner soul’s need, and a quiet settled will to turn towards the Divine and seek the Divine….
Sri Aurobindo – Letters On Yoga – II: CWSA, Vol. 29, pp.60 – 61
Beyond words, above thoughts the flame of an intense aspiration must always burn, steady and bright.
The Mother – Words of The Mother – II: CWM, Vol. 14, p. 74
There are two powers that alone can effect in their conjunction the great and difficult thing which is the aim of our endeavour, a fixed and unfailing aspiration that calls from below and a supreme Grace from above that answers.
Sri Aurobindo – The Mother with Letters on The Mother: CWSA, Vol. 32, p.3
What is exactly meant by a sincere aspiration?
An aspiration which is not mixed with any interested and egoistic calculation.
The Mother – Words of The Mother – II: CWM, Vol. 14, p. 72
What is the difference between mental aspiration, vital aspiration and spiritual aspiration?
A mental aspiration means that the thought-power aspires to have knowledge, for instance, or else to have the power to express itself well or have clear ideas, a logical reasoning. One may aspire for many things; that all the faculties and capacities of the mind may be developed and placed at the service of the Divine. This is a mental aspiration.
Or you may have an aspiration in the vital; if you have desires or troubles, storms, inner difficulties, you may aspire for peace, to be quite impartial, without desire or preference, to be a good docile instrument without any personal whims, always at the Divine’s disposal. This is a vital aspiration.
You may have a physical aspiration also; that the body may feel the need to acquire a kind of equipoise in which all the parts of the being will be well balanced, and that you may have the power to hold off illness at a distance or overcome it fast when it enters trickily, and that the body may always function normally, harmoniously, in perfect health. That is a physical aspiration.
A spiritual aspiration means having an intense need to unite with the Divine, to give oneself totally to the Divine, not to live outside the divine Consciousness so that the Divine may be everything for you in your integral being, and you feel the need of a constant communion with Him, of the sense of his presence, of his guidance in all that you do, and of his harmonising all the movements of the being. That is a spiritual aspiration.
The Mother – Questions and Answers: CWM, Vol. 5, pp. 292 – 93