Archive for January, 2009

January 28 – Rebirth

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

God loves to play the fool in season;
man does it in season & out of season.
It is the only difference.
Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 182)


THE soul takes birth each time, and each time a mind, life and body are
formed out of the materials of universal nature according to the soul’s past evolution and its need for the future.

When the body is dissolved, the vital goes into the vital plane and remains there for a time, but after a time the vital sheath disappears. The last to dissolve is the mental sheath. Finally the soul or psychic being retires into the psychic world to rest there till a new birth is close.

This is the general course for ordinarily developed human beings. There are variations according to the nature of the individual and his development. For example, if the mental is strongly developed, then the mental being can remain; so also can the vital, provided they are organized by and centred around the true psychic being; they share the immortality of the psychic.

The soul gathers the essential elements of its experiences in life and makes that its basis of growth in the evolution; when it returns to birth it takes up with its mental, vital, physical sheaths so much of its Karma as is useful to it in the new life for further experience.

It is really for the vital part of the being that and rites are done – to help the being to get rid of the vital vibrations which still attach it to the earth or to the vital worlds, so that it may pass quickly to its rest in the psychic peace.

Sri Aurobindo
SABCL Vol.22, Page 433

Jan 21, 2009 – Invitation

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

What was Ramakrishna? God manifest in a human being;

but behind there is God in His infinite impersonality and His universal Personality.

And what was Vivekananda? A radiant glance from the eye of Shiva;

but behind him is the divine gaze from which

he came and Shiva himself and Brahma and Vishnu and OM all-exceeding.

Sri Aurobindo (Thoughts and Aphorism 158)


With wind and the weather beating round me

Up to the hill and the moorland I go.

Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?

Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?

Not in the petty circle of cities

Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;

Over me God is blue in the welkin

Against me the wind and the storm rebel.

I sport with solitude here in my regions,

Of misadventure have me a friend.

Who would live largely?Who would live freely?

Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.

I am the lord of tempest and mountain,

I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.

Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger

Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side

-Sri Aurobindo
(Alipore Jail 1908-09)

All extracts and quotations from the written works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are copyright Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry -605002 India