Archive for February, 2009

Feb 25 – The Grace and Falsehood

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
A nation is not made by a common blood, a common tongue or a common religion;
these are only important helps and powerful conveniences.
But wherever communities of men not bound by family ties
are united in one sentiment and aspiration to defend a common inheritance from their ancestors
or assure a common future for their posterity, there a nation is already in existence

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism)

The Grace and Falsehood

The Grace has come; well, it works for the realisation of the truth. If it accepts the conditions laid upon it by the falsehood, it can no longer do anything. Of this, you know, I could give you countless examples- of people who insist that things should happen in a particular way as far as they are concerned. They implore, at times even demand that things should be like that; and what they ask for is absolutely contrary to the truth; and if the Grace obeyed their demand, it would go against its own purpose and defeat its own purpose, that is, it would go against its own work and aim. It comes here to realise the truth; if it obeys the falsehood, it turns its back on truth. And people, you see, very often put the cart before the horse- most often through ignorance and stupidity; but sometimes it is also through bad will that they insist on having their conditions fulfilled, that they go in for a kind of bargaining in exchange for their surrender.

– The Mother
The great Adventure, Page 229

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Feb 18 – First Purify the Higher

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
What I wished or thought to be the right thing, does not come about;
therefore it is clear that there is no All Wise one who guides the world
but only blind Chance or a brute Causality.

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 42)

First Purify the Higher

Certainly it is better to purify one’s mind and purify one’s vital before thinking of purifying one’s body. For even if you take all possible precautions and live physically taking care not to absorb anything except what will help you to subtilise your body, if your mind and vital remain in a state of desire, inconscience, darkness, passion and all the rest, that won’t be of any use at all. Only, your body will become weak, dislocated from the inner life and one fine day it will fall ill.

One must begin from inside, I have already told you this once. One must begin from above, first purify the higher and then purify the lower… What I mean is, do not try to be an angel in the body if you are not already just a little of an angel in your mind and vital; for that would dislocate you in a different way from the usual one, but not one that is better. We said the other day that what is most important is to keep the equilibrium. Well, to keep the equilibrium everything must progress at the same time.

– The Mother
The great Adventure, Page 278

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February 11 – The Psychic

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
They say that the Gospels are forgeries and Krishna a creation of the poets.
Thank God then for the forgeries and bow down before the creators.
Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 42)

Our inmost being – The Psychic*

…. The psychic is not above but behind – its seat is behind the heart, its power is not knowledge but an essential or spiritual feeling – it has the clearest sense of the Truth and a sort of inherent perception of it which is of the nature of soul-perception and soul-feeling. It is our inmost being and supports all the others, mental, vital, physical, but it is also much veiled by them and has to act upon them as an influence rather than by its sovereign right of direct action; its direct action becomes normal and preponderant only at a high stage of development or by yoga. It is not the psychic being which, you feel, gives you the intuitions of things to be or warns you against the results of certain actions; that is some part of the inner being, sometimes the inner mental, sometimes the inner vital, sometimes, it may be, the inner or subtle physical Purusha. The inner being – inner mind, inner vital, inner or subtle physical – knows much that is unknown to the outer mind, the outer vital, the outer physical, for it is in a more direct contact with the secret forces of Nature. The psychic is the inmost being of all; a perception of truth which is inherent in the deepest substance of the consciousness, a sense of the good, true, beautiful, the Divine, is its privilege. …

– Sri Aurobindo
SABCL Vol.22, Page 269
*(Title by the sender)

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February 4 – Attitude

Friday, February 6th, 2009
God is great, says the Mahomedan
Yes, He is so great that He can afford to be weak,
whenever that too is necessary.Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorism 63)

All Depends Upon One’s Attitude

There is a state in which one realises that the effect of things, circumstances, all the movements and actions of life on the consciousness depends almost exclusively upon one’s attitude to these things. There is a moment when one becomes sufficiently conscious to realise that things in themselves are truly neither good nor bad: they are this only in relation to us; their effect on us depends absolutely upon the attitude we have towards them. The same thing, identically the same, if we take it as a gift of God, as a divine Grace, as the result of the full Harmony, helps us to become more conscious, stronger, more true, while if we take it- exactly the very same circumstance- as a blow from fate, as a bad force wanting to affect us, this constricts us, weighs us down and takes away from us all consciousness and strength and harmony. And the circumstance in itself is exactly the same- of this, I should like you all to have the experience, for when you have it, you become master of yourself.

– The Mother
The great Adventure, Page 232

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