Archive for May, 2011

May 25, 2011 – “It is My Fault”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Medicine is necessary for our bodies in disease
only because our bodies have learned the art
of not getting well without medicines.
Even so, one sees often that the moment Nature chooses
for recovery is that in which the life is abandoned as hopeless by the doctors.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 403)

“It is My Fault”

In ordinary life one says, “It is circumstances, it is fate, it’s my bad luck, it is their fault”, or else, “I have no luck.” That is very, very, very convenient. One veils everything and expects… yes, one has happy moments and then bad ones, and finally- ah, well, finally one falls into a hole, for everyone tumbles over, and expects to, sooner or later. So, one does not worry, or worries all the time- which comes to the same thing. That is, one is unconscious, one lives unconsciously and puts all the blame for what happens on others and on the circumstances but never tells oneself: “Why! It is my own fault.” … It needs a sufficiently vast consciousness to begin. Even among those who profess to be conscious, there are not many who see clearly enough to become aware that all that happens to them comes from what they are and from nothing else. They always say, “He is wrong; circumstances are unfavourable; oh! why was that done?”- If you were not what you are, it would not happen in this way. It would happen differently.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 341

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

May 18, 2011 – The Divine is in You

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Discipleship to God the Teacher,
sonship to God the Father,
tenderness of God the Mother
clasp of the hand of the divine Friend,
laughter and sport with our Comrade and boy Playfellow,
blissful servitude to God the Master,
rapturous love of our divine Paramour,
these are the seven beatitudes of life in the human body.
Canst thou unite all these in a single supreme &rainbow-hued relation? .
Then hast thou no need of any heaven and thou exceedest the emancipation of the Adwaitin.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 475)

The Divine is in You

If you could find, in each one of you, your psychic and unite with it, all the problems would be solved.

The psychic being is the representative of the Divine in the human being. That’s it, you see- the Divine is not something remote and inaccessible. The Divine is in you but you are not fully conscious of it… It acts now as an influence rather than as a Presence. It would be a conscious Presence, you should be able at each moment to ask yourself… how the Divine sees, and then how the Divine wills, and then how the Divine acts. And it is not to go away into inaccessible regions, it is right here. Only, for the moment, all the old habits and the general unconsciousness put a kind of covering which prevents us from seeing and feeling. You must… you must lift, you must lift that up.

Infact, you must become conscious instruments…conscious…conscious of the Divine.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 187

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

May 11, 2011 – Give Everything

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Who is the superman?
He who can rise above this matter-regarding
broken mental human unit and possess himself
universalised and deified in a divine force,
a divine love & joy and a divine knowledge.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 139)

Give Everything

The more you give yourself to the Divine the more He is with you, totally, constantly, at every minute, in all your thoughts, in all your needs, and that there’s no aspiration which does not receive an immediate answer; and you have the sense of a complete, constant intimacy, of a total nearness. It is as though you carried… as though the Divine were all the time with you; you walk and He walks with you, you eat and He eats with you, you think and He thinks with you, you love and He is the love you have. But for this you must give yourself entirely, totally, exclusively, reserve nothing, keep nothing for yourself and not keep back anything…. If you give Him everything, if you keep back nothing, He will be constantly and totally with you in all that you do, in all that you think, all that you feel, always at each moment. But for this you must give yourself absolutely, keep back nothing; each little thing that you hold back is a stone you put down to build up a wall between the Divine and yourself.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 212

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

May 4, 2011 – The Need for the Grace

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The idealist errs;
it is not Mind which created the worlds,
but that which created mind has created them.
Mind only mis-sees,
because it sees partially
&
by details, what is created.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 156)

The Need for the Grace

Most people, as soon as the difficulty has gone, say, “After all, I pulled myself out of the difficulty quite well.”

There you are. And then you lock and bolt the door, you see, and you cannot receive anything any more. You need once again some acute anguish, some terrible difficulty for this kind of inner stupidity to give way, and for you to realise once more that you can do nothing. Because it is only when you grow aware that you are powerless that you begin to be just a little open and plastic. But so long as you think that what you do depends on your own skill and your own capacity, truly, not only do you close one door, but, you know, you close lots of doors one upon another, and bolt them. You shut yourself up in a fortress and nothing can enter there. That is the great drawback: one forgets very quickly. Quite naturally one is satisfied with one’s own capacity

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 227

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