Archive for June, 2011

June 29, 2011 – A Decisive Turning Point

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

God within is infinite and self-fulfilling Will.
Unappalled by the fear of death,
canst thou leave to Him, not as an experiment,
with a calm & entire faith thy ailments?
Thou shalt find in the end that He exceeds the skill of a million doctors

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 397)

A Decisive Turning Point

At the moment we are at a decisive turning-point in the history of the earth, once again. From every side I am asked, “What is going to happen?” Everywhere there is anguish, expectation, fear. “What is going to happen?…” There is only one reply: “If only man could consent to be spiritualised.”

And perhaps it would be enough if some individuals became pure gold, for this would be enough to change the course of events… We are faced with this necessity in a very urgent way.

This courage, this heroism which the Divine wants of us, why not use it to fight against one’s own difficulties, one’s own imperfections, one’s own obscurities? Why not heroically face the furnace of inner purification so that it does not become necessary to pass once more through one of those terrible gigantic destructions which plunge an entire civilisation into darkness?

This is the problem before us. It is for each one to solve it in his own way.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 3

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

June 22, 2011 – Surrender, Self-offering and Consecration

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Human love fails by its own ecstasy, human strength is exhausted by its own effort, human knowledge throws a shadow that conceals half the globe of truth from its own sunlight; but divine knowledge embraces opposite truths & reconciles them, divine strength grows by the prodigality of its self-expenditure, divine love can squander itself utterly, yet never waste or diminish.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 533)

Surrender, Self-offering and Consecration

Surrender is the decision taken to hand over the responsibility of your life to the Divine. Without this decision nothing is at all possible; if you do not surrender, the Yoga is entirely out of the question. Everything else comes naturally after it, for the whole process starts with surrender. You can surrender either through knowledge or through devotion. You may have a strong intuition that the Divine alone is the truth and a luminous conviction that without the Divine you cannot manage. Or you may have a spontaneous feeling that this line is the only way of being happy, a strong psychic desire to belong exclusively to the Divine: “I do not belong to myself,” you say, and give up the responsibility of your being to the Truth. Then comes self-offering: “Here I am, a creature of various qualities, good and bad, dark and enlightened. I offer myself as I am to you, take me up with all my ups and downs, conflicting impulses and tendencies do whatever you like with me.” In the course of your self-offering, you start unifying your being around what has taken the first decision the central psychic will. All the jarring elements of your nature have to be harmonised, they have to be taken up one after another and unified with the central being. You may offer yourself to the Divine with a spontaneous movement, but it is not possible to give yourself effectively without this unification. The more you are unified, the more you are able to realise self-giving. And once the self-giving is complete, consecration follows: it is the crown of the whole process of realisation, the last step of the gradation, after which there is no more trouble and everything runs smoothly. But you must not forget that you cannot become integrally consecrated at once. You are often deluded into such a belief when, for a day or two, you have a strong movement of a particular kind. You are led to hope that everything else will automatically follow in its wake; but in fact if you become the least bit self-complacent you retard your own advance.

The Mother

CWSE vol. 3 pages 126-127

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

June 15, 2011 – The Great Adventure

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Kali is Krishna revealed as dreadful Power & wrathful Love.
She slays with her furious blows the self in body, life
& mind in order to liberate it as spirit eternal.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 519)

The Great Adventure

There are people who love adventure. It is these I call, and I tell them this: “I invite you to the great adventure.”

It is not a question of repeating spiritually what others have done before us, for our adventure begins beyond that. It is a question of a new creation, entirely new, with all the unforeseen events, the risks, the hazards it entails—a real adventure, whose goal is certain victory, but the road to which is unknown and must be traced out step by step in the unexplored. Something that has never been in this present universe and that will never be again in the same way. If that interests you … well, let us embark. What will happen to you tomorrow—I have no idea.

One must put aside all that has been foreseen, all that has been devised, all that has been constructed, and then … set off walking into the unknown. And—come what may! There.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 1

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

June 8, 2011 – Express Only the Highest Truth

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Systematise we must,
but even in making and holding the system,
we should always keep firm hold on this truth
that all systems are in their nature transitory and incomplete

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 75)

Express Only the Highest Truth

There is only one way of acting truly, it is to try at each moment, each second, in each movement to express only the highest truth one can perceive, and at the same time know that this perception has to be progressive and that what seems to you the most true now will no longer be so tomorrow, and that a higher truth will have to be expressed more and more through you. This leaves no room any longer for sleeping in a comfortable tamas; one must be always awake- I am not speaking of physical sleep- one must be always awake, always conscious and always full of an enlightered receptivity and of goodwill. to want always the best, always the best, always the best, and never tell oneself, “on! it is tiring! Let me rest, let me relax! Ah, I am going to stop making an effort”; then one is sure to fall into a hold immediately and make a bit stupid blunder!…

Every minute one must endeavour to apply the highest truth one can perceive. It is much more difficult, but it’s the only solution.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 343

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