Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011 – Work in the World

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Pity may be reserved,
so long as thy soul makes distinctions. for the suffering animals;
but humanity deserves from thee something nobler;
it asks for love, for understanding, for comradeship,for the help of the equal & brother.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 185)

Work in the World

I have seen persons who had no pretensions of doing yoga, who were simply filled with enthusiasm by the idea of terrestrial transformation and of the descent of the Divine into the world and who did their little bit of work with that enthusiasm in the heart, giving themselves wholly, without reserve, without any selfish idea of a personal salvation; these I have seen making magnificent progress, truly magnificent. And sometimes they are wonderful. I have seen sannyasis, I have seen people who live in monasteries, I have seen people who professed to be yogis, well, I would not exchange one of the others for a dozen such people….It is not by running away from the world that you will change it. It is by working there, modestly, humbly but with a fire in the heart, something that burns like an offering.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 49

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

August 24, 2011 – Opening and Surrender to the Mother

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

There is no disturbance in the depths of the Ocean,
but above there is the joyous thunder of its shouting and its racing shoreward;
so is it with the liberated soul in the midst of violent action.
The soul does not act;
it only breathes out from itself overwhelming action.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 277)



You have only to aspire, to keep yourself open to the Mother, to reject all that is contrary to her will and to let her work in you – doing also all your work for her and in the faith that it through her force that you can do it. If you remain open in this way, the knowledge and realisation will come to you in due course.

To practise Yoga implies the will to overcome all attachments and turn to the Divine alone. The principal thing in the Yoga is to trust in the Divine Grace at every step, to direct the thought continually to the Divine and to offer oneself till the being opens and the Mother’s force can be felt working in the adhara.

All things are the Divine because the Divine is there, but hidden not manifest; when the mind goes out to things, it is not with the sense of the Divine in them, but for the appearances only which conceal the Divine. It is necessary therefore for you as a Sadhak to turn entirely to the Mother in whom the Divine is manifest and not run after the appearances, the desire of which or the interest in which prevents you from meeting the Divine. Once the being is consecrated, then it can see the Divine everywhere – and then it can include all things in the one consciousness without a separate interest or desire.

Sri Aurobindo

SABCL Volume 25, page122

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

August 17, 2011 – Get Rid of All Ties

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

God’s laughter is sometimes very coarse and unfit for polite ears;
He is not satisfied with being Moliere,
He must needs also be Aristophanes and Rabelais.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 81)

Get Rid of All Ties

If your aim is to be free, in the freedom of the Spirit, you must get rid of all the ties that are not the inner truth of your being, but come from subconscious habits. If you wish to consecrate yourself entirely, absolutely and exclusively to the Divine, you must do it in all completeness; you must not leave bits of yourself tied here and there…

When you come to the Yoga, you must be ready to have all your mental buildings and all your vital scaffoldings shattered to pieces. You must be prepared to be suspended in the air with nothing to support you except your faith. You will have to forget your past self and its clingings altogether, to pluck it out of your consciousness and to be born anew, free from every kind of bondage. Think not of what you were, but of what you aspire to be; be altogether in what you want to realise. Turn from your dead past and look straight towards the future. Your religion, country, family lie there; it is the DIVINE.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 46

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

August 10, 2011 – Surrender and Yoga

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

By which standard shall I walk,
the word that God speaks to me, saying
“This is My will, O my servant,”
or the rules that men who are dead, have written?
Nay, if I have to fear & obey any,
I will fear & obey God rather & not the pages of a book or the frown of a Pandit.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 364)

Surrender and Yoga

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 o 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.”

The Mother

The Great Adventure: page 37

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