Archive for September, 2011

September 28, 2011 – The Only Truly Effective Attitude

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

When I knew nothing, then I abhorred the criminal,
sinful and impure, being myself full of crime, sin and impurity;but when I was cleansed and my eyes unsealed,then I bowed down in my spirit before the thief and the murderer and adored the feet of
the harlot; for I saw that these souls had accepted the terrible burden of evil and drained for all of us the greater portion of the churned poison of the world-ocean.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 132)

The Only Truly Effective Attitude

Everyone can gauge, from the resistance he meets in his own being, the tremendous resistance which the world opposes to the work of the Grace.

And it is only when one understands that all external things, all mental constructions, all material efforts are vain, futile, if they are not entirely consecrated to this Light and Force from above, to this Truth which is trying to express itself, that one is ready to make decisive progress. So the only truly effective attitude is a perfect, total, fervent giving of our being to That which is above us and which alone has the power to change everything.

When you open to the Spirit within you it brings you a first foretaste of that higher life which alone is worth living, then comes the will to rise to that, the hope of reaching it, the certitude that this is possible, and finally the strength to make the necessary effort and the resolution to go to the very end.

First one must wake up, then one can conquer.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 58

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

September 21, 2011 – Vanity Closes You Up

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Life and action culminate and are eternally crowned for thee
when thou hast attained the power of symbolising
& manifesting in every thought & act,
in wealth getting, wealth having or wealth spending,
in home & government & society, in art, literature and life,
the One Immortal in this lower mortal being.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 204)

Vanity Closes You Up

There is nothing that closes you up more than vanity. When you are self-satisfied, you have that kind of vanity of not wanting to admit that you lack something, that you make mistakes, that you are incomplete, that you are imperfect, that you are… There is something in the nature, you know, which grows stiff in this way, which does not want to admit- it is this which prevents you from receiving. You have, however, only to try it out and get the experience. If, by an effort of will you manage to make even a very tiny part of the being admit that “Ah, well, yes, I am mistaken, I should not be like that, and I should not do that and should not feel that, yes, it is a fault”, if you manage to make it admit this, at first, as I said just now, it begins by hurting you very much, but when you hold on firmly, until this is admitted, immediately it is open- it is open and strangely a flood of light enters, and then you feel so glad afterwards, so happy that you ask yourself, “Why, from what foolishness did I resist so long?”

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 57

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

September 14, 2011 – Pride and Vanity

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Death transformed becomes Life that is Immortality;
Cruelty transfigured becomes Love that is intolerable ecstasy;
Ignorance transmuted becomes Light that leaps beyond wisdom and knowledge.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 92)

Pride and Vanity

For the sage or the saint who is quite infatuated with his own importance and his own worth, and full of pride and vanity, there is not much chance that the Divine will manifest in him, for there is no place for the expression of the Divine! There is no place except for the important personality of the wise man and his moral worth.

Naturally, there is a state in which one may be perfectly pure, perfectly wise, and be in contact with the Divine! But then, that means that one has reached a certain degree of perfection and lost the sense of one’s personal importance and personal worth. I believe that’s most important. The greatest obstacle to the contact with the Divine is pride and the sense of one’s personal worth, one’s personal capacities, personal power- the person becomes very big, so big that there is no place for the Divine. No, the one truly important thing is the intensity of the aspiration. And this intensity of aspiration comes in all kinds of circumstances.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 56

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

September 7, 2011 – Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Our Evil is to God not evil,
but ignorance and imperfection,
our good a lesser imperfection.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 544)

Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga

To do Sri Aurobindo’s yoga is to want to transform oneself integrally, it is to have a single aim in life, such that nothing else exists any longer, that alone exists. And so one feels it clearly in oneself whether one wants it or not; but if one doesn’t, one can still have a life of goodwill, a life of service, of understanding; one can labour for the Work to be accomplished more easily- all that- one can do many things. But between this and doing yoga there is a great difference,

And to do yoga you must want it consciously, you must know what it is, to begin with. You must know what it is, you must take a resolution about it; but once you have taken the resolution, you must no longer flinch. That is why you must take it in full knowledge of the thing. You must know what you are deciding upon when you say, “I want to do yoga”; and that is why I don’t think I have ever pressed you from this point of view.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 43

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