Archive for October, 2011

October 26, 2011 – What do you want the Yoga for?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

When I saw others than Krishna and myself in the world,
I kept secret God’s doings with me;
but since I began to see Him and myself everywhere,
I have become shameless and garrulous.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 437)

What do you want the Yoga for?

“What do you want the Yoga for? To get power? To attain to peace and calm? To serve humanity?

“None of these motives is sufficient to show that you are meant for the Path.”

Questions and Answers 1929 (7 April)

The main trouble is that you think with words, but these words are empty of meaning; most of the time they are mere words – you talk of the Divine, you talk of the Supreme, you talk of Yoga, you say many things, but does all that correspond in your head to something concrete, to a thought, a feeling, a clear idea, an experience? Or are they simply words?

It is said that Yoga is the “final goal of life”, but what do you expect from this final goal? Some say it means to know oneself; that is the personal and individual aspect. If it is pushed a little farther it means to be conscious of the truth of one’s being: why are you born and what should you do? And if it is pushed still farther, you may become conscious of your relations with other human beings; and a little farther yet, you may ask what is the role, the aim of humanity in the world? And yet again, what is the condition of the earth from the psychological standpoint? What is the universe, what is its goal, its role? In this way, you move from stage to stage and finally you see the problem in its totality. You must see the thing, the experience behind the words. Here we speak of Yoga but elsewhere one would speak differently; some would say, “I am seeking my raison d’être”, and so on. Those who have a religious bent will say, “I want to find the divine Presence.” There are fifty ways of saying the thing but it is the thing which is important; you must feel it in your head, in your heart, everywhere. It must be concrete, living, otherwise you cannot advance. You must come out of words and get into action – get into the experience, get into life.

The Mother

Cwse vol 4 page 64

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

October 19, 2011 – Siddhi Day – Day of Victory

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The north-country Indian herdsman, attacked by fever,
sits in the chill stream of a river for an hour or more & rises up free & healthy.
If the educated man did the same, he would perish,
not because the same remedy in its nature kills one & cures another,
but because our bodies have been fatally indoctrinated by the mind into false habits.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 389)

Siddhi Day – Day of Victory

On 24 November 1926, The Mother saw Sri Aurobindo emerge from his room in the evening, She new immediately that something important has happened in the History of the Earth and Universe. She sent words to all the sadhaks and asked them to assemble in the upper verandah of the Library House. By six all were there, all twenty four including Champaklal, Nolini, Amrita, Pavitra, Barin, Purani, Datta, Pujalal, Rajangam and Chandrasekharam. What happen there is as in Purani’s words:

There was a deep silence in the atmosphere after the disciples had gathered there. Many saw an oceanic flood of Light rushing down from above. Everyone present felt a kind of pressure above his head. The whole atmosphere was surcharged with some electrical energy. In that silence ….. the usual, yet on this day unusual, tick was heard behind the door of the entrance. Expectation rose in flood. Sri Aurobindo and The Mother could be seen through the half closed door. The Mother with a gesture of her eyes requested Sri Aurobindo to step out first. Sri Aurobindo with a similar gesture suggested to her to do the same. With a slow dignified step the Mother came out first, followed by Sri Aurobindo with his majestic gait…. The Mother sat on a small stool to his right.Silence absolute, living silence- not merely living but out flowing with divinity. The meditation lasted about forty-five minutes. After that one by one the disciple bowed to the Mother.

She and Sri Aurobindo gave blessings to them. Whenever a disciple bowed to the Mother, Sri Aurobindo’s right hand came forward behind the Mother’s as if blessing him through the Mother. After the blessings, in the same silence there was a short meditation.

In the interval of silent meditation and blessings many had distinct experiences… it was certain that a Higher Consciousness had descended on earth…
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother went inside.

Immediately Datta was inspired. In that silence she spoke:
” The Lord has descended into the physical today “.

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

October 12, 2011 – Sincerity

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

God is a great & cruel Torturer because He loves.
You do not understand this,
because you have not seen & played with Krishna.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 28)

Sincerity

What is the fundamental virtue to be cultivated in order to prepare for the spiritual life?

I have said this many times, but this is an opportunity to repeat it: it is sincerity.

A sincerity which must become total and absolute, for sincerity alone is your protection on the spiritual path. If you are not sincere, at the very next step you are sure to fall and break your head. All kinds of forces, wills, influences, entities are there, on the look-out for the least little rift in this sincerity and they immediately rush in through that rift and begin to throw you into confusion.

Therefore, before doing anything, beginning anything, trying anything, be sure first of all that you are not only as sincere as you can be, but have the intention of becoming still more so.

For that is your only protection.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 60

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

October 5, 2011 – Open Yourself, Be Modest

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Because God is invincibly great, He can afford to be weak;
because He is immutably pure, He can indulge with impunity in sin;
He knows eternally all delight, therefore He tastes also the delight of pain;
He is inalienably wise, therefore He has not debarred Himself from folly.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 65)

Open Yourself, Be Modest

What you should do is to throw the doors of your being wide open to the Divine. The moment you conceal something, you step straight into Falsehood. The least suppression on your part pulls you immediately down into unconsciousness. If you want to be fully conscious, be always in front of the Truth- completely open yourself and try your utmost to let it see deep inside you, into every corner of your being. That alone will bring into you light and consciousness and all that is most true. Be absolutely modest- that is to say, know the distance between what you are and what is to be, not allowing the crude physical mentality to think that it knows when it does not, that it can judge when it cannot. Modesty implies the giving up of yourself to the Divine whole-heartedly, asking for help and, by submission, winning the freedom and absence of responsibility which imparts to the mind utter quietness. Not otherwise can you hope to attain the union with the Divine Consciousness and the Divine Will.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 59

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