Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011 – A Very Tiny Serpent

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Immortality is not the survival of the mental personality after death,
though that also is true,
but the waking possession of the unborn and deathless Self
of which body is only an instrument and a shadow.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 514)

A Very Tiny Serpent

There is a great difference between pushing back a thing simply because one doesn’t want it and changing the state of one’s consciousness which makes the thing totally foreign to one’s nature. Usually, when one has a movement one doesn’t want, one drives it away or pushes it back, but one doesn’t take the precaution of finding within oneself what has served and still serves as a support for this movement, the particular tendency, the fold of the consciousness which enables this thing to enter the consciousness. If, on the contrary, instead of simply making a movement of reprobation and rejection, one enters deeply into one’s vital consciousness and finds the support, that is, a kind of particular little vibration buried very deeply in a corner, often in such a dark corner that it is difficult to find it there; if one starts hunting it down, that is, if one goes within, concentrates, follows as it were the trail of this movement to its origin, one finds something like a very tiny serpent coiled up, something at times quite tiny, not bigger than a pea, but very black and sunk very deeply.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 68

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

November 23, 2011 – Face Yourself

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

There are two works that are perfectly pleasing to God in his servant;
to sweep in silent adoration His temple-floors
and
to fight in the world’s battlefield for His divine consummation in humanity.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 514)

Face Yourself

Every time you are afraid to face yourself and hide carefully from yourself what prevents you from advancing, well, it is as though you were building a wall on the way; later you must demolish it to pass on. It is better to do your task immediately, look yourself straight in the face, straight in the face, not try to sugar-coat the bitter pill. It is very bitter: all the weaknesses, uglinesses, all kinds of nasty little things which one has inside- there are, there are, there are, oh! lots of them. “What petty meanness, small stupidity, little vanity, ignorance, bad will is still there, hidden in the corner, preventing me from crossing the threshold, the threshold of this new discovery? Who is there in me, who is so small so mean and obstinate, hiding there like a worm in a fruit so that I may not be able to see it?” if you are sincere you find it; you always sugar-coat the pill. The sugar coating is a kind of what is called mental understanding of oneself. So one coats as thickly with sugar as possible in order to hide well from oneself what is there, the worm in the fruit.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 362

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

November 16, 2011 – Let the All-consciousness Decide

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

With the present morality of the human race
a sound and durable human unity is not yet possible;
but there is no reason why a temporary approximation to it
should not be the reward of strenuous aspiration and untiring effort.
By constant approximations and by partial realisations
and temporary successes Nature advances.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 336)

Let the All-consciousness Decide

I am fully convinced that the confusion [ in the world] is there to teach us how to live from day to day, that is to say, not to be preoccupied with what may happen, what will happen, just to occupy oneself day by day with doing what one has to do. All thinkings, pre-plannings, arrangements and all that, are very favourable to much disorder.

To live almost minute by minute to be like that (gesture upwards), attentive only to the thing that is to be done at the moment, and then to let the All – Consciousness decide.

When you are assailed by the vision of such disorder and confusion, you have to do only one thing, to enter into the consciousness where you see only one Being, one Consciousness, one Power – there is only a single Unity – and all this is taking place within this Unity. And all our insignificant visions and knowings and judgements and…all that is mere nothing, it is microscopic in comparison with the Consciousness presiding over All.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 362

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

November 9, 2011 – Allow the Lord to do Everything

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Practical knowledge is a different thing;
that is real and serviceable, but it is never complete.
Therefore to systematise and codify it is necessary but fatal.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 74)

Allow the Lord to do Everything

This smile, this joy, this alughter are there, and such peace! such full, luminous, total peace, in which there are no more conflicts, no more contradictions. There are no more conflicts. It is one single luminous harmony – and yet everything we call error, suffering, misery, everything is there. It eliminates nothing. It is another way of seeing.

There can be no doubt that if you sincerely want to get out of it, it is not so difficult after all; you have nothing to do, you only have to allow the Lord to do everything. And He does everything. He does everything. It is so wonderful, so wonderful!

He takes anything, even what we call a very ordinary intelligence and he simply teaches you to put this intelligence aside, to rest: “There, be quiet, don’t stir, don’t bother me, I don’t need you.” Then a door opens – you don’t even feel that you have to open it; it is wide open, you are taken over to the other side. All that is done by Someone else, not you. And then the other way becomes impossible.

The Mother

The Great Adventure: Page 360

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