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December 21, 2011 – Insincerity and Unhappiness

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Help the poor while the poor are with thee;
but study also & strive that there may be no poor for thy assistance.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 291)

Insincerity and Unhappiness

“Things are not beautiful, the world is nasty, people are not pleasant.” It goes sometimes to this length: “The food is not good, yesterday it was excellent.” It is the same but today it is not good! This is the barometer! You may immediately tell yourself that an insincerity has crept in somewhere. It is very easy to know, you don’t need to be very learned, for, as Sri Aurobindo has said in Elements of Yoga: One knows whether one is happy or unhappy, one knows whether one is content or discontented, one doesn’t need to ask oneself, put complicated questions for this, one knows it!- Well, it is very simple.

The moment you feel unhappy, you may write beneath it: “I am not sincere!” These two sentences go together:

“I feel unhappy.”

“I am not sincere.”

Now, what is it that is wrong? Then one begins to take a look, it is easy to find out.

The Mother

The Great Adventure p 63

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