Archive for January, 2012

January 25, 2012 Perfect Sincerity

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Neither do thou inflict pain, O man, on thy fellow;
God alone has the right to inflict pain;
or those have it whom He has commissioned.
But deem not fanatically,
as did Torquemada, that thou art one of these.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 503)

Perfect Sincerity

Do you know what perfect sincerity is?…

Never to try to deceive oneself, never let any part of the being try to find out a way of convincing the others, never to explain favourably what one does in order to have an excuse for what one wants to do, never to close one’s eyes when something is unpleasant, never to let anything pass, telling oneself, “That is not important, next time it will be better.”

Oh! it is very difficult. Just try for one hour and you will see how very difficult it is. Only one hour, to be totally, absolutely sincere. To let nothing pass. That is, all one does, all one feels, all one thinks, all one wants, is exclusively the Divine.

“I want nothing but the Divine, I think of nothing but the Divine, I do nothing but what will lead me to the Divine, I love nothing but the Divine.”

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 61

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

January 18, 2012 – Pay Attention

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

What men call knowledge,
is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances.
Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 7)

Pay Attention

If one does not pay attention, things slide very easily into a hole: one takes a false step, then slips and suddenly bumps against the bottom of the hole. Then one asks oneself, “But how did this come about? What happened?” Simply a false step: you did not take care, you allowed that part of the being to draw you into its own field; because you did not pull it out of its way, did not compel it to follow you, it now drags you back instead.

If one wants to lead the spiritual life, one must not be three-fourths asleep. It is necessary to be wide awake and very attentive, otherwise you are like a little boar upon a river or a great sea with terrible currents, and if you are not alert, if you do not pay close heed to these currents, if you relax, relax your vigilance, all of a sudden you find that you are at the other end from where you wanted to go! You are carried away, just like that, quite naturally. “Why, yes, I wanted to go there and I find myself here!”

The Mother

The Great Adventure

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

January 11, 2012 – Offer Up Wrong Movements

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Call not everything evil which men call evil,
but only that reject which God has rejected;
call not everything good which men call good,
but accept only what God has accepted.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 246)

Offer Up Wrong Movements

Instead of driving the wrong movement underground, it is to be offered. It is to place the thing, the movement itself, to project it into the Light.

…If we can project out sensation- or our activity or our perception- into that Light, that will bring the cure. Instead of suppressing or rejecting it as something to be destroyed (it cannot be destroyed!), it has to be projected into the Light… Instead of seeking to throw away far from oneself certain things (which one does not accept, and which produce an imbalance in the being), instead of doing that, to accept them, take them as part of oneself and… (Mother opens her hands) offer them up. They do not want to be offered, but there is a way of compelling them: the resistance is diminished in the proportion as we can diminish in us our sense of disapprobation; if we can replace this sense of disapprobation by a higher understanding, then we succeed. It is much more easy.

The Mother

The Great Adventure, P 67

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

January 4, 2012 – To See Oneself as One Is

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Ravana’s mind thought it was hungering after universal sovereignty and victory over Rama;
but the aim his soul kept its vision fixed upon all the time was to get back to its heaven
as soon as possible & be again God’s menial. Therefore, as the shortest way, it hurled itself against God in a furious clasp of enmity

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 509)

To See Oneself as One Is

It is no use at all hiding things and pushing them behind, like this, and imagining they are not there because one has put a veil in front. It is much better to see oneself as one is- provided one is ready to give up this way of being. If you come allowing all the bad movements to rise to the surface, to show themselves; if you offer them, if you say, “Well, this is how I am, “ and if at the same time you have the aspiration to be different, then this second of presence is extremely useful; you can, yes, in a few seconds receive the help you need to get rid of them; while if you come like a little saint and go away content, without having received anything, it is not very useful.

Automatically the Consciousness acts like that, it is like the ray that brings light where there wasn’t any. Only, what is needed is to be in a state where one wants to give up the thing, to get rid of it- not to cling to it and keep it. If one sincerely wants to pull it out of oneself, make it disappear, then it is very useful.

The Mother

The Great Adventure, P 66

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