Archive for March, 2012

March 28, 2012 – An Exceptional Hour

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

When I had the dividing reason,
I shrank from many things;
after I had lost it in sight,
I hunted through the world for the ugly and the repellent,
but I could no longer find them.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 20)

An Exceptional Hour

People sleep, they forget, they take life easy – they forget, forget all the time….

But if we could remember…. That we are at an exceptional hour, a unique time, that we have this immense good fortune, this invaluable privilege of being present at the birth of a new world, we could easily get rid of everything that impedes and hinders our progress.

So, the most important thing, it seems, is to remember this fact; even when one doesn’t have the tangible experience, to have the certainty of it and faith in it; to remember always, to recall it constantly, to go to sleep with this idea, to wake up with this perception; to do all that one does with this great truth as the background, as a constant support, this great truth that we are witnessing the birth of a new world.

We can participate in it, we can become this new world. And truly, when one has such a marvellous opportunity, one should be ready to give up everything for its sake.

The Mother

The Great Adventure pg 4

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

March 21, 2012 – The Silence Behind Life

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

When I had the dividing reason,
I shrank from many things;
after I had lost it in sight,
I hunted through the world for the ugly and the repellent,
but I could no longer find them.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 20)

The Silence behind Life

There is a silence behind life as well as within it and it is only in this more secret, sustaining silence that we can hear clearly the voice of God. In the noise of the world we hear only altered & disturbed echoes of it; for the Voice comes always who else speaks to us on our journey? -but the gods of the heart, the gods of the mind, the gods of desire, the gods of sense take up the divine cry, intercept it and alter it for their purposes. Krishna calls to us, but the first note, even the opening power or sweetness, awakes a very brouhaha of these echoes .It is not the fault of these poor gods. The accent of power is so desirable, the note of sweetness is so captivating that they must seize it, they would be dull & soulless, there would be no hope of their redemption if they did not at once leap at it and make it their own. But in becoming their own, it ceases to be entirely his. How many who have the religious faith and the religious temperament, are following the impulses of their heart, the cravings of their desire, the urgency of their senses, the dictates of their opinion when they fully imagine that their God is leading them! And they do well, for God is leading them. It is the way He has chosen for them, & since He has chosen it, it is the best & wisest & most fruitful way for them. Still it is their God not one they have made in their own image as the Atheist believes, but One who makes Himself in the image that they prefer, the image that best suits with their nature or their development. “In whatever way men come to me, in that way I love & cleave to them.” It is a saying of fathomless depth which contains the seed of the whole truth about God & religion. After all it is only in this way that the conditioned can meet the Absolute, that which has a nature or dharma of its own with that which is beyond all limit of nature or dharma. After the meeting of the soul with God, – well, that The Silence behind Life is a different matter. The secrets of His nuptial chamber cannot all be spoken. Nevertheless, there is a higher way of meeting him than that which leads us through subjection to the Gods. By perfect Love, by perfect Joy, by perfect Satisfaction, by perfected mind one can hear what the Voice truly says if not the Voice itself,-catch the kernel of the message with a sort of ecstatic perfection, even if afterwards the Gods dilate on it & by attempting to amplify & complete, load it with false corollaries or prevent some greater fullness of truth from arriving to us. Therefore this way also, though it is high, cannot be the highest.

Sri Aurobindo

SABCL Vol. 12 pages 88-89

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March 14, 2012 – True Sincerity

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Someone was laying it down that God must be this or
that or He would not be God.
But it seemed to me that I can only know what God is
and I do not see how I can tell Him what He ought to be.
For what is the standard by which we can judge Him?
These judgments are the follies of our egoism.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 18)

True Sincerity

When you are absolutely sincere, you make a constant effort to live in harmony with the highest ideal of your being, the truth of your being. At every moment, in all that you think, all that you feel and all that you do, you try as perfectly as possible, as completely as possible, to put yourself in harmony with the highest ideal or, if you are conscious of it, with the truth of your being—then you have reached true sincerity. And if you are like that, if truly you do not act from egoistic motives or for personal reasons, if you act guided by your inner truth, that is, if you are perfectly sincere, it is absolutely the same to you whether the whole world judges you in one way or another. In this state of perfect sincerity you do not need to appear good or to be approved by others, for the first thing you experience when you are in harmony with your true consciousness is that you do not care what you look like. Whether you look like this or like that, whether you seem indifferent, cold, distant, proud, all this is of no importance; provided, I repeat this, you are absolutely sincere, that is, you never forget that you live in order to realise your inner, central truth.

The Mother

CWM Vol. 4 Page 17

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March 7, 2012 – Control Your Impulses

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

That which men term a hallucination is the reflection
in the mind and senses of that which is beyond
our ordinary mental and sensory perceptions.
Superstition arises from the mind’s wrong understanding of these reflections.
There is no other hallucination.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 16)

Control Your Impulses

From the time you are quite young, the work of your educators is to teach you to control your impulses and obey only those which are in conformity with the laws under which you live or with the ideal you wish to follow or the customs of the environment in which you are. The value of this mental construction which will govern your impulses depends a great deal on the surroundings in which you live and the character of the parents or people who educate you. But whether it be good or bad, mediocre or excellent, it is always the result of a mental control over the impulses. When your parents tell you, “You should not do this” , or when they say, “You have to do that” , this is a beginning of education for the mind’s control over the impulses….

So the man of real merit or the more civilised man has a whole mental construction to which he must conform in order to be in harmony with the ideal of the environment in which he lives.

The Mother

The Great Adventure, p12

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