Archive for April, 2012

April 25, 2012 – Keep the Will Firm

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

One called Napoleon a tyrant and imperial cut-throat;
but I saw God armed striding through Europe.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 29)

Keep the Will Firm

What is the way to establish unity and homogeneity in our being?

Keep the will firm. Treat the recalcitrant parts as disobedient children. Act upon them constantly and patiently. Convince them of their error.

In the depths of your consciousness is the psychic being, the temple of the Divine within you. This is the centre round which should come about the unification of all these divergent parts, all these contradictory movements of your being. Once you have got the consciousness of the psychic being and its aspiration, these doubts and difficulties can be destroyed. It takes more or less time, but you will surely succeed in the end. Once you have turned to the Divine, saying, “I want to be yours”, and the Divine has said, “Yes”, the whole world cannot keep you from it. When the central being has made its surrender, the chief difficulty has disappeared. The outer being is like a crust. In ordinary people the crust is so hard and thick that they are not conscious of the Divine within them. If once, even for a moment only, the inner being has said, “I am here and I am yours”, then it is as though a bridge has been built and little by little the crust becomes thinner and thinner until the two parts are wholly joined and the inner and the outer become one.

The Mother

CWM Vol 3, page 7

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

April 18, 2012 – The Greatest Obstacle: Hypocrisy

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

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

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 28)

The Greatest Obstacle: Hypocrisy

Now I am addressing parents and teachers, for it is very important to teach children that it is absolutely useless to ‘look’ as if they were good, to ‘look’ as if they were obedient, to ‘look’ as if they were studying well, etc. Very often, the course parents and teachers adopt with their children is to encourage them to ‘look as if’. It often happens that if a child spontaneously confesses his mistake, he is given a scolding. This is one of the greatest mistakes of parents. You must have sufficient control over yourself never to scold a child, even if he has broken a very valuable and cherished object. You should simply ask him, ‘How did you do that?’ ‘What happened?’ For the child ought to see why it happened, so that he can be more careful next time. But that is all. In this way you will get the child to be sincere with you instead of trying to deceive you.

The greatest obstacle to the transformation of one’s own character is hypocrisy. If you always keep this in mind when dealing with a child, you can do him a lot of good.

The Mother

The Great Adventure pg 14

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

April 11, 2012 – A Very Difficult Art

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Sir Philip Sidney said of the criminal led out to be hanged,
“There, but for the grace of God,
goes Sir Philip Sidney.” Wiser, had he said,
“There, by the grace of God,
goes Sir Philip Sidney.”

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 27)

A Very Difficult Art

If, when you were quite small, your parents or those who look after you, took the trouble to teach you how to do what you do, do it properly as it should be done, in the right way, then that would help you to avoid all- all these mistakes you make through the years. And not only do you make mistakes, but nobody tells you they are mistakes! And so you are surprised that you fall ill, are tired, don’t know how to do what you want to, and that you have never been taught. Some children are not taught anything, and so they need years and years and years to learn the simplest things, even the most elementary thing: to be clean…

To live in the right way is a very difficult art, and unless one begins to learn it when quite young and to make an effort, one never knows it very well. Simply the art of keeping one’s body in good health, one’s mind quiet and goodwill in one’s heart- things which are indispensable in order to live decently- I don’t say in comfort, I don’t say remarkably, I only say decently.

The Mother

The Great Adventure pg 7

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

April 4, 2012 – We are here to learn

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

When I see others suffer,
I feel that I am unfortunate,
but the wisdom that is not mine,
sees the good that is coming and approves

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 26)

We are here to learn

Essentially there is but one single true reason for living: it is to know oneself. We are here to learn- to learn what we are, why we are here, and what we have to do. And if we don’t know that, our life is altogether empty- for ourselves and for others.

And so, generally, it is better to begin early for there is much to learn. If one wants to learn about life as it is, the world as it is, and then really know the why and how of life, one can begin when very young, from the time one is very, very tiny- before the age of five. And then, when one is a hundred, he will still be able to learn. So it is interesting. And all the time one can have surprises, always learn something one didn’t know, meet with an experience one did not have before, find something one was ignorant of. It is surely very interesting. And the more one knows, the more aware does one become that one has everything to learn. Truly, I could say that only fools believe they know. That indeed is a sure sign, someone coming and telling you, “Oh! I know all that; oh! I know all that”; he is immediately sized up!

The Mother

The Great Adventure pg 5

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