Archive for June, 2012

June 27, 2012 – Someone Who Knows Very Little

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

When I was asleep in the Ignorance,
I came to a place of meditation full of holy men
and I found their company wearisome and the place a prison;
when I awoke,
God took me to a prison and turned it into a place of meditation
and His trysting-ground.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 47)

Someone Who Knows Very Little

It is not necessarily someone with experience who is most advanced. He lacks an element of simplicity, modesty, and the plasticity that comes from the fact that one is not yet totally developed. As one grows, something crystallises in the head; it gets more and more fixed and unless you try very hard you finish by becoming fossilised. This is what usually happens to people, particularly those who have tried for some realisation and succeeded in it or those who have come to believe they have reached the goal… For me personally, I admit I prefer for my work someone who knows very little, has not laboured too much, but who has a great deal of aspiration, a great goodwill and who feels in himself this flame, this need for progressing. He may know very little, may have realised still less, but if he has that within him, it is good stuff with which one can go very far, much further.

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 55

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

June 20, 2012 – It Is Not What One Does

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Only those thoughts are true the opposite of which is also true
in its own time and application;
indisputable dogmas are the most dangerous kind of falsehoods.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 45)

It Is Not What One Does

It is not what one does (what one does is very important, that’s evident) that is the most important thing but what one is.

Whatever the activity, it is not quite the way of doing it but the state of consciousness in which it is done that is important. You may work, do disinterested work without any idea of personal profit, work for the joy of working, but if you are not at the same time ready to leave this work, to change the work or change the way of working, if you cling to your own way of working, your surrender is not complete. You must come to a point when everything is done because you feel within, very clearly, in a more and more imperious way, that it is this which must be done and in this particular way, and that you do it only because of that. You do not do it because of any habit, attachment or preference, nor even any conception, even a preference for the idea that it is the best thing to do – else your surrender is not total

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 31

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

June 13, 2012 – One Needs Education

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

There are four very great events in history,the siege of Troy,
the life and crucifixion of Christ,
the exile of Krishna in Brindavun and the colloquy with Arjuna on the field of Kurukshetra.
The siege of Troy created Hellas, the exile in Brindavun created devotional religion,
(for before there was only meditation and worship,)
Christ from his cross humanised Europe,
the colloquy at Kurukshetra will yet liberate humanity.
Yet it is said that none of these four events ever happened.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 41)

One Needs Education

If a child were not taught how to live, he could not live, he wouldn’t know how to do anything…. Even the most elementary things he would not do properly if he were not taught how to do them… If everyone had to go through the whole experience needed for the formation of an individuality, he would be long dead before having begun to live! This is the advantage of those – accumulated through centuries – who have had the experience and tell you, “Well, if you want to go quickly, to know in a few years what has been learnt through centuries, do this!” Read, learn, study and then, in this way, that in that way, this again in this way (gestures). Once you know a little, you can find your own method, if you have the genius for it! But first one must stand on one’s own feet and know how to walk. It is very difficult to learn it all alone. It’s like that for everyone. One must form oneself. Therefore, one needs education.

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 8

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

June 6, 2012 – One Dreams of Miracles

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Sometimes one is led to think that only those things
really matter which have never happened;
for beside them most historic achievements seem almost pale and ineffective.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 40)

One Dreams of Miracles

One dreams of miracles when one is young, one wants all wickedness to disappear, everything to be always luminous, beautiful, happy, one likes stories which end happily…… Children should be taught, “Yes, this is what you must try to realise and not only is it possible but it is certain if you come in contact with the part in you which is capable of doing this thing. This is what should guide your life, organise it, make you develop in the direction of the true reality which the ordinary world calls illusion”…

When a child is full of enthusiasm, never throw cold water on it, never tell him, “You know, life is not like that!” You should always encourage him, tell him, “Yes, at present things are not always like that, they seem ugly, but behind this there is a beauty that is trying to realise itself. This is what you should love and draw towards you, this is what you should make the object of your dreams, of your ambitions.”

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 6

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