Archive for July, 2012

July 26, 2012 – Reason Must Be the Master

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

When I hear of a righteous wrath,
I wonder at man’s capacity for self-deception.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 52)

Reason Must Be the Master

It is a good thing to begin to learn at an early age that to lead an efficient life and obtain from one’s body the maximum it is able to give, reason must be the master of the house. And it is not a question of yoga or higher realisation, it is something which should be taught everywhere, in every school, every family, every home: man was made to be a mental being, and merely to be a man… life must be dominated by reason and not by vital impulses. This should be taught to all children from their infancy… The first thing which should be taught to every human being as soon as he is able to think, is that he should obey reason which is the super instinct of the species. Reason is the master of the nature of mankind. One must obey reason and absolutely refuse to be the slave of instincts… It is the basic wisdom of human life, purely human life: every human being who obeys anything other than reason is a kind of brute lower than the animals. That’s all.

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 11

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

July 18, 2012 – Organise With The Help Of Reason

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

To hate the sinner is the worst sin,
for it is hating God;
yet he who commits it,
glories in his superior virtue.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 51)

Organise With The Help Of Reason

In order to set on these paths(towards the higher realities) without fear and without any danger, one must have organised his being with the help of reason around the highest centre he consciously possesses, and organised it in such a way that it is inwardly in his control and he has not to say at every moment, “Ah! I have done this, I don’t know why. Ah! That’s happened to me, I don’t know why” – and always it is “ I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know” and as long as it is like that, the path is somewhat dangerous. Only when one does what he wants, knows what he wants, does what he wants and is able to direct himself with certitude, without being tossed about by the hazards of life, then one can go forward on the suprarational paths fearlessly, unhesitatingly and with the least danger. But one need not be very old for this to happen……

But one must not set out on this road with a baggage of impulses and desires, for that brings along all kinds of serious disturbances.

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 10

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

July 4, 2012 – Sincerity

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

When I read a wearisome book through and with pleasure,
yet perceived all the perfection of its wearisomeness,
then I knew that my mind was conquered.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 48)

Sincerity

“What is the fundamental virtue to be cultivated in order to prepare for the spiritual life?”

I have said this many times, but this is an opportunity to repeat it: it is sincerity.

A sincerity which must become total and absolute, for sincerity alone is your protection on the spiritual path. If you are not sincere, at the very next step you are sure to fall and break your head. All kinds of forces, wills, influences, entities are there, on the look-out for the least little rift in this sincerity and they immediately rush in through that rift and begin to throw into confusion.

Therefore, before doing anything, beginning anything, trying anything, be sure first of all that you are not only as sincere as you can be, but have the intention of becoming still more so.

For that is your only protection.

The Mother

The Great Adventure P 60

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