Archive for August, 2012

August 29, 2012 – Follow Your Own Path

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

There is no sin in man,
but a great deal of disease,
ignorance and misapplication.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 66)

Follow Your Own Path

“Thou must reach thy own summit,” says Sri Aurobindo. Is the summit the same for everybody or does each one have his particular summit

In the last analysis, it is always the same summit – the divine oneness which is behind all things – but everyone will reach his own summit, that is, through his own nature and own way of manifesting the divine unity. This is what we were saying the other day: each one represents a special way of having a relation with the Divine and manifesting the Divine. You don’t need to follow another’s path! You must follow your own path and it is by this path that you will reach the summit, which is one, but found by your own route. The goal is beyond the summits – the goal is one and beyond the summits – but one may attain this summit each by his own road, climbing his own mountain, not the mountains of another.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 29

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

August 22, 2012 – Your Belief and Others’ Beliefs

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Sin is that which was once in its place,
persisting now it is out of place;
there is no other sinfulness.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 66)

Your Belief and Others’ Beliefs

To think that your knowledge is the only true one, that your belief is the only true one and that others’ beliefs are not true, is to do precisely what is done by all sects and religions…. The contact which you have had with the truth of things, your personal contact – a contact which is more or less clear, profound, vast, pure – may have given you, as an individual, an interesting, perhaps even a decisive experience; but although this contact may have given you an experience of decisive importance, you must not imagine that it is a universal experience and that the same contact would give others the same experience. And if you understand this, that it is something purely personal, individual, subjective, that it is not at all an absolute and general law, then you can no longer despise the knowledge of others, nor seek to impose your own point of view and experience upon them. This understanding obviates all mental quarrels, which are always totally useless

The Mother

The Great Adventure 25

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

August 15, 2012 – Keep Faith

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

God is great,
says the Mahomedan.
Yes, He is so great that He can afford to be weak,
whenever that too is necessary.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 53)

Keep Faith

[We must have] faith that always what is the best happens. We may for the moment not consider it as the best because we are ignorant and also blind, because we do not see the consequence of things and what will happen later. But we must keep the faith that it is like that, if we rely on the Divine, if we give Him the full charge of ourselves, if we let Him decide everything for us, well, we must know that it is always what is best for us which happens. This is an absolute fact. To the extent to which you surrender, the best happens to you. This may not be in conformity with what you would like, your preference or desire, because these things are blind: it is the best from the spiritual point of view, the best for your progress, your development, your spiritual growth, your true life. It is always that. And you must keep this faith, because faith is an expression of trust in the Divine and the full self-giving you make to the Divine. And when you make it, it is something absolutely marvellous. That’s a fact, these are not just words, you understand, it is a fact. When you look back, all kinds of things which you did not understand when they happened to you, you realise as just the thing which was necessary in order to compel you to make the needed progress. Always without exception. It is our blindness which prevents us from seeing it.

The Mother

The Sunlit Path P102

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

August 7, 2012 – THE TEMPLE WITHIN YOU

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

God is great,
says the Mahomedan.
Yes, He is so great that He can afford to be weak,
whenever that too is necessary.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 53)

THE TEMPLE WITHIN YOU

In the depths of your consciousness in the psychic being, the temple of the Devine 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 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

The Great Adventure P 184

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