Archive for September, 2012

September 26, 2012 – The Feeling of Uneasiness

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Europe prides herself on her practical and scientific organisation and efficiency.
I am waiting till her organisation is perfect;
then a child shall destroy her.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 76)

The Feeling of Uneasiness

There is another quality which must be cultivated in a child from a very young age: that is the feeling of uneasiness, of a moral disbalance which it feels when it has done certain things, not because it has been told not to do them, not because it fears punishment, but spontaneously. For example, a child who hurts its comrade through mischief, if it is in its normal, natural state, will experience uneasiness, a grief deep in its being, because what it has done is contrary to its inner truth.

For in spite of all teachings, in spite of all that thought can think, there is something in the depths which has a feeling of a perfection, a greatness, a truth, and is painfully contradicted by all the movements opposing this truth. If a child has not been spoilt by its milieu, by deplorable examples around it, that is, if it is in the normal state, spontaneously, without its being told anything, it will feel an uneasiness when it has done something against the truth of its being. And it is exactly upon this that later its effort for progress must be founded.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 13

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

September 19, 2012 – Education

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

When Wisdom comes, her first lesson is,
“There is no such thing as knowledge;
there are only aperçus of the Infinite Deity.”

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 73)

Education

Usually all education, all culture, all refinement of the senses and the being is one of the best ways of curing instincts, desires, passions. To eliminate these things does not cure them; to cultivate, intellectualise, refine them, this is the surest means of curing. To give the greatest possible development for progress and growth, to acquire a certain sense of harmony and exactness of perception, this is a part of the culture of the being, of the education of the being….

Education is certainly one of the best means of preparing the consciousness for the higher development. There are people with very crude and very simple natures, who can have great aspiration and attain a certain spiritual development, but the base will always be of an inferior quality, and as soon as they return to their ordinary consciousness they will find obstacles in it, because the stuff is too thin, there are not enough elements in their vital and material consciousness to enable them to bear the descent of a higher force.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 9

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

Sept 5, 2012 – Work in the World

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The sense of sin was necessary in order
that man might become disgusted with his own imperfections.
It was God’s corrective for egoism.
But man’s egoism meets God’s device by being
very dully alive to its own sins and very keenly alive to the sins of others.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 68)

Work in the World

I have seen persons who had no pretensions of doing yoga, who were simply filled with enthusiasm by the idea of terrestrial transformation and of the descent of the Divine into the world and who did their little bit of work with that enthusiasm in the heart, giving themselves wholly, without reserve, without any selfish idea of a personal salvation; these I have seen making magnificent progress, truly magnificent. And sometimes they are wonderful. I have seen sannyasis, I have seen people who live in monasteries, I have seen people who professed to be yogis, well, I would not exchange one of the others for a dozen such people…. It is not by running away from the world that you will change it. It is by working there, modestly, humbly but with a fire in the heart, something that burns like an offering.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 49

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