Archive for October, 2012

October 31, 2012 – Win Your Little Victories

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

If Life alone were and not death,
there could be no immortality;
if love were alone and not cruelty,
joy would be only a tepid and ephemeral rapture;
if reason were alone and not ignorance,
our highest attainment would not exceed a limited rationality and worldly wisdom.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 90)

Win Your Little Victories

If through an effort of inner consciousness and knowledge, you can truly overcome in yourself a desire, that is to say, dissolve and abolish it, and if through inner goodwill, through consciousness, light, knowledge, you are able to dissolve the desire, you will be, first of all in yourself personally, a hundred times happier than if you had satisfied this desire, and then it will have a marvellous effect. It will have a repercussion in the world of which you have no idea. It will spread forth. For the vibrations you have created will continue to spread. These things grow larger like the snowball. The victory you win in your character, however small it be, is one which can be gained in the whole world….

If you really want to do something good, the best thing you can do is to win your small victories in all sincerity, one after another, and thus you will do for the world the maximum you are able to.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 19

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

October 24, 2012 – Give Up Desire

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This world was built by Ignorance and Error that they might know.
Wilt thou abolish ignorance and error ?
Then knowledge too will perish.
Thou canst not abolish ignorance and error,
but thou mayst transmute them into the utter and effulgent exceeding of reason.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 90)

Give Up Desire

The Buddha has said that there is a greater joy in overcoming a desire than in satisfying it. It is an experience everybody can have and one that is truly very very interesting…..

There is a kind of inner communion with the psychic being which takes place when one willingly gives up a desire, and because of this one feels a much greater joy than if he had satisfied his desire. Besides, most usually, almost without exception, when one satisfies a desire it always leaves a bitter taste somewhere.

There is not one satisfied desire which does not give a kind of bitterness; as when one has eaten too sugary a sweet it fills your mouth with bitterness. It is like that. You must try sincerely. Naturally you must not pretend to give up desire and keep it in a corner, because then one becomes very unhappy. You must do it sincerely.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 18

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

October 17, 2012 – Need and Desire

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

It is rationality and prudence to distrust the supernatural;
but to believe in it,
is also a sort of wisdom.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 85)

Need and Desire

How to know if things are really necessary, not desired? … For that you must observe yourself very, very attentively, and if there is anything in you which produces something like a small intense vibration, then you may be sure that there lies a desire. For example, you say, “This food is necessary for me” – you believe, you imagine, you think that you need such and such a thing and you find the necessary means to obtain the thing. To know if it is a need or a desire, you must look at yourself very closely and ask yourself, “What will happen if I cannot get the thing?” Then if the immediate answer is, “Oh, it will be very bad”, you may be sure that it is a matter of desire. It is the same for everything. For every problem you draw back, look at yourself and ask, “Let us see, am I going to have the thing?” If at that moment something in you jumps up with joy, you may be certain there is a desire. On the other hand, if something tells you, “Oh, I am not going to get it” and you feel very depressed, then again it is a desire.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 17

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

October 10, 2012 – Act Without Any Desire

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

To listen to some devout people,
one would imagine that God never laughs;
Heine was nearer the mark when he found in Him the divine Aristophanes.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 80)

Act Without Any Desire

To choose without preference and execute without desire is the great difficulty at the very root of the development of true consciousness and self-control. To choose in this sense means to see what is true and bring it into existence; and to choose thus, without the least personal bias for any thing, any person, action, circumstance, is exactly what is most difficult for an ordinary human being. Yet one must learn to act without any preference, free from all attractions and likings, taking one’s stand solely on the Truth which guides. And having chosen in accordance with the Truth the necessary action, one must carry it out without any desire.

If you observe yourself attentively, you will see that before acting you need an inner impetus, some thing which pushes you. In the ordinary man this impetus is generally desire. This desire ought to be replaced by a clear, precise, constant vision of the Truth.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 16

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