Archive for November, 2012

November 28, 2012 – The Propagandist Spirit

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

In all the lakhs of ochre-clad Sannyasins,
how many are perfect ?
It is the few attainments and the many approximations that justify an ideal.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 104)

The Propagandist Spirit

If you arrive at the conception of the world as the expression of the Divine in all His complexity, then the necessity for complexity and diversity has to be recognised, and it becomes impossible for you to want to make others think and feel as you do. Each one should have his own way of thinking, feeling and reaction; why do you want others to do as you do and be like you? And even granting that your truth is greater than theirs,… the minute you want your truth to e greater than your neighbour’s, you begin to wander away from the truth.

This habit of wanting to compel others to think as you do, has always seemed very strange to me; this is what I call ‘the propagandist spirit’, and it goes very far. You can go one step further and want people to do what you do, feel as you feel, and then it becomes a frightful uniformity.

The Mother

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

November 21, 2012 – Sri Aurobindo and Religion

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Vivekananda, exalting Sannyasa,
has said that in all Indian history there is only one Janaka.
Not so, for Janaka is not the name of a single individual,
but a dynasty of self-ruling kings and the triumph-cry of an ideal.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 103)

Sri Aurobindo and Religion

You only have to read all that Sri Aurobindo has written to know that it is impossible to base a religion on his works, because he presents each problem, each question in all its aspects, showing the truth contained in each way of seeing things, and he explains that in order to attain the Truth you must realise a synthesis which goes beyond all mental notions and emerge into a transcendence beyond thought.

…..When we speak of Sri Aurobindo there can be no question of a teaching nor even of a revelation, but of an action from the Supreme; no religion can be founded on that.

But men are so foolish that they can change anything into a religion, so great is their need of a fixed framework for their narrow thought and limited action. They do not feel secure unless they can assert this is true and that is not; but such an assertion becomes impossible for anyone who has read and understood what Sri Aurobindo has written.

The Mother

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

November 14, 2012 – Religion: Not Divine But Human

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The word of Scripture is infallible;
it is in the interpretation the heart and reason
put upon the Scripture that error has her portion.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 99)

Religion: Not Divine But Human

Religion belongs to the higher mind of humanity. It is the effort of man’s higher mind to approach, as far as it lies in its power, something beyond it, something to which humanity gives the name God or Spirit or Truth or Faith or Knowledge or the Infinite, some kind of Absolute, which the human mind cannot reach and yet tries to reach. Religion may be divine in its ultimate origin; in its actual nature it is not divine but human….

The articles and dogmas of a religion are mind-made things and, if you cling to them and shut yourself up in a code of life made out for you, you do not know the truth of the Spirit that lies beyond all codes and dogmas, wide and large and free. When you stop at a religious creed and tie yourself in it, taking it for the only truth in the world, you stop the advance and widening of your inner soul.

The Mother

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

November 7, 2012 – Change Yourself First

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Only by perfect renunciation of desire
or by perfect satisfaction of desire
can the utter embrace of God be experienced;
for in both ways the essential precondition is effected,-desire perishes.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 90)

Change Yourself First

You can do nothing with others unless you are able to do it with yourself. You can never give a good advice to anyone unless you are able to give it to yourself first, and to follow it. And if you see a difficulty somewhere, the best way of changing this difficulty is to change it in yourself first. If you see a defect in anyone, you may be sure it is in you, and you begin to change it in yourself. And when you will have changed it in yourself, you will be strong enough to change it in others. And this is a wonderful thing. People don’t realise what an infinite grace it is that this universe is arranged in such a way that there is a collection of substance, from the most material to the highest spiritual, all that gathered together into what is called a small individual, but at the disposal of a central Will. And that is yours, your field of work, nobody can take it away from you, it is your own property.

The Mother

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