Archive for December, 2012

December 26, 2012 – A Certain Number of Rules

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

To see the composition of the sun or the lines of Mars
is doubtless a great achievement;
but when thou hast the instrument that can show thee
a man’s soul as thou seest a picture,
then thou wilt smile at the wonders of physical
Science as the playthings of babies.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 110)

A Certain Number of Rules

Morality is something altogether artificial and arbitrary, and in most cases, among the best, it checks the true spiritual effort by a sort of moral satisfaction that one is on the right path….

What really helps, until one has found the inner light, is to make for oneself a certain number of rules which naturally should not be too rigid and fixed, but yet should be precise enough to prevent one from going completely out of the right path or making irreparable mistakes – mistakes the consequences of which one suffers all one’s life.

To do that, it is good to set up a certain number of principles in oneself, which, however, should be for each one, in conformity with his own nature. If you adopt a social, collective rule, you immediately make yourself a slave to this social rule, and that prevents you almost radically from making any effort for transformation.

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

December 19, 2012 – To Help Humanity – II

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

When he watched the actions of Janaka,
even Narada the divine sage thought him a luxurious worldling and libertine.
Unless thou canst see the soul,
how shalt thou say that a man is free or bound ?/p>

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 106)

To Help Humanity – II

What do you want to do to serve humanity?

Give food to the poor? – You can feed millions of them. That will not be a solution, this problem will remain the same. Give new and better living conditions to men? – The Divine is in them, how is it that things don’t change? The Divine must know better than you the condition of humanity. What are you? You represent only a little bit of consciousness and a little bit of matter, it is that you call “myself”. If you want to help humanity, the world or the universe, the only thing to do is to give that little bit entirely to the Divine. Why is the world not divine? …It is evident that the world is not in order. So the only solution to the problem is to give what belongs to you. Give it totally, entirely to the Divine; not only for yourself but for humanity, for the universe. There is no better solution.

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

12-12-12 To Help Humanity – I

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Sannyasa has a formal garb and outer tokens;
therefore men think they can easily recognise it;
but the freedom of a Janaka does not proclaim
itself and it wears the garb of the world;
to its presence even Narada was blinded.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 106)

To Help Humanity – I

The Divine is everywhere. So if one serves humanity, one serves the Divine, isn’t that so?

That’s marvellous! The clearest thing in this business is to say: “The Divine is in me. If I serve myself, I am also serving the Divine!” In fact, the Divine is everywhere. The Divine will do His own work very well without you.

see quite well that you do not understand. But truly, if you do understand that the Divine is there, in all things, with what are you meddling in serving humanity? To serve humanity you must know better that the Divine what must be done for it. Do you know better that the Divine how to serve it?

…As for me, I see only one solution: if you want to help humanity, there is only one thing to do, it is to take yourself as completely as possible and offer yourself to the Divine. That is the solution. Because in this way, at least the material reality which you represent will be able to grow a little more like the Divine.

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

December 5, 2012 – Service to Humanity

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

There have been hundreds of perfect Sannyasins,
because Sannyasa had been widely preached
and numerously practised;
let it be the same with the ideal freedom
and we shall have hundreds of Janakas

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 105)

Service to Humanity

One of the commonest forms of ambition is the idea of service to humanity. All attachment to such service or work is a sign of personal ambition. The Guru who believes that he has a great truth to teach to humanity and who wants many disciples and who feels uncomfortable when the disciples go away or who seizes on anybody that comes and tries to make him a disciple, is evidently following nothing but ambition. You must be able, if you are ready to follow the divine order, to take up whatever work you are given, even a stupendous work, and leave it the next day with the same quietness with which you took it up and not feel the responsibility is yours. There should be no attachment – to any object or any mode of life. You must be absolutely free. If you want to have the true yogic attitude, you must be able to accept everything that comes from the Divine and let it go easily and without regret.

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