Archive for January, 2013

January 23, 2013 – Tapasya and Surrender

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Hatred is the sign of a secret attraction that is eager
to flee from itself and furious to deny its own existence.
That too is God’s play in His creature.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 113)

Tapasya and Surrender

The path of tapasya is arduous. Here you rely solely upon yourself, you proceed by your own strength. You ascend and achieve according to the measure of your force. There is always the danger of falling down. And once you fall, you lie broken in the abyss and there is hardly a remedy. The other path, the path of surrender, is safe and sure. It is here, however, that the Western people find their difficulty. They have been taught to fear and avoid all that threatens their personal independence. They have imbibed with their mothers’ milk the sense of individuality. And surrender means giving up all that. In other words, you may follow, as Ramakrishna says, either the path of the baby monkey or that of the baby cat. The baby monkey holds to its mother in order to be carried about and it must hold firm, otherwise if it loses its grip, it falls. On the other hand, the baby cat does not hold to its mother, but is held by the mother and has no fear nor responsibility; it has nothing to do but to let the mother hold it and cry ma ma.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 39

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

January 16, 2013 – Do Not Leave The Path

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Science talks and behaves as if it had conquered all knowledge:
Wisdom, as she walks,
hears her solitary tread echoing on the margin of immeasurable Oceans.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 112)

Do Not Leave The Path

When you are on the path, do not ever leave it. Wait a little, you can hesitate as long as you want before taking it; but the minute you set your foot on it, it is finished, don’t leave it. Because this has consequences which can even extend to several lives. It is something very serious. That is why, besides, I never push anyone to take the path. You are quite a number of children here; I have never asked anyone only those who came to me and told me, “I want it.” And to these also, unless I am absolutely sure of them because it is written in their destiny that they have come for that, I always say, “ Think about it, think, be quite sure that this is what you want and nothing else.” And when they have reflected and decided, it is finished….

I mean, one should not leave the path any more. One should go forward at all costs and try not to stop too often on the way, because it is easier to continue even if it is hard, you see, than to begin all over again when one has stopped. A much greater effort is needed to get going again than to continue on the way.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 45

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

January 9, 2013 – True Surrender Enlarges You

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Knowledge is a child with its achievements;
for when it has found out something,
it runs about the streets whooping and shouting;
Wisdom conceals hers for a long time in a thoughtful and mighty silence.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 111)

True Surrender Enlarges You

By surrender we mean…… a spontaneous self- giving, a giving of all your self to the Divine, to a greater Consciousness of which you are a part. Surrender will not diminish, but increase; it will not lessen or weaken or destroy your personality, it will fortify and aggrandise it. Surrender means a free total giving with all the delight of the giving; there is no sense of sacrifice in it. If you have the slightest feeling that you are making a sacrifice, then it is no longer a surrender. For it means that you reserve yourself or that you are trying to give, with grudging or with pain and effort, and have not the joy of the gift, perhaps not even the feeling that you are giving. When you do anything with the sense of a compression of your being, be sure that you are doing it in the wrong way. True surrender enlarges you; it increases your capacity; it gives you a greater measure in quality and in quantity which you could not have had by yourself.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 38

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

Jan 1, 2013 – A Call for the Path

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Knowledge is a child with its achievements;
for when it has found out something,
it runs about the streets whooping and shouting;
Wisdom conceals hers for a long time in a thoughtful and mighty silence.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 111)

A Call for the Path

The question you are to answer is this: Do you want the Yoga for the sake of the Divine? Is the Divine the supreme fact of your life, so much so that it is simply impossible for you to do without it? Do you feel that your very raison d’être is the Divine and without it there is no meaning in your existence? If so, then only can it be said that you have a call for the Path.

This is the first thing necessary – aspiration for the Divine.

The next thing you have to do is to tend it, to keep it always alert and awake and living. And for that what is required is concentration – concentration upon the Divine with a view to an integral and absolute consecration to its Will and Purpose.

Concentrate in the heart. Enter into it; go within and deep and far, as far as you can. Gather all the strings of your consciousness that are spread abroad, roll them up and take a plunge and sink down.

A fire is burning there, in the deep quietude of the heart. It is the divinity in you – your true being. Hear its voice,…

The Mother

The Great Adventure 34

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