Archive for March, 2013

March 20, 2013 – Sit Down Quietly

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

There are many profound truths which are like weapons dangerous to the unpractised wielder. Rightly handled, they are the most precious & potent in God’s armoury.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 536)

Sit Down Quietly

When you have a little time, whether it is one hour or a few minutes, tell yourself, “At last, I have some time to concentrate, to collect myself, to relive the purpose of my life, to offer myself to the True and the Eternal.” If you took care to do this each time you are not harassed by outer circumstances, you would find out that you were advancing very quickly on the path. Instead of wasting your time in chattering, in doing useless things, reading things that lower the consciousness… it is better to be moderate, balanced, patient, quiet, but never to lose an opportunity that is given to you, that is to say, to utilise for the true purpose the unoccupied moment before you.

… Sit down quietly before the sky, before the sea or under trees, whatever is possible… to understand why you live, to learn how you must live, to ponder over what you want to do and what should be done, what is the best way of escaping from the ignorance and falsehood and pain in which you live.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 167

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

March 13, 1013 – Rajasic Eagerness

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

There are many kinds of forbearance. I saw a coward hold out his cheek to the smiter; I saw a physical weakling struck by a strong and self-approving bully look quietly & intently at the aggressor; I saw God incarnate smile lovingly on those who stoned him. The first was ridiculous, the second terrible, the third divine and holy.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 289)

Rajasic Eagerness

What does “rajasic eagerness” mean?

“Eagerness”? It is vehemence, it is violence. It is an excessive ardour; and “rajasic” – it is the over-active and violent element, it is the turbulent element in the being. Rajasic – that’s the nature of all transports, flarings-up and enthusiasms, and of all violences and passions, and all over-activity also, in contrast to tamas which is inert, and to sattwa which is balanced. This is the over-active and violent element…

Sweet Mother, what is the effect of an aspiration which comes from rajasic eagerness?

… Well, it takes away your quietude, that is the first effect. It makes you agitated, nervous, impatient and dissatisfied when you don’t immediately obtain what you have asked for, and usually as vehement in your despair and dissatisfaction as in the aspiration, with a strong sense of your helplessness.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 334

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

March 6, 2013 – Learn to be Quiet

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The world is a long recurring decimal with Brahman for its integer. The period seems to begin and end, but the fraction is eternal; it will never have an end and never had any real beginning.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 115)

Learn to be Quiet

The noise made by all the words, all the ideas in your head is so deafening that it prevents you from hearing the truth when it wants to manifest.

To learn to be quiet and silent… When you have a problem to solve, instead of turning over in your head all the possibilities, all the consequences, all the possible things one should or should not do, if you remain quiet with an aspiration for goodwill, if possible a need for goodwill, the solution comes very quickly. And as you are silent you are able to hear it.

When you are caught in a difficulty, try this method: instead of becoming agitated, turning over all the ideas and actively seeking solutions, of worrying, fretting, running here and there inside your head… remain quiet. And according to your nature, with ardour or peace, with intensity or widening or with all these together, implore the Light and wait for it to come.

In this way the path would be considerably shortened.

The Mother

The Great Adventure 163

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