Archive for September, 2014

Sept 24, 2014 – “Lord, You see, It is Like That”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

All that my Lover has, belongs to me. Why do you abuse
me for showing off the ornaments He has given to me?

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 438)

“Lord, You see, It is Like That”

All this… oh, this tremendous labour of the mind striving to understand, toiling and giving itself headaches!… It is absolutely useless, absolutely useless, no use at all, it merely increases the confusion.

You are faced with a so-called problem: what should you say, what should you do, how should you act? There is nothing to do, nothing, you only have to say to the Lord, “There, You see, it is like that” – that’s all. And then you stay very quiet. And then quite spontaneously, without thinking about it, without reflection, without calculation, nothing, nothing, without the slightest effort – you do what has to be done. That is to say, the Lord does it, it is no longer you. He does it, He arranges the circumstances, He arranges the people, He puts the words into your mouth or your pen – He does everything, everything, everything, everything; you have nothing more to do but to allow yourself to live blissfully.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 361.

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

Sept 17, 2014 – Sri Aurobindo’s Writings

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Be to the world as the lion in fearlessness and lordship, as the camel in patience and service, as the cow in quiet, forbearing & maternal beneficence. Raven on all the joys of God as a lion over its prey, but bring also all humanity into that infinite field of luxurious ecstasy to wallow there and to pasture.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 142)

Sri Aurobindo’s Writings

In a general and almost absolute way, if you truly wish to profit from these readings, as from all of Sri Aurobindo’s writings, the best method is this: having gathered your consciousness and focused your attention on what you are reading, you must establish a minimum of mental tranquillity – the best thing would be to obtain perfect silence – and achieve a state of immobility of the mind, immobility of the brain, I might say, so that the attention becomes as still and immobile as a mirror, like the surface of absolutely still water. Then what one has read passes through the surface and penetrates deep into the being where it is received with a minimum of distortion. Afterwards – sometimes long afterwards – it wells up again from the depths and manifests in the brain with its full power of comprehension, not as knowledge acquired from outside, but as a light one carried within.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 256.

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

Sept 10, 2014 – The Ideal Attitude

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

There is always something abnormal and eccentric about
men of genius.” And why not? For genius itself is an abnormal
birth and out of man’s ordinary centre.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 213)

The Ideal Attitude

The simple fact of giving oneself to the Divine so that the Divine takes you and makes of you what He wills, and this in all its purity and constancy, well, there are not many who do that and yet this indeed is the truth; and with this one goes straight to the goal and never risks making mistakes. But all the other motives are always mixed, tainted with ego; and naturally they can lead you here and there, very far from the goal also.

But that kind of feeling that you have only one single reason for existence, one single goal, one single motive, the entire, perfect, complete consecration to the Divine to the point of not being able to distinguish yourself from Him any longer, to be Himself entirely, completely, totally without any personal reaction intervening, this is the ideal attitude; and besides, it is the only one which makes it possible for you to go forward in life and in the work, absolutely protected from everything and protected from yourself which is of all dangers the greatest for you.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 211.

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

Sept 3, 2014 – The Heart has Wings

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Limit not sacrifice to the giving up of earthly goods or the
denial of some desires & yearnings, but let every thought and
every work & every enjoyment be an offering to God within
thee. Let thy steps walk in thy Lord, let thy sleep and waking be
a sacrifice to Krishna.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 362)

The Heart has Wings

There are people in whom the psychic movement, the emotional impulse is stronger than intellectual understanding. They feel an irresistible attraction for the Divine without knowing, without having the slightest idea of what it is, of what it can be, what it represents – nothing, no intellectual notion – but a kind of impulse, attraction, a need, an inevitable need.

And these people who have that, if, I may say as a result of the Grace, they have a mind which does not trouble them, does not question, does not discuss, go very fast…

There are others who understand first, who are very intellectual, have studied, can play with words and ideas, who will give you brilliant lectures on all the philosophies, all the religions, all human conceptions and who, perhaps, will take years to advance one step. Because all that goes on in the head.

It’s not the head which has wings: it’s the heart.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 335.

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