Archive for October, 2014

Oct 29, 2014 – The Will for Purity

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

He who condemns failure & imperfection, is condemning God; he limits his own soul and cheats his own vision. Condemn not, but observe Nature, help & heal thy brothers and strengthen by sympathy their capacities & their courage.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 485)

The Will for Purity

Basically, this kind of will for purity, for good, in men – which expresses itself in the ordinary mentality as the need to be virtuous – is the great obstacle to true self – giving. This is the origin of Falsehood and even more the very source of hypocrisy – the refusal to accept to take upon oneself one’s own share of the burden of difficulties…

Do not try to appear virtuous. See how much you are united, one with everything that is anti-divine. Take your share of the burden, accept yourselves to be impure and false and in that way you will be able to take up the Shadow and offer it. And in so far as you are capable of taking it and offering it the things will change.

Do not try to be among the pure. Accept to be with those who are in darkness and give it all with total love.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 314.

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

Oct 22, 2014 – The Right to be Free

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Pity is sometimes a good substitute for love; but it is always no more than a substitute.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 524)

The Right to be Free

One can be free only by soaring to the heights, high above human passions. Only when one has achieved a higher, selfless freedom and done away with all desires and impulses does one have the right to be free…

One who would break the law must be above the law. One who would ignore conventions must be above conventions. One who would despise all rules must be above all rules. And the motive of this liberation should never be a personal, egoistic one: the desire to satisfy an ambition, aggrandise one’s personality, through a feeling of superiority, out of contempt for others, to set oneself above the herd and regard it with condescension. Be on your guard when you feel yourself superior and look down on others ironically, as if to say, “I’m no longer made of such stuff.” That’s when you go off the track and are in danger of falling into an abyss.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 317.

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

Oct 15, 2014 – Play, Laugh, Enjoy

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

This is how God in His love teaches the child soul & the weakling, taking them step by step and withholding the vision of His ultimate & yet unattainable mountaintops. And have we not all some weakness? Are we not all in His sight but as little children?

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 469)

Play, Laugh, Enjoy

Perhaps there is more divinity in the spontaneous play of children than in the erudition of the scholar or the asceticism of the saint. That’s what I have always thought. Only (smiling) it is a divinity which is quite unconscious of itself.

As for me, I must confess to you that I feel much more essentially myself when I am joyful and when I play – in my own way – than when I am very grave and very serious – much more. Grave and serious – that always gives me the impression that I am dragging the weight of all this creation, so heavy and so obscure, whereas when I play — when I play, when I can laugh, can enjoy myself – it gives me the feeling of a fine powder of delight falling from above and tinting this creation, this world with a very special colour and bringing it much closer to what it should essentially be.

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 313.

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

Oct 8, 2014 – The Whole Totality of Things

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The sceptic mind doubts always because it cannot understand, but the faith of the God-lover persists in knowing although it cannot understand. Both are necessary to our darkness, but there can be no doubt which is the mightier. What I cannot understand now, I shall some day master, but if I lose faith & love, I fall utterly from the goal which God has set before me

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 466)

The Whole Totality of Things

The whole totality of things is indispensable for realising the Divine. If you took away one of these things, there would be a hole in the realisation. And I am not speaking only of material things, material points, I am speaking of all the depths. So when you say as many do, “Ah! If that were not there in the world, how ?ne the world would be”, you are displaying your ignorance.

I met in Japan one of the sons of Tolstoy; he was going round the world preaching human unity. He had caught this from his father and was going everywhere in the world preaching human unity. I met him at some friends’ place and asked him, “How are you going to realise this human unity?” Do you know what reply he gave me? “Oh! It is very simple — if everybody spoke the same language, if everybody dressed in the same manner, if everybody lived in the same manner, the whole world would be united!” Then I told him, “That would be a poor world not worth living in.” He did not understand me!

The Mother

The Great Adventure – A Diary for All Times. Page 309.

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