February 7, 2018 – The Integral and Profound Transformation

February 7th, 2018

 

Bearing the eternity of every spirit,
Bearing the burden of universal love,
A wonderful mother of unnumbered souls.
All things she knew, all things imagined or willed:
Her ear was opened to ideal sound,
Shape the convention bound no more her sight,
A thousand doors of oneness was her heart.

Sri Aurobindo

Savitri, Book XI, Canto I, Page 695

The Integral and Profound Transformation

…we always look upon ourselves with great indulgence, and I think in fact that our defects very often appear to us to be full of charm and that we justify all our weaknesses. But to tell the truth, this is because we lack self-confidence. Does this surprise you?… Yes, I repeat, we lack confidence, not in what we are at the present moment, not in our ephemeral and ever-changing outer being — this being always finds favour in our eyes — but we lack confidence in what we can become through effort, we have no faith in the integral and profound transformation which will be the work of our true self, of the eternal, the divine who is in all beings, if we surrender like children to its supremely luminous and far-seeing guidance.

The Mother

Words of Long Ago, page 24

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January 31, 2018 – The Most Useful Work to be Done

January 31st, 2018

 

A being stood immortal in transience,
Deathless dallying with momentary things,
In whose wide eyes of tranquil happiness
Which pity and sorrow could not abrogate
Infinity turned its gaze on finite shapes:
Observer of the silent steps of the hours,
Eternity upheld the minute’s acts
And the passing scenes of the Everlasting’s play.
In the mystery of its selecting will,
In the Divine Comedy a participant,
The Spirit’s conscious representative,
God’s delegate in our humanity,
Comrade of the universe, the Transcendent’s ray,
She had come into the mortal body’s room
To play at ball with Time and Circumstance.

Sri Aurobindo

Savitri, Book VII, Canto V, Page 526

The Most Useful Work to be Done

What is the most useful work to be done at the present moment?

The general aim to be attained is the advent of a progressing universal harmony.

The means for attaining this aim, in regard to the earth, is the realisation of human unity through the awakening in all and the manifestation by all of the inner Divinity which is One.

In other words, — to create unity by founding the Kingdom of God which is within us all.

This, therefore, is the most useful work to be done:

  1. For each individually, to be conscious in himself of the Divine Presence and to identify himself with it.
  2. To individualise the states of being that were never till now conscious in man and, by that, to put the earth in connection with one or more of the fountains of universal force that are still sealed to it.
  3. To speak again to the world the eternal word under a new form adapted to its present mentality. It will be the synthesis of all human knowledge.
  4. Collectively, to establish an ideal society in a propitious spot for the flowering of the new race, the race of the Sons of God.

The Mother

7th May 1912, Words of Long Ago, page 49

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January 24, 2018 – Things to be Cherished and Defended

January 24th, 2018
Thus following the complex human play
She heard the prompter’s voice behind the scenes,
Perceived the original libretto’s set
And the organ theme of the composer Force.
All she beheld that surges from man’s depths,
The animal instincts prowling mid life’s trees,
The impulses that whisper to the heart
And passion’s thunder-chase sweeping the nerves;
She saw the Powers that stare from the Abyss
And the wordless Light that liberates the soul.
But most her gaze pursued the birth of thought.

Sri Aurobindo

Savitri, Book VII, Canto VI, page 538

Things to be Cherished and Defended

And what are the things that man should cherish and defend? All those that give him life and make him better, stronger and more joyful.

So let him watch over every child that comes into the world, for its life is precious.

Let him protect the friendly trees and grow plants and flowers for his food and his delight.

Let him build dwellings that are strong, clean and spacious.

Let him preserve with care the holy temples, statues, pictures, vases, embroidery, as well as beautiful songs and poems, and all that increases his happiness with its beauty.

But above all, children of India and other lands, let men cherish the heart that loves, the mind that thinks honest thoughts and the hand that accomplishes loyal deeds.

The Mother

Words of Long Ago, page 242

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January 17, 2018 – I am in you: for I am you

January 17th, 2018

 

But now his being was too wide for self;
His heart’s demand had grown immeasurable:
His single freedom could not satisfy,
Her light, her bliss he asked for earth and men.
But vain are human power and human love
To break earth’s seal of ignorance and death;
His nature’s might seemed now an infant’s grasp;
Heaven is too high for outstretched hands to seize.
This Light comes not by struggle or by thought;
In the mind’s silence the Transcendent acts
And the hushed heart hears the unuttered Word.
A vast surrender was his only strength.

Sri Aurobindo

Savitri, Book III, Canto II, Page 315

I am in you: for I am you

“I am always with you. I shall never fail you in prosperity or in adversity. Even when you sink I am with you – I sink with you . I do not stand on the shore and merely look at you from a distance. I sink with you, I am in you: for I am you.”

The Mother

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