Naturally, each of us carried a bag slung across our back, for one needs a few things. Whether one is physically far or near makes no difference. To see what your friends thought of this book. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Your individual consciousness is like a filter, a pointer, if I may say so; it makes a choice and fixes one possibility out of the infinity of divine possibilities. Sri Aurobindo Ashram website. You see your body, don’t you? from Volume 4, Questions and Answers 1950-51, p.62 “rend the lid and tear the covering and shape the”. [1957], The following quotes are from Volume 25, “The Mother”, of Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library. You must remember that for her a physical contact of this kind with others is not a mere social or domestic meeting with a few superficial movements which make no great difference one way or the other. In the year 1910 my husband came alone to Pondicherry where, under very interesting and peculiar circumstances, he made the acquaintance of Sri Aurobindo. Volume and page number follow each quotation. Everyone expands knowledge according to their innate nature. (15 August 1954). A year later she went to Japan for a period of four years. What should be our approach to each one of these things? They were a bourgeoisfamily, and Mirra's full name at birth was Blanche Rachel Mirra Alfassa. Her physical consciousness is not the same as that of ordinary people — though even in ordinary people it is not so identical in all cases as “science” would have us believe. Under her guidance, which continued for nearly fifty years, the Ashram grew into a large, many-faceted spiritual community. Books Hello, Sign in. But here I touch the physical directly through the sight, the contact of sight; and that’s what I do — each time. In April 1920 the Mother rejoined Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. I started making an effort to become conscious at five years old, my child. I heard this very often, I saw many poor people — I don’t mean poor from the monetary point of view, but poor because they felt imprisoned in a material necessity, narrow and deadening. Most of the material was written or spoken in French and appear here in translation. The first texts were written in 1912. (11 November 1953), I can tell you one thing, that is, when I began with Sri Aurobindo to descend for the yoga, to descend from the mind into the vital, when we brought down our yoga from the mind into the vital, within one month — I was forty at that time, I didn’t look old, I looked younger than forty, but still I was forty — and after a month’s yoga I looked exactly eighteen. This is to let you know…. On Sundays, when you play, do you decide beforehand from what region the music has to come? But I do not know what will come. Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of education/teaching is based on several principles. The lights are the Mother’s Powers — many in number. In these writings and conversations, the Mother offers an uplifting vision of life and the promise of a luminous future. So I hope I shall be allowed to adopt a double nationality, that is to say, to remain French while I become an Indian. (19 February 1951), Once, I remember, four of us had gone on a walking tour across the mountains of France. The Mother does not believe in tradition — she considers that Art should always develop new forms — but still these must be according to a truth of Beauty which is universal and eternal — something of the Divine. (1 July 1953), For example, once when I was walking in the mountains, I was on a path where there was only room for one — on one side the precipice, on the other sheer rock. That is only possible if one meets her with the inner being and grows into her consciousness — those who seek an outer relation only cannot do that. You must learn to feel the Mother’s forces behind you and to open to the inspiration and the guidance. Today, Sri Aurobindo Ashram is known as a great centre of spiritual endeavour. Now remember one thing. If the childishly simple rule of three given above were true, such outbursts would not be possible. You see how it is, now I am nearing a hundred, it’s only five years away now. Revelatory, inspired writing, frequently called the "Matri Upanishad". Download free PDF versions from Sri Aurobindo Ashram website. On the contrary, I have seen with what a constant leniency, tolerant patience and kindness she has met the huge mass of indiscipline, disobedience, self-assertion, revolt that has surrounded her, even revolt to her very face and violent letters overwhelming her with the worst kind of vituperation. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Introduction On Herself Sri Aurobindo on The Mother Writings. Chapter 2 is a piece written by Sri Aurobindo after he had finished replying to a series of questions asked by Motilal Mehta, a disciple living in Gujarat, in a letter dated 30 May 1927. The family had just migrated to France a year before Mirra was born. There is many levels to this piece and multiple reading gives me different levels of understanding. That is why the text seems completely different when it is heard or read, the main thing has gone, for it is beyond all notation. Kireet Joshi. If you remain open in this way, the knowledge and realisation will come to you in due course. From the first time I came to India — in 1914 — I felt that India is my true country, the country of my soul and spirit. This is why I can speak with some experience about the origin of Berlioz’s music, because it is a region very well known to me, one I frequent assidously. These two questions you have asked me and I promised a short reply. Mirra was close to her grandmother Mira Ismalum (née Pinto), who was a neighbour an… Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on love Ghose, Aurobindo. Sweet Mother, every day we go for the Balcony Darshan, and here at the Playground we come for the March Past and the Concentration. And someone who had seen me before, who had lived with me in Japan and came here, found it difficult to recognise me. But, in accordance with Sri Aurobindo’s ideal, my purpose is to show that truth lies in union rather than in division. Since at that time she was not here, does this not mean that she had these ideas long before she came here? Sri Aurobindo (Bengali: শরী অরবিনদ Sri Ôrobindo) was an Indian nationalist and freedom fighter, major Indian English poet, philosopher, and yogi. But personally too she has stooped to descend here into the Darkness that she may lead it to the Light, into the Falsehood and Error that she may convert it to Truth, into this Death that she may turn it to godlike Life, into this world-pain and its obstinate sorrow and suffering that she may end it in the transforming ecstasy of her sublime Ananda. This is not to discourage you, but… it is to let you know that it does not happen just like that! Buy Online from SABDA. A beautifully written and incredibly concise book by the inspirational Sri Aurobindo. and you ask yourself, “But what is it doing there in that ridiculous position?” And you rush back into it! The Publication Department's distribution unit is SABDA. That spared me the shock of surprise, because I had seen and I was advancing cautiously; and as there was no shock of surprise, I was able to tell the children without giving them a shock, “Stop, keep quiet, don’t stir.”, from Volume 10, On Thoughts and Aphorisms, p.131. The white light is her own characteristic power, that of the Divine Consciousness in its essence. It is a simple truth, but nobody in the Ashram seems able to understand that the Divine can do that and yet remain different from them — can still remain the Divine. I noted down everything — a few words, just a little thing, an impression — and I tried to pass from one memory to another. This, along with a practical discipline for its fulfilment, was given to me during my body’s sleep by several teachers, some of whom I met afterwards on the physical plane. In 1928 it was published as the third chapter of The Mother. When the Sri Aurobindo Ashram was formed in November 1926, Sri Aurobindo entrusted its full material and spiritual charge to the Mother. Buy a cheap copy of Growing Within: Psychology of Inner... book by Sri Aurobindo. Nobel Laureate Roman Rolland said: “Sri Aurobindo (is) the foremost of thinkers, who has realized the most complete synthesis between the genius of the West and the East...”Here are a few enlightening books that can help bridge the gap between life and the spirit. In April 1920 the Mother rejoined Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. Condition: Acceptable. Under her guidance, which continued for nearly fifty years, the Ashram grew into a large, many-faceted spiritual community. I carry you in my consciousness always, without seeing you, I do what is necessary. from Volume 6, Questions and Answers 1954, p.384 Major Works of Sri Aurobindo; Other Works of Sri Aurobindo It is a rather unpleasant sensation to feel yourself pulled by the strings and made to do things whether you want to or not — that is quite irrelevant — but to be compelled to act because something pulls you by the strings, something which you do not even see — that is exasperating. 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