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Series I  701-800                                      801-900   901-1000
T = truisms of life the world knows;
E = extension of their ideas applied to life situations;
& = ideas known to be their own

701)   While it is possible either to be a yogi or a householder, it is difficult to do yoga in the domestic life. This is so because the yogi centres himself in the mind — or in one of the parts of the being — and the householder centres himself in the vital, whereas to combine them one has to centre himself in the psychic being. E

702)   When they say that Sri Aurobindo was Napoleon or Mother was Elizabeth, Mother explains that the Force dwelled in them for a period, not their whole life, often for a brief while.

         The Force for the purposes of its work chooses an appropriate vessel and acts through it and withdraws later. That period is seen as a great one in the life of the Instrument.

         The events of that period in the life of the Instrument are great not according to social or psychological values but evolutionary purposes. Often they are contrary to ethical or social values. &

703)   The growth of each part of our being begins with the lowest part and moves upwards as each part exhausts its role. The mind grows by the support of the body, moves to the support of the vital when it exhausts the use of the body. E

704)   The soul exhausts its growth by the support of the body, the vital and the mind and starts growing on its own. HE calls this phenomenon as the soul forgetting the problems of life or its own problems. E

705)   In the process of its exhaustion of the use of each part, there are two parts, the individual and the universal. E

706)   When the soul starts growing on its own, it draws upon the Soul, the Self. Even this has two parts, the immutable Soul and the involved Soul. E

707)   The soul, forgetting its problems, is the inner dominating the outer. The soul involved in its problems is the outer deciding the inner. E

708)   The world is governed by a physical organisation. Those who have life knowledge like the three musketeers, are in touch with the emotional organisation of the world. E

709)   To be in touch with the emotional organisation means life always cooperates with you fully at your level. T

710)   The individual in the society does not grow all by himself like a tree or an offspring of a less evolved species where at birth they are separated from the mother.  The society at large gives him physical protection, the family psychological protection and the institutions of the society special equipment. Occasionally there are individuals and institutions trying to foster the well-being and growth of certain sections of population thereby making the impossible for others, possible for these favoured persons.

         Mother acts in the lives of people who come to Her as these special institutions. SHE does one better by becoming a personal deity of protection and favour. E

711)   The time of the ego is over. It must dissolve. So, it is natural that the family which is only the extension of the individual ego also should dissolve. E

712)   As the nation soul is shaping and growing into universal soul, the movement of destruction of the family is apparently contradictory. But only when the family gives way, the individual ego will give way. Both are the same movements but appear to conflict with each other. E

713)   It is not possible to overdo in the act of surrendering because it is ever increasing from inside. It comes to a natural halt when the effort is exhausted. E

714)   Follies, ignorance and consequent suffering issue out of evaluating one situation in the context of another situation. Elders evaluate the youngsters in terms of the values of their generation.  T

715)   Psychological values do not so readily change as social values. One who readily changes his dress, will not equally readily change his values of social superiority, or etiquette. T

716)   Mother restores lost objects, lost rights, lost happiness, etc. Restoring a broken bottle is theoretically possible when melted into the original liquid glass, but in practice it is not feasible. Lost rights need change in law or custom to be restored. Can the wounded heart or scorched feelings be restored to happiness? As the glass needs to be melted and reach its original form of liquid, the feelings need to go to their ORIGIN to be transformed into their opposites. E

717)   Giving up all initiation  means not to use the power, however small it is, as we like, e.g. expressing an opinion or an attitude. To let a habit express itself for its own joy or comfort is like that. A beginning can be made by controlling the irresistible desires. E

718)   It is a valuable self-guidance to decide to examine, after each advice we give others, as to how much we ourselves follow that advice. To set about following it makes for great progress. T

719)   As there is a level of thought to be understood by speaking out loud, there is a thought at a higher level that can be understood only by silent  reading. The higher mind understands without thought, the illumined mind receives without understanding, the intuitive mind without light  while the Supermind dispenses with a need to know. E

720)   Sri Aurobindo’s writings convey Supramental knowledge, rather knowledge of the Supermind. To receive it fully, mind should cease to think, see visions. It must be in a position to directly receive without thought or sight. That knowledge becomes complete only when you find what is coming in is the same knowledge as what is inside differently formed. E

721)   Concentrating on the individual, the universe created the Manomaya Purusha. ‘The Individual fulfils himself in the universe.’ Manomaya Purusha extending into Nature and finding himself as the psychic being is the Individual universalising himself since universe is Nature and the Psychic is the soul of Nature. &

722)   For man to go ahead, he needs to complete his experience at the level where he is. It means knowledge, enjoyment, possession of results must be there. For instance, if one of these at any level is incomplete, surely he cannot rise effectively further. He may rise further by virtue of other strengths but as long as one item in an earlier stage remains incomplete, the work at the level to which he rose will not be complete.

         If you seek enjoyment now, without it you cannot rise further.

         Enjoy you must, but rightly. Otherwise you will not rise. T

723)   What I have learnt today as compelling knowledge, I learnt 30 years ago as ideas. It took 30 years for the emotions to learn what the mind once knew. T

724)   Mother accepted in any plane fully makes the knowledge you already have in another plane true in that plane. E

725)   To serve selfishness is a weakness and a sin. It can also help you to destroy your selfishness at a later stage while in the final stage the same act while fully wiping you out, will help destroy universal selfishness. All these are valid only when the ego is still in existence. After the extinction of ego, selfishness for you is like any other trait including selflessness. E

726)   Locating the volition to think and surrendering it, thought ceases. Identifying the structure of thought and withdrawing the energy of mental urge from it, the structure dissolves. At a further step, the mind dissolves similarly. E

727)   As mental consciousness is aware, it is easily possible to do this while dissolving the nervous or physical sensation; likewise it is more difficult in view of their unconsciousness. E

728)   Dissolving the ego in these parts is an essential prerequisite to embark on these ventures. E

729)   Consciousness grows even when we are unconscious. One has experiences even when he does not know of them. The psychic can grow, experiences can collect, consciousness can become richer while the surface is unaware of it. Of course, it is all up to a point. &

730)   Transition from one society to another, one psychological status to another, one consciousness to another takes place on the surface at once, but it takes long for the depth to change. E

731)   Social behaviour changes in one generation, social beliefs have taken a century to change, social structure will change only when its units dissolve and reform as does the family at present. T

732)   Psychologically, man has changed on the surface in the last 5000 years. T

733)   Consciousness has changed last when man was evolved. E

734)   Body determines the mind is the minor truth. The major Truth is, mind determines the body. &

735)   When we are centred in the bodily functions, body determines the mind. The mind determines the body when we are centred in the mind. E

736)   Thinking is the physical function of the mind and he who thinks is determined by his physical activities. E

737)   Mind’s proper function, rather its native function is understanding, not so much thinking. When the Mind understands without thinking, Mind determines the Body. E

738)   There are omens like symptoms that develop alongside a project serving as an index of their success. The symptoms completing themselves successfully clearly indicate the success of the project. This is the rule. But there are exceptions. T

739)   In the exceptional cases, the symptoms failing become an indication of the Project’s success. T

740)   There are conditions that lie outside the rule and exception. Often Mother’s situations are there. These projects succeed whether the symptoms fail or succeed. A further condition too is available where even when the Project itself fails, SUCCESS is guaranteed. E

741)   Knowledge becomes complete and precise only when we know the determinant precisely; to know what determined the creation of Hamlet or Symposium is to know precisely. &

742)   As the Absolute is THE determinant, it is necessary we should know the Absolute’s status that fixes the production of Hamlet. &

743)   Sensation being the determinant, we live in the physical plane. Likes and dislikes fix us to the vital plane while ethical views of good and bad retain us in the mind. Mind conceiving of the Good without the opposite of evil, rises to the Supermind or restores its lost connection with the Supermind. E

744)   Truth, Good, Beauty, Timeless Eternity, Spaceless Infinity do the same service to the sadhak of transcending the Mind when it is focussed on any one of them. E

745)   The vital or physical man who does not have a mind cannot use it. To put a mind to use and think, he must first create a mind in himself. Similarly, man presently does not have a centre that can comprehend the Good. To do so he must create the Supramental consciousness in his mind first. This cannot be created by moving to one of the Purushas like Manomaya Purusha. Moving to the psychic in the subliminal enables it. This is the occult secret He looked for for ten years. E

746)   The Divine itself is the key to its enigma.

         The Divine in life becomes the enigma, whereas moving towards  the Divine itself resolves it.  &

747)   This can be extended to other aspects of life as “Love itself is the key to its problems.” Love creates a problem by its imperfection; while perfecting it, the problem is solved. E

748)   We cannot realise the Absolute without the Absolute itself touching us. Man in the society cannot progress without the society offering him higher progress he is incapable of. It is the individual’s aspiration swelling that comes back to him as the collective opportunity, thus retaining the initiative with the individual still. &

749)   The Avatar is the Infinite in the Finite. E

750)   Man being unconscious, his progress too is unconscious. It is possible for man not to know the spiritual experiences that his inner being has.  &

751)   To be good is non-egoistic; the desire to be good is egoistic. E

752)   Concentration in the present yields full joy; thinking of the future or past is a source of frustration.

         All situations of frustrations are only stages in our progress to joy. Education that is discipline, hospitalisation that is trauma are penultimate stages to graduation and good health. One can tolerate them in the hope of a bright future; better still, concentration on education can turn into an enjoyable discovery of intense joy. It is more difficult to discover the same joy in the post-operative pain, but it is still true. Psychologically, one can discover an intense joy in the events of betrayal and in the process of betrayal when looked at, not from the sufferer’s point of view, but from the point of view of the person who betrays. T

753)   God has no problems to solve. He is exercising Himself to evolve His manifestation in wider areas and is enjoying the process of evolution that is manifestation. E

754)   Man has problems to solve as long as he does not understand. In the areas he understands, he ceases to perceive problems and strangely there will be no problems to perceive, i.e. the problems dissolve by the changed perception of man. E

755)   Changed perception dissolves the problems in the mind; changed sense perceptions generate joy in the nerves; changed physical sensitivities bring about an inner and possibly outer transformations. E

756)   Mental recognition of this outer possibility is to recognise difficulties as opportunities. E

757)   Physical experience of this outer touch is to sense God’s touch in the hands that strangle your throat. E

758)   As long as you long for something or take initiative to reach something, God comes to you as strangling hands. E

759)   When the initiative ceases and turns inwards, life’s touch is a caressing marvel. E

760)   It is better to seek Mother inside instead of simply turning inward. Seeking Mother inwardly by the soul can be blissful; seeking Mother by the inner movements of the mental and physical parts will be delight. E

761)   This seeking begins as an effort, becomes delight through a middle stage of bliss. &

762)   At a further stage when your being is an evolving centre and no longer a centre of effort of the ego-surrounded nature, Mother in Nature moves towards it in a process of evolution of the spirit in the universe. Its indication is a growing fullness inwardly. E

763)   Its consummation begins when the individual soul loses its witness poise, spills over to being the Ishwara, starts spreading into the world being to universalise himself. E

764)   Mind conceives of the Infinite. When the vital feels the Infinite as a Force or the body senses the Infinite as a substance even as the Mind knows the Infinite as a concept, it helps us know the Absolute as relative or the relative as the Absolute. E

765)   Cornucopia is the Infinite in Matter while the boon given by gods to heroes that he who fights them will find his own strength passing on to the hero, is the Infinite in the vital. E

766)   As HE proceeds in The Life Divine, HE raises the level of His concepts. In the beginning HE addresses the intellect as we have, later HE speaks of the reason turning into intuition. In the later half, HE describes the Absolute. Obviously the reason cannot conceive of the Absolute. As His presentation rises, the reader must rise in his centre of reception, without which HE remains uncomprehended. E

767)   HE does give us, in the course of the writing, the higher comprehension needed in the later chapters. E

768)   It is clear HE moves from addressing the intellect, to the perception of THAT, to the spiritual perception in the thinking mind of the Absolute. E

769)   To achieve this successfully, HE does three things, 1) He gives the reader the necessary new faculties, 2) He creates new linguistic phenomena of contradictory phrases, comprehensive conceptions and pleads for reversal of consciousness in receptivity, and 3) He creates a higher order of spiritual truths that cannot be expressed even in Sanskrit, such as ‘glad laughter of the soul’. E

770)   In writing to the rational intellect about mysticism, HE evolved the existing prose (not merely the English prose, but the prose of the language itself) and evolved the faculty of writing itself, the art of communication to a level where this feat can be achieved. E

771)   It is not the intellect of the physical mind that conceives of the Infinite in Mathematics. It is done by the touch of the Absolute in the thinking mind. The reader will be able to follow The Life Divine not from the brilliance of the physical mind but by the infinite expansiveness of the thinking mind. E

772)   The lazy person, the dynamic man and the Purna yogi undergoing physical transformation are all godheads but of different levels. The one is a godhead in the descent, the surviving Inconscient, the other the godhead of the evolving vital. The yogi is the evolving godhead in the ascent at its acme. E

773)   Loyalty is arrived at through torture by betrayal (wife of Badhragiri). Akalya was a stone for ages before her dissipation became chastity. Draupadi came to head the list of chaste women after 1000 years of indulgence, and was cursed to be the wife of five emanations of Shiva. T

774)   Body is transformed through illness and torture. &

775)   Torture is the human version of unflinching ecstasy or intolerable ecstasy. &

776)   Civilisations were born through war, ravage, arson, looting, etc. &

777)   Conditions of near madness, sometimes full madness, precede mental clarity. E

778)   Madness, confusion, betrayal, torture, insensible cruelty, illness are the necessary media through which mind, vital and body are transformed. E

779)   The Avatar arrives in the midst of circumstances wherein He will be betrayed and tortured. He tries to organise these forces as a nucleus for the future. E

780)   Even He refrains from giving a rational explanation of some of His acts, though He could rationally explain mysticism. E

781)   Total confusion, utter bewilderment for the mind, betrayal, tortured emotions for the vital and illness and insensate cruelty for the body are necessary stages for transformation. E

782)   There are several lines of Inquiry we can hold before us with advantage in reading The Life Divine. E

         The earliest of seekings remains to be the last.

783)   An organisation of several principles operating through one is the medium to let the other principles evolve. &

784)   Moving from thought to consciousness, unsolved problems of thought are solved. E

785)   Mind always requires to return with greater force to abandoned projects of enquiry. &

786)   Moving to the depths from the surface is the occult secret HE was looking for. &

787)   Reason turns to intuition when it disengages from the senses. &

788)   It is the destiny of Man to bridge the gulf between Inconscience and Superconscience. &

789)   Satchidananda tries to express the objectless Ananda in the objects. &

790)   The part is greater than the whole. Complete minus complete is complete even in the physical plane. &

791)   Ignorance is a greater power than knowledge. &

792)   Time eternity creates all that the Timeless eternity conceives. &

793)   Existence lies in the Non-Existence. &

794)   Consciousness evolves from Inconscience. &

795)   The Individual is part of the world-being which is part of the Transcendent being.&

796)   Supermind is the nature of Satchidananda. &

797)   The Absolute and the relative exist in one another. &

798)   Any consciousness growth has to be in the inner being. E

799)   Spirit moves Matter. &

800)   Evaluate your own personal life in the light of the above and other similar truisms. E

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