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1. Truisms of Life
2. Extension of Their Thought
3. Ideas from The Mother & The Master
1) To enjoy greatness, it must be in the rear, not expressed often.
Greatness is great buried in the depths of the rear.
2) If you can rise from a fall, or reach a high level, you can excel that high status.
3) Our aspiration is graded. We see it as meditation, prayer, change of heart, change of attitude, change of motives, alertness, SINCERITY. Each includes the previous aspect. Sincerity to the Divine is an openness in all parts of being that wants to live by the Divine, not the ego.
8) Any contact with people of low consciousness will prevent Grace coming in.
9) He who has once attained a high status and fallen will be a sure obstacle to his own growth or the growth of a work, as his one AIM always will be to maintain his mythical prestige.
12) The greatest physical security comes from Truth.
13) Liking is the faculty that is able to see the defect as a perfect expression.
14) Overdoing is for the initiate.
It is always clumsy and uncultured.
Even overdoing becomes beautiful and a marvel in higher consciousness.
The hideous reveals beauty thus.
Overdoing is the only permissible behavior.
16) We often see the phenomenon of a liar universally believed in spite of his reputation as a liar. It means the falsehood in each is happily in tune with a centre of falsehood.
17) It is easier to complain, to be frustrated, to be depressed than to be happy. All these are partial emotions which we can manage. Joy being a total sensation is more difficult to express.
Nothing that he does is wrong, rather it is sacred. The human sense of justice says the same act in others is a veritable sin.
19) In a changing society, values turn upside down as fierce competition changes into intense cooperation. Not only that, words too change to their opposite meaning, as 'notorious' has acquired the sense of ill reputation.
The path of human progress is mental progress.
The mind that idolises the part, when it changes to the whole or a greater part, reverses its role.
21) Nature attempts hundreds of Forms all the time and some come into existence and others do not. She proceeds as before. For each Form it is life and death. All the human tragedies are in the social forms coming into existence or not. He who sees his own position mostly does not come into existence as a form except by a fluke. He who sees the purpose of Nature, invariably comes into Form and grows into higher Forms.
Force comes into Form by the strength of the foresight.
22) What is fully clear to the mind is often a complete blank to the vital because the energy required here is far greater.
23) Classification and systematisation are mental. They do not appeal to non-mental persons. Nor is it interesting to those who have outgrown intellectuality.
24) For one to acquire a new evolutionary skill, it is enough he learns it as its capacity sits behind. To offer this as a formula to others, he must try all the negative tricks life can play against him and win over them before he attempts a successful formulation.
25) It is not only supramental writing that escapes mental comprehension, but writing untouched by the mind that arises purely from physical experience too escapes mental comprehension.
26) The word of mouth communication born when language was born remains the most effective organisation the world has known even after the advent of the Internet. Its efficiency issues out of its existence in the zone intermediate between the vital and the subtle vital planes.
27) When you feel embarrassed to tell a man you distrust him while he is one who deserves total distrust, see inside what he reflects in you, then he will deserve your trust fully.
28) The religious institutions live because of ceremonies. Should the people accept the essence of these ceremonies they will disappear.
29) If the finest emotions refrain from giving, they feel a social restriction. It is really a lack in the personality.
30) When we relate to another of mixed good and bad, instinctively the good in us seeks the good in the other, the bad, the bad in others.
When Sri Aurobindo and The Mother are surrounded by hostile forces, the question arises how do we reach them? They give you what you need. We need not only the good. The other side too has its services to offer us.
32) Our effectivity begins where we cease to take initiative.
A great flood of energy becomes a drop of consciousness.
34) Squeamish solicitude is dedicated devotion.
39) When success in the plane in which we are is overflowing, one single item will be different, opposite and resistant. It means success in our plane is saturated and the one remaining item indicates the possibility of rising to the next plane.
40) Destruction is the rationality of the physical in its progress to the mental plane. It is not in the power of thought to conquer the erring physical but it lies in the spirit of the mind to ward it off. Only the spirit in the body can overcome the folly of the physical.
42) Importance to smallness invariably leads to treachery.
44) Years of nice good behaviour can be wiped off by one mean word that really expresses the true inside. Years of bad low behaviour can be wholly reversed by one genuine good act truly intended.
45) The greatness of the great man lies far beyond any measurement we have. So we measure him by his social status or at best by some result we can put our finger on.
Greatness lies in the region where no results precipitate.
47) Total quick exhaustion of energy is dissipation. On the higher side, it is the best strategy for progress.
48) To repeat serves no purpose.
Not to repeat can serve no purpose.
49) The narrow river is enamoured of the infinite expanse of the sea.
Surrender consummates the finite's aspiration for the Infinite.
50) The joy of the idealist is in breaking the social icons. The joy of dissipation is oblivious of the existence of 'others', as it is of consummate selfishness. Excessive joy is common to both.
53) Thought is mental engagement, as work is physical engagement. The Self-existent inside needs no engagement. It exists by itself. The partial human needs an external fact to exist. The Self-existent needs no such outer engagement for it to exist.
The small gloats over its sins.
The great are shy of their virtues.
57) Awards are for the unaccomplished. Service is for the unseen.
64) 'Love' goes by charm, passion, romance, habitual affection, vital or physical need or even by status or money. Glamour too is not prevented from generating 'Love'. But when do you hear about deeply felt affection seeking 'Love' in utter loyalty?
65) He who sees the whole theory in one act understands the theory; others do not.
66) When an evolutionary vibration is abroad, sensitive souls like poets, writers and thinkers responding to it partially or even fully is a great possibility. It can even be picked up long before the vibration or its author is born.
67) The idea that a relationship formed out of an ideal is not to be severed because it is a source of trouble is a higher idea that is capable of changing the source of trouble into a source of support, if the source is not out to destroy the ideal and the idealist.
68) No serious work, especially if it is of the highest level of concentration, can be done non-stop. It can be only taken up for a little time every day. If it is done non-stop at its period of maturity, it will be completed successfully in a few days, usually in three full days.
69) The full reversal of a negative symptom is seen in an equally good positive symptom.
70) Equality is not an evolutionary law. But what we see is that things which are unequal at one level are equal at the next deeper level.
71) Endowments such as education, money, music, etc. are sought as a means to another end. When they are sought for their own sake, they develop the capacity to reveal their infinity.
72) When a person or a thing comes to mind only when it presents itself, it has only use value. Should it come to mind after the use is over, it means you are interested in it.
73) Inner willingness to progress and outer unreadiness create small mishaps or great reversals. Progress is only for those who reverse these lapses fully. It is not enough to protect our interests; it is necessary to REVERSE those negative symptoms into positive symptoms, if you want to progress.
74) A new idea emerging in clarity is the birth of revolution. Its acquiring vital and physical energy is an evolution, as it needs all the energy in the world.
75) Life gives you rights. You can enjoy them. When they are denied, you can fight for them and succeed according to your strength. Come forward to relinquish them when there are symptoms of hesitation, and seek the blessings She gives. It will be incomparable.
76) It is only in the established ways of life that one never tries in such a way that it leads to error. In all new ways of life, the only strategy is trial and error.
77) Concentration on the physical is primarily to recognise its spiritual significance. To make the physical the foundation of yoga is to recognise that physicality is the inverted Truth of Existence.
78) An effective knowledge of organisation requires full knowledge of the forces in the unorganised sector, especially the negative forces.
Knowledge of the whole demands the knowledge of the negative or unorganised.
79) One who measures life by quantitative material benefits cannot even see its absence being compensated by raising the quality higher and higher.
Absence of Matter cannot be compensated by higher and higher spiritual heights.
80) Surrender is a method; but it behaves like a value in yielding results. The results of surrender do not begin until it reaches perfection.
81) Man lies because he has a need to lie.
82) It is excess energy that gives Joy. But, Mother gives JOY first – the end result in the beginning as is Her wont – so that we may develop out of it energy for action.
84) The man who is bored is one whose heart has not tasted Love.
85) Regret not the past, as there is NO past to be regretted.
86) Social acceptance is for your manners, not for what you are in your inner worth.
Social accomplishments are not done by manners but (by your inner worth) by what you do.
Mother's results are for what you are, not for what you do.
Yogic results are not even for what you are, but for the inner sincerity to the Divine.
87) Money rendering one shameless is the condition of one whose very physical substance, which was oblivious of attaining cash so far, sighted the possibility for the first time.
88) Physical man's mental achievements are very precious brilliant flashes, but have to be reached through a lot of mud, dirt and marsh.
89) The intellect is dry; emotions are rich. When the intellect is emotionalised, it is richer than its usual richness. When sensations that intellectually understand are emotionalised, they rise to an intensity of sweetness unknown to the heart.
Those sensations became the physical sensations in Him and Her and have become intolerable and unflinching ecstasy and rapture.
90) Human justice is injustice.
12 or 100 supramental beings can supramentalise the world.
One in touch with Her Force – a devotee – has that much Power. It is a power of Prosperity and spiritual Peace in the very depths of the collective being.
92) A language becomes entirely expressive when it rises to the standards of a classical language. Vernacular languages can never attain to that level. Should they do so, it is like the Individual through democracy coming into his own – his spiritual own – by his own awakening. Sri Aurobindo tried to do it for English.
93) As accomplishment has many stages appearing almost as accomplishment, he who is anxious to misunderstand takes any of those steps for accomplishment. The characteristic of misunderstanding is not so much partial misunderstanding as understanding the very opposite of what is clearly stated.
Misunderstanding is the rule and that too the very opposite.
Desire for misunderstanding is so intense that it understands the very opposite to be true.
94) It is the physical attachment of passion that enjoys the physical nearness and craves for it. In the ascent it is an animal quality. In the descent, it is the final expression of loyalty.
95) One seeks relaxation and occupation only in those areas of personality where calm is not established. Where calm is established a mild ripple of causeless joy will issue, which will banish the above needs.
96) To avail of the opportunities in life, one needs the alertness needed to ward off the hostile forces.
97) Constant progress demands generation of greater energy which comes from a higher understanding of Truth.
98) The physical is the basis. Even when you base yourself on Truth, you are still making the origin of the physical the basis.
99) The calm of universality indicates that an impulse is free from ego.
100) For each at his own level, life is a Marvel. For God and for the individual from the point of view of his own enjoyment, it is self-evident. Only moral judgement brings in sin and value judgements.
God enjoys at all moments.
Each enjoys at all moments in his own way.
Man alone clamps moral judgements on life.
101) To be able to know the Brahman in knowledge as well as Ignorance is immortality. [p. 506 Life Divine]
102) On any showing the Infinite in its dealing with the finite can only give.
103) In any great work, for that matter in any work, accomplishment is as difficult as securing protection from the opposing forces. Even after those forces are warded off, there is a middle term of leeches that are to be rid of. Each will be as difficult as the other two.
104) The Force that resists the division of the mind at the physical stage enabling the atomic existence is the root of the ego. It will disappear only when the Force disappears into consciousness. Does it mean the Cosmos too has its ego?
105) Creation manifesting something prevents it from returning to its original status, except when it completes the cycle of involution and evolution. A certain reversal of consciousness does the prevention.
106) Sadness is absence of emotional understanding.
Confusion in action is absence of physical understanding.
Confusion of ideas, mental irritation, mental sadness, etc. are indications of absence of understanding of concepts, mental emotion or mental sensations.
107) The deeper understanding opens to the unsaid dicta.
The greater security lies in the area that requires no protection.
The strongest attachment lies where affection is unexpressed.
The less organised, the more effective.
110) The sweetest of paradoxes in human conception is for the receiver to perceive himself as the giver. When knowledge rises to the status of giving and falsehood overwhelms it, the lingering sense of erstwhile endowment believes the reverse. Now it gives falsehood and misfortune and wishes the receiver to be thankful.
111) Not only is the soul hidden but all its qualities when found in a person – goodwill, love, gratitude – are also hidden from another's view.
112) Culture is not speaking out the low emotions that arise, but the incapacity to have any such emotions.
113) It is best to demarcate the zones for different types of organisations, viz. physical organisation, vital organisation, mental organisation, subtle organisation of life, subtle mental organisation. They never come singly, always there is a mixture.
114) An ordinary teacher teaches the Truth as a fact. A creative teacher expands the fact to its own Truth. The Guru goes further in relating that Truth to the pupils’ truth, first releasing it.
116) Actions, feelings, opinions, ideas, impulses, and ultimately PATIENCE is a hierarchy in which each aspect includes the previous aspect. All these at the end shift from outside inside. If so, what is the very last inner poise? To await the inner voice and let that inner voice express itself in action may be the very last inner poise.
117) The biological, as well as psychological basis of marriage is an occasion for the opposites to meet. The ONE ideal before it is cooperation for lasting happiness!
118) The power of spirit in Matter will rule when the discipline of silence of thinking that arises out of fear of instantaneous death arises now in the very Body by the emerging Spirit.
Inability to think of a defying thought in the very depths is the discipline needed for the rule of the Spirit.
119) The lower vital attraction is known as love.
The higher emotions for another are only nervous energy generated by one's circumstances by one's values.
The spark of the soul never enters human love except as an exception.
Entering as an exception, that spark elevates any of these sensations or emotions to great heights for a while and allows them to be destroyed.
When destroyed the lovers become martyrs. When not destroyed they become husband and wife relating to each other through their characters.
Love is not for this earth except as a spark that destroys after a short elevation.
Is then there no love on earth?
There is. It must begin inside, not for a person but for The Person. And then that can be impersonally given to any person. The impersonal Love is the love which refuses to become personal unless a person agrees to receive it impersonally. Still that impersonal Love can go out from a person to another person if the Being in the Becoming emerges in both. That personal relation will certainly be impersonal in its personal essence.
120) The fool who loves his folly dearly and adores it as the greatest of intelligence is the finest product of God in creation.
121) Perfection is not only elusive, it is non-existent for those who are not established in the mind. A manuscript of 24 pages reveals 20 errors after four people pored over it a dozen times. It means all those who proofread are non-mental, vital persons.
Proof reading will be effective only to mental persons.
122) What one staunchly believes to be his own strength and personal capacity tested over the years is the Grace that manages to trickle through in spite of his resistance. Is not his resistance, then, grace? Yes. It is the grace in ignorance. Man has a choice between the grace in knowledge and grace in ignorance.
123) The depth to which one can go and have his concentration fully saturate that level will enable him to escape all organised effort to acquire knowledge above that level.
124) Democracy will mature at the level of the voter when the individual authority of the citizen exceeds that of the social authority.
125) Wishing to see the whole world by ascending some peak is like the rational mind trying to understand the whole of life.
The amplitude of mind’s comprehension is limited, as the physical vision is limited.
Eye has no reach to the end of earth even as the mind is non-existent beyond the range of senses.
126) As the psychic emerges at the time of death and reviews the entire life in a trice, man’s mind reviews each period of his life, sometimes each event, which are landmarks of life.
127) Having seen a result, one feels like acknowledging only the result, ignoring the cause behind it. For him to acknowledge the cause is superstition. To secure a result without any cause is his rationality.
128) To attribute to a result an unconnected event as the cause is to grant blindness the status of drsti, the vision.
129) To see the effect as the cause is the rationality of the irrational. Man thus assures himself the possession of his folly. Maybe his goal is complete folly.
130) The recipient of luck by the good will of another is oblivious of the good will because of his own stingy, mercenary, mean selfishness. As the goodwill is from one who is oblivious of it, the recipient is able to ignore it.
131) It was through a conscious process that Sri Aurobindo entered the Supermind or after attaining that level, He became conscious of how He entered it. As He was conscious of the method by which He entered, it revealed to him. That method is surrender.
132) Life becomes live when the fact reveals its hidden Truth.
133) Resentment of an idea by one who does not understand is the expression of the personality of egoistic ignorance.
134) More than money people value the appearance money generates. That appearance undoes the real existing value in the depths.
135) When the newly laid foundation for a change is strong, it is possible to indulge in the opposite surface behaviour which can cause a stir within limits. When nothing on the surface enjoys the deviation from the depths, perfection matures into perfect perfection.
136) Our idea of surrender and the act of surrender now are done on our initiative. Therefore, it cannot be true surrender. We should lose our capacity to initiate any action whatsoever to make surrender possible. And such an attitude must be taken to the very physical.
137) When the spirit awakes at (any level) the level of the brain, without the mind coming into existence and its benefits of education, that Spirit puts itself out as clarity. It unfailingly reaches the core of any significance. This is so after the emotions are born or before their emergence.
138) For the perfection of God’s action, it is not enough that our ego should dissolve, but Nature should cease to move on its own. Well, then, the Being of the Becoming will set Himself to action.
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141) Perfection enables perfect action. Higher perfection offers perfect enjoyment. The highest perfection is that to which life around comes for perfect enjoyment of Delight.
142) The effort to understand any event according to ANY perspective is a mental initiative. It is a bar to our surrender.
143) To render the irrational rational generates shameless ingratitude or pride in irrationality.
144) When the Beautiful discloses its beauty, a streak of the non-beautiful will rise.
145) Whoever thinks of another?
Each man thinks only of himself when he says he thinks of others.
The only true love is Self-love. It can either be self-love or Self-Love.
146) Life is sustained by lingering desires or unfulfilled duties.
Survival of man, survival of desires.
Desires live, not life.
Human life is a life of desires.
147) Generosity of character abundantly appreciates another’s ability.
Divine generosity endeavours to give it to another who deserves it.
148) It needs a great self-love at the level of the physical, maybe the substance of it, to speak to any one else, knowing that he does not understand it.
Man loves himself most. And that is the only exercise he loves.
His self-love is a poor caricature of his Love of the Self in him.
He who loves his own self in others is a great soul.
149) In a chain of events initiated by another person, man is capable of joining in the last stage and claiming credit for the entire accomplishment. It is a selfish folly that expresses one’s mercenary motive.
150) It is not what we say that matters, but how we say it, whatever the forum, whichever is the occasion.
151) Mother does not give us the opportunity of lying when we want to withdraw from falsehood.
152) What is happening in the world?
What do we do in our lives?
Evolution is aiming at unity of substance.
The Force returning to consciousness is aiming at union.
Ananda is aiming at infinite freedom of Ananda.
Supermind is aiming at Harmony of all forces.
Mind is trying to organise the conflicting forces so that they may compromise at oneness.
Life is trying to reduce the contradiction in Matter to conflicting movements of energy.
Let us find where we are and try to move up.
In fact, we are at most of these points in several points of our lives.
From each point, we can rise one level.
Or we can restore the balance between all these points.
Or we can try to find ONE centre of all these movements.
The psychic is the highest such centre inside us.
153) If pain is unreal, complaint that enables pain to linger is only a mechanism of the vital to sustain the negative intensity of suffering.
154) A small person is ashamed of his own shortcomings, while a strong person sees them as an occasion for growth.
155) The belief in our immortality is only a faith; the belief in our mortality is only a faith. [p. 504, The Life Divine]
The hold of mind on body is so total that it is capable of having a faith by reversing which one can attain immortality.
By getting out of mind, one can compel the body to live forever.
By coming out of the mental ego, the body can easily believe in its immortality. Immortality is the dissolution of the physical ego.
When the physical ego dissolves, the spirit attains supreme infinity and divine universality.
156) Ego disappears only when we do not exert ourselves to surrender. That exertion will be of the Ego. HE who calls you will give the surrender too. Faith in this removes the last foothold of the Ego.
157) Until today the society has been led by robber barons. They are truly adored for their brute strength.
158) When society is in transition, the hostile forces remind the social leaders by pricking holes in the hostility of the leaders. One expression of it is a smuggler kidnapping a social leader.
159) A non-mental vital person values mental perfection. His only ‘value’ is he is capable of assuming that he has those perfections.
Strong belief in illusion is the highest mental value of a vital person.
160) In responding to money or any value like that, a mean person proudly announces his faith in the higher values he denounces by his own present action.
161) Power is enjoyable, as it makes you feel powerful.
Power generates greater energy and expresses it. Generation and expression of energy are enjoyable.
Power takes the energy to the substance first organising it. It is a growth that one enjoys.
Power organises energy into an effective Force.
162) God knows only Delight. The Delight in the Absolute is silent or is in potential. In creation there is Delight that is expressive or expansive. Pain is there only for the ego, not for God. God created pain for the ego on the surface in the involution so that he may enjoy the expressive delight in a greater measure emerging out of pain. In that sense pain is non-existent, as even then the subliminal does not suffer, but only enjoys.
163) Pure souls inside will have their counterpart – pure hostility as poison – outside. They come close to the Divine, receive in their purity, exhaust their receptivity and then find themselves with their other side. There are others who begin in their outside and proceed to their inner purity.
164) If one is granted only relationships of selfishness, it is better that he sees the Brahman as selfishness to tide over the monotony. May it remind him that he is essentially selfish or he is in love with selfishness.
165) For one who wishes to take to yogic life, his own mind and life must be treated as a second person and must be separated from his inner person.
166) The uneducated, unsophisticated vital mind buried in its sensations emerges out into rational thinking and observation through education and has a good laugh at the infinitesimal smallness of its earlier stage. Transition to the Supramental silence from the activity of the intellect is the parallel at the next level.
167) To impose human consciousness, even in the disguise of good will, on the naturally unfolding divine consciousness may lead to death of even the human consciousness.
168) Physical cleanliness in one sense determines vital purity.
169) To lose oneself in the present, one should go behind the becoming to the being in the present and emerge into that becoming as the flowering of Being into that moment.
170) Memory is the chief action of Consciousness–Force in our dealings with self, world and Nature. [p. 502, The Life Divine]
171) He who refuses a good thing, as a rule, turns towards the opposite and eagerly walks into the trap, assuming it to be an ideal.
172) Physical acts that are mere physical acts not determining the higher values are of no consequence to all the higher planes. From a wider point of view, rather from the point of view of the ACT having a consequence to the higher planes, every act is of significance.
When a boy whose education stopped in 5th standard reviews his life as a shop assistant in later life, he finds the school where he studied is of no consequence. In assessing the impact of the early education of one’s children, not only the school matters, but every detail of his education.
Details of earlier life gain in significance or become beside the point depending upon what in future one considers.
Not the details, but the essence alone matters.
173) Elimination of waste enhances growth. It can shrink growth enormously. It would mean that waste has a higher justification or the person presiding over the operation is so powerful that he can prevent growth for any purposes other than his own wasting.
174) Even if there is an army of people to do your work, it is best you do it yourself until the time comes.
175) Worship is offered not to springs of Spirituality but to the seats of vital power.
176) In a relationship of devotion, even offence can only give sweetness of feeling.
178) He who yawns profusely will not be an achiever.
179) When mind’s need to understand is given up, it begins to determine. This is one passage from mind to Supermind which has the power of self-determination.
180) As people in different professions are beside the point for one who has taken to Mother’s life, his own mind and life are beside the point as they are in human life.
181) The self-respecting prestige of the material intellect of the brain asserts by refusing to be grateful to its benefactor. It has no sense of shame in being irrational or ungrateful.
182) Each faculty expresses itself as a sufficiency of that plane, an insufficiency of the higher plane, a rich fulfilment of the previous plane.
183) The only thing that suffers in the world is the ego or the ignorance of the ego. The liberated man needs to be sorry for no destruction of any kind.
184) It is unbecoming to ask, even if it is for Love. It is unbecoming to refuse even when the other person asks for your Love.
185) Those who give away endlessly for vain self-glory will never give even a small thing where duty demands. What he has been indulging in is not self-giving, but vanity.
Only one trait rules in a person.
186) A man’s status – social as well as psychological – is determined by his social relations. People of his own level will refuse to let him be free to rise above. Relationship with the Divine is possible only when human relationship ceases. The Divine seeks a relationship with man, but man seeks human relationships.
187) To know everyone is capable of the behaviour of every other person is a measure of wisdom.
188) If a yogi is accomplished, he will have the power to solve any problem on earth if the afflicted party appeals to him. He can solve it on his own initiative, but it will have repercussions on him, fully reestablishing the problem in his life.
Yoga acquires the power to solve problems. Aspiration avails of it.
189) If one looks at the whole from the part, he makes a fool of himself.
By not looking at the part from its own perspective, one cannot understand the part.
Knowing the whole as a whole is not knowledge.
Knowing the part as a part is not full knowledge.
Knowing the part from the point of view of the whole and the whole from the point of view of the part prevents Ignorance without creating knowledge.
Knowing the whole and the parts as whole in themselves which creatively integrate each into the other is integral Knowledge. This is the true knowledge, as it converts ignorance into knowledge and prevents knowledge from becoming Ignorance.
190) Psychic opening comes when one is ready to be reborn, either physically or spiritually. The first condition of any opening is giving up the existing security. The first condition of any success is security in the conditions of insecure status, which is after all freshness of consciousness.
191) All souls are equal, say the spiritualists. All of us are made of the same atoms, not only men, but materials too, say the scientists. The differences we see in life are, then, only a play of the spirits variously fulfilling themselves. If so, the Play is great. Social and moral values rob that play of its charms of being a MARVEL.
192) Living in the ever-present, initiative dies.
194) It is said that Jesus suffered for us and paid with his life for our sins. The Time has come for us to think that the future avatar would enjoy on behalf of humanity and be ushered into ever increasing ecstasy on behalf of humanity.
The greatest of Shakespeare’s plays are tragedies. Perhaps in the con-sciousness of the world four centuries ago, the best could have expressed only in tragedies. The greatest of future literature can be in works of fiction where no trace of pain or suffering occurs, but every emotion is of the highest order of enjoyment.
Inheritance enables the incapable to squander what capacity has earned.
196) It is the capacity for illusion that can create passion in the vital and sentiment in the mind which relate the irreconcilable opposites for the purpose of discovering the higher truth.
Illusion is the creative power of superstition.
In that sense IGNORANCE is creative of the greatest DELIGHT God is after.
The greater the human repulsion, the greater is the divine possibility of expanding Bliss into Delight.
The greatest of ‘fools’ is one who ‘consciously’ plays the fool. He is the divine actor of Lila.
To see wisdom as folly is the finest of dissimulations God has granted man.
197) Faced with ingratitude, one need not endeavour to be grateful to it. It is enough he recognises his own inner ingratitude that is reflected outside. Offering gratitude to ingratitude will unleash the infinity of it and one will be flooded by instances of ingratitude.
198) The best bet of treachery is its shameless self-seeking from its victims. In doing so, it prides in giving offence.
199) Will is the dynamic form and is in the Being of which the Power is the dynamic value. [p. 502, The Life Divine]
200) Even for the rational intellect, analysis of every past suffering will now show how it has served to enhance our joy or delight. Only when the vital perversely clings to the old suffering and idolises it does pain find a justification for existence.
201) All is fair in love and war shows at any given time man chooses to transgress the rule he sets for himself.
Man rises by ACTION that respects no rule. Whatever he has achieved he preserves by rules!
202) Violence is the Force expressing through the physical without the restraints of the vital or mental.
203) Man holds an ideal before him so that he may know that he violates it every other moment.
204) Organisation of life at any level is full of creative landmarks. One’s basic attitude can fix the organisation at the same level or raise it one notch or lower it one notch. What is creative at a level becomes infinitely prolific at the higher level and at one level lower becomes a destructive obstacle.
Organisation matters; the level decides the outflow.
Organisation is creative; the level decides the character of creativity and its volume of output.
205) No work, however great it is in scope, needs time or effort if the act is from the higher plane. Decision accomplishes, expression consummates.
207) A problem remains unsolved when the emotions enjoy its consideration before thought can impact on it.
212) One can be sincere to his desire, ego, personality, subconscious desire, his nature, etc. All this is not sincerity to Mother. To be sincere to Her, one cannot be under any of these conditionings.
Mother’s sincerity transcends even memory.
213) Sincerity lies not so much in ‘Thy will be done’ as in ‘Not my will’.
Sincerity is difficult, but subconscious sincerity is too difficult unless one is conscious of it.
To be sincere in the subconscious, one needs to be conscious of it.
Sincerity is to be conscious in the subconscious.
To educate a plane is the best way to change, not to force it. Forcing anything will lead to accidents.
214) Before you go in for greater achievement, there must be wider under-standing.
The call is His, Grace is His. Hence the call and Grace.
215) Everything is right in this wide world of ours. If anything is wrong, it is for the limited context of this present evolution. He who is able to see the present creation narrow can find everything is right.
216) The capacity to protest authority orally does not arise even if the determination to defy is total, until the atmosphere sanctions the right to protest.
217) Even when cherished psychological authority offends and tries for destruction, that which submits longs for the solace of its support. It does so even when it dominatingly survives the attempt at its destruction.
218) When a great possibility opens, we hear two responses: “There is no hurry” from those who identify themselves with Nature, and “Oh, it can be done now” from those who respond to Mother.
219) Man learning to do himself what the environment compels him to do is civilisation. Civilisation is knowledge shifting from outside to inside. At a higher stage, it is yoga where intuition shifts inside.
220) Revolution is the conflict between the assertion of vanishing forces and the emerging ones. After the revolution succeeds, the conflict shades off into compromise, until the individual finally accepts the emerging values and shuns the opposite. Literature of these periods reflects these changing social values.
221) The advent of computer, the machine that makes for perfection in every field, has strangely resulted in printer’s errors entering into Western publications. The law that is at work here is -- the advent of a greater efficiency, by increasing the volume astronomically, lowers the keenness of accuracy. We see the reverse phenomenon in air traffic where the hazards being so many, accidents are vastly reduced.
Greater care taken in air traffic has reduced accidents.
Greater volume of production allows errors to creep in by the instrumentation of computer.
Efficiency and perfection are not related by a single rule.
222) Oneness is mind’s version of Unity.
223) Oneness, union and unity belong to mind, consciousness and Existence.
224) The urge for unity arises in the force of division.
226) Stubbornness as well as constancy are the strength of the weak.
227) The power that forces one form to express through another form is cruelty. It becomes tyranny when the higher form must squeeze itself into a smaller form.
228) Company is entertaining by its comprehension. Interchange intensifies the emotion of the entertainment. Physical proximity tries to fulfil it in the measure of its awakening.
229) Sri Aurobindo’s phrase, ‘the Individual wholeness of vision’ expresses his yoga in language.
231) It is certainly a gratifying thought to all those patriotic generations that the stranglehold of poverty over the Indian masses has begun to loosen.
233) The mind wherein impulses die down enjoys calm.
236) The genuine acts of selflessness of a selfish person only serve selfish ends and they do so fully.
237) The pioneer of thought who is aware of the generation of stinging ostracism from around seeking protection in his own security of thought, is solitude.
238) The greatest enemy or the only enemy of the tyrant, cheat, scoundrel, culprit, etc., is himself.
239) Give and Take – Exchange of Energies
Energy balances in giving and taking.
Attitudes give direction to the energies and determine results.
The level of consciousness, and the nature of attitudes and motives vastly decide the outcome at both ends.
Change of direction in motives or attitudes can influence the results vastly in their character but the rules will hold good in either case.
If possible, it is better to move above the line so that ALL results will be beneficial.
A determined change of character of motives will decidedly change the character of results.
For a specific work, even if other conditions are negative, it is possible to protect the project from negative effects.
Our project is to raise the benefits and change the loss into profits.
As long as we are within the defined limits and have ensured the project area with positive efforts, the results will be positive.
241) Symptoms of Supramental consciousness:
Act so that the whole – Full – personality expresses in each act.
He who acts inwardly acts from Supermind.
Conscious acts are supramental acts.
Brahman is a whole. It can only give itself as a whole. When we act to express our whole personality in each act, we express Brahman whose presence is constantly there in Supermind.
242) One who is radically different from the crowd, be it a genius, an idealist, a deranged person or a rebel, is mad for the crowd.
243) The opportunity to rise is never shut out to anyone from outside. When shut, it is a self-existent smallness.
244) Man, when he wants to know the truth of another, remains unconvinced by several facts that are stark naked right before his eyes. When he is called on to believe a rank falsehood, he swallows the very first canard that comes his way. This is how man preserves and fortifies his own cherished falsehood.
245) Truth effectuates itself without fail at the level it is perfect. Its perfection is seen by the positive creativity of the atmosphere.
247) One may thank God for saving his life or giving him a piece of luck. Gratitude, in the spiritual sense of the word, is the emotional perception that it is an act of God.
248) The lover's desire to please the object of his love when his existence is not known is an emotion of unrivalled magnificence. The rule “Bite the hand that feeds” will still be true in the subtle life unless that object is actuated by an emotion of gratitude.
249) Fullness of the mind is by aggregating the parts after dividing the whole. Fullness is there when the dividing mind is transcended.
Nothing in the world is in divided parts. The mind divides, then sees the divided existence and tries to restore unity overcoming division. Remove mind, there exists nothing but unity.
250) Purna Yoga means to be converting human consciousness into supramental consciousness during our active existence.
251) He who uses pronouns in place of proper nouns in speaking to another, speaks to his own self. It is a measure of being not aware of the other.
252) The poor small man receiving a patronising gift from a rich man, without being mercenary and with a grace that intends to please or delight the better part of the giver, is one who is in touch with the Being of his Becoming.
253) The most generous impulse of munificence or forgiveness is often delivered through an attitude which is equally virulent in its opposite character.
254) Mind can only find itself to be right. It is not made to see its wrong. Emotions go further and see the other man as wrong. Self-knowledge is not given to the faculties of any plane.
255) When an unpardonable suspicion is spoken out by the victim, it will disarm the accuser and will become pardonable. When Truth is uttered, it will release a force to overcome its adversaries.
257) To know Him, we should appreciate,
Infinity of infinities
Psychic is the High in the Low.
The Hour of God.
Neither a method, nor the process is the end.
The Absolute in the relative is Absolute.
The aspiration to be God.
258) The measure of one’s perfection is seen in the ability to push away imperfect persons.
259) The heart opens only once.
I know my heart did open that once.
Heart knows how to love, not what to love. It loves to love.
260) If what one understands is clarified enough for the level of communication intended, anyone can explain anything to anybody.
261) Understanding at any level needs mental energies at that level.
262) Understanding is facilitated by emotional sympathy, physical proximity, spiritual opening in the mind and subliminal receptivity. The shishya as well as the wife are the subconscious recipients of the realisation of the guru.
264) The insight – the sight directed inside -- which truly reflects the outside is a ray of sincerity.
269) Abundance in a family – material abundance – deserts and changes into poverty when neglect offends the growing energies of matter that expresses as abundance.
270) Lack of self–respect is the energy of self-preservation.
271) Man longed for moksha urged by the sense of union in spirit.
272) When manifestation reaches its keenness of accuracy, the finite is ready to turn again on its back into the Infinite.
273) Culture forms as an organisation of energy and expresses as the mental knowledge of the physical sensation. Yoga begins where culture recedes.
274) Professionals have technical knowledge and offer service. Their practice does not bring knowledge as there is no knowledge either of service or technical qualifications. The seat of knowledge is not work, but thought.
277) Occupation is self–indulgence in memory of egoistic existence.
Man is equal to the Supreme in that both are capable of constant Self-awareness.
278) The greatest of defences is gratitude. Better, it is constant.
Gratitude is remembrance.
280) Nascent energies are always in great abundance and there is no question of controlling them. Initial excitement of mind learning anything is of that kind. Learning higher concepts can be a constant source of excitement in the brain.
281) The best judgement of oneself is at best a blind judgement.
282) Low consciousness will not respond without offence. No offence can ever elevate it. Is there an offence that can open and elevate too? He who is offended by his own position will find energy enough to elevate himself. Self–offending sensitivity turns around to raise itself. An atmosphere that can create self-awareness, though stingingly offensive, will offer the energies for progress.
283) Neither he who knows he is right or the one who knows he is wrong will ever accomplish. To accomplish at any level, he should have transcended the right and wrong of the previous level.
Progress is to overcome dualities.
285) Surrender is a method that can give us the whole of which we are a part. It is a method that can take us straight to the goal from wherever we follow it.
Surrender is the method of infinity to change the finite into itself.
286) It is not given to man to resist the evolutionary force in any form he encounters.
287) I hate the man who is like me. He who is not like me is loathsome. Either way I end up in hate, as hatred is my present consciousness. To love another because he is like me and not hate a person as he differs from me is a desirable human state.
288) One can move to surrender from thought or feelings or acts. In the ascent, the higher is of greater difficulty. In the descent, the lower is more powerful. The greater the difficulty, the greater the result.
She demands unconditional surrender and offers us ‘Surrender’ as a method that can be accepted with no stipulations and successfully undertaken at any level.
289) Families and institutions come to stay after making innumerable obscene adjustments that arise during moments of crises. The reality of these institutions always bases itself on those ugly truths.
Family is the balance of good over evil.
A family that is good at the top and bottom is rare. Maybe it is a paradox or non-existent.
290) Mind, as any other part of our being, cannot reverse or rectify itself. Either the spirit above or the higher emotion below can do it.
291) Inspiration that comes from above also comes from below. Coming from the body, it can be ultimate.
292) How can others know me when I cannot know myself?
293) Greater energy gives a finer shape.
Much greater energy can make the substance more solid.
294) When we appreciate someone, we do so for one quality in him without being aware of any other side in him.
296) Some men who are cruel to their wives, when it comes to money abundantly provide for them, showing the strong bondage at the physical while the vital is in violent conflict. Man who has moved to the vital, in these cases, fails to dominate his wife. Such a failure is compensated by greater physical care.
297) The man who is angry about solving a problem is like the mechanic who beats his broken machine with a stick as a method of repairing it.
298) Those who get into irretrievable situations have always created them by their choice. When man tries to overcome his acts by emotions, he always does it.
300) Misery comes from several levels of the environment and also from inside. The former will vanish with the changing environment while the latter will manage to enjoy the same misery in the changed circumstances under a new guise.
301) The low loves to serve the high from the lower end and desires to remain there.
302) Intimacy arises when limits are crossed. It needs not only proximity but a certain duration of time to mature. The intensity increases if the breaking of the limits is initiated by the weaker side of the equation who is not expected to do so.
303) Progress is conquest of Time or Space.
Time is an inner extension of consciousness.
To conquer Time is to be in consciousness.
All development is development of consciousness.
Presently the world is undergoing the development of conquering Time.
Final development is in yoga where consciousness moves to Being, the process of which is the supreme discovery, He says.
One who does NOT need to be conscious, is in the state of Sat Purushan.
304) Fullness needs no memory.
305) Fiction writers best describe what they are not in their writings until they excel themselves and are led by the energy or the force of the character.
306) No man’s genius can be measured by his popularity during his lifetime. No man’s greatness can ever be measured by his views on other affairs of life or the other personal traits.
307) It is true we have faith at one level and it is equally true that at another level we have no faith. Our faith has its limits. The limits we see are, indeed, limits of our effective faith, not the presence of faith. As man is born in faith and lives in faith, there is no question of man not having faith.
308) The scientist trying to find the origin of consciousness in the physical properties of matter is very close to a researcher who gets to know the FACT by systematising, classifying the frequency of several words in the rumour.
309) Manliness of any description has nothing to do with a mere social being since society has only attained the value of survival and does not dream about being anything individually.
312) Miseries issue out of limitations. For most it is the society; for the rare souls who skip that boundary, it is this life. They may be rare and have gone far beyond the social boundaries, but limit is a limit and it unfailingly generates misery. For the limitless view is one that is free of misery.
The cleverness of the clever man is the folly of his higher life.
314) The vital has that peculiar blindness of seeing what is not there. The mind has the capacity to see if it chooses.
315) Superstition sees physical fact as an emotional reality.
Emotionalising the physical is superstition.
316) The Mother sees the mental awakening in the USA. Sri Aurobindo says that they easily get into the larger rhythm. The US has excelled in practical organisation. USA will become the leaders of action in the world if they choose at the level of their mental awakening.
317) Deep down in our personality what we are most concerned about is that which we totally disregard on the surface.
Neglect is superficial.
318) Having crossed the surface into the depth, the knowledge and experience of human nature are superfluous, even as Churchill and Napoleon dispensed with erudition.
319) To outgrow human life, one experiences it and understands it fully. Surrender enables us to outgrow human life by letting its essence flow into us in a trice.
320) The idealist as well as the insignificant man are capable of not knowing their strength, the one because of consuming idealism and the other because of obliterating insignificance.
321) Contemporary society sees great souls through their egoistic equations. Posterity has no such ego to project.
322) Every man has a person or a value – sensitivity -- where he lives. His human life ends when he outgrows that point.
Writers reach a wide audience writing from an identification with the readers.
Mature writers occupy their idle hours with a substandard writing which becomes popular.
Great writers relax in writing which awakens the whole nation to the writing.
The purpose of great writing produces great literature.
Literature that is purposeless is immortal, as it is universal where dimensions cannot house any purpose.
324) Man unconsciously allows himself to be a channel of good. He never initiates a good act consciously unless from his ego.
325) One expands into another in friendship or soul exchange by similarities of temperament, desire to understand, willingness to appreciate and the ability to confide in.
326) Our vital or mental interest gives an untiring energy but it is our own energy. The capacity to disregard such interest in work lets in the Force which is not related to tiredness even negatively.
327) Vital determination to preserve the physical strength results in waddling clumsiness often bloating into flabbiness.
328) Dynamic stupidity flatters itself each time it moves into action, as it is the discovery of knowledge by the dormant ignorance.
329) High physical energy trying to express intelligence flowers as stupidity.
330) The points of intersection of the psychological curve, sociological movement, and the evolutionary trend with the line of basic individual progress are creative. That point where all meet is most so.
331) Man rejects what he has long aspired for when it is granted finally.
332) The vital truth of life is infinite prosperity. The mental truth of thought is the genius for harmonious happiness.
The physical truth of existence is immortality.
333) Truth is falsehood in involution. Falsehood is Truth in evolution.
334) The spirit cannot work through the mind, nor the mind through the vital. The spirit can emerge through the mind and gradually spread itself on both sides.
Illness is the body’s knowledge of its falsehood.
336) Generation of conflicts is the upward movement of matter into life.
338) Stinginess receives grace as scarcity.
339) Calling compensates even a steep fall.
341) Low consciousness receives grace as suicide.
342) Rigid goodness touches expanding energy of life as consuming flames.
343) Discovering that man cannot be idealistic is to discover that the seawater is salty.
344) When something fails, man moves to another, as his reliance is not just on something. When everything fails, he does not despair and says, “Well, this is not the end”. And that is faith. As man shifts himself to himself when everything deserts him, when every support is there and he shifts to himself, he puts up faith. That will help. That which relies on himself, when given up – given up to Mother – is surrender.
347) Gratitude assures the greatest of protection.
349) Man’s effectivity is determined by the harmony with which his soul and life meet. He who wants to achieve more should reach there, remain permanently and try to raise the level of harmony.
350) The spirit cannot work through the mind. It can only discard it.
351) In the measure one knows the process by which he has arrived here, he will be able to produce the intended results. He who focuses on the result will not only miss the process but will surely fail to produce any result.
352) Vanity seeks popularity. The self-righteous man cannot afford to have one moment where his own ‘popularity’ with himself is let down. This is vain self-righteousness.
353) The plots of literature at all levels so far have been the events travelling along the route of vital evolution to rationality expressed in terms of human character and human relationships.
354) He who refuses to learn and thus enjoys the experience, exists as Existence, thus affirming his Being as self-conscious being in life.
355) Authority is defined as who is to decide what is reasonable.
Authority is the power to enforce the highest accepted values.
356) Economy is productive depending upon the means of production. As the society advances in self-awareness, the economy can become self-existent which means, it can throw up its own field of productivity – human relationship in the society. This has the strange chemistry of producing more because one wants more which has really been the trump of all civilisations.
All civilisation is self-conception and self-existing.
As hunger increases by what it feeds on, productivity increases on what it consumes.
The income created by the expenditure.
Income generating expenditure.
The self-existent SPIRIT evolves by itself in spiritual evolution, thus creating the new foundation of life based on the spirit.
357) The confidence that any negative trait in us lends itself to transformation is the faith we have in Her.
358) He who uses anyone’s resources without any mental inhibition is one who has come into his social layers for the first time with his earlier propensities unquenched.
359) The hope of convincing irrational people of a rational argument is the most irrational of acts.
360) What is known as human is of the ego. How can that be anything except selfish, irrational, unjust, and narrow? HE calls ego and rationality as one. So, the greatest joy of the human is to be the ego.
361) The mind that is eager rushes forward to collect facts so that knowledge will result, while simultaneously, the subtle mind that can have subliminal knowledge at one sweep discourages the surface mind from its eagerness, as it is counter productive.
362) Most will be able to appreciate the correspondence between events after the result. How many will be alert to act on that before?
363) A memory that recurs is a reminder of psychological arrears. Work lies there, not in taking initiative or pursuing personal interests. Memory, Mother says, is insincerity.
364) When two ways of Truth meet at a different place, can they be less true or become falsehood? Now that all vibrations that meet anywhere are originally vibrations of Truth, where does the falsehood come from, if not from our own perception?
365) A being that determines its own becoming is immortal.
[Sri Aurobindo, p. 739, The Life Divine]
Having outgrown the seven Ignorances, one attains to the status of Being of the Becoming.
366) Manliness begins when complaining is given up.
Spiritually conscious joy receives its energy when the energy in complaining is directed to the emotional appreciation of the labouring spirit to emerge from behind the vital plane.
367) Man is playing God when he intentionally changes joy into pain as God in involution does so.
Thus man is unconscious God.
368) When you see your kindness can be received only up to the extent your offence can be absorbed, you know how to be kind.
369) Paramatma has no loss. If anything comes out of each such loss, He gains. It is the ego that is capable of loss.
Loss of ego leads to gain forever.
370) Ideals have been there to abolish pain which is the effect of ego, the cause. Sri Aurobindo’s ideal is to abolish the cause of pain, the ego.
Perfection, enjoyment, accomplishment, unity, full utilisation, self-awareness are the goals.
They all are various facets of the Absolute in manifestation.
The goal for the Absolute is itself in manifestation.
Body is the basis.
It subsists on FOOD.
FOOD comes from work, money, and property.
As these are acquired, so will be his accomplishment.
The opposites meet here to create property, etc.
That compromise can be raised to unity.
There lies the clue for progress and accomplishment.
Any work can backfire positively or negatively.
The nature of the result can be seen in the first step.
The first step is of the same structure as the final result.
What backfiring can be there in the end can be seen in the beginning.
That which backfires cannot go to the end.
Should the first step be so organised as to have no backfiring, there will be inherent protection.
The maximum that is open to us is to unleash infinite creativity into which backfiring can be transformed.
375) Life education
There are people who do not learn anything after innumerable experiences.
We do not see that they take delight is not learning.
Nor do we see that we ourselves are like that.
The aim is not to learn when the experience is an end in itself.
Experiencing enjoyment is the privilege of existence at all levels.
376) That which is granted is not right, it is a privilege or favour.
Right exists itself and exercises on its own choice.
378) Perfection cannot be achieved in an imperfect environment, but the maximum possible there will make one eligible to reach at least one high goal presently inconceivable.
379) Mental opinions, especially when they are quite fixed, change the course of one’s life. Is there a force, other than Mother’s, that can bring the altered course to its old track? Opinions exercised are courses altered.
380) Man wanting to tread his own path insisting on his course lacks receptivity. Receptivity is absence of insistence.
381) Capacity for ironic modesty can be an indication of an opposite trait such as jealousy, as we well know jealousy suppressed rears its head as modesty. The irony accompanies it, as the flavour of the trait is irrepressible.
382) The most obvious factual ‘errors’ commited by someone in a higher plane cannot be corrected by another in a lower plane as it is not an error.
386) A person belonging to a family or an organistion must live by the values of the organisation. He who lives by his own values in an organisation does not belong to it.
388) Neither the problems of the world, nor those of the individual will permit successive solutions. They demand simultaneous wiping out. The time for gradual change is past. All must be accomplished and at once.
389) When supramentalisation is possible, why should vital man try to mentalise? Will he not be frustrated by Nature that has understood that Supermind has not rejected it?
390) People belong to the society vitally. Few people are mental and fewer belong to the society mentally. By creating a supramental society, we will fulfil His ideal. Moving from vital belonging to mental individuality is itself a great step for most of us.
391) What needs to be changed is not the method, not the life style, not even Time but everything must be swept away at one stroke. No longer it is gradual change, but now the order of the day is sudden transformation. It is truly the Hour of God. If man fails, God will not go or wait for him but will fulfil Himself.
392) An organisation so constituted that its every piece of work touches people at their emotional sensitivity will function really. Whether it is highly efficient or its opposite depends upon the values of its members.
393) Cowardice in a rowdy becomes discretion yielding great results.
396) When Man who is vital-mental completes his duty, he dies or is ready for death. In the same situation, the spiritual man begins his own free life on earth.
397) Each successive field of human progress brings an infinite potential of which man taps only a part before he moves ahead. Thus, we find today computer technology has vast, illimitable potentialities. Even agriculture has vast potential-ities for one who now goes to it if he applies the latest knowledge available.
398) Freedom for me, discipline for others is the human formula.
399) In the transition from impatience to patience there comes a point when the latter matures and comes to stay. It is then one faces a paradoxical situation when he is to be patient with his own impatience.
400) He who laughs at an act does not recognise that he thus learns for his future.
401) No true value can be sought to be established by social authority.
402) Hapless people are accused unjustly with a vehemence uncalled for by the situation and unjustified by the character of the accused. This is so because this is the order of the day. Should the order of the day be self-accusation or self-critical depreciation, we surely can see the same uncalled for vehemence and unjustified intensity.
403) Mother’s grace responds to sincerity that spots the inner dark spots, not to the pretensions of self-depreciation.
406) Altruism, help,
Help hinders without fail.
Conscience may fail, not excess energy.
Man may fail to be grateful, not the material that was given.
Man may fail, excess energy may hurt, but not The Mother in the receiver.
Help given in Mother comes from several sides.
Help received in Mother goes back many times over.
407) Intense social prestige which mistakes the appearance for actual emotions prevents one from being graceful in receiving simple gifts of courtesy. It is enough to prevent grace from entering.
411) Disappointment arises for the evaluation of life according to expectations. It is not there when the approach is fresh.
412) The true relationship between two people which achieves and offers rich deep enjoyment does not reveal itself even a tittle on the surface.
413) Peace and harmony of the wider world is reflected in the domestic peace and harmony of a person, especially if he is one whose heart is devoted to world peace.
414) Life response to any person or event will carry their stamp.
He lives on others’ achievements by deceit.
No one can exist by deceit, nor on another’s accomplishment. Anyway, it cannot build the nation. This is the mentality of slaves.
416) Spirit is Moksha.
Luck is Spirit in Life.
417) An idea spreads by thought in the form of an information.
A fashion spreads by a vital urge.
The multiplier effect of an act spreads by the subtle physical vibration.
The idea too exists in the subtle physical plane.
The act also can become an idea of the physical body.
Resistance to the Britisher in one place automatically repeats in another place. Riots spread like that.
Tom Peter’s Freedom was an idea in the bodies of the baby boomers.
An act – e.g. employment -- that spreads itself because of the bodily presence of one or two people in that country has lodged itself in the subtle physical of those people.
418) For he who has consciously chosen Yoga as his ideal, the closest human relationship has no more validity than a travelling co-passenger on the bus or train.
419) The Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo is meant for one’s own original exploration of the domains of our being. At least, it demands an original understanding of all that HE discloses. Neither mental understanding nor that which issues from thinking or even Silence will suffice. This yoga demands an understanding of the process of creation as HE describes, nothing short of it.
420) In a fast spreading rumour, the information is as important and interesting to the common man as to the concerned parties. Rumour is afloat when a certain person is as important to others as he is to himself.
Rumour is the most powerful integrating strategy society has so far invented.
The Internet will separate the information and the morbid personal interest hereafter.
The Internet is the first official instrument of the society that spreads rumour all over the globe in all walks of life, reducing it to mere information.
421) Conscious planning succeeds even in the subtle and subconscious plane as long as that conscious awareness is true and not fantasy.
424) Life often, if not always, keeps away the most important thing that sustains your all. It is so because it offers the help by virtue of being at a distance.
427) The ignorance of form can be overcome more easily than the ignorance of force.
428) Knowledge of the solar system is a great mastery of mind.
That mastery leads to further knowledge.
It is conceptual.
It cannot give us the power to create the solar system.
Concepts are great, but they are only concepts.
The knowledge of physiology and medicine are not mere concepts. They give us power to cure diseases.
Man, who has conceptual success, mistakes it for perception or even sensation, little realising that at each stage a reversal awaits him.
The first man who discovered a medicine felt it as a sensation. Hence his power.
Economic laws that can usher in prosperity must be discovered in one’s own life as a sensation.
The Boon Sri Aurobindo asked for from the Highest will be realised on earth when it becomes a sensation in our bodies. As it was a Boon for earth, even our physical transformation will leave the inconscient uncovered.
Ignorance of something is a measure of its importance.
The unknown by its unknowableness gains in significance.
433) Presentations on occasions are the fullest expressions of spirit in life, making the recipient inwardly expansive and outwardly pleasant.
435) Good appears mixed with its opposite. What spreads is not the good, but the opposite. Even if the Good is perfect in an atmosphere of low consciousness, the Good never spreads. In order for the Good to spread on its own overcoming its opposite, the atmosphere must be one of goodness.
436) ‘Tradition’ and ‘conservative’ are fashionable phrases for superstition, irrationality, complete folly, physicality, etc.
To be able to see death in life and life in death is immortality.
438) In the measure one gives up artificiality, he opens up to the Divine. That begins with social conditionings, goes through psychological conditionings and continues in the stages taken to by evolution. The very best is the Force. Maybe it is the Being.
439) The only relationship of ego is exploitation.
440) He whose mind controls his body today will in that measure be able to realise the fact of Mind over Matter.
442) One does not relate to the personality of the boss, but to the office and post.
443) Hostile forces will stop disturbing devotees when they know that such disturbances will at once destroy them. For that, the devotees should identify themselves with the light in hostile forces, which is an act of the Supramental forces.
444) The very first word uttered in the context of a life work is fully indicative of the whole truth of it unseen by eyes.
445) It is not rational to expect the second generation of wealth to learn the character that the first generation learnt out of hard work, risking at each moment. Usually they learn it through pleasure, indolence, over-confidence, dissipation, and self-assertion, which means they get the negative lessons by loss of wealth.
452) The body itches when the knowledge and action it needs are not supplied.
453) Convenience compromises conscience.
455) It is true that one’s heart is not under one’s control in making its choice. It is a greater truth that the same heart is again NOT under his control when it readily gives up its chosen object.
457) The Force determines the device as in the formation of water. Device is mistaken for the determination as effect is for cause.
Shifting from device to determinism is knowledge.
The Force decides, the Form fulfils. Form is the device, the Force is the determinant.
The course of the Force gives the knowledge; the Form flounders.
458) Intelligence is of the mind. Intuition is of the soul, the Being. Integral experience is of the Being of the Becoming.
459) As the employees of the government are not ones who are expected to uphold the idealism of the ruling government, an institution that grows around an ideal leader is peopled by those who are not related to the leader’s ideal.
460) Man abuses another’s accomplishment as a way of fulfilling it in his imagination.
462) Potential capacity shows itself once fully if the occasion is appropriate.
463) Human relationships are incidents in the growth of the soul.
464) Mind can learn more by an intelligent observation from a perspective than a concerted study. Silence does better in directly giving the knowledge until he is aware of all knowledge that is already inside.
465) A yogic effort of shedding one’s mental ego can dissolve the whole mind as an unintended result.
466) What the mind has not learnt and needs to learn appears before the mind’s eye as a thought, or more insistently, as a vision.
468) A fully surrendered act or thought evokes an inner voice that guides. In its absence life events happening simultaneously give the direction. When neither is there, a common sense initiative represents the inner guidance. In all these situations, the absence of inner urge is important.
469) Frustration issues out of ignorance of what one needs.
470) An offence conceived against another hurts the kind man in the conception.
471) Man could rise to any value – Truth or Silence, etc. – before Mother arrived. Now all these values are descending on earth. All that Man has to do is to receive them by an opening.
472) The opportunity one misses and regrets all his life is the way the substance prepares itself in the consciousness.
473) Possessiveness loves to be known as possessing.
474) The military coming under civil authority is an expression of Mind over Matter. A spiritually developed person living safely in the world is like the civilian government commanding the army.
475) Ceasing to think helps one to part with initiative.
476) An old problem in a new context appearing as a new problem is one form of superstition.
477) An utterly free woman is absolutely chaste by her own inner choice.
478) The voice expresses the man better than his words.
479) Personality employing a method always comes to an end. When the personality is greater than the method, the method exhausts itself. Otherwise, the personality exhausts sooner. The person acting spontaneously will neither exhaust himself nor spontaneity.
480) Opening to Truth is the only asana; patience is the only pranayama.
482) People dealing with money have discovered a method to pay back their due to toughly bargaining persons. They start quoting a smaller principal so that the other man will spend all his energy in getting his full principal. He is left with no energy to bargain for his share of profits.
485) As the society advances, its members become more important even as the value of real estate rises on its own. It is equally true in an affluent society that individuals are affluent, which in effect means the individual’s money supply increases.
486) When a thought is denied expression, a better thought arises in its stead. A thought dissolved in silence gives rise to a thought that can at once solve the problem on hand.
488) When a man can hardly wait to do something, we are sure he is interested.
491) Man’s dedicated selfless works are only selfish.
492) All negative vibrations grow with the support of evolutionary energy to outgrow themselves.
493) The best way of pleasing oneself is to please others. Better still, one can be just pleasant.
495) As a rule, all wrong doings are not to be exposed. This is true not only in self-defence but in defence of the life system we are in.
496) Life presents its possibilities through its opposites to one who is still in his mind.
497) The selfish man is immune from idealistic errors. The idealist is always vulnerable because of his motives. Is it possible to combine the prudence of selfishness with the impulse of idealism? Egoless idealism can do so.
498) The trickster’s skill reveals the collective wisdom of the immediate past.
499) Spiteful of the enemy, a man inflicts a loss on him and is gratified that the enemy has lost. His own loss is invisible, but is there as concretely. He goes on pushing the revenge until he sees that his revenge directly and simultaneously hurts him equally as much. That is a turning point.
500) There is no prayer that is not sanctioned by a three day prayer. If ever it is not sanctioned as a prayed-for result, -- I have not yet heard of such an instance – the benefit of that prayer will accrue in the being as yogic essence. It only means the world, at least your own world, it not yet ready to receive that benefit.
Life at any time is fully in tune with itself, especially where there is harmony in action. A student so in tune with the class found the marks in his exams fitted the equation that was then taught.
505) One major source of wisdom for sages is their own family, particularly the wife.
506) Not only does a man know only himself, it is equally true he does NOT know others at all. Human knowledge is not only partial, but it is an infinitesimal that knows only a tiny part of itself.
Mind is only the sum total of the senses which are tiny concentrations of energy.
513) The physical, even after complete sophistication of education and wealth demands attention by physical touch – a strong offending touch.
Physical love prods.
514) To the scientific mind, the resort to the telephone directory is superstition. Trying the permutations of numbers is genuine true scientific research.
515) Secrecy is a powerful weapon. But it is neutral. It serves any master very well. Even when frankness is called for, secrecy has its own fundamental role to play.
516) The continuity of people we were with will persist in character, circumstances or even in the very names. In later years, in the form of different personalities, they would express what they suppressed earlier.
517) Romance of the past had social hurdles to raise it to intensity. In today’s freedom, romance can have no hurdles other than the deficiency in understanding each other. Cannot romance reach its intensities without hurdles of some sort?
Instead of hurdles, the discovery of the hidden potentials in each other should provide that intensity.
518) At each stage of major development of language, its grammar gives way essentially to accommodate the fresh growth.
519) As you read of character in fiction, the figure of that character may shape in your imagination. In the writer such a figure takes life. The writer becomes Shakespeare when that life is universal.
Conscious falsehood will espouse total truth.
523) Dishonest ability requires many times greater energy, organisation and efficiency than honest good work. When transformed they will truly be great.
Asat is greater than Sat and therefore dishonesty is more powerful than honesty.
524) Love and its opposite hate carry with them the vibration of ultimate unity of the Being. Hate never gives up the object of hatred nor Love its object of love. One is a negative expression of unity and the other a positive expression of unity.
525) Outside social bounds, feminine tenderness and shyness change into aggressive boldness almost equal to that of the man.
526) As Nature has brought foreign invasion to build territorial unity, Life has raised corruption to revive purity in public life.
A foreign power unites small kingdoms to build unity. Corruption raises disgust and brings purity into premium. Complete distaste for impure public life is the forerunner of incoming purity.
527) Grammar, being the structure, is preservation.
Literature is creative.
Life becomes literature when it blends with thought.
Preservative grammar parts company with language when the latter matures into literature.
The grammarian who insists on his grammar all the way through is trying to carry death into new birth.
528) Language is not a fit medium for perfection. Thought can serve the purpose better. The beauty of the language arises not so much from its perfection as from its perfect blending with thought.
531) Rules are rules. When enforced with authority, all rules right or wrong are obeyed. Sooner or later people fall into the pattern. Tragedies occur, rules fail, the whole game is upset when there is a rebel or a pioneer.
532) Writers become popular in their lifetime. For original writing to become popular during the writer’s lifetime, the Times should discover their originality.
533) The ego, on an occasion fit for appreciation of another’s excellence, gets offended, which becomes the seed for jealousy.
534) Life does not stop for a moment. Even after death, it continues. Transformation too does not stop, once you launch on yoga irretrievably. Whether it goes slowly or quickly is another matter, but it does not stop.
536) Pearls in the pigsty.
537) It is the physical that hopes against hope, tries for results beyond limits while living within limits. This irrationality is characteristic of the physical.
538) Meanness too can assume excessive politeness to accomplish its goals of gossip and low enjoyment.
540) When an atmosphere is strongly formed, however clear and well defined instructions are, they will be disregarded and the atmosphere will fulfil itself.
541) Crises in human life are threats to the silliest needs or desires. Men do not feel greater disturbance when their greatest security is at stake.
543) The integrity of a heart that refuses to disclose the true facts of one who sorely betrayed him, because thereby he would be gaining with his lady love, is the highest form of noble magnanimity.
544) The low poor man seeking justice of physical violence is betrayed by life, by the very girl for whom he had risked his life and everyone around.
An atmosphere of freedom encourages the subordinate to dominate the boss.
547) Insistent irrational demands are the stamp of intense love.
548) Sadness is emotional ignorance even as pain is physical ignorance.
552) As excellent prose can be easily excelled by poetry, the zenith of piety expanding into its infinity too can be excelled by arts, particularly music.
553) Good delivered through evil and vice versa often leaves different impressions. Even gratitude – the expression of it – loses its charm a little when selfishness delivers it. Even selfishness is sweet as it delivers gratitude.
554) Unthinking men, on important occasions, rush to form an opinion. Serious men are unable to arrive at any opinion. They continue to search for one. But all are of the opinion that they should have one!
Opinions inhibit understanding.
555) When passion, superstition, ignorance, etc. preside over an issue, it is futile to imagine what would be just. There are situations where we see the character expressing himself and that is the most we can expect. It is not impossible to construe a just attitude in any of the situations.
556) The finite that stands in the way of the Infinite is Ego.
Man is capable of identifying with the Ego or coming out of it and seeing the ego from outside.
Man’s enjoyment of his identification with the ego is the taste of Ignorance the Spirit sought.
557) Several relationships represented by several persons around a leader or thinker are disparate strands meeting in him, but not uniting with each other. Should they unite in him, that centre will have its first semblance of universality
558) The soul taking birth in Ignorance acquires a body. Hence all births are organised ignorance that is stupidity which makes man an idiot, giving him the insignia of born idiot.
559) The Brahmin of India, the English aristocrat, the hard working American pioneer, in spite of their being outmoded, still preserve a shade of the great original value they acquired. Should they rise to that occasion, they will easily excel the world.
560) Man is a concentration in Time and Space. The Divine is a totality in self-awareness. - Sri Aurobindo.
561) If a writer is tired of his writing, it can mean one of the following,
1. He now understands his own writing.
2. The vibration of his writing has reached the people.
3. By repeated, prolonged writing the contents have moved from the gross to the subtle plane.
563) The affluent intellectual looks down on prayers for wedding, jobs and promotion, little realising that his own mind is cast in the same mould. He is closed by a derisive attitude. By realising that he too is like that, his closed mind will open.
564) Man seeks what he likes even at his cost. He seeks beauty, charms, comfort, convenience, entertainment, dissipation, etc. He sees the truth that money combines all of this or most of it or at least thinks so. This is a vital thought, not a pure thought. Thus we see man’s irresistible attraction for money is because of its being a comprehensive social organisation.
566) God gives the whole but man sees the part.
Man who sees the whole has God-vision, but man can give the Whole.
The Supramental force makes man abundantly rich.
567) The measure of insecurity one feels is also the measure of his widening possibilities.
To bring a higher plane’s act into the lower plane in the terms of the lower plane, the higher will be realised in the lower.
Sri Aurobindo felt in his body the utter Infinite Eternal the Absolute is.
One who can act successfully disregarding Ignorance around him realises Overmind in the plane of his action.
He whose vital intuitively knows another is a yogi in the vital.
When the body enjoys the silence, he becomes a Muni at the level of the body.
Take another man’s point of view in mind, vital or body and you become Supramental at those levels.
He who feeds another what the other wants to eat is supramental at his vital level.
Thus, luck is vital self–giving.
To mentally realise the Absolute, one should conceive of the Self-existent Infinity and Eternity of it.
570) Society will readily flout its own laws to destroy a man or adore him. On those occasions it asserts its superiority to law, which is its own creation.
571) Willing, enabling cooperation – from a friend or a crew or a spouse – is the surest symptom of fulfilment of work undertaken. Wanton non-cooperation is an indication of the soul preparing for higher vistas. Cooperation or non-cooperation is for the social man, not the yogi. For the yogi who works for the collective it is again on the agenda.
572) The individual growing into the universal and the universal becoming the Transcendent are not the themes of the social individual in human life.
To be human may be great for the animal of which he is unaware.
To be spiritual is not a human urge.
It is an urge of Truth that seeks for the original Joy.
Man’s entertainment, his arts, the perfection of his vital joys and mental urges also contain in them the seeds of divine perfection that is in quest of the JOY of the Absolute.
It is by consciousness that the individual grows into the universal.
All spiritual progress is through consciousness.
There is no progress that is not spiritual progress.
Contradicting circumstances provide a field for progress.
Happiness and success are vital results. Progress is a spiritual concept.
Spiritual happiness and spiritual success in life are the domain of integral yoga.
573) Manliness in adversity is preferable to success in social conformity.
574) Pain is the sensation of the mind unsuccessfully trying to do the work of the physical.
A small energy doing the work meant for great energy feels the attendant sensation as Pain.
575) Life, however physical or even material, is sustained only by spiritual values. After all love, romance, human relationship, friendship, partnership are really upheld and sustained by the values they honour, though material calculations are predominant.
576) Injudicious remarks, though unintended, can offend more than a calculated injury. What offends is the character, not so much the act.
577) Whoever justifies a heart that suffers silently, having committed a heinous crime? Whoever justifies it or not, it justifies itself abundantly.
578) The realities of the world of romantic love are strongly founded on social realities of property, even in the very best of cases as life itself provides for.
579) Creation of Ignorance
When one forgets the Origin, Cosmos and the Universe, enters into the plane of Time, and cuts away all the other planes, one enters one part of his being to complete the process of Ignorance. Thus, he ends up not knowing what to do next.
580) To see we are only playing a role, to know we are NOT this body or mind is to know we are Brahman. The chapter ‘Pure Existent’ gives this conception conclusively. We have to move to the appropriate perception and sensation.
582) Because nature is integral, human traits exhibit the capacity to generate exactly the opposite vibrations to their innate constitution. Selfishness generates gratitude and one can be grateful for selfish reasons.
583) The undigested or unassimilated thought urges for expression. When fully assimilated, it has no energy left for expression.
585) Repentance is reversal of consciousness more difficult to initiate than to bear the violent punishment of retribution of avenging life.
586) An actor may not be able to remember that he is a person other than the role he is playing while he is in the actual process of acting. He may be able to recollect himself when he is not playing a role. Can not man recollect his origin?
587) Circumstances past or present are not to be despised. One must rise to the occasion.
588) Man’s personality is known by the part through which it comes out. The small man uses the various apertures of the senses and the great man expands through the soul in the mind.
592) Romantic love is vital. Sometimes it is mentalised too. The one fulfilment it craves for is to be in the vital sphere of the beloved. Physically it adores all places and objects associated with that presence. Its mind never moves away from that thought.
594) When the mind insists on the rules, life emphasises its beaten track.
595) Every function in an organisation is either to be done by authority or value. Value is of course individual, cultural authority. The former is a dead organisation; the latter will grow on its own momentum.
598) Craving for power is powerful. Love and affection affect feebly.
601) Presence of pain in human life is Life’s indirect announcement that so long as life is not FULL, it will not permit happiness to emerge.
604) Self-awareness is the sensation of the psychic existence.
605) Through love or war, in the past or present, under any circumstances fair or foul, TRUTH has prevailed in the end.
606) He who knows his mind in substantial detail will not fail to see its precise reflection in the events around him, the stories he reads, the movies he sees, the words that catch his ears.
609) As you go up, the substance of the planes becomes more subtle and more rarefied. At the level of Being, substance disappears. The Absolute is without even a being. To conceive of the Absolute by the mental substance of thought is a rare experience in the mental plane.
610) The karma of ages will melt in Her white light, just as the darkness of ages in a cave is removed in a trice by light.
Sincere fighters against meanness will certainly have a tinge of it or at least its other version as rudeness.
The outer existence of a trait is only the extension of the inner presence or seed.
612) One who has acquired a knowledge which, in his view, is new to the world, longs for the world to know it and recognise it. It may be permissible or not. As long as that desire is alive, he will not be able to benefit by that knowledge himself.
613) Those who embark on release into psychological freedom can acquire certain positive virtues. It goes without saying they should first reverse their negative traits.
The positive virtues are the ones of which we are now unaware.
The man, the adult, and the privileged are not aware of the extent their position permits them to be tyrannical, oppressive, dominant, to avail of privileges not due to them.
It is a vast area. Even the oppressed today oppresses in his own domain.
To be aware of that and to reverse it is to acquire the positive virtue.
614) Initiatives of greater freedoms are to be taken on their own, not taught as something of value. Even the greatest of freedoms will not yield the desired result if tutored.
615) If an unexpressed opinion is offensive, it comes back as a felt insult even when it is not thus expressed. One may have to pay a PõoUøP for so being insulted.
616) Has Sri Aurobindo described the origin and constitution of ego anywhere as He has done with Spirit, Supermind, Mind, Life and Matter?
He says the roots of ego are in the thinking mind and its knot in the subtle heart.
It is mind that divides. It divides the Force and not the Being that underlies.
At the last stage of division, Force reaches the atomic existence and resists further division that would reduce it to unatomic extension.
That is the physical ego.
So, ego is created by the division of mind that divides the Force.
Being and consciousness are indivisible. Force is divisible. So ego begins there.
Dissolution of ego reveals the Cosmic Self.
Cosmic Self presides over creation which begins with Force separating from consciousness.
Force that separates from Consciousness in Supermind does not create ego as there is no division, though they are different.
Ego whose real origin is the division of Force comes into existence in the Overmind when the separation is real.
It would be helpful if scholars can find the corroboration or contradiction of the above in His writings.
617) More than a hundred years after the Advent of The Mother and The Master, Man does not realise that the best way for him to get anything is to pray to Her. Be it moksha or transformation or brains or health, all that he has to do is to realise their absence and pray to Her sincerely. It would do him good if he prays for gratitude.
618) The Life Divine is a record of facts of spiritual experience. When understood as such, their impact will be greatest, not when comprehended as physical arguments.
619) If all minds are one, intellectual property rights are an illusion.
If all vitals are one, one person hurting another is not a real reality.
If all bodies are one, private property is not real.
620) The Maximum Possibility: Understand the highest ideal and its values you want to live for with clarity and try to practise it with utmost sincerity in the smallest of your acts.
621) Abundant prosperity has always been there in one form or another. It has been enjoyed by individuals and the collective in several ways and in several measures. The time has come for all individuals to enjoy all types of prosperity abundantly.
Life is poised to move to infinite dimensions from its finite limitations.
622) Predictability does not belong to Science proper. As long as Science confines itself to the physical plane exclusively, there can be valid predictions. When the human element or subtle or conscious element enters, the very prediction will announce to them a different response.
Predictability is not an eminent index of Science. It is a label that can confine Science to the lowest planes of inquiry, the physical.
623) The great wrongs society happily admits -- e.g. corruption, moral breakdown -- are the negative openings to social evolution.
624) To know the defects of others, even when such knowledge is right, will keep your consciousness defective.
To know their strengths will strengthen your consciousness.
To know their defects as well as strengths as your own reflection offers inner clarity.
625) He who had stolen a pencil reversed his act and tried to dissolve it. When dissolved, pencils came to him in hundreds in gratitude.
626) Sri Aurobindo says that all great men know of their greatness.
Humility does come to greatness.
How do they combine?
Great men who are aware of their greatness in expression are also aware of others’ greatness in potential.
As they have the vision of the universe, they are humbled.
It comes mainly as their greatness is largely a result of the abolition of ego.
627) Invocation of the inner divine on a problem changes the atmosphere or the refractory person and then solves it. It remains unsolved when the invocation to the divine is for human affirmation.
628) As long as we pray for protection for further advance, it means we are in the territory conquered by them.
In this area one can advance, first protecting himself.
Once he crosses this area, he will be faced with strong hostile forces and the question of calling for protection does not arise. He will either be crushed before he calls for protection or howl as Mother did.
Asking for protection and getting it means we are in a protected territory.
629) When seclusion is sought in the measure needed for inner progress, there may not be genuine complaints.
630) When you do a wrong thing or refuse to do the right thing, the result may be the same.
Doing the right thing and not doing the wrong thing may still have its ‘consequences’.
What will not have its own consequences are acts that are consecrated.
631) Joy shared is joy doubled.
There are joys when not shared that become richer.
Should a human relationship between two people mature in such a case as to share the unshared joys that rise in intensity and quality, you can be sure you are in the arena of HIS play.
632) Sri Aurobindo’s writings in English are an exercise in perfection confining him to the rules of that language. His thought, for its perfect expression needs a language which exceeds rules. In Thoughts and Aphorisms He has taken the thought to such a height, breaking the rules of logic, not the rules of language. His thought would find fuller expression in a language that is not confined to any rules. Poetic expression of Savitri serves that need to a greater extent.
633) Most of the time or always a disease is cured not by restoring the whole disturbed health back to its equilibrium, but by offering a missing constituent. It brings about the cure and during that interval the body itself restores its lost balance. Prayer acts like that.
Do we know the right equilibrium of the being?
Will there be patience to restore it?
634) The rich man buys properties for a cheaper price as his status is of value.
The richer the government the more difficult it is to get funding from them for any project, as their funding means their participation. It is natural that their participation must be dearer.
635) When people more readily respond to you than usual, know you have more fully accepted Mother in that issue.
636) What prevents our exhausting the use of a negative instrument is always our enjoying the other person’s negative traits.
The knowledge he alone can help himself expresses as refusal to be helped.
Even that, in the beginning, will exploit everyone.
638) Irremediable temperamental situations and problems created by them can yield and are known to yield to an attitude issuing from a poise higher than that knot. There is no known human problem that would defy a right attitude of consciousness.
Human problems yield to a higher human touch that is Divine.
639) To catch the attention of the best mind for an idea that really belongs to the next social period, it is not enough he is willing to listen, it is not enough the concepts are presented clearly, it is necessary that it should be presented through a life situation whose two ends are related to the listener and the next phase. That strategy makes the Time come now, instead of in centuries or decades.
640) The unsuspecting love of an unsuspecting heart is one that can give the fullness of wholesome emotion. When it is so received, the fullness is saturated with richness.
641) The Delight of creation is enjoyed by Brahman in prompting the involved Brahman to remember itself. The point at which it emerges is the point at which Brahman prompts itself, which is in involution.
642) All-inclusive concentration resides in the psychic, even in the psychic in the parts.
Fullness indicates all-inclusiveness.
Psychic memory is not the surface memory.
Surface memory is insincere as it ties us to Time.
Psychic memory is ever-present psychic knowledge, not the surface mechanism of calling the event for the occasion.
Fullness belongs to the psychic presence.
Fullness issues oblivious JOY.
Silence and Peace joining is JOY, as it is fullness.
Silence is absence of activity, whereas Peace is absence of structure.
A structureless potential for all activities is felt as JOY, the creative Ananda.
643) ‘Mind’s effort in Mother to help the soul forget its problems is to move from mind to Supermind.
The soul in the mind is Supermind.
644) Fullness is not reached by concentration but by concentration maturing into consecration and surrender. Memory does make us insincere.
645) Can you persuade the soul to forget its problems? If so, it would be an effort of Mind to forget through Mother.
Mother makes the consciousness reverse.
646) The fullness of Being expressing outside one’s personality is spiritual creativity.
647) Energy is organised into skill by activity. Capacity so organising into its own skill in one of the constituent skills is talent.
Talent is the skill of the capacity localised.
Personality is adventuring capacity.
Capacity organising into its own skill is creativity. It is creative skill.
648) The profound is beyond. It is also in the depth. The capacity to reach beyond or the depth is profundity in man’s character.
649) Creation of security in one plane will ensure the rightness of action in all the planes below.
650) Great mechanical counts such as the age of the earth are true as long as the counting is in the material plane. It is not true the moment the element of non-physical enters it.
652) Humility in the low is born out of a knowledge that he will not be listened to by all. It is a negative virtue. Many do not have it.
In a period of transition, this negative virtue can lead to a tremendous negative success. Still, the results can be vast. It is a process of social evolution.
It can be hastened by the enlightened section acquiring a positive virtue. As the past enlightened were the past oppressors, before acquiring the positive virtue they should psychologically reverse that stance.
653) Incisiveness of thought and action comes to the lowest when they receive the highest knowledge. Priesthood is generally thus corrupted.
654) It is not one of the world’s classical languages or even a rich modern language that is granted the status of world language. This status has gone to English which does not qualify under the above heads. The future is not for the great of the past in culture, knowledge, spirituality, prosperity or language. The future is for the oppressed or the neglected or the underdeveloped in the past. The rule is not absolute. It can offer itself an exception.
655) Taking liberties with an elder who remains polite comes back as a junior hurting you more severely. It always happens that one is forced to reward such insults when they were poised to outgrow that.
656) It takes 30 or 40 years to start concentrating behind the heart. When found it is available for one minute or at best 1 ½ minutes once in two or three days.
Mother says what one can luckily get in 30 or 40 years, he can get here in Her atmosphere in two or three months.
SHE means the 1 ½ minutes must endure three months!
657) When the thinker finds no need to write down his thoughts, his thoughts become profound.
658) When a plane is determined NOT to open to the next plane, even a show of attitudes that resemble those of the next plane will be frowned upon and resisted.
The very fact that such things are permissible shows the measure of readiness of one plane willing to open to the next plane.
661) If you are an accomplice conscious or unconscious for someone to lose his values or virtues, it comes back to you more severely. Loss of mind in one may be repeated as loss of life in another.
662) Sin can be avoided by being good.
Virtue is still more difficult to avoid as it is attractive to the morality of the mind. That too can be avoided with greater effort, but NOT causality which will be with us even in the supramental plane.
663) The body learning that it is Spirit, being inspired by that idea and coming forward to shed its separate state is transformation.
664) Civilised politeness, psychological, soft considerations are out of place when you fight an enemy when life is at peril and interests are at stake. It is not as if they do not have some place at all where one does not want to hurt his own sensitivities.
665) The detached look of an uneducated person can look either cross or suspicious since detachment is not an emotion that such a person can espouse.
666) The undeveloped selfish mind has a conception of heroic goodness in his hero that all the strengths and defences of the hero must be made over to him, which he would use to the detriment of the hero. His own idea of heroism is the hero should be victorious in such a condition.
667) Reviewing the past life leads to wisdom.
Reviewing the present consciousness leads to clarity in consciousness.
Review is a thinking process. It can be dispensed with by Silence.
Silence before and after the review will have different status.
668) There is no act or no moment where one is not oppressed by others and one is not oppressing others.
669) Sympathy with another may motivate your subconscious to attract that physical experience.
670) Shedding formality even for an occasion sanctioned by authority is not easy.
Formality is best shed when we become informal.
In practice, formality when shed ushers in crudeness.
Freedom for the play emerges only when the formality as well as informality are shed together.
Mind is incapable of it. The Purusha in the mind can come out of formality but cannot usher in the atmosphere of freedom necessary for Lila
The psychic KNOWS shedding the formality and not being informal.
Still, it may not be the freedom required.
That freedom emerges when the psychic grows enough to release the vital energy needed for the play.
In the beginning, it can emerge only on occasions.
671) Someone taking over a whole institution to do a better service is still taking it away from its ‘rightful’ owners. Even when it is service to the Divine, the ACT will repeat by another taking away your own institution even if it is for the purpose of degrading it.
672) Transgression of a moral code leads to compunction and karmic punishment. Here it is not so much morality as the law of progress asserting itself when defied.
673) Great things even in small measures or even in appearance will have great effects. Affection is great in the sense it is a symbol of love. We know the great response people give to attention which is only a smaller version of affection. Affection or even the show of affection is really a great force.
674) An honest expression of the impractical that ends up as impertinence returns as impertinence when you remain honest. Only that it comes from dishonesty.
675) To see the solution inside us for a problem created outside by another is to realise the oneness with him.
676) With the best of intentions mind can only produce negative results, at best secondary results.
The vitally strong man finds conflicts increasing when he seeks harmony.
678) He who pays for a work gets all the benefit, not one who apparently receives the help.
Only on the day you stand entirely on your legs do you really begin to progress.
No man, except when he wants the other to benefit, will ever accept another’s help in a work.
You can’t eat and have my hunger quenched. I must eat for my hunger to go.
I must WORK AND PAY for it, if I should benefit.
679) One’s character and motives can be seen with the finest precision in the lives of his children, the residue of his work, the trail of his social, personal lives.
680) Brindavan is something Sri Aurobindo was pleased with. Sri Krishna lived that joy and broadcast it far and wide in spite of the social atmosphere of that day. This is the greatest occasion in history of the society approving fully positively in spite of its negative connotation. Today society similarly but negatively approves of corruption which, on any showing, is negative.
Society has GREAT capacities to approve of positive or negative developments when it is along the evolutionary lines. It may be seen as a stroke of social wisdom.
681) Just because a man is successful socially, he may not be right psychologically; his psychological righteousness may not absolve him of his sinning against his spiritual self; the spiritual right may not be pardoned by the evolutionary requirement of the Supermind.
Each is right in its own place.
Right in one plane may not be right in another plane.
682) The capacity to open to the descending Truth comes not only by an opening but by an attitude of humility.
683) If you want a taste of the physical or the subconscious, catch yourself when you insistently act in utter disregard of your understanding.
684) It is not practically possible for grace to express itself excluding material prosperity. Theoretically, it is not impossible. In that case, the richness of Spiritual prosperity will be so dense, denser than matter that it would render material abundance insignificant, maybe invisible.
685) Evolution that replaces revolution will act in a totally unjust way to secure its justice. The inversion requires this apparent dishonesty.
686) Who you are depends upon where are you.
Who you are is determined by where you are.
Consciousness determines man.
687) More than endeavouring to be right, one will do better if he tries to obey the Will.
688) The little more or a little less does not so much indicate the measure of accomplishment as the plane to which the accomplishment belongs.
689) Pleasantness is appreciable for social intercourse. Maybe it is indispensable. For a work to be accomplished it is better to put it aside as a non-issue.
690) Man tries for compromises, does not aim at perfection. As his consciousness rises, his problems disappear. What is a problem at lower levels is an opportunity at a higher level.
An act is neutral. By itself it has no value. Work done in idealistic enthusiasm and sentiment appears meaningless after the energy is spent.
Idealism is for the sentiment, not for the act.
The oppressed cannot be jealous, cannot even desire but can have a dire need. The force and power of that need not vitiated by jealously or desire can INFINITELY fulfil itself.
696) Observe how often mind seeks to level off, indulge, or take initiative to do what it likes. To turn to consecration at each of these times is the minimum requirement of yoga.
699) Human knowledge can widen its frontiers if it can see the growth of population in the world, the changing pattern of life on earth, its increasing prosperity, the forms of governments as parts of a whole social movement. Of course, it can be widened to embrace life on earth and the life of the earth.
700) Faith is the knowledge of the Soul.
701) It is worth noting that superstition is a crude way of expressing a distant touch of a valid truth.
Superstition is God’s way of laughing at the physical of the mind by the mind of the physical.
702) A spiritually endowed lady is sometimes capable of the behaviour of a silly woman. Wisdom lies in reconciling the one with the other. The ability to see the one as the other gives the capacity.
703) After taking to yoga, one may see inside violent or perverse impulses. Their changing into their opposites is an indication of the inner nature – the subconscious – being ready for transformation.
704) Just as we compose once and print hundreds of times in the letterpress, knowledge is achieved in the unit of a single occasion and applied all over Life.
705) How can we pass on Mother’s knowledge to another? If someone of value comes to us, it means there is some receptivity in him. To directly address that receptivity from our appropriate level of equipment, i.e. when we were in his present stage and not from our best understanding, gives the access. Going at his speed of assimilation achieves the maximum. It is a process of education. The key lies in our giving, creating in him greater receptivity.
706) No one’s knowledge or joy or accomplishment is his own as all minds and vitals and bodies are one. The lower members of the society are living these high principles negatively now. Those who exceed the society and individual psychology will live these principles positively.
707) Our failure to reach a person can always be understood as our lack of equipment which alone will ultimately help achieve.
Vital sweetness is not a substitute for physical need. It can mitigate the suffering.
709) Yoga will not be as difficult for us as it was for the Master and the Mother, as they have opened the path.
Of course, it will retain the difficulty of the human acquiring the divine nature.
The real difficulty will be felt only when new paths are to be opened, as Mother did when She went beyond what He had prepared.
When we say yoga is made easy, we mean the difficulty of the pathfinder will no longer be there.
710) It is very true that patience is endless. It is equally true that the ability to provoke that patience is also endless.
712) The greatest harm a person of higher consciousness can do to himself is to serve his ego in the name of some disguise. There is something worse. It is to serve another’s ego. It comes in the name tradition, idealism, goodness, moral obligation, inspired nationalism, etc.
713) The subliminal has the universal perspective, not the surface. Intuition and identity can raise it to cosmic as well as transcendent perspective.
715) Perception of the fact is understanding, thought, and thinking.
716) Formula for effective personal action
There is nothing we do not know.
We know things in parts, as parts, without perspective.
To know what we already know in the right perspective will move us into action.
It translates into believing what we know.
Therefore, belief and not mere knowledge leads to action.
Belief does not grow unless an occasion arises.
That occasion is social pressure.
Pressure of self-awareness is progress.
717) There is nothing new under the sun. Nothing in Mother can fail not to have one new dimension. And that one new dimension is all that we need.
719) Euphemism is culture in thought.
720) To be able to see the various urges is a measure of self-progress.
723) Selfishness can make high intelligence into crass ignorance.
724) Vichara eliminates body, mind, etc. and reaches mind’s version of the Absolute. Supermind eliminates only ego, thus reversing involution into evolution. Supramental’s elimination eliminates the partial nature, the falsehood, thus aiming at the whole of the Absolute.
725) For those who wish to study the different stages of revolution of social attitudes, the period since 1950 all over the world shows ample evidence of feminine freedom replacing masculine chauvinism.
726) Literature has served to destroy the old order and to create a new order within the broad framework of the social organisation. Revolutionary thought has called for the wholesale destruction of the existing order. Has literature ever embraced that domain of total revolution and been its instrument?
He who damages another complains against him.
729) Smaller comprehension trying to get a hold of the wider existence creates superstition in the interspaces. Superstition is the comprehension of the wider by the narrow. Ignorant formulation of knowledge is known as superstition.
730) Science is the Theory of Existence for one who explores from below, and is the Theory of creation for one who follows the process from above.
731) Revolution ranges outside; evolution gathers inside.
732) In the measure a consciousness is partial, it leads to counterbalancing negative effects. Consciousness that is an undivided whole has no negative consequences in its expression.
733) Becoming discovering itself as Being is evolution.
734) Occupation is human. Aspiration is divine.
735) An acre can earn crores, but now earns a few thousands.
Still, no one has the right to that acre from the owner. The owner alone has the right. It must be fully respected.
There is a greater right. The land has that right.
The land will move from one to the other and will never honour the dull owner’s right.
The soul moves to another body in death to discover itself.
736) What we should achieve is not scientific progress or technological advancement or even prosperity or high level of education.
Greater self-awareness is greater progress.
The Sannyasi gets rid of society. The devotee gets rid of social benefits.
One can absorb the society but cannot get rid of it.
To fully understand inwardly is to absorb the society.
The world itself can be so fully absorbed and we can go to the Transcendent.
Inner absorption is outer overcoming.
Objective knowledge is superior. Subjective knowledge includes the objective one.
738) Joy in social self-awareness is prosperity.
Joy in spiritual self-awareness is evolution and the delight of Lila.
Joy in laziness is the delight of body.
You are what you take delight in.
Mode of delight is the measure of man.
739) A point of transition does come to everyone. Many are unaware of it. Others meet it with the mind or vital or physical. Mind resolves it with an understanding. The vital does so by an emotional struggle. The physical meets it with an accident. Surrender overcomes it with a weight off the being.
740) Shrewdness is to penetrate the subconscious motive of another. To express it meanly requires a low character.
741) The advance of civilisation is measured by the collective producing the individual needs. As the individual needs are thus ever increasing, not by greed horizontally, but vertically by progress, the question of unemployment can never arise in future or the present.
743) Shakespeare’s writings are the best textbooks on psychology. The finest exposition of Science is the theory of creation in The Life Divine.
749) Thinking disturbs silence in the ascent, not in the descent. That thinking which tries to cast the static truth of essence into the active truth which rationality can understand, brings silence from above to be established below.
750) Loyalty is to him who is conscious of what the object is. Shakespeare’s collected works owe no loyalty to the illiterate owner, nor is the soul obliged to the mind that is unaware of it. Loyalty ends where awareness ends.
751) Each individual seeks the utmost convenience in his own place, but adjusts in public to a great extent. Public life is possible only in that range. Neither a greater adjustment can be expected of the individual in public, nor can the individual ask for a greater comfort in his own place.
752) The foremost idealist of today, by the definition of eternal progress, will be a back number of tomorrow. The only undying principle is to be changing all the time, not only to be in tune with the times, but to be ahead of Time.
753) The outer response is the surest indication of the inner worth, not what one knows himself to be.
755) The need to explain oneself or justify one’s action is a mental attitude, and can be a vital weakness. It can be mental strength if the vital life is saturated.
756) Urge is an unconscious aspiration. Aspiration is a conscious initiative that becomes an urge.
757) If you want to change an unhelpful atmosphere, you must know at what point you ‘permitted’ that change. After changing that initiative, one will be able to change the atmosphere.
758) To be able to see each act as a Marvel is the next stage to the indication that sadhana has achieved its purpose or goal.
759) People who accept the same vital ideal tend to have a similar voice.
760) We call the ever living dead. -- The Mother
761) Mother’s consciousness renders the human voice soft and sweet.
762) The rarefied heights to which music can take devotion are unparalleled. The finest moments of moved emotion of devotion can be excelled by one line of music.
764) A plane cannot benefit from the strengths of a higher plane. The vital cannot use rationality with benefit. It will be folly to stretch the point.
765) The character of an individual who is among characterless people will not serve any higher cause. It will ultimately serve the cause of the group.
767) One can ACT only on himself. To act on another, one must have inner sanction.
768) Every piece of knowledge or information is not to be acted upon. One is not permitted to act on a knowledge whose consequences he may not be able to manage.
769) It is self-defence and one’s capacity for it that makes for one’s survival, not self-righteousness.
771) The movement of Time, its correlative co-existences reveal the horoscope of one’s life in terms of Time.
772) A partial perspective can precisely reveal the parts in great detail, but it cannot know what it is or why it is so or how it came to be that.
It is not reasonable or charitable to expect others to do what we cannot. Mother calls it meanness.
Suppose we can sing, how can we expect others to sing? It is equally unreasonable to expect others to do what we can. Are we capable of doing what others can?
There is a good case for us NOT to advise, much less to expect.
On any showing, Silence wins.
Still, it is better to commission Silence into action.
774) The parts of being finding their unity is oneness. Unity is of the Being. It is seen only in the Being of the Becoming.
775) All those who destroy property today, even if it is by dissipation, negatively announce the future where property will be abolished.
776) Ego’s egoistic self-destruction announces the future death of Ego.
777) Poetry is spiritualised emotional knowledge.
778) Appreciation is mental, adoration is vital. Both are subjective.
779) An outstanding ability in man will achieve if protected from other aspects of personality and forged ahead.
780) Not only future rulers and rich men but the future geniuses as well as future Rishis will rise from the oppressed part of humanity.
790) Man sees others’ defects as his own strength.
791) An inner effort to be calm results in greater outer concentration. All-inclusive concentration results when you are inwardly close to the very source of Calm.
792) Knowledge seeks expression until all its shades are understood.
794) Knowledge becomes capacity when you cease to delight in its expression.
795) One’s knowledge can make another with a greater organisation benefit more.
797) Sincerity in partnership or wedded life accepts all that has happened to the other person has originated from oneself.
798) The intelligent animal is intelligent enough to pass on its unwillingness to understand as the other man’s incapacity to explain.
800) Selflessness is the greatest Virtue.
Ego’s self-ness will destroy the ego.
As long as ego is there, desist from selflessness.
After ego is destroyed, centre in the Self, not in the self.
The one lasting virtue is Selfishness.
802) The surest indication of achieving any goal you set yourself is the ability to consecrate the thought, feeling, impulse in the mind with regard to the goal. Thus, a victory in consciousness is achieved. It will give a grand result. Substance is beyond. Victory there is yogic. Calm wins. Calm in the substance wins for the world.
805) It is subtle knowledge that makes practical knowledge useful and effective.
806) Practical knowledge is crude. Subtle knowledge makes it effective. Causal knowledge makes it perfect and immortal.
807) ‘How can I outgrow selfishness?’ is the question of unconscious selfishness attempting to become selfless.
808) Gita’s yoga is equality.
Purna yoga is equality with non-initiative.
809) The profundity of a thought depends more upon the vision that is brought to bear upon the thought than its innate wisdom.
810) One can speak out and receive the benefit of speaking out, if his ability in the previous vital plane is complete and saturated.
811) Whether it is literature or scientific discovery, when it emerges in the society, society puts it to use to achieve its own goals.
Society is paramount, all others are instruments.
Science being emerging knowledge of the ultimate cannot permit itself to be a mere tool in the hands of society. It needs to fashion the society according to its own inherent light.
Neither Science nor God can subserve the society.
812) Get rich quick is an attitude that is the shortest route to bankruptcy.
813) Utter obedience will achieve for low consciousness what understanding will do for higher consciousness. Even there the higher consciousness will be better served by obedience proper to that level. At each level there is an obedience fit for it. When obedience becomes understanding it is known as surrender.
814) Each new technological advancement completes its conquest when it integrates itself with the most primitive aspect of society. Revolutions are avoided by the highest caste or class marrying with the lowest. Perhaps the society should consciously adopt this policy in all walks of life.
Man is his own circumstances.
816) Man has an abundant supply of everything. Scarcity arises out of indiscriminate waste endlessly indulged. Right use renders resources infinite.
817) What matters is neither good nor bad but a positive attitude.
818) Sometimes yogic force can go to an international problem and solve it without hindering the source. An inconsequential person by his relationship can affect the source equally or more, perhaps because the individual carries the universe inside.
819) Selflessness destroys selfishness. Selfishness fortifies selfishness as each vibration helps itself to grow.
820) The supramental goal is not achieved even by aspiration. What achieves it is equality.
821) As the supramental force is here on earth, it must be possible to win over meanness by benevolence. Benevolence that is compassion will raise itself to grace in such an effort.
822) In this yoga, the sadhak accepts life which means his own life becomes the field of experiment. The most common occurrence is he has to risk his life all the time. When he meets with considerable success, he has to risk it again to go forward.
823) The excess energy of the youth preserves the harmony of health in spite of the innumerable outrages commited on it. The excess energy of the spirit in the yogi withstands the endless wilful onslaughts on health and maintains the harmony of health. In a smaller way wealth, fame, and success keep the health in balance.
Should a balance be worked out for all ages and all conditions, humanity can largely overcome disease and suffering. Mother’s atmosphere gives that in a substantial measure to the devotees unasked.
824) The sadhak gives up life as understood generally. Along with that he gives up social contacts. All those whom he has given up live in his mind and emotions undoing his sadhana. No forward step can be taken without his detaching himself from them.
825) In giving presentations, especially with condescension, the giver rarely is conscious of passing his low propensities to the receiver.
826) Life is a minor adventure of sorts and men are martyrs for various small causes which have determined the very course of their lives. Yoga is an adventure of consciousness to acquire which one needs to accept a series of serious adventures.
827) Divine Love came on earth embodied. Now it has been left in the subtle atmosphere.
828) The WORK – Instruments – Possibilities
(a) Higher life on earth—A complete story—Science Fiction writer.
(b) Science—Presentation of HIS view—A world forum—Book—Internet.
(c) Consultancy—A multinational Company—Growing 20 or 100 times.
(d) Money—Book—creation of it in the lives of 100 people—Infinite abundance a reality.
(e) Education -- TV Station -- Creation of genius -- Graduation as minimum -- Internet offering infinite education in a LIVE way.
(f) Prosperity—Formula—Introducing one nation to it.
(g) World government—Triumvirate—Leadership in Thought—Heads of governments from other nations.
(h) Computer—Revolutionary instrument—creation of one computerised company doing 100 times better.
(i) Luck—Normal way of life—Induct a few into luck.
(j) World Guru—Work out ways for West to absorb spirituality and East to acquire organisation and work values.
829) The ‘idealist’ giver will make all the progress if he decides to take instead of giving.
830) Indiscriminate affection can do infinite good or the opposite. Discrimination is desirable.
831) One who is eager to give away what he had and what he has not yet acquired having to live with another who wants to take anything and everything that does not belong to him is Nature’s way of bringing contradictions together.
832) Tradition found God above.
Sri Aurobindo finds God here, on earth.
He would find us as God.
834) Idealism as well as snobbishness tends to like those who are oblivious of your existence.
836) Support to a cause is more because of the prestige of the institution than for the ideal. The ideal is invisible, status is tangible.
837) Non-existent capacities are sometimes attributed to a man either by flattery or ignorance. A man begins to be intolerable when he himself comes to believe it.
Ego grows formidable when the person believes what others wrongly attribute to him.
838) Knowledge organised according to the superstitions of the physical, vital and mental is known as the philosophy of science.
839) To make the subconscious conscious is evolution. To render the conscious effort subconscious is evolutionary descent.
842) Someone affects you not by what he is, but by what you are to him.
843) Genuine rich gratitude can grow sensitive and may not permit expression when it is full to overflowing.
844) High spiritual values too can express themselves through negative personality traits. He cites moksha as an example. We know that the most genuine gratitude too can arise out of selfish motives.
845) To destroy a formidable man who is inimical, the physical man fights, the vital man organises a long drawn-out quarrel. The spiritual man finds the enemy powerless against him if he inwardly detaches himself from him and sends word to him of it.
849) He who writes for an audience is a journalist. A great writer writes impelled by writing.
857) To be awake helps to be alert in the subtle planes.
858) Blind remembrance blights the interest. Intelligent remembrance is interesting and gains intensity.
859) The realised soul who is in moksha enjoys Ananda in the secrecy of trance as his own personal possession. When one enjoys the highest Ananda in the lowest term of consciousness in the waking state, sharing it with all, one changes the secret Ananda into universally limitless Delight.
Practice is the acid test for ideals.
870) Dissipation is an attempt to enjoy more than one can. Ambition is to achieve more than one is equipped for. The result on the personality is the same for different reasons.
Ambition is dissipation in another line.
871) It is a truism that a problem dissolves if it receives our most serious attention for 24 hours when its intensity matches that of the problem. Unsolved problems have not received that level of attention. Occupation that is unconscious dissipation is that strong.
872) The ideal is not towards the world, but to the highest one knows of. A worldly ideal is in place so long as you do not know anything higher.
873) When selfishness changes, it does not change into selflessness. It shifts to an ideal and becomes a higher ideal of selfishness.
874) The wisest of men cannot successfully answer the meanest of men using perverse arguments, since meanness rules now. Should someone do so, meanness will be overcome in life. It may have no future role.
To overcome mean perversity, one needs spiritual goodness.
875) Conflict and dislike going together against another imagination find a field day and errors accumulate not so much to reflect the real situation but to fan the fire of involved characters. LIFE at such moments is as fertile as a poet’s mind.
876) Nature’s way of pounding on the head with stark realities that one utterly ignores achieves the harmony she aims at.
877) To understand the process of creation in all minute details in involution as well as evolution and being able to discover it in life around is the ultimate WISDOM.
879) ‘Not that I do not know, but that I don’t do it’ is conscious unconsciousness.
880) Even as death makes life immortal, organisation organising death as a way of life rejuvenates the life of the nation.
881) Man is oblivious of known remedies and then diagnoses it as “The time has not come.” He forgets them as one expression of his unconsciousness.
883) Mind has no capacity to repeat. When it appears to repeat verbatim, its tonality changes one shade.
884) Even in going to the Not-Self, the self seeks to serve the selfishness of the Not-Self.
885) To win a victory pushing aside our rivals is overmental. To be able to help their own innate goodness change their ignorance into knowledge is supramental.
886) Having consciously courted the ideal of serving evil, man still resents it coming to him again unconsciously, least realising that his ideal is yet to be realised.
887) Life permits mercenary exploitation to enter into an idealistic pattern of service, appearing as its part. Absorbing it positively is a near impossibility. Allowing it as a reality is abominable.
888) Social absorption of any new product—computer, phone, car, electricity, agriculture—is the way of the society abridging time.
889) Temporary success is at the expense of permanent energy until that source is raised.
890) The intellectual orthodoxy frowns on the phone and computer!
891) Embarrassment arises out of several occasions of which one is the inability to oblige. It can arise even by successful obligation.
892) When a problem arises, it is right to consider the solution, better still the cause. But the mind imagines imaginary situations and solutions, thus aggravating the issue.
893) When superstitious faith in Mother overshoots its mark, it becomes sleepy to Her consciousness.
894) A thought does not occur in the mind if it has been well understood. When it repeats, it repeats with a new shade. Only in the stupid mind it appears again and again in the very same words or in the same form. Life continues to be unique even here, as the stupid person has a way of enjoying each repetition in a fresh dimension.
895) That tribals have becomes vestiges of primitiveness will be easily conceded. The world is not aware of hundreds of other such residues of extinct ages of the past. Is it possible for us to convince the world that rich men belong to that tribe? They have also raised that residue to the level of organised anachronisms.
896) What a man practises is in the physical plane. It moves to the subtle physical plane when his physical is saturated. The Formula we have is a mental knowledge. For it to be communicated to all, it should move not to the physical or subtle physical plane, but to the True Physical Plane as it is a supramental knowledge.
897) The desire to quote the past or other known information is the pride of knowledge. Nostalgia is the emotional satisfaction of that pride.
898) It is an insurmountable difficulty to place simple facts before the public in a non-controversial issue and carry the point across. Such is the nature of public education. The real situation is the eager public are denied the facts, and are given instead opinions.
899) Frustration is from solving problems. Fulfilment is by inner change.
900) Knowledge must be rescued from the intellectuals, particularly from the scientists.
“Save Science from the Scientists”
901) Man’s way of giving up anything is to crave for it inwardly more strongly than before.
902) When the heart is after an impossible ideal, it never takes shape. A time comes when the heart sets about it in full force. The most usual result is it breaks in a few minutes. If not, the mind forgets it.
903) Aspiration can be expressed in words or as a mental, vital, physical urge. As an urge it is more powerful than articulated words. When the urge takes hold of the whole being and moves to its centre, the form of urge gives way to a vibration of the Being.
Surrender completes what human effort cannot bring itself to begin.
Surrender is most powerful because of self-absorption.
905) When the greatest sorrow is overcome, it becomes the greatest joy. The greatest joy when recognised becomes pure consciousness.
906) To convert a good novel into a movie retaining its original value, the director must be of a higher mettle than the author, as he has to make the formed characters in the film express the intention of their original which is a creative effort.
The writer creates characters.
The Director has to render dull human material creative.
907) Memory failing is human. Knowledge can take the memory from the surface to the subliminal.
910) Man became low to create the high. Now the high must become low for the same purpose. Previously it was by self-immolation. Now it must be by self-transformation.
911) Surrender is spiritually creative.
914) In the soul-centred life there is no comparison, nor is there anything to be given up. The soul relates to another soul.
Success and happiness are lower vital goals.
Mind seeks understanding.
Supermind that comprehends the Being aims at cosmic determination. Its aim is to BE.
The body aims at preserving forms.
The aim of life is action.
Mind that aims at determining the outside moves to become Supermind.
916) Love of the Becoming is known as romance. Love in the Being is bliss. Love in the Being of the Becoming is fulfilment.
917) Fame seeks work and all the channels that directly or indirectly lead to it. Work cannot seek fame.
918) The mind that seeks fame or even recognition is still in the realm of the personal, if not ego. Only impersonal knowledge reaches others effectively.
919) The real knowledge is inside. A certain amount of observation, reading or thinking opens the inner region. To read or think beyond that is mental indulgence.
920) Great men are mostly followed by their children at a higher level. Great souls are rarely followed, never by their children.
921) Boredom is abolished for one who has taken to surrender as it unleashes an abundance of energy.
922) Unwillingness to surrender appears as inability. By separating the inability from unwillingness and changing it into its opposite, one’s prayers to Mother remove the inability.
923) Even if we do not consecrate, many works are accomplished with small or great success. No force will descend into them. Works into which we expect the Force to express must necessarily be ones that are consecrated.
924) Mother’s spark never sticks.
925) The theory can explain any event after it has happened. Prediction can be resorted to only in lesser areas. As prediction itself is an observation, the result can be changed by the observation.
926) Any social progress comes from circumstances we cannot extricate ourselves from. Spiritual progress arises when we treat any circumstance as such.
927) The more one discovers the complex difficulties of surrender and how impossible it is, the more one is tempted to make it.
928) Any losing company that comes forward to fully upgrade its functioning in terms of its existing social values cannot but become profitable, except under exceptional circumstances. Even then it may break even.
929) The earth quakes because it is physically sensitive.
930) Festivals are the landmarks of social life and social beings. In a psychological life and for psychological persons, every occasion of fullness of emotions is festive.
931) No knowledge will be passed on to the world, however exalted it is, unless it is cast into the mould of practice and passes the test.
932) The personality of the individual is a whole, whether wholesome or not. It is cast in the mould of the nation’s personality with its own infinite variation. It is led by the evolving mind, energising vital and the body that shapes itself by both.
933) A good beginning for the World Army is to attend to natural disasters anywhere. If all national armies join to relieve human misery, the World Army will be born.
934) Service is a great ideal in social life, not in Life, never in spiritual life.
935) Energy for real progress should come from the transformation of one’s cruelty.
936) It is not so difficult to make a fool intelligent or a poor man rich as it is to prevent them from losing it out of vanity.
937) As the autocratic habits of the last century are still found in big companies, there is in the mental structure of the scientist the superstition of the last century.
938) Ordinary man wishing ‘to be’ moves to the Being of the Becoming. Not success, not understanding, not even enjoyment, but he must seek to BE.
939) If you have vainly insisted on something with somebody, try to forget it and attempt consecration of its recurring thoughts including impulses. It will be done before long.
943) Man enjoys being mean and cruel to others more than being treated well by others.
944) Non-stop prayer is a surface effort of intensity. Having the constant prayer in the background, it wells up from the depth.
945) Occupation is not necessary when calm enters the subconscious.
946) The range and complexity of commonplace conversation reflect those of the cultural life of a society.
947) Comparison is essential in social life. For the formed Individual, there is nothing to compare with, not even other individuals.
948) The cruellest self-sacrifice of one is taken for granted by him for whom the sacrifice is made. This is the truth of sacrifice as well as selfishness.
949) The hunter who is cruel to his prey is affectionate to his family. Though cruelty and affection can coexist in a man, each will have a tinge of the other.
950) The response our bodily sensations give, contrary to our experience, is the subconscious reaction. Such as, an invasion of impatience arises when a work is completed to our full satisfaction.
951) Culture conducts itself better in adversity as well as luck. The poise required in fair weather is the greater of the two.
952) Popular personalities are a phenomenon, especially the rich continue to be so. It is time that such phenomena cease to be phenomena.
953) A hard, loud, uncouth, clumsy, disordered outside permits a soft, sweet, beautiful goodness to form inside.
954) Open positively, don’t wait for negative awakening.
955) Unconsciousness becomes conscious by the eruption of volcanos, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
956) All the knowledge man needs in being conscious he now possesses in unconsciousness. There is no need to give him any new knowledge. He needs to be conscious.
957) Authority is ultimate.
958) Craving for human company is emotional superstition.
959) The initiative we give up is preceded by a silent inner initiative of doing or not doing.
960) Man becoming more lively naturally becomes more prosperous.
961) Maybe man will be fulfilled if romance starts after the wedding.
962) The idealist human urge is dynamic. The vibrations of great souls do not flow through the human medium, at least not that which is around them.
963) Patience is the knowledge of the process.
964) Nature does not part with anything it has once acquired. It relegates what has served its purpose to the subconscient. Consecration does it at once abridging several centuries.
965) Man wants to be free, not right. The current saying is it is a privilege to be born as a male in India or a female in USA.
966) Service has any significance only when it is rendered free. Still, free service is a paradox that does not exist. Also such a service inevitably harms the doer. How do we resolve this contradiction?
That which is done for more than what is received as recompense is service.
It can be rendered only by those who have the great strength of goodwill.
967) Communication stops out of politeness in human relationships. Beyond that, decisions are made. Negative decisions prevent further progress and help destroy the present. Positive decisions build culture.
968) Sincerity of selfishness is echoed by an earthquake.
969) During a quake, calling Mother can remove it. Alertness to avail of Her Grace is like that of one who calls Mother while the earth quakes.
970) The spiritual response to earthquake is the willingness to dissolve the ego.
971) School teaches the Mind.
Earth quakes to teach the body.
972) Her spark on one makes him the member of a new species.
Fact is not Truth.
The hundred articles man uses are not his Truth. They are all part of a Truth that he is a man.
Man is the Truth, not his actions.
Man is not the only thing on earth.
All the things on earth hover around a Truth.
It is life, rather existence.
We cannot relate to its subjective state; its objective state is Truth.
974) Idealism inspired by a factual possibility is rarefied enough; but it is not pure. The pure idealist is inspired by an idealistic possibility.
975) Supermind penetrates the Ignorance to reach the buried knowledge. In social transformation the majority of the subjects do not have that seed of knowledge meant for that penetration. When Supermind reaches the substance, it can also create it.
976) To be rational is to use the mind without sense impressions, as the silent yogi who has put off senses. Obviously, there is no man who is SILENT in his waking state.
978) If those who seek approval of their acts by others want to move to the subliminal, they can try to act entirely in total secrecy.
979) Superstition is of various types. In the name of tradition, so many outrages are committed and several follies also issue out of it. One such is spelling in English. It is high time spelling is rationalised till which time we have to suffer buffoonery and clownish quixotisms.
981) National history or even the earth’s history will have a discernible parallel to your own life.
982) Blindness is not of the eye. It is the prerogative of selfishness. Ego adorns it and idealises it.
983) The earth tearing away from physical ego is earthquake.
985) Affection is intense attention.
986) The child learns best through its curiosity. This is an educational tool. As earlier tools of such description as well as the results of new technology were fully absorbed by the society, this new tool, if accepted in all walks of life will abridge future centuries.
987) When those who are culturally superior slide into low social positions, they often adopt grandiloquence. Grandiloquent talk is mistaken for grand eloquence.
988) Surrender is the Internet Key.
989) Natural disasters bring home to man his physical insignificance. On that basis he should realise his own utter insignificance.
990) Man needs an earthquake to be jolted out of unconsciousness.
992) Human stupidity is capable of seeking the non-existent thing or trying to achieve a thing by the very opposite method, but even that may occasionally be achieved when he is in the ascending curve.
994) It is the child soul that is confined to a single birth.
999) At no time does the world raise itself to the level of its latest knowledge, not even the latest product. Now, it can rise to the level of computer technology and compensate for its earlier neglect.
It is never too late.