16 / 01 / 2001


The Occupation of the Mind







selfish, etc.



      from where our strengths have come and what their opposites are;

      the errors of past and how they survive in the present;

      that one must realise as his own Self-conception his true position allowing self-awareness to emerge;

      what matters is the Self should express in the self in Truth, Knowledge and Love.



Consecration and Occupation


¨       Our occupation determines our personality.

¨       One’s consecration has an effect within the ambit of his occupation.

¨       From one point of view of the self, a selfish man calling Mother while consecrating a problem will be successful only in problems that touch his own person. A passionate patriot whose emotions are identified with the country can effectively consecrate national problems. The meeting point is emotions.

¨       A businessman can evoke a response from a wider market if he is identified with that unselfishly, rather with a attitude of self-giving to that market.

¨       To perceive that the interests of the market are his own interests requires a greater subtlety than the normal common sense, which feels that they are in conflict.


      Our present level of comfort is because we are a unit of a more civilised society.

      A unit of a bigger unit is bigger in size.

      Whether it will come by volume or price depends on the temperament of the individual.

      Selfishness cannot see the subtle truth that the wider community wishes to GIVE itself to its unit, which expresses as greater profits. The normal man raises the price when the product is in greater demand.


¨       As the occupation widens, the consecration widens.

¨       Occupation is a force of restriction.

¨       Consecration cannot overcome the inhibiting occupation.

¨       Occupation is a conditioning that is a limitation.

¨       Man is born free in his soul, but he grows into the various occupations as his mind accepts consciously the limiting emotions of the self, the family, etc.

¨       Consecration itself is capable of deconditioning a person by its inherent power of the Spirit.


The Power of Consecration that overcomes Occupation


¨       Consecration is reference to Mother’s Force.

¨       When the reference reaches The Mother, the personal inhibiting interest is overcome and the higher force works.

¨       It is felt as our forgetting the problem, a SILENCE in the mind, and we see the wider power in action. E.g. A boy who failed in an exam consecrates. In response, his teacher revalues his paper and gives him a pass. Here the consecration has moved the personal interest of the teacher in the boy. A circular comes from the department to reexamine the failed pupils which means Mother’s Force has moved the department where consecration has a wider effect. Churchill receiving the Force from Sri Aurobindo is an example of the supramental force penetrating the ignorance to reach the seed of knowledge in it and transforming that ignorance into knowledge.

¨       Occupation is the inertia rising from below. Consecration brings the Force of the Superconscient from above.

¨       In an advanced age, failing health is usual. A child of such a parent consecrates. It has several responses depending upon the level of consecration -- from immediate relief to the sufferer to renewed health for the rest of their life. We see the varieties of forces offering various types of solutions all set in the graded scale of concentric circles of ever increasing consecration invoking the powers of the ever widening personality of the child or the parent according to the intensity of relationship. *

¨       This is a fit chapter or a section of a chapter of a book on personality whose main territory is occupation that is conditioning. When the external forces invade, it is occupation. It changes into conditioning if one takes the initiative from inside. The formulation of knowledge of the Spirit to rule over life, if not matter, will yield a FORMULA which, among other things, will be based on a shift from outside to the inside.


Shift from the outer to the inner


1.       Occupation from outside becomes conditioning from inside.

2.       Social discipline changing into values of self-discipline.

3.       School education—Self-education.

4.       Social culture—Family tradition.

5.       From vital and mind to Spirit.

6.       Intellect—Intuition.

7.       Speech—Silence.

8.       Selfishness—self-giving.

9.       Organisation—Ideal.

10.   Instruction—Inspiration.

11.   Money—Capacity.

12.   Gross plane, work in the gross plane—Subtle thought.

13.   Expectation—Silence will.

14.   Objectivity—Subjectivity.

15.   Getting—Giving.

16.   Skill—Capacity.

17.   Prejudice—Values.

18.   Personal—Impersonal.

19.   Finite—Infinite.

20.   Form—Formlessness.

21.   Time—Simultaneous integrality.

22.   Contradictions—Compliments.

23.   Union—Unity.

24.   The Many—The One.




25.   Profit—customer satisfaction.

26.   Change—transformation.

27.   Surrender for Moksha—Surrender for transformation.

28.   From below one moves from the desire soul to the psychic while from above the same goal is reached by moving from Purusha to the psychic.


One can make this list exhaustive as a check list for personal growth.










* A note for Roy: Anyone can write down his observations over the past many years -- about a few hundred events -- and fit them into a scale of personality. The reader can know at once what he took years to understand. On the other hand, trying to note them now from around, one will get in a short time as much as his decades long experience.