The Mother's Service Society
Pondicherry 605 011 India
Publishers Note on the text: The definitions of all italicized words may be found in the Glossary at the end of the book.
Part I 9. Prayer
1. The Mother
2. Sri Aurobindo
4. Health, Cure of Diseases
8. Mothers Ways of Answering Her Devotees
11. Mothers Unique Ways With Her Children
13. Mothers Principles in Work
14. Nature, Climate, Weather
16. Past Lives of Sadhaks
17. Where is Mother?
18. Some Related Information
19. What Happens to You When You Come to Mother
20. To Accept Mother in Life
21. Different Types of Progress
22. Insoluble Problems
23. Purna Yoga
24. Purna Yoga and The Traditional Yogas
2. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo Ashram
3. Purna Yogi Sri Aurobindo
4. The Mother and Her Devotees
5. Parc-A-Charbon, Banyan Tree, Ganesh Temple
6. The Mother and The Ashram
7. Samadhi Darshan
8. Mothers Life in the Ashram
9. Coconut Garden
10. Ph.D. Thesis
11. Industrial Expansion
12. M.A. in English Literature
14. Unsold Stock
16. Sri Aurobindos Room
17. The Touch of Her Feet
18. An Experience in Mexico
20. Industrial Peace
21. Mental Tension
22. Ex-Servicemans Plot
23. Water Diviner
25. Token Offering
26. Unemployed Engineer
29. Opportunities and Obstacles
31. Sri Aurobindo, The Writer
32. Lost Speech
34. One Crore
36. The Greatness of Service
38. Calling The Mother and Her Response
40. The Grace That Always Helps
41. The Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo
42. Mother's Name, Repetition of Mother's Name
and Calling Her
No one who enters
Mother's Room fails to be invaded by the sweetness of the Mother. Sadhaks and devotees
addressed Her as 'Sweet Mother'.
If Sri Aurobindo is an ocean of peace, Mother is an eternal spring of sweetness. But She loves to call Herself a Force in action endeavouring to evolve the next species. Sri Aurobindo succeeded in bringing the Supramental golden light into his very physical body in 1950. All his life he was working for this Force to come down on earth to abolish suffering and death and evolve the first member of the next species. Mother offers to all those who sincerely aspire a touch of this Force if they come forward to give an opening to the Divine Touch.
She assures us of the Presence of the Force that descended in 1956 and invites us to take a leap forward in the evolutionary march.
In the pages of this book I have endeavoured to introduce Mother to the readers through her biographical events, her relationship with Sri Aurobindo, the sadhaks and the thousands of people who visited her and to show how She responded to the call of people in distress.
Part I of the book relates to the lives and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Part II contains the English originals of articles published in Amudhasurabhi magazine over the past eight years.
To know the Mother is to know the Divine; to let Her Force work in you is to evolve. Her sweetness, which is the sweetness of the psychic, invades our nerves when we call Her into our being.
Mother was known in her family as Mira. Born on February 21, 1878 of an Egyptian mother
and a Turkish father who were thorough materialists, Mira was brought up to become an
ideal of perfection. Mira later reminisced about her early upbringing. Her mother was a
strong-willed lady who appeared to the children to be an iron bar. She believed her
children were not on earth to enjoy themselves but to make their lives the acme of
perfection. In spite of this, she did not believe in any religion, perhaps because to
harbour such belief, in her view, made the individual a weakling. Miras parents were
more than affluent, they were wealthy. When Mira later became the Mother of Sri Aurobindo
Ashram, she was able to foot the entire bill of the Ashram from its inception when it had
25 members until it reached nearly 1000 members during the Second World War. She gave her
all to the work of Sri Aurobindo.
Mira was an exceptional child. Her being an exception was not known to her until
later in life when she met Max Theon, her teacher in occultism. It was Madame Theon, an
Englishwoman, who told Mira that she carried a white light on her head in the form of a
circle with 12 balls of light. That light, Madame Theon explained, was the light of
creation. At the age of five Mira would lapse into bliss and go into a trance sometimes
when she was placed in an easy chair or during of a meal. Once in the middle of a meal
with her outstretched hand holding a spoon, she found herself in trance, much to
the annoyance of her iron-willed mother to whom it was a social embarrassment. Little did
the mother or the daughter know that she was a Divine child meant to preside over the
affairs of the world and to try an evolutionary experiment in her own body to evolve the
first member of the next species, which Sri Aurobindo called Supramental Man.
had a brother to whom she was fondly attached. Once when he was crossing a river a
heavenly voice offered him the chance of becoming a god. He could not respond to this
offer and he later joined the French civil service, ending up as colonial Governor in
was a Divine Being and she was attended by several beings in times of need. Once when she
was about ten years old running around with children of her age, she ran towards the edge
of a cliff and was not able to stop in time. She went over the edge and fell from a great
height. It was a fall that could have given her multiple fractures or even been fatal. But
she found herself descending through the air as if borne by a benevolent being to a soft,
safe landing. It was an angel-like being that gave her that protection. Such things
happened to her all the time, but young Mira could not comprehend their full import at
that time. Walking through Paris as if in a daze, she once wished to cross a busy street
and did not notice a streetcar coming straight at her. She suddenly felt that something
pulled her back and threw her violently to the side of the road. Next she found that the
streetcar had come to a sudden stop and the driver was intensely abusing her for trying to
cross the road thoughtlessly. Except that she was miraculously saved and the driver was
vehemently abusing her, Mira could not make much out of the incident. When she grew up and
was cooking, she sometimes found tiny beings pulling at her dress to remind her that the
milk was about to boil over. She had such special divine attention at all times of her
early life was set on a search for the Divine and that was the one thing she was
interested in. Her later life was dedicated to the ideals of Sri Aurobindo. At a young
age, while dreaming, she found her being rising into the sky and spreading all over the
town. Countless numbers of sad people with their grief, sorrows and ailments came from all
around to touch her robe, which spread out in all directions. The robe was living and
contact with it relieved the sorrowing beings of their misery. Mother greatly enjoyed this
experience every night and awaited it with eagerness.
the authorities of the Royal Swedish Academy were inclined to award the Nobel Prize to Sri
Aurobindo, he passed away. The offer was still there, and it was considered that Mother
could receive it. She felt that it was Sri Aurobindos ideas, ideals, force and work
that were being carried out by her body as a docile instrument. In her view, the
instrument should not be glorified and that was the end of the whole possibility.
When the authorities of the Royal Swedish Academy were inclined to award the Nobel Prize to Sri Aurobindo, he passed away. The offer was still there, and it was considered that Mother could receive it. She felt that it was Sri Aurobindos ideas, ideals, force and work that were being carried out by her body as a docile instrument. In her view, the instrument should not be glorified and that was the end of the whole possibility.
Around age 20, her search was intense and yet she did not know what she was searching for. She met an Indian in Paris who sensed her deep aspiration. He suggested she read the Bhagavad Gita and she obtained a copy of it in French. The French translation was quite poor but she understood the substance of it and received the necessary help. When she found out that there was something inside to be sought for, she says she rushed like a cyclone and made the discovery of her inner being. What normally takes decades of tapasya for rishis, she was able to realise in a few short months while in the middle of Parisian life.
meditations she saw several spiritual figures, all of whom offered her help of one type or
another. Among them she saw a dark Asiatic figure whom she called to herself
Krishna. Krishna guided her inner journey. She came to have total implicit
faith in Krishna and was hoping to meet him one day in real life. When she was introduced
to the enigmatic Max Theon, she accepted him in many ways and learnt several occult
disciplines from him. A doubt lingered in her mind whether Theon could be her Krishna.
Eventually she concluded that it was not he. Later in Pondicherry when she met Sri
Aurobindo, she recognised him at first sight, It is He, my Krishna.
was married and had a son. They divorced and she later married Paul Richard, a politician.
In her later life, she described the world as ruled by four main asuric figures whom she
named Lord of Death, Lord of Nations, Lord of Darkness and Lord of Suffering. These four
asuras have several thousand minor emanations. She also said the first two of them had
dissolved and if the other two were wiped out, the earth would be ready for the rule of
Truth. She had personal contact with the first two of them.
her frantic search for the Spirit, the only guidance she had was her daily meditation. The
introduction of Max Theon, his stupendous knowledge of the cosmos, and the fact that his
English wife was an adept in occultism had a great impact on Mother. Also she says that
Theon resembled Sri Aurobindo. Her own need for spiritual, occult knowledge supported by
her surmise that Theon might be the Krishna of her meditations made her accept him as a
teacher or even guru. Theon was not a name. It means God. He never disclosed
from which country he had come or any other detail of his life. He had an extensive estate
in Algeria. Mother went there for a prolonged stay. There she learned lessons of occultism
such as leaving her body, travelling to other worlds and other planets, communing with
non-humans, and obtaining an occult power over material objects.
was in touch with several supernatural beings whose status was not fully clear to her in
those initial stages. Towards the end of her earthly embodiment, in one of her public
Darshans given from her terrace to several thousand devotees assembled on the road
adjoining Sri Aurobindo Ashram, she spoke of a Being from eternity looking at her with
benevolence. Even at a young age, she was in contact with her inner soul, which Theon
called the psychic being, and was guided by it in her daily life. At Tlemcen where she
stayed with Theon, she met an extraordinary being from the other worlds whose real nature
was later revealed to her when she met Sri Aurobindo. He described it as the Supramental
arrival at Theons estate, Mother and he took a walk into the interior of the
expansive grounds. Suddenly Theon took it into his head to start a tantrum and sprang
before her, announcing that she was now under his control. Mothers life was already
presided over by her psychic being. She took his threat in stride and told him
nonchalantly in her own unperturbed fashion that she was under the influence of her
psychic being and was not afraid of him. Theon was disarmed, but even then he would not
stop his pranks with her. It was true that his powers were enormous and he took occasions
to demonstrate them. Once she was standing on the roof of his house with him by her side.
A lightning flashed and headed towards them. She saw the lighting suddenly deflected in
the middle of its course in another direction. She asked him if he had done that. He
nodded his assent.
Theon demonstrated to Mother how she could eat a grapefruit by placing it on
her stomach. After a little while the fruit was sucked out and lay flat on her stomach
with all its nutrition transferred mysteriously to her body. She had so much power over
material objects that they obeyed her as if obeying a spoken command. Mother explains that
if Madame Theon looked at her pair of slippers, wishing to wear them, they would move
toward her and slip themselves onto her feet.
was taking Mother to other worlds in her subtle body while her physical body lay on the
floor. Travelling thus in various places of mystical interest, Mother arrived at a place
where the mantra of Life was inscribed in Sanskrit. Mother knew no Sanskrit at that time
but took the mantra into her memory. Theon, standing beside her and presiding over the
operation, wanted Mother to give him the mantra. It was clear to Mother that the mantra
was not intended for him or, perhaps, it should not fall into his hands. She refused the
unspoken authoritative demand of the occult guru in whose hands her very body and life
were now entrusted. Mother was quiet and her refusal was also quiet. Theon flew into a
rage and snapped the chord that bound her to the body. In later life Mother explained that
Theon was the Lord of Death and her husband Paul Richard was the Lord of Nations who
inspired Hitler to destroy the world. She even joked, I had good company. After twelve years with Richard when she parted
company with him, she told him that she had tried her best for twelve long years to
convert him in vain. The ways of the Divine are inscrutable. Mother, who was the very
incarnation of the Transcendent Adiparashakti, spent the prime of her life with two
incarnations of darkness in the hope of converting them to Truth. When she failed in her
attempt at transformation, she found that they had exhausted their negative mission on
earth and come to dissolution. Naturally, Mother, in whom this revelation was slowly
gathering could not put into the hands of the Lord of Death the mantra of Life. She later
gave the mantra to Sri Aurobindo. Theon who had severed the chord of life through which
alone Mother could reenter her body, saw the purpose of obtaining the mantra was not going
to be served. Knowing the Mother as he did, the enormity of his impulsive act dawned on
him and he revived the connection.
Richard, who was seeking election to the French Senate from Pondicherry, visited the
French colony to organise electoral support. During that visit he met Sri Aurobindo too.
During his next visit to Pondicherry, Mother accompanied him. Even from a distance of ten
miles from the city, Mother could see a column of white light rising from the middle of
the town to the sky. A meeting of Sri Aurobindo and the French visitors was scheduled. Sri
Aurobindo came out of his room to the top of the staircase where Mother was waiting at the
bottom. They met. That was a meeting of evolutionary significance for the earth and the
universe. At first sight, she knew for certain it was He. During the meeting Sri Aurobindo
and Paul Richard sat across a table to discuss politics, the election and his personal
prospects. Mother sat at the foot of the table on the floor, an unusual act for an
accomplished Westerner. She found something was happening inside her head. Thoughts ceased
to run, her mind became quiet and silence began to gather momentum. Mother was 36 at that
time. There was no important book published in the world that she had not read by then.
Apart from high art and higher mathematics, she had accumulated a great fund of knowledge.
Not only that, that knowledge in her mind had created its own structure through which it
functioned. Mother saw that formidable structure giving way and dissolving at its core as
well as at its fringes. Sri Aurobindo, while engaged in a conversation was conferring on
her the boon of Akhandamounam, eternal silence, a yogic attainment of decades of Tapas. He
was transferring it to her without her asking for it, not through a ceremony of
initiation, but casually, in spite of diverting himself in a conversation. Mother
prostrated before Him without knowing that that was what Indian sishyas do to their gurus.
The next day she noted in her journal, It does not matter that thousands of beings
are plunged in darkness. He whom we saw yesterday is on earth. His presence is enough to
assure us that one day Truth will rule here.
Aurobindo said that in Mother he found surrender down to the very physical, the likes of
which could not be found in any human being.
listened to Sri Aurobindo, Mother and Richard felt that a great treasure of yogic wisdom
lay buried in him and it should be given to the world through a journal of his writings.
They proposed to start a journal and the three of them would contribute. The journal Arya
was thus started, but the First World War took the French disciples of Sri Aurobindo to
Paris, leaving him with 64 pages of philosophy to write every month. Mother spent a year in France and four years in
Japan before she returned to Sri Aurobindo in 1920. When she left India, she left her
psychic being with Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. With her soul literally left behind her,
life during those five years was one of suffocation.
After her return to India and until Sri Aurobindos passing away in 1950, she says a part of her soul lived in ecstatic realisation. When he passed away she took her psychic being and locked it up and sealed it for several years. Her psychic being, which had lived in the constant presence of Divine Love embodied in Sri Aurobindo, could not live without it. Slowly the psychic being came out to the surface of her life after about a decade. It is significant that the descent of Divine Love in great pulsations took place in 1962 overwhelming and submerging her heart too by its power of first descent.
life is incomparable in many ways. She has narrated an experience of hers while on board
ship. There is a belief that on seeing a meteor if one can formulate a wish or a thought
before the meteor disappears, the wish would be fulfilled within twelve months. Mother had
such an experience with a falling meteor. But Mothers wish was not an ordinary one.
lives on the surface guided by the behaviour which can be changed with effort. Whatever
the behaviour is, it is the outward expression of the deep-seated character, swabhava.
Mans character is innate and is born with him. It is inherited from the forefathers
and is buried in the subconscious. All over the world it is known that a mans
character is not changeable. There is a tradition which Mother knew of which claims that
character can be changed in 35 years if one subjects himself to serious spiritual
austerities. Mothers wish was that her character should be dissolved and transformed
into a Divine character. While on board a ship she sighted a meteor and clearly formulated
that wish in her mind. And she says it came true in twelve months, confirming the
says she does not represent a philosophy, a religion or a sect. She says she is a Force of
action, a creative force that can new-create. When it was considered by some people that
Sri Aurobindos philosophy could be made the basis for founding a new religion, she
declared that she would be the very first person to quit the Ashram if such a thing were
brother who could not accept the heavenly offer to become a god became the Governor of
Madagascar in Africa. Sri Aurobindo had left British territory in 1910 when he fled to
Pondicherry, but the British government was still keeping track of him until 1937.
Everyone who entered the Ashram had to pass a British Central Intelligence officer at the
entrance and sign his register. It was in 1937 when the Congress government was installed
in power in Madras that this act of shame was scrapped. Several times the British police
tried to kidnap Sri Aurobindo and transport him to British territory so that he could be
thrown in jail. So great was their fear that they continued their heinous crime even after
Sri Aurobindo had left politics. One move they attempted was to have Sri Aurobindo removed
by the French authorities to an African colony. Mother came to know of this scheme and
contacted her brother. She asked him to persuade the French government not to listen to
the British intentions. He spoke to the concerned officer and managed to have the file on
Sri Aurobindo buried at the bottom of a forgotten heap.
all the books written by Sri Aurobindo, Mother says Synthesis of Yoga inspired
her the most. She translated it into French and during the translation she discovered that
Sri Aurobindos English was largely influenced by the French syntax lending itself to
an easy translation.
was in 1926 that she was officially made Mother of the Ashram. Sri Aurobindos yoga
had taken the double route of an ascent into the spiritual heavens and descent into the
human earth. He classifies existence into physical, vital, mental and spiritual realms.
Though he prefers his own classification for the purposes of his writing, it generally
conforms to the Indian yogic tradition. The physical is the material world represented in
man by his body. The vital is life in general and the nervous prana represents it in man.
The mind is subdivided into six regions for convenience. Spirit is Satchidananda,
comprising the spiritual trio -- existence, consciousness and bliss.
divisions of mind are: the ordinary mind of man, higher mind of the sage, mind of the
rishi, intuitive mind of the yogi, overmind of the gods and Supermind, which is above the
gods but below the spiritual world. Sri Aurobindos yoga does not seek release of the
soul into moksha. In his yoga the parts of the human being, viz. body, vital and mind, are
to be purified so that the higher spiritual force would descend into man to saturation,
making him a fit instrument of the Divine to create the first member of the next species,
the Supramental Man. As the sadhak rises to each level above his ordinary mind, forces of
the higher regions to which he has ascended would descend to integrate his whole being
with the new height he has scaled. Sri Aurobindo in 1926 reached the Overmind of the gods
and the descent of the Overmind began in him down to his very physical. This was a turning
point in his yoga and at this point, he thought it necessary to withdraw into his room and
into total silence so that the further ascent to the Supermind and descent of that world
would be accelerated. He called all the disciples and announced to them that henceforth
Mother would take full charge of the Ashram and he would live in retirement. Mother heard
for the first time that this new responsibility was conferred on her and she had been
installed officially as Mother. Sri Aurobindo did not consult her prior to the declaration
nor did he inform her of his intention. She too heard the news for the first time along
with the disciples.
had an energy unheard of even in spiritual history. Her energy was overflowing throughout
the day and night. It was so great that she could never go to sleep. In fact, there was no
bed in her room. Until she was 80, she used to rest for one or two hours after midnight in
her easy chair. Once she asked for some work to be kept ready by her side, because during
that short rest she sometimes woke up when the ananda inside was very intense. Unless it was expressed in action, its excess
turned into pain. A stack of birthday cards was kept beside her so that she could sign
1920 she started organising Sri Aurobindo Ashram efficiently. She had to start with
lessons in keeping material things and books in proper order and proceed up to the full
Integral Yoga. For years Mother did the cooking for the sadhaks herself and also served
them food. Until the Ashram grew to the size of 150 sadhaks, Mother says she held their
inner and outer movements within her control as if in an eggshell. Perhaps no one could
think without Mother knowing their thoughts. Those were the days when discipline was at
its height to the point that even friendship among sadhaks was considered dangerous.
Ford, the automobile king, heard of Mother and wanted to meet her. On the eve of his
departure, World War II broke out and prevented his coming to India. The daughter of
Woodrow Wilson, the US President, came to the Ashram in the 20s and chose to remain
there for the rest of her life. A friend of John F. Kennedy took interest in Mother and
examined in depth the philosophy and yoga of Sri Aurobindo. He met Mother and asked her
what were the external signs by which one could discern the attainment of Supermind in a
person. His question was reminiscent of Arjuna asking Sri Krishna on the battlefield,
How does a realised person sit, walk and speak? Mother explained to him the
three conditions which would reveal the attainment of the Supramental consciousness and
told him that of the three, equality was the most significant. The visitor arranged for
Kennedy to visit Mother, but it could not take place. Mothers plan for Auroville was
presented to Khrushchev while he was in power. He felt the idea of Auroville was something
worth the support of his government.
Nehru visited Pondicherry, he commented that Pondicherry was saturated with peace, little
knowing that it was the peace of Mother and Sri Aurobindo. He visited the Ashram school
and was enamoured of the children and their sports. During his next visit to Pondicherry,
the Ashram was not included. Not knowing that, Nehru inquired when he would be visiting
the Ashram school. Hurried arrangements were made for his visit to the school and meeting
Mother. During his first visit to Mother at the playground, he was accompanied by Shastri,
Indira and Kamaraj. Shastri and Indira became the subsequent Prime Ministers and Kamaraj
presided over their elections.
1971 Indira was in a political turmoil because of the split in the Congress organisation.
Her government had lost its majority and on important occasions in the Parliament she
relied on the support of the opposition group, DMK. She had ordered interim elections but
thought she would be lucky if she could muster 250 seats in the Lok Sabha. It was at that
time friendly advice brought her the suggestion that if she sought Mothers support,
her political and legislative uncertainty would end. Indira heeded the advice and came to
Pondicherry to meet Mother. Her prayer was for 250 Lok Sabha seats. Mother smiled broadly,
nodded her head vigorously and granted the prayer made through her cabinet colleague
Nandini. Electoral victory was a landslide win. An Indira wave swept across the nation
giving her 356 seats and the coveted two-thirds majority required to amend the
constitution. Mother never gives what is asked for. She always gives much more than what
is prayed for. Sri Aurobindo in his Hymn to the Mother of Radiances says, You have
revealed to me more than I ignorantly asked for.
Mother smothers her devotees with a copious shower of her grace.
the days of Sri Aurobindo, Mother used to go out to the Ashram departments, and even to
several other places in Pondicherry. Occasionally she visited Cuddalore, Chidambaram and
Tanjore. When the furniture in Sri Aurobindos room was to be replaced, Mother
herself went to a timber depot in Cuddalore O.T. to choose the right material in teak and
rosewood. She once visited the Chidambaram temple and a Saivite Mutt in Tanjore district.
wore saris and about 500 saris accumulated with her. Several devotees coming from outside
wished to possess one of her saris. A senior sadhak persuaded Mother to part with two of
her saris and gave one to an industrialist devotee. The other also was taken away. When
Mother received a lakh of rupees as offering from one, she called all the sadhikas and
distributed her saris, laden with the Divine Mothers consciousness, and exhausted
her sari treasury.
was reported by the astronauts that they saw a large ball of white light on the shores of
the Bay of Bengal. When this was told to Mother, she commented that they had seen the
light of Sri Aurobindo over the ashram and recollected her own seeing it as a column of
had a special rapport with flowers. She has given names to 800 flowers basing herself on
their spiritual significance. She says flowers have feelings of pride, vanity and
sensitivity. For instance, roses do not like to be placed in a vase along with other
flowers. When kept alone, they rise in stature and look around with pride.
and Sri Aurobindo participated in the affairs of the earth and the universe according to
the mission and the work they were doing. When it was clear that the Second World War was
inevitable, they saw the Lord of Nations leading Hitler on and urging him to conquer the
world with very tall promises. The Lord of Nations, it was said, appeared before Hitler in
a dazzling light in shining white armour and gave him detailed advice. Sri Aurobindo
called this war, Mothers war. He used to send his spiritual force in
support of the Allies and eagerly awaited the results of individual battles. At every
important turning point of the war, Sri Aurobindo took great interest. At the famous
Dunkirk battle where the British troops were miraculously saved, it was reported that the
fog in the atmosphere served the British navy well. Sri Aurobindo used to refer to that
with a smile as the mysterious fog. When Hitler was gaining success after
success and Mother was trying in the opposite direction, she said the shining being who
was guiding Hitler used to come to the Ashram from time to time to see what was happening.
Things changed from bad to worse. Mother decided on a fresh strategy. She took on the
appearance of that shining being, appeared before Hitler and advised him to attack Russia.
On her way back to the Ashram, she met that being. The being was intrigued by Mother
having stolen a march over him. Hitlers attack on Russia ensured his downfall.
came to know of her previous births on several occasions. In past lives Mother was Queen
Elizabeth of England, Catherine of Russia, Joan of Arc, an Egyptian Queen, and the mother
of Moses, among others. In France, she once visited the palace of Louis XIV. A portrait
attracted her and she realised that it was herself. She recollected several other details
of that life. In a museum Mother came across a special comb used by an Egyptian Queen.
Mother recognised it as one she had used.
She had live contacts with several gods. Durga used
to come to Mothers meditations regularly. Particularly during the Durga Puja when
Mother gave Darshan, Durga used to come a day in advance. On one occasion, Mother
explained to Durga the significance of surrender to the Supreme. Durga said because she
herself was a goddess, it never struck her that she should surrender to a higher power.
Mother showed Durga the progress she could make by surrendering to the Supreme. Durga was
agreeable and offered her surrender to the Divine.
saw in her meditation some Chinese people had reached Calcutta and recognised the danger
of that warning. Using her occult divine power, she removed the danger from the subtle
realms. Much later when the Chinese army was edging closer to Indias border, a
shocked India did not know which way to turn. The Chinese decided on their own to
withdraw, much to the worlds surprise. Mother had prevented them from advancing
against India by cancelling their power in
the subtle realms.
once smelt a bad odour but could not identify it. She neutralised its effect anyway in the
plane where she smelled it. A little later an army officer from the Himalayas who came to
seek Mothers Blessings reported the explosion of an atom bomb by the Chinese and
prayed to Mother to protect India. India was protected fully.
Aurobindo passed away in 1950. In 1959 Mother saw him in the subtle physical plane for the
first time. From then onwards Mother regularly met Sri Aurobindo in the subtle physical.
Mother has recorded her prayers during the first decade of this century and they are published as Prayers and Meditations. In one of those prayers she explains how she saw herself in her meditation. She found herself a being of light with all the subtle nervous centers -- chakras -- revealing themselves. In place of the head there was a moon and above it was a sun. She explains that she withdrew from the surface eight levels to reach this stage at the ninth. It took her nine stages in the reverse to regain her ordinary consciousness.