Aspiration is our only tapasya, aspiration is the only fire we are to keep burning in our heart at all times and under all circumstances. We need light no other fire, we need no other askesis or austerity.
If difficulties insurmountable obstruct us on the path, if the forces of falsehood surround us and lure us with dangerous fascination, we have only to tend our heart’s fire assiduously, and all obstacles will vanish, all hostile forces, however powerful, will be conquered.
If we fall even to the lowest depths and all hope seem to disappear, if there be no one to help us, cheer us, guide us, if we lose all and be forsaken by all, yet if we can continue our aspiration ceaselessly, sincerely, help will surely come from above and we shall be raised even from the lowest depths.
If depression and inertia overtake us and we cannot make any progress, if darkness beset us on all sides and we cannot see our way, yet if we can keep our aspiration alive and earnestly look up to the divine Power above, fresh vigour and enthusiasm will soon be infused into us, and we shall clearly see the path before us.
Aspiration will awaken what is best in us, aspiration will gather up all our energies and turn them upward, all dissensions and conflicts in our nature will be merged in a single purpose and devotion, and in response will come from above Grace and divine Love. Aspiration will bring us Love and Love will lead us to victory.
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Let me be like a flame always burning upward to Thee, Mother, let all my soul be consumed in love to Thee; it is thus that I shall have a new birth in Thy divine life.
Thoughts and ideas continually seek to enter into my mind from the outside and disturb the flame of my aspiration; bless me, Mother, so that I may resolutely throw away all such disturbing thoughts and keep my mind absolutely pure and clear.
Desires and attachments from the vital world always seek to obscure and extinguish my flame; bless me, Mother, so that I may persistently reject all such low desires and keep my heart absolutely clear and pure.
All sorts of attacks are made on my body in order to weaken the flame of my aspiration; bless me, Mother, so that I may defy all such attempts and keep my body hale and hearty for worshipping Thee.
Let unbounded faith feed my flame and immutable calm and peace prevail all over my being. With Thy blessings, Divine Mother, I shall steadily grow into the divine life.
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My inner being has left the old world behind and has discarded the old ways of life; but in my outer nature interest in the old life still lingers; and thus recur again and again in me old thoughts and desires. How can I completely get rid of them unless Thou, Mother, take possession of me and completely fill me with Thyself?
As soon as old thoughts and ideas enter into my mind, I shall aspire towards Thee, Mother, and Thou wilt have to fill my mind with the light of Thy truth.
As soon as desires and passions rise in me, Mother, I shall aspire towards Thee, and Thou wilt have to fill my heart with Thy unsurpassable sweetness and delight.
As soon as false and perverted movements appear in me, Mother, I shall aspire towards Thee, and Thou wilt have to fill my life with Thy harmony and grace.
In all my imperfections and ignorance, I shall continually look up to Thee, Mother, hoping and aspiring that a day will soon come when Thou wilt take entire possession of myself and make me divine.