[…] the Mother had already started working upon a new strategy for the Divine Victory. The coming of children during the war provided this opportunity and though the Ashram School took roots unofficially somewhere around 1943, it was officially made known to the world in 1952. Thus began the next phase of the Divine experiment in the Divine laboratory.
During the Second World War families came seeking refuge at the Feet of the Divine Mother. But as is Her Way, the Divine Mother turned this challenge into a divine opportunity to initiate a new project of preparing the children for the coming Future.
The Ashram and the School are held together by the power of Her Love. This is the secret Power of transformation that is ever at work in this geographically small but psychologically immense field of spiritual evolution created by the Mother.
Some reflections on the Ashram School on its 75th Anniversary. Parts One “A New Creation” and Two “The making of God in Earth”.
Surrender to the Divine Being (in our yoga to the Divine Mother in Her embodiment) makes the process safe and the journey smooth.
During his years of self-imposed seclusion in Pondichery, Sri Aurobindo was engaged in tapasya whose results were to have far reaching consequences on humanity.
The problem of corruption and evil is neither confined to our immediate neighborhood nor to a particular period of Time. While it is alright to find some immediate short-term solutions, we must not lose sight of the deeper reasons and radical remedies needed for this.
Coming to Darshan proper in its original sense, some people wonder why is it so difficult to see the Lord, the Divine who is the sole Omnipresent Reality behind appearances? It is clearly not a fault of the Deity within but a limitation of our own organ of sight. It is difficult for us even to behold the sun in our solar system except during sun rise and sunset…
Yes the victory has been won and the work is done. But it has still to be worked out in each one of us. We can surely facilitate it by growing in sincerity and aspiration and above all, opening to Her transforming power of Love.
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother entered the war arena in their own way. Sri Aurobindo worked in the occult worlds, and his seat of tapasya was Pondicherry. The Mother travelled to war zones in France and Japan, and identifying with the body of the Earth she offered her own body in a holocaust to the Supreme so that the Earth may be saved.
April 24th, 1920 is the day of the Mother’s final arrival to Pondicherry. The Mother reveals that this day marks the tangible sign of a decisive victory over the adverse forces. Quite naturally a question arises about the nature of this victory. To understand the full import of this we have to go back into time, perhaps a few thousand years back.
SHE comes manifested in the outer fields of nature, closer to our limited external sight so that even our outer senses can behold the Glory and the Flame. What is needed now is to tend the flame, to nurture and nourish it. What is needed is to renounce our old ways of life and start living afresh as a new born child who must learn everything in a new way. What is needed is to expose all our nature to its light and heat until all is ready for Her transmuting touch.
It is not enough to observe and celebrate these special days of Her arrival. Too much emphasis on the externals may well create a tendency towards turning the whole thing into a religion. What is needed is to light up the incense of faith and the flame of aspiration and decorate the altar of our life with flowers of Devotion and Surrender, Love and Adoration, Sincerity and Purity.
The night is fast receding and if we can open ourselves to the touch of Dawn, we shall feel or actually see the outbreak of a New Day, the emergence of a New Life from the old…