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The Issue (Part 3) – The Help and the Grace

“This is Savitri, the Light of the Supreme, the incarnation of the Divine Mother who enters the prison house of matter, veiling Her Light and Glory and Powers. She comes near us to breathe hope and give strength. Her very Presence is enough to disarm the sentries. Her smile is enough to fill us with renewed energy and enthusiasm.”

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The Two Approaches and the Central Secret

Yet if one were to ask what is the most fundamental word of yoga that Sri Aurobindo reveals to us, the answer would be very much to simply open to the Mother. With the Mother it is not words and intellect that comes into play but love and surrender. With Her it is as if the Divine Presence we seek within had stepped out in the forefront shedding Its mask of secrecy.

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Yoga in Savitri – Eternity Speaks (video clip)

“Men are so much engrossed in the crowded life of senses that they hardly aware of themselves as apart from the movements in which they are carried. Even the few who have become conscious of their mental selves and stand aloof from their external life-movements, are lost in the noise of their own thought-activity and emotional turmoils.”

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“O Lord, Lord, a boundless joy fills my heart, songs of gladness surge through my head in marvellous waves, and in the full confidence of Thy certain triumph I find a sovereign Peace and an invincible Power. “

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“Life springs in her and Mind is born; her face
She lifts to Him who is Herself, until
The Spirit leaps into the Spirit’s embrace.”

The Issue 2 Burden of the Past

The Issue (Part 2) – Burden of the Past and the Prison of Nature

Beyond there is a whole world awaiting our discovery, a world that expresses itself as a state of Consciousness. It is here that Man begins to fulfill his real role to go beyond his humanity and, transcending the barriers of the mind, enter the domains of a higher spiritual truth. But this is no easy task. Nature keeps us tied within its boundaries.

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The Good and Great who Suffer, pp 444-445 (SH 228)

Narad reveals how pain chisels out greatness and why is suffering allowed to those who are among the good and the great, whose very life is to serve a higher purpose and who live selflessly. This is a question that vexes all who look upon pain and suffering as some sort of judgment by God for our errors and sins.

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The Coming (HH 201)

Before the 24th April Darshan it may be helpful to get into the mood and atmosphere of the early days of Sri Aurobindo’s arrival and the earthly lila of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Often this is the simplest way to open one’s heart to Their Love and Compassion and Grace.