“…LET the pure perfume of sanctification burn always, rising higher and higher, and straighter and straighter, like the ceaseless prayer of the integral being”
Human life as we experience now, in our ignorance, is not the final intended act of Nature. It is a stage, a transition, a rather long preparation, often through much struggle and suffering, for divinity, for the divine unfolding in and through man as an intermediary link.
“At last I find a meaning of soul’s birth
Into this universe terrible and sweet,
I who have felt the hungry heart of earth
Aspiring beyond heaven to Krishna’s feet.”
A selection from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother on Harmony and Cooperation, as well as recording of a conversation between Alok Pandey and Narad on this topic.
Narad has heard the queen, her anguish that blames the Cosmic management. But behind her anguish there is also the seeking to understand the Eternal’s Play. Narad starts his long reply setting the first notes.
A beautiful concert of sacred hymns, chants and devotional songs, recorded at the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco, California, in May 1977, almost exactly 40 years ago. Music was performed by Vasanti Rao, then – secretary of Madhav P Pandit, who often accompanied him on lecture tours.
Four early Aurovillians – Frederick, Dayanand, Narad and Joss – bring their memories of The Mother guidance about “landing Auroville”. A documentary produced by Auro Image in 2016.
Sri Aurobindo’s coming to Pondicherry marks the start of a new project, the progressive divinization of the race, of Matter, so that this earthly life may become the Life Divine. Today we share some thoughts on Sri Aurobindo’s coming to Pondicherry and the preparation needed for the New World to precipitate into this material World.
As man grows beyond his first primal needs, there also grows in him, especially with the development of the mind, the urge to understand the world around him. But the understanding of the world alone does not satisfy his longings for knowledge. There comes a point when he must turn back upon himself, the observer of the scene and try to see who he himself is?
“There is another cause of the general inability to change which at present afflicts the sadhak. It is because the sadhana, as a general fact, has now and for a long time past come down to the Inconscient…”
“We have become a prisoner of our own achievements, a slave of our material perfection, a materially rich and powerful humanity that is spiritually impoverished and weak, the art of life remains vague and obscure, its mystery and wonder, its charm and sweetness lost amidst the noise and din of a senseless crowd. Yet man is capable of and must achieve the double perfection that life seeks in him — an outer perfection of his external life and its instruments and an inner perfection of his soul and inner being.”
Sri Aurobindo has written beautifully on meditation, on mantra and various other things. He has also written a beautiful lyric on falling in love […] nowhere else do we find love treated with such tender hands, with such purity. Now you have a little poem on love, why and how do people fall in love.
“AS soon as all effort disappears from a manifestation, it becomes very simple, with the simplicity of a flower opening, manifesting its beauty and spreading its fragrance without clamour or vehement gesture. And in this simplicity lies the greatest power…”
“In a summary way, we are being shown the core process and the final result of the Supramental Transformation, – the discovery of the psychic being and becoming a conscious instrument of the Divine, a progressive opening and surrender to the Divine Mother and a growing oneness with Her.”