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At the Feet of The Mother

Commentaries on Thoughts & Aphorisms

This is a series of reflections by Alok Pandey on Sri Aurobindo’s Thoughts and Aphorisms. Written around 1913 in Pondicherry, they were never revised or published before 1950. The Mother’s commentaries were given over the period from 1958 to 1970.

"What men call knowledge is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees. Reason divides, fixes details and contrasts them; Wisdom unifies, marries contrasts in a single harmony."
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JNANA 5: If mankind only caught a glimpse of what infinite enjoyments, what perfect forces, what luminous reaches of spontaneous knowledge, what wide calms of our being lie waiting for us in the tracts which our animal evolution has not yet conquered, they would leave all and never rest till they had gained these treasures. [...]
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JNANA 4: I am not a Jnani, for I have no knowledge except what God gives me for His work. How am I to know whether what I see be reason or folly? Nay, it is neither; for the thing seen is simply true and neither folly nor reason.
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JNANA 1: There are two allied powers in man: knowledge and Wisdom. Knowledge is so much of the truth, seen in a distorted medium, as the mind arrives at by groping; Wisdom what the eye of divine vision sees in the spirit.