The Mother’s Yoga (English recordings from Agenda)


Seven recordings from Agenda in English, including a composition with some Savitri recitation added. All transcripts are below the player. Total duration 72 min. 

TRACK 1. ON SUPRAMENTAL

Night of April 13, 1962

Suddenly in the night I woke up with the full awareness of what we could call the Yoga of the world. The Supreme Love was manifesting through big pulsations, and each pulsation was bringing the world further in its manifestation. It was the formidable pulsations of the eternal, stupendous Love, only Love: each pulsation of the Love was carrying the universe further in its manifestation.
And the certitude that what is to be done is done and the Supramental Manifestation is realized.
Everything was Personal, nothing was individual.
This was going on and on and on and on….
The certitude that what is to be done is DONE.
All the results of the Falsehood had disappeared: Death was an illusion, Sickness was an illusion, Ignorance was an illusion—something that had no reality, no existence…. Only Love, and Love, and Love, and Love—immense, formidable, stupendous, carrying everything.
And how, how to express in the world? It was like an impossibility, because of the contradiction…. But then it came: “You have accepted that this world should know the Supramental Truth… and it will be expressed totally, integrally.” Yes, yes….[p.131]
And the thing is DONE.
(long silence)
The individual consciousness came back, just the sense of a limitation, limitation of pain; without that, no individual. [1]
And we set off again on the way, certain of the Victory.
The heavens are ringing with chants of Victory!
Truth alone exists; Truth alone shall manifest. Onward!… Onward!
Gloire à Toi, Seigneur, Triomphateur suprême! [2]
(silence)
And now, to work.
Patience… endurance… perfect equanimity. And absolute faith.
(silence)
Compared to the experience, whatever I say is nothing, nothing, nothing but words.
And our consciousness is the same, absolutely the same as the Lord’s. There was no difference, no difference at all….
We are That, we are That, we are That.
(silence)
Later on, I will explain it more clearly. The instrument is not yet ready.
It is only the beginning.
[Mother later added: The experience lasted at least four hours. There are many things I will speak of later.]

Agenda, April 13, 1962

 

TRACK 2. ON COLORS

Of course, all these things are lights, so you can’t reproduce them. But still, it must be a violet that is not dull and not dark (Mother starts from the most material Nature). What she has put is too red, but if it’s too blue, it won’t be good either—you understand the difficulty? Then after violet there is blue, which must be truly blue, not too light, but it must be a bright blue. Not too light because there are three consecutive blues: there is the blue of the Mind, and then comes the Higher Mind, which is paler, and then the Illumined Mind, which is the color of the flag [Mother’s flag], a silver blue, but naturally paler than that. And after this comes yellow, a yellow that is the yellow of the Intuitive Mind; it must not be golden, it must be the color of cadmium. Then after this yellow, which is pale, we have the Overmind with all the colors—they must all be bright colors, not dark: blue, red, green, violet, purple, yellow, all of them, all the colors. And after that, we then have all the golds of the Supermind, with its three layers. And then, after that, there is one layer of golden white—it is white, but a golden white. After this golden white, there is silver white—silver white: how can I explain that? (H. has sent me some ridiculous pictures of a sun shining on water—it has nothing to do with that.) If you put silver, silver gray (Mother shows a silver box nearby shining brilliantly in the sun), silver gray together with white… that is, it is white, but if you put the four whites together you see the difference. There is a white white, then there is a white with a touch of pink, then a silvery white and a golden white. It makes four worlds.

I have explained this [to H.] as I am explaining it to you, but H. has not seen it so she can’t understand. I want to show her on paper. It is twelve different things [or twelve worlds], one after another.

Agenda, May 18, 1963 

TRACK 3. PRAYER OF THE CELLS OF THE BODY

At the end of the physical demonstration [on December 2], all the children will pray in chorus, and the prayer has been written by me. I will read it to you. But I hadn’t thought about it: they asked me for it, and I wrote it. They must have read the Bulletin, and then they asked me for a prayer – a prayer that would really be the body’s. I answered:

THE PRAYER OF THE CELLS IN THE BODY

Now that by the effect of the Grace we are slowly emerging out of inconscience and waking up to a conscious life, an ardent prayer rises in us for more light, more consciousness:

“O Supreme Lord of the Universe, we implore Thee, give us the strength and the beauty, the harmonious perfection needed to be Thy divine instruments upon earth.”

It’s almost a proclamation. I was very glad … It’s a tremendous progress! The thought had never occurred to them, never; taken as a whole, they had never thought of the transformation: their thought was to become the best athletes in the world and all the usual nonsense.

The body, you see, they’ve asked for a prayer of the BODY. They have finally understood that the body must begin to transform itself into something else. Previously, they were all full of the whole history of physical culture in every country, in which country it’s most developed, the use of the body as it is, and … and so on. Anyway, it was the Olympic ideal. Now, they have leaped beyond: that is the past, now they want the transformation.

You understand, people were asking to be divine in their mind and vital – that is, the whole ancient history of spirituality, the same old theme for centuries – but now, it’s the BODY. It’s the body that asks to participate. It’s certainly a progress.

Agenda, November 22, 1967 

TRACK 4. OM NAMO BHAGAVATE

I’m endeavoring to force the Mantra into the physical mind.

(Mother starts repeating the Mantra aloud—thirteen times—until her voice is nothing but a halting breath)

OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh
OM Namo Bhagavateh

(then she sinks into a deep contemplation for half an hour)

Agenda, May 5, 1973

TRACK 5. THE MOTHER’S YOGA (a selection from Agenda and Savitri)

1

The divine intention suddenly shall be seen,
The end vindicate intuition’s sure technique.
[Savitri: 100]

This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
[Savitri: 107]

In us too the intuitive Fire can burn;
An agent Light, it is coiled in our folded hearts,
On the celestial levels is its home:
Descending, it can bring those heavens here.
[Savitri: 112]

2

And there is too an obscure mind of the body, of the very cells, molecules, corpuscles. Haeckel, the German materialist, spoke somewhere of the will in the atom, and recent science, dealing with the incalculable individual variation in the activity of the electrons, comes near to perceiving that this is not a figure but the shadow thrown by a secret reality. This body-mind is a very tangible truth; owing to its obscurity and mechanical clinging to past movements and facile oblivion and rejection of the new, we find in it one of the chief obstacles to permeation by the supermind Force and the transformation of the functioning of the body. On the other hand, once effectively converted, it will be one of the most precious instruments for the stabilisation of the supramental Light and Force in material Nature.

Letter by Sri Aurobindo [CWSA 28: 188]
Cited in Mother’s Agenda, 3.6.63

3

This faint and fluid sketch of soul called man
Shall stand out on the background of long Time
A glowing epitome of eternity,
A little point reveal the infinitudes.
[Savitri: 100]

4

I don’t know for others but for a very long time in life when there is an illness (some illness of any kind) automatically the cells forget everything, all their sadhana and everything, and it is only slowly when you get out of the illness that the cells begin to remember. And then, my ambition was (I remember that, it was long ago, many years ago), my ambition was that the cells should remember when being ill – which is absurd because it would have been better to aspire to have no illness! But for a time it was like that. The first time that the cells remembered, oh, I was very happy. But now, it is the opposite; that is, as soon as the disorder comes, the cells first … first they got a little anxious: “Oh, we are so bad that we are still catching illnesses” – that was a period; and then, afterwards there was the impression: “Oh, You want to teach us a lesson, we have something to learn” – that was already much better: a kind of eagerness. And now there is an intense joy and a kind of power; a power that comes, a power of aspiration and a power of realization that comes with the sense: “We are winning a victory, we are winning a new victory….”

Mother’s Agenda, 7.7.65

5

An outstretched Hand is felt upon our lives.
It is near us in unnumbered bodies and births;
In its unslackening grasp it keeps for us safe
The one inevitable supreme result
No will can take away and no doom change,
The crown of conscious Immortality,
The godhead promised to our struggling souls
When first man’s heart dared death and suffered life.
[Savitri: 59]

6

I had the same experience in the cell-consciousness. It lasted for one hour and there it was truly almost miraculous.
The same Consciousness as this consciousness I had in what we can call the “material mental” (that is, the collective consciousness of the cells), but this morning it was in the cells themselves, this Consciousness [the eternal Consciousness Mother speaks of in the conversation of March 4], the same Consciousness. And it was truly miraculous. With the impression that with THAT there [in the cells], there is nothing impossible.

It comes, it stays in spite of everything, whatever I do, even if I speak, and it goes. And when it’s gone it’s gone, I can make an effort, it doesn’t come back. But so long as it is there, it is all-powerful, it dominates everything and … yes, the whole world seems to change. And yet everything is the same. You remember this sentence of Sri Aurobindo: “All was changed and yet everything was the same”? That is exactly that.

“And then, it becomes just a choice: you choose things to be like this or like that …”

Yes, this same thing, this same experience in the cell-consciousness. What the human beings call “life” and “death,” the continuation of this present organization or its cessation, it was absolutely a question of choice (something like a choice – there are some who say “the Divine’s Will” or “the Supreme’s Will”; it is a way of saying, but it is … it is something that chooses). And there was at the same time the exact … it was more than a feeling, it was a lived knowledge of what is the individual and why the individual and in what way the Supreme becomes the individual and how He can continue to be the individual or stop to be the individual…. Now that the experience is gone, naturally what I say has no meaning, but at that time it was the exact perception: the individual is that (gesture), that position taken by the Supreme, and if He chooses to continue it continues.

It becomes quite material, you see, no more mental at all (it is very difficult to express because of that). It becomes a living experience of just what makes the individual and how this individual can remain individual although it is united perfectly, united in perfect consciousness with the Supreme.

It lasted about fifteen to twenty minutes in complete stability and I continued doing my normal activities (it was during the time of my toilet – I wash my mouth and gargle), purposely it comes at that time to show that it is absolutely independent from the activity. And it comes more often at that time than when I sit in meditation. When I sit in meditation generally begins a kind of all-around-the-earth activity or even universal activity, it becomes conscious of that, but this body’s experiences are not there – to have the body experience you must live in your body! It is why the ancient sages or saints didn’t know what to do with the body, because they went out of it and sat, and then the body is no more concerned. But when you remain active, then it’s the body that has the experience.

That is the secret.

Mother’s Agenda, 30.3.66

7

A miracle of the Absolute was born;
Infinity put on a finite soul,
All ocean lived within a wandering drop,
A time-made body housed the Illimitable.
To live this Mystery out our souls came here.
[Savitri: 101]


Selection and transcript prepared by Loretta

  1. from this point onwards – in French[]
  2. Glory to You, Lord, Triumphant One supreme[]