Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Yoga and Human Evolution

Meditation




It is always better, for meditation – you see, we use the word “meditation”, but it does not necessarily mean “moving ideas around in the head”, quite the contrary–try to concentrate in a centre, the centre of aspiration, one might say, the place where the flame of aspiration burns, to gather in all the energies there, at the solar plexus centre and, if possible, to obtain an attentive silence as though one wanted to listen to something extremely subtle, something that demands a complete attention, a complete concentration and total silence. And then not to move at all. Not to think, not to stir, and make that movement of opening so as to receive all that can be received, but taking good care not to try to know what is happening while it is happening, for if one wants to understand or even to observe actively, it keeps up a sort of cerebral activity which is unfavourable to the fullness of the receptivity – to be silent, as totally silent as possible, in an attentive concentration, and then be still.
If one succeeds in this, then, when everything is over, when one comes out of meditation, some time later – usually not immediately – from within the being something new emerges in the consciousness: a new understanding, a new appreciation of things, a new attitude in life – in short, a new way of being.
                                                                                        - The Mother
(CWMCE, Vol. 9, pp. 114-115) 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Surrender to the Guru



In surrendering to the Guru, it is to the Divine in him that one surrenders – if it were only to the human entity it would be ineffective. But it is the consciousness of the Divine Presence that makes the Guru a real Guru, so that even if the disciple surrenders to him thinking of the human being to whom he surrenders, that Presence will still  make it effective.

                                                                                 - Sri Aurobindo                                                                                                                 (Correspondence with Govindbhai Patel, Page 60)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Auroville


Men see events as unaccomplished, to be striven for and effected. This is false seeing; events are not effected, they develop. The event is Brahman, already accomplished from of old, it is now manifesting.
- Sri Aurobindo

(SABCL, Vol. 17, Page 116)














       The foundation of Auroville was laid on February 28,1968,
with representatives of several nations participating in the solemn
ceremony. Mother did not attend but she broadcast a message
from her chamber.
       The next day the Indian Express carried a photograph of
the ceremony. In the left-hand corner at the top of the picture
appeared a face looming over the horizon, looking exactly like
Mother's face. When Mother was shown the picture, she said :
I was present
 there.

- M.P.Pandit, Sidelights on the Mother