In the early morning of New Year's Day 1969, a new force came to The Mother and entered Her for the benefit and progress of the earth. She alluded to it as a Being of great Benevolence. Many people felt the Ashram bathed in a sweet contentment that morning.
In the afternoon, in Mother's room I felt embraced by this loving energy. It was like being rocked gently in its waves. Before I left, Mother took a felt pen and covered almost the whole of the front page of a 1969 diary with the words'Bonne Année' before placing it in my hands. A subtle force flowed in with it.
Changes came in with the new Being and some of the people around
the Mother, She noticed, began to reveal unsuspected capacities.
As for myself, it turned out to be an interesting Année in several ways.
For one, this Being of Benevolence had waved a poetry wand about me.
Verse started coming to me …
- Maggi Lidchi-Grassi
(Introduction of her book of poems "Seeds")
Maggi Lidchi-Grassi is a writer and has lived at the Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry since 1959. Her works include the novels Earthman, The First Wife, Great Sir and Heaven Lady, and several collections of poems, fables, short stories, and plays.