Saturday, March 29, 2014

The day Mirra met her Krishna (March 29, 1914) by Prof. Manoj Das








Centenary Year of the Mother's First Arrival at Pondicherry [1914-2014]

She was drawn to his presence and the Ashram took shape.

“Why do you sit thus with a set face, as if the whole world were pressing upon you?” a mother asked her little daughter, christened Mirra, sitting in her tiny chair oblivious to the world around her. The fashionable Paris in the latter half of the 19th century certainly had much to interest a child of an aristocratic family!
But the child’s answer, charged by her sincerity, must have come as a shock to the fond mother: “Yes, indeed, I do feel the weight of the world’s miseries pressing upon me!”
Different perceptions
She was radically different from her relatives and all contemporaries, in her perception of events and values. As she recollected later: “Between 11 and 13 a series of psychic and spiritual experiences revealed to me not only the existence of God, but man’s possibility of uniting with Him, of realising Him integrally in consciousness and action, of manifesting Him upon earth in a life divine. This, along with a practical discipline for its fulfilment was given to me during my body’s sleep by different teachers… Later on, as the interior and exterior development proceeded, the spiritual and psychic relation with one of these beings became more clear and frequent…” She called this being Krishna, without mentally realising the term’s significance.
Despite her splendidly different Inner life, she adjusted herself well with her environment and always led groups of young men and women in their quest for the ultimate goal of life.
As is well-known, Sri Aurobindo had come over to Pondicherry in 1910, after a turbulent phase in politics that included a year’s incarceration. It was chance, “the pseudonym God uses when He does not wish to put down His signature” that brought Mirra to Sri Aurobindo’s presence on March 29, 1914, in the afternoon. In him she saw at once the Krishna of her childhood vision. She wrote in her diary, “It matters not if there are hundreds of beings plunged in the densest ignorance. He whom we saw yesterday is on earth: His presence is enough to prove that a day will come when darkness shall be transformed into light, when Thy reign shall be indeed established upon earth.”
The breaking out of World War 1 obliged her to return to France, but she was back in 1920 to be amidst the small group of disciples residing with Sri Aurobindo. Like children gathering around their mother, more and more people joined the community of seekers and indeed they found in her their Mother, both human and spiritual. It was under her enlightened care that the Ashram took shape.
Sri Aurobindo passed away in 1950. But his ideal of humanity transcending all religious or ideological bias, aspiring for a transformed consciousness, found a daring expression in the Mother’s launching the City of Dawn, the Auroville.
All these and much more remained inbuilt in that glorious moment of the Mother meeting Sri Aurobindo. She declared, “Without him I exist not; without me he is unmanifest.”

- MANOJ DAS 


Link : http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/religion/the-day-mirra-met-her-krishna/article5839139.ece

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This struggle in you [between bhakti for Sri Krishna and the sense of


the divinity of the Mother] is quite unnecessary; for the two things are

one and go perfectly together. It is he who has brought you to the

Mother and it is by adoration of her that you will realise him. He is here

in the Ashram and it is his work that is being done here.
 


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Sri Aurobindo
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Q: Some people seem to be quite misled in understanding the

Mother's status with regard to the higher planes. When they are

in these planes or receive something from them, they begin to

think that they have reached a great height, and that the higher

planes have nothing to do with the Mother. Especially about the

Supermind they have such queer notions ― that it is something

greater than the Mother.

A: If they have a greater experience or consciousness than the

Mother, they should not stay here but go and save the world with

it.


- Sri Aurobindo
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29 March 1914: A Hundred Years Ago, Those

Two Met


  
 images  On this day, March 29th, in 1914, the Mother, then Mirra Alfassa,images met Sri Aurobindo for the first time, in Pondicherry, South India, where he had been living since 1910 to found the new way of Yoga that would help, not our evasion as usual from physical life, but our conscious evolution as individuals, accelerating the terrestrial New Step in Evolution, that would transform Life itself.
What makes this meeting an important event that we celebrate the Centenary of today?
That day marked the coming together of those two Beings representing the same Consciousness, one in feminine form, the other in masculine form, both needed for the Evolutive Work that had to be done in our time. They had grown and developed inwardly each one in an independent manner, without knowing the other. Their meeting was the sign that the Work would come to full fruition, through the powerful collaboration that would now start between them.
Here is what the Mother noted down the next day in her ‘Prayers and Meditations’:
‘He whom we saw yesterday is on earth; his presence is enough to prove that a day will come when darkness shall be transformed into light, and Thy  reign shall indeed be established upon earth.’
Because of WWI erupting in August, although the collaboration did start through the publication of the ‘Arya’, a monthly magazine, in English and in French from August 15th (Sri Aurobindo’s birthday) on, still Mirra had to leave temporarily. After the end of the War she was able to come back for good in 1920. The growing crowd of would-be disciples led Sri Aurobindo on November 24th 1926 to ask Mirra, whom since long already he was referring to as ‘The Mother’, to organize an Ashram, in which she would henceforth take care of the disciples’ inner and outer life, while he would go into seclusion in his room, taking care of the other monumental task necessary: to establish the required direct connection between the Earth and the Supramental Realm.
In 1927 Sri Aurobindo wrote a series of Letters about the Divine Mother, which in 1928 were published as a booklet entitled ‘The Mother’. About a decade later, some questions were put by some disciples (‘sadhaks’) to Sri Aurobindo, his answers to which make quite clear a few important points to always remember – and I will end on that:
Do you not refer to the Mother (our Mother) in your book
The Mother?
Yes.
Is she not the “Individual” Divine Mother who has embodied
“the power of these two vaster ways of her existence”1—
Transcendent and Universal?
Yes.
Has she not descended here (amongst us) into the Darkness
and Falsehood and Error and Death in her deep and great love
for us?
Yes.
There are many who hold the view that she was human but
now embodies the Divine Mother and her Prayers, they say,
explain this view. But to my mental conception, to my psychic
feeling, she is the Divine Mother who has consented to
put on herself the cloak of obscurity and suffering and ignorance
so that she can effectively lead us—human beings—to
Knowledge and Bliss and Ananda and to Him.
The Divine puts on an appearance of humanity, assumes the
outward human nature in order to tread the path and show it to
human beings, but does not cease to be the Divine. It is a manifestation
that takes place, a manifestation of a growing divine
consciousness, not human turning into divine. The Mother was
inwardly above the human even in childhood, so the view held
by “many” is erroneous.
I also conceive that the Mother’s Prayers are meant to show
us—the aspiring psychic—how to pray to the Divine.
Yes. 17 August 1938
Am I right in thinking that the Mother as an individual
embodies all the Divine Powers and brings down the Grace
more and more to the physical plane . . .
Yes.
and that her embodiment is a chance for the entire physical to
change and be transformed?
It is a chance for the earth-consciousness to receive the supramental
into it and to undergo first the transformation necessary
for that to be possible. Afterwards there will be a farther
transformation by the supramental, but the whole earthconsciousness
will not be supramentalised—there will be first
a new race representing the supermind, as man represents the
mind.
The more we open individually to the Mother’s Light and
Force, the more her power is established in the universal—is
it not so?
It is the transforming power that is established—the universal
Power is always there. 13 August 1933
The Mother does not work on the sadhak directly from her
own plane above, though she can do so if she wants to—
she can even supramentalise the world in a day; but in that
case the supramental Nature created here would be the same
as it is above, and not the earth in Ignorance evolving into
the supramental earth, which will not be quite the same in
appearance as what the Supramental is.
That is a very important truth. 17 June 1935


Courtesy and Link :

 http://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/29-march-1914-a-hundred-years-ago-those-two-met/

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Interview with Prof. Manoj Das Gupta, Registrar of "Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry".


                                                         





The Mother inaugurating
the Centre in 1952







A sitar class in progress


Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, an integral part of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, serves as a field of experiment and research in education. For years Sri Aurobindo considered the formation of an Education Centre as one of the best means of preparing the future humanity to manifest upon earth a divine consciousness and a divine life. To give a concrete shape to his vision, the Mother opened a school for children on December 2, 1943. Since then, the school has continued to grow and experiment on various educational problems and issues. In 1951, a Convention was held at Pondicherry which resolved to establish an International University Centre in the town as a fitting memorial to Sri Aurobindo. Accordingly the Sri Aurobindo International University Centre was inaugurated by the Mother on January 6, 1952. In 1959, the Mother decided to rename it "Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education."
The Centre of Education provides education from Kindergarten to college levels of study. It has the faculties of Humanities, Sciences, Languages, Engineering Technology, and Physical Education, and facilities for learning Drawing, Painting, Handwork, Music and Dancing (Indian and Western), Dramatics, and Arts and Crafts. There are also, facilities for practical and manual work, and several libraries and laboratories.
As its name itself suggests, the Centre is international in character. It aspires to represent the cultures of different regions of the world in a way that is accessible to all. The ideal is that every nation with its distinctive culture should make a contribution of its own in order to create a practical and concrete interest in a cultural
synthesis.
The Centre has its own official journal, Bulletin of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, a quarterly, which is published on the four Darshan days. It contains writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the Mother's talks and also a quarterly report of the activities of the Ashram and of the Centre of Education, along with photographs pertaining to these activities.

Link : http://sriaurobindoashram.org/ashram/saice/