Guiding Light of The Month

THERE is a great difference between being in the midst of active work, of external action, while keeping one’s thought constantly fixed on Thee, and entering into that perfect union with Thee which leads to what I have called “absolute Consciousness, true Omniscience, Knowledge”. - The Mother

Question of the month

Q: Am I right in thinking that she as an individual embodies all the Divine Powers and brings down the Grace more and more to the physical plane, and her embodiment is a chance for the entire physical consciousness to change and transform?

A: Sri Aurobindo: Yes. Her embodiment 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 further transformation by the Supramental, but the whole earth-consciousness will not be supramentalised- there will be first a new race representing the Supermind, as man represents the mind.

(‘Sri Aurobindo on Himself and on The Mother’- Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, 1953).

Q: It seems to me the very land of Auroville aspires. Is it true Sweet Mother?

A: The Mother: Yes, the land itself has a consciousness, even though this consciousness is not intellectualized and cannot express itself.

(The above question was asked of The Mother by Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala - From the Editor’s Desk , ‘Sri Aurobindo Action ‘, Pondicherry)

Q: I have been frequently thinking of the Mother’s symbol of “Chakra” and its significance. I have understood it as follows: Central Circle- Transcendental power. Four inner petals- Four powers working from the Supermind to the Overmind. Twelve outer petals - Division of four into twelve powers from Overmind to Intuition and mind. Do you think I have understood the significance correctly?

A: Sri Aurobindo: Essentially (in general principle) the 12 powers are the vibrations that are necessary for the manifestation. These are the 12 seen from the beginning above the Mother’s head. Thus there are really 12 rays from the sun not 7, 12 planets etc.

As to the exact interpretation of the detail of the powers, I see nothing against the arrangement you have made. It can stand very well. 15-Apr-1934.

(‘Sri Aurobindo on Himself and on The Mother’- Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, 1953).

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