Guiding Light of The Month

O LORD, Thou art my refuge and my blessing, my strength, my health, my hope, and my courage. Thou art supreme Peace, unalloyed Joy, perfect Serenity. My whole being prostrates before Thee in a gratitude beyond measure and a ceaseless worship; and that worship goes up from my heart and my mind towards Thee like the pure smoke of incense of the perfumes of India. - The Mother

1st Sunday, 7th march 2010

The Question - The role of logic and reason in our lives.

The APHORISM - Jnana 45.
Logic is the worst enemy of the Truth, as self-righteousness is the worst enemy of the virtue; for the one cannot see its own errors nor the other its own imperfections.

Members who attended this session had a very lively discussion on the above. To understand this aphorism we had to look at many hidden questions and meanings of key words. Our reason and logic led us on a process of unravelling and unpacking of the above but came to a nought very soon.

Then we took refuge in what Mother had said in response to that question. LOGIC in Mother’s words though helpful in deducing one idea from another and inferring from a fact all its consequences, does not itself possess the capacity to discern the Truth. The same holds true for SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is a feeling of virtuous superiority, to make one proud and disdainful of others, that makes one’s virtue completely worthless. Then a silence in the mind took hold of us and we concluded the session with meditation music. (The passage in the book gives a detailed explanation – The Mother (1984). The Mother on Thoughts and Aphorisms, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry)

- Jayalakshmi

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