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: Mother, how can one become wise?
A: The Mother: Read Sri Aurobindo.

Q: Sweet Mother, often when I read Sri Aurobindo’s works or listen to his words, I am wonder-struck: how can this eternal truth, this beauty of expression escape people! It is really strange that he is not yet recognized, at least as a supreme creator, a pure artist, a poet par excellence! So I tell myself that my judgements, my appreciations are influenced by my devotion for the Master-and not everyone is devoted. I do not think this is true. But then, why are men’s hearts not yet enchanted with His Words?
A: The Mother: Who can understand Sri Aurobindo? He is as vast as the universe and his teaching is limitless…

The only way to come a little close to him is to love him sincerely and give oneself unreservedly to his work. In that way, each one does his best and contributes as much as he can to the transformation of the world which Sri Aurobindo had predicted.

Q: Why does Sri Aurobindo use long sentences?

A: The Mother: .. .. But all language is a language of ignorance. Our entire way of expressing ourselves, everything we say and the way in which we say it, is necessarily ignorance. And that is why it is so difficult to express something which is concretely true; this would require explanations which would themselves be full of falsehood, of course, or else extremely long. This is why Sri Aurobindo’s sentences are sometimes very long, precisely because he strives to escape from this ignorant language.

(CWM Vol 10, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust 1980, published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry)

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