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: The Mother said that Sri Aurobindo did not give any mantra (“Sri Aurobindo gave none’) but despite the fact that Sri Aurobindo spoke so much about Japa, what is the significance of this statement of The Mother? Kindly explain it clearly.

A: Sri Aurobindo: The only mantra used in this sadhana is that of the Mother or of my name and the Mother’s.

(However the Mother said later “Had He reached the point where we are now, He would have seen that the purely psychological method is inadequate and that a japa is necessary, because only japa has a direct action on the body. “ )

Q: Is there any difference between the Force that helps when I call the Mother in sleep and the Force that comes when I repeat “Sri Aurobindo-Mira”?

A: The Mother: There is not necessarily any difference of Force. Usually the Mother’s name has the full power in it; but in certain states of consciousness the double Name may have a special effect.

(Sources: 1) ‘Nama Japa in the Yoga of Transformation’, by Ramakrishna Das, published by Matrubhaban, Cuttack. 2) ‘Sri Aurobindo on Himself, Volume 26’, Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1972, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.)

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