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: Sir Philip Sidney said of the criminal led out to be hanged, “There, but for the grace of God, goes Sir Philip Sidney.” Wiser, had he said, “There, by the grace of God, goes Sir Philip Sidney.” (Sri Aurobindo).
I have not understood the meaning of this aphorism

A: The Mother: Sir Philip Sidney was a statesman and a poet, but in spite of his success in life, he retained his humble nature. Seeing a criminal being taken to the gallows, he is supposed to have said the famous words which Sri Aurobindo quotes in his aphorism and which could be paraphrased like this, “This could have happened to me too, but for the Grace of God.” Sri Aurobindo remarks that had Sir Philip Sidney been wiser he would have said, “That could have happened to me too, by the Grace of God.” For the Divine Grace is everywhere, always, behind everything and every event, whatever our reaction to that thing or event may be, whether it appears good or bad, catastrophic or beneficial.

And if Sir Philip had been a Yogi, he would have had the experience of human unity and he would have felt concretely that it was himself or a part of himself which was being led to the gallows and he would have known at the same time that everything that happens by the Grace of the Lord.

Q: How should we be on Sri Aurobindo’s birthday?

A: The Mother: Sincere and progressive.

Q: How can I make Sri Aurobindo’s influence living and dynamic in my daily activities?

A: The Mother: Be perfectly sincere and He will answer your call.

Q: You have said in one of your messages: “The number one problem for India is to find back and manifest her soul”
How to find back India’s soul?

A: The Mother: Become conscious of your psychic being. Let your psychic being become intensely interested in India’s Soul and aspire towards it, with an attitude of service; and if you are sincere you will succeed.

(Sources: CWM, Volume 13, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1980, published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry)

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