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

Faith: A story based on real life experience

The sun’s dazzling rays slowly paved their way through the window. The birds were chirping sweetly .The world was slowly getting ready for the busy day. The smell of incense diffused in the air when Susheela, with all her devotion, was in prayer in front of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Srinivas, Susheela’s husband was plucking flowers from the garden with all his thoughts on their only daughter Reshma. When he came in, Susheela reminded him about the doctor’s appointment for Reshma at 10.00 am.

Reshma was in the family way and the entire family was looking forward to the arrival of a new member. Things were smooth till the 8th month’s regular check up for Reshma when the doctor detected a problem. There was a sudden increase in Reshma’s weight. The doctor suspected it to be excessive fluid formation which might lead to either loosing the child or the child being born with abnormalities. Reshma and Srini were tensed and worried whereas Susheela was calm and immediately started calling the Mother, and spontaneously started repeating the words from Savitri “Fate shall be changed by an unchanging Will.”1

Reshma was surprised at seeing Susheela’s calmness and asked her how she was not worried, for which Susheela told her that there are 4 types of faith.

Blind Faith
- This can be found in many people, cannot be explained
Faith based on experience
- It has happened earlier, it will happen now.
Faith based on skill/talent
- We have learnt to solve it and it can be solved
Faith in The Divine
- This is the best faith which will come when we lose our self-confidence but this faith can move mountains

Susheela told Reshma that Faith in the Divine is what she needs now and not to depend on her degree or past knowledge. She mentioned The Mother’s quote: “Faith is the surest guide in the darkest days.”2

The next day, before entering in for the scan, Reshma, with total faith repeated the words –“O Mother, please save my child!’

The scan was taken and the doctor came out smiling, saying that everything was fine and that Reshma would deliver a normal child. Susheela, Reshma and Srinivas had tears of gratitude in their eyes.

Faith is the master key for any prayer.

1. Sri Aurobindo (1970). SAVITRI (Pg 346) Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry
2. Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust,(2008). “Words of the Mother II”. Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust,

- Sharadha

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