Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

From the Editor's Desk (Sep 2014)

We open ourselves to the Psychic Being in this series on integral education. This issue will be the first of the two issues that will focus on psychic education. The question of what the psychic being is in Integral Yoga philosophy is taken up. The excepts of The Mother’s writings “On Education” brings us through the process of facilitating the eventual emergence of the psychic being so that it can take over the instruments of body, mind and life and shape them for a higher purpose of life. In its essential nature, the Psychic Being is aligned to the Divine, since it is only a spark of that very Divine hidden in the process of the involution of the Spirit into matter and its aim and purpose is only to facilitate the evolution of that spirit from matter and merge with the Divine so that the Divine can express itself here on earth, in life. The perfection of the body, the vital and the mind will never be fulfilled unless they serve a higher, divine purpose. The Psychic Being by its very nature is aligned only to the Divine and by allowing that Psychic Being to come forward and cast its influence, first, and then to totally take up the workings of the body, the life and mind is the central aim of integral education. 

Moving away from the education of children and focusing our attention on our own aim of life may be a good start at ultimately evaluating the place of psychic education in our lives and therefore, the lives of our children. The Mother says that it is the emergence of the psychic light that will reveal to one the true the aim and purpose of one’s life. Therefore, to be a master of life, working towards the fulfilment of the purpose of one’s birth upon earth is an important mission we can set our sight on.  Do we?

In Psychic education, thereis an emphasis on the inherent goodness that lies within us and which is quite visible in children “born with a conscious psychic being within”. This “Goodness” comes forth in the form of a dream full of aspiration for a world of “beauty without ugliness, justice without injustice, goodness without limits, and a conscious, constant success, a perpetual miracle.” a trust in the manifestation of something beautiful, or incredible, which holds to no reason but is a spontaneous out-flowering from that goodness within. In Psychic education this goodness within seems to be the focus and that which needs to be encouraged and cultivated. Very often, the developed mind of the adult, rooted in reason and common sense, cancels these dreams of childhood as mere fantasies, dismissing a sweet, soft and delicate part in the child. Thus the current mainstream system of education overlooks the importance of cultivating this inherent “Goodness”, this inherent trust in Goodness and Beauty and very soon, the child loses sight of the light from within and embarks on an ordinary existence seeking the fulfillment of ordinary needs. It then takes many struggles to even seek out that “Goodness” later on in life.

It is this dream in a young child that one should recognize and nurture instead of, as The Mother puts it, “throw cold water” over the dreams of the child by bringing before the child all the justifications of why that dream would not or cannot materialize.

This issue is meant to question what we value most in ourselves and in our children. It is offered that Psychic education can revolutionize, in a subtle and significant way, what we value in the children, in us.

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