Guiding Light of The Month

In this immense heroic struggle, in this sublime struggle of love against hatred, of justice against injustice, of obedience to Thy supreme law against revolt, may I gradually be able to make humanity worthy of a still sublimer peace in which, all internal dissensions having ceased, the whole effort of man may be united for the attainment of a more and more perfect and integral realisation of Thy divine Will and Thy progressive ideal. - The Mother

From the Editor’s Desk (Jan 2015)

A symbol is a material object or a tangible manifestation that represents something that is generally immaterial or intangible. It serves as an intermediary to convey usually lofty ideas which may or may not be better expressed with words – something which also depends on and varies from person to person. Usually philosophical, humanitarian and spiritual ideals tend to be represented by symbols so that the interested individual may better grasp these, both intellectually and psychologically.

In the realm of Integral Yoga, both in its philosophy, psychology and practice, two symbols predominate as representative of the ideal, completing each other in this representation. Sri Aurobindo’s symbol consists of two triangles, one descending and one ascending. The descending triangle signifying the triple truth of Sat-Chit-Ananda and the ascending triangle (formed by life, light and love) of the triple aspiring response from matter; the junction of the triangles forming a square representing the perfect manifestation and having at its centre the lotus, the Avatar of the Supreme rising from the waters of the Multiplicity or the Creation.” The Mother’s symbol represents the “one primal Power emanating out of itself four major Powers and twelve subsidiary powers of creation.

The first for the year 2015, this issue of the Newsletter ushers in the new year with the larger theme of The Mother’s symbol. Each issue of the following months will feature one aspect of The Mother’s symbol. In this issue, we take a general look at The Mother’s symbol. Essentially The Mother’s symbol, graphically a transverse section of the lotus flower, is made up of one central circle, four outer petals and 12 outer most petals. In The Mother’s words, “The central circle represents the Divine Consciousness. The four petals represent the four powers of The Mother. The twelve petals represent the twelve powers of The Mother manifested for Her work.” The articles in this issue provide an overview of what The Mother’s symbol may mean. We may also find a special connection with The Mother’s symbol with our own lives and contemplate on this special thread of connection.

As always, the drawing of one year to a close and the approach of another year is a significant moment on our lives bound by time. We can look back at the waning year with gratitude for all the lessons it taught and for the little victories over our nature. Even if so called failures have dotted our paths, let light be cast on them that they be failures that enlightened and also showed many ways in which something need not be done. An important part of a new year is the new year resolutions we make. May these be deeper aspirations for a meaningful life of more conquests over weaknesses and inching closer to a better knowledge of one’s own self. Whatever the case may be, may our resolve towards self-discovery gather a new momentum over this new year and be sustained in its efforts towards one’s inner growth.

The editorial team wishes all members and readers of our Newsletter and the larger Sri Aurobindo family and everyone a beautiful year ahead of peace, harmony and integral progress. 

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