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

November - December Sunday Activities at the Centre – A glimpse

24 November 2015: Darshan day or Siddhi day

On 24th Nov 1926, a great descent took place in the earth consciousness. The starting and ending meditation and reading of selected prayers to create a meditative atmosphere were done. The Darshan message is : "the word is a sound expressive of the idea. In the supra-physical plane when an idea has to be realized, one can by repeating the word-expression of it, produce vibrations which prepare the mind for the realization of the idea. This is the principle of the Mantra and of japa. One repeats the name of the Divine and the vibrations created in the consciousness prepare the realization of the Divine."

A few extracts from the book ‘The Life of Sri Aurobindo' by AB Purani were read and contemplated upon.  "It [the 24th November 1926] was the descent of Krishna into the physical. Krishna is not the supramental Light. The descent of Krishna would mean the descent of the Overmind Godhead preparing, though not itself actually bringing, the descent of Supermind and Ananda. Krishna is the Anandamaya; ˙He supports the evolution through the Overmind leading it towards his Ananda." (in "On Himself" ... "Silence absolute, living silence - not merely living but overflowing with divinity. Then meditation lasted about forty-five minutes. After that one by one the disciples bowed to The Mother. She and Sri Aurobindo gave blessings to them. Whenever a disciple bowed to The Mother, Sri Aurobindo's right hand came forward behind The Mother's as if blessing him through The Mother. After the blessings, in the same silence there was a short meditation." .. "By six o'clock most of the disciples had gathered. It was becoming dark. In the verandah on the wall near Sri Aurobindo's door, just behind his chair, a black silk curtain with gold lace work representing three Chinese dragons was hung. The three dragons were so represented that the tail of one reached up to the mouth of the other and the three of them covered the curtain from end to end. We came to know afterwards that there is a prophecy in China that the Truth will manifest itself on earth when the three dragons (the dragons of the earth, of the mind region and of the sky) meet. Today on 24 November the Truth was descending and the hanging of the curtain was significant." We all made a conscious effort to transport our consciousness in time and space to experience the atmosphere and the entire environment .

30th November 2014:  Readings from Savitri Book 8, Canto 3 'The Death in the Forest'

This is central and eternal question of man about birth and death of the body and the unknown factor called Fate governed by the Divine Will. There were seven selected slides and only one  canto in Book 8. The Divine Mother taking up the human body of Savitri to experience the human pain of Love and Death and giving her leading hands to uplift humanity towards the conquest of Death is profoundly expressed in this canto and transport from this 'Earthly life towards Life Divine'. After one year of Tapasya on the destined day of Satyavan's death she follows him to the forest and remains continuously beside him. They were happily together experiencing the 'Nature's mystic silence’ in the 'Beauty and grandeur' of the woods. Then suddenly a shooting pain develops in Satyavan's heart and he lays down on her lap while she hugs and kisses him - the most realistic and ultimate expression of conjugal attachment by the divine Prakriti and Purusha or Nature and Truth manifested in human forms to show the path of immortality to the striving humanity.

All were attempting to understand the Sri Aurobindo's mystic symbolism underlying the expressions. Even though we know the etymological meaning of the English words and the expression from our physical mental level, we will be carried to different worlds as we move on the path of Sadhana and Intergral Yoga. It is like a core Truth that we are all distantly encircling at different distances and the more we approach the inner circle of Light we would experience the lines of Savitri. It has been said that even those lines that we memorize and repeat daily would reveal differently as we progress inwardly.

No conclusion on the meaning at mental level is possible as contemplating on the Mantras from Savitri is an endless beginning for an infinite immortality. All of us experience the parting of a loved one and helplessly look at it. This helplessness is the burning question of humanity… ,"She knew that visible Death was standing there ... And Satyavan had passed from her embrace."

December 5th 2014: Mahasamadhi Day

The altar was decorated very beautifully and being a working day people came to the Centre to do Pranam at different times and there were some who came to the Centre, read the message and did a long meditation "Supreme Lord, teach us to be silent, that in the silence we may receive your force and understand Your will". - The Mother

December 7th Sunday: Readings from Sri Aurobindo's 'Bases of Yoga'

We read some passages from "Bases on Yoga", pages 104-106 from the chapter "Physical Consciousness - Subconscient - Sleep and Dream – Illness". The topic was about the layers of sleep and dreams. Mother never encouraged sleeplessness or reduction in the duration of sleep. The body's need should be fulfilled. It was about how to be remain conscious in sleep that brings silence and real rest to all parts of the body.

14th December 2014: Readings from Words of The Mother and Om Choir

There were around 8 persons on this day and none of them had attended the previous sessions of the “Words of The Mother”. We re-read the same chapter from ‘Bases of Yoga’, this time pages 105 to 107.  We shared our experiences about dreamless sleep and illness. One of the members  shared an explanation from the Ashram teachers reply to students questions about the medical facilities provided in the Ashram and the need of medical aid until the body reaches a state of divine receptivity wherein it can heal itself or prevent the entry of diseases. Then Om Choir was conducted by one of the member to end the session.

21st December 2014:  Readings from Sri Aurobindo's ‘Bases of Yoga

We read from pages 107 to 109 on illness of the body. Members shared their experiences and discussed about what Sri Aurobindo has said about the various means of sadhana to overcome or prevent the body's ailments and attack of diseases.

- Sundari

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