Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - The Mother

From the Editor’s Desk (Apr 2015)

We caught glimpses of the power of Force and Wisdom in the last two issues of our Newsletter. We became acquainted with the idea of the need of wisdom and force in working towards the expression of the Divine. However, these Powers are not the only Powers embodied by the Divine, nor are they alone sufficient in expressing the Divine in fullness. In this April issue of our Newsletter, we carry the fragrance of Mahalakshmi, whose power of Harmony and Beauty enhance the Powers of Force and Wisdom.

To just mention aloud, “Mahalakshmi”, or to hold her high in one’s thoughts, to keep her folded in the lotus of one’s heart, to partake of her form with one’s vision is to invoke the embodiment of Beauty, Love, Joy, Harmony and more, an abundance of these, in one stroke. The fruits of invocation do promise to multiply, simply because something in one responds to these qualities, something in one longs for them and grasps them full at the least opportunity and keeps them cherished as long as can be. However, upon the invocation itself is placed the demand of purity, simplicity and sincerity. For she cherishes not the presence of, “selfishness and hatred and jealousy and malignance and envy and strife…” in the heart of the person and either refuses to show her face or retracts her presence.

One would have often heard the phrase, in usually traditional households, with a voice tinged with pride or awe or gratitude - “…there goes Mahalakshmi!” in reference to a woman, held in high regard. In the mortal sphere, one may take another look at what the phrase would have meant with an understanding of the subject, as a person, who deserved such a title.

But truly, in our own lives, who is this Mahalakshmi? Has one known her, felt her touch? When would those moments have been? In what way – mentally, physically, emotionally or more? These are some questions that one can dwell on for a while and get a mental idea or picture of an inexplicable, unfathomable truth. But to truly know Mahalakshmi and let her live in one’s life, integrally, now that could be an offering worth considering. Sri Aurobindo lays sure guidelines to reach that Divinity, who is one embodiment of The Mother, amongst many. He writes, “Where there is affinity to the rhythms of the secret world-bliss and response to the call of the All-Beautiful and concord and unity and the glad flow of many lives turned towards the Divine, in that atmosphere she consents to abide.” Here Sri Aurobindo places the requirements, or the passwords to Her entry into one’s life and around it. Then he also spells out all that turns her away: “…all that is ugly and mean and base, all that is poor and sordid and squalid, all that is brutal and coarse repels her advent.” But she does wait, “…for this bitter and poisonous devil’s stuff to be rejected and disappear before she will found anew her happy influence.” Here he plants hope and also the grand plan of our transformation so that She may manifest.

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