Guiding Light of The Month

Like a flame that burns in silence, like a perfume that rises straight upward without wavering, my love goes to Thee; and like the child who does not reason and has no care, I trust myself to Thee that Thy Will may be done, that Thy Light may manifest, Thy Peace radiate, Thy Love cover the world. - The Mother

August - September Sunday Activities at the Centre – A glimpse

August 23rd – Savitri Reading Circle:

Read from Book Eleven, Canto 1 (page- 671 to 674) - The Eternal Day: The Soul’s Choice and the Supreme Consummation:

After Death is eaten away by light, Savitri’s experience in the eternal light is beautifully given in the passages from 671 to 674.

Savitri is in a realm of marvels. A wonderful sun leans down from skies of ecstasy upon worlds of deathless bliss, home of perfection, where the smile of the Eternal is constantly unfolded in its magic, captivating his inner heart-beats of delight. Thoughts take forms in happy dimensions to satisfy, as it were, some casual need in the divine peace around. By their happy embodiment they answer the deep demand of an infinite sense and fulfil its need for forms to contain its formless thrill.

Below the mystic heaven of Satchidananda are seen in their truth the seven immortal planes (based upon the eternal principles of Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, Truth-Consciousness. Mind, Life, Matter). These are the homes where dwell the blessed ones released from death and sleep, where neither grief nor any pang can come from the self-lost and seeking worlds Wow to affect the unchanging quietude of the Heaven-nature, alter its eternal calm, its poise of immutable ecstasy.
Immortal harmonies fill Savitri’s listening ear. A great spontaneous speech of the heights comes borne on the huge wings of a rhythmic grandeur, pouring, from sonic deep spiritual fount of sound, notes quivering with the secrets of the gods. Through every cry of virgin attraction and desire a consciousness yearns. It finds the depths but is not satisfied and searches them again and again as if hunting in some deep secret heart to find a lost or missing felicity.
(From collected works of Sri Aurobindo)
The description of Savitri’s experience really gives us the glimpse of the unknown and unthinkable which rents our horizon into infinity!

August 30th – Reading from Mother’s Works:

 Questions and Answers 1956-The Mother (Book 8):

“Life not a remote silent or high-uplifted ecstatic Beyond. Life alone, is the field of our Yoga. The transformation of our superficial, narrow and fragmentary human way of thinking, seeing, feeling and being into a deep and wide spiritual consciousness and an integrated inner and outer existence and of our ordinary human living into the divine way of life must be in central purpose” – (The Synthesis of Yoga, page 82)

Disciples question on what is divine life and if the divine way of Life is established only when the Supermind descends. Mother answers this thus:

Divine means that which is infinitely superior to our present way of thinking, feeling and understanding.
And there is inner urge in every human being to become that!
At every evolutionary point divine expression is more and more manifested from matter to mind. It is progressive and it is as though He is reserving for the end the most beautiful things in the His being.
Sri Aurobindo has used the word Super mind to explain something beyond our present mind and superior to human creation. It is something infinite and has no limits.

September 6th – Reading from AIM Magazine:

We read a few passages from a Special Number on The Divine Compassion.

In the first passage we read, Sri Aurobindo says we should have the Simple Approach to the Divine. We should have the trust that He hears our prayer and with the faith, perfect and simple confidence and reliance, wait for the help in His wisest choice of time.
2.     The Mother’s presence is always there, but with our own idea, notion of things and demand upon things her presence will get veiled. She is not withdrawing from us, but it is the other way.
Rama also quoted a few lines from Devaram and songs of Siddars’ supporting the above passages which carried the highest philosophy by the seers who had such amazing poetic ability.

September 13th – Q&A on Synthesis of yoga from Book 8, The Mother:

The first passage we read deals with “what is Dynamic meditation?”

For disciples’ question on what Sri Aurobindo meant by Dynamic meditation, Mother answers that our meditation should be “self dynamising” for the purpose of transformation. Our general conception of sitting motionless with eyes closed for any length of time doesn’t help in any way as we come out of it the same as we entered it. So we should have an aspiration for transformation burning bright when we meditate. Dynamic meditation can be even to find a solution for our problems or a difficulty to clear up.

In the 2nd question we read, Mother says whatever we do or give to anybody, even the most mundane things, it should be with the remembrance of the Divine and as an expression of our consecration to the Divine.

The 3rd question is about whether there is any special significance of 2,3,4,5,6 {23rd April 1956) to the Ashram? The Mother says it is only our belief that develops with the use of certain numbers and something exceptional happens; otherwise it is like any other number. She also relates that it is similar to a medicine, which, with concurrence of favourable circumstances, has cured a number of people and immediately it is proclaimed that medicine is all powerful against a particular disease. It could be dramatically opposite for others. It is the same thing with belief in numbers also. It is all relative!

-       Jayalakshmi

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