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

February - March Sunday Activities at the Centre – A glimpse

February 21st – The Mother’s 138th Birth Anniversary:
The program started with Meditation with Sunil’s Music and Readings from “Prayers and Meditations”.

Following Darshan Message was read:
Concentrate in the Heart, Enter into it; go within and deep and far, as far as you can. Gather all the strings of your consciousness that are spread abroad, roll them up and take a plunge and sink down.
A fire is burning there, in the deep quietude of the heart; it is the divinity in you - your true being. Hear its voice, follow its dictates.

Musical offering by Members of the Society:
Musical Felicitations, Theme: “Mother” and Words from Mother & our Master about music

Shashilal Kashyap
Shailaja Kamarshi
Anand Venkat
Sridhar Raman
Saurab Nair (Guitar)
Preethi Saroja
Lakshmanan G (Tabla)

Like a garland of fragrant jasmine flowers and beautiful roses, the visual entries inter twined with musical offering by our dear friends, helped us experience the divinity of true music, reach our inner sanctum.

A glimpse of Mother’s words on music:

v  The role of music lies in helping the consciousness uplift itself towards the spiritual heights.
v  Indian music when sung by good musicians almost always has a psychic origin.
v  The best way of listening (to music) is this. It is to be like a still mirror and very concentrated.
v  It is one of the methods of inner opening and one of the most powerful.
v  The true and highest art must be the expression of a divine world brought down into this material world. All true artists have some feeling of this kind, some sense that they are the intermediaries between a higher world and this physical existence. If you consider it in this light, Art is not very different from yoga
-          The Mother
Closing meditation was followed by “Mahaprasad” offered by our society members.

February 28th – Savitri, an unending journey:

Meditation on “Savitri” with Huta’s Visuals: Book One, The Book of Beginnings, Canto One The Symbol Dawn - Pictures 11 to 23.

The summary of the lines in pictures from Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo is given below:

The Infinite in itself has neither a centre nor a circumference. But when it chooses to manifest, it collects itself for the purpose and formulates what is to be expressed. The Goddess of Eternal Light is such a self-formulation of the Infinite Divine, centering in herself the potentialities to be put out, shaping and holding in herself the blissful calm of the Ineffable.
The Goddess of Eternal Light forms the link between Timeless Existence and this creation in Time; she renders the truths of the former into terms proper to the latter. She is able to do it for she holds the knowledge of what is to be worked out and in what precise manner. She knows the steps, the course and the goal.
The smile of the Goddess is aglow with the Light of Life, and when she casts it on the existence below which lies dumb and still, under the spell of Inconscience, all there leaps to life; aspiration for her Light and Presence springs up everywhere and all creation is caught into a movement upwards.
The earth we inhabit gives no clear clue to the purpose of its existence. Obscure in its organisation, characterised by insentience in the mass, it is not even articulate enough. The best light that is found wherewith to guide our life-movement is that of an ignorance which is only a half-light, a state of awareness that is not in possession of the truth but seeking for it, partially turned towards the knowledge.
Life on earth is a field for the effort of man to build and speed up his evolution. He participates in the general movement of progression in Nature, fights his way against the elements that oppose or arrest his advance—both within himself and without—, now rises, now falls but is always on the move. This whole sequence of his march onwards through all its ups and downs, struggles and anxieties, joys and griefs, goes on under the watchful eye of the presiding Spirit which is more concerned with the broad lines of development rather than with happenings of local and temporary significance. These circumstances are left to themselves to work out their bearings in the overall situation.
With all his limitations of body, life-energy, sense-instrumentation and groping reason, man is at the head of the evolutionary movement of Nature. He sums up in himself all the past effort of the evolution and represents a departure from the mode of unconscious development followed so long by Nature in her creations. For in him there is the birth of an overt consciousness and he can follow, direct and speed up the course of his evolution, unlike other creatures who are led by Nature in her own tardy process. Of all the creatures on earth, man alone stands erect, lifts up his head from the ground ward position and looks straight upward. He alone has the capacity to think, to see ahead, to plan, to control the course of life. He is the rightful leader of the evolutionary progression in Nature.
As a manifestation of the Divine Consciousness, Savitri came with all the power, luminous wideness and joy characteristic of that Consciousness but these powers could not function in their effectively on the human soil. For in this rushing movement of Time, with no sure foothold, life stands precariously organised in brittle, small and divided forms and being unable to assimilate the workings of powers beyond its accustomed range, contrary to its habitual nature, it rejects them.
The gods have their splendours but also their limitations. For they are typal beings, fixed in their nature beyond which they cannot move. If they want to change, progress into a state that is greater than theirs, e.g. to become one with the Divine, they are obliged to come to this Earth, the field of evolution and progress. They have to take a human birth or draw upon human help in order to progress. It is given to man to change, to progress, to evolve because he has within him a psychic being—a soul whose nature it is to progress towards the Divine. Other orders of beings are not possessed of this privilege. Thus it is that a god assuming human birth, human life-load, is richer in potentialities than his compeer in his own world.
Savitri was aware that the pain and the dread that were gnawing at her were only her individual share of the evil of pain and suffering that is the malady affecting all life in this world at its very roots. She decided to strike at this affliction at its fundamental base and for that purpose sharpened her resolution with the intensities of the suffering she was put to. Each pang added an edge.
Immobile in herself, she gathered force, This was the day when Satyavan must die. (last 2 lines from Canto 1)
That is the condition for all effective evocation of power. It is on a calm base that strength can build itself and acquire unfailing power. Poised in the silence of the soul, holding her nature from all movement, Savitri summoned the force of the Spirit within to collect itself for action.

February 29th – Darshan Day special meditation:

The Supramental Manifestation Day

Following the meditation we read about the significance of the day from the AIM magazine - The Golden Day.

During the common meditation on Wednesday 29th February 1956,

Mother writes: 
“This evening the Divine Presence, concrete and material, was there present amongst you. I had a form of living gold, bigger than the universe, and I was facing a huge and massive golden door which separated the world from the Divine.

As I looked at the door, I knew and willed, in a single movement of consciousness, that “the time has come”, and lifting with both hands a mighty golden hammer I struck one blow, one single blow on the door and the door was shattered to pieces.

Then the Supramental Light and Force and Consciousness rushed upon earth in an uninterrupted flow”.

This was followed by silent meditation.

March 6th – Reading from February 2016 AIM Magazine: Times of Transition

The Hour of God:

Birth pangs of a New world

This passage tells that how new creations can happen with only the destruction of the old ones.

Kala Purusha is already risen to his dreadful work of destroying the old knowledge and beliefs and establish the first Satya yuga of Kali.

Lord Krishna tells Arjuna in chapter 11 that, No construction is possible without a corresponding destruction of its own previous condition. Today has arisen from the graves of yesterday. Krishna introducing Himself here as “I am the MIGHTY WORLD – DESTROYING TIME”, who has manifested to wipe out the generation that has suffered decay in its own false sense-of-values and wrong assumptions about life and its purpose.

The first outbreak of a New Dawn

This passage talks about how Truth is the same at all times but takes different forms. It is inward Eternal taking the joy of outward Mutability. In India, the chosen land, it is preserved and awakens with effective Avatar

The time for revolutionary changes

This passage tells how the higher power is compelling people to do what they must......
It is like a sort of revulsion with stagnation. A thirst for something which is ahead and appears more luminous, better.

The confusion is there to teach us

To avoid confusion and disorder caused by pre planning, thinking and arrangements, enter into the consciousness where we can see only one Being, one Power and live day to day!

The extremes have become more extreme

Mother tells that she believes in the golden force pressing down that has no material consistence and yet seems to be tremendously pressing upon Matter, thus to compel it to turn towards Divine inwardly. At the same time bad is becoming worse.

The values have intensified

The Supramental makes the creation more sensitive to higher power.
All our common sense, all our logic, all our practical sense is dashed to the ground! Useless! It has no force anymore; It no longer corresponds to what is. It is truly a new world,

March 13th – Q&A from The Mother, Complete Works Volume 8 followed by Om Choir

Q: Sweet Mother, Where does our true spiritual life begin?

The Mother: True spirituality begins when one is in constant communion with one’s psychic being and conscious of this divine presence and the will become a constant collaborator with divine will.

Q: Sweet Mother, I would like to have the explanation of a sentence. Sri Aurobindo has said somewhere, “Materially you are nothing, spiritually you are everything.”

The Mother: One who is conscious of his psychic being and united with the divine within is infinitely greater than a ruler upon earth or a millionaire who possesses considerable material power but is unconscious of his psychic being. 
The more we read about psychic presence in us, our aspiration to get in contact with that intensifies!

This was followed by Om Choir.
-  Jayalakshmi

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