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All is light, all is love, ignorance and egoism are but vain phantoms, they can be dissolved. And over all things spreads Thy sovereign peace, Thy fecund calmness. - The Mother

Like Mount Fuji

An excerpt from chapter ‘Like Mount Fuji’, On the Mother
In answer to a pointed question as to how Mirra had struck the Okhawas when they knew her, whether they had seen then any indications of her vast spiritual reserves and her future divine ministry at Pondicherry. Dr. Okhawa paused a little, and spoke slowly, as if carefully weighing his words:
No...no ... we were too near her, we all lived in the same house for about a year we were too intimate ....
You know Mount Fuji ... you can't appreciate it in full when you are very near, when you are too close ... some distance is needed ... from a distance, ah! it is grand, it is breath-taking, it is sublime!
She was like Mount Fuji, Mirra was....
After a significant pause, Dr. Okhawa added slowly:
But even then, even forty years ago, I could see that Mirra was deeply mystical, she was often withdrawn, with a faraway look, a look sometimes of infinite anxiety, sometimes of ecstatic happiness....
And also - at the same time - Mirra was thoroughly scientific, thoroughly practical. That was an extraordinary combination....
I can see that Pondicherry is a great spiritual centre today. I am not surprised ... I am happy!
That was a marvellously sincere and marvellously accurate assessment. Dr. Okhawa seemed to be a little exhausted, and he quietly listened when Gokakand I described the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of ,Education that was coming up under the aegis of the Ashram and the direct inspiration and guidance of the Mother.

(‘On The Mother’, Chapter 12 – “Like Mount Fuji”, K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry)

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