Guiding Light of The Month

THERE is a great difference between being in the midst of active work, of external action, while keeping one’s thought constantly fixed on Thee, and entering into that perfect union with Thee which leads to what I have called “absolute Consciousness, true Omniscience, Knowledge”. - The Mother

May - June Sunday Activities at the Centre- A glimpse

May 22nd - Savitri, An Unending Journey:

For this week – we continued our study of Sri Aurobindo’s mystical experiences as encapsulated in the mantras of Book I Canto III of Savitri. We sailed through mysteried seas of knowledge and flame – breathing the air that moves the ‘argosies of the Gods’ and the ‘strange riches’ sailing from the unseen. We witnessed the “flame wrapped outbursts of the immortal Word / and flashes of an occult revealing Light” – heard the lightning feet of Inspiration and felt her flame stab that bares the closed beyond. Through mantric word and sound, we touched the possibility of Knowledge beyond mind.

 June 5th - Selected readings from All India Magazine, “The Hidden Sun,” May 2016 edition:
The “Hidden Sun” was an intriguing theme selected for reading on this day. Since the title itself was pregnant with suggestions and a world of possible meanings and explanations, we decided to start by reading the editorial, seeking to place the theme in perspective. There was indeed a rich background to the “Hidden Sun”. Who or what is this hidden sun?

The hidden sun, according to the Vedic seers, is the eighth son of Aditi, named Martanda, whom Aditi “cast down into the darkness to fight and emerge victoriously” (All India Magazine, May 2016, pg. 3). Aditi is the “Mother of the Universe, the Primal Being … Aditi is all that has been and all that will take birth.” (Rig Veda 1.89.10 in This sun, which the Vedas sing of, is none other than the Supramental sun of the Integral Yoga, hidden for now, and nursing a glorious dawn, or awakening in secrecy.  For this glorious awakening is needed a sufficient purification and preparation of this earth nature, behind which the Sun is hidden, so that it can express itself in its truest, most resplendent Light and transform all of earth nature into its truest and most resplendent. The editorial further makes reference to the first descent of the Supramental Light upon earth on the 29th of February 1956 through the tapasya of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo.  Following the reading of the editorial, the two passages titled, “The unborn Glory” on page 6 and “Mind and the Divine Consciousness” on pg. 7 were read. These two passages spoke about the place of the mind in this Yoga which aims at the Supramental realization, especially touching upon its limitations in knowing by identity, the Supermind.

The following quote gives a succinct summary of the content of the readings: “Only the supermind can be a true mediator and interpreter. But if you want the supramental Light, you must not tie yourself to mental ideas, but draw back from them and observe them with an impartial equality in the silence of the spirit. When the supramental Light touches them, it will put them in their place and finally replace them by the true truth of things.” (All India Magazine, May 2016, pg.7).

June 12th – Readings from The Synthesis of Yoga:
We discussed the question addressed to the Mother on what a ‘self-creator’ is.  The context of the discussion was a passage from The Synthesis of Yoga on the personal and impersonal Godhead. The Mother explained that creation should be taken in the sense of ‘manifesting, of making apparent’ – and the Divine, being the All and beyond the All, manifests his own self in the act of creation. It is as if the Divine has given an ‘external form of Himself to Himself.’

-  Jared and Jayanthy

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