Guiding Light of The Month

In this immense heroic struggle, in this sublime struggle of love against hatred, of justice against injustice, of obedience to Thy supreme law against revolt, may I gradually be able to make humanity worthy of a still sublimer peace in which, all internal dissensions having ceased, the whole effort of man may be united for the attainment of a more and more perfect and integral realisation of Thy divine Will and Thy progressive ideal. - The Mother

December - January Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse

December 18th – Study of Secrets of Veda:

Mr Ramanathan conducted the session on the “Secrets of the Veda”.   The topic for the week was a review of verses 10, 11 and 12 of Sukta 1, Mandala 3 of the Rig Veda.  In the previous verses (1 to 9) we were introduced to the Ashwins and Indra.  In verses 10 to 12, Saraswati, as we now worship as the Goddess of Knowledge, is being introduced  as the goddess of inspiration.  This is the brief highlight of what the Rishis meant in verses 10 to 12:

·         The intimate connection between the Vedic sacrifice and a certain state of mind and soul.
·         The interdependence between the offering of clarified butter, Soma juice and luminous thought.
·         Richness of psychological content.
·         Right states of the mind and its awakening and impulsion to Truth and Light.
·         Reveals the figure of Saraswati as the goddess of the inspiration, or sruti.
·         Establishes the connection between the Vedic rivers and psychological states of mind.
According to Vedic Rishis, Saraswati liberates the life and being from falsehood, weakness and limitation and opens to it the doors of the supreme felicity.

Sri Aurobindo, mentions goddess Saraswati as embodying the following aspects:

·         She is that power of Truth, which we call inspiration.
·         Inspiration from the Truth purifies by getting rid of falsehood.
·         As per Indian idea, all sin is merely falsehood, wrongly inspired motion and wrongly directed will and action.
·         Idea of life and ourselves we start with is a falsehood and all else is falsified by it.
·         Truth comes to us as a light, a voice, compelling a change of thought, imposing a new discernment of ourselves and all around us.
·         Truth of thought creates truth of vision.
·         Truth of vision forms in us truth of being.
·         Out of truth of being (satyam) flows naturally truth of emotion, will and action.

December 25th – Savitri, An unending journey:

Book 2 (The Book of the World Traveller of the Worlds) - Canto 1 – The World – Stair – (pictures 1 to 7)

Mr Ramadas facilitated the video session on the Meditations on Savitri, where Mother reads certain passages from Savitri with Huta’s paintings as the backdrop. 

In this Canto, Sri Aurobindo describes the beginning of the evolution, when the The Supreme Divine, fascinated by his own shadow took a plunge into it, and became the Inconscient, as mentoned in the “PurushaSukta”.  The descent is depicted in picture 2 reflecting the following words from Savitri:

Once in the Vigil of a deathless gaze
These grades had marked her giant downward plunge
The wide and prone leap of a godhead’s fall
Our life is a holocaust of the Supreme.
The great World-Mother by her scacrifice
Has made her soul the body of our state…

In Picture 5, we see the formation of the Universe, seen through these words from Savitri

A slow reversal’s movement then took place:
A gas belched out from some invisible Fire,
Of its dense rings were formed these million stars;
Upon earth’s new-born soil God’s tread was heard.
In Picture 6, we see the advent of Man (a spark of the Divine) described by Sri Aurobindo through these significant lines:
A miracle of the Absolute was born,
Infinity put on a finite soul,
All ocean lived within a wandering drop,
A time-made body housed the Illimitable.
To live this Mystery out our souls came here.

December 31st – Midnight Meditation with Readings from Savitri:

We started the prayers at 11 pm with a reading from Mother’s  Prayers and  Meditations, after which we started reading from Book III (The Book of the Divine Mother), Canto Three (The House of the Spirit and the New Creation) of Savitri, where Aswapati  devotes  his attention  on the “Mightier Task” which is awaiting ..

“A Mightier task remained than all he had done
To that he turned from which all being comes,
A sign attending from the Secrecy
Which knows the Truth ungrasped behind our thoughts
And guards the world with its all-seeing gaze,
In the unapproachable stillness of his soul,
Intense, one-pointed, monumental, lone,
Patient he sat like an incarnate hope
Motionless on a pedestal of prayer.
A strength he sought that was not yet on earth,
Help from a Power too great for mortal will,
The light of Truth now seen afar,
A sanction from his high omnipotent force.

The readings continued till five minutes to midnight, after which we set through a beautiful meditation session with The Mother’s music  to celebrate the commencement of the New Year, for the establishment of a “new birth of our consciousness”.

January 1st – New Year’s Day, Darshan day special meditation:

We started the new year with a peaceful meditation with Sunil da’s music. We read some beautiful prayers of the Mother followed by the reading of Savitri - Book 1, Canto 1 - “The Symbol Dawn”.
January 1st – Reading from AIM Magazine:

We read from 2 pages of the Dec 2016 issue of the AIM magazine. In page 40, The Mother discussed about the advent of the New Race. She mentioned that in a few thousand years, “There will be a new heaven and a new earth, a new race will be born, the world will be transformed”,  as foretold  by the prophets of the various traditions. The Mother mentioned that this was possible to be accomplished in a few thousand years because “man has thought of and awaits it”.

In page 41 the Mother talks about the “Difference in the Earth Atmosphere”, where she mentions that “people who are inwardly ready”, who are open and in contact with higher forces, people who have had a more or less direct personal contact with the Supramental Light and Consciousness are able to feel the difference in the earth atmosphere.
January 8th - Reading from Questions and Answers, The Mother:

Volume 8, Page no. 121
The passage talks about how we get lost finding perfection of divine in the personal relationships and get disappointed! Mother says only when a relationship turns sour we turn to divine. It is much wiser to take a straight path to see all the relationships in the Divine. It is aptly put in the following Seven Beatitudes of Life in the human body: (Thoughts and Aphorisms) Discipleship to God the Teacher, sonship to God the Father, tenderness of God the Mother, clasp of the divine Friend, laughter and sport with our Comrade and boy Playfellow, blissful servitude to God the Master, rapturous love of our divine Paramour, these are the seven beatitudes of life in the human body. Canst thou unite all these in a single supreme and rainbow-hued relation? Then hast thou no need of any heaven and thou exceedest the emancipation of the Adwaitin.
- Sri Aurobindo
How blissful it would be if we have the Love of Gopis for Lord Krishna!

January 15th – Savitri, An unending journey:
Book 2 (The Book of the World Traveller of the Worlds) - Canto 2 – The Kingdom of Subtle Matter – (pictures 1 to 9)

In this Canto Sri Aurobindo describes the world beyond the physical world through Aswapati’s journey.

Mr Ramadas, the  facilitator for the video session on the Meditations on Savitri, read  from MP Pandit’s summary on The Kingdom of Subtle Matter, an extract of which is provided below.

Crossing beyond the borders of the physical world, Aswapati enters into a realm of wonder and delight—the world of subtle matter. This world overtops our physical world. Beautiful, symmetrical in forms, with senses subtler and more far-ranging than the physical ones, this realm is the shining origin of the world below. All here on earth follows the lines already mapped out there in the subtle world above.

It forms a protective shield to the material world, intercepting the charge of the higher Light and Power and allowing only so much of it as can be borne by it without it breaking under the impact. It functions as a regulating channel to the downflow of the Powers from above. With all its glitter, however, this world is not all safe. Attractive and delightful though it is on its summits, it has dangerous gulfs on its lower levels. Peril is clothed in beauty, danger is invested with charm. After reading MP Pandit’s summary Mr Ramadoss shared Huta’s paintings with Mother’s voice in the background reading the relevant lines from Savitri. We list below two out of the nine  pictures that depict this Canto.

Picture 2 – We see a golden  roof with dew drops dripping from the sky.

The words from Savitri  is as follows:

            This brilliant roof of our descending plane,
            Intercepting the free boon of heaven’s air,
            Admits small inrushes of a mighty breath
            Or fragrant circuits through gold lattices…
            And bright dews drip from the Immortal’s Sky

In Picture 9 which is the last picture - We see a very happy soul swinging in a cradle
The words from Savitri is as follows:

            Life in its boundaries lingered satisfied…..
            The beautiful body of a soul at ease,
Like one who laughs in sweet and sunlit groves,
Childlike she swung in her gold cradle of joy.

-          Rama

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