Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

There wisdom sits on her eternal throne

5th December 2017

On December 5, 1950, at 1.26 a.m. he left his body. Of one thing we may be sure: Sri Aurobindo did not succumb to death - for him, as for all great yogis - it was ichha mrityu. The Mother has said categorically: 'Our Lord has sacrificed himself totally for us.... He was not compelled to leave his body, he chose to do so for reasons so sublime that they are beyond the reach of human mentality.' Indeed the total significance of this supreme sacrifice will remain ungrasped by our limited intelligence. His body was suffused with a crimson-gold light. Power and peace and bliss filled the room. Many who came - and they came by thousands - were spell-bound, dumb and overwhelmed. Untarnished, undimmed for five days the body lay in state. On the 9th, at 5 p.m. it was interred in a vault in the Ashram courtyard under the cool shade of the 'Service Tree'.

The Mother's prayer of gratitude is inscribed in English and French on the two sides of the Samadhi:

To Thee who hast been the material envelope of our Master, to Thee our infinite gratitude. Before Thee who hast done so much for us, who hast worked, struggled, suffered, hoped, endured so much, before Thee who hast willed all, attempted all, prepared, achieved all for us, before Thee we bow down and implore that we may never forget, even for a moment, all we owe to Thee.

(Excerpt from Chapter 14, “Sri Aurobindo for all ages”, Nirodbaran, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry) 

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