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CONCEPTION - DISCLAIMERS - UPDATES - NOTES - ISSUES - TODO - META - LINKS & SEE ALSO

Definitions - Quotes


- CONCEPTION -

"conception" generally explains why I created a page, its intention or why. what I plan to do with it, its justification, or even a hope, which is especially true when a page is empty and holding space till the intention is met.

- The vision for this place, is of several parts, the earliest was of a place that offered the best information on any topics, well interconnected so one could fumble ones way towards whatever knowledge one may be consciously or blindly seeking. A solution to the ignorance of Night, or to not knowingness or the Darkness. And by best I mean especially highest, widest, deepest and most inclusive (integral) but also of the various scales so it can be jumped on on whatever level and regardless of ones current state.

- Hoping to cover all topics of worth, it instantly becomes of massive compounded scope. But that is the ideal. For now I am filling it out but eventually I will open it up to comments and then user generated content that is sortable, rankable, searchable etc. see also wordlist (vision)
- it is also meant to be a game and an adventure, with places to explore. Places beautiful, wonderful, scary, delightful, complex, holy, infinite, Divine.

this page was originally bigindex, but it got too big and wih the very nice search bar it became partially superfluous. So now I want a surface level index of the website here I think. plus links to fully established pages, though while trying to keep the loading times extremely light. regardless bigindex is the way to go if you are looking for a portal to near everything on the website.

as for the search bar above, as you type it will show you all the pages containing the term, anything that shows up is an actual page. if you type something and hit enter for a page that does exist it will (for now) go to my_404.php, and that page is currently "broken" as it is being used to redirect .html to .php so links from google still work. once places stop indexing .html I will switch it back.


- DISCLAIMERS -

All this is true and false; and it is true and false to say that it is true and false. ~ Aleister Crowley

Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question. [A caution he gives his students, to be wary of dogmatism.] ~ Niels Bohr

Do not take my words for a teaching. Always they are a force in action, uttered with a definite purpose, and they lose their true power when separated from that purpose. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother I

It is no use reading books of guidance if one is not determined to live what they teach. Blessings ~ The Mother

The tendency to take what I lay down for one and apply it without discrimination to another is responsible for much misunderstanding. A general statement, too, true in itself, cannot be applied to everyone alike or applied now and immediately without consideration of condition or circumstance or person or time. ~ Sri Aurobindo

No two ideas have any real meaning until they are harmonized in a third, and the operation is only perfect when these ideas are contradictory. This is the essence of the Hegelian logic. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, The Cup

But please remember: this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, will be far stranger. ~ Arthur C Clarke

- UPDATES -

2021-02-14
currently at 5650 pages, 1987 chapters.
added about 250 chapters from the Mother. 3 books by Satprem
constant cleaning, adding, reorganizing, filling etc.

2021-01-26
added first two parts of two books by Franz Bardon, also updated Occultism

2020-01-02
- been working a good amount on Savitri_extended_toc. it is something like a 100x smaller version of the original book, comprised of my favorite passages. It is still missing work in book 1, 3, end of 7, 8, 9, 10, 12. its a good starting map or tour de force of the works. Though it is biased in it is often comprised of the passages I like. Whereas others would speak more likely to others.
- oh i guess I have been playing lots of Wizardry 7, from.. the 25th to 30th maybe? then it started to taper off and I worked on the extended toc. thank God. I imagine I have done odds and ends work around the site. oh before Savitri toc I was dipping back into game dev for a while. and spent a few days working on versions of the world map, which was relating to the world design analysis of Wizardry 7.
- My map is still missing firstly, the temple and the garden.
- WAIT! But then! so I moved from mapping in Wizardry 7, to making the world map for game dev (the overmap but not the holy places like temple and garden), then they came to mind (the temple and garden), but then the will to work on "Savitri extended toc" as it is a map, or cartography of Savitri. oooooo.

2020-12-14
- added some asana photos to "Physical Inspiration"
- merged at least 10 entries into Savitri, but now its pretty overwhelming. There is still 15 more aswell.
- I partially regret the decision because keeping things seperated is similar to the way chapters are structured but perhaps they stretch out, contract and stretch out again. Despite how long it has been, working on such sections are inevitable.

2020-12-09
added chatroom system, (chatango). again will take a few days before they are on every page.
it is a global interlinked system, so anyone on any page can talk with anyone on any other page.
a proper complex multi room chat server will still be coming along one of these days
until then one can also check out the discord server (which has about 430 members) - join the integral discord server

2020-12-08
added commenting system, (disqus) it will take a while before they are on every page (as I need to re-generator the pages)

2020-12-05
added and been adding table of contents and works by Swami_Vivekananda, Swami_Sivananda_Saraswati

2020-12-02
there are currently about 4800 pages.
these are most easily found by typing in the search bar at the top of the page and then letting looking through the available pages that show up as you type.

2020-12-01
cleaning up the index page, also got analytics working.

2020-11-27
switched site to php since google analytics wasnt working at the time and I wanted a way to figure out such things.

2020-11-13
- I deeply apologize for how utterly barren this site is atm but the spaces must exist first so its part of the process. Asap I will add the capacity for users to add comments which I can then merge to the main text or something for a while.
- desperately need to fix the line breaks in the quotes. it just ruins Savitri.

2020-11-12
- figure out the utf-8 issue or whatever is distorting and uglyfying text.
- theres tons of stuff to do, it wouldnt hurt to check..
- wordlist (inspiration)


2020-11-10 04:32
todo
- fix missing
in quotes, asap.
- readd at least some chapters.
- move absolute links to footer for google previews to not show them.
-

2020-11-06 06:06
- were live! well, partially. I deleted all the biggest entries to make a ziped version that was small enough to quickly transfer over so I could get a sample of the site working. the rest of the entries are being generated now, in a reduced size. They will probably take 6 hours to make then ill zip em and send em over and then the site will legit be properly online with its 4500 pages.
- hopefully the analytics works.
- ill be adding comments asap I hope so people can contribute that way for now if they wish


- NOTES -

- use libgen to get book succinct descriptions
- The Ultimate of anything is a Divine Status
All beings and places are God
All beings are places
All powers are beings
All powers act?

  you should be able to find anything anywhere. Like TSOY from @0, @1, @2, @3 etc

I also want to invoke with the site itself several things.
1) that life is a grand adventure. a wonderous adventure.
the type of wonder and joy relating to.. my favorite games, favorite shows (being transported to a magical world), the Tower, Savitri,


it would be cool if on mouse over of images they became gifs. but that would require everything being an immaculate work of art. imo if it is to replace quotes. or supplement.


- ISSUES -

- issues basically become stock for todo.

- TODO -

- note, most todo is now a local file separate from this website so it can be worked on independently. though i will try to fill this out so y'all can see what im planning... its also here: wordlist (vision).

- add pre-sections to lists like authors or subjects, sorted by blockquote counts.
- add contents for The Red Book - Liber Novus
- add a list on index of
favorite pages /
pages that I want / need to work on inspiration, The Mother, Philosophy, Infinite Library, the Infinite Art Gallery, GRADES
most developed

bigindex ::: continue working on it

- integrate all the rest of index and wordlist pages to here. basically important site cleanup.
- this especially means merging all or most pages containing '(' such as the 20-30 Savitri pages containing brackets.
- in all theres between 100-250 such pages with brackets. so it will bring down the total site count but increase quality and hopefully retention

- add keyboard shortcuts for index page.
- it would be good to add outlines of how complete sections are and how complete the pages they link to are. like how magical is "TIL" is it sufficently magical?
- I want magical items on index.
- objects arent visible immediately from subjects links.. maybe objects and nouns could be own thing.
- I would also like auto sectional generation still. as a page grows it would be good if they all automatically had it.
- - it would be nice if each page had a description. I suppose images get quotes which is a good start.

  bookmarks
  sections
  pages
  "links to here"

- META -

I am not sure if it should go here, but I want to create page descriptions here. or maybe in here or in a vision note.
- I would especially like each room to have a listed intention here. like,
what am I trying to invoke with "the Game"? likely that this life, and universe is a wonderful divine game. but never just the words here, but the realization. trigger the realization. "oh yes! this game is amazing. how wonderous!" and the corresponding effects.


- LINKS & SEE ALSO-

- all 4800 pages are linked to variously in object

the following links are bookmarks in bigindex
BEINGS - names, forms, persons, archetypes, titles, authors, professions
PLACES - places, planes, the worlds, the body of God
POWERS - attributes, powers, capacities, elements, difficulties
INJUNCTIONS - practices, movements, projects, verbs
SUBJECTS - subjects, objects, things, concepts, nouns

links sorted variously
SUBJECTS
Acting, Alchemy, Architecture, Art, Artifical_Intelligence
Baha_i_Faith, Ballet, Biology, Buddhism
Chemistry, Christianity, Christian_Mysticism, class, Cognitive_Science, Comedy, Communication, Computer_Science, Construction, courses, Cryptocurrency, Cybernetics
Dance, Divination
Ecology, Education, Electronics, Engineering, English
Fiction, Formal_Sciences
game_design, Game_Dev, Guru_Yoga
Hacking, Hatha_Yoga, Health, Hinduism, History
Informatics, Information_Science, Integral, Integral_Theory, Integral_Yoga, Jewish_Mysticism, Jnana_Yoga
Kabbalah, Karma_Yoga
Language, Law, Library_Science, Linguistics, Love
Martial_Arts, Math, Military, Music, Mysticism, Mythology
Natural_Sciences, Neuroscience, Numerology
Occultism
Philosophy, Physics, poems, Poetry, product_design, Psychology, Psychotherapy
Raja_Yoga, Robotics
Science, Self-Help, Sikhism, Social_Sciences, Sociology, Storytelling, subjects_(by_alpha), subjects_(old), Sufism, Systems_Engineering, Systems_Science
Taoism, Theology, the_Subject, Tibetan_Buddhism
world_building
Yoga
Zen


PLACES
a Place I rather be
a treasure-house of miraculous knowledge
Auroville
base
Bookstores
building
castle
Cathedral
chatroom
City
City on the Port
class
communities
domain
dungeon
Elysium
garden
God
Heaven
Hedge Maze
Hell
Hill
hill
house
Infinite Library
Integral Centers
Japan
Laboratory
Labyrinth
lair
Library
Maze
Meditation Centers
mental
my room
new place
palace
physical
places (from OWRPG)
places I want to go
places (list)
places (notes)
places (on earth)
planes
potential places to live
province
Pyramid of Works
realm
sanctuary
sanctum
Savitris Tower
School
spire
Sri Aurobindos room
Temple
the Abyss
the Astral Temple
the Castle
the Castle in the Sky
the Catacombs
the Cemetery
the Central City
the Circle
the City of the Pyramids
the City of Towers
the Community Center
the Crossing
the Crossroads
the Crossroads (vg)
the Dark Forest
the Dark Path
the Entrance to the Dungeon
the Exit
the Floating (place) in the Sky
the Future
the Game (the Worlds)
the Garden
the Help Center
the Higher Mind
the Infinite Art Gallery
the Infinite Building
the Interior Castle
The Intermediate Zone
the Internet
the Laboratory
the Labyrinth
the Library (books)
the Library of All-Knowledge
the Maze of Nightmares
the Necromancers Tower
the Overmind
the Palace
the Path
the permanent dwelling-place of Sri Aurobindo
the Place
the Place of All-Knowledge
the Place of Incarnation
the Place where everything is already complete
the Place where Inspiration comes from
the Place where knowledge is
the Place where Sri Aurobindo is
the Place where The Mother is
the Place where visions come from
the Playground
the Prison
the Red Tower
the Refuge
the Room
the Room of Portals
the Sanctuary
the Study
The Sunlit Path
the Temple
the Temple-City
the Temple of Boundless Light
the Temple of Knowledge
the Temple of Sages
the Temple of the Morning Star
the Temple of the Mother
the Temple of Timelessness
the Tower
the Tower of Babel
the Tower of MEM
the Wired
the World
the Worlds
threshold
Time
Unknown
world


MEDIA - anime, Art, article, assessment, audio, audio_files, bigindex, books, canto, chapters, class, collection, comics, data, databases, datatype, dialogues, dictionary, encyclopedia, entry, episodes, example, favorites, games, gifs, grocery, img, interview, lists, log_other, lyrics, magazines, manga, map, movies, Music, news, notes, notes_(unsorted), plays, podcast, poems, poems_(other), profiles, proverbs, psychometrics, questionnaire, questions, quotes, records, roms, scripture, short_essay, short_story, speeches, strings, summary, survey, table, ted_talk, test, the_Stack, the_Word, torrents, transcripts, tv_shows, videogames, websites, wordlist_(web)

wordlist
index (overview)

select ::: Being, God, injunctions, media, place, powers, subjects,
favorite ::: cwsa, everyday, grade, mcw, memcards_(table), project, project_0001, Savitri_(cento), Savitri_(extended_toc), the_Temple_of_Sages, three_js, whiteboard,
temp ::: consecration, experiments, knowledge, meditation, psychometrics, remember, responsibility, temp, the_Bad, the_God_object, the_Good, the_most_important, the_Ring, the_source_of_inspirations, the_Stack, the_Tarot, the_Word, top_priority, whiteboard,



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--- SEE ALSO


--- SIMILAR TITLES [11]


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- IN DICTIONARIES -


index ::: 1. An alphabetized list of names, places, and subjects treated in a printed work, giving the page or pages on which each item is mentioned. 2. A sequential arrangement. 3. Something that reveals or indicates; a sign. :::

indexed ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Index

indexer ::: n. --> One who makes an index.

indexes ::: pl. --> of Index

indexical ::: a. --> Of, pertaining to, or like, an index; having the form of an index.

indexically ::: adv. --> In the manner of an index.

index ::: n. --> That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses.
That which guides, points out, informs, or directs; a pointer or a hand that directs to anything, as the hand of a watch, a movable finger on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument. In printing, a sign used to direct particular attention to a note or paragraph; -- called also fist.
A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and the

indexing ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Index

indexterity ::: n. --> Want of dexterity or readiness, especially in the use of the hands; clumsiness; awkwardness.

Index: (Lat. indicare, to indicate) A directing sign; that which indicates. Employed by C. S. Peirce (1839-1914) in logic, or semiotic, as that sign which refers to an object by virtue of being affected by it. See Sign. -- J.K.F.

index
(Plural "indices" or "indexes")
1. A number used to select an element of a list,
vector, {array} or other sequence. Such indices are nearly
always non-negative integers but see {associative array}.
2. See {inverted index}. [Other kinds?]
3. A {search engine}.
4. A {subject index}.
[{Jargon File}]
(1997-04-09)

Index Data
A Danish company who have released a lot of {ANSI
Z39.50} related source under {GPL}.
{(http://130.228.5.168)}.
(1996-07-22)

IndexedDB
A {transactional}, {JavaScript}-based {object-oriented
database} for use in {web browsers}. IndexedDB stores and
retrieves objects that are indexed with a key. Using the
{structured clone algorithm}, it can serialise complex data
structures that may contain {cyclic references}.
IndexedDB is supported by {Chrome}, {Firefox}, {Opera}, {Safari}
and even {Internet Explorer}.
{MDN
(https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/IndexedDB_API)},
{W3C Proposal (http://www.w3.org/TR/IndexedDB/)}.
(2014-12-01)

Indexed Sequential Access Method
(ISAM) An {IBM} file management system allowing
records to be accessed either sequentially (in the order they
were entered) or via an index. Each index orders the records
on a different key.
ISAM was followed by VSAM ({Virtual Storage Access Method})
and pre-dated {relational databases}.
(2003-07-13)

index.htm
{index.php}

index.php
The default {HTML} page served by most {web
servers} in response to a request for a {directory}. The name
suggests that the page will contain some kind of index of the
contents of the requested directory.
For example, if the content for {website} example.com is stored
in the {file system} in directory /var/www/example.com, then a
request for http://example.com/products would return the contents
of file /var/www/example.com/products/index.php.
A {website}'s {home page} follows the same logic. For the above
example, a request for http://example.com/ would return the
contents of /var/www/example.com/index.php.
It is often possible, and occasionally necessary, to specify
index.php explicitly in the URL, as in
http://example.com/index.php, though modern practice is to omit
it.
If you're looking for {FOLDOC's home page (/)} at
http://foldoc.org/index.php, then you followed an out-of-date
link. Please update your bookmark to http://foldoc.org/ or inform
the owner of the site you came from.
{Microsoft}, of course, has to be different and uses default.htm
instead of index.php. The variant index.htm is a throw-back to
the days when some file systems only allowed three-character file
name extensions.
(2014-06-22)

index register
A {register} found in some {CPUs}, whose contents
can be added to the address {operand} to give the {effective
address}. Incrementing the index register then allows the
program to access the next location in memory and so on,
making it very useful for working with {arrays} or blocks of
memory.
Index registers first appeared around April 1949 in the
{Manchester Mark I}. The Mark I's index register's contents
were simply added to the entire instruction, thus potentially
changing the {opcode} (see {The story of Mel})!
(2006-09-20)

indexed ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Index

indexer ::: n. --> One who makes an index.

indexes ::: pl. --> of Index

indexical ::: a. --> Of, pertaining to, or like, an index; having the form of an index.

indexically ::: adv. --> In the manner of an index.

index ::: n. --> That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses.
That which guides, points out, informs, or directs; a pointer or a hand that directs to anything, as the hand of a watch, a movable finger on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument. In printing, a sign used to direct particular attention to a note or paragraph; -- called also fist.
A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and the

indexing ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Index

indexterity ::: n. --> Want of dexterity or readiness, especially in the use of the hands; clumsiness; awkwardness.

Index Data ::: (company) A Danish company who have released a lot of ANSI Z39.50 related source under GPL. . (1996-07-22)

Indexed Sequential Access Method ::: (database) (ISAM) An IBM file management system allowing records to be accessed either sequentially (in the order they were entered) or via an index. Each index orders the records on a different key.ISAM was followed by VSAM (Virtual Storage Access Method) and pre-dated relational databases.(2003-07-13)

index ::: (Plural indices or indexes)1. (programming) A number used to select an element of a list, vector, array or other sequence. Such indices are nearly always non-negative integers but see associative array.2. (database) See inverted index. [Other kinds?]3. (World-Wide Web) A search engine.4. (World-Wide Web) A subject index.4. (jargon) See coefficient of X.[Jargon File] (1997-04-09)

index register ::: (processor) A register found in some CPUs, whose contents can be added to the address operand to give the effective address. Incrementing the index register then allows the program to access the next location in memory and so on, making it very useful for working with arrays or blocks of memory.Index registers first appeared around April 1949 in the Manchester Mark I. The Mark I's index register's contents were simply added to the entire instruction, thus potentially changing the opcode (see The story of Mel)!(2006-09-20)

Indexation - Automatic change in any money payment in proportion to the change in the price level.

Index linked bond - A secure investment measured in real terms, as the bond payments and any redemption payments or proceeds are linked to movements in the CPI (Consumer Prices Index).

Index number - An average that measures change over time of such variables as the price level and industrial 'production; conventionally expressed as a percentage relative to a base period, which is assigned the value 100.

index(plural indices): 1. (index number) A measure of change of the value of some variable relative to some reference point in (usually) time, that is usually defined such that the number (index) is normalised to reflect some powers of 10 at the reference point.

index notation: 1. A method for denoting the elements of a array of mathematical objects.

index set A set of elements (usually but not limited to numbers) that is used to map (usually) bijectively to a set of objects of interest so that the objects of interest can be indentified through the index elements. e.g. The set {1,2,3,4} is the index set of the set of variables {x1, x2, x3, x4}

index ::: 1. An alphabetized list of names, places, and subjects treated in a printed work, giving the page or pages on which each item is mentioned. 2. A sequential arrangement. 3. Something that reveals or indicates; a sign. :::



- IN QUOTES -



KEYS (10k)

   21 Sri Aurobindo
   13 The Mother
   5 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   5 Aleister Crowley
   3 Sri Ramakrishna
   2 Ibn Arabi
   1 Werner Heisenberg
   1 Terence McKenna
   1 Taigu Ryokan
   1 Swami Vivekananda
   1 Saint Thomas Aquinas
   1 Saint Teresa of Avila
   1 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   1 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   1 Niels Bohr
   1 Maimonides
   1 Jorge Luis Borges
   1 Job
   1 Jalaluddin Rumi
   1 Hazrat Inayat Khan
   1 Harold Abelson
   1 Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
   1 Chamtrul Rinpoche
   1 Carl Jung
   1 Bulleh Shah
   1 Arthur C Clarke
   1 Albert Einstein


1:Deliver us, O Allah, from the Sea of Names. ~ Ibn Arabi,
2:God is the answer to every question. ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan,
3:All are seeing God always. But they do not know it. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
4:But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? ~ Job,
5:It is by God's grace that you think of God! ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks 2020-08-29,
6:To see God is to be God. He alone is. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Maharshis Gospel ,
7:Be Quiet (Silent)!Attend to the purpose for which you came! ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
8:All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. ~ Albert Einstein, Relativity ,
9:Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
10:What is that, knowing which we will know everything? - Vedas? ~ Swami Vivekananda, Rajayoga 36,
11:All this is true and false; and it is true and false to say that it is true and false. ~ Aleister Crowley,
12:Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
13:But please remember: this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, will be far stranger. ~ Arthur C Clarke,
14:He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
15:Let this be our one need in life, to realise the Divine. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II The True Aim of Life [3],
16:The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
17:To fix the mind on God is very difficult, in the beginning, unless one practices meditation in solitude. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
18:Think of the Divine alone and the Divine will be with you. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.02 - The Divine Is with You,
19:The beginning of wisdom, perfection and beatitude is the vision of the One. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Isha Upanishad Self-Realisation,
20:A psychic fire within must be lit into which all is thrown with the Divine Name upon it. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
21:Whatever you do, always remember the Divine. 5 May 1954 ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.02 - The Divine Is with You,
22:The Supreme's power is infinite -it is our faith that is small. With my Blessings. ~ The Mother, Mantras Of The Mother 23 August,
23:It is the mark of the mind untrained to take its own processes as valid for all men, and its own judgments for absolute truth. ~ Aleister Crowley,
24:Go deep inside the temple and you will find me there. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother I The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
25:Their false compassion is called compassion and their false understanding is called understanding, for this is their most potent spell. ~ Aleister Crowley,
26:Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question.[A caution he gives his students, to be wary of dogmatism.] ~ Niels Bohr,
27:For nothing is known while aught remains concealed; The Truth is known only when all is seen. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.10 - The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Little Mind,
28:Repeating The Name Of The Beloved ::: Repeating the name of the BelovedI have become the Beloved myself.Whom shall I call the Beloved now? ~ Bulleh Shah,
29:The circumstances that provoke our first entry into the path are not the real index of the thing that is at work in us. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Faith and Shakti,
30:Bhakti is to keep the mind on God by chanting His name and glories ... Bhakti, love of God, is the essence of all spiritual discipline. Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Ramakrishna ,
31:The Self, the Divine, the Supreme Reality, the All, the Transcendent, - the One in all aspects is then the object of Yogic knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
32:When My Beloved Appears ::: When my Beloved appears,With what eye do I see Him?With His eye, not with mine,For none sees Him except Himself. ~ Ibn Arabi,
33:Desire to see God, be fearful of losing Him, and find joy in everything that can lead to Him. If you act in this way, you will always live in great peace. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
34:All philosophy is concerned with the relations between two things, the fundamental truth of existence and the forms in which existence presents itself to our experience. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
35:Concentration upon oneself means decay and death. Concentration on the Divine alone brings life and growth and realisation. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.02 - The Divine Is with You,
36:Since the measuring device has been constructed by the observer ... we have to remember that what we observe is not nature itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning. ~ Werner Heisenberg,
37:Language is the sign of the cultural life of a people, the index of its soul in thought and mind that stands behind and enriches its soul in action. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle Diversity in Oneness,
38:The principle of Yoga is the turning of one or of all powers of our human existence into a means of reaching divine Being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 4.01 - The Principle of the Integral Yoga,
39:In the Divine, by the Divine all is transfigured and glorified; in the Divine is found the key of all mysteries and all powers. 14 September 1954 ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.02 - The Divine Is with You,
40:The Divine's words comfort and bless, soothe and illumine, and the Divine's generous hand lifts a fold of the veil which hides the infinite knowledge. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.02 - The Divine Is with You,
41:A real index of intelligence is humour, you know? It requires great affection for people and the world and the act of being, a forgivingness and a bemusement. The sure sign of the fanatic is an absence of humour. ~ Terence McKenna,
42:Never underestimate the importance of keeping your vows. Just how a castle will protect the king from being attacked by the enemy, the vows will protect your mind from being attacked by your mental afflictions. ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche,
43:Aspiration is a turning upward of the inner being with a call, yearning, prayer for the Divine, for the Truth, for the Consciousness, Peace, Ananda, Knowledge, descent of Divine Force or whatever else is the aim of one's endeavour. ~ The Mother,
44:Every reader should ask himself periodically 'Toward what end, toward what end?' -- but do not ask it too often lest you pass up the fun of programming for the constipation of bittersweet philosophy. ~ Harold Abelson, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs ,
45:An improvisation :::For hours, since I sat facing you, you have stayed mute.Your meaning, ampler than words, addresses itself to me.Cases removed, books lie open, scattered by the bedside.Beyond the bamboo screen, a shower falls on a plum tree. ~ Taigu Ryokan,
46:Ts'ui Pe must have said once: I am withdrawing to write a book. And another time: I am withdrawing to construct a labyrinth. Every one imagined two works; to no one did it occur that the book and the maze were one and the same thing." ~ Jorge Luis Borges, The Garden Of Forking Paths ,
47:The idea of organization is the first step, that of interpretation the second. The Master of the Temple, whose grade corresponds to Binah, is sworn to interpret every phenomenon as a particular dealing of God with his soul. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Book 4,
48:The great teachers say that forgetfulness is the root of all evil, and is death for those who seek release;10 so one should rest the mind in one's Self and should never forget the Self: this is the aim. If the mind is controlled, all else can be controlled. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Self-Enquiry 34,
49:As when the mantra sinks in Yoga’s ear,Its message enters stirring the blind brainAnd keeps in the dim ignorant cells its sound;The hearer understands a form of wordsAnd, musing on the index thought it holds,He strives to read it with the l ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 04.03 - The Call to the Quest,
50:As if in a long endless tossing streetOne driven mid a trampling hurrying crowdHour after hour she trod without releaseHolding by her will the senseless meute at bay;Out of the dreadful press she dragged her willAnd fixed her thought upon the saviour Name;Then all grew still and empty; she was free. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 7.03,
51:The boy with the flute is Sri Krishna, the Lord descended into the world-play from the divine Ananda; his flute is the music of the call which seeks to transform the lower ignorant play of mortal life and bring into it and establish in its place the lila of his divine Ananda. It was the psychic being in you that heard the call and followed after it. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - III ,
52:The guru is the equal of all the buddhas. To make any connection with him, whether through seeing him, hearing his voice, remembering him or being touched by his hand, will lead us toward liberation. To have full confidence in him is the sure way to progress toward enlightenment. The warmth of his wisdom and compassion will melt the ore of our being and release the gold of the buddha-nature within. ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,
53:[Contemporary man] is blind to the fact that, with all his rationality and efficiency, he is possessed by 'powers' that are beyond his control. His gods and demons have not disappeared at all; they have merely got new names. They keep him on the run with restlessness, vague apprehensions, psychological complications, an insatiable need for pills, alcohol, tobacco, food - and, above all, a large array of neuroses. ~ Carl Jung,
54:From the point of view of a spiritual life, it is not what you do that matters most, but the way in which it is done and the consciousness you put into it. Remember always the Divine and all you do will be an expression of the Divine Presence. When all your actions are consecrated to the Divine, there will be no longer activities that are superior and activities that are inferior; all will have an equal importance - the value given them by the consecration. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II 1.02 - The Divine Is with You,
55:the Divine Personalities ::: But behind all these and in them he has felt a Divinity who is all these things, a Bringer of Light, a Guide and All-Knower, a Master of Force, A Giver of Bliss, Friend, Helper, Father, Mother, Playmate in the world-game, an absolute Master of his being, his souls Beloved and Lover. All relations known to human personality are there in the souls contact with the Divine; but they rise towards superhuman levels and compel him towards a divine nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
56:All was found there the Unique has dreamed and made Tinging with ceaseless rapture and surprise And an opulent beauty of passionate difference The recurring beat that moments God in Time. Only was missing the sole timeless Word That carries eternity in its lonely sound, The Idea self-luminous key to all ideas, The integer of the Spirit's perfect sum That equates the unequal All to the equal One, The single sign interpreting every sign, The absolute index to the Absolute. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.01 - The World-Stair,
57:"Savitri", the poem, the word of Sri Aurobindo is the cosmic Answer to the cosmic Question. And Savitri, the person, the Godhead, the Divine Woman is the Divine's response to the human aspiration.The world is a great question mark. It is a riddle, eternal and ever-recurring. Man has faced the riddle and sought to arrive at a solution since he was given a mind to seek and interrogate.What is this universe? From where has it come? Whither is it going? What is the purpose of it all? Why is man here? What is the object of his existence? ~ Nolini Kanta Gupta, Savitri ,
58:The supramental Yoga is at once an ascent towards God and a descent of Godhead into the embodied nature. The ascent can only be achieved by a one-centered all-gathering upward aspiration of the soul and mind and life and body; the descent can only come by a call of the whole being towards the infinite and the eternal Divine. If this call and this aspiration are there, or if by any means they can be born and grow constantly and seize all the nature, then and then only a supramental uplifting and transformation becomes possible. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human ,
59:The Yoga must start with an effort or at least a settled turn towards this total concentration. A constant and unfailing will of consecration of all ourselves to the Supreme is demanded of us, an offering of our whole being and our many-chambered nature to the Eternal who is the All. The effective fullness of our concentration on the one thing needful to the exclusion of all else will be the measure of our self-consecration to the One who is alone desirable. But this exclusiveness will in the end exclude nothing except the falsehood of our way of seeing the world and our will's ignorance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
60:For it is in God alone, by the possession of the Divine only that all the discords of life can be resolved, and therefore the raising of men towards the Divine is in the end the one effective way of helping mankind. All the other activities and realisations of our self-experience have their use and power, but in the end these crowded sidetracks or these lonely paths must circle round to converge into the wideness of the integral way by which the liberated soul transcends all, embraces all and becomes the promise and the power of the fulfilment of all in their manifested being of the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.18 - The Soul and Its Liberation,
61:When a person meditates on these matters and recognizes all the creations, the angels, the spheres, man, and the like, and appreciates the wisdom of the Holy One, blessed be He, in all these creations, he will add to his love for God. His soul will thirst and his flesh will long with love for God, blessed be He. He will stand in awe and fear from his humble, lowly, and base [nature] when he compares himself to one of the great and holy bodies, how much more so when comparing himself to the pure forms which are separate from matter and do not share any connection with it. He will see himself as a vessel full of embarrassment and shame, empty and lacking. ~ Maimonides,
62:As if from Matter's plinth and viewless base To a top as viewless, a carved sea of worlds Climbing with foam-maned waves to the Supreme Ascended towards breadths immeasurable; It hoped to soar into the Ineffable's reign: A hundred levels raised it to the Unknown. So it towered up to heights intangible And disappeared in the hushed conscious Vast As climbs a storeyed temple-tower to heaven Built by the aspiring soul of man to live Near to his dream of the Invisible. Infinity calls to it as it dreams and climbs; Its spire touches the apex of the world; Mounting into great voiceless stillnesses It marries the earth to screened eternities. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.01 - The World-Stair,
63:When we are concentrated in mental movements or intellectual pursuits, why do we sometimes forget or lose touch with the Divine?You lose it because your consciousness is still divided. The Divine has not settled in your mind; you are not wholly consecrated to the Divine Life. Otherwise you could concentrate to any extent upon such things and still you would have the sense of being helped and supported by the Divine. In all pursuits, intellectual or active, your one motto should be, Remember and Offer. Let whatever you do be done as an offering to the Divine. And this too will be an excellent discipline for you; it will prevent you from doing many foolish and useless things. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931 ,
64:On the exoteric side if necessary the mind should be trained by the study of any well-developed science, such as chemistry, or mathematics. The idea of organization is the first step, that of interpretation the second. The Master of the Temple, whose grade corresponds to Binah, is sworn to interpret every phenomenon as a particular dealing of God with his soul. {85} But even the beginner may attempt this practice with advantage. Either a fact fits in or it does not; if it does not, harmony is broken; and as the Universal harmony cannot be broken, the discord must be in the mind of the student, thus showing that he is not in tune with that Universal choir. Let him then puzzle out first the great facts, then the little; until one summer, when he is bald and lethargic after lunch, he understands and appreciates the existence of flies! ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Book 4,
65:the three results of effective practice: devotion, the central liberating knowledge and purification of ego; ::: ...it leads straight and inevitably towards the highest devotion possible;.. There is bound up a growing sense of the Divine in all things, a deepening communion with the Divine in all our through, will and action and at every moment of our lives, a more and more moved conscecration to the Divine of the totality of our being.... ...next, the practice of this Yoga demands a constant inward rememberance of the one central liberating knowledge, ... In all is the one Self, the one Divine is all; all are in the Divine, all are the Divine and there is nothing else in the universe, - this thought or this faith is the whole background until it becomes the whole substance of the consciousness of the worker. ... Lastly, the practice of this Yoga of sacrifice compels us to renounce all the inner supports of egoism, casting them out of our mind and will and actions, and to eliminate its seed, its presence, its influence out of our nature. All must be done for the Divine; all must be directed towards the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Sacrifice,
66:The supramental memory is different from the mental, not a storing up of past knowledge and experience, but an abiding presence of knowledge that can be brought forward or, more characteristically, offers itself, when it is needed: it is not dependent on attention or on conscious reception, for the things of the past not known actually or not observed can be called up from latency by an action which is yet essentially a remembrance. Especially on a certain level all knowledge presents itself as a remembering, because all is latent or inherent in the self of supermind. The future like the past presents itself to knowledge in the supermind as a memory of the preknown. The imagination transformed in the supermind acts on one side as a power of true image and symbol, always all image or index of some value or significance or other truth of being, on the other as an inspiration or interpretative seeing of possibilities and potentialities not less true than actual or realised things. These are put in their place either by an attendant intuitive or interpretative judgment or by one inherent in the vision of the image, symbol or potentiality, or by a supereminent revelation of that which is behind the image or symbol or which determines the potential and the actual and their relations and, it may be, overrides and overpasses them, imposing ultimate truths and supreme certitudes. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
67:Karma Yoga, the Path of Works; ::: The Path of Works aims at the dedication of every human activity to the supreme Will. It begins by the renunciation of all egoistic aim for our works, all pursuit of action for an interested aim or for the sake of a worldly result. By this renunciation it so purifies the mind and the will that we become easily conscious of the great universal Energy as the true doer of all our actions and the Lord of that Energy as their ruler and director with the individual as only a mask, an excuse, an instrument or, more positively, a conscious centre of action and phenomenal relation. The choice and direction of the act is more and more consciously left to this supreme Will and this universal Energy. To That our works as well as the results of our works are finally abandoned. The object is the release of the soul from its bondage to appearances and to the reaction of phenomenal activities. Karmayoga is used, like the other paths, to lead to liberation from phenomenal existence and a departure into the Supreme. But here too the exclusive result is not inevitable. The end of the path may be, equally, a perception of the divine in all energies, in all happenings, in all activities, and a free and unegoistic participation of the soul in the cosmic action. So followed it will lead to the elevation of all human will and activity to the divine level, its spiritualisation and the justification of the cosmic labour towards freedom, power and perfection in the human being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Conditions of the Synthesis,
68:We have now completed our view of the path of Knowledge and seen to what it leads. First, the end of Yoga of Knowledge is God-possession, it is to possess God and be possessed by him through consciousness, through identification, through reflection of the divine Reality. But not merely in some abstraction away from our present existence, but here also; therefore to possess the Divine in himself, the Divine in the world, the Divine within, the Divine in all things and all beings. It is to possess oneness with God and through that to possess also oneness with the universal, with the cosmos and all existences; therefore to possess the infinite diversity also in the oneness, but on the basis of oneness and not on the basis of division. It is to possess God in his personality and his impersonality; in his purity free from qualities and in his infinite qualities; in time and beyond time; in his action and in his silence; in the finite and in the infinite. It is to possess him not only in pure self, but in all self; not only in self, but in Nature; not only in spirit, but in supermind, mind, life and body; to possess him with the spirit, with the mind, with the vital and the physical consciousness; and it is again for all these to be possessed by him, so that our whole being is one with him, full of him, governed and driven by him. It is, since God is oneness, for our physical consciousness to be one with the soul and the nature of the material universe; for our life, to be one with all life; for our mind, to be one with the universal mind; for our spirit, to be identified with the universal spirit. It is to merge in him in the absolute and find him in all relations. Secondly, it is to put on the divine being and the divine nature. And since God is Sachchidananda, it is to raise our being into the divine being, our consciousness into the divine consciousness, our energy into the divine energy, our delight of existence into the divine delight of being. And it is not only to lift ourselves into this higher consciousness, but to widen into it in all our being, because it is to be found on all the planes of our existence and in all our members, so that our mental, vital, physical existence shall become full of the divine nature. Our intelligent mentality is to become a play of the divine knowledge-will, our mental soul-life a play of the divine love and delight, our vitality a play of the divine life, our physical being a mould of the divine substance. This God-action in us is to be realised by an opening of ourselves to the divine gnosis and divine Ananda and, in its fullness, by an ascent into and a permanent dwelling in the gnosis and the Ananda. For though we live physically on the material plane and in normal outwardgoing life the mind and soul are preoccupied with material existence, this externality of our being is not a binding limitation. We can raise our internal consciousness from plane to plane of the relations of Purusha with prakriti, and even become, instead of the mental being dominated by the physical soul and nature, the gnostic being or the bliss-self and assume the gnostic or the bliss nature. And by this raising of the inner life we can transform our whole outward-going existence; instead of a life dominated by matter we shall then have a life dominated by spirit with all its circumstances moulded and determined by the purity of being, the consciousness infinite even in the finite, the divine energy, the divine joy and bliss of the spirit. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Integral Knowledge,
69:Education THE EDUCATION of a human being should begin at birth and continue throughout his life. Indeed, if we want this education to have its maximum result, it should begin even before birth; in this case it is the mother herself who proceeds with this education by means of a twofold action: first, upon herself for her own improvement, and secondly, upon the child whom she is forming physically. For it is certain that the nature of the child to be born depends very much upon the mother who forms it, upon her aspiration and will as well as upon the material surroundings in which she lives. To see that her thoughts are always beautiful and pure, her feelings always noble and fine, her material surroundings as harmonious as possible and full of a great simplicity - this is the part of education which should apply to the mother herself. And if she has in addition a conscious and definite will to form the child according to the highest ideal she can conceive, then the very best conditions will be realised so that the child can come into the world with his utmost potentialities. How many difficult efforts and useless complications would be avoided in this way! Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual. Usually, these phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual; this, however, does not mean that one of them should replace another, but that all must continue, completing one another until the end of his life. We propose to study these five aspects of education one by one and also their interrelationships. But before we enter into the details of the subject, I wish to make a recommendation to parents. Most parents, for various reasons, give very little thought to the true education which should be imparted to children. When they have brought a child into the world, provided him with food, satisfied his various material needs and looked after his health more or less carefully, they think they have fully discharged their duty. Later on, they will send him to school and hand over to the teachers the responsibility for his education. There are other parents who know that their children must be educated and who try to do what they can. But very few, even among those who are most serious and sincere, know that the first thing to do, in order to be able to educate a child, is to educate oneself, to become conscious and master of oneself so that one never sets a bad example to one's child. For it is above all through example that education becomes effective. To speak good words and to give wise advice to a child has very little effect if one does not oneself give him an example of what one teaches. Sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self-control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches. Parents, have a high ideal and always act in accordance with it and you will see that little by little your child will reflect this ideal in himself and spontaneously manifest the qualities you would like to see expressed in his nature. Quite naturally a child has respect and admiration for his parents; unless they are quite unworthy, they will always appear to their child as demigods whom he will try to imitate as best he can. With very few exceptions, parents are not aware of the disastrous influence that their own defects, impulses, weaknesses and lack of self-control have on their children. If you wish to be respected by a child, have respect for yourself and be worthy of respect at every moment. Never be authoritarian, despotic, impatient or ill-tempered. When your child asks you a question, do not give him a stupid or silly answer under the pretext that he cannot understand you. You can always make yourself understood if you take enough trouble; and in spite of the popular saying that it is not always good to tell the truth, I affirm that it is always good to tell the truth, but that the art consists in telling it in such a way as to make it accessible to the mind of the hearer. In early life, until he is twelve or fourteen, the child's mind is hardly open to abstract notions and general ideas. And yet you can train it to understand these things by using concrete images, symbols or parables. Up to quite an advanced age and for some who mentally always remain children, a narrative, a story, a tale well told teach much more than any number of theoretical explanations. Another pitfall to avoid: do not scold your child without good reason and only when it is quite indispensable. A child who is too often scolded gets hardened to rebuke and no longer attaches much importance to words or severity of tone. And above all, take good care never to scold him for a fault which you yourself commit. Children are very keen and clear-sighted observers; they soon find out your weaknesses and note them without pity. When a child has done something wrong, see that he confesses it to you spontaneously and frankly; and when he has confessed, with kindness and affection make him understand what was wrong in his movement so that he will not repeat it, but never scold him; a fault confessed must always be forgiven. You should not allow any fear to come between you and your child; fear is a pernicious means of education: it invariably gives birth to deceit and lying. Only a discerning affection that is firm yet gentle and an adequate practical knowledge will create the bonds of trust that are indispensable for you to be able to educate your child effectively. And do not forget that you have to control yourself constantly in order to be equal to your task and truly fulfil the duty which you owe your child by the mere fact of having brought him into the world. Bulletin, February 1951 ~ The Mother, On Education ,
70:The Two Paths Of Yoga ::: 14 April 1929 - What are the dangers of Yoga? Is it especially dangerous to the people of the West? Someone has said that Yoga may be suitable for the East, but it has the effect of unbalancing the Western mind. Yoga is not more dangerous to the people of the West than to those of the East. Everything depends upon the spirit with which you approach it. Yoga does become dangerous if you want it for your own sake, to serve a personal end. It is not dangerous, on the contrary, it is safety and security itself, if you go to it with a sense of its sacredness, always remembering that the aim is to find the Divine. Dangers and difficulties come in when people take up Yoga not for the sake of the Divine, but because they want to acquire power and under the guise of Yoga seek to satisfy some ambition. if you cannot get rid of ambition, do not touch the thing. It is fire that burns. There are two paths of Yoga, one of tapasya (discipline), and the other of surrender. The path of tapasya is arduous. Here you rely solely upon yourself, you proceed by your own strength. You ascend and achieve according to the measure of your force. There is always the danger of falling down. And once you fall, you lie broken in the abyss and there is hardly a remedy. The other path, the path of surrender, is safe and sure. It is here, however, that the Western people find their difficulty. They have been taught to fear and avoid all that threatens their personal independence. They have imbibed with their mothers' milk the sense of individuality. And surrender means giving up all that. In other words, you may follow, as Ramakrishna says, either the path of the baby monkey or that of the baby cat. The baby monkey holds to its mother in order to be carried about and it must hold firm, otherwise if it loses its grip, it falls. On the other hand, the baby cat does not hold to its mother, but is held by the mother and has no fear nor responsibility; it has nothing to do but to let the mother hold it and cry ma ma. If you take up this path of surrender fully and sincerely, there is no more danger or serious difficulty. The question is to be sincere. If you are not sincere, do not begin Yoga. If you were dealing in human affairs, then you could resort to deception; but in dealing with the Divine there is no possibility of deception anywhere. You can go on the Path safely when you are candid and open to the core and when your only end is to realise and attain the Divine and to be moved by the Divine. There is another danger; it is in connection with the sex impulses. Yoga in its process of purification will lay bare and throw up all hidden impulses and desires in you. And you must learn not to hide things nor leave them aside, you have to face them and conquer and remould them. The first effect of Yoga, however, is to take away the mental control, and the hungers that lie dormant are suddenly set free, they rush up and invade the being. So long as this mental control has not been replaced by the Divine control, there is a period of transition when your sincerity and surrender will be put to the test. The strength of such impulses as those of sex lies usually in the fact that people take too much notice of them; they protest too vehemently and endeavour to control them by coercion, hold them within and sit upon them. But the more you think of a thing and say, "I don't want it, I don't want it", the more you are bound to it. What you should do is to keep the thing away from you, to dissociate from it, take as little notice of it as possible and, even if you happen to think of it, remain indifferent and unconcerned. The impulses and desires that come up by the pressure of Yoga should be faced in a spirit of detachment and serenity, as something foreign to yourself or belonging to the outside world. They should be offered to the Divine, so that the Divine may take them up and transmute them. If you have once opened yourself to the Divine, if the power of the Divine has once come down into you and yet you try to keep to the old forces, you prepare troubles and difficulties and dangers for yourself. You must be vigilant and see that you do not use the Divine as a cloak for the satisfaction of your desires. There are many self-appointed Masters, who do nothing but that. And then when you are off the straight path and when you have a little knowledge and not much power, it happens that you are seized by beings or entities of a certain type, you become blind instruments in their hands and are devoured by them in the end. Wherever there is pretence, there is danger; you cannot deceive God. Do you come to God saying, "I want union with you" and in your heart meaning "I want powers and enjoyments"? Beware! You are heading straight towards the brink of the precipice. And yet it is so easy to avoid all catastrophe. Become like a child, give yourself up to the Mother, let her carry you, and there is no more danger for you. This does not mean that you have not to face other kinds of difficulties or that you have not to fight and conquer any obstacles at all. Surrender does not ensure a smooth and unruffled and continuous progression. The reason is that your being is not yet one, nor your surrender absolute and complete. Only a part of you surrenders; and today it is one part and the next day it is another. The whole purpose of the Yoga is to gather all the divergent parts together and forge them into an undivided unity. Till then you cannot hope to be without difficulties - difficulties, for example, like doubt or depression or hesitation. The whole world is full of the poison. You take it in with every breath. If you exchange a few words with an undesirable man or even if such a man merely passes by you, you may catch the contagion from him. It is sufficient for you to come near a place where there is plague in order to be infected with its poison; you need not know at all that it is there. You can lose in a few minutes what it has taken you months to gain. So long as you belong to humanity and so long as you lead the ordinary life, it does not matter much if you mix with the people of the world; but if you want the divine life, you will have to be exceedingly careful about your company and your environment. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931 ,

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