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Contents

JNANA (Knowledge)
First period of commentaries (1958)
Aphorism

1
  Knowledge and Wisdom: allied powers
  The truth seen in a distorted medium
  Truth compared to white light

2
  Inspiration: a slender river of brightness
  Inspiration, reason and the senses
  How to develop the capacity for inspiration?
  Best method to profit from Sri Aurobindos writings

3
  Reason trembles before higher truths
  Supramental revolution

4
  Knowledge and work
  Silence of perfect receptivity

5
  Obstacles to realisation
  Fear, doubt and scepticism
  Natures way of progressing

6
  Mind receives shock from aphorisms
  Role of reason
  Danger of abandoning reason
  True wisdom

7
  What men call knowledge
  Appearances and reversal of consciousness
  How to have the experience?

8
  Intolerance of religions
  Mechanism of intolerance
  Experience, individual and universal
  Relationships are like a mirror
  True perfection in oneself

9
  How do we know what the soul sees?
  Mind and vital: obstacles to the soul
  Hearing the soul

10
  Only the soul can know the soul
  What would make humanity progress most

11
  What is the mental personality?
  What Sri Aurobindo calls Immortality
  Conditions for indefinite survival of body
  Perfection of psychic personality and body
  Physical culture
  Sadhana of the body

12
  You can prove anything with the mind
  Supreme has a sense of humour
  Best way to learn more
  Grace and seeing


JNANA (Knowledge)
Second period of commentaries (1960 61)
13 Hallucinations
The miracles of human reason

14 Hallucination: term of Science
Coincidence

15 Hallucination and vision

16 Planes of the mind

17 Identification with Divine
Physical mind and knowledge of God

18 Idea of illusion is itself an illusion
World is real; perception of it is false

19 Does reason alone see things as ugly?
Relativity of beauty and ugliness

20 Beauty of the hideous

21 Forgiveness and the Divine

22 23 God gave me a good blow
Nothing and no one to forgive

24 Origin of misfortune

25 Wisdom and suffering

26 Everything happens by the Grace of the Lord

27 To play with Krishna
God as Torturer

28 War and evolution
Descent of Supermind and war

29 Divine and personal will

30 Purity of instinct and the mental ego

31 Progress and despair
Experience of a life of failure

32 The Atheist is God

33 Divine perfection and receiving blows

34 The blessing of misfortune

35 36 Christ and Krishna
Men cherish suffering and hatred

37 Existence of Brindavan and Krishna

38 Evolution and the death of Christ
Christ as Avatar

39 History and legend

40 Four great events in history
The colloquy at Kurukshetra will yet liberate
humanity

41 Role of the Gospels

42 Existence of heaven and hell
Hell as a state of consciousness

43 Contradiction intensifies aspiration

44 Creation of falsehood on the mental plane

45 Role of logic and reason

46 Sri Aurobindos experience in prison

47 Conquest and transformation of the mind

48 The beauty of the hideous
Words and experience

49 Curing evil and ugliness
True collaboration
Love and transformation
Spreading love
Secret of the divine incarnation
Receptivity of divine love

50 Not a single sin that is not our sin
Collective human psychological consciousness
Sin is something not in its right place
Revolt is the feeling of an impotent will
Meaning of omnipotence
Hatred of the virtuous

5l Nature of self-deception
Anger is a deformation of vital power
Giving favourable explanations to all
movements

52 Philanthropy and service of the Divine
Love of Divine and man

53 54
Religions and immortality
Physical immortality

55
Kali and supreme Realisation


56
Knowledge and debate
Proving what one feels to be true

57
The truly natural state for man
Mind and individualisation

58
The Mothers memory of earthly paradise
Symbol of the tree of knowledge
First human forms
Evolution and the fall
Story of the serpent
Jehovah as the supreme Asura
Spoiling of earths atmosphere

59
Giving a beating to God
Nature of idols
Teaching of Sri Aurobindo and religion

60
Memory of past lives
Development of the individual

61
Experience of the Infinite

62
Folly is distorted mask of Truth
No absolute falsehood
The destruction of a universe
Beyond Nirvana and Existence

63 65
The weakness of God
Idea of God the Creator
Nothing other than God
The Divine Play
Perfection
Ways of approaching the Divine

66
Cruelty as an expression of the Divine
Sadism and tamas
Ananda and cruelty
Pralayas of various universes
Equilibrium and perfection
Supermind puts things in their place

67 68
Sin and the ego


JNANA (Knowledge)
Third Period of Commentaries (1962 66)

69 Capacity to express the supramental world
Equality and the supramental
Two conditions for supramental realisation
Problem of physical transformation
Will of the Self
Supramental life and the mind
Individualisation
Widening the body
Occult creation of new body

70 Role of adverse forces in creation
Offering of the earth consciousness
Consciousness of supreme Love
Origin of Falsehood
Do not try to be among the pure

71 Thought and Truth
Seeing the Truth in its entirety
Mind always sees successively

72 Premonitory dreams
The subtle physical and the material plane
Seeing others in the subtle physical
Sources of vision
Universal mental vision
Sincerity and the power of prediction
Changing events in the subtle physical
Experiences of extended consciousness
Methods of developing subtle senses
Seeing at a distance

73 Wisdom and knowledge

74 75 Inadequacy of scientific and spiritual approach
Door to the total Knowledge
More than one Avatar needed for supramental
realisation
The Mothers vision of physical world
Four dimensional world is superficial

76 Destruction of Europe by a child
Aphorism contains true prediction

77 78 Knowledge by inspiration
Knowledge and transformation
Transformation of the body
Organs replaced by chakras

79 80
There is no error
A thing is and is not at the same time
Play of the Lord
Man makes play tragic
World of the living and the dead
Worry and the play
Error and infinite possibility
Way to get out of tragedy
Dealing with the old consciousness
Physical presence of the Lord
Vibration that contains everything

81 83
Gods laughter
God never takes his works seriously
Virtue and perfection
Limitations of taking life seriously
Only way to make life perfect
Dissolving suffering and pain
Avoid people who take life seriously
We must learn how to play

84 87
What men call miracles
Sri Aurobindo performed miracles in the mind
What would be a true miracle?
Miracle belongs only to the finite world
Thirst for the marvellous
Miracles and aspiration

88 92
Nature of opposites
Opposition and progress
Bringing creation out of inertia
Simplicity

93
Pain is the touch of our Mother
Teaching the body to bear pain
Pain and fear

94
The Mothers experience of renunciation
Progress and the power of dissolution
Renunciation and self-centred consciousness
Rapture and power
Rapturous state of consciousness is dangerous

95
Perfect renunciation and satisfaction of desire
Vibrations of desire and the divine Will
Lack of receptivity and desire
Difference of vibratory quality
Physical is a field of vibrations
Response of cells to supreme Force
Perception of the totality of vibrations
Action, desire and the vibration of Will

96
Scriptures are diminution of experience

97
Truth and individual experience

98
Revelation is the memory of Truth
Revelation is always personal in form
Experience, idea and words
Explosion of truth-power

99-100
Understanding and Scriptures

101 102
Sun-consciousness and earth-consciousness
Truth-Consciousness and appearance of world
Only way to change the world
Consciousness of the Lord
Perfect sense of Oneness
Relation of consciousness
Intervention of the vibration of harmony
Action of the Truth-Consciousness
Falsehood replaced by Light

103 107
Vivekananda and Sannyasa
To be free from all attachment
Fear of being mistaken
Renunciation and elimination
Modern hyper-activity
Why the Ashram was created
Aspiration more intense in the outer world
Man needs extremes
Manifestation of divine Love
Power of pure Love
Aspire intensely, but without impatience
Haste in which men live
Sincere realisation

108
Narada and Janaka
Gods have no psychic being
Shiva will come with the supramental world
Man alone possesses a psychic being

109
Sri Aurobindo is a part of the Lord
Falsehood of the creation

110
Wonders of physical science and the soul
Science cannot predict the future
Power of the soul over Matter
Experience and understanding
Perceiving the new
The refusal to know

111 112
Power of silence
Acceptance of the apparent denial of Truth
Demand for the Divine to show his power

113 114
Vibration of hate and love are the same
Purity of the central vibration
Morality is a choice between distortions

115 116
There is no end and no beginning
Memory of eternity
Life of the earth
Consciousness and limits
Human mind needs to build a dwelling-place
Error of material world was indispensable
There is no manifestation without progress
Consciousness of the dead on earth
Seeing and hearing by consciousness
Are you ready for anything?
Consciousness of the body
Perfection of sight and hearing
Action of human will on the Mothers body

117 121
An irresistable Power governing everything
Nature of Will from above
Resistance and divine Action
How the Force acts
Stopping the resistance

122 124
Nature of opinion
Action and opinion
Conditions for intervening in someones action
How opinions are formed


JNANA (Knowledge)
Fourth Period of Commentaries (1969)
125 126 Overcoming the laws of Nature
127 Psychic being and the laws of Nature
128 129 The nature which exceeds the body


130
The role of human aspiration and effort

131 132
Disappearance of all human moral notions

133
Titans are stronger than the gods

134 136
Suffering and delight

137
Pleasure and pain depend on inner attitude

138
Relationships and psychic contacts

139
Who is the superman?

140
Human ego and the superman

141
The qualities of the superman

142
Qualities needed for growth of being

143 144
Art reveals what Nature hides
Photography and modern art


145
The secret soul of Nature

146 150
Shakespeare, the universalist
Action by contrast and negation

151
Proof and coincidence
Refusal to learn

152 153
Material, immaterial and supramental consciousness

154 156
Mind and creation

157 158
Sri Aurobindo: the last Avatar

159
Worship of gods and goddesses

160 161
Knowledge and delight
Intellectual culture

162
Out of man the superman emerges

163 164
Law and freedom

165
Self-imposed discipline

166
The law of sin and virtue
Law and progress

167
Ignorance and the Divine goal

168 169
The symbol of the Cross in Yoga

170 171
Failure of Christ and Mahomed

172
Freedom, desire, ignorance and egoism

173 174
The human way of understanding

175
Meaning of failure

176 177
The perfect cosmic vision

178
The prison is the ego

179
To live for God

180
Experiencing eternity

181 182
The less you speak the better

183 184
Perfection and harmony

185 186
Consciousness beyond good and bad

187 188
Vice and virtue used for evolution

189 191
Attitude towards poverty

192
Individual classed according to his nature

193 196
Poverty and society
Ideal of the Ashram and Auroville

197 198
Conditions for happiness

199 200
Effective remedy for human egoism

201 202
Messages to man

203 204
Conditions for greatest progress of humanity

205
The first step of the superman


KARMA (Works)
Fourth period of commentaries (1969 70)

206 Escape from the consequences of past errors

207 Escape from evil and suffering

208 209 Ego and beatitude
Self-forgetfulness and self-giving

210 211 Anger and vengeance

212 Only tragedy: failure to find ones soul

213 Tragedy and evolution

214 215 Nature of genius

216 Inspiration and madness

217 Mastering and conquering violence

218 221 Unity of mankind

222 224 Qualities of a converted Asura

225 227 Altruism can kill the soul

228 230 Gods comm and to slay

231 234 Virtues

235 237 Instruments and prisons of the soul

238 240 Humanity advances by great and noble failures

241 242 Atheism and religion

243 247 God and temptation
Giving oneself completely to the Divine

248 250 Becoming conscious of the Divine Will

251 Only choice to be made

252 254 God is circling about

255 257 Blind faith

258 261 Reason, faith and instinct
Goal of the spiritual life

262 264
Perceiving the Divine Command

265 269
Motives for action

270 271
Persistence in effort

272 273
Truth is a difficult conquest

274 276
Value of asceticism

277 278
Soul and action

279
Total consecration to the Divine

280 281
Soul and the alleviation of suffering

282
Purity and action

283 285
Sorrow and evolution

286 288
Mans possibility of union with the Supreme

289 290
To radiate love in all circumstances

291 292
Human judgments

293 294
Three varieties of self-deceit

295 296
World is capable of manifesting the Divine

297 298
Beauty and ugliness

299 302
Living according to the Truth

303 305
Women and spirituality

306
Asceticism and action in the world

307
God laughed at Shankara

308 310
Essential qualities develop through suffering

311 312
Attitude towards transformation

313 314
Wisdom lies in the union of opposites

315 316
All carry in their souls the divine end

317 318
Everything exists from all eternity

319
The will of Brahman

320 321
Anarchic state: true divine state of man

322 324
Successful communism
Vedanta and communism

325 326
Freedom, equality, brotherhood and the ego

327 328
Perfection of the individual and society

329 331
Greatness of an action

332 334
National and human unity

335 336
Sri Aurobindos work and human unity

337 338
Artist: imitator and creator

339
The Divine is beyond good and evil

340
Reaction perfects and hastens progress

341 343
Democracy, Socialism and Anarchism
All human governments are a falsehood

344 345
Perfection of soul and outer environment

346 348
True saintliness

349 351
Knowing Gods will
The soul that is naked and unashamed

352 356
Truth is above all opposites

357
True governor of humanity

358 361
Effects of the supramental consciousness

362
India and religious conventions

363 369
Sincerity: condition for hearing the Lord

370 373
Grace leads whatever you do

374 376
Death and the ego
Someone who belongs to the Divine

377 378
Liberation from the ego

379 381
Excess in any direction is a violence

382
Medicines and natural health

383 385
The barbarism of modern humanity




Disease and Medical Science

386 389
Disease and the mind
The healing power of Grace

390 393 The role of mind and faith in medicine

394 399 Divine health and disease

400 403 Mental faith in drugs

404 407 Medicine and the body



BHAKTI (Devotion)
Fourth period of commentaries (1969 70)

408 412
Knowing God as a woman

413
To commit adultery with God

414 420
The joy of being Gods enemy

421 424
The four stages of pain

425 427
Love for only the Divine

428
Love for Krishna and Kali

429 430
Enjoying Nature with the soul

431 434
God and the world
Wisdom: capacity to admit all theories

435 438
The love of Krishna

439 444
God as lover

445 449
Sri Aurobindo reveals the secret of existence

450 455
Curing jealousy

456 461
God and Satan

462 463
The Divines way of dealing with virtue

464 465
The world will manifest divine joy

466 468
The mind and God

469 471
Man must accept all as Grace

472
Beware of all mental constructions

473
The Divine accepts all sincere aspiration

474 475
God and hell
Delight may be intolerable for humans

476
The seven beatitudes of life

477 479
Conditions for the world becoming heaven

480 481
Falsehood of ordinary human consciousness

482 483
Krishna stealing the robes of the Gopis

484
Krishna and sin

485 489
Realising true Unity

490 492
Keeping the Divine contact in all circumstances

493 494
Ways of seeing God

495 496
Value of suffering and pain

497 499
Pain: the training of delight
One true wisdom

500 503
Role of suffering and pain

504
Divine Love needed in our sorrowful age

505
Science, the God-lover and God-knower

506
To be able to laugh at this world

507
Human science and occultism

508
The Mothers experience concerning transformation of the body

509 512
True way to understand the Scriptures

513 514
Service to the Divine

515 516
Doing good to human beings
Liberation from all conventional morality

517 518
Weakness and the Divine

519
The Titans four strides to immortality

520
Understanding the universe

521
Perceiving the Divine

522 523
Suffering and bliss

524
The soul, mind and pain

525 526
Compassion and the Divine Consciousness

527 528
Love and pity

529 530
Compassion and pity

531 533
Constancy in effort and faith

534
Love, human and divine

535
Divine mind

536 537
One drop of true knowledge can create a revolution

538
The essence and potency of Maya

539 540
Seeing God in Huxley and Haeckel

541
Seeing God in the torturer and the slayer



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1:To learn is good, To become is better. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms Nov 25 1969,
2:To know how to keep the Divine contact in all circumstances is the secret of beatitude. 21 April 1970 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts and Aphorisms ,
3:...everything really depends on the Divine Grace and we should look towards the future with confidence and serenity, at the same time progressing as fast as we can. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,
4:468 - I may question God, my guide and teacher, and ask Him, 'Am I right or hast Thou in thy love and wisdom suffered my mind to deceive me?' Doubt thy mind, if thou wilt, but doubt not that God leads thee. Life is given to us to find the Divine and unite with Him. The mind tries to persuade us that it is not so. Shall we believe this liar? ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,
5:541 - Canst thou see God in thy torturer and slayer even in thy moment of death or thy hours of torture? Canst thou see Him in that which thou art slaying, see and love even while thou slayest? Thou hast thy hand on the supreme knowledge. How shall he attain to Krishna who has never worshipped Kali? All is the Divine and the Divine alone exists. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,
6:We cannot counteract the harm done by mental faith in the need for drugs by any external measures. Only by escaping from the mental prison and emerging consciously into the light of the spirit, by a conscious union with the Divine, can we enable Him to give back to us the balance and health we have lost.The supramental transformation is the only true remedy. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,
7:The story of Christ, as it has been told, is the concrete and dramatic enactment of the divine sacrifice: the Supreme Lord, who is All-Light, All-Knowledge, All-Power, All-Beauty, All-Love, All-Bliss, accepting to assume human ignorance and suffering in matter, in order to help men to emerge from the falsehood in which they live and because of which they die. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms 16 June 1960,
8:279 - O soldier and hero of God, where for thee is sorrow or shame or suffering? For thy life is a glory, thy deeds a consecration, victory thy apotheosis, defeat thy triumph. - Sri Aurobindo.For one who is totally consecrated to the Divine, there can be neither shame nor suffering, for the Divine is always with him and the Divine Presence changes all things into glory. 9 January 1970 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms volume-10,
9:Therefore there is only one solution: to unite ourselves by aspiration, concentration, interiorisation and identification with the supreme Will. And that is both omnipotence and perfect freedom at the same time. And that is the only omnipotence and the only freedom; everything else is an approximation. You may be on the way, but it is not the entire thing. So if you experience this, you realise that with this supreme freedom and supreme power there is also a total peace and a serenity that never fails. Therefore, if you feel something which is not that, a revolt, a disgust, something which you cannot accept, it means that in you there is a part which has not been touched by the transformation, something which has kept the old consciousness, something which is still on the path - that is all. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,
10:38 - Strange! The Germans have disproved the existence of Christ; yet his crucifixion remains still a greater historic fact than the death of Caesar. - Sri Aurobindo.To what plane of consciousness did Christ belong?In the Essays on the Gita Sri Aurobindo mentions the names of three Avatars, and Christ is one of them. An Avatar is an emanation of the Supreme Lord who assumes a human body on earth.I heard Sri Aurobindo himself say that Christ was an emanation of the Lord's aspect of love.The death of Caesar marked a decisive change in the history of Rome and the countries dependent on her. It was therefore an important event in the history of Europe.But the death of Christ was the starting-point of a new stage in the evolution of human civilisation. This is why Sri Aurobindo tells us that the death of Christ was of greater historical significance, that is to say, it has had greater historical consequences than the death of Caesar. The story of Christ, as it has been told, is the concrete and dramatic enactment of the divine sacrifice: the Supreme Lord, who is All-Light, All-Knowledge, All-Power, All-Beauty, All-Love, All-Bliss, accepting to assume human ignorance and suffering in matter, in order to help men to emerge from the falsehood in which they live and because of which they die.16 June 1960 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms volume-10,
11:37 - Some say Krishna never lived, he is a myth. They mean on earth; for if Brindavan existed nowhere, the Bhagavat (6) could not have been written. - Sri AurobindoDoes Brindavan exist anywhere else than on earth?The whole earth and everything it contains is a kind of concentration, a condensation of something which exists in other worlds invisible to the material eye. Each thing manifested here has its principle, idea or essence somewhere in the subtler regions. This is an indispensable condition for the manifestation. And the importance of the manifestation will always depend on the origin of the thing manifested.In the world of the gods there is an ideal and harmonious Brindavan of which the earthly Brindavan is but a deformation and a caricature.Those who are developed inwardly, either in their senses or in their minds, perceive these realities which are invisible (to the ordinary man) and receive their inspiration from them.So the writer or writers of the Bhagavat were certainly in contact with a whole inner world that is well and truly real and existent, where they saw and experienced everything they have described or revealed.Whether Krishna existed or not in a human form, living on earth, is only of very secondary importance (except perhaps from an exclusively historical point of view), for Krishna is a real, living and active being; and his influence has been one of the great factors in the progress and transformation of the earth.8 June 1960(6 The story of Krishna, as related in the Bhagavat Purana.) ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms volume-10,
12:35 - Men are still in love with grief; when they see one who is too high for grief or joy, they curse him and cry, "O thou insensible!" Therefore Christ still hangs on the cross in Jerusalem.36 - Men are in love with sin; when they see one who is too high for vice or virtue, they curse him and cry, "O thou breaker of bonds, thou wicked and immoral one!" Therefore Sri Krishna does not live as yet in Brindavan.(5)- Sri AurobindoI would like to have an explanation of these two aphorisms.When Christ came upon earth, he brought a message of brotherhood, love and peace. But he had to die in pain, on the cross, so that his message might be heard. For men cherish suffering and hatred and want their God to suffer with them. They wanted this when Christ came and, in spite of his teaching and sacrifice, they still want it; and they are so attached to their pain that, symbolically, Christ is still bound to his cross, suffering perpetually for the salvation of men.As for Krishna, he came upon earth to bring freedom and delight. He came to announce to men, enslaved to Nature, to their passions and errors, that if they took refuge in the Supreme Lord they would be free from all bondage and sin. But men are very attached to their vices and virtues (for without vice there would be no virtue); they are in love with their sins and cannot tolerate anyone being free and above all error.That is why Krishna, although immortal, is not present at Brindavan in a body at this moment.3 June 1960(5 The village where Shri Krishna Spent His Childhood, and where He danced with Radha and other Gopis.) ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms volume-10,
13:39 - Sometimes one is led to think that only those things really matter which have never happened; for beside them most historic achievements seem almost pale and ineffective. - Sri AurobindoI would like to have an explanation of this aphorism.Sri Aurobindo, who had made a thorough study of history, knew how uncertain are the data which have been used to write it. Most often the accuracy of the documents is doubtful, and the information they supply is poor, incomplete, trivial and frequently distorted. As a whole, the official version of human history is nothing but a long, almost unbroken record of violent aggressions: wars, revolutions, murders or colonisations. True, some of these aggressions and massacres have been adorned with flattering terms and epithets; they have been called religious wars, holy wars, civilising campaigns; but they nonetheless remain acts of greed or vengeance.Rarely in history do we find the description of a cultural, artistic or philosophical outflowering.That is why, as Sri Aurobindo says, all this makes a rather dismal picture without any deep significance. On the other hand, in the legendary accounts of things which may never have existed on earth, of events which have not been declared authentic by "official" knowledge, of wonderful individuals whose existence is doubted by the scholars in their dried-up wisdom, we find the crystallisation of all the hopes and aspirations of man, his love of the marvellous, the heroic and the sublime, the description of everything he would like to be and strives to become.That, more or less, is what Sri Aurobindo means in his aphorism.22 June 1960 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms volume-10,
14:19 - When I had the dividing reason, I shrank from many things; after I had lost it in sight, I hunted through the world for the ugly and the repellent, but I could no longer find them. - Sri AurobindoIs there really nothing ugly and repellent in the world? Is it our reason alone that sees things in that way?To understand truly what Sri Aurobindo means here, you must yourself have had the experience of transcending reason and establishing your consciousness in a world higher than the mental intelligence. For from up there you can see, firstly, that everything that exists in the universe is an expression of Sachchidananda (Being-Consciousness-Bliss) and therefore behind any appearance whatever, if you go deeply enough, you can perceive Sachchidananda, which is the principle of Supreme Beauty.Secondly, you see that everything in the manifested universe is relative, so much so that there is no beauty which may not appear ugly in comparison with a greater beauty, no ugliness which may not appear beautiful in comparison with a yet uglier ugliness.When you can see and feel in this way, you immediately become aware of the extreme relativity of these impressions and their unreality from the absolute point of view. However, so long as we dwell in the rational consciousness, it is, in a way, natural that everything that offends our aspiration for perfection, our will for progress, everything we seek to transcend and surmount, should seem ugly and repellent to us, since we are in search of a greater ideal and we want to rise higher.And yet it is still only a half-wisdom which is very far from the true wisdom, a wisdom that appears wise only in the midst of ignorance and unconsciousness.In the Truth everything is different, and the Divine shines in all things. 17 February 1960 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,
15:When, in last week's aphorism, Sri Aurobindo opposed - as one might say - "knowledge" to "Wisdom", he was speaking of knowledge as it is lived in the average human consciousness, the knowledge which is obtained through effort and mental development, whereas here, on the contrary, the knowledge he speaks of is the essential Knowledge, the supramental divine Knowledge, Knowledge by identity. And this is why he describes it here as "vast and eternal", which clearly indicates that it is not human knowledge as we normally understand it.Many people have asked why Sri Aurobindo said that the river is "slender". This is an expressive image which creates a striking contrast between the immensity of the divine, supramental Knowledge - the origin of this inspiration, which is infinite - and what a human mind can perceive of it and receive from it.Even when you are in contact with these domains, the portion, so to say, which you perceive, is minimal, slender. It is like a tiny little stream or a few falling drops and these drops are so pure, so brilliant, so complete in themselves, that they give you the sense of a marvellous inspiration, the impression that you have reached infinite domains and risen very high above the ordinary human condition. And yet this is nothing in comparison with what is still to be perceived.I have also been asked if the psychic being or psychic consciousness is the medium through which the inspiration is perceived.Generally, yes. The first contact you have with higher regions is a psychic one. Certainly, before an inner psychic opening is achieved, it is difficult to have these inspirations. It can happen as an exception and under exceptional conditions as a grace, but the true contact comes through the psychic; because the psychic consciousness is certainly the medium with the greatest affinity with the divine Truth. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms ,

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1:To learn is good, To become is better.
   ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms, Nov 25 1969,
2:To know how to keep the Divine contact in all circumstances is the secret of beatitude. 21 April 1970 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts and Aphorisms, [T5],
3:...everything really depends on the Divine Grace and we should look towards the future with confidence and serenity, at the same time progressing as fast as we can.
   ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms,
4:God within is leading us always aright even when we are in the bonds of the ignorance; but then, though the goal is sure, it is attained by circlings and deviations.

Sri Aurobindo
MCW, vol 10, On Thoughts and Aphorisms, p.258 ~ Sri Aurobindo
5:468 - I may question God, my guide and teacher, and ask Him, 'Am I right or hast Thou in thy love and wisdom suffered my mind to deceive me?' Doubt thy mind, if thou wilt, but doubt not that God leads thee.
   Life is given to us to find the Divine and unite with Him. The mind tries to persuade us that it is not so. Shall we believe this liar?
   ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms,
6:541 - Canst thou see God in thy torturer and slayer even in thy moment of death or thy hours of torture? Canst thou see Him in that which thou art slaying, see and love even while thou slayest? Thou hast thy hand on the supreme knowledge. How shall he attain to Krishna who has never worshipped Kali?
   All is the Divine and the Divine alone exists.
   ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms,
7:We cannot counteract the harm done by mental faith in the need for drugs by any external measures. Only by escaping from the mental prison and emerging consciously into the light of the spirit, by a conscious union with the Divine, can we enable Him to give back to us the balance and health we have lost.The supramental transformation is the only true remedy.
   ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms,
8:The story of Christ, as it has been told, is the concrete and dramatic enactment of the divine sacrifice: the Supreme Lord, who is All-Light, All-Knowledge, All-Power, All-Beauty, All-Love, All-Bliss, accepting to assume human ignorance and suffering in matter, in order to help men to emerge from the falsehood in which they live and because of which they die.
   ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms, 16 June 1960,
9:279 - O soldier and hero of God, where for thee is sorrow or shame or suffering? For thy life is a glory, thy deeds a consecration, victory thy apotheosis, defeat thy triumph. - Sri Aurobindo.

For one who is totally consecrated to the Divine, there can be neither shame nor suffering, for the Divine is always with him and the Divine Presence changes all things into glory. 9 January 1970 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms, volume-10, page no.295,
10:Therefore there is only one solution: to unite ourselves by aspiration, concentration, interiorisation and identification with the supreme Will. And that is both omnipotence and perfect freedom at the same time. And that is the only omnipotence and the only freedom; everything else is an approximation. You may be on the way, but it is not the entire thing. So if you experience this, you realise that with this supreme freedom and supreme power there is also a total peace and a serenity that never fails.
   Therefore, if you feel something which is not that, a revolt, a disgust, something which you cannot accept, it means that in you there is a part which has not been touched by the transformation, something which has kept the old consciousness, something which is still on the path - that is all.
   ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms,
11:38 - Strange! The Germans have disproved the existence of Christ; yet his crucifixion remains still a greater historic fact than the death of Caesar. - Sri Aurobindo.

To what plane of consciousness did Christ belong?

In the Essays on the Gita Sri Aurobindo mentions the names of three Avatars, and Christ is one of them. An Avatar is an emanation of the Supreme Lord who assumes a human body on earth.

I heard Sri Aurobindo himself say that Christ was an emanation of the Lord's aspect of love.

The death of Caesar marked a decisive change in the history of Rome and the countries dependent on her. It was therefore an important event in the history of Europe.

But the death of Christ was the starting-point of a new stage in the evolution of human civilisation. This is why Sri Aurobindo tells us that the death of Christ was of greater historical significance, that is to say, it has had greater historical consequences than the death of Caesar. The story of Christ, as it has been told, is the concrete and dramatic enactment of the divine sacrifice: the Supreme Lord, who is All-Light, All-Knowledge, All-Power, All-Beauty, All-Love, All-Bliss, accepting to assume human ignorance and suffering in matter, in order to help men to emerge from the falsehood in which they live and because of which they die.

16 June 1960 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms, volume-10, page no.61-62),
12:37 - Some say Krishna never lived, he is a myth. They mean on earth; for if Brindavan existed nowhere, the Bhagavat (6) could not have been written. - Sri Aurobindo

Does Brindavan exist anywhere else than on earth?

The whole earth and everything it contains is a kind of concentration, a condensation of something which exists in other worlds invisible to the material eye. Each thing manifested here has its principle, idea or essence somewhere in the subtler regions. This is an indispensable condition for the manifestation. And the importance of the manifestation will always depend on the origin of the thing manifested.

In the world of the gods there is an ideal and harmonious Brindavan of which the earthly Brindavan is but a deformation and a caricature.

Those who are developed inwardly, either in their senses or in their minds, perceive these realities which are invisible (to the ordinary man) and receive their inspiration from them.

So the writer or writers of the Bhagavat were certainly in contact with a whole inner world that is well and truly real and existent, where they saw and experienced everything they have described or revealed.

Whether Krishna existed or not in a human form, living on earth, is only of very secondary importance (except perhaps from an exclusively historical point of view), for Krishna is a real, living and active being; and his influence has been one of the great factors in the progress and transformation of the earth.
8 June 1960

(6 The story of Krishna, as related in the Bhagavat Purana.) ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms, volume-10, page no.60-61),
13:35 - Men are still in love with grief; when they see one who is too high for grief or joy, they curse him and cry, "O thou insensible!" Therefore Christ still hangs on the cross in Jerusalem.

36 - Men are in love with sin; when they see one who is too high for vice or virtue, they curse him and cry, "O thou breaker of bonds, thou wicked and immoral one!" Therefore Sri Krishna does not live as yet in Brindavan.(5)
- Sri Aurobindo

I would like to have an explanation of these two aphorisms.

When Christ came upon earth, he brought a message of brotherhood, love and peace. But he had to die in pain, on the cross, so that his message might be heard. For men cherish suffering and hatred and want their God to suffer with them. They wanted this when Christ came and, in spite of his teaching and sacrifice, they still want it; and they are so attached to their pain that, symbolically, Christ is still bound to his cross, suffering perpetually for the salvation of men.

As for Krishna, he came upon earth to bring freedom and delight. He came to announce to men, enslaved to Nature, to their passions and errors, that if they took refuge in the Supreme Lord they would be free from all bondage and sin. But men are very attached to their vices and virtues (for without vice there would be no virtue); they are in love with their sins and cannot tolerate anyone being free and above all error.

That is why Krishna, although immortal, is not present at Brindavan in a body at this moment.
3 June 1960

(5 The village where Shri Krishna Spent His Childhood, and where He danced with Radha and other Gopis.) ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms, volume-10, page no.59-60,
14:39 - Sometimes one is led to think that only those things really matter which have never happened; for beside them most historic achievements seem almost pale and ineffective. - Sri Aurobindo

I would like to have an explanation of this aphorism.

Sri Aurobindo, who had made a thorough study of history, knew how uncertain are the data which have been used to write it. Most often the accuracy of the documents is doubtful, and the information they supply is poor, incomplete, trivial and frequently distorted. As a whole, the official version of human history is nothing but a long, almost unbroken record of violent aggressions: wars, revolutions, murders or colonisations. True, some of these aggressions and massacres have been adorned with flattering terms and epithets; they have been called religious wars, holy wars, civilising campaigns; but they nonetheless remain acts of greed or vengeance.

Rarely in history do we find the description of a cultural, artistic or philosophical outflowering.

That is why, as Sri Aurobindo says, all this makes a rather dismal picture without any deep significance. On the other hand, in the legendary accounts of things which may never have existed on earth, of events which have not been declared authentic by "official" knowledge, of wonderful individuals whose existence is doubted by the scholars in their dried-up wisdom, we find the crystallisation of all the hopes and aspirations of man, his love of the marvellous, the heroic and the sublime, the description of everything he would like to be and strives to become.

That, more or less, is what Sri Aurobindo means in his aphorism.
22 June 1960 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms, volume-10, page no.62),
15:19 - When I had the dividing reason, I shrank from many things; after I had lost it in sight, I hunted through the world for the ugly and the repellent, but I could no longer find them. - Sri Aurobindo

Is there really nothing ugly and repellent in the world? Is it our reason alone that sees things in that way?

To understand truly what Sri Aurobindo means here, you must yourself have had the experience of transcending reason and establishing your consciousness in a world higher than the mental intelligence. For from up there you can see, firstly, that everything that exists in the universe is an expression of Sachchidananda (Being-Consciousness-Bliss) and therefore behind any appearance whatever, if you go deeply enough, you can perceive Sachchidananda, which is the principle of Supreme Beauty.

Secondly, you see that everything in the manifested universe is relative, so much so that there is no beauty which may not appear ugly in comparison with a greater beauty, no ugliness which may not appear beautiful in comparison with a yet uglier ugliness.

When you can see and feel in this way, you immediately become aware of the extreme relativity of these impressions and their unreality from the absolute point of view. However, so long as we dwell in the rational consciousness, it is, in a way, natural that everything that offends our aspiration for perfection, our will for progress, everything we seek to transcend and surmount, should seem ugly and repellent to us, since we are in search of a greater ideal and we want to rise higher.

And yet it is still only a half-wisdom which is very far from the true wisdom, a wisdom that appears wise only in the midst of ignorance and unconsciousness.

In the Truth everything is different, and the Divine shines in all things. 17 February 1960 ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms,
16:When, in last week's aphorism, Sri Aurobindo opposed - as one might say - "knowledge" to "Wisdom", he was speaking of knowledge as it is lived in the average human consciousness, the knowledge which is obtained through effort and mental development, whereas here, on the contrary, the knowledge he speaks of is the essential Knowledge, the supramental divine Knowledge, Knowledge by identity. And this is why he describes it here as "vast and eternal", which clearly indicates that it is not human knowledge as we normally understand it.
Many people have asked why Sri Aurobindo said that the river is "slender". This is an expressive image which creates a striking contrast between the immensity of the divine, supramental Knowledge - the origin of this inspiration, which is infinite - and what a human mind can perceive of it and receive from it.
Even when you are in contact with these domains, the portion, so to say, which you perceive, is minimal, slender. It is like a tiny little stream or a few falling drops and these drops are so pure, so brilliant, so complete in themselves, that they give you the sense of a marvellous inspiration, the impression that you have reached infinite domains and risen very high above the ordinary human condition. And yet this is nothing in comparison with what is still to be perceived.
I have also been asked if the psychic being or psychic consciousness is the medium through which the inspiration is perceived.
Generally, yes. The first contact you have with higher regions is a psychic one. Certainly, before an inner psychic opening is achieved, it is difficult to have these inspirations. It can happen as an exception and under exceptional conditions as a grace, but the true contact comes through the psychic; because the psychic consciousness is certainly the medium with the greatest affinity with the divine Truth. ~ The Mother, On Thoughts And Aphorisms,

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