Category Archives: Spirituality
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Little Mind, Part 3
The Traveller has come to the third and greatest of the functions of our mind at the level of the mind which is limited to the information given to it by our senses. It is Reason, a mental process which we have always valued very highly. Sri Aurobindo shows us Reason's limitations. For a world seen, Reason weaves a world conceived. Reason tries to harmonize all life by controlling it with thought, but the real source of harmony is beyond the senses. If we use only reason to define our world, we end up in a reality where there is no place for soul or spirit because Reason can not experience things which are not brought to it by the senses.
Mother's Questions And Answers, June 6, 1956, Part 1
Mother explains how to ask for the answers to spiritual questions by using books of revelation and spiritual knowledge. Then she explains how the process works and she demonstrates how to do it. Sri Aurobindo called this method "sortilege". He used it himself, and wrote about it often in his diary, the Record Of Yoga. This week there is no original French tape recording of the class.
The session began with an exercise wherein participants were requested to stand where they felt the most aligned on a continuum between two ends - one that represented "conserving Earth's resources for preserving Earth's beauty" and another that represented "spending Earth's resources to express inner human beauty". There was a diagonal line between these ends and a center. Half the participants stood near the center and half of them near the end closer to conserving resources. The session used the attached image to depict how essentially answers to such tough questions lie in transcending the continuum between seeming opposites, realizing their inner oneness as well as uniqueness of each element that is constituted in it.
Mother's Questions And Answers, May 30, 1956
Mother speaks about expressing the Divine through art, music and poetry and explains what makes a living work of art. She speaks about the true way to do all work, and explains what is necessary to do it in a way that leads to a deeper consciousness. Then she speaks about how she wanted to create a small world where people would not have to worry about getting the necessities of life so they would have the time and energy to devote themselves to seeking higher realization. She explains why that has not worked in the Ashram.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Little Life, Part 2
The Traveller experiences the mental planes which are open to man. He follows the work of the Divine Shakti, the great Puissance, as she creates mind's evolution in life in matter. He experiences two different ways that our surface mind functions. The first one shows the ways of thought which want to keep everything the same. This type of thought moves around and around in the same time-worn grooves. The second mode of thought is unstable, passionate and irrational. The burning vision of desire moves these thoughts to flame to the heights and sink to the depths and to waste life energy in pursuit of unreal dreams.
This recording is the second part of Chapter 4 The Sacrifice, the Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice, picking up on page 112. In this part, Sri Aurobindo continues to reveal the practice of this Yoga, which demands a constant inward remembrance 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 is the whole background ..... becoming the whole substance of the consciousness. Realization of this enables self-surrender; self-giving progresses and sacrifice becomes easier, more powerful ..... opposing forces lose much of its strength .....
On Thursday the 12th Janurary 2017 Jean-Francois Noubel shared his insights, knowledge and experiences about the implementation of "The Gift Economy" and about the power and necessity of "Collective Evolution" with many helpful pointers and tools.
His approach was so inspiring and perfect for the need of the moment, prioritizing the utmost importance on bringing silence and presence into all of our daily interactions.