Sincerity
Nov27

Sincerity

Sincerity means more than honesty. It means that you mean what you say, feel what you profess, are earnest in your will. SRI AUROBINDO When we end a letter with ‘yours sincerely’, it is almost a reflex. Rarely do we give a thought to what it means, how difficult it is to be sincere, and therefore, how rare total sincerity is. In ordinary day-to-day affairs, sincerity means saying what we mean, and doing what we say. Sincerity implies...

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Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri
Nov27

Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri

There is a teacher present in every line of Savitri – the consciousness of Sri Aurobindo himself. Savitri is perhaps the best known and least understood work of Sri Aurobindo. Its fascination lies partly in the insurmountable challenge it presents to those who try to understand it at the mental level. Running into about 24,000 lines, Savitri is one of the longest poems in the English language. Raymond Frank Piper, an American scholar,...

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Did Sri Aurobindo Take the Easy Way Out?
May07

Did Sri Aurobindo Take the Easy Way Out?

…the mind is incapable of judging spiritual things. THE MOTHER Sri Aurobindo was sent to England at age seven for ‘further studies’, and returned to India in 1893 at age twenty one. His full-time engagement with the struggle for India’s freedom was restricted to a short period (1906-1910), of which one year (1908-1909) was spent in prison. In April 1910 he went away to Pondicherry, after which he dedicated himself exclusively to...

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Let Not Depression Depress You
Jul12

Let Not Depression Depress You

A depression is always unreasonable as it leads nowhere. THE MOTHER (on 31 May 1955, CWM 14:264) There is hardly anyone in the world who has never been depressed. If you have never been, perhaps you have forgotten, or have not yet lived long enough. A person gets depressed when he perceives his life to be not only miserable, but also beyond repair. A severely depressed person resigns himself to his fate, refuses to even try improving...

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Occupational Hazards of a Spiritual Guide
Jul12

Occupational Hazards of a Spiritual Guide

It is true that some people are more capable than others of entering into relation with this field of ideas and manifesting it through their conscious cerebrality. But this is nothing other than an additional responsibility for them: since they are in possession of this wealth, they are its stewards and must see that it is used for the good of the greatest number. THE MOTHER (in a talk on ‘Charity’ delivered on 20 May 1912) A...

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Is there a destiny, and can we change it?
Jun21

Is there a destiny, and can we change it?

Is there a destiny, and can we change it? Whether it seem good or evil to men’s eyes, Only for good the secret Will can work. Our destiny is written in double terms: Through Nature’s contraries we draw near God; Out of the darkness we still grow to light. SRI AUROBINDO (Savitri, Book 6, Canto 1, p. 424) It is often assumed that whatever happens to us in life has already been decided by God. It is as if God prepares a schedule of...

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