Acronyms used in the website

SABCL - Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library

CWSA - Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo

CWM - Collected Works of The Mother

Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/DIFFICULTIES.htm
DIFFICULTIES The nature of your difficulty indicates the nature of the victory you will gain, the victory you will exemplify in Yoga. Thus, if there is persistent selfishness, it points to a realisation of universality as your most prominent achievement in the future. And, when selfishness is there, you have also the power to reverse this very difficulty into its opposite, a victory of utter wideness. When you have something to realise, you will have in you just the characteristic which is the contradiction of that something. Face to face with the defect, the difficulty, you say, "Oh, I am like that! How awful it is!" But you ought to see the truth of the situation. Say
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/MOTHER^S SIGNATURE.htm
-032_MOTHER^S SIGNATURE.htm MOTHER'S SIGNATURE Do you know what this means? (Mother points to Her signature) No, Mother. No? Wait. I'll show you. (Mother draws a bird above the signature) Yes, Mother. This is a graphic representation of the signature. It means: the Bird of Peace descending upon earth. Its wings are tilted towards the earth. You see the angle of the wings and how it is descending to the earth? It is to bring peace. It is the messenger of Peace. The Bird of Peace descending upon the earth. Do you see? Yes, Mother, but.... Now I am going to explain to you how this bird corresponds to the signature. Look, first this, this is the tail of the
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/ASPIRATION IN THE PSYHIC.htm
ASPIRATION IN THE PSYHIC Here is the flower we have called "Aspiration in the Physical for the Divine's Love." By the "Physical" I mean the physical consciousness, the most ordinary outward-going consciousness, the normal consciousness of most human beings, which sets such great store by comfort, good food, good clothes, happy relationship, etc., instead of aspiring for the higher things. Aspiration in the physical for the Divine's Love implies that the physical asks for nothing else save that it should feel how the Divine loves it. It realises that all its usual satisfactions are utterly insufficient. But there cannot be a compromise: if the physical wants the Di
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/KNOWLEDGE BY UNITY.htm
KNOWLEDGE BY UNITY Consciousness is the faculty of becoming aware of anything whatsoever through identification with it. But the divine consciousness is not only aware but knows and effects. For, mere awareness is not knowledge. To become aware of a vibration, for instance, does not mean that you know everything about it. Only when the consciousness participates in the divine consciousness docs it get full knowledge by identification with the object. Ordinarily, identification leads to ignorance rather than knowledge, for the consciousness is lost in what it becomes and is unable to envisage proper causes, concomitants and consequences. Thus you identify yourself w
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/SELFLESS ADMIRATION.htm
SELFLESS ADMIRATION People are so unwilling to recognise anything that expresses the Divine that they are ever on the alert to find fault, discover apparent defects and so reduce what is high to their own level. They are simply furious at being surpassed and when they do succeed in finding superficial "shortcomings" they are greatly pleased. But they forget that if they confront even the Divine, when its presence is on the earth, with their crude physical mind they are bound to meet only what is crude. They cannot hope to see what they are themselves incapable of seeing or unwilling to see. They are sure to misjudge the Divine if they consider the surface-aspect of its
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/THE WORLD OF HARMONY.htm
THE WORLD OF HARMONY Music too is an essentially spiritual art and has always been associated with religious feelings and an inner life. But, here too, we have turned it into something independent and self-sufficient, a mushroom art, such as is operatic music. Most of the artistic productions we come across are of this kind and at best interesting from the point of view of technique. 1 do not say that even operatic music cannot be used as a medium of higher art expressions for whatever the form it can be made to serve a deeper purpose. All depends on the thing itself, on how it is used, on what is behind it. There is nothing that cannot be used for the Divine purpose—
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/VICTORY OVER FALSEHOOD.htm
VICTORY OVER FALSEHOOD The lords of Falsehood hold, at present, almost complete sway over poor humanity. Not only the lower life-energy, the lower vital being, but also the whole mind of man accepts them. Countless are the ways in which they are worshipped, for they are most subtle in their cunning and seek their ends in variously seductive disguises. The result is that men cling to their falsehood as if it were a treasure, cherishing it more than even the most beautiful things of life. Apprehensive of its safety, they take care to bury it deep down in themselves; but unless they take it out and surrender it to the Divine they will never find true happiness.
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/VITAL CONVERSION, REBIRTH AND PERSONAL SURVIVAL.htm
VITAL CONVERSION, REBIRTH AND PERSONAL SURVIVAL It is very important that the vital should agree to change; it must learn to accept conversion. The vital is not in itself anything to be decried: in fact, all energy, dynamism and push comes from it—without it you may be calm and wise and detached, but you will be absolutely immobile and uncreative. The body would be inert, just like a stone, without the force infused into it by the vital. If the vital is left out, you would be able to realise nothing. But like a spirited horse it is liable to be refractory and, therefore, requires good control. You have to keep your reins tight and your whip
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/THE ORDINARY LIFE AND THE TRUE SOUL.htm
THE ORDINARY LIFE AND THE TRUE SOUL The ordinary life is a round of various desires and greeds. As long as one is preoccupied with them, there can he no lasting progress. A way out of the round must be discovered. Take, as an instance, that commonest preoccupation of ordinary life—the constant thinking by people of what they will eat and whether they are eating enough. To conquer the greed for food an equanimity in the being must be developed such that you arc perfectly indifferent towards food. If food is given you, you eat it; if not, it does not worn you in the least; above all, you do not keep thinking about food. And the thinking must not be negati
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/RESURRECTION.htm
RESURRECTION Resurrection means, for us, the falling off of the old consciousness; but it is not only a rebirth, a sudden change which completely breaks with the past. There is a certain continuity in it between dying to your old self, your low exterior nature and starting quite anew. In the experience of resurrection the movement of discarding the old being is closely connected with that of the rising up from it of the new" consciousness and the new strength, so that from what is thrown off the best can unite in a new creation with what has succeeded. The true significance of resurrection is that the Divine Consciousness awakes from the unconsciousness into which it has gone