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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/TOWARDS UNION.htm
TOWARDS UNION The force which, when absorbed in the Ignorance, takes the form of vital desires is the same which, in its pure form, constitutes the push, the dynamis towards transformation. Consequently, you must beware at the same time of indulging freely in desires, thinking them to be needs which must be satisfied, and of rejecting the vital force as positively evil. What you should do is to throw the doors of your being wide open to the Divine. The moment you conceal something, you step straight, into Falsehood. The least supression on your part pulls you immediately down into unconsciousness. If you want to be fully conscious, be always in front of the Truth—completely o
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/THE SCIENTIST AND THE YOGI.htm
THE SCIENTIST AND THE YOGI The climax of the ordinary consciousness is Science. For Science, what is upon the earth is true, simply because it is there. What it calls Nature is for it the final reality, and its aim is to build up a theory to explain the workings of it. So it climbs as high as the physical mind can go and tries to find out the causes of what it assumes to be the true, the real world. Hut in fact it adapts "causes" to "effects", for it has already taken that which is for the true, the real, and seeks only to explain it mentally. For the yogic consciousness, however, this world is nor the final reality. Rising above the mind into the Over-mind and
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/CHANCE.htm
CHANCE What do we understand by the term "chance"? Chance can only be the opposite of order and harmony. There is only one true harmony and that is the supramcntal— the reign of Truth, the expression of the Divine Law. In the Supcrmind, therefore, chance has no place. But in the lower Nature the supreme Truth is obscured: hence there is an absence of that divine unity of purpose and action which alone can constitute order. Lacking this unity, the domain of lower Nature is governed by what we may call chance—that is to say, it is a field in which various conflicting forces intermix, having no single definite aim. Whatever arises out of such a rushing together of forces is a result o
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/POWER OF IMAGINATION.htm
POWER OF IMAGINATION The imagination is really the power of mental formation. When this power is put at the service of the Divine, it is not only formative but also creative. There is, however, no such things as unreal formation, because every image is a reality on the mental plane. The plot of a novel, for instance, is all there on the mental plane existing independently of the physical. Each of us is a novelist to a certain extent and possess the capacity to make forms on that plane; and, in fact, a good deal of our life embodies the products of our imagination. Every time you indulge your imagination in an unhealthy way, giving a form to your fears and anticipating
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/THE PSYCHIC PRESENCE.htm
THE PSYCHIC PRESENCE With regard to the evolution upwards, it is more correct to speak of the psychic presence than the psychic being. For it is the psychic presence which little by little becomes the psychic being. In each evolving form there is this presence, but it is not individualised. It is something which is capable of growth and follows the movement of the evolution. It is not a descent of the involution from above. It is formed progressively round the spark of Divine Consciousness which is meant to be the centre of a growing being which becomes the psychic being when it is at last individualised. It is this spark that is permanent and gathers round itself all
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/THE CAPRICIOUS VITAL.htm
THE CAPRICIOUS VITAL Let endurance be your watchword: teach the life-force in you—your vital being—not to complain but to put up with all the conditions necessary for great achievement. The body is a very enduring servant, it bears the stress of circumstance tamely like a beast of burden. It is the vital being that is always grumbling and uneasy. The slavery and torture to which it subjects the physical is almost incalculable. How it twists and deforms the poor body to its own fads and fancies, irrationally demanding that everything should be shaped according to its whimsicality! But the very essence of endurance is that the vital should learn to give up its capriciou
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/TRUE HUMILITY.htm
TRUE HUMILITY As I have often been questioned about it, I shall touch briefly on the meaning of true humility, supramental plasticity and spiritual rebirth. Humility is that state of consciousness in which, whatever realisation, you know the infinite is still in front of you. The rare quality of selfless admiration about which I have spoken to you is but another aspect of true humility; for it is sheer arrogance that refuses to admire and is complacent about its own petty achievements, forgetting the infinite which is always ahead of it. However, you need to be humble not only when you have nothing substantial or divine in you but even when you are on the path of transformat
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/POWER OF RIGHT ATTITUDE.htm
POWER OF RIGHT ATTITUDE Is it really the best that always happens? ... It is clear that all that has happened had to happen: it could not be otherwise—by the universal determinism it had to happen. But we can say so only after it has happened, not before. For the problem of the very best that can happen is an individual problem, whether the individual is a nation or a single human being; and all depends upon the personal attitude. If, in the presence of circumstances that are about to take place, you can take the highest attitude possible—that is, if you put your consciousness in contact with the highest consciousness within reach, you can be absolutely sure that i
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/STEPPING BACK.htm
STEPPING BACK Most of you live on the surface of your being, exposed to the touch of external influences. You live almost projected as it were, outside your own body, and when you meet some unpleasant being similarly projected you get upset. The whole trouble arises out of your not being accustomed to stepping back. You must always step back into yourself—learn to go deep within—step back and you will be safe. Do not lend yourself to the superficial forces which move in the outside world. Even if you are in a hurry-to do something, step back for a while and you will discover to your surprise how much sooner and with what greater success your work can be done. If someone is a
Resource name: /E-Library/Compilations/English/The Signature of Truth/REINCARNATION—MEMORY OF PAST LIVES.htm
-018_REINCARNATION—MEMORY OF PAST LIVES.htm REINCARNATION—MEMORY OF PAST LIVES To understand rightly the problem of what is popularly called reincarnation, we must perceive that there are two factors in it which require consideration. First, there is the line of divine consciousness which seeks to manifest from above and upholds a certain series of formations, peculiar to itself, in the universe which is its field of manifestation. Secondly, there is the psychic consciousness which climbs from below, the seed of the Divine developing through time till it meets the Force from above and takes the impress of the supramental Truth. This psychic consciousness is the inner being of a man, the material f