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GUIDANCE FROM SRI AUROBINDO Letters to a young disciple © Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust 1974 Published by Sri Aurobindo Society Printed at Auropress, Auroville, India PRINTED IN INDIA
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ON AVATARHOOD What is an incarnation? From what plane does it take place? An incarnation is the Divine Consciousness and Being manifesting through the body. It is possible from any plane. When the Divine descends here as an incarnation, does not that very act mould his infinity into a limited finite? How then does he still continue to rule over the universe? Do you imagine that the Divine is at any time not everywhere in the universe or beyond it? or that he is living at one point in space and governing the rest from it, as Mussolini governs the Italian Empire from Rome? I was speaking of the Divine in the body,
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THE SUBCONSCIENT AND SLEEP The year 1933 The things already stored in the subconscient will be emptied one day — but what about future impressions? How is one to deal with them in advance so as to prevent them from entering? If the subconscient is emptied, it would mean that you have got beyond the ordinary consciousness and the subconscient itself is prepared to be an instrument of the Truth. If you are perfectly indifferent about it that is sufficient. The impressions that come up constantly from the subconscient are of things in which the mind (or the vital) was interested — e.g. family, relatives, friends, past surrou
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EMPTINESS AND FULLNESS The year 1934 In the afternoons I feel a voidness in the consciousness. It increases greatly during the general evening Meditation. This voidness is a new thing for me. Kindly explain it. The voidness (if by that you mean silence and emptiness of thoughts, movements etc.) is the basic condition into which the higher consciousness can flow. This morning and evening my consciousness was silent and receptive as usual; it received the Mother's grace and at the same time felt a voidness. That is, there was no movement, inner or outer. The voidness is the best condition for a full receptivity.
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THE PHYSICAL BEING The Year 1933 Can I not command my body to cut down its sleep to two or three hours only? I have heard that many Yogis are able to minimise their sleep. It is not possible to do at once what you like with the body. If the body is told to sleep only 2 or 3 hours, it may follow if the will is strong enough — but afterwards it may get exceedingly strained and even break down for want of needed rest. The yogis who minimise their sleep succeed only after a long tapasya in which they learn how to control the forces of Nature governing the body. How is one to get out of one's limited physical personality? Getting ou
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THE IMPULSE TOWARDS LAYA When the human soul has reached perfection of the spiritual state it feels the attraction of laya irresistible. It feels that the purpose for which it was sent here on earth is accomplished and it must at once return to and rest in the Divine above, unless it is a special soul, an Avatar. If it were so, then the soul would have to go into laya. Avatar or no Avatar. For if the purpose for which it is here is fulfilled, then there is no reason for it to remain any longer here. When the old Yogis made spiritualisation their goal, it was not because they were weak, ignorant and selfish, seeking their own personal
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SUPERMIND AND THE OTHER PLANES OF HIGHER KNOWLEDGE Since all is created from Ananda, contained and held by Ananda (I don't know if 'created' is the right word), from where have pain and misery, grief and sorrow, depression and darkness come? Through Ignorance, Division and separative Ego. Is every plane or everything below the Supermind influenced more or less by the Ignorance? I gather that the planes from the Higher Mind to the Over-mind are also of the spiritual consciousness. The planes below are of the spiritual consciousness, but when there is a dynamic action from them, it is always a mixe
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THE MOTHER AND FLOWERS* What is the meaning behind the Mother's giving us flowers — I mean, what does she try to do to us? Simply to put the power indicated upon you if you are willing to receive it. It is a progress suggested and offered. It is said that the five petals of the flower called "Psychological Perfection" mean love, bhakti, surrender, sincerity and faith. But today she gave me this flower with six petals. What does the sixth petal indicate? The five are purity (not love), devotion etc. The sixth is steadfastness (stability, etc.). This morning the Mother gave me a flower signifying "The Divi
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RECEPTIVITY AND ASSIMILATION The year 1934 Aspiration is intense in the morning, then diminishes, and in the evening the consciousness becomes calm and quiet. Is this the rule in such matters? It is quite usual to have such periods in the day. The consciousness needs time for rest and assimilation, it cannot be at the same pitch of intensity at all times. During the assimilation a calm quietude is the proper condition. Should not one tend the consciousness towards offering at all times? Unless it is a period of quiet peace in which there is no disturbance. Such periods are very useful for assimilation.
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THE PURUSHA AND THE PRAKRITI The year 1933 Can a beginner get a distinct answer from the Purusha? The Purusha does not talk. It is a movement of consciousness— a movement of consent or refusal. Has not each of our beings — mental, vital and physical—its own Purusha, which observes all the movements without identifying itself with them and is quite indifferent and impersonal? By itself the Purusha is impersonal, but by mixing itself with the movements of Prakriti it makes for itself a surface ego or personality. When it appears in its own separate nature then it is seen to be detached and observing.