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Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 020.htm
20       I have been hearing from certain quarters time and again that our Yogic work at present is to divinise our physical cells. No doubt, the divinisation of the body, so that it becomes immune to disease, decrepitude and even death, is the crown of Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga of the Supramental Descent and Transformation. To keep this climax in view and to create an eagerness and readiness in the body for it, so that the physical cells may open to the transformative Supermind, is nothing in itself to be scorned as mere fantasy and megalomania. But can their divinisation ever be achieved without first enlightening our narrow prejudice-ridden mind, our ambitious resti
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 007.htm
7       I consulted all your recent notes and found a number of points apart from the dream of changing houses. First is the alleged remark by Shaw about Sri Aurobindo being the greatest brain on the planet. It is true that Sri Aurobindo has come to be known in various places where we would hardly expect it. But I doubt whether Shaw could have delivered any such superlative estimate. He once visited India. A very pushy Muslim lady, with a very obedient painter husband who let her claim that she inspired all his work, boarded the ship as it lay in Bombay harbour in the morning and pinned Shaw down to a visit to her place where she would be inviting notable people, Shaw went
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 029.htm
29       My friend Mr. Baldoon Dhingra of UNESCO has sent me for comment a letter to him from you as Editors of the periodical MANAS of Los Angeles, touching upon Sri Aurobindo. I should like to clarify a few matters.   While saying you "are far from qualifying as 'experts' on Indian philosophy", you have submitted your "impression" that Sri Aurobindo has said nothing that is not better said in the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Then you go on to make two points: (1) "Gandhi, on the other hand, it seems to us, gave a new vitality and contemporary life to India's ancient wisdom;" (2) "Gandhi, therefore, again it seems to us, was able to move other men in the dire
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 015.htm
15       Quite a long life has been mine. For us in the Ashram length of living has value only inasmuch as it measures out a nearer and nearer approach to the Light of our Gurus. We are - in the depths of our beings - always at the Great Goal, but our surfaces have to trace in time and space a running golden reflection of that eternal Truth. When I look back I feel ashamed of so many opportunities missed, so many fallings-away. But Sri Aurobindo and the Mother never encouraged the backward gaze and the regrettings and sighings. I can hear them saying: "Turn your ear to the flute of the future. Its melodies are endless. Waste no hours on airs that have faded, wishing th
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 009.htm
9       Your lament sounds genuine and, since it is so, you are sure to break open the closed recesses of your being. The fact that you have not come into physical contact with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother though they were on the earth in your lifetime is certainly unfortunate, but the conviction which you have that they were Divine Visitors to our world is strong enough to put you in inner contact with them. And remember that even now they are not merely discarnate spirits. Sri Aurobindo has given the assurance through the Mother that he would remain as a personal presence in "the earth's atmosphere" - that is, the subtle-physical plane, which is the plane closest to the e
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 019.htm
19       Your name was on my lips for a few days before your recent letter reached me. I said to myself: "I have told B to keep me in touch with her health. Somehow I feel a little concerned." I am indeed sorry that the dreaded backache has returned. Maybe, as you surmise, when it had gone, you exploited your good luck too much by taking up normal daily work at home. You have to be rather careful and not push yourself. I am sure the body will again respond to the Mother's grace. Don't think, as you may tend to do, that she wants the body to suffer in order that your soul may come nearer to her!   One can always use one's bodily ailments as an opportunity to intensify
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 018.htm
18       Dearest Josef, Minna and I are delighted to get your letter and are truly relieved to learn that your blood-trouble was such as to let you go home for the week-end. We pray to the Divine Mother to make you normal soon. I thank you for your renewal of subscription to Mother India plus your donation. It is indeed a generous gesture.   It must have been a big surprise to you that when everything was ready for the yearly flight to our Pondicherry Ashram you had to be whisked off to a Vienna hospital. But for those whose heartbeats are a japa of the names of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother all happenings turn into gifts from God bringing the devotee closer to th
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 014.htm
14       You have asked me: "Is it wrong to tell one's yogic experiences to an intimate friend?" My answer is: 'True intimacy means constant thought by friends of each other's welfare both outward and inward, an identification by one with the other's triumphs as- well as troubles - a hand immediately goes forth either to help or to felicitate and just as there is a spontaneous sharing of pain an automatic participation in joy takes place. Not a single twinge of envy at one's companion's good fortune occurs. It is because of jealous reactions that it is advisable not to share one's precious experiences with people. Through the envious eye of the hearer the hostile f
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 027.htm
27       As you are yourself a painter I think you will be interested in knowing the background to the scene Jayantilal has depicted of the Mother taking up the development of a number of budding artists in the early 'thirties of this century. Jayantilal, a fine artist himself, deals in particular with his friend who was also my friend, the gentle and devoted Sanjiban, who passed away recently in the Ashram Nursing Home while I was there too, lying under complicated traction for a multiple fracture of the thigh-bone where it makes a joint with the shin. The article is well done and brings out effectively the right psychology of art in the Ashram and the Mother's way of
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Amal Kiran (K D Sethna)/English/Life-Poetry-Yoga (Vol 2)/chapter 013.htm
13       I am going on as usual. The peace is there and the aspiration continues, but a big breakthrough has to come. When I look deep within myself, I seem to feel a thorough self-giving in general to the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, but evidently whatever is there is not fully translated into the outer being with its remnants of the Old Adam though they are not specially lingering on the look-out for any old (or even young) Eve. I hope it won't take too long for the ordinary consciousness to kindle completely with the rose-and-white glow of the innermost profundity and the blue-silver-gold splendour of the overarching infinite. Will I have enough time to live altogether up t