Home
Find:


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/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/10 November.htm
10 November 1954 This talk is based upon Sri Aurobindo's Bases of Yoga, Chapter 2, “Faith – Aspiration – Surrender”. What does this mean exactly: “In Yoga it is out of the inner victory that there comes the outer con- quest”? Yes. First you must attain the true consciousness, be in contact with the Divine and let Him govern your action; and then you can act upon outer circumstances, even actions, and overcome outer difficulties. You must have the inner experience first before hoping to be able to [...]¹ something external. In fact everything is founded upon an awareness of the divine Consciousness, and unless this is done all the rest is uncertain. Not
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/24 November.htm
24 November 1954 This talk is based upon Sri Aurobindo's Bases of Yoga, Chapter 2, “Faith – Aspiration – Surrender”. “To keep the psychic awake and in front”: what does “in front” mean, Sweet Mother? That is to say, in the forefront of the consciousness, instead of being pushed behind, in a background which is only very rarely seen; to keep it right in front of the consciousness, in the active consciousness. In any case, you must want it and try to do it. “Desire...   leads to pulling down the force”: what does this mean? You see, one has an aspiration for Light, for Knowledge, for all kinds of things. Now, if a desire is mixed with
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/31 March.htm
31 March 1954 This talk is based upon Mother's essay “The Four Austerities and the Four Liberations”, Part I. “...the vital has three sources of subsistence. The one most easily accessible to it comes from below, from the physical energies through the sensations. “The second is on its own plane, when it is suffi- ciently vast and receptive, by contact with the univer- sal vital forces. “The third, to which it usually opens only in a great aspiration for progress, comes to it from above by the infusion and absorption of spiritual forces and inspiration.” Sweet Mother, here I have not understood. You have said: “... a
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/07 April.htm
7 April 1954 This talk is based upon Mother's essay “The Four Austerities and the Four Liberations”, Part II. “When a thought is expressed in speech, the vibration of the sound has a considerable power to bring the most material substance into contact with the thought, thus giving it a concrete and effective reality. That is why one must never speak ill of people or things or say things, which go against the progress of the divine realisation in the world. This is an absolute general rule. And yet it has one exception. You should not criticise anything unless at the same time you have the conscious power and active will to
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/29 December.htm
29 December 1954 This talk is based upon Sri Aurobindo's Bases of Yoga, Chapter 3, “In Difficulty”. So? (To a child) No questions? (To another) You have a question? Sweet Mother, why is it said that “those who have the greatest power for Yoga...   have too, very often...   the greatest imperfections”? Why is it like that? (Silence) Because one must have a very strong, very powerful nature, with great inner strength in order to have a great capacity for yoga; and very strong natures have also very strong difficulties. People who are neutral, dull, unimportant, usually go their own little way without being disturbed very much. But they cannot do a
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/28 April.htm
28 April 1954 This talk is based upon Sri Aurobindo's Elements of Yoga, Chapter 3, “Aspiration”. Mother, what is an “acute resistance”? Acute? Acute is used in a figurative see. Acute describes something pointed, don't you know? – and perhaps this means an aggressive, sharp resistance which sinks deep like a claw. I did not understand very well the answer to this questions: “Does the power of aspiration vary in differ- ent sadhaks according to their natures?”[Sri Aurobindo's answer: “No. Aspiration is the same power in all; it differs only in purity, intensity and object.”] Ah! Yes. You see, I think the question has been put badly. I belie
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/03 February.htm
3 February 1954 This talk is based upon Mother’s essay “Vital Education”. “In some ancient initiations it was stated that the num- ber of sees that man can develop is not five but seven and in certain special cases even twelve. Certain races at certain times have, out of necessity, developed more or less perfectly one or another of these supplement- ary sees. With a proper discipline persistently fol- lowed, they are within the reach of all who are sincerely interested in this development and its results. Among the faculties that are often mentioned, there is,  for example, the ability to widen the physical con-
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/15 September.htm
15 September 1954 This talk is based upon Sri Aurobindo's Bases of Yoga, Chapter 1, “Calm – Peace – Equality”. When one detaches oneself from the thought-mind, does the mind continue to think? Usually it continues to think, but this does not affect you any longer. It is not exactly “thinking”, it is like a market-place, you see. Things come, circulate, turn around, go out, come back, cross, sometimes collide. It is absolutely like a market-place. These things go on like that (Gestures). The factory of thoughts is... this does not occur very often. Some people have a particular kind of occupation which lies in giving a particular form to the thought-forc
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/11 August.htm
11 August 1954 This talk is based upon Chapter 6 of The Mother by Sri Aurobindo. At the very beginning is written: “The four Powers of the Mother.” Which are these four powers, Sweet Mother? These! The aspects, aren't they, Mother? (Long silence) Yes. What does this mean: “The Supreme is...  manifested through her in the worlds as the one and dual con- sciousness of Ishwara-Shakti and the dual principle of Purusha-Prakriti.... “?   What does this mean? It means what it says. (Laughter) It means that in the world the single force of the creating energy is divided in all the manifestation, even the most contrary manifesta
Resource name: /E-Library/Works of The Mother/English/CWMCE/Questions and Answers_Volume-06/31 December.htm
31 December 1954 New Year's Eve. After a meditation, Mother distributes her New Year's Message to every- one. I am going to read the prayer to you in French – it is a message not a prayer – in French and in English. And then I have brought two of Sri Aurobindo's replies to questions which have not been published anywhere, and you will be the first to hear them. And then two...   not poems, some lines; a very short little poem and just a stanza from another poem, which are a magnificent illustration of our message for the next year. This message was written because it is foreseen that next year will be a difficult year and there will be many inner struggles and