Mother and Sri
Aurobindo participated in the affairs of the earth and the universe
according to the mission and the work they were doing. When it was clear
that the Second World War was inevitable, they saw the Lord of Nations
leading Hitler on and urging him to conquer the world with very tall
promises. The Lord of Nations, it was said, appeared before Hitler in a
dazzling light in shining white armour and gave him detailed advice. Sri
Aurobindo called this war, “Mother’s war.” He used to send his spiritual
force in support of the Allies and eagerly awaited the results of
individual battles. At every important turning point of the war, Sri
Aurobindo took great interest. At the famous Dunkirk battle where the
British troops were miraculously saved, it was reported that the fog in
the atmosphere served the British navy well. Sri Aurobindo used to refer
to that with a smile as the ‘mysterious fog’. When Hitler was gaining
success after success and Mother was trying in the opposite direction,
she said the shining being who was guiding Hitler used to come to the
Ashram from time to time to see what was happening. Things changed from
bad to worse. Mother decided on a fresh strategy. She took on the
appearance of that shining being, appeared before Hitler and advised him
to attack Russia. On her way back to the Ashram, she met that being. The
being was intrigued by Mother having stolen a march over him. Hitler’s
attack on Russia ensured his downfall....
In later life
Mother explained that [Max] Theon was the Lord of Death and her husband Paul
Richard was the Lord of Nations who inspired Hitler to destroy the
world. She even joked, “I had good company.” ...
In January 1969,
the Superman appeared before Her. She saw no shadow of the figure. She
says with the disappearance of the ego, shadow disappears too....
When a sadhak
asked “since when were Sri Aurobindo and Mother here on earth,” Sri
Aurobindo answered, “since the beginning of the earth’s creation.” To
them, the Earth is a being, Mother Earth, a micro-unit of the Universe.
Earth, they say, is an evolving being. At different critical stages of
the Earth’s evolution, The Mother and Sri Aurobindo have come down on
earth to personally guide the evolution. Today they declare that the
evolution of Earth is at a critical stage, in the sense that Man is not
the last term of evolution and the spirit of life is endeavouring to
evolve the next higher species, the Superman. That is why Sri Aurobindo
and The Mother have come down to direct and hasten man’s transition to
Sri Aurobindo Ashram as the cradle of the new civilisation composed of
the new race of supermen. It was an experiment to evolve the Superman
from humanity, and for this purpose man had to conquer his human nature.
The civilised man conquers his behaviour while his inner feelings remain
the same. The cultured man changes his inner feelings and character,
too. But even in him his consciousness remains the same as the animals
from which he evolved. Especially his subconscious is the untamed brute.
To convert human life into a divine life, it is not enough to change the
behaviour or character. It is also essential to change this basic animal
consciousness into a higher consciousness. This, She calls
transformation. It is not given to man to bring about this change. Only
the Divine can do this miracle. All that is asked of man is a total
surrender of all that he is.
Yogis aspire for
moksha and attain it through Jnana. Others open the heart of love and
attain the same goal. Karma yogis resort to desireless work—Nishkamya—to
reach heaven. All of them consider the body as false, an impediment. For
this reason yogis disregard the body. This is our tradition. Sri
Aurobindo realised that the Jnani who attained wisdom could spread light
in the world but that would reach only a handful of high souls; the
Bhakta, who in his laya dwelt in God’s chamber, in his Samipa poured the
divine love on his devotees and followers, but the elevation of the
masses at large was transitory. The Nishkamya Karma Yogi set a high
ideal for other aspirants to follow. All this could touch vast humanity
only on the fringe of its existence. After thousands of jnanis, rishis,
and yogis have appeared on earth, the ignorance of the masses, their
dense darkness, their infinite suffering still remain a reality. Sri
Aurobindo realised that for this suffering to dissolve, it was not
enough that several thousand souls reached the high heavens. The Divine
should come on earth, bringing His light, love, and power not only to
the minds and hearts of men but also to their very bodies, which had up
until then been considered reservoirs of falsehood to be shunned and
dreaded. All the tapas of the muni, all the yoga of the rishis are not
enough to wipe out the falsehood of the body. These are individual
efforts to reach the Divine. Sri Aurobindo realised that a higher power,
higher than that of the aspiring yogi, should come into the human frame,
if the dense falsehood of the body should dissolve and turn into divine
light. His inner voice showed him that if a few—maybe 20—people could
bring this higher light into their very bodies and their falsehood
dissolve into light, the entire falsehood on earth would disappear,
along with the age-old suffering and original sin....
which occupies a place of pride in Yogas, starts with the dictum that
MAN is a soul in the body. Purna Yoga begins with the assumption that
MAN is a soul in the mind....
In 1926, the overmental force descended into Sri Aurobindo on all
levels. After that he was engaged in the yogic adventure of raising his
being to the supramental world and bringing the power of that world into
the earth through the instrumentation of his own body. Before 1950, he
accomplished this feat fully. His yoga was realised. The high heavens
were reached. They had answered the CALL of humanity represented by Sri
Aurobindo. The FORCE was ready to move from its origin, descend on earth
and abolish death and suffering.
Sri Aurobindo saw at this point that the transformation of the earth
presupposed one other condition. He saw the Golden Light of the
supramental world when he left the blue light of the overmind. If the
Golden Light were to remain on earth forever after the descent, it would
require about ten yogis who had realised Supermind fully. At the time of
Sri Aurobindo's realisation that condition remained unfulfilled. Even if
the power of Supermind descended through the siddhi of Sri Aurobindo,
the light could not remain on earth. Sri Aurobindo needed another ten
accomplished yogis. They were not there. He spoke to Mother and said one
of them had to leave the earth and continue the yoga from the subtle
plane to expedite the ADVENT. Mother offered to go. He showed her the
unique constitution of her body which alone could accomplish the
transformation at the physical level. He decided to withdraw and
continue his work from the subtle plane.
In 1956, Sri Aurobindo's work from the subtle plane bore fruit. In 1950,
he had offered his own body to the descending supramental light as a fit
receptacle. At the time he left his body, the Golden Light invaded it
and remained there for three full days. All the other yogic powers he
had gathered, he deposited in Mother before he withdrew from his body.
In six years, Sri Aurobindo's work prepared the Earth Consciousness as a
whole to receive the supramental force, power and light. During the
meditation in the playground on February 29, 1956, Mother saw Her subtle
body enlarging to the size of the universe and becoming golden. Before
her appeared a massive golden door and beside her was an equally massive
golden hammer. With one blow Mother smashed the door, the curtain
between earth and the golden supramental heavens. Floods of living light
of golden colour poured down onto earth. Earth realised the Supermind.
Instantaneously, the tamas, the inertia of the earth rose up in equally
great floods and swallowed up the descending Grace. Following this great
event, Divine Love descended on earth in 1962. The Supramental force
advanced in 1967 by manifesting itself in the earth consciousness. Again
on January 1st, 1969 the force further evolved and became
consciousness and appeared before The Mother. Mother says that since its
advent in 1956, the force is effectively determining the course of
Mother and Sri Aurobindo used the
supramental force to deliver a mortal blow to death.
Mother came to
know of her previous births on several occasions. In past lives Mother
was Queen Elizabeth of England, Catherine of Russia, Joan of Arc, an
Egyptian Queen, and the mother of Moses, among others....
was known in the Ashram as the rebirth of Napoleon. Napoleon's birthday
was also August 15th. In his previous births, it was believed he was
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Krishna and many other persons too.
Human life is
full of falsehood. It is the presence of falsehood that necessitates the
struggle and keeps the possibility of failure around the corner. There
is no scope for falsehood when one is working in Mother’s
Mother had a
special rapport with flowers. She has given names to 800 flowers basing
herself on their spiritual significance. She says flowers have feelings
of pride, vanity and sensitivity. For instance, roses do not like to be
placed in a vase along with other flowers. When kept alone, they rise in
stature and look around with pride.
organised the youth under the Congress and voiced radical ideas from
several journals he contributed to. Their nationalist activities
embraced founding a journal "Vandemataram", founding a National College,
worshipping Kali, and experimenting with several ideas as well as
procuring chemicals with which bombs were made. Sri Aurobindo did not
believe in terrorism, even though he was a radical to the core. The
British police arrested him and clapped him in Alipore jail, implicating
him in a bomb throwing case....
gave up nationalism and the freedom movement at the behest of the inner
voice. The British government, which had not heard Sri Aurobindo's inner
voice, hounded him up to 1937 fearing that he was a great potential
danger to the stability of the Royal Crown. Five times, attempts were
made to kidnap Sri Aurobindo and take him to British territory. Through
the most strange ways of the Almighty, each time the thugs who consented
to this heinous crime fell out among themselves and ended in mutual
killing. Once it was a highly placed politician who was anxious to
oblige the British authorities. He was shot dead in his own house by a
relative before he could lay his hands upon Sri Aurobindo....
In 1971 Indira
was in a political turmoil because of the split in the Congress
organisation. Her government had lost its majority and on important
occasions in the Parliament she relied on the support of the opposition
group, DMK. She had ordered interim elections but thought she would be
lucky if she could muster 250 seats in the Lok Sabha. It was at that
time friendly advice brought her the suggestion that if she sought
Mother’s support, her political and legislative uncertainty would end.
Indira heeded the advice and came to Pondicherry to meet Mother. Her
prayer was for 250 Lok Sabha seats. Mother smiled broadly, nodded her
head vigorously and granted the prayer made through her cabinet
colleague Nandini. Electoral victory was a landslide win. An Indira wave
swept across the nation giving her 356 seats and the coveted two-thirds
majority required to amend the constitution....
It is an
unspoken tradition in Pondicherry from the days of the colonial regime
that the rulers of the settlement kept close contact with the Ashram ...
Almost all Chief Ministers, Governors, Presidents, Vice-Presidents and
all the Prime Ministers have come to Mother seeking Her blessings....
She enacts new
rules and laws to serve your particular need exactly. ...
To take to Her Yoga, Her basic
conditions were very simple. Avoidance of politics, liquor, smoking and
sex were those conditions. To receive the most from Her, She demands
sincerity down to the very physical. Her explanation of mental sincerity
is to know one knows nothing. Vital sincerity for her is to renounce the
enjoyment of success. She goes further and says if one can give up the
right to happiness, one gets the right to Ananda. Material sincerity is
to give all one’s material possessions to the Divine Work...
Mother was no
believer in religion. She was fond of saying that the time for religions
was over and the future belonged to spirituality....
said that three things were essential for Truth to reign on earth. They
were governmental power, wealth and health. Regarding health, he said
everything is known about it. Regarding the government, unless ‘we’ are
the government, it is not possible to influence a government for our
purpose. He said he did not understand how wealth could be secured for
that. Mother took up the idea and meditated on it. She reached another
world where the treasure of the earth was stored. Mother headed toward
the central place where the treasure was kept, but at the entrance she
found a black python on guard. She tried to walk past the guard, but it
stopped her. Ordinarily, beings of any world obeyed Mother, but this was
different from the usual. The python told Mother that he would be killed
if she were allowed inside. Mother asked who could pass that entrance
and what condition they should fulfil. The python answered that when the
sex vibration had disappeared from the earth, the treasure would be
given to earth.
for Auroville was presented to Khrushchev while he was in power. He felt
the idea of Auroville was something worth the support of his
politics was discussed, Mother said she found the Russians more sincere
than the Western politicians....
electricity when combined with the soviet made communism. Scientific
discovery of any description takes the society centuries ahead. The
spiritual discovery of Mother can abridge millenniums into days and
India would become the Guru of the world. India is the country where
spirituality is developed to its heights. She must lead the world and
the world must come to accept the leadership and guruhood of India....
One other way [to make progress] is to fully exhaust one’s physical,
nervous and mental energies in the work we do. A foreigner working in a
project took to this and in six or seven days he was exhausted beyond
measure. At that moment near a machine he ‘saw’ Sri Aurobindo standing
in resplendent form, a vision rarely granted to seekers....
Purna Yoga uses all the parts of the being—mind, vital and body—and
seeks the release of Psychic being from the domination of nature, the
After 1950, Mother sometimes took
to walking. She was walking daily on the verandah outside Sri
Aurobindo’s room. After a few days, she found Krishna walking alongside
her. Much later, she found Sri Aurobindo instead of Krishna walking with
her. These were adorable moments in her life. She remarked to Sri
Aurobindo how nice it was to walk with him. It was much better than the
other work she was doing. From that day onwards, he stopped coming.
After sometime Mother found that, when she walked on the verandah, She
was followed by HERSELF.
The purpose for which God has made
this world and made millions of souls take birth is to attain the Truth
while remaining in the physical realm. The soul should take on a body,
be in life, and realise and manifest the light of the Supreme. That is
the first and primary ideal of the Supreme. That is why great souls like
the Buddha and Vivekananda have chosen to remain in the world in a
subtle form and help in the liberation of each and every human being on
earth. Sri Aurobindo says, "The soul seeking liberation is contrary to
the ideal of the Supreme. What is fitting is for the soul to remain in
the world and help manifest the Godhead."...
As parts of the being are ruled by
emotions such as love and hate, the soul itself is stained by the ego.
Only when the ego gets fully dissolved does the soul become totally
pure. For that pure soul, the illumined mind, heart and body open their
gates of liberation. Such a soul is in a position to attain liberation. However, in Purna yoga, liberation
not being the goal, the soul does not choose to be liberated. With the
body purified, the soul is in a position to stay on and help in the
manifestation of the divine....
The integral yogi does not aspire
for liberation for his soul. He only tries to liberate the parts of his
being from falsehood. He turns himself into an instrument of Truth and
works for the salvation of the rest of creation from falsehood too. He
works so that Truth may descend and reign on earth. This in essence is
the "Integral Yoga" of Sri Aurobindo....
At any given moment, each man has
a deepest possible concentration and that has a corresponding centre. It
is possible for one to reach there. When the repetition is made from
there, it turns into a CALL.... Normally after about a week's intense
calling, one will be able to see that he is in a different world. ... At
a very high level of perfection in one's consciousness, such a call
gives birth to god-like powers in one's being. It is then we say that
such and such a god is born in someone.
The world regards
men like Einstein as geniuses. Men like
Bernard Shaw and
Newton have attained the peaks of knowledge. The human mind has reached
its highest limits in them. Human thought matures and shines through
these people, giving illumination to the world.