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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2012, 10:58:16 AM »
Requires a very careful read - :)

The influence upon you which struggles against it
has to disappear and no more be a part of your nature.


(Letters on Himself and Ashram)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2012, 11:00:51 AM »
I was told that when we have surrendered completely to God,
God will take care of all our true needs.


He may give all that is truly needed—but people usually interpret
this idea in the sense that He gives all that they think or feel
that they need. He may do that—but also He may not.


It is said that He supplies all our psychic needs.

In the end, yes; but here too people expect Him to supply them
instantly, which does not always happen.


(Letters on Himself and Ashram)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2012, 11:04:07 AM »
The ideal of the Yoga is not asceticism, but
to do with things or without things in the same
spirit of equality and non-attachment


only in that spirit can one make a true and
spiritual use of physical things and material life.

(Letters on Himself and Ashram)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2013, 06:08:04 PM »
Pain of mind and body is a device of Nature, that is to say, of
Force in her works, meant to subserve a definite transitional end
in her upward evolution.


(The Divine Life)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2013, 10:15:44 AM »
So long as one is not conscious of the Force working through one, one is moved by the Prakriti. The Prakriti may be used sometimes by the Divine for some work to be done, but that is not what is meant in the Yoga by being an “instrument”. I do not know to what you refer as regards X,—his poetry was inspired by us and he felt it and it certainly helped several people; to that extent he was an effective instrument  for the work so long as he was in the right attitude. Naturally, it is for the work that one can be an instrument, not for things like sex which have nothing to do with the Yoga or the work. But the real instrumentality begins when the consciousness of the Force working begins within.

(Mother)

*What is meant by being an instrument or being used by the Mother’s Force? When one acts on impulse, often it is a wrong movement—how can that be a case of being an instrument? When you wrote to X, “You are being used as an effective instrument”, did you write it as a temporary encouragement?
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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2013, 10:24:53 AM »
The sense of sadness and depression does not want to go — it comes and goes as it likes. Tell me what to do.

When the habit of these moods (depression or revolt) has been formed, they cannot be got rid of at once.
There are three ways of doing it:
  • to strengthen your own will, so that nothing can come or stay as it likes but only as you like;
  • to think of something else, plunge the mind in some healthy activity;
  • to turn to theMother and call in her force. One can do any of these or all, but even in doing them, it will take a little time to get rid of the habit.

(Mother)
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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2013, 10:32:25 AM »


The Mother’s help is always there for those who are willing
to receive it. But you must be conscious of your vital nature,
and the vital nature must consent to change. It is no use merely
observing that it is unwilling and that, when thwarted, it creates
depression in you. Always the vital nature is not at first willing
and always when it is thwarted or asked to change, it creates this
depression by its revolt or refusal of consent. You have to insist
till it recognises the truth and is willing to be transformed and
to accept the Mother’s help and grace. If the mind is sincere and
the psychic aspiration complete and true, the vital can always
be made to change.


(Mother)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2013, 10:42:49 AM »


   

Why this bad feeling? I am feeling all bad today.

When in difficulties always remain as quiet within as possible
and call the Mother.

Surely the Mother’s force is there to transform you and it
will prevail.

You must progress to a point at which there is always something
within which in spite of any surface disturbance is always
quiet, unshaken, holding on to the Mother—then these things
will no longer be able to cloud the inner consciousness as now.



॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2013, 05:51:26 PM »


  If ego-sense comes back upon you so strongly, it must be because
something in you admits it. The Mother’s force is there always
and can help you to get rid of these things, but you on your
part must with faith and sincerity accept the Mother and put
yourself entirely on her side so as to make it possible for the
Force to work with effect. When bad thoughts come, you must
reject them, not assent to them in your mind, not give voice to
them in your speech, not believe in them or their suggestions.
These things cannot vanish in a day, but if you do like that, they
will diminish and lose their power to lay strong hold of you and
disturb you, and in the end they will disappear.


(Mother)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2013, 06:00:13 PM »


  You can certainly go on developing the consciousness of the Witness Purusha above, but if it is only a witness and the lower Prakriti is allowed to have its own way, there would be no reason why these conditions should ever stop. Many take that attitude – that the Purusha has to liberate itself by standing apart, and the Prakriti can be allowed to go on till the end of the life doing its own business – it is prАrabdha karma; when the body falls away, the Prakriti will drop also and the Purusha go off into the featureless Brahman! This is a comfortable theory, but of more than doubtful truth; I don't think liberation is so simple and facile a matter as that. In any case, the transformation which is the object of our yoga would not take place.
The Purusha above is not only a Witness, he is the giver (or withholder) of the sanction; if he persistently refuses the sanction to a movement of Prakriti, keeping himself detached, then, even if it goes on for a time by its past momentum,it usually loses its hold after a time, becomes more feeble, less persistent, less concrete and in the end fades away. If you take the Purusha consciousness, it should be not only as the Witness but as the Anumanta, refusing sanction to the disturbing movements, sanctioning only peace, calm, purity and whatever else is part of the divine nature. This refusal of sanction need not mean a struggle with the lower Prakriti; it should be a quiet, persistent, detached refusal leaving unsupported, unassented to, without meaning or justification, the contrary action of the nature.

(Sri Aurobindo) shared by Sri Ravi in other topic
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta