Monday, February 22, 2010

Remembering The Mother

Sri Aurobindo has said of The Mother:
The One whom we adore as the Mother is the divine Conscious Force that dominates all existence, one and yet many-sided that to follow her movement is impossible even for the quickest mind and for the freest and most vast intelligence. 
[The Mother : Sri Aurobindo]
The Supreme Consciousness, Parama, and The Supreme Conscious Force, Parashakti, both came to this our Earth, as human beings, so that we, the
human beings, can yearn and long and hope for becoming divine beings, the supramental beings, in due course of Time.
Turagāngsu sahasrabhāsurasya
Pravibhāgam kurutām dvidheha ko<vā
Avibhaktamapi sthitam dwirupam
Jagate tat paramam parah pareti. [Kapali Shastriar]
[Here, who indeed can divide into two the One That is gloriously dazzling with His thousand steed of rays? That Supreme is indeed indivisible, but He has appeared in two forms for this Universe, as Para and Parā.]
And They said that the Time has already come. They arrived at a juncture of the Evolutionary process on earth, at a time when Nature — the Supernature — felt the need of going beyond the human race.
Man, owing to his limitations, imperfections, failures and shortcomings, needs be surpassed. He has to surpass himself towards a higher and diviner becoming. Man has the seeking, the Aspiration, the Hope and the possibilities to become a higher and diviner being — though he has all the limits and imperfections in him. Ignorance and Darkness are there in him. Most often he acts for divisions and darkness and ignorant movements and forces! But still, he has the Hope, the possibilities.
Sri Aurobindo has said that Man is a transitional being — he is a being who is a temporary and a transitional appearance on the Way of the coming Supramental Race — a race which will not be based on death, division, darkness and Ignorance like Man.
And the New Race will come through the human beings — through their transformation, of course, if they are ready.
The Mother has said us :
The choice is imperative — Truth or Abyss.
We shall have to follow and accept Truth, the truth of the Supramental becoming. And we shall have to transform ourselves towards the Supramental becoming. Or else, the Supernature will surpass us, by ignoring us!
Let us remember The Mother on Her birthday anniversary today.
As we know, the 21st day of February 2010 is the 132nd birthday anniversary of The Mother, Mira Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo.
The Ultimate Reality is the Infinite and One Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. He is the Supreme Divine, the One, Indivisible, Infinite and Pure, who has three aspects, the Transcendental, the Universal and the Individual. In the Transcendental mode, He is the Source of — and also above — all manifestation, all the Universes, all the worlds. As the Supreme, He is the eternal consciousness, above all Time and Space. The Supreme Divine is the Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, as it is already told. He is. He is Existence, eternal existence, and can even become Non-Existence, beyond the apprehension of any manifested existence. In the Universal mode, he is one with the Universes, though He is above them and is their Creator.

As the Supreme, who is both Impersonal and Personal, He is the Source of all that is, of the this Universe, or rather the Universes. He has no form, no shape, and simultaneously, He is the Source and Creator of all forms and shapes. He has become all this Universe, or rather all these universes. He is the Manifestation and the One who manifests. It is His Will that manifests and is manifested. The entire Manifestation is He, and it is His Leela, Play. He is both beyond it, and within it, and in each atom, in each living being. And He is also the Individual, Personal God. All the Avatars are but His Individual Manifestations.
The Supreme is with His Creative Force, the Mahashakti, whom we call the Divine Mother. They are One and Indivisible, and yet They are Two in Manifestation and even above Manifestation.
The Mother also has the three aspects, just as the Supreme: transcendental, universal and the individual.
Vasudhām yadi sā jadatvagarte
vinimagnām na vishankate sma gantum
nanu so<pi parastadanyarūpah
svayamambāmanugachchhati svayambhūh.
[Kapali Shastriar]
[If She, The Mother, had no hesitation to go the Earth, plunged in the depth of  Inconscience, He too, the self-born Supreme himself certainly comes with The Mother.]
Both of Them have come to save this Earth of ours that is plunged in Ignorance, Inconscience and darkness. Their aim is to heighten and transform the earthly existence towards Light and Joy and the Divine Life.
Sri Aurobindo has also said :
Her embodiment is a chance for the earth-consciousness to receive the Supramental into it and to undergo first the transformation necessary for that to be possible.
That is why She is so valuable for the mankind and for the earth. "She is the golden bridge ...," says Sri Aurobindo in Savitri. She is the Force that enables Man and the earth to leap beyond and pass over the gulf of difference between Mind and the Supramental Consciousness, between Darkness and Ignorance and Falsehood on the one hand and on the other hand Light and Wisdom and Truth.
She is the golden bridge, the wonderful fire.
The luminous heart of the Unknown is she,
A power of silence in the depths of God;
She is the Force, the inevitable Word,.....
To heal with her feet the aching throb of life
And break the seals on the dim soul of man
And kindle her fire in the closed heart of things.
[Savitri : Sri Aurobindo]
The Mother says :
Throughout all this life, knowingly or unknowingly, I have been what the Lord wanted me to be, I have done what the Lord wanted me to do, I have done what the Lord wanted me to do. That alone matters.
She has also said :
Since, the beginning of the earth, wherever and whenever there was the possibility of manifesting a ray of Consciousness, I was there.
And She has also shown us the Way, the most sublime Way of the Child in us, in all of us:
You have to aspire, you have to reject; but the best is if you can keep me in your heart, if you love me, then you will have to do nothing. I shall do all for you.
That is the best Way.
And let us remember always what She has told us to march ahead towards the Goal, towards The New World:
Let us advance always, without stopping, towards an always more complete manifestation, an always more complete and higher consciousness.
Sri Aurobindo has told:
The Mother not only governs all from above but she descends into this lesser triple universe. Impersonally, all things here, even the movements of the Ignorance, are herself in veiled power and her creations in diminished substance, her Nature-Body and Nature-force, and they exist because, moved by the mysterious fiat of the Supreme to work out something that was there in the possibilities of the Infinite, she has consented to the great sacrifice and has put on like a mask the soul and forms of the Ignorance. But personally, too, she has stooped to descend here into the Darkness that she may lead it to the Light, into the Falsehood and Error that she may convert it to the Truth, into this Death that she convert it to godlike Life, into this world-pain and its obstinate sorrow and suffering that she may end it in the transforming ecstacy of her sublime Ananda. In her deep and great love for her children she has consented to put on herself the cloak of this obscurity, condescended to bear the attacks and torturing influences of the powers of the Darkness and the Falsehood, borne to pass through the portals of the birth that is a death, taken upon herself the pangs and sorrows and sufferings of the creation, since it seemed that thus alone could it be lifted to the Light and Joy and Truth and eternal Life. This is the great sacrifice called sometimes the sacrifice of the Purusha, but much more deeply the holocaust of Prakriti, the sacrifice of the Divine Mother.
The Mother told us about Sri Aurobindo : 
Sri Aurobindo came on earth from the Supreme to announce the manifestation of a new race and a new world, the Supramental.
She also said about Sri Aurobindo :
Man is the creation of yesterday. Sri Aurobindo came to announce the creation of tomorrow : the coming of the supramental being.
And for this advent of the supramental being, Sri Aurobindo says that Man has to ascend from Mind to various higher levels of Mind, and then to the Supermind. Man has to go through the ways of Transformation. And when the human aspiration rises to a height, then only Supermind can be approached.
The Mother Mira, who manifested the Mahashakti, was the Person who caused the Descent of the Supramental Principle on earth on the 29th February 1956. The purpose of this Supramental Descent was to make possible the ascending journey of Man to Supermanhood.
Om namo namah Srimirāmbikāyai.
Barindranath Chaki


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