It is always better, for
meditation – you see, we use the word “meditation”, but it does not necessarily
mean “moving ideas around in the head”, quite the contrary–try to concentrate in
a centre, the centre of
aspiration, one might say, the place where the flame of aspiration burns, to
gather in all the energies there, at the solar plexus centre and,
if possible, to obtain an attentive silence as though one wanted to listen to
something extremely subtle, something that demands a complete attention, a
complete concentration and total silence. And then not to move at all. Not to
think, not to stir, and make that movement of opening so as to receive all that
can be received, but taking good care not to try to
know what is happening while it is happening, for if one wants to understand or
even to observe actively, it keeps up a sort of cerebral activity which is
unfavourable to the fullness of the receptivity – to be silent, as totally
silent as possible, in an attentive concentration, and then be still.
one succeeds in this, then, when everything is over, when one comes out of
meditation, some time later – usually not immediately – from within the being
something new emerges in the consciousness: a new understanding, a new
appreciation of things, a new attitude in life – in short, a new way of being.
In surrendering to the
Guru, it is to the Divine in him that one surrenders – if it were only to the
human entity it would be ineffective. But it is the consciousness of the Divine
Presence that makes the Guru a real Guru, so that even if the disciple
surrenders to him thinking of the human being to whom he surrenders, that
Presence will still make it effective.
- Sri Aurobindo (Correspondence with
Men see events as unaccomplished, to be striven for and effected. This is false seeing; events are not effected, they develop. The event is Brahman, already accomplished from of old, it is now manifesting.
- Sri Aurobindo
(SABCL, Vol. 17, Page 116)
The foundation of Auroville was laid on February 28,1968, with representatives of several nations participating in the solemn ceremony. Mother did not attend but she broadcast a message from her chamber. The next day the Indian Express carried a photograph of the ceremony. In the left-hand corner at the top of the picture appeared a face looming over the horizon, looking exactly like Mother's face. When Mother was shown the picture, she said : I was present there.