Thursday, June 30, 2011

What is the true significance of Birthdays?

"It is truly a special day in one's life. It is one of those days in the year when the Supreme descends into us - or when we are face to face with the Eternal - one of those days when our soul comes in contact with the Eternal and, if we remain a little conscious, we can feel His Presence within us. If we make a little effort on this day, we accomplish the work of many lives as in a lightning flash. That is why I give so much importance to the birthday - because what one gains in one day is truly something incomparable. My child, it is a very very special day, for it is the day of decision, the day one can unite with the Supreme Consciousness. For the Lord lifts us on this day to the highest region possible so that our soul, which is a portion of that Eternal Flame, may be united and identified with its Origin. 

This day is truly an opportunity in life. 

It is one of those days when the Lord Himself opens the doors wide for us. It is as though He were inviting us to rekindle more powerfully the flame of aspiration. It is one of those days which He gives us. We too, by our personal effort, could attain to this, but it would be long, hard and not so easy. And this - this is a real chance in life - the day of the Grace." 

How to spend one's Birthday? 

"in finding out the purpose of life." 

Today is my birthday. I want this day to be the beginning of a more spiritual life and therefore something has to be done. Please tell me what I must do. 

"It is not with the mind that one should decide what has to be done. It should be a spontaneous movement taking place in a sincere and constant aspiration." 

What is the meaning of one's birthday, apart from its commemorative character? How can one take advantage of this occasion? 

"Because of the rhythm of the universal forces, a person is supposed to have a special receptivity on his birthday each year. 

He can therefore take advantage of this receptivity by making good resolutions and fresh progress on the path of his integral development." 

- The Mother 

Birthday Messages from The Mother & Sri Aurobindo 

"Let this day of your birth be for you an occasion to give yourself a little more, a little better to the Divine. Let your consecration be more total, your devotion more ardent, your aspiration more intense. 

Open yourself to the New Light and walk with a joyful step on the path. 

Resolve on this day that it may be thus and the day will not have passed in vain." 

- The Mother 

"Let the new birth become manifest in your heart and radiate in calm and joy and take up all the parts of your being, mind and vision and will and feeling and life and body. Let each date in your life be a date of its growth and greater completeness till all in you is the child of the Mother. Let the Light and Power and Presence envelop you and protect and cherish and foster, till all in your inner and outer existence is one movement and an expression of its peace and strength and Ananda." 

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