Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Supramental Harbingers: Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

    Sri Aurobindo
    The Mother
    TOPIC 1:
    Incident a)

    In April 1950, The Mother allowed, for the first time in thirty years, fresh photos of Sri Aurobindo to be taken by the world famous French photographer Cartier Bresson. He took their photographs on 24 April and subsequently he took many photos of The Mother, of Sri Aurobindo and the Ashram’s activities.
    Incident b)
    On October 18, The Mother drew an outline of the Spiritual Map of India on a wall in the Playground from which was prepared a relief map in plaster. Thereafter, standing in front of the Map she took regularly till 1958 the salute during March Pasts by the J.S.A.S.A. groups. And till 1962 she took the salute only on Darshan days.
    To a disciple, she once said:
      “I am there [the playground] every evening to take the salute ... Yes, physically I am not there. But I am present in another body, under another aspect, I am present to direct in another way. And those who can see, or those who have the will to see me, can see me clearly, just as I am here now before you.”
      “... I am here every day for the March Past. I never miss it...” (Sweet Mother II, 60-61).
    Incident c)
    In mid 1950, Sri Aurobindo one day told his Savitri scribe, “I want to finish Savitri soon”. No one understood the meaning of this spurt of hurry. On 15 August, 1950, an old sadhak saw Sri Aurobindo drawing into himself dark fumes that were rising from the subconscious parts of the people as they were coming up to him in the Darshan procession. Were these some indications of something? No one noticed them at the time.
    Incident d)
    From 17 November, 1950 Sri Aurobindo’s ailment caused anxiety. Still, on 21 November, Darshan went off smoothly. Even the 1 and 2 December programmes went off with great success. No one, except the near ones knew about Sri Aurobindo’s ailment.
    Incident e)
    The Mother informed the doctor who had arrived from Calcutta: “He is fully conscious within but he is losing interest in himself.” When one of his close attendants asked Sri Aurobindo why he was not using his yogic force to cure himself, the Master replied: “Can’t explain, you won’t understand’.
    Incident f)
    On 5 December, 1950, at 1.26 a.m. the Light seemed to fade out: Sri Aurobindo left his body:
      “It is finished, the dread mysterious sacrifice,
      Offered by God’s martyred body for the world..
      He who has found his identity with God
      Pays with the body’s death his soul’s vast light.
      His knowledge immortal triumphs by his death.” (SABCL 29, 445)
    Incident g)
    Although it was ‘intended that the body should be interred in the Ashram Compound in the afternoon,’ it was not done so, because ­­­
    “His body is charged with such a concentration of supramental light that there is no sign of decomposition and the body will be kept lying on his bed so long as it remains intact,” said The Mother.
    After 100 hours of supramental sustenance, ‘the first signs of decomposition were noticed.’ On 9 December Sri Aurobindo’s body was interned under the Service Tree in the centre of the Ashram compound.
    Incident h)
    The Mother gave a hymn of gratitude to the Master:
      “To Thee who has been the material envelope of our Master, to Thee our infinite gratitude. Before Thee who hast done so much for us, who hast worked, struggled, suffered, hoped, endured so much, before Thee who hast willed all, attempted all, prepared, achieved for us, before Thee we bow down and implore that we may never forget, even for a moment, all we owe to Thee.”
    Incident i)
    “People do not know what a tremendous sacrifice he has made for the world,” Told The Mother to a close disciple. “About a year ago, while I was discussing things I remarked that I felt like leaving this body of mine. He spoke out in a very firm note, “No, this can never be. If necessary for this transformation I might go, you will have to fulfil our yoga of supramental descent and transformation.”
    Incident j)
    About Sri Aurobindo’s passing The Mother later said:
      “Sri Aurobindo has given up his body in an act of supreme unselfishness, renouncing the realisation in his body to hasten the hour of the collective realisation. Surely if the earth were more responsive, this would not have been necessary.
      When I asked him to resuscitate he clearly answered: “I have left this body purposely. I will not take it back. I shall manifest again in the first supramental body built in the supramental way.”
      As soon as Sri Aurobindo withdrew from his body, what he had called the Mind of Light got realised in me.””
    Incident k)
    “Lord, this morning Thou hast given me the assurance that Thou wouldst stay with us until Thy work is achieved, not only as a consciousness which guides and illumines but also as a dynamic presence in action. In unmistakable terms Thou had promised that all of Thyself would remain here and not leave the earth atmosphere until earth is transformed…” The Mother noted in her diary.
    Incident l)
      “Hard is the world-redeemers heavy task…
      He must pass to the other shore of falsehood’s sea,
      He must enter the world’s dark to bring there light….
      He must enter the eternity of Night
      And know God’s darkness as he knows his Sun…
      Imperishable and wise and infinite,
      He still must travel Hell the world to save.
      Then shall be ended here the Law of Pain.
      Earth shall be made a home of Heaven’s light…
      This mortal life shall house Eternity’s bliss,
      The body’s self taste immortality.
      Then shall the world redeemer’s task be done.” (Savitri, 450-51)
    SEQUENCE – 28 : THE ASHRAM SCHOOL: 1951–55
    TOPIC 1:
    Incident a)

    On 17 December 1950, The Mother personally distributed to the sadhaks, with her blessings, a photograph of Sri Aurobindo. She told one of the disciples: “Nothing has changed. Call for inspiration and help … you will get everything from Sri Aurobindo as before.”
    So, The Mother resumed all her activities from 17 December. She took her classes for the Green Group children as well as for older pupils also. There were readings, questions and answers.
    Incident b)
    As educational activities were increasing, The Mother gave them a formal shape opening on 24April 1951 the Sri Aurobindo Memorial Convention, which met at the Ashram Tennis ground. In her inaugural message, The Mother said:
      “Sri Aurobindo is present in our midst, and with all the power of his creative genius he presides over the formation of the University Centre which for years he considered as one of the best means of preparing the future humanity to receive the supramental light that will transform the elite of today into a new race manifesting upon earth the new light and force and life.” (MCW 12, 112)
    Incident c)
    Later, The Mother said:
      “One of the most recent forms under which Sri Aurobindo conceived of the development of his work was to establish at Pondicherry an International University Centre open to students from all over the world.

      It is considered that the most fitting memorial to his name would be to found this University now so as give concrete expression to the fact that his work continues with unabated vigour.”
    So, on 6 January 1952, The Mother inaugurated the International University Centre. On that day she give the “Student’s Prayer”:
      ‘Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born, against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we be ready to receive them.”
    Incident d)
    Later, when she changed the name Sri Aurobindo International University Centre in 1959 to “Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education”, she gave it a new symbol — a super imposition of The Mother’s symbol on Sri Aurobindo’s – and its meaning she explained:
      “The effective manifestation of Ishwara and Ishwari in union.”
    Incident e)
    A year after the inauguration, on 28 May, 1952 The Mother wrote to a disciple:
      “I am perfectly sure, I am quite confident there is not the slightest doubt in my mind, that this University, which is being established here, will be the greatest seat of knowledge upon earth.
      It may take fifty years, it may take a hundred years, and you may doubt about my being there: I may be there or not, but these children of mine will be there to carry out my work.
      And those who collaborate in this divine work today will have the joy and pride of having participated in such an exceptional achievement.”
    The founding of this Centre of Education was therefore “nothing less than the founding of a new mankind upon earth – with a new life and new consciousness.” (KRS, 535)
    TOPIC 2:
    Incident a)

    On 6 June 1951 The Mother started with a group of six children the reading of ‘Prayers and Meditations’. She used to take this class on Wednesdays. The number of students increased after a few classes, so the place shifted from Guest House to the Playground, and ultimately it became a general ‘Wednesday class’ for all those who wanted to attend these classes that were conducted in French. The tapes of these talks were later published in the ‘Bulletin’ and in book form. These classes continued up to December 1958, when The Mother stopped all her activities at the Playground.
    TOPIC 3:
    Incident a)

    After the Independence of India in 1947, Sri Aurobindo had advised the Indian and French Governments that while a merger of Pondicherry with India was necessary, it was also important that Pondicherry should be conceded the right to keep its cultural contacts with France. But nothing was done immediately.
    In 1952, The Mother helped to re-open official negotiations between French and Indian governments.
    The merger, however, took place on 1 November 1954, and in celebration of the event, The Mother hoisted the Spiritual Flag of India in the Ashram.
    Incident b)
    In fact, even earlier, on 15 August 1954 The Mother had expressed her desire to adopt a double nationality:
      “I want to mark this day by the expression of a long cherished wish; that of becoming an Indian citizen. From the first time I came to India – in 1914 – I felt that India is my true country, the country of my soul and spirit … Now the time has come that I declare myself.
      But, in accordance with Sri Aurobindo’s ideal, my purpose is to show that truth lies in union rather than in division. To reject one nationality in order to obtain another is not an ideal solution. So I hope I shall be allowed to adopt a double nationality, that is to say, to remain French while I become an Indian.
      I am French by birth and early education, I am Indian by choice and predilection. In my consciousness there is no antagonism between the two, on the contrary, they combine very well and complete one another. I know that I can be of service to both equally, for my only aim in life is to give a concrete form to Sri Aurobindo’s great teaching and in his teaching he reveals that all the nations are essentially one and meant to express the divine unity upon earth through an organised and harmonious diversity.”
    TOPIC 4:
    Over a period of nearly three decades Sri Aurobindo Ashram grew into impressive proportions. The tradition of organising educative exhibitions around the Darshan days continued invoking universal appreciation. On 21 February 1954, the exhibition on ‘The Future Man’ was opened; on 24 April of the same year, the exhibition on ‘Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia’ was inaugurated; on 15 August an exhibition on the significance of Indian Culture was done. Again on December, the sadhaks produced ‘The Great Secret’ — a play written by The Mother in collaboration with other sadhaks of the Ashram. It had for its theme the vision that “The manifestation of a higher and truer consciousness is not only possible but certain; it is the very aim of our existence, the purpose of life upon earth.”
    TOPIC 5:
    Incident a)

    The New Year message for 1955 said:
      “No human will can prevail against the Divine’s will. Let us put ourselves deliberately and exclusively on the side of the Divine, and the victory is ultimately certain.”
    Incident b)
    On the eve of the New Year The Mother had noted:
      “It is foreseen that the next year will be a difficult year and there will be many inner struggles and even outer ones perhaps … These difficulties my extend to perhaps fourteen months…
      ... it is essentially the conflict of the adverse forces… trying to push back the divine realisation … this conflict … has come to a crisis … It is their last chance … it is upon earth that first the victory has to be won — the decisive victory, a victory which will determine the course of the earth’s future.” (MCW 6, 453, 460)
    Her prophetic warning came true: Fourteen months later, on 29 February, 1956, there was the manifestation of the supermind – heralding ‘the decisive victory.
    TOPIC 1:
    Incident a)

    The hint of the oncoming victory was already there in the New Year message of 1956:
      “The greatest victories are the least noisy.
      The manifestation of a new world is not proclaimed by beat of drums.”
    Incident b)
    It did happen exactly without any ‘beat of drums’, during the Wednesday meditation at the Playground, on 29 February, 1956:
      “This evening the Divine Presence, concrete and material was present amongst you. I had a form of living gold, bigger than the universe, and I was facing a huge and massive golden door which separated the world from the Divine. As I looked at the door, I knew and willed, in a single movement of consciousness, that “the time has come”, and lifting with both hands a mighty golden hammer I struck one blow, one single blow on the door and the door was shattered to pieces.
      Then the supramental light and force and consciousness rushed down upon earth in an uninterrupted flow.” (MCW 15, 102)
    Incident c)
    Exactly a month later, on 29 March, The Mother distributed a print of “The Golden Purusha” with a familiar quotation from her Prayer of 25 September 1914:
      “The Lord has willed and I execute:
      A new light breaks upon the earth,
      A new world is born
      The things that were promised are fulfilled.” (MCW 15, 204)
    Incident d)
    On 24 April, The Mother said:
      “The manifestation of the supramental upon earth is no more a promise but a living fact, a reality.
      “It is at work here, and one day will come when the most blind, the most unconscious, even the most unwilling shall be obliged to recognise it.” (Ibid, 198)
    Incident e)
    Things hardly changed for the disciples but the manifestation of the suprametal light, consciousness and force made a great difference to The Mother:
      “Previously everything worked under the pressure of the Mind of Light … Now it is the supermind that directly guides and governs…” (Mother India Feb,1974)
    Incident f)
    Sri Aurobindo had written in 1933:
    The Mother’s “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.”
    The purpose of The Mother’s embodiment was for all purposes fulfilled. The Mother herself asked the Lord:
    “Now that the supramental is there … is it that the mission of this form is ended and that another form is to take up the work in its place?” (SABCL 25)
    “Shall I be ever capable of being transformed to the point of becoming what I ought to be and of manifesting what wants to manifest upon earth? But why does this answer always come from the depths, from you, Lord, with an indisputable certitude: “If you cannot do it, no other body upon earth can do it.” There is but one conclusion: I shall persist in my effort, without giving in, I shall persist until death or until victory.” (Champaklal’s Treasures – p. 92)
    Incident g)
    The inner indications to the secret of transformation The Mother had come to know earlier, in 1952: For the transformation of the body “it is necessary that, for at least one individual if not more, fulfilling the required conditions of harmony, strength, sincerity, endurance, unselfishness and poise in the physical, this body in which the divine incarnates should be not only the most important thing, but even the thing exclusively important, more important than the divine work itself, or rather that this body should become the symbol and the concentration of the divine work upon earth.”
    Incident h)
    On 3 Feb 1958, The Mother’s earth consciousness participated for an hour in her work of creating an intermediate zone between the supramental and the physical worlds out of ‘a supramental substance closest to the physical’. This zone is represented in her experience as a huge boat “where people who are destined for the supramental life are trained under her supervision.” (MCW 9 – 271-2)
    Incident i)
    On 10 May, 1958, there is another clue of her body’s transformation:
      “This body has neither the uncontested authority of a God nor the imperturbable calm of the sage. It is yet only an apprentice in supermanhood.”
    TOPIC 2:
    Incident a)

    Work on the outer field continued as usual. She received in January 1955 the Prime Minister of India and in November of the same year, the President of India came to her for her Darshan. To him she gave the message: “India must rise to the height of her mission and proclaim the truth to the world.”
    Incident b)
    On 1 December 1955, she directed scenes from ‘The Story of India’s Spiritual Destiny’ – “The personages chosen here .. brought in a new light and power, initiated a new movement of consciousness in the history of India’s destiny.”
    Incident c)
    In April 1956, the Russian gymnasts visited the Ashram. Their mastery, notes The Mother, was achieved ‘solely by material means and an enlightened use of human will … If they had added to this a spiritual knowledge and power, they could have achieved an almost miraculous result.” (MO 12, 286/MO9, 86-7)
    Incident d)
    Significantly, in the year of the supramental manifestation, her drama, ‘The Ascent to the Truth’ was enacted on 1 December at the Ashram Theatre.
    Incident e)
    On 26 November 1958, The Mother took her last Wednesday class in the play ground. On 5 December 1958 she took her last Friday class. “To put into practice the little you know … is the most powerful means of advancing..:” she advised her students of the last class.
    Incident f)
    On 9 December, due to a serious illness The Mother stopped going out of the Ashram premises, except on special occasions. There was now a drastic change in The Mother’s daily programme but her ministry of the Ashram continued:
      Her spirit opened to the Spirit in all,
      Her nature felt all Nature as its own,
      Apart, living within, all lives she bore;
      Aloof, she carried in herself the world…”
    TOPIC 1:
    Incident a)

    Although there was a set-back in The Mother’s health, there was hardly any lent in her work. She met an endless stream of visitors, replied to bundles of letters and even took all the care in sending out Sri Aurobindo’s Relics to different centres. The Relics were sent first time to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch on 5 December 1957. The second time, she sent them to ‘Bangavani’ in Navadwip, West Bengal.
    Incident b)
    On May 17, when a sadhika of the Ashram passed away, The Mother saw on the Sadhika’s forehead Sri Aurobindo’s symbol. She heard Sri Aurobindo say: “Henceforth, whoever dies here, I will put my seal upon him … unconditional protection will be given.” (Champaklal Speaks -135)
    TOPIC 2:
    Incident a)

    On the first anniversary of the supramental manifestation, 29.02.1960, The Mother declared: “ Henceforth 29 February will be known as the Golden Day the Day, of the Lord.” It began with The Mother’s Balcony Darshan, later, at 10 o’clock, The Mother played music for about thirty minutes while sadhaks and visitors meditated in and around the Ashram main building, In the afternoon at 4 p.m. The Mother distributed over 2500 golden medals.
    Incident b)
    It is in this year, 1960, that collective meditation in the Playground began on two days of the week – Thursdays and Sundays. And The Mother’s presence remains as concrete as ever, for, did she not say, though in some other context… “once I have been told the moment something takes place, and that my presence is essential, every day I do the necessary so that a part of my consciousness which has been informed awakes and detaches itself from one automatically and presents itself in the Playground...”
    Incident c)
    The Mother inaugurated two industries – the New Horizon Sugar Mills and New Horizon Stainless Steel factory. The same year saw the firm launching of ‘World Union’ and ‘Sri Aurobindo Society’ with The Mother as President of both.
    TOPIC 3:
    Incident a)

    In March 1961, a special group of instructors and group captains was formed by the Department of Physical Education. The Captains Group appeared in its new uniform on 24 April along with other groups and saluted The Mother under the Balcony and later at the Samadhi.
    Incident b)
    Towards the end of this year, the union Ministry of Education sent a commission to make an evaluation of the Ashram’s Centre of Education. They later passed an order of the Union Public Service Commission, dated 14 August 1962, that students of the Centre of Education who complete the Higher Course are to be treated on a par with the holders of the BA or B.Sc degree of Indian Universities.
    Incident c)
    In one of her talks in March 1961 The Mother revealed:
      “From the historical point of view … according to what I remember, there was certainly a moment in earth’s history when there existed a kind of earthly paradise, in the sense that it was a perfectly harmonious and natural life … It was the first time I could manifest in an earthly form … the first time the being above and the being below were joined by the mentalisation of this material substance.” (MCW 10, 89, 91)
    Incident d)
    Again in September 1961, she said of herself:
      “I am not eager to be the Guru of anyone. It is more spontaneously natural for me to be the Universal Mother and to act in silence through love.” (MCW 13, 85).
    TOPIC 4:
    Incident a)

    On 18 March 1962, after the Balcony, which came to be her last Balcony Darshan, The Mother took ill, and she did not come down to the second floor ever again. The breakdown in her health as the result of a ‘heart attack’ on the night of 3 April had been a serious development.
    Incident b)
    The last passage in Savitrithat was dictated by Sri Aurobindo seems to have predicted this state of The Mother in 1962:
      A day may come when she must stand unhelped
      On a dangerous brink of the worlds’ doom and hers
      Carrying the world’s future on her lonely breast,
      Carrying the human hope in a heart left sole
      To conquer or fail on a last desperate verge,
      Alone with death and close to extinction’s edge…
    Incident c)
    12 April – The Mother recounted: “Suddenly in the night … the supreme love was manifesting through big pulsations, and each pulsation was … carrying the universe further in its manifestation. And there was the certitude that what is to be done … is done.” (MCW 15: 411-12)
    Incident d)
    And in another context The Mother explained:
      “The true reason why I am still here, is that my physical presence helps humanity to progress. My presence hastens the terrestrial evolution. My mission is to uplift man out of the ignorance...”
      “I made the descent of the supramental possible. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here ... I can’t spend my time uselessly, I have many important things to do in other worlds; but because my presence helps, I am still here, otherwise I would have left already.” (H&L, P. II, 22).
    TOPIC 1:
    Incident a)

    The Message for the New Year 1963 was a clarion call from The Mother:
      “Let us prepare for the Hour of God.”
    Incident b)
    On 21 February The Mother gaves the first ‘Terrace Darshan” from her second-floor terrace at 6.15 p.m. For the past thirteen months there had been no Darshan, so it was truly a special event.
    TOPIC 2:
    Incident a)

    As if in continuation of the previous year’s Message, The Mother gave for 1964 the Message:
      “Are you ready?”
    Incident b)
    Sri Aurobindo had written in his article, ‘The Hour of God:
      “Unhappy is the man or the nation which, when the divine moment arrives, is found sleeping or unprepared to use it, because the lamp has not been kept trimmed for the welcome and the ears are sealed to the call.”
    Incident c)
    As though in response to The Mother’s New Year message, an association of the Higher Course students was formed with the name “The New Age Association”. The Mother’s message for its inaugural session on 12 July, 1964 was:
      “Never believe that you know.
      Always try to know better.”
    Incident f)
    On 15 August, Sri Aurobindo’s ninety-second birthday, the government of India released a memorial stamp and the first cancellation was done by The Mother in her room and she gave the Message:
    Sri Aurobindo “has come to bid the earth to prepare for its luminous future.”
    Incident g)
    Talking to a disciple on 7 October 1964 The Mother said that what she was experiencing in her body was that the most material consciousness needed repeated whippings to change the tamas and to convince it that “behind all its difficulties there is grace, behind all its failures there is a victory, behind all its pains, its sufferings, its contradictions, there is Ananda.” (MCN ,11. P.2)
    Incident h)
    Regarding the upsetting incidents that were happening in the world at that time, The Mother commented that the greatest obstacle to transformation was “to have preconceived ideas, set rules of conduct… social and mental conventions.” The best thing was to be “open – truly open in a simplicity… that knows it is ignorant” and to keep “the thirst for progress, the thirst for knowledge, the thirst for transformation and above all, the thirst for love and truth.” (KRS, 720)
    TOPIC 3:
    Incident a)

    The New year message of 1965 was:
      “Salute to the Advent of Truth”
    The Mother elaborated it thus:

      “This year we salute the Advent of Truth and aspire for the manifestation of the eternal Love.”
    The message did indicate of the things to pass in the year to come.
    Incident b)
    On 12 January, The Mother said that there was “a kind of bombardment of adverse forces – a fury.” And a fury burst indeed on 11 February 1965 when there was a sanguinary anti-Hindi protest and agitation all over the south of India. There was an attack on the Ashram mounted with enormous animosity, violence and incendiarism.
    Incident c)
    Against these attackers, The Mother gave a grand affirmation on 16 February 1965 :
      “Our position is clear.
        We do not fight against any creed, any religion.
        We do not fight against any form of government.
        We do not fight against any nation or civilisation.
      We are fighting division, unconsciousness, ignorance, inertia and falsehood.
      We are endeavouring to establish upon earth union, knowledge, consciousness, truth, and we fight whatever opposes the advent of this new creation of light, peace, truth and love.”
    Incident d)
    On 21 February of this year, The Mother started publication of her ‘Notes on the Way’ in the Bulletin. These notes are records of her experiences in the physical transformation.
    Incident e)
    The first ideas of starting ‘Auroville’ – the City of Dawn, were declared. The Mother wrote, on 8 September.
    “Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.”
    “The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.”
    Incident f)
    While The Mother was dreaming of establishing the universal town and the Next Future, there was on the national front the break-up of Indo-Pakistan war. On 16 September, she sent the message:
      “It is for the sake and the triumph of Truth that India is fighting and must fight until India and Pakistan have once more become one because that is the truth of their being.” (MCW 13, 373)
    Incident g)
    On 24 November of this year, The Mother confided that Sri Aurobindo had remained in the Ashram atmosphere from morning till evening.
    “For, yes, for more than an hour he made me live, as in a concrete and loving vision of the condition of humanity and of the different strata of humanity in relation to the new or supramental creation…. It was like the vision of great universal Rhythm in which each thing takes its place and … everything is all right… Each thing in its place, realising its inner rhythm as perfectly as it can.” (MCW 11, 24, 25)
    TOPIC 4:
    Incident a)

    On 22 January 1966, The Mother had another vision for two hours.
    In concluding the narration of her experience, she said.
    “I am all the while, all the while, all the while on the march. Yes, the work of transformation of the consciousness is so rapid, must be done so quickly that there is no time to enjoy or dwell upon an experience or get some satisfaction in it for any length of time – it is impossible.”

    Incident b)
    The Mother’s body had reached a condition where there was “no choice, no preference, not even aspiration, a total, total surrender … There is a kind of certainty in the body that if even for a few seconds it were to lose contact … with the Supreme, it would instantly die. Only the Supreme keeps it alive.” (MCW10, 225-30)
    Incident c)
    The Auroville project was taking shape satisfactorily. The Mother, however, noted: “For those who are satisfied with the world as it is, Auroville obviously has no reason to exist.” Later, in September, 1966, she declared:
      “Auroville should be at the service of Truth,
      beyond all social, political and religious conventions.”

      “Auroville is an attempt towards world peace, friendship, fraternity, unity.”
    TOPIC 5:
    Incident a)

    The Mother’s New Year Message for 1967 read:
      “Men, countries, continents!
      The choice is imperative:
      Truth or abyss.”
    Later she explained the Message and clarified as to why the choice was imperative. “Because we are at one of the ‘Hours of God’ as Sri Aurobindo put it and the transforming evolution of the world has taken a hastened and intensified movement.”
    Incident b)
    In fact, earlier, Sri Aurobindo had announced: “The supramental consciousness will enter into a phase of realising power in 1967.”
    On being reminded about this prediction, The Mother said: “Since a few months the children born, amongst our people mostly, are of very special kind.”
    Incident c)
    On 4.5.67, The Mother gave a special Darshan and a message quoting Sri Aurobindo:
      “Earth-life is the self-chosen habitation of a great Divinity and his aenic will is to change it from a blind prison into his splendid mansion….” (CW 9, 315)
    Incident d)
    It was obviously a special date. The numbers symbolise, according to The Mother:
    1. The One,
    2. Decision for Creation,
    3. Beginning of Creation,
    4. Manifestation,
    5. Power,
    6. Creation,
    7. Realisation,
    8. Occult Formation,
    9. Power of Static Fulfilment,
    10. Power of Expression,
    11. Progress,
    12. Perfect Manifestation stablised.
    13. (MCW 15, 39)
    Incident e)
    Several months of excruciating and at the same time exhilarating sadhana of the body. And then on 15 November The Mother spoke of it:
      “… if this instrument was made to observe, to explain, to describe, it could say wonderful things, but … [it] has been made to … to try to realise – to do the work, the obscure task….” Sri Aurobindo told her “Yes, the time of proclamations, of revelation is gone, — now to action.”
    Incident f)
    A week later, on 22 November 1967, The Mother gave “The Prayer of the Cells of the Body”:
    “Now that, by the effect of grace, we are slowly emerging out of inconscience, and waking to a conscious life, an ardent prayer rises in us for more light, more consciousness.
      “O Supreme Lord of the Universe,
      We implore Thee,
      Give us the strength and the beauty,
      the harmonious perfection needed to be
      Thy divine instruments upon earth.” (MCW 11, 91)
    Incident g)
    On the same day, she told a disciple:
      “The cells of the body are becoming something conscious, wholly conscious.
      “A consciousness that is independent, not depending at all upon the vital or the mental consciousness: it is a bodily consciousness…”
      “But since it is happening in one body, it can happen in all bodies! I am not made of something different from the others.”
    Incident h)
    After the 24th, the Darshan day, The Mother revealed, on seeing some of her recent photographs:
      “… at each Darshan I have the feeling that I am a different person and when I see myself in this way, objectively, indeed I see a different person every time .. there are many, many beings, forces, personalities who manifest themselves through it, even sometimes several at the same time … the 24th when I went to the balcony, it was … someone who looks from a sort of plane of eternity with a great benevolence … “ (MCW, 11, 102, 105)
    Incident i)
    A few years back, in 1959, The Mother had said about her own photographs:
      “Each photo represents a different aspect, sometimes even a different personality of my being; and by concentrating on the photo, one enters into relation with that special aspect of different personality which the photo has captured and whose image it conveys”. (MCW 16, 223)
      “It is I who am there. I myself am there in the photo. In every form I am there. It depends on the photograph... in each photo I am different...
      “For one person it may be the aspect of kindness, for another it may be the aspect of Calm, of perfect Serenity... Mercy, Compassion, cosmic Truth, of eternal, infinite Consciousness, or else the aspect of Power, of Humility or divine Sweetness and so on.. (H&L P.I, 8).
    Incident j)
    In the middle of this year, 1967, the Deputy Educational Adviser to the Ministry of Education, the Government of India, visited the Ashram and later recognised it as an “All India Institute of Research in Yoga.” (Bulletin August 97)


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