Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Rishabhchand : Death of a Disciple of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

April 29, 1970 

There are things… really interesting things.
Strangely, you might say there are numbers of miracles, that is, things that contradict all habits, but they hide, they veil themselves—but as for me, I see them.
You know that in the night that followed the darshan, they found Rishabhchand… For almost a year he had asked me to leave. So, when he asked me to leave (he asked quite in earnest: he was suffering a lot, quite miserable), I did what I always do: I presented his request to the Supreme Lord and said to Him… And then, he didn’t leave. He recovered. He recovered and for some time he was much better. But his will to go remained. So then, on the day of darshan (I think he saw me, I don’t know), he disappeared from his room, and they found his body partly on the shore, partly in the water. As it was a public place, the police asked for an autopsy, and it was done: there wasn’t a drop of water in his stomach, which means he didn’t drown. And it does seem, according to what people say, that he didn’t drown (but I didn’t see the body, so I am not absolutely sure), but one thing is sure, it’s that he left his body, and another thing is sure, it’s that he did not kill himself…. He went out before 4 in the morning (they don’t know at what time—sometime in the night). At 4 they realized he had gone out. No one heard him leave. And he died, obviously but he did not kill himself. So what happened?… He had a bump at the forehead: he fell down.
There was a kind of hole. He must have fallen down and hit a rock.
But were there rocks there?
Yes, Mother, in front of the Distillery they are piling up tons of rocks.
Oh, it was in front of the Distillery!
It’s not clear, because he was found on the sand, a little farther. But the face had been hit.
But he didn’t drown, I am sure of that. It’s a so-called “accident,” which means he left… You understand, he was really imploring to go, and he went out—he must have been guided where he had to go.
But then, I should tell you that some people are telling very stupid stories on Rishabhchand’s departure.
Oh, what do they say?
Well, they say he committed suicide.
But that’s not true!
And then people like C., for instance, in their ignorant goodwill, say, “Well, some yogis do have a fall like that, at the end of their lives….” It’s stupid!
Yes. But they told me too, that’s how they broke the news to me! They told me that Rishabhchand had “committed suicide.” There was in me a categorical NO…. I didn’t say it. I didn’t say, I waited; because if I had said something, they would have… I didn’t say anything, I waited. Then they told me that the police had demanded the body, and later on they said, “Well, the police found there wasn’t a drop of water in his stomach.” So he didn’t throw himself into the water. And it was the only thing he could have done.
But Mother, they went to the extent of going to find little Astha in her sports group, and they told her, “Aren’t you ashamed, your grandfather committed suicide, aren’t you ashamed!”
And then, in the Ashram, people say… They’re stupid. And C. in the lead, Mother!… All that is ignorant.
I comforted the little one (because they came), and Munnu [the elder granddaughter] asked me… no, she didn’t ask me anything, but there was a question in her eyes, so I told her, “He’s all right, my child, don’t worry.” Then she questioned me, and I said, “He’s quite all right, he didn’t kill himself”—I’m sure of that.
But I found it was… it was all guided so wonderfully! It was… (how can I put it?), to make myself understood, I prayed: I prayed that if it were really possible, well, let him be helped to leave. And that’s what was done (but I had done it the previous time).
It came just at the right time.
He had completed his work; you see, the first time when he asked to leave, he hadn’t completed his Life of Sri Aurobindo, while this time he had completed it—he had nothing more to say.
And also he had seen you.
He had seen me on the darshan day. He didn’t choose any other day.
(Sujata:) Has he come to you [after his departure]?
Not in a form. I had an impression… Just when he left, I had… (I didn’t know anything about it, I was in my bed—I don’t sleep, of course), but I had a strange vision. I was someone (and afterwards I thought it was he, I was with him—I say “I” because that’s how it presented itself in the night, but I knew it wasn’t me: I knew it was someone else). The Lord had asked me to come and meet Him atop a mountain; so I went there, but I didn’t want others to know… (let me add one thing: it was in the night, just when the thing was taking place, which means that even physically, materially I didn’t know anything). I went to the meeting place, but I didn’t want others to see me, so I went to the top of the mountain and… I couldn’t see the Lord. I said, “How? He is there and I don’t see Him, how? He is hiding well.” And finally: “Now it’s time, I can no longer see Him….” And I went back down—I went back down, I met people and didn’t want them to stop me; then I had some difficulties, I saw people, and then I felt as if those people, the mountain and everything… were fading away, fading away more and more. And then, when the thing had faded away, it was time for me to get up, which means it was 4:30.
I was very preoccupied by that vision. Preoccupied, I wondered, “What can it be? What can it be, someone whom the Lord had asked to come and meet Him but who could not see Him?…” Then a few hours later, they told me (told me with the usual brutality), “Rishabhchand killed himself last night.”
Then they explained: “His servant came, entered his room, and found Rishabhchand wasn’t there. No one had seen him go out, and the servant found him drowned on the seaside….”
I didn’t say anything, I strongly felt, IT’S NOT TRUE. Then afterwards—long afterwards—they told me about the police and how, finally, he was half in the water, half on the shore, and with a blow to the head. Then I understood. I understood that the Lord had asked him to come and meet Him… (Mother gestures as if taking Rishabhchand by the hand), had him leave his house. But in his consciousness (my “dream” must have stopped at the point where he physically lost consciousness), in his PHYSICAL consciousness, he could not see Him. Then it became clear!
You know, I found that so marvelous! Because the experiences I have now… I never had such precise and concrete experiences, because these are experiences of the body. I had that experience, and when I got up in the morning, I wondered, “What on earth can this mean?…” I knew it wasn’t me, but I couldn’t know who it was. I knew it wasn’t me. “The Lord asked me to come and meet Him, I went to meet Him, and I could not see Him…”—his body left, and he saw Him.
Very interesting! I haven’t told anyone, I am only telling you.
I found it… You know, when I had the material proof that it was true, that he didn’t drown himself but died of an accident… but an accident that wasn’t an accident: he was led by the hand, “one” led him to the place where he banged his head.
It’s a magnificent thing.
The Lord asked him to come and meet Him, and he got up—he got up, feeling it was the Lord calling him; he left his room and went to bang his head on the rocks—the Lord led him…. It’s pretty, no?
And as I was identified with his physical consciousness, I felt the anguish he must have felt: “The Lord asked me to come and meet Him, but I cannot see Him….” And he didn’t want to be seen: “People must not see me, people must not see me….”

(Mother's Agenda, Volume 11, pp. 167-171)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Mother on Physical Education

Competitions 1967

       On this occasion of our physical education and sportive

activities: I must tell you once more that for us spiritual life does not

mean contempt for Matter but its divinisation. We do not want to

reject the body but to transform it. For this physical education is one

of the means most directly effective.

       So I invite you to participate in the programme beginning today

with enthusiasm and – discipline, because it is the indispensable

condition of order; enthusiasm, because it is the essential condition

of success.


             -    The Mother

 1 April 1967

Monday, November 16, 2015

Anilbaran Roy’s Conversations with the Mother

27 December 1929

I wrote a reply to X’s attack on “The Pondicherry School.”
Mother said: “Sri Aurobindo says it is not worth to give any reply to that man.
In the first place your reply is not in the right way. You bring yourself down to their level and apologize and explain. It is very bad to apologize. What we do, we do because it is necessary. You must not go on giving explanations. You write in a tone as if we are doing what they think we ought to do. But it is not true. There is as much untruth in what you have written as in what the man has said; only he has bad will and you have good will. We have not much clever men amongst us, our organization is very poor, there are better things elsewhere. If we were to depend on these there was no necessity of our work. What do I care whether one paints well or sings well: It is quite possible that these persons may not do well in sadhana. I do not give attention to these things, therefore they do not progress. My object is transformation, not going in the old way.
Man cannot make any progress in the old way; it has to be transformed – that is our object, that is the right answer in two lines. That answer has been given already in the mental, it is not necessary that it should be given a material form; people also will not understand it.
So many stupid things are said about our sadhana. Even people who have lived here for a long time, everyone speaks stupidly. But we are prepared for it. They have to be changed and transformed.
In the second place, it is not necessary to give an answer. Such attacks do little harm. Those who have faith in us will regard these as stupid. Those who have no faith will not be convinced by what you write; they will say that these persons think themselves to be very clever.
Anilbaran: Take me out of this lower level.
Mother: When you are in your inner consciousness you live on a high level. But when you deal with these persons you at once come down to their level. This must cease. When you deal with them you must rise up even higher than your highest.
It is better that people do not understand us, for if they understood they might come in our way and become dangerous.
On the afternoon of 27.12.1929 Mother heard a voice:
“There is a Power that no ruler can command; there is a Happiness that no earthly success can bring; there is a Light that no wisdom can possess; there is a Knowledge that no philosophy, no science can master; there is a Bliss of which no satisfaction of desire can give the enjoyment; there is a thirst for Love that no human relation can appease; there is a Peace that one finds nowhere here, not even in death.
 “It is the Power, the Happiness, the Light, the Knowledge, the Bliss, the Love, the Peace that flow from the Divine Grace.”

Mother brought this typed on a slip of paper and remarked: “I have brought this for you. That must be true even in the most material consciousness.”

(Interviews and Conversations with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Anilbaran Roy)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

"FOURTH DIMENSION" - A Hollywood movie adaptation of Sri Aurobindo's epic poem "SAVITRI"

ADITI ARTS TRANSCENDENTAL PICTURES, founded informally in Pondicherry, India in Feb.2003, provides the global community with movies that take humanity to the next evolutionary level and explores the inner and the hidden life forces moving behind the appearances of the dualities of both good and bad. The New Age theme focuses on the transformation of evil back into its original Divine Nature, transforming the heart of entertainment and taking movie production to the next evolutionary step to ensure its survival. Current location is in Bombay, India but once production is underway, the office will be locating to Hollywood.  Project was inspired to address the evolution of humanity and the next step towards Human Unity and Love, ultimately raising the consciousness of the world today. 
Shiva Vangara, founder of Transcendental Pictures, has 30 years of spiritual background and 20 years of practical experience in the film industry in India. He is the Director in the company and will align with high profile Hollywood companies to provide industry expertise. Current strategic partners are Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
"FOURTH DIMENSION" and its sequels feature new and groundbreaking themes and transcendental visuals, requiring the latest technological advances in visual effects and sets. The project will also include filming at locations of the Seven Wondersof the World e.g. The pyramids in Egypt, TajMahal in India etc. and the eighth wonder, NUCLEUS OF LOVE – The Soul of Auro Galaxy.
Target audience: 12 years and up, including all those aspiring towards the future. (New Age/spiritual/self-development communities).
Actors under consideration includes: Hema Malini, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Goldie Hawn, Melanie Griffith, Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie, Emma Thurman, Liv Tyler, Denzel Washington, Liam Neeson, and Wesley Snipes.
Theatrical release: USA and global foreign markets, picked up by syndicated television and cable.
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Projected Cost: Approximately 300 million US dollars.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sri Aurobindo on Spirits, Mesmerism and Life in Material Bodies

3 September 1926 (Evening)
(X raised the topic of table-tapping. Sri Aurobindo said that generally no spirit comes from the outside. The will of the medium and the men participating creates a force which makes those manifestations. The answers are from the minds of the men – they may come from the subconscious mind or from the subliminal which knows many more things than men are aware of. The concentration of the men produces an atmosphere, a change in the (universal?) consciousness– which calls forth the manifestations.)
Sometimes small spirits of the lower vital plane and the physical plane may take part in it and help in the manifestations simply for the sake of amusement. Genuine cases of intervention are very rare. Dead persons can communicate with the living if they feel interested and are sufficiently near.
Sri Aurobindo described the experiments made by Mirra [the Mother] in these matters. She, simply by the exertion of her will could create such a force as would make a table to jump across a room and come to her bed where she was lying.
The idea that all sorts of departed persons are hanging about for centuries and respond to the table-rappers is ridiculously absurd.

Persons when dying may create thought-forms which appear before distant relatives. Dying persons may leave behind influences which may be taken up by vital beings and worked – this explains the genuine cases of oppression by the ghosts of departed persons.
Devils may appear in human bodies which they take possession of at the time of birth.
4 September 1926 (Evening)
Disciple: As regards the table-moving experiments by Mirra – was that done by will-force?
Sri Aurobindo: No, it is not the force of will which moves the table – some vital dynamic force is called forth, which compels the movement of the table.
Disciple: Moves the table?
Sri Aurobindo: No, compels the table to move.
Disciple: Is it done by suggestion?
Sri Aurobindo: No, suggestion is something mental. Those who have the power, by their concentration create an atmosphere in which the force is manifested; the force acts directly on the material body, similarly as electricity acts. There are men, who without the medium of an atmosphere can directly cause the force to act on matter.
Disciple: What is done in Mesmerism?
Sri Aurobindo: In Mesmerism the action is not on a material body but on a human being with a mind and acts through the mind. Some force in the vital physical being of the performer acts on the physical mind of the subject; this in its turn acts on the material body.
Disciple: Is the force used, something created or is it only some force utilized?
Sri Aurobindo: How can a force be created? It is a force of nature, as electricity is a force and it is simply utilized.
Disciple: It has been seen that when a flower vase is moved from one place to another, in the transit it remains invisible, nothing appears on snapshot photo. Does the thing disappear temporarily and appear again in a new place?
Sri Aurobindo: It is difficult to say what actually happens, but such disappearance is quite possible. The being which moves it may take the thing into its own atmosphere – its own plane – and it thus disappears and is then again brought forth. Material bodies are only gross formations of subtle physical forces. Even in the material plane there are various degrees of subtlety – but this line may be crossed and the thing may take another form in a higher plane – thus it is said that in the physical world there are seven planes and ordinarily we are cognizant of the 7th plane – the gross material. The different manifestations in different planes are continuous.
Disciple: Is the human body sevenfold?
Sri Aurobindo: At least there are five gradations of the physical body and three of them can be easily known – e.g. the material physical, the vital physical, the mental physical; but the supramental physical and the Ananda physical are very difficult to know. Thus when one can break the material barrier, the first thing he knows is the vital physical body. The vital physical is outside the material body – in the material body it acts through the nervous system. Thus, when there is disease in the body, it is first the vital physical that is attacked and afterwards it is manifested in the physical body. One can see any disease as it touches the vital physical and it can be thrown away, then there will be no disease of the body. At one time I used to get fever. I threw it away from the material body; then I felt fever not in the body, but around me in the vital physical; then I threw it away even from there.
Disciple: What is meant by having the inner eye opened by which these different bodies are distinguished?
Sri Aurobindo: That is only a way of speaking – one becomes conscious of the different bodies.
Disciple: That is, one knows the different bodies?
Sri Aurobindo: One becomes conscious; knowledge is not the same thing as consciousness – it is the result of consciousness. Thus, without knowing the physical body one is conscious of it – one has the sense, one feels – that is as much as we can say.
Disciple: When one has great sensibility, one is agitated by touches from the external – is it a weakness?
Sri Aurobindo: All agitation is weakness. But as one’s consciousness is awakened, he becomes sensitive. Those who are stolid have no such sensibility. But to have sensibility without disturbance or agitation is real awakening.
Disciple: What is the life of atoms?
Sri Aurobindo: What do you mean by the life of atoms?
Disciple: There is the activity of the electrons, chemical affinities, and so forth.
Sri Aurobindo: These are mechanical. We do not see in the atoms anything which we call life. But there is a sort of life and even consciousness in atoms that is very involved and mechanical, not at all individualized. One cannot ordinarily perceive these signs in atoms. But the life and consciousness that is there is outside the atom hovering about it. The universal being supports the atom with some form of consciousness and life and anyone who can enter into this universal being and consciousness can feel the life that is in atoms. Thus when a blow is struck on a table, the vibrations are purely mechanical but outside the table there is a consciousness, which disturbed by the vibrations gives response. Even metals have some sort of life. J. C. Bose left the metals and began investigating with plants because that was easier – if he had continued his experiments with the metals, he could have found many characteristics of life and consciousness there.
Men are individuals in comparison with the lower beings – atoms and material bodies. But they may also be said to be not yet fully individualized. When the group soul will be fully developed then only men will become real individuals.
Disciple: A material body like an iron-rod under some experiments shows that the particles there try to keep the body intact.
Sri Aurobindo: That is certainly a sign of life – tendency to self-preservation and conservation. Then the phenomena of fatigue also are phenomena of life.
17 August 1926 (Evening)
(There was some talk about life in physical atoms.)
Sri Aurobindo: Do you believe that there is life in a watch?
Disciple: The children believe that.
Sri Aurobindo: I agree with the children. It is well known that watches behave differently with different persons. They even respond to the thought and will in man.
Disciple: Watches have life!
Sri Aurobindo: I knew you would be astounded.
Disciple: Motor cars have been said to have life.
Sri Aurobindo: Yes, and railway engines.
Disciple: It was observed that railway engines when given rest can develop greater speed.
Sri Aurobindo: That is well known.
Disciple: That is only a case of fatigue which is seen in material bodies.
Disciple: But is not fatigue a sign of life?
Disciple: It is only a characteristic of matter. Had there been life, there would have been a feeling and a consciousness of fatigue.
Disciple: There you go further and demand mind and consciousness in material bodies.
Sri Aurobindo: If you go deep you will find that the fatigue shown by material bodies is a sign of life in them. That life may not have ordinary vital and mental characteristics. These ideas of the vital and the mental prevent us from seeing the life that is characteristic of material bodies. There is nothing purely material – there is life everywhere. Material atoms have choice and will peculiar to themselves.

18 August 1926 (Evening)
Disciple: You said yesterday that watches have life. We did not quite understand it.
Sri Aurobindo: They respond to your suggestions.
Disciple: What kind of suggestions – mental?
Sri Aurobindo: Your suggestions must be of the right kind and strong enough.
Disciple: What sort of response do they make?
Sri Aurobindo: Of course, they would not jump up if you ask them.
Disciple: Will they go faster or slower?
Sri Aurobindo: Yes; and they may stop or start according to your suggestion.
Disciple: If the watch is out of repair, will it start if I give the suggestion?
Sri Aurobindo: No, there must be the mechanical basis.
Disciple: Can fire be lighted by the exertion of will power?
Sri Aurobindo: That is a different matter.
Disciple: Will the trigger of a gun go off if we can give the proper suggestion?
Sri Aurobindo: Yes. It may take some time before the response comes, but if it is strong enough there will be a response.

(Interviews and Conversations with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Anilbaran Roy)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sri Aurobindo on Drugs, Illness and Yoga

11 September 1926 (Evening)

(X referred to the use of drugs by some Yogis.)

Sri Aurobindo: This has been greatly abused. The drugs give artificial stimulation which makes possible certain experiences, but these experiences do not bring any permanent change; on the other hand, the normal condition becomes more dull. Merely the throwing out of the consciousness from the body is not at all difficult but it brings no improvement. Those who are conscious of and can control such going out of the consciousness can make proper use of artificial drugs.

(X referred to certain drugs in America which, when

taken, are supposed to give clairvoyance.)

Sri Aurobindo: I do not know of such drugs but that is

quite possible, though this is not the proper method.

Salvation achieved through the use of drugs is not

worth having. The ancients found out some such drug

in the soma plant.

Disciple: What happens when a person becomes unconscious under chloroform?
Sri Aurobindo: The vital consciousness is thrown out of the body.
Disciple: What happens to the mind?
Sri Aurobindo: That, of course, goes with the vital consciousness.
Disciple: There remains certainly a connection with the body, by which the consciousness returns to the body.
Sri Aurobindo: Yes
Disciple: The medical explanation is that the nervous centres are disconnected.
Sri Aurobindo: That is the result of the going out of the vital consciousness.
Disciple: How high must a person rise in sadhana before he becomes free from the attack of illness?
Sri Aurobindo: Rather you should say how low the power is brought down. When the Supramental comes down to the physical, it becomes quite safe from illness. Before that illness is to be warded off by the vital and the mental powers.
Disciple: How is that done?
Sri Aurobindo: By a sort of vital and mental control. Even those who are not Yogis may have such powers.
Disciple: Is it a suggestion of the mind?
Sri Aurobindo: No, it is a mental and vital control which some persons can find out. Again, Yogis who practise Pranayama are not attacked with illness. When I practised Pranayama at Baroda I had excellent health and powers. But when I came to Calcutta and political work did not leave me any time for regular practice of Pranayama, I was attacked with malarial fever which almost carried me off. These are the consequences of Pranayama or control – whenever these protections are withdrawn, the forces of illness rush up in a sort of revenge.
Disciple: What is the proper attitude to be taken in cases of illness? (I myself had cold at the time.)
Disciple: In cases of cold? (Laughter)
Sri Aurobindo: You should expose yourself by… (Laughter)
Disciple: He wants to know the proper attitude.
Sri Aurobindo: The proper attitude is to localize the illness or the pain in the body and dissociate yourself from it, and then use the mental and vital will
to throw it away. In all cases, such dissociation is the proper attitude – the attitude that the illness is in the body, but not in you.
Disciple: How can one be safe from accidents?
Sri Aurobindo: There may be awakened a sort of vital and bodily consciousness which will forewarn you against coming accidents. Those who practise Yoga may have a protection from the higher power but that does not remove the theoretical possibility of accidents. But when you have the Yogic body, the body itself will be able to throw off all attacks.

(Interviews and Conversations with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Anilbaran Roy)