Mother on Sri Aurobindo's Thoughts and Aphorisms
I am not a Bhakta, for I have not renounced the world for God.
How can I renounce what He took from me by force and gave back
to me against my will? These things are too hard for me.
I am not a Bhakta, I am not a Jnani, I
am not a worker for the Lord. What am I then? A tool in the
hands of my Master, a flute blown upon by the divine Herd-Boy,
a leaf driven by the breath of the Lord.
Devotion is not utterly fulfilled till
it becomes action and knowledge. If thou pursuest after God
and canst overtake Him, let Him not go till thou hast His reality.
If thou hast hold of His reality, insist on having also His
totality. The first will give thee divine knowledge, the second
will give thee divine works and a free and perfect joy in the
Others boast of their love for God. My
boast is that I did not love God; it was He who loved me and
sought me out and forced me to belong to Him.
After I knew that God was a woman, I learned something from
far- off about love; but it was only when I became a woman and
served my Master and Paramour that I knew love utterly.
Aurobindo had a genius for humour and all we can do is admire
and remain silent.
does Sri Aurobindo mean by: "How can I renounce what He
took from me by force and gave back to me against my will?"
And also when he says: "After I knew that God was a woman
cannot answer because, while he was in his body, he never told
me anything about this.
If anyone knows the exact date on which he wrote this, it might
be an indication.
Perhaps N could tell you when this was written, or whether Sri
Aurobindo told him anything about it.
- The Mother
That thou shouldst have pity on creatures is well, but not well,
if thou art a slave to thy pity. Be a slave to nothing except
to God, not even to His most luminous angels.
I do not understand this Aphorism.
is the most perfect way in which Sri Aurobindo, with his marvellous
sense of humour, could ridicule human morality. This sentence
is a whole satire in itself.
- The Mother
To fear God really is to remove oneself to a distance from Him,
but to fear Him in play gives an edge to utter delightfulness.
The Jew invented the God-fearing man; India the God-knower and
The servant of God was born in Judaea, but he came to maturity
among the Arabs. India's joy is in the servant- lover.
Perfect love casts out fear; but still keep thou some tender
shadow and memory of the exile and it will make the perfection
Thy soul has not tasted God's entire delight, if it has never
had the joy of being His enemy, opposing His designs and engaging
with Him in mortal combat.
If you cannot make God love you, make Him fight you. If He will
not give you the embrace of the lover, compel Him to give you
the embrace of the wrestler.
My soul is the captive of God, taken by Him in battle; it still
remembers the war, though so far from it, with delight and alarm
does Sri Aurobindo mean by "the joy of being His enemy"?
too I have to say that I do not know exactly, because he never
I can tell you about my own experience. Until the age of about
twenty-five, all I knew was the God of religions, God as men have
created him, and I did not want him at any price. I denied his
existence but with the certitude that if such a God did exist,
I detested him.
I was about twenty- five I discovered the inner God and at the
same time I learned that the God described by most Western religions
is none other than the Great Adversary.
I came to India, in 1914, and became acquainted with Sri Aurobindo's
teaching, everything became very clear.
- The Mother
Most of all things on earth I hated pain till God hurt and tortured
me; then it was revealed to me that pain is only a perverse
and recalcitrant shape of excessive delight.
There are four stages in the pain God gives to us; when it is
only pain; when it is pain that causes pleasure; when it is
pain that is pleasure; and when it is purely a fiercer form
Even when one has climbed up into those levels of bliss where
pain vanishes, it still survives disguised as intolerable ecstasy.
When I was mounting upon ever higher crests of His joy, I asked
myself whether there was no limit to the increase of bliss and
almost I grew afraid of God's embraces.
I would like You to
explain to me "the four stages of pain" which Sri
Aurobindo speaks of here.
Sri Aurobindo is speaking of moral pain, of any kind, I can say
from experience that the four stages he mentions correspond to
four states of consciousness which are the result of inner development
and the degree of union with the divine consciousness which the
individual consciousness has achieved. When the union is perfect,
there only remains "a fiercer form of delight."
it is the physical pain endured by the body, the experience does
not follow such a clearly defined order; especially because union
with the Divine most often causes the pain to disappear.
- The Mother