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#SriAurobindo on Gandhi’s Ahimsa

I believe Gandhi does not know what actually happens to the man’s nature when he takes to Satyagraha or non-violence. He thinks that men get purified by it. But when men suffer, or subject themselves to voluntary suffering, what happens +
is that their vital being gets strengthened. These movements affect the vital being only and not any other part. Now when you cannot oppose the force that oppresses, you say that you will suffer. That suffering is vital and it gives strength. When the man who has thus suffered +
gets power he becomes a worse oppressor….

What one can do is to transform the spirit of violence. But in this practice of Satyagraha it is not transformed. When you insist on such a one-sided principle, what happens is that cant, hypocrisy and dishonesty get in and there is +
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Conversations of the Dead
Shivaji - Jai Singh

Neither of us have prevailed. A third force has entered into the land and takes the fruits of your work and as for mine, it is broken and the ideal I have cherished has gone down into the dust.
For the fruit I did not work and I am not amazed by the failure nor discouraged.

I too did not work for my reward, but to uphold the ideal of the Rajput. Unflinching courage in honourable warfare, chivalry to friend and foe,
a noble loyalty to the sovereign of our choice, this seemed to me the true Indian tradition, preferable even to the unity and predominance of the Hindu races. Therefore, I could not accept your overtures. But I gave you the opportunity to accept my own tradition
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Indian society is in a still more chaotic stage; for the old forms are crumbling away under the pressure of the environment, their spirit and reality are more and more passing out of them, but the facade persists by the force of inertia of thought and will
and the remaining attachment of a long association, while the new is still powerless to be born. There is much of slow and often hardly perceptible destruction, a dull preservation effective only by immobility, no possibility yet of sound reconstruction.
We have had a loud proclaiming,—only where supported by religion, as in the reforming Samajas, any strong effectuation,—of a movement of social change, appealing sometimes crudely to Western exemplars and ideals, sometimes to the genius or the pattern of ancient times;
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9.1) Tarachand Barjatya (of Rajshri fame) was a devotee of the Mother & #SriAurobindo
Based on a spiritual experience during his youth, He was looking for someone who could bring the heaven to earth; & recognized that divinity in the Mother in His first meeting with Her in 1956..
9.2) Mother named him 'Dwij' (twice-born). With the approval of the Mother, He started the Aurofilms unit of the Sri Aurobindo Society.
Mother gave detailed guidance on the production of one of his most successful movies - 'Dosti' in 1964..
9.3) As Tarachand mentioned, 'Dosti was a miracle wrought by the Mother'. He kept making wholesome movies from then onward.
But in the 80s, Rajshri Productions went through a crisis when most of their movies began to fail miserably..
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Let us go through all the 1,028 Sūktas of the Rig-Veda based on #SriAurobindo's commentary, written for His journal 'Arya'.

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the announcement of Arya's publication (21 June 1914).
1) Hymns 1 - 6 (Verses 1 - 60):
Description of #RigVeda, Mandala 01, Sukta 001 to 006; with selected excerpt from #SriAurobindo's works
2) Hymns 7 - 13 (Verses 61 - 134):
Description of #RigVeda, Mandala 01, Sukta 007 to 013; with selected excerpt from #SriAurobindo's works
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@ARanganathan72 @TimesNow If India had understood #SriAurobindo better in June 1923, #Godse would never have become an assassin. And millions might not have died.

An extract, from my article (… ) details this:
@ARanganathan72 @TimesNow The #Godse saga shows how spiritually illiterate India had become in many ways. As long as this happens, there will be a price all Indians & Humans will pay.

Your statement here only strengthens that blindness.

#SadhviGlorifiesGodse is only because India ignored Aurobindo.
@ARanganathan72 @TimesNow Incidentally, Aurobindo led a group throwing shoes, assorted footwear & chairs at a Gokhale inspired hijacking of a Congress election in early 1900s. Gokhale, a pro-Brit force was a mentor to MKG. MKG hijacked the 1946 AICC election to foist JLN.
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"Music is a means of expressing certain thoughts, feelings, emotions, aspirations...
It is the origin of the music, the inspiration from beyond, which is important;
It is not purely the sounds, it is what the sounds express.."
- The Mother…
1) The Mother's Music

“Love is the key-note,
Joy is the music,
Power is the strain,
Knowledge is the performer,
the infinite All is the composer and audience.."

- #SriAurobindo, Thoughts & Glimpses…
1.1) The Mother's Organ

"I don't try to play music: it's simply a sort of meditation with sound.."
- The Mother…

Music - The Mother's Organ-play on 29th Feb. 1960, the first anniversary of the Supramental descent..
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On this day, exactly 141 years ago, our dear Mother was born in France.
Let us have a glimpse of Her life & Her presence throughout the world, until Her final stop in Pondicherry to join #SriAurobindo, after ~42 years.
1) The Eternal Birth:

On the morning of Thursday,
21st Feb. 1878,
at 10:15 AM,
the birth of Blanche Rachel Mirra Alfassa was registered at the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France.

Her Birth Certificate, as reproduced below, was read and approved 3 days later:
2) The Place of Her Birth:

The Mother was born at 41, Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, France. The Boulevard was named after Georges Haussmann, the famous prefect who had completely renovated Paris just a few years before Her birth!

But why France? The Mother answered years later:
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On this day, exactly 126 years ago, #SriAurobindo made a permanent return to India.
Let us try to follow his journey throughout India, until his final stop in Pondicherry after ~17 years..
1) Arrival in India (6th Feb.1893):

#SriAurobindo's ship arrived at Apollo Bunder, Bombay.
(Carthage, route taken --> London – Gibraltar – Port Said – Aden – Bombay)

After a long absence of ~14 years. Mother India welcomed Him with a vast calm..
2) 1st job at Baroda:

#SriAurobindo arrived in Baroda on 8th Feb 1893, & reported to work on 18th
(Land Settlement Dept, Monthly salary of Rs.200)
Impressed with him, the Maharaja later employed him in the Secretariat

A remarkable incident happened during his 1st year of stay:
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221.1)"(The Mother starts reading from #SriAurobindo's Lights on Yoga, Ch.3, "Surrender & Opening")

(—Talk of surrender or a mere idea or tepid wish for integral consecration will not do; there must be the push for a radical and total change—)"
221.2)"(—To seek after the Impersonal is the way of those who want to withdraw from life,
and usually they try by their own effort, and not by an opening of themselves to a superior Power or by the way of surrender—)"
221.3)"(Q—What does “to seek after the Impersonal“ mean?)
Oh! It’s very much in fashion in the West, my child.
All those who are tired or disgusted with the God taught by the Chaldean religions, and especially by the Christian religion.."
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As we are celebrating the effectuation of India's Constitution today, let us try to deconstruct the essence of that Constitution, the Preamble, with the help from #SriAurobindo's writings and conversations..
1) "WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a..."
Thus the Constitution derives its authority from the people..
An admirable declaration, but what is that source of authority that India has cherished from time immemorial?
#SriAurobindo answers:
2) "Sovereign"
Thus India is not under the dominion of any other state, but an independent nation free to determine her own journey..
But how to attain that original ideal of "Swaraj" which was the impulse behind Indian awakening?
#SriAurobindo answers:
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211.1)"(The talk is based upon #SriAurobindo's Bases of Yoga, Ch.5)

(—Illness marks some imperfection or weakness or else opening to adverse touches in physical nature & is often connected also with some obscurity or disharmony in the lower vital or physical mind or elsewhere—)"
211.2)"(Question—Sweet Mother, how can we make the body immune to every attack?)
Well, #SriAurobindo has written it later, hasn’t he?.."
211.3)"(—The absolute immunity can only come with the supramental change.
For below the supramental it is the result of an action of a Force among many forces and can be disturbed by a disruption of the equilibrium established..
In the supramental it is a law of the nature—)"
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"I shall leave my dreams in their argent air,
For in a raiment of gold and blue
There shall move on the earth embodied and fair
The living truth of you..."


(Art: Unknown)
"Storm is the dance of the locks of the God assenting to greatness..

Veiled in events he lives and working disguised in the mortal
Builds our strength by pain, and an empire is born out of ruins..”


(Art: Leslie Abraham)
"Yet all we dream and hope are memories treasured,
Are forecasts we misspell,
But of what life or scene he who has measured
The boundless heavens can tell.."


(Art: KaalChakra, Konark Sun temple)
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"There's a world in which you are the supreme maker of forms: i.e. your own vital world.. You can make a marvel of your world if you know how to use it" - Mother…

Movie - The Fall (2006)
Alexandria & Roy consciously change the story
"Let us put ourselves deliberately and exclusively on the side of the Divine, and the Victory is ultimately certain." - The Mother…

Movie - Bhagavad Gita (1993)
The Great assurance..
"Some of the living are already half-dead. Many of the dead are very much alive.." - The Mother…

Movie - The Mirror (1975)
The death of Alexei..
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206.1)"(The talk is based upon #SriAurobindo's Bases of Yoga, Ch.5)

(—There is a Yoga-Shakti lying coiled or asleep in the inner body, not active.
When one does Yoga, this force uncoils itself and rises upward to meet the Divine Consciousness & Force that are waiting above us—)"
206.2)"(Q—Sweet Mother, How can this Yoga-Shakti be awakened?)
I think it awakens quite naturally the moment one takes the resolution to do the yoga.
If the resolution is sincere and one has an aspiration, it wakes up by itself.."
206.3)"..In fact, it is perhaps its awakening which gives the aspiration to do yoga.
It is possible that it is a result of the Grace…
Sometimes just a simple conversation with someone is enough or a passage one read.. well, it awakens this Yoga-Shakti & it..makes you do yoga.."
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