(—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—)"
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—)"
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.."
they want an impersonal Godhead, something that doesn’t at all resemble—or as little as possible—the human being; that’s what they want..."
but beyond the impersonal Divine there is the Divine who is the Person himself;
and we must go through the Impersonal to reach the Supreme Divine who is beyond.."
because this liberates them from many superstitions.."
(Q—Mother, how can we escape from other people’s influence?)
By concentrating more & more totally..on the Divine.."
if you want to receive only the divine influence,
if all the time you pull back towards yourself what is taken, caught by other influences and with your will put it under the divine influence,
you succeed in doing it.."
First of all you must will it.
For all things, first you must understand, will, and then begin to practise—begin by just a very little.."
Social habits are something terrible; your consciousness is stuffed with them from the time you are quite small: “This should be done, not that..”.."
these are the most dangerous influences because they are subtle, they are not expressed outwardly by words.."
And this surrender is the supreme liberation, you are also free from your little ego & of all things that's the most difficult.."
the only thing that can give you a constant peace, an uninterrupted joy and the feeling of an infinite freedom from all that afflicts you, dwarfs, diminishes, impoverishes you, & from all that can create the least anxiety in you, the least fear.."
But this does not happen overnight.."
There you are."
For them the calm, the light, the power, the bliss, the freedom, the wideness, the heights of knowledge, the seas of Ananda—)"
It means exactly this: that the more you give yourself the more you have the experience—it is not just a feeling or impression or sensation, it is a total experience.."
& that there’s no aspiration which doesn't receive an immediate answer; & you have the sense of a constant intimacy, of a total nearness.."
you walk and He walks with you,
you sleep and He sleeps with you,
you eat and He eats with you,
you think and He thinks with you,
you love and He is the love you have.."
the least little thing in your being which is not given to the Divine is a waste.."
And then later you complain: “Oh, I don’t feel Him!” What would be surprising is that you could feel Him."
It’s what is called in some philosophies and religions the Formless; something that’s beyond all form, even the forms of thought, you see, not necessarily physical forms: forms of thought, forms of movement..."
It's obviously the quest of something which is the opposite of creation, & that's why some religions have introduced the idea of..Nirvana, i.e., of something which is nothing; the quest to find..the opposite of all that we can conceive.."
Well, it happens—it's interesting—that there is a region like that…which is the negation of all that exists.."
We use the word Nirvana b/c it is easier, but we can say, “There is an impersonal Divine behind the physical, behind mind, behind vital, behind all the regions of being; behind, beyond”.."
It is not necessarily more subtle, it’s something else, something absolutely different; that is, in a meditation, for example, if you meditate on Nirvana you can remain in a region of your mind.."
and yet in the ascent of your consciousness you have not gone beyond the mind..."
If you have understood that principle, of the dimensions, you can understand this..."
It is not necessary. .."
And truly, one can understand a little bit of this without experiencing it.."
the personal & impersonal,
the manifest & unmanifest…
the finite & infinite…
time & eternity.
And all that's in this tiny little body.."
(Q—Then Mother, isn’t the infinite an extension of space?)
Oh, no! That’s the indefinite, not the infinite.."
One can contain in himself the most finite finite and the most infinite infinite; in fact one does contain them, perhaps even in each one of the cells of the brain.."
Yes, there is a difference.
I think that in this case there wouldn’t be any difference.."
Now it is true that it can be said that one may find a very special difficulty in this surrender..."
But it’s not only that.
If you like it may be compared to the difference between something linear which terminates in a point and a spherical path which terminates in a totality.."
But you reach there by a line (don’t take my words for an adequate description..)
It is a linear realisation which ends in a point.."
By the other path it is a realisation which may be called spherical, b/c that gives best the idea of something containing all, which is no longer a point but a totality from which nothing is excluded.."
It’s not like that, it’s not that.
But it is the quality of the approach, so to say, which is different.."
.Something like that.."
This is almost philosophy, so it’s no longer very clear.
But (laughing) that’s all I can say.
Nothing else? No?
I think that’s enough!"