Aspiration is like an arrow, or like a flame rising upward. But it has to be tended, constantly rekindled. Its direction also needs to be reset when it tends to go here and there. It has to be purified so that no desire or demand gets mixed up with it. Its goal has to be kept in front, always. And what happens when it goes into hiding somewhere? How to light the fire again? And what about the Grace? Will Divine Grace help me rekindle my aspiration? These and many other questions have been explored in the variety of selections featured in this issue.
These selections from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother emphasise that a single-minded effort is needed to keep awake the aspiration.
Agni, the Vedic godhead is the seer-will in the universe, the immortal worker in man, the primordial aspiration, the secret inhabitant of Matter and its forms.
Nolini Kanta Gupta’s summary of the Triple Agni described in several Upanishads is followed by the Mother’s explanation of the triple aspiration.
What is the symbolism of a Rig Vedic parable about Agni hiding in the Inconscience and only coming out when gods descend from above?
From Dr. Ananda Reddy’s multi-volume series ‘Deliberations on The Life Divine’, we feature his contemplation on the first chapter, ‘The Human Aspiration’.
In this first chapter, we get an overview of the eternal human aspiration that has been there since the beginning and promises to remain until the end. This is followed by a review of the apparent contradictions in present human life at present, which Sri Aurobindo explains are Nature’s own method of moving towards a harmony that will fructify ultimately in the transformation of mind, life and body through the light and power of a new consciousness, the emerging Supermind.
A beautiful artwork sent to us by a graphic artist inspired the selection of the Mother’s words featured here.
The Mother’s words describing the ardent aspiration seen in nature — in trees, animals and particularly the flowers — make for a delightful reading.