The Mother answers to Tara Jauhar’s questions on a range of subjects such as psychic growth, eliminating the ego, connecting with the Mother in the dreams and Overmind.
These selected passages from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother give us practical guidance on how to handle the sources of disharmony in human relations in daily life. These sources include narrowmindedness, dislike and fault-finding in others.
Beloo Mehra weaves together some insights on love and human relationships from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother with examples from Indian literary tradition.
The focus in this part is on nature of the human love and how it gets limited and distorted with impurities such as vital attractions, surface emotions, expectations and possessiveness. Human love can be taken as a practice ground to expand and purify oneself to receive the universal force of love.
The author highlights the words of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo to throw light on the origin and nature of parental love and love between family relations and friends. We also see how human love and relationships can never satisfy the deep thirst for love which can only be quenched by the divine love.
These selections help us understand the psychological foundations of altruism, its limits and potentiality for facilitating true self-development of the being.
The author highlights the dangers of half-lights and small illuminations on the paths of the spirit. He also gives a simple test by which the value and true origin of experiences and phases of change of consciousness may be estimated.
Continued from Part III If any proof were needed of the immanence and validity of the law of sacrifice in our universe, we have only to look about us to see it demonstrated everywhere. The blows of fate, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that fall upon individuals, communities, nations, from every direction and,
The author reminds us that it is the errors of an egoistic and self-divided creation that are the central practical concern of every human being striving to fulfil the purpose of his life on earth. The errors are inevitable; indeed, they are the means of fulfilment, the fertiliser by which the seed of the spirit is made to grow and fructify on the plane of human life.
The author writes that sacrifice is commonly thought of as leaving the participant worse off than he was – except for the anticipation of any calculated reward or quid pro quo. Or it may be associated with atonement or punishment for wrongs done. Nothing, of course, could be farther from the intention or effect of the sacrifice which is to be performed by the Spirit of Man if he is to achieve his true destiny.