We celebrate the Mother’s birthday and the anniversary of the Golden Day with a special issue on the theme – The Mother’s Grace.
Read a few selections from Champaklal’s book Prarthana ane Udgaro, translated into English from Gujarati under the title Prayers and Aspirations by Sudha and Don Fisher. A biographical note about the author is also included.
This poem reminds us powerfully of the truth that all is indeed possible with the Grace of the Mother.
Without the Grace descending from above, no amount of personal effort at rejecting the countless imperfections within can help one make lasting progress. This is true for the individual sadhana, and also for the national sadhana.
What does it mean to be receptive? How to increase one’s receptivity to the Divine Force? Is Sri Aurobindo’s Force and the Mother’s Force which is essentially One Divine Force working only in the Ashram or for those who are turned to Them? How can we become receptive to the Divine’s healing force? And to creative inspiration? These and many other aspects are explored through various features, including our section on Divine Humour. An insightful conversation with an artist, excerpts from Barin Ghose’s book, a sweet story about a little girl’s love for Ganesha, and an essay from Sri Aurobindo Circle archives complete the issue.
The author reflects on how sincerely persevering in one’s sādhanā becomes the key to allow the heart to experience a deeper gratitude and peace.
In addition to exploring Gratitude in a variety of hues, the issue also features pieces on the inner significance of Navaratri, the festival of Devi, and the cultural significance of Ramayana. Other highlights include a reflection on patriotism and leadership in the light of recent events in Afghanistan, and ‘The Real Gandhi’, an insightful essay approved by Sri Aurobindo.
In these passages, the Mother guides us that in order to accept the Grace with a pure feeling of gratitude, one must have a certain inner humility which makes one recognise one’s helplessness without the Divine Grace. She also points out that for most people blows in life are needed to know to the very depths that there is no entity without the Divine Consciousness and the Grace.