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Man is in love with pleasure; therefore he must undergo the yoke of grief and pain. For unmixed delight is only for the free and passionless soul; but that which pursues after pleasure in man is a suffering and straining energy .

Poetry, articles on love



 I saw my soul a traveller through Time;
             From life to life the cosmic way it trod,
        Obscure in the depths and on the heights sublime,
Evolving from the worm into the god.

       A spark of the eternal Fire, it came
             To build a house in Matter for the Unborn.
The inconscient sunless Night received the flame,
             In the brute seed of things dumb and forlorn.

        Life stirred and Thought outlined a gleaming shape
Till on the stark inanimate earth could move,
        Born to somnambulist Nature in her sleep,
             A thinking creature who can hope and love.

        Still by slow steps the miracle goes on,
        The Immortal's gradual birth mid mire and stone.


Sri Aurobindo

     I housed within my heart the life of things,
           All hearts athrob in the world I felt as mine ;
     I shared the joy that in creation sings
           And drank its sorrow like a poignant wine.

     I have felt the anger in another's breast,
           All passions poured through my world-self their waves ;
One love I shared in a million bosoms expressed.
           I am the beast man slays, the beast he saves.

 I spread life's burning wings of rapture and pain;
          Black fire and gold fire strove towards one bliss :
     I rose by them towards a supernal plane
          Of power and love and deathless ecstasies.

     A deep spiritual calm no touch can sway
     Upholds the mystery of this Passion-play.



Sri Aurobindo


The Mother On Love in Terrestrial Evolution


On Marriage

Two Movements of Love

Notes on the Way

Sri Aurobindo On Love in Terrestrial Evolution


On Love from Thoughts and Aphorisms

Love and Terrestrial Sex-movement

Human love is mostly vital and physical with a mental support-it can take a unselfish, noble and pure form and expression only if it is touched by the psychic. It is true, as you say, that it is more usually a mixture of ignorance, attachment, passion and desire. ..there is such a thing as psychic love, pure, without demand. sincere in self-giving, but it is not usually left pure in the attraction of human beings to one another .

It is certainly easier to have friendship between man and man or between woman and woman than between man and woman, because there the sexual intrusion is normally absent. In a friendship between man and woman the sexual turn can at any moment come in a subtle or in a direct way and produce perturbations. But there is no impossibility of friendship between man and woman pure of this element; such friendships can exist and have always existed. All that is needed is that the lower vital should not look in at the back door or be permitted to enter .                              

The paintings by The Mother

All extracts and quotations from the written works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and the Photographs of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo are copyright Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry -605002 India