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 We surrender to Thee this evening all that is artificial and false, all that pretends and imitates. Let it disappear with the year that is at an end. May only what is perfectly true, sincere, straight and pure subsist in the year that is beginning.


1 Jan 1935




 Are you ready?

 The question means: Are you ready for the Hour of God?



 Let us serve the Truth

Q. What is the Truth?

 He who wants sincerely to serve the Truth, will know the Truth.






 The hour has come when a choice has to be made, radical and definitive.

Lord, give us the strength to reject falsehood and emerge in Thy truth, pure and worthy of Thy victory.
This is no question of general theory; it belongs to the actuality of things. The Asura is the force of falsehood, antidivine, which reigns as sovereign over the physical world; his influence is felt everywhere, it is in everything in Matter. But the time has now come when the separation, the purification, can be made, the falsehood, the Asuric influence, rejected and there can be an exclusive living in the Divine Truth.

 3 January 1943


 This is not a prayer, but an encouragement.

 Here is the encouragement and a comment upon it:

 "At the very moment when everything seems to go from bad to worse, it is then that we must make a supreme act of faith and know that the Grace will never fail us.''

 The hours before the dawn are always the darkest.

 The servitude just before freedom comes is the most painful of all.

 But in the heart endowed with faith burns the eternal flame of hope which leaves no room for discouragement.


 This wonderful world of delight waiting at our gates for our call, to come down upon earth…

Q. Is "this wonderful world of delight'' the same as the Supramental New World that was born on 29 February 1956, or is it different? Since You have spoken of it as the "world of delight'' it cannot be merely the Delight or Ananda of the Supramental World already born. Does it mean that, after the manifestation of the Supramental World, now one more new world is "waiting at our gates for our call'' to manifest on earth?

 It has always been waiting, since the beginning of the creation.

Q. Is this world the world of Ananda which, in the hierarchical gradation of the planes of existence, is situated above the world of Supermind? If so, does it mean that after six years of its birth the Supramental World is now sufficiently well-established on earth to make the manifestation of a still higher world possible?

 Not necessarily.

Q. The above question arises because, according to Sri Aurobindo, the Ananda plane cannot manifest in the earthly evolution until the Supramental is well-established in it.

 This is absolutely evident.

Q. What is meant by "waiting at our gates''? Does it mean that it has come down up to the subtle physical plane?

 I did not specify what gates they are.

Q. "Waiting at our gates for our call, to come down upon earth... ''does this mean that it will not come down upon earth until it is called?

 Certainly not.

Q. What is the best way of calling down this world of delight?

 Understand and be sincere.

Q. Have the printed copies of Your five photographs, with a significance given to each, which You distributed on 21 January 1961, anything to do with the calling down of the world of delight? If they are given as an aid to call, how best to make use of them for the purpose?

 Each one must find that for himself.

Q. Will it be helpful to call down this world if Your Message itself is converted into an invocation and repeated in silent concentration as follows: "O wonderful world of delight waiting at our gates for our call, come down upon earth... ''

 For those who spontaneously feel like doing it, it will be helpful.

Q. Unlike every year, You read the Message this time first in English and then in French. Why this change of procedure?

 Because I received it in English first.

Q. The dots at the end of the Message give an impression as if something is left unsaid. Is it so?

 There is always something - many things - left unsaid.

 5 March 1961


 Men, countries, continents!

 The choice is imperative:

 Truth or the abyss.

Q. About the New Year Message of 1967, you say that the choice is between truth or the abyss. The abyss seems to be gaping just in front, yet there is a confidence that it will be removed from the way.

 The confidence is quite legitimate.

 The message is only for those who are still asleep and quite satisfied with their sleep.

  What is the meaning of "abyss'' in your New Year's Message or, put another way, what should a sadhak fear?

 Right now there is a great tension. They have all taken positions as if to start war. It is the blind passion that men put into their international relations.

 At the base of all there is fear, general distrust, and what they believe to be their "interests'' (money, business) - a combination of these three things. When these three lowest passions of humanity are brought into play, that is what I call "the abyss''.

 When someone has decided to consecrate his life to the seeking for the Divine, if he is sincere, that is to say, if the resolution is sincere and carried out sincerely, there is absolutely nothing to fear, because all that happens or will happen to him will lead him by the shortest way to this realisation.

 That is the response of the Grace. People believe that the Grace means making everything smooth for all your life. It is not true.

 The Grace works for the realisation of your aspiration and everything is arranged to gain the most prompt, the quickest realization - so there is nothing to fear.

 Fear comes with insincerity. If you want a comfortable life, agreeable circumstances, i.e., you are putting conditions and restrictions, and then you can fear.

 But it has no business in the sadhana!

 26 May 1967


 The world is preparing for a big change.

 Will you help?

Q. How should we help the big change in the world, about which your New Year's Message speaks?

 The best way of helping is to let the Consciousness that has come down upon earth work in you for transformation.

 9 January 1970

  What is it "to work for the Future''?

 To begin with, not to stick to the old habits individual and national.

  May this year be a year of luminous peace in the joy that comes from true kindness - the human child of Divine Compassion. 182

 Let us hope also that this year will not pass without bringing us together once more.

  Let the dawn of the New Year be for us also the dawn of a new and better life.

  Mother, dispel all my ignorance and egoism with the first ray of sunlight of the New Year.

 Make Your Light shine out in me and may this Light give birth in me to a consciousness full of Your supreme delight.

 Yes, the New Year must dispel the smoke of ignorance and make the Light shine forth.

 My blessings are with you.


  Lord, we are upon earth to accomplish Thy work of transformation. It is our sole will, our sole preoccupation. Grant that it may be also our sole occupation and that all our actions may help us towards this single goal.

1 Jan  1951

Selection from The Mother's collected Works Vol 15 .
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.