Search for Light
I am Thine for eternity. - The Mother

Letters to Children by The Mother >> To Ravindra ...

 

To a disciple who is identified in the text simply by his initial, R.

 

Mother,
The Prime Minister has asked the country to have dinnerless Mondays. The hotels etc. are being asked to cooperate. Are we expected to do something in this connection?

It would be a hundred times more effective to never waste food than to cut down one meal as a show and to eat more before and after. A strong, ardent, sincere campaign against the waste of food is essential and full-heartedly I approve of it.
Let the inmates of the Ashram show their goodwill and collaboration in never eating more than they can digest and never asking for more than they can eat.

 

3 November 1965

 

Mother,
I have to pay certain bills of the Blanchisserie. I have got the sum. But the bills will take some time to come. My reason says: “Since I know that I have to pay the bills, I must keep the amount; if I give it to you,it will be like challenging the Grace.” But another part of me says: “Don’t worry, give the money away; more will come when the bills arrive.” Neither idea is stronger than the other. In such cases what is the proper way of taking a decision?

 

Once the mind has started working, it hampers the action of the Grace — so it is better to keep the money.

 

10 November 1965

 

Mother,
Once I was very much disappointed with the result of my work in the school. I wanted to give up. You said that I should work for seven years and then ask for your advice. This year I have finished seven years of my school work. The students enjoy my classes, but they do not like the fact that I make them work. I do my best, but fail to satisfy them. Tell me whether I have to continue. There is no dearth of teachers; there are several who would like to replace me. They think that mine is a position of prestige!!

 

Try for seven years more; we shall see afterwards! I can add that teaching (with all its moral consequences) is part of your Sadhana.

With love and blessings.

 

11 November 1965

 

Mother,
And now a personal question. I know that at the present moment cooperation and coordination are essential for the Ashram. I try my level best and I think I do so with all sincerity, and yet I fail miserably. I have heard people say that I speak very sweetly, but my actions are just the opposite. I think that I try to accommodate with everyone. I am not foolish enough to think that I am the only sincere person in the Ashram; so there must be some serious handicap in me which comes in the way.
Can you tell me what it is that stops me, that comes in the way of my cooperating successfully for the work?

 

Do not take it as a personal affair. Disharmony and confusion are spread all over the world because of the resistance of the falsehood to the action of the Truth. Here as the action of the Truth is more conscious and concentrated, the resistance is exasperated. And in this great turmoil, most of the individuals are moved about like puppets by the forces in their conflict.

 

25 November 1965

 

Mother,
Once again I you what “R´may ask ealisateur Supreme”ˆ means in the end of your prayer “Gloire `You explained it to me some seven or eight a Toi”?**
years back, but it got completely washed off. After that I have asked you thrice orally or in writing and each time you have evaded. Please tell me once more.

 

It is not purposely that I have “avoided”, but probably I did not give you the mental answer you wished for. To make you really understand it would need a very long explanation and I have very little time at my disposal. In short I might say that “R´eme” for the ealisation Suprˆindividual means identification with the Divine and for the collectivity upon earth, the advent of the Supramental, the New Creation.

Do not treat this as a dogma, but only as an explanation. And “R´ealisateur” is the Supreme Power of realisation, the doer and the act.
Blessings.

 

20 December 1965

 

(While translating Quelques R´ere intoeponses de la M`Hindi, the disciple asked the Mother to explain certain words and phrases.)
Mother,


In 1942 you wanted to teach me French, but I refused to take your time — and now!!


“Il faut bien que ceux qui ont du courage, en aient pour ceux qui n’en ont pas.”

(Ironical) It is quite necessary that those who have courage should have some (courage) also for those who have none.

** Prayers and Meditations, 23 October 1937.

“... il y a une grande joie dans la recherche; mais c’est vrai que mon coeur sera toujours alter´e.´”
There is a great joy in seeking; but it is true that my heart will always be thirsty (for knowledge).


1965

 

Mother,
Please explain three phrases of yours:
1. “Ne te fais pas de mauvais-sang.”
Do not worry or do not bother yourself about it (it depends on the context).
2.“Sientoutesinc´e,onn’agitque pour exprimer erit´la volont´e Divine, il n’est pas d’action qui ne puisseechapper´`ego¨al’´isme; mais tant qu’on n’a pas atteint cette condition, il est des actions qui sont plus favorables au contact avec le Divin.”
There is no action that cannot escape selfishness or all actions without exception can become unselfish.
3. “La sant´erieure d’une hare est l’expression ext´monie profonde, il faut en etre fier et non la mˆ epriser.”

 

Good health is the exterior expression of an inner harmony. We must be proud if we are in good health (or appreciate being in good health) and not despise it (or treat good health with contempt).

 

1965

 

Mother,
Please explain the final phrase: “Le v´eritable amour est une chose tr`es calme dans sonines profonde et tr`tensit´es bien ne pas se manifester par des e: il peut tr`effusions ext´erieures.”
 

It (Love) may quite well not manifest itself (love) in any exterior acts (or signs — or forms), sentimental or affectionate. In French, “effusions” is used ironically and means a display of affection.

 

1965

 

Mother,
“To conquer the Divine is a difficult task” — I think I have not understood this phrase properly.

 

Take “conquer” in the sense of “acquisition” or “possession”. You might say — the conquest of the Divine’s Consciousness is a difficult task. Commentary: for human beings to become conscious of the Divine and to possess His nature is difficult.

 

1965

 

Mother,
X has told me about your arrangement for the mill-room. I am very happy about it. It will give a much needed rest to Y. I hope it will work out well.

 

It depends on how much each one cares more for harmony than for the triumph of his own will!
Love is with all, working for the progress of each one equally — but it triumphs in those who care for it.
Love.

1965

 

1) What is in litres the quantity of milk required daily if we give the full ration?
2) How many litres of milk we are getting per day (maximum) all told?

 

With method, order, and care there is no difficulty that cannot be solved.
With love and blessings.

 

About 1965

 

(The disciple related the complaints of the laundry workers.)

Be careful about the various reports of the workers — they are always biased. Each one speaks always with his preferences (likes and dislikes) and twists things.

Blessings.

 

About 1965

 

Mother,
I had a queer dream. Communists attacked my room. They climbed up to the windows from outside.
They were abusing, shouting and screaming; but something was preventing them from entering inside. I stood quite unperturbed as if it had nothing to do with me.

 

This concerns the country, not you personally.

Yesterday my right arm was very slightly hurt. I don’t know why, but I almost swooned for about a minute. I do not see any reason for this.

Concentrate more constantly on the Divine Presence and the protection will be more spontaneous. Love and blessings.

 

About 1965

 

Mother,
Each time that I try to rise a little in my consciousness, I get a great setback and it seems to fall instead of rise. When I give up the effort, it becomes normal.

As for the progress, it is because you are trying mentally and the mental is always a limitation to the consciousness. It is only the aspiration from the heart and the psychic that can be effective.
(And when you stop trying, you let me work in you and I know the proper way!)

 

About 1965

 

Mother,
I have read a good deal on “what is humour”, both ancient and modern. Your humour does not fit any of the definitions and yet I find your humour to be the most humorous. Can you tell me what is true humour?

 

The humour of the Supreme.

 

About 1965

 

Mother,
According to the old tradition there is a cycle of four ages or Yugas: Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali. In “The Yoga and Its Objects” Sri Aurobindo seems to confirm it.
I did not find any definite mention in other places. Please tell me whether the Satya Yuga that you are bringing is again to be followed by the other three and the world is to fall into this darkness over and over again.

 

I do not know how they will call what I am bringing, and according to Sri Aurobindo it will be followed by the New Creation and the advent of the Supramental. That is all I know.

Blessings.

 

About 1965

Mother,
Does the cow really have a special sanctity or is it merely a tradition based on economic needs?

 

Mere tradition based on old symbols.
Blessings.

About 1965

 

Mother,
Z has produced many children at very short intervals. I advised him to have a little control. Instead of that, he tried for an abortion for his wife when the next occasion came. It has failed. His wife is ill. He now wants
to know the proper way.

 

Control or, if he is incapable of it(?), operation on himself. It has become very fashionable!

 

About 1965

 

Mother,

I am very sorry about the muddle over X. He has told me several times that he is unhappy in his department and wants to come out, but he does not want to say so in the face of Y. He wants it to be said that he is
changing to the Laundry because Mother wants it.
I do not like such a weakness going to the point of hypocrisy. Is there nobody else who could look after the Blanchisserie?

 

As for replacing Z in the Blanchisserie, unless X is frank and says to Y that he wants to go there and do that work, I do not want him, because my words are not diplomatic and I shall say the truth to Y whatever is the result.

In fact, it would be better to find somebody a little more courageous to work in the laundry.
Blessings.

 

15 January 1966

 

Mother,
I had taken your permission to give Sri Aurobindo’s stories retold in Hindi (not translated) in Hindi “Purodha”.

 

It seems to me better if it is simply translated. What is your reason for retelling and not translating?


4 February 1966

 

Mother,
The reason for retelling Sri Aurobindo’s stories in Hindi is very simple. It is honesty. We do not want to pretend that we can translate his “Baji Prabhou” or
“Perseus the Deliverer”. We can reach nowhere near the original unless, as you told me once, “we reach the consciousness from where he has written”, which is beyond our dreams. The stories are very nice; we tell them in our own words and say that those who can should try to read the original. On this plea you had sanctioned retelling them in “Purodha”. A translation that tries to be faithful becomes very pedantic and loses all its charm.
All the translations available go to prove this. Considering the matter from this point of view — let it be.


With love and blessings.


4 February 1966

 

Mother,
I had planned to give “Stories from Sri Aurobindo” as we have stories from the Upanishads or the Mahabharata, with the idea that your full approval was there. X studies the original and writes it in Hindi; then I retouch the whole thing. Now I fear that you did not like it very much. It is difficult to withdraw because I have already announced your approval for the plan. What to do? I am not happy about it.

 

It is quite all right. You can go ahead happily about it! I like the idea as you put it.
All depends on the spirit in which things are done.Your attitude is good so everything is all right.

I have been teaching some beautiful poems about Radha and Krishna. Radha seems to be so living. The scholars of the modern age say that Radha is a very recent addition to the Krishna cult. Can you tell me whether Radha existed or not?

 

Surely she has lived and is still living.
Love and blessings.

8 February 1966

 

Mother,
The political and economic situation in India is becoming more and more ridiculous. Please save India from the Indians and make us worthy of your grace.

 

The Divine’s Grace is wonderful and almighty. And the ways of working of the Lord are full of a delightful sense of humour...
Love and blessings.

 

6 March 1966

 

Mother,
The Labour Inspector is coming to visit our Blanchisserie at 8:30 today. If we employ 20 men or more, we come under the Factory Law. We have 23. Many or rather all wise men are advising me to declare only 19. But I believe that an Ashram department must not give false declarations, so I am going to declare the correct number. Am I right? Due to my declaration you will have to pay for the provident fund, etc.

 

Certainly you cannot give a wrong figure — but, is it not possible to really reduce the number of servants to 19?

 

21 March 1966

 

(The disciple could not decide upon a course of action because different parts of his being put forth contradictory arguments, each of which seemed correct. He asked the Mother what to do in this case.)

I am quite willing to answer — but once more the answer will probably be bewildering...

In fact all your different parts are correct in their argument, and the wisdom is to go deep enough in the consciousness to find the place where they meet and agree, completing one another rather than contradicting.

As for the actual action, a smooth, harmonious working is generally better than the difficulties created by too rigid principles... but that also is not absolute — and the ideal condition is, at each occasion, to receive in the inner silence the guidance from above.

With constant practice and goodwill, it becomes possible.
With love and blessings.

 

24 March 1966

 

Mother,
Our old workers, who are blamed for cooking badly,have asked time and again for some more spices or more oil or such things. When I took up the work in the Kitchen, some of them appealed to me. I asked them to keep quiet because there was financial difficulty in the Ashram. But later, I thought I should try to get them a little freedom in work. I spoke to Y and got more spices and oil for them. Now your answer puts me in a doubt whether I have done the right thing.
R, what is the matter with you? I always considered you as one of the rare ones who could understand my jokes!... and now! You take one evident joke so seriously!... I have nothing against your workers, on the contrary; my plan was to wake up in them a new interest in the work and, on the solid basis of an experience, to give what is necessary for an ... eatable cooking. I am sorry to have to explain everything in advance, in order to be understood.

 

You can say to the one who spoke to you that he will be given what is needed for cooking, but that the whole thing needs to be reorganised and nothing lasting can be done in a hurry.

Now, if anything I said or did gave you the impression that I am not satisfied with your work, I am very sorry for it because nothing of the kind is in my consciousness. I know the circumstances are difficult and you do the best that can be done

— but everybody and everything can always progress and I am always working in view of a possible improvement, knowing that the greatest difficulty brings always the greatest victory.

And I trust that you are with me for that.
With love and blessings.

26 March 1966

 

(The disciple wrote about a disagreement with a Dining Room worker. His letter ends:)

I am sorry I am writing in anger, but a distrust of this sort does hurt and I do not conceal it. There was no distrust and I am sorry you took it that way. But now I tell you seriously (as you do not seem to appreciate my jokes) that the best thing to do is to have an open, frank and cordial talk with Z and tell him clearly the way you see for the problem to be solved.

 

If you both together come to a harmonious and effective solution I shall consider it as a great victory... for me.
With love and blessings.

 

2 April 1966

 

Mother,
You have asked me how my hand is. I don’t knowwhat to say. Before informing you about it, I had to call for your help for lifting even a tomato; only with a
constant remembrance of you, could I finish my work.But after getting your blessings, I lifted several boxes of grapes, each weighing about 30 kilos, and I forgot to call you even once. From this you can decide which condition is better!!

This is one more proof that in your case, the physical contact (this time in writing) is more effective than the purely mental one.

Love and blessings.

 

7 April 1966

 

Mother,
When I came here you gave me work in the Dining Room. Thus I was working on the last Darshan day when one could make Pranams to Sri Aurobindo. My
work went up to 9:30, but my group had to go for Darshan at 9:00. Everyone told me that I should leave the work and go, or I would miss Darshan. I did not mind. I came after finishing my work and, lo, Sri Aurobindo was a little late and my group began only after I had come.
Naturally!
When you called me upstairs to do X’s work, you said that I would be avoiding many troubles if I concern myself only with work and did not try to look at you
each time that I saw you. I have tried to follow that advice faithfully to the best of my capacity and it has helped me very much. In the same way I did not look at Sri Aurobindo even though I had to go several times towards his room. I always thought it was sufficient that you can see me — I need not see you. If you want me to change this approach, surely I shall do so, to the extent you want. Life is a paradox, isn’t it?
Your attitude is excellent and very helpful for the work and also for you.

So let us continue as it is.
With love and blessings.

8 April 1966

 

Mother,
Now about the future arrangement for distributing milk during this milk shortage. Instead of making any suggestion of my own, I would like to know exactly what you want me to do. Who are to be regarded as children and in what way is the extra milk to be given?

 

I consider as children all those below 15. Up to 10 years old I would like them to have at least 2 full cups of milk per day (of course, those who do not like milk are not at all asked to take it).

The sick people, where recommended by a doctor, may have also if they wish. Apart from that I leave it to your “wisdom”.

 

14 April 1966

 

Mother,
The glass case that used to remain on my terrace (the one used for drying things) was thrown about two metres by the cyclone and all the glass is broken. The storm had a special love for the Ashram and Pondicherry, it seems.

 

May be.

The forces behind the cyclone were not hostile but full of a transforming power. You did the right thing, and I can assure you that to go inward and to receive the force is more helpful than to throw oneself into an agitated action. Certainly “tamas” is not good, but it is only through surrender to the Divine Consciousness that tamas can be changed.

With love and blessings.

 

6 May 1966

 

Mother,
The other day a man came to me asking whether he could give his clothes for washing. I said, “You can give clothes only after staying here for one year.” And immediately he pulled out a note with your approval!!

Before signing any demand, I am always asking if the person has been here for more than a year, and each time I am told yes. I have no way of control because I do not know who is coming and who is admitted. I receive information only in very few cases. So the only thing to do in this case is to refuse all signature except on a note coming from you.

Blessings.

 

17 May 1966

 

Mother,
A Gujarati couple who came to stay for one year at their own expense are asking for free food. He works in the Bakery, she in the Kitchen. He says that he is not getting the money from home that he had expected. In work they are not bad.

 

They can have the food as long as they work.

 

Some friends are advising that in “Purodha” I should give more things by you and Sri Aurobindo about Sadhana. My idea is that if we have to approach the youth, for whom this magazine is meant, we should not speak directly of Sadhana. We should attract their attention towards the Ashram and your teachings and then let them read directly from your books. As far as the value of our magazine is concerned, I think much more depends upon the consciousness from which things are written than upon what is written.

 

You are right.

 

2 July 1966

 

(The disciple explained that at the Dining Room there were two different standards by which visitors paid for their food. His letter ends:)

 

They are actually charging Rs. 2.50 per day for 26 days. There is no uniformity. For the same thing different people give out different rates. X says that they made the change with Y’s knowledge, but he does not seem to know it. I asked Z to ask you for a clarification on this point, but...

 

This is very interesting but not unexpected. Since I have “retired” each one seems to do according to his own ideas without correlation with the others and — under the pretext of not disturbing me — without consulting or even informing me!
Although by my own means, I know more or less what is going on, I simply smile and do not interfere. Each one must learn by experience.

I am waiting for the day when order will conquer disorder and harmony be the master of confusion. I am behind all effort in this direction.

Blessings.

 

6 July 1966

 

Mother,
In a good many lives of Indian saints we read thatwith full trust the man refused to eat till the Lord came inthe human form and shared the food, and that actually the Lord appeared, behaved just like a human being, andate. Is there any truth behind these stories?

A psychological truth because anybody can become for you the Lord if so you decide. The subjective point of view is much more widely prevailing than it is generally admitted.

 

23 July 1966

 

Mother,
I have been reading Sri Aurobindo’s “Love and Death”. Do such vast regions of eternal night and sorrow as described there really exist? And do we go there after death? They seem to be like hell, with all their sorrow, gloom, darkness and the roaring rivers. Which part of the being goes there and why?

The vital world is mostly like that and those who live exclusively in the physical and the vital go there after death... But there is the Grace!...

 

2 August 1966

 

Mother,
About the vital world described in “Love and Death” you said that “those who live exclusively in the physical and the vital go there after death”. Does it follow that even animals and plants have to go there? How do they manage to come out from there?

 

Except for very rare cases, the animals are not individualised and when they die they return to the spirit of the species.

 

In “Love and Death” are Ruru and Priyumvada the first forms of Savitri and Satyavan?

 

Sri Aurobindo told me nothing about that.

 

6 August 1966

 

Mother,
X is one of my students. She works hard but cannot retain anything. She feels sorry, works again, but with the same result. Seeing her effort I promoted her, although she is not fit for the eighth class. This year it is the same thing. Her sister Y is clever but lazy. Several times I have had to check myself from getting impatient. She is interested, but she rarely works and hardly gets any result. How to deal with such cases?

 

Continue to be patient. It is some kind of mental tamas: one day they will wake up.

 

6 August 1966

 

Mother,
Was the recent cyclone also brought by the transforming forces of the Divine?

 

Nature is collaborating in her own way. All is meant for the growth of a spontaneous sincerity.
Blessings.

 

7 November 1966

 

Mother,
I write stories for my magazine. Now let me tell you a true story. A gentleman came here. He claimed to be a poor man, though he is building a four-storey house for himself and earns about Rs. 1200 to 1600 per month. He wanted to have your “special darshan” and you refused — it was so unkind. The poor man then made up his mind that if you change your mind and see him, he will
give you Rs. 10 and his wife will give Rs. 15 — and still you did not meet him. It was impossible for him to give Rs. 100, as suggested by a friend, for the simple reason that he did not have that much. When he went back, broken-hearted, he was caught by the crowd of students in Andhra. He had to beg and plead for mercy and by divine grace he could at once offer Rs. 500 to get out of their hands!!

The same story, with small differences in the setting, could be told so many, many times!...

And what about the stories of the efficiency of the Divine Grace? They are less in number perhaps, but so much more comforting!...

Love and blessings.

 

8 November 1966

 

Mother,
Zcame to me last night.We had avery long talk about his work. He seems to have gone with a calm satisfaction. If only I could work half as well as I can speak on the subject! Alas, that does not happen. Sometimes I fear that I am losing interest in work. Even in the work connected with fruits I am not half as enthusiastic as I used to be. It may be that I am losing interest or getting old or learning to work without feverish activity. You alone know.

 

I see it as the advent of Wisdom leading to true equality.
Blessings.

 

17 November 1966

 

Well, one thing is sure — with you I am rich and receive some money. With most of the others I am poor and have debts....
Blessings.

 

8 December 1966

 

Mother,
Since X has taken over the mill the flour is not good, so the bread does not rise properly and it remains hard. But people are saying that I have given orders to reduce the size of the bread for the sake of economy! X is reported to have said that I am standing in his way, otherwise he would have got control over the Bakery.
As far as I know myself, I am not keen about being a departmental head; I have had enough taste of it. At the same time I do not want to run away from a task given to me. If I have to continue, please show me some way of being more useful. If you have someone else in view, I won’t mind in the least to step aside.

 

I wanted you to look after the money, because it was the only way to be sure that the money would come to me.

But the organisation of the working of that section can be given to others provided they agree to collaborate. I ask you a little more time and patience and expect things to take a more definite form. As for the displeasure of people they always grumble and complain. We have not to give it any importance.

 

1966

 

(The disciple wrote that he would look after the organisation of the Bakery, Laundry and Dining Room, but could not keep their accounts since he did not know
book-keeping.)

I am very fond of proper organisation. If those who organise want sincerely to do it, I require only clear and precise information. When this is given and there is sufficient trust in the Organising Power it is sufficient. The rest will be done.

Blessings.

 

About 1966

 

Mother,
You must appreciate the human capacity for calling troubles. I was perfectly all right, in fine health. Then an idea came to me like a crow in the sky: “You speak of divine protection; look at Y and Z — now sick — who are much more useful than you.” I chased out the idea, but not before receiving a little kick in the shape of a cold.But luckily the Protection does not care for my stupidity.

It is not a question of usefulness. For the Grace to have a perfect and total result of Its action, the faith must be total and perfect. Where???

Love.

 

About 1966

<<Previous | Next>>

 

The Mother

Wallpapers for DeskTop| For Mobiles| Screensavers| Message on 15 Aug'47| online Games| DeskTop Applications

If you have within you a psychic being sufficiently awake to watch over you, to prepare your path, it can draw towards you things which help you, draw people, books, circumstances, all sorts of little coincidences which come to you as though brought by some benevolent will and give you an indication, a help, a support to take decisions and turn you in the right direction. But once you have taken this decision, once you have decided to find the truth of your being, once you start sincerely on the road, then everything seems to conspire to help you to advance.

The Mother