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

 

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

 

Naturally the teacher has to test the student to know if he or she has learnt something and has made a progress. But this test must be individual and adapted to each student, not the same mechanical test for all of them. It must be a spontaneous and unexpected test leaving no room for pretence and insincerity.
Naturally also, this is much more difficult for the teacher, but so much more living and interesting also.

I enjoyed your remarks about your students. They prove that you have an individual relation with them — and that is essential for good teaching.

Blessings.

 

25 July 1967

 

Mother,
Feeling very unwell at night for the last three days. But as soon as it is time when I can report to you, I am all right. Deep breath was always my strong point. Due to fat it has become shallow and heaven knows what else!

 

If you want to breathe properly you can. The time has come to rely only on the Divine Will and to let it work FREELY through you.

This is the same answer as the one I wanted to send to you yesterday but I had no time to write.

I repeat — the time has come at last, not to rely any more on one’s own petty will, to hand over the whole affair to the Divine’s Will and to let It do Its work through you, not only through your mind and feelings, but mainly through the body — and if you do it sincerely, all this body nonsense will disappear and you will be strong and fit for your work.
Blessings.

 

28 July 1967

 

Mother,
It is very difficult to understand what exactly you want in the field of education, but from what I can understand it seems that all we are doing is pretty useless. Hindi poetic literature has some higher things, but what are those heights in comparison to what you want? If we want to learn good language and proper usage, we have to read stories and novels which are of a very low type because they portray human life as it is.

 

The difficulty comes when I have to do what I know is not what you want, and I have no courage to throw myself completely in your hands.

Your difficulty comes from the fact that you have still the old belief that, in life, there are some high things and some low things. It is not exact. It is not the things or activities that are high or low, it is the consciousness of the doer which is true or false.

If you unite your consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness and manifest It, all you think, feel or do becomes luminous and true. It is not the subject of the teaching which is to be changed, it is the consciousness with which you teach that
must be enlightened.

Love and blessings.

 

31 July 1967

 

Mother,
The Kitchen does not give water for drinking. It requires it only for cooking. It is our bad luck that draws this comment about people falling ill. Of course, our filters are not perfect, but that is another story. No wonder that people blame us for everything.
 

I am blaming nothing, nor anybody and know that each one does the best he can. It is evident that the job is very difficult. But are we not here to conquer difficulties?
With love.

 

23 August 1967

 

Mother,
I am giving in the October issue of “Purodha” your message: “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.” I do not quite understand “we must make a supreme act of faith”.

I mean act according to our inner conviction regardless of all consequences and keep our faith unshaken in spite of the apparent so-called proofs to the contrary.

 

28 August 1967

 

Mother,
Many people will come here in February for your ninetieth birthday. Statistics and calculations are being heaped upon me, showing me all possible difficulties and yet I am almost blind towards them. I think that in spite of all defects you will find a way, and things will go smoothly. I feel that if I cannot have more and stronger contact with you in my work, then it is useless to be a departmental head. An ordinary hotel manager will do better.
Please give me whatever is necessary for this occasion.

Statistics and calculations are purely mental, and here all mental rules are constantly contradicted by the working of the higher Force.
Your inner reaction is mostly correct. But you cannot be convinced by it, because for a long time it was mixed up with an ego reaction.

Now the mixture is getting less and less. So it is to be hoped that next year it will be totally overcome — and then things will be clear and simple for you... if not for everybody.

With love and blessings.

 

3 September 1967

 

(The disciple wrote to the Mother about an Ashram school circular on the subject of homework.)

This has come up after receiving many letters from both parents and children complaining that because of homework the children go to bed late and are very tired as they do not sleep enough.

I know that all these complaints are exaggerated, but they are also the indication that some progress must be done in the routine.

This project has to be worked out in its details with plasticity and suppleness.

I am not for treating all the children in the same way, it makes a kind of uniform level, advantageous for those that are backward, but detrimental to those who can rise above the common height.

Those who want to work and learn must be encouraged but the energy of those who dislike studies must be turned to another outlet.

Things are to be arranged and organised. The details of execution will be fixed later on.
Blessings.

 

26 September 1967

 

Mother,
Once a worker goes to the school he becomes “an important person” and ignores work. I wish something could be done to remove that stigma from the school. Teachers and students expect more concessions and conveniences. They stick to the school to avoid work. And if they go for any work they do not give their full and are not very helpful.
Or perhaps they are special beings** who have come for something else and we expect the wrong things from them!

 

The greater beings are always the most simple and modest.
Blessings.

 

2 October 1967

 

Mother,
I seek your guidance about promotion in the classes....
X is very weak and irregular. If she wants she can do well, and since Y’s birthday celebration she has become more intelligent. She was a star there.

 

Intelligence and capacity of understanding are surely more important than regularity in work. Steadiness may be acquired later.

 

5 October 1967

 

** Against “special beings” the Mother wrote: “Not to my knowledge!”

 

Mother,
I give freedom to my students to say what they like. Sometimes they write morbid things. Someone has written: “Youth is meant for enjoyment; useless old fellows say we must work for the future, etc.” They know what is the truth and yet they write such things. What attitude should I take? I do not want them to say things to please me as some do.

 

You can tell them that if they do not believe they can learn here something that is not taught elsewhere, they can very well change school... we shall not miss them.

It is better to have a selected few than a commonplace mass.
Blessings.

 

5 October 1967

 

Mother,
Last night I was reading what Sri Aurobindo has written about the French Revolution. After this, one feels that all that we read, study or learn is only a heap of falsehood, so why strive to attain that falsehood?

 

I suppose it is only as a gymnastic for the mind!
Love and blessings.

16 October 1967

 

Mother,
I heard the programme on the radio in which our boys took part. I think such programmes can be quite useful. But I was not happy about the performance of our boys.
I do not know whether you give any importance to what is called general knowledge. All four boys were asked, “Who are the Arcot brothers?” None knew. They are very important people in Madras in the field of education and politics. Their 81st birthday is being celebrated and the papers are full of their pictures. The local people will take it to mean that we do not take interest in the South and look down upon them, as the D.M.K.*** always says.

 

Sorry to say that I did not know myself the existence of these very important people! Consequently I am convinced that one can be wise without knowing them...

We cannot give more importance to the south of India than to the rest of the world — and upon earth there are so many very valuable people of whom we do not know the existence!...

 

26 October 1967

*** A regional political party.

 

Mother,
There is one Mahesh Yogi who has become very popular in Europe. He started a Yoga University and now he is starting an international city — evidently he copies you. He has made a graph of meditation. I send it to you. It seems it is transcendental!

Everything and anything can be an instrument for the Supreme Wisdom to prepare the earth in view of the new creation!...
Blessings.

 

28 November 1967

 

Mother,
I have been rather unwell for the last three or four days. Diarrhoea and vomiting are the symptoms. Generally this happens when my mind is upset, but this time it is not so. I did not eat for three days and I was all right.Yesterday I took some food and again the problem has started. The real reason must be somewhere else.

It is due to restlessness and agitation. What is the matter? Bring down peace, the Divine Peace in your stomach and it will be all right.
Love and blessings.

 

2 December 1967

 

Mother,
I am not aware of any restlessness or agitation in me except butterflies in the stomach sometimes. Rather for the last few days I have been dull. Generally I call your peace and it never fails. This time there is a strike! The call does not arise.

That is serious! Try to find out “why?”

 

2 December 1967

 

Mother,
I can’t say why I feel too dull to call you; that is for you to reply. Such dull periods come after the bright periods when everything seems to call you and be dedicated to you. In these dull periods, nothing but tamas seems to rule. Generally they pass after a few days.

This is a proof that your whole being is not unified around the central psychic Presence.

This is a personal task that each individual must do for himself. The help is always there but the effectivity of its action is in measure of the receptivity and the conscious appeal.
After all, it is a question of patience in the endeavour.

With love and blessings.

 

3 December 1967

 

Mother,
Once again I slipped out of the Protection. This is rather bad. I fell in the rain on the terrace between the fruit room and Z’s room. All the glasses on the fruit-juice tray were broken. I escaped with a few bruises. Perhaps it is a pointer towards lack of receptivity. You alone can cure it. Do not leave it to my effort!

 

It is rather the other way round — be passively confident; let me do it... and it is done. Since your last letter there is a strong and almost constant concentration of Force upon you. Rightly received, you ought to be quite all right.

Love and blessings.

 

8 December 1967

 

Mother,
X, the Hindi poet who comes here often, writes that he is being pressed to return the titles that he got from the Government of India; he has received the Padma Bhushan award. In that case he will have to give up his service also. This would be to protest against the language policy of the Government. He wants your advice. What shall I tell him?

 

Why should he listen to threats? He must act according to the inner command and not according to public opinion.

Shall I give him the idea of Sanskrit as an all-India language?
Yes.
Blessings.

 

29 December 1967

 

Mother,
A young man from Ludhiana — Y — has received a wire from his wife. Someone is sick there. He has been asked to fly back. He wants your instructions and blessings.
 

Is it very necessary? Generally these calls are not quite sincere.

 

About 1967

 

Mother,
In the agreement we signed with the labourers of the Blanchisserie, we merged their dearness allowance with their wages. All over India labour is demanding this. But here, as we did it of our own accord, they now want to change it. I have agreed, after Z explained the whole situation to them, to do what they want — and they want what is less advantageous to them. They cannot believe that we can do something that may be more advantageous to them. How can one remove this distrust?
Can you make the blind see?


The whole of humanity — with very few exceptions — distrusts the Divine and yet His Grace is most active.

 

About 1967

 

Mother,
Just a question, if you care to answer it. The Ramayana says that when Rama saw that his work on the earth was finished, he entered the river Sarayu along with his companions. One should not judge an Avatar’s deeds, but this act looks like mass suicide and suicide is regarded as the greatest sin. How to explain this?

 

1) For the Supreme there is no sin.
2) For the devotee there is no greater sin than to be far from the Lord.

3) At the time when the Ramayana was conceived and written, the knowledge revealed by Sri Aurobindo that the earth will be transformed into a divine world and an abode of the Supreme was not known or accepted.

If you consider these three points you will understand the legend (although it may be that the actual facts were not as they have been told).

 

About 1967

 

Mother,
A common friend writes that Vinoba Bhave would like to know what exactly Mother says about Sanskrit being the common national language of India.
I may add, do you expect the difficult grammar of Sanskrit to be learnt by all? Will it be for common use or only for ceremonial purposes, like Latin in England?

 

For common use I was thinking of a simplified Sanskrit from the grammatical point of view. But of course, I do not know if it is possible.

 

8 March 1968

 

Mother,
Is it correct to prepare your drinks etc. when one is not well mentally or physically? The mind gives well-balanced arguments on both sides.
If you stop preparing the drink I shall have to go without it. If you prepare when you are unwell I have to work out the difficulty. So the only remedy is to be all right when you prepare the drink — it will be good for both of us...

 

Love and blessings.

 

8 March 1968

 

Mother,
I have worked in the Dining Room for 30 years now.If you think it would be better to have younger people for the pressing needs of the future, I shall willingly step aside — I mean it.
In my work I did not plan at all. I left it to you and you never failed me. Let this experience grow.

For the sake of the work, it is better if you continue because you can call and feel me, rather than a youngster perhaps full of unused energy but who believes that he is doing the work. There may be some other good reasons for you to continue the work, like honesty and sincerity, etc. but that need not be mentioned.

With love and blessings.

 

15 March 1968

 

(The disciple asked whether he should accept a fan offered to him, noting at the end of the letter his ascetic tendency:)

I still have a shrinking from things of comfort.

 

Shrinking is as bad as desire — so have the fan and let the Divine’s will be done, for — after all — it is always His will that prevails!

Love and blessings.

 

15 April 1968


Mother,
In 1960 you had practically cured the filarial swelling of my right leg and foot. About a week back the swelling of the leg came back with a revenge. It is hot, there is tension, itching and sometimes pain. I have to limp, the foot has become almost double in size.
There must have been a serious fall in your faith; because the force is working in the same way (it has even often proved to be stronger), but the more the faith is genuine the more the force is effective.
X has sent me two workers. He told me that there is difficulty about their accommodation, but the Press has got a house for its workers, so I should give these workers to the Press and they will get accommodation. Something in me revolts against this kind of idea; on the same analogy I can say the Dining Room is feeding people so it must have all the workers.

 

Indeed for giving work two things are to be considered, need on one side and capacity on the side of the workers; the rest has the taste of diplomatic falsehood.

 

20 May 1968

 

Mother,
Several times you have told me about “a fall in my faith”. Truly I do not understand it. Sincerely I do not know whether I have or do not have faith. It matters little whether my leg improves or not; but let me have some faith.

 

To say the truth I do not care much about your having or not believing you have faith, what I want is that you should be all right and do your work happily. With you, concerning your body, I was accustomed to a very remarkable receptivity and a rapid cure — that is the cause of my remark.

It is true that “we” are passing by a difficult period (“we” means the world) but those who remain steady will get out of it much stronger than before.

With love and blessings.

 

21 May 1968

 

Mother,
Nobody except you will believe me when I say that yesterday my leg was swollen up to the knee. It was hot and stiff, the foot was double the normal size. Then I received your note. My eyes could see the swelling going down. Every minute it was less and in a few minutes,the swelling remained only up to the ankle and the lower portion was much better. In about half an hour it was almost normal. After a few hours some swelling has comeback. I am sure I will not have to bother you again, it
will go — no credit goes to my faith!

Bravo! This is right, the true thing and must continue.
With love and blessings.

 

22 May 1968

 

Mother,
My newly trained teachers, X, Y and Z, are trying to do their work properly, but I find that their classes lack life. They are dull. The whole class seems to be asleep. How to bring life in their work?
In the playground activities we have competitions and prizes. In the school have they been abolished?

The prizes belong to a rather low standard of life — but if we are still there... Do it, if you find it necessary.

 

29 May 1968

 

Mother,
I get very tired when people come to me in connection with their personal difficulties. I feel the fatigue when they are gone. I call you and recover in about 5 to 10 minutes. Yesterday X came to me after a long time and narrated all her family affairs. I was full of life but as soon as she left I felt completely run down. My whole body was dead tired and even after 24 hours I have not recovered.

 

Yes — it is because she takes without giving anything. But a little concentration while calling me and it will be over...
Love and blessings.

 

27 June 1968

 

Mother,
You told me that whenever I am in need, your inner guidance will be there. It does come, but often I cannot discriminate and take it as my own opinion and so I do not press it. Only the result shows that I made a mistake.

 

This is just the way of learning to discriminate!
With love and blessings.

5 March 1969

 

Mother,
According to a good many diners the quality of the Dining Room vegetable has improved very much. The quantity of milk has also increased. Still, every alternate day I am getting demands for vegetables, oil, spices, etc. and extra milk. The demands are made in matter ofcourse as a right. How to deal with this? I give fruits freely when I have them.

Most of the people are simply greedy and their case deserves no consideration. It is only if, because of health, their case deserves consideration that you can be lenient.

Blessings.

 

16 May 1969

 

(Regarding a Hindi translation of The Life Divine)

What comes out from here must be a good translation,otherwise it is impossible. It is not a question of persons or of feeling. The work must be properly done, that is all.

 

17 June 1969

 

Mother,
Cases of apples from Mountain Paradise are stuckup somewhere on the way.
The quantity of milk has gone down very much. The situation may not improve for quite some time because many of our cattle have died. Vegetables are also scarce due to lack of rain. And still, we are being asked not to be miserly in giving.

 

So we must have faith and endure.
With love and blessings.

 

12 August 1969

 

Mother,
I was asked to write a small book on the life of Sri Aurobindo. I was to get Rs. 1000 for it from the Government of India. I sent the manuscript. They have suggested many changes: No mention of his message on Cripps’ proposals. (His quotations about the Chinese invasion, Korea, etc. are allowed.) Brahmacharya is a taboo. No unprovable things should be mentioned. I have refused to give them my book. Just for you information.**
But they will ask a book from somebody who knows nothing about Sri Aurobindo and who will say a lot of nonsense!... What to do?...
 

5 September 1969

 

Mother,
I am expecting Rs. 10,000 for the advertisements published in “Purodha” in the last few years. The first instalment of Rs. 500 has come. It wants to go to you.
I have two ideas about using this money: (1) Deposit it and with the interest send free copies of “Purodha” to schools and libraries; (2) Not to care for the future and use the whole amount for spreading the magazine up to the centenary so that your message may reach as many people as possible with the amount. I am not able to take a decision. Please advise.

 

I am not for getting interest on money. So use it in another way as you think best.
Blessings.

 

5 September 1969


** The Government of India subsequently accepted the disciple’s book and published it without emendation.

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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