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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.

 

Mother,
I am in a fix. If someone gives Rs. 125 to “Purodha” he becomes a life-member. That money is deposited with Y in his firm and he gives us Rs. 14 every year as interest.
Since you do not approve of taking interest on money,what shall I do in this case? We have about 40 life-members and recently we have been getting more. Also, “Purodha” has some money in the bank on which we get interest. Please guide.

What I see is the world of tomorrow, but the world of yesterday is still alive and will still live for some time. Let the old arrangements go on so long as they are alive. Upon earth, the changes are slow to come. Do not worry — and keep hope for the future. With love and blessings.


6 September 1969

 

Mother,
I am rather disappointed with my work in the school this year. I am trying to have the initiative come from the students. I put dozens of proposals before them as to what we might do and how we could do it. But I get absolutely no response, no initiative, no proposal — as if I were speaking to a wall. Yet the students are good, friendly and intelligent. Something must be missing in me that in spite of my best effort I get no response. I feel like leaving the class. For the first time I am having this experience. Yesterday I was on the point of saying that I am not coming to the class any more. Something stopped me. Even in this class, if I impose my will I get a good response.
Why should you not impose your will? It is evidently more enlightened than theirs and has the right to lead them. Of course, it is out of the question for you to leave the class
— but use your will and make it advance.


With love and blessings.

6 September 1969

 

Mother,
In 1919 Sri Aurobindo wrote that the chaos and the calamities were perhaps the pangs of the birth of a new creation. How long are these pangs going to continue — in the Ashram, in India and eventually in the world?

 

It will continue until the world is ready and willing to receive the new creation; the consciousness of this new creation is already at work upon earth since the beginning of this year.

If, instead of resisting, the people were collaborating, it would go quicker.But stupidity and ignorance are very obstinate.
Love and blessings.

29 September 1969

 

Mother,
X, Y and Z will be the partners in this project to construct a factory named Auro-steel. They will invest various sums of money. How should the profits be distributed? In proportion to their investment or some other way? X’s will be the biggest share. All told it needs Rs. 2 lakhs.
They do not seem to know that in Auroville after all expenses are paid, including their own maintenance, the profits go to the town.

 

Blessings.

 

17 October 1969


Mother,
I am not very happy about “Purodha”. It is still very much based upon the past and cannot see its way in the future.

 

The future is necessarily better than the past. We have only to push forward.
Love and blessings.


17 January 1970

 

Mother,
Your note about reading newspapers** was shown to me yesterday. Now tell me personally for myself. I have been reading regularly since I was 13. If you say that I have to stop reading them, I can.


Not necessary to stop. You must have got the discrimination.

 

4 February 1970

 

Mother,
Before I begin to think that it is a fabrication of my mind, let me tell you that just before Darshan I had a boil of the size of a table-tennis ball in a very awkward place on the buttock. Movement had become difficult. Before sleeping I told you, “This won’t do. If this remains I will have to remain in bed during the Darshan week.” I am not sure whether it is possible, but in the morning the boil had moved about 3 inches away from the awkward spot, giving me full freedom of movement; in a day or two it burst and now it is dried up. I still wonder whether actually the boil could move in this way.
Anything may happen. It is only our “logical” minds which put limitations.
 

I must congratulate your body for its receptivity.
With love and blessings.

 

25 February 1970

 

** “If you want to know what is really happening in the world, you should not read newspapers of any sort, for they are full of lies. “To read a newspaper is to take part in the greatest collective falsehoods.”

 

Mother,
Before coming here I was very eager to learn German, but I could not get an opportunity. Now an opportunity has come knocking at my door. I am not keen. If it is useful for me, I shall learn; otherwise not. Tell me what to do.

 

If the opportunity came it means that it can be useful.
Love and blessings.

23 March 1970

 

Mother,
A college student who seems to be eager to come out of the ordinary life has been writing to me often. He writes very frankly. He says that he tries to meditate on your photograph, but recently he has begun to feel a strong boy-and-girl-like attraction for you. He wants my advice.

 

It may be that the photo is an ancient one. He must take one of the latest photographs. Otherwise he must pull up the sensation and offer it in the heart centre.
Blessings.

 

21 April 1970


Mother,
A fear is arising in me. From my childhood up to the time of coming here, I had an ambition for being a leader amongst men and I tried to prepare myself for that. When I came here, it was washed off. The other day X and Y forcibly took me to their youth conference and compelled me to speak. They say that I spoke well and they have decided that whenever they have a conference here I will have to speak. I am afraid that the old ambition may come back in a new form and bloat my ego. Please save me from becoming another Z.

 

You are safe. You have only to remember as I do, that it is always Sri Aurobindo that speaks whenever we try to say something sensible.
With my love and blessings.


2 June 1970

 

Mother,
I was taken to Auroville a few weeks back. I wasvery happy to see the people working there. Here were the people against whom we hear all sorts of bad reports.
They were busy with hard labour. Not many of us can do so much. You know that it is not easy to satisfy me with work, but I was truly happy.

I am very happy with what you write and fully agree. So all is well.
With love and blessings.


23 June 1970


Mother,
Some of my sincere workers are asking me whether they should join Sri Aurobindo’s Action. I have told them that they are a part of Mother’s action. They need not leave this and run after that.
 

Quite right.
With love and blessings.

25 June 1970

 

Mother,
In “Purodha” half the pages are devoted to translations of your and Sri Aurobindo’s writing. In the rest there are other subjects including stories based on some aspect of your teachings. You told me that what I wrote was not important, it is the consciousness from which I wrote that was more important. Now some friends are telling me that I must fall in line with Sri Aurobindo’s Action. I do not understand what it means. What line would you like me to take for “Agni”, the new magazine for young people? Would you suggest any change in “Purodha” in view of Sri Aurobindo’s Action?

 

No change — it is quite all right. As for “Agni” — children must be taught that life can be beautiful.
With love and blessings.

 

17 July 1970

 

Hindi is good only for those who belong to a Hindi speaking province. Sanscrit is good for all Indians.

 

About 1970

 

(Wrongly informed that Sri Aurobindo favoured Hindi as the national language of India, the disciple asked the Mother on what basis she had written: “The Sanskrit ought to be the national language of India.”)

 

I said Sanscrit because Sri Aurobindo had told me so.
Blessings.

 

About 1971

 

Mother,
A regular campaign goes on against the Dining Room. This complaint is coming from the same quarters again and again. I will be happy to retire in favour of somebody who may be acceptable to my critics so that you may not be bothered again and again.

 

Without you I will have bothers all the time. So for my sake, it is better if you continue your work.


With love and blessings.

 

4 May 1971


(The disciple wrote about two persons closely connected in work who were bitter towards each other.)

All bitterness in life always comes from the ego refusing to abdicate.
Blessings.

 

Undated

 

Mother,

May I know what is more convenient for you: if I have some business with you, should I speak to you in person or write to you?

 

You can always speak to me and it may be more convenient, because if I have any question to put, I can put it at once and the problem can be solved at once.

 

(The disciple then explained his difference of opinion with a co-worker)

 

Useless to say that you and X are both right (or wrong); it is two aspects of the question and other points of view can be adopted too.

The only thing to keep in mind is that nobody is completely right or completely wrong and decisions cannot be taken favouring this or that point of view.

Let each one do his best according to what he thinks or feels to be the best and... the Divine Consciousness will manage the results.

Blessings.

 

Undated

 

My dear child,
It is much easier to clear your head than to let you quit. In fact the second alternative is perfectly impossible. I need you here and have no intention to let you go. To say the truth, I consider that to abandon the responsibility and the work I have given you would be much more unfaithful than to have some unpleasant (but fugitive) reactions because of inevitable fluctuations in certain details of the work.

 

Take the whole disturbance in you more as the result of an attack (the test) of some adverse force than of minor changes in the organisation of the work.

I feel that you are already out of the confusion, but I send you this so that no trace even of it should be left...

With love and blessings.

 

Undated

 

Do not mind the apparent contradictions. There is a Truth to be found behind.

 

Undated

 

Cheer up, all will be all right, if we know how to last and endure.
Love and blessings.

 

Undated


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