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This book contains a selection of the Mother's conversations during the periods 1929-31 and 1950-58. Speaking to members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and students of its school, she drew upon her unique occult, spiritual and practical experience to answer their questions. The topics range from the spiritually elevated and philosophically complex to the practical and mundane. Taken as a whole, the conversations offer an uplifting vision of human existence. In the Mother's view, we are destined to outgrow our limited ego-centric personalities, discover our true selves, and ultimately create a divine life on earth.

 

The compilation covers a broad range of subjects in considerable depth, taking up many issues that are rarely treated elsewhere. Yet the general tone of the conversations is informal and intimate. There are many long passages in which the Mother brings in personal anecdotes, side stories and touches of humour. As she speaks, her personality comes out and the reader becomes, as it were, a member of the class, listening as she instructs and guides those gathered before her.

 

 


 


Publisher's Note

 

This book contains a selection of the Mother's conversations during the years 1929-31 and 1950-58. Covering a wide range of subjects in considerable depth, they give us a glimpse of her vision of existence. It is an inspiring vision of the future evolution of humanity and the promise of a divine life on earth.

 

The conversations belong to two distinct groups. During the first period, from 1929 to 1931, the Mother spoke informally with a small group of Ashramites who met her every week, answering questions about life and Yoga. During the second, from 1950 to 1958, she spoke to a larger audience, the Ashramites and students who attended her evening classes at the Ashram playground. The Mother often began by reading out to the class a passage from a work by Sri Aurobindo or herself. She then commented on the passage or invited questions on it. The conversations of 1929-31 were spoken in English; those of the 1950s were spoken in French and appear here in English translation.

 

The compilation was made by Georges Van Vrekhem. Details about the book are given in the Note on the Texts. There is also a Glossary for those who are not familiar with the terms used by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

 

Contents

 

1

The Divine and His Creation

 
 

God, the Divine, the Supreme

1

 

The Oneness of Everything

6

 

The Creation or Manifestation

13

 

The Origin of the World

25

 

The Why of Things

31

 

The Experience of the Divine

41

 

The Divine Mother

49

2

The Universe

 
 

The Unfolding of the Universe

55

 

The Unity of the Universe

65

 

The Earth and the Universe

73

3

The Human Species in Evolution

 
 

Progression of Forms

81

 

The Human Problem

88

 

The Collaboration of Nature

94

 

A Transitional Species

97

4

Plants and Animals

 
 

Trees and Flowers

101

 

Insects and Animals

103

 

Animals and Men

107

5

The Gradations of Existence and Their Expression in the Human Being

 
 

The Origin of Individuality

117

 

The Subconscient and the Subliminal

120

 

Matter and the Body

125

 

The Vital (The Life Force)

132

 

The Mental

136

 

Imagination

143

 

Reason, Inspiration, Intuition

150

 

The Overmind

162

6

The Psychic Being or Soul

 
 

What Is the Psychic Being?

165

 

Progress and the Psychic Being

176

 

The Delight of Being

182

 

Love

184

7

The Hostile Forces

 
 

The Hostile or Adverse Forces

191

 

Possession by Hostile Beings

194

 

Vital Incarnations

198

 

The Four Great Asuras

201

 

Hostile Possession and the Psychic Being

206

 

Resisting Hostile Forces

209

8

Illness and Death

 
 

Illness Is a Disequilibrium

213

 

Illness Comes from Outside

214

 

Microbes and Illness

218

 

Causes of Illness

220

 

Make a Beautiful Thing of Death

222

 

The Domain of Death

226

 

Heaven and Hell

231

9

Reincarnation or Rebirth

 
 

The Process of Rebirth

239

 

Memory of Past Lives

244

 

Rebirth and Psychic Development

245

 

Emanations of Evolved Beings

249

 

The Incarnation of Evolved Souls

253

 

Families of Souls

257

10

Free Will, Determinism, Karma, Grace

 
 

Freedom and Fatality

265

 

The Journey of the Supreme

274

 

The Intervention of the Grace

276

 

The Determinism of Death

279

 

"The Best Will Happen"

281

11

Religion and Spirituality

 
 

The Necessity of Religion

285

 

Religion and Spiritual Life

287

 

Mental Knowledge and Divine Truth

292

 

Spirituality and Active Life

297

 

Spiritual Life and Morality

301

 

Religion and Spiritual Experience

303

12

Science and Materialism

 
 

Understanding the World

309

 

Knowledge by Identification

317

 

Materialism and Spiritual Life

318

 

Miracles

321

 

"Chance"

325

13

Occultism

327

 

The Capacity for Occultism

333

 

The Occult World

337

 

The Practice of Magic

342

 

The Stone-Throwing Incident

346

 

Twelve Senses

347

 

Indications from Books

349

 

A Flu Epidemic in Japan

 

14

Day-to-Day Life

 
 

Make Use of Reason

353

 

Attraction and Repulsion

355

 

No Two Things Are Identical

357

 

Meat-Eating and Fasting

359

 

The Need for Diversity

363

 

Money

364

 

Sleep and Dreams

371

15

Art

385

 

Art and Yoga

388

 

Modern Art

398

 

Music

405

16

Education

 
 

Parents and Their Children

405

 

The Art of Living

411

 

Distinguishing Good and Evil

412

 

Learning to Know Oneself

417

 

A Child's Dreams

424

17

Yoga and Meditation

 
 

Why Yoga?

431

 

Yoga and Life

441

 

Difficulties and Progress

449

 

Experiences and Visions

455

 

The Right Attitude

460

 

The Ego

467

 

Organise Your Being

472

 

Purity, Aspiration, Humility

479

 

The Creative Word

482

 

Asceticism

483

 

Meditation

485

18

The Integral Yoga

 
 

An Integral Transformation

493

 

The Individual and the Collectivity

496

 

The Spiritual Hierarchy

504

 

Realisation of the Psychic Being

510

 

A Reversal of Consciousness

514

 

Aspiration

520

 

Surrender

528

 

Sincerity

533

 

Transformation of the Body

541

19

The Supramental

 
 

Towards the Supramental

551

 

The Supramental Manifestation upon Earth

571

 

A New World Is Born

576

 

The Evolution of Humanity

582

 

The Supramental Boat

589

20

The Present Situation

 
 

The Progress of Humanity

595

 

The Possibility of Catastrophe

597

 

The Possibility of Perfection

605

 

Life-Sketch of the Mother

611

 

Life-Sketch of Sri Aurobindo

613

 

Note on the Texts

615

 

Glossary

621

 

Sample Pages




















The Mother’s Vision (Selections from Questions and Answers)

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This book contains a selection of the Mother's conversations during the periods 1929-31 and 1950-58. Speaking to members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and students of its school, she drew upon her unique occult, spiritual and practical experience to answer their questions. The topics range from the spiritually elevated and philosophically complex to the practical and mundane. Taken as a whole, the conversations offer an uplifting vision of human existence. In the Mother's view, we are destined to outgrow our limited ego-centric personalities, discover our true selves, and ultimately create a divine life on earth.

 

The compilation covers a broad range of subjects in considerable depth, taking up many issues that are rarely treated elsewhere. Yet the general tone of the conversations is informal and intimate. There are many long passages in which the Mother brings in personal anecdotes, side stories and touches of humour. As she speaks, her personality comes out and the reader becomes, as it were, a member of the class, listening as she instructs and guides those gathered before her.

 

 


 


Publisher's Note

 

This book contains a selection of the Mother's conversations during the years 1929-31 and 1950-58. Covering a wide range of subjects in considerable depth, they give us a glimpse of her vision of existence. It is an inspiring vision of the future evolution of humanity and the promise of a divine life on earth.

 

The conversations belong to two distinct groups. During the first period, from 1929 to 1931, the Mother spoke informally with a small group of Ashramites who met her every week, answering questions about life and Yoga. During the second, from 1950 to 1958, she spoke to a larger audience, the Ashramites and students who attended her evening classes at the Ashram playground. The Mother often began by reading out to the class a passage from a work by Sri Aurobindo or herself. She then commented on the passage or invited questions on it. The conversations of 1929-31 were spoken in English; those of the 1950s were spoken in French and appear here in English translation.

 

The compilation was made by Georges Van Vrekhem. Details about the book are given in the Note on the Texts. There is also a Glossary for those who are not familiar with the terms used by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

 

Contents

 

1

The Divine and His Creation

 
 

God, the Divine, the Supreme

1

 

The Oneness of Everything

6

 

The Creation or Manifestation

13

 

The Origin of the World

25

 

The Why of Things

31

 

The Experience of the Divine

41

 

The Divine Mother

49

2

The Universe

 
 

The Unfolding of the Universe

55

 

The Unity of the Universe

65

 

The Earth and the Universe

73

3

The Human Species in Evolution

 
 

Progression of Forms

81

 

The Human Problem

88

 

The Collaboration of Nature

94

 

A Transitional Species

97

4

Plants and Animals

 
 

Trees and Flowers

101

 

Insects and Animals

103

 

Animals and Men

107

5

The Gradations of Existence and Their Expression in the Human Being

 
 

The Origin of Individuality

117

 

The Subconscient and the Subliminal

120

 

Matter and the Body

125

 

The Vital (The Life Force)

132

 

The Mental

136

 

Imagination

143

 

Reason, Inspiration, Intuition

150

 

The Overmind

162

6

The Psychic Being or Soul

 
 

What Is the Psychic Being?

165

 

Progress and the Psychic Being

176

 

The Delight of Being

182

 

Love

184

7

The Hostile Forces

 
 

The Hostile or Adverse Forces

191

 

Possession by Hostile Beings

194

 

Vital Incarnations

198

 

The Four Great Asuras

201

 

Hostile Possession and the Psychic Being

206

 

Resisting Hostile Forces

209

8

Illness and Death

 
 

Illness Is a Disequilibrium

213

 

Illness Comes from Outside

214

 

Microbes and Illness

218

 

Causes of Illness

220

 

Make a Beautiful Thing of Death

222

 

The Domain of Death

226

 

Heaven and Hell

231

9

Reincarnation or Rebirth

 
 

The Process of Rebirth

239

 

Memory of Past Lives

244

 

Rebirth and Psychic Development

245

 

Emanations of Evolved Beings

249

 

The Incarnation of Evolved Souls

253

 

Families of Souls

257

10

Free Will, Determinism, Karma, Grace

 
 

Freedom and Fatality

265

 

The Journey of the Supreme

274

 

The Intervention of the Grace

276

 

The Determinism of Death

279

 

"The Best Will Happen"

281

11

Religion and Spirituality

 
 

The Necessity of Religion

285

 

Religion and Spiritual Life

287

 

Mental Knowledge and Divine Truth

292

 

Spirituality and Active Life

297

 

Spiritual Life and Morality

301

 

Religion and Spiritual Experience

303

12

Science and Materialism

 
 

Understanding the World

309

 

Knowledge by Identification

317

 

Materialism and Spiritual Life

318

 

Miracles

321

 

"Chance"

325

13

Occultism

327

 

The Capacity for Occultism

333

 

The Occult World

337

 

The Practice of Magic

342

 

The Stone-Throwing Incident

346

 

Twelve Senses

347

 

Indications from Books

349

 

A Flu Epidemic in Japan

 

14

Day-to-Day Life

 
 

Make Use of Reason

353

 

Attraction and Repulsion

355

 

No Two Things Are Identical

357

 

Meat-Eating and Fasting

359

 

The Need for Diversity

363

 

Money

364

 

Sleep and Dreams

371

15

Art

385

 

Art and Yoga

388

 

Modern Art

398

 

Music

405

16

Education

 
 

Parents and Their Children

405

 

The Art of Living

411

 

Distinguishing Good and Evil

412

 

Learning to Know Oneself

417

 

A Child's Dreams

424

17

Yoga and Meditation

 
 

Why Yoga?

431

 

Yoga and Life

441

 

Difficulties and Progress

449

 

Experiences and Visions

455

 

The Right Attitude

460

 

The Ego

467

 

Organise Your Being

472

 

Purity, Aspiration, Humility

479

 

The Creative Word

482

 

Asceticism

483

 

Meditation

485

18

The Integral Yoga

 
 

An Integral Transformation

493

 

The Individual and the Collectivity

496

 

The Spiritual Hierarchy

504

 

Realisation of the Psychic Being

510

 

A Reversal of Consciousness

514

 

Aspiration

520

 

Surrender

528

 

Sincerity

533

 

Transformation of the Body

541

19

The Supramental

 
 

Towards the Supramental

551

 

The Supramental Manifestation upon Earth

571

 

A New World Is Born

576

 

The Evolution of Humanity

582

 

The Supramental Boat

589

20

The Present Situation

 
 

The Progress of Humanity

595

 

The Possibility of Catastrophe

597

 

The Possibility of Perfection

605

 

Life-Sketch of the Mother

611

 

Life-Sketch of Sri Aurobindo

613

 

Note on the Texts

615

 

Glossary

621

 

Sample Pages




















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