L’Action de Sri Aurobindo continue…

(Traduction française de l’article précédent, ‘Sri Aurobindo’s Continued Action’)

Carte-Message de l’Ashram pour ce Jour de Darshan commémorant le décès de Sri Aurobindo le 5 Décembre 1950 (plus traduction):

‘In absolute silence sleeps an absolute Power.’/ “Dans l’absolu silence dort un Pouvoir absolu”.

Savitri

Sri Aurobindo

De retour en Inde en 1893 en tant que jeune adulte déterminé à libérer son pays du Joug britannique, après une douzaine d’années d’un engagement politique intensément actif et dangereux, lorsqu’un Ordre Intérieur du Divin lui fit savoir que sa véritable Mission était bien d’être un Combattant pour la Liberté, certes, mais d’une manière encore bien plus vaste, car c’était pour libérer l’Humanité tout entière du Joug du Pouvoir Mental, Aurobindo Ghose se donna avec la même fervente intensité à l’énorme nouvelle Tâche qui lui était présentée.

Se tournant complètement vers ce but spirituel de trouver la Nouvelle Voie de Yoga qui constituerait un Pas Nouveau de l’Évolution ici sur Terre, au lieu de l’habituelle Échappée loin de la vie terrestre qu’était la spiritualité traditionnelle, l’homme ardent qui s’appelait maintenant Sri Aurobindo prit refuge en 1910 dans l’enclave alors française de Pondichéry, un reclus spirituel parmi quelques compagnons du Bengale qui s’étaient exilés pour le suivre. Avec la venue en 1914 de cette Française de haut niveau spirituel en qui il reconnut “La Mère”, son alter ego spiritual et sa collaboratrice pour  faire avancer l’Évolution sur Terre, et après son retour défintif en 1920, dès 1926 il remporta une Victoire intériere majeure: la Descente de Sri Krishna dans le Physique, le 24 Novembre. Ce jour marqua le début d’un changement important: Sri Aurobindo demanda à la Mère de s’occuper entièrement des disciples de plus en plus nombreux autour d’eux (ainsi naquit l’Ashram) tandis que lui se retirait dans sa chambre pour une durée indéterminée.

Il ne faut pas s’y tromper: Sri Aurobindo ne s’était pas retiré pour ne rien faire, loin de là: dans d’autres articles sur ce Blog a été décrite la nouvelle Tâche énorme, surhumaine qu’il lui fallut entreprendre alors: faire descendre la Conscience-Force Supramentale depuis les hauteurs de son propre Royaume jusqu’à ce Royaume de Matière, où elle pourrait activer le même Pouvoir Supramental qui y dormait encore, et ainsi démarrer sur Terre cette nouvelle Ère Évolutive devenue si urgente, qui rendrait l’Humanité capable de dépasser l’Ère Mentale présente et de ne plus y être emprisonnée.

Si bien que Sri Aurobindo tout comme Mère ont été pleinement occupés après 1926, c’est le moins qu’on en puisse dire !!!

Et pourtant dans un article récent à l’occasion du 11.11 2018, pour la Célébration  Internationale de l’Armistice qui mit fin à la Première Guerre Mondiale, j’ai évoqué la  formidable Action invisible que Sri Aurobindo et la Mère décidèrent tous les deux d’avoir, d’abord pendant la Première, puis la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale, au moment  crucial où cette Aide devint absolument nécessaire, et avec autant de puissance que possible, pour que les Alliés for the Allies vainquent la terrible menace du Nazisme Hitlérien, en train de conquérir et d’asservir le monde entier. (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/11-11-2018-centenary-of-the-armistice/?fbclid=IwAR3MbKhVh7flMAaVeP91xiEJFD8WBpbH9AxQ4uiM9YcVJefkYyHzpOkWh78).

Dans cet article-là c’était l’un des livres de Maggi Lidchi-Grassi que je recommandais hautement, comme un inestimable document “interne”, pour ainsi dire, sur toute cette période si dangereuse pour la Terre et pour le Nouveau Pas évolutif véritablement  prévu: basé en fait sur l’Amour Divin – exactement le contraire de l’horrible version déformée qu’Hitler faisait de son mieux pour produire…

Aujourd’hui c’est un autre encore des magnifiques livres de Maggi Lidchi-Grassi que j’ai juste fini de relire:  concernant à nouveau la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale, mais nous racontant cette fois entièrement l’histoire vraie, incroyable, absolument prenante, de ce soldat Irlandais-Américain, John Kelly, histoire dont seuls des passages étaient donnés dans l’autre livre..

Déjà depuis l’enfance il était en termes très amicaux avec deux Êtres merveilleux, qu’il appelait “le Grand Être” et “la Dame Céleste”. Jeune adulte appelé sous les drapeaux pendant la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale, il participa à la terrible Bataille de la Sarre, dans l’Est de la France… et c’est là qu’encore et encore ces deux mêmes Ëtres vinrent à son secours et à celui de ses compagnons les autres soldats, les sauvant chaque fois, de la manière la plus incroyable, du danger et de la mort, par leurs avertissements, ou leurs conseils stratégiques, ou même tout bonnement une protecion miraculeuse.  Le livre entier, ”Great Sir and the Heaven Lady”, est basé très fidèlement sur le témoignage direct de ce soldat en personne, qui finalement, après la Guerre, découvrit l’identité physique de ses merveilleux Amis et Bienfaiteurs, et en suivit la trace jusqu’à Pondichéry, à temps pour rencontrer la Mère pendant qu’elle était encore dans son corps physique.

Une histoire vraie, des plus émouvantes et belles, qui nous fait nous rendre compte à quel point Sri Aurobindo et Mère ont été actifs, non seulement, ainsi que l’autre livre en fait surtout état, en influençant et guidant intérieurement les Dirigeants Alliés, mais aussi en plein sur les chanps de bataille, pour sauver les troupes elles-mêmes, durant cette Seconde Guerre Mondiale (et la Première aussi, mais cela sera pour un autre article…).

À vrai dire, même la mort de Sri Aurobindo a été une Action majeure de plus de sa part: ainsi que je l’ai dit dans certains de mes articles précédents, c’est délibérément qu’il a laissé le Plan Physique, par un sacrifice de son corps physique déjà à moitié transformé,  afin de finir suffisamment vite, dans les autres dimensions, ce Travail de faire descendre le Supramental, qu’il avait dû interrompre pour stopper Hitler et ses troupes – car cela était devenu à un certain point la priorité absolue.

En 1949 pourtant, encore une autre Guerre Mondiale menaçant à nouveau fit que la priorité absolue retourna à la Descente du Supramental:  il n’y avait que cela qui pourrait amener irrévocablement ici sur la Terre et dans la Matière terrestre ce Pouvoir Supramental seul capable de remporter la victoire sur les Forces d’Obscurité amenant chaque fois ces énormes Guerres dans leurs tentatives furieusement désespérées d’empêcher tout pas nouveau de l’Évolution sur Terre…

Le sacrifice de Sri Aurobindo pour l’Humanité le 5 décembre 1950 – l’éénemnt-même que nous commémorons aujourd’hui – ne fut pas en vain: le 29 Février 1956 la Jonction se fit, perçue tout de suite intérieurement par la Mère, avec des résultats immédiats sur son propre corps physique, alors que pour la Terre dans son ensemble elle vit que les effets seraient retardés par la sombre couche d’Inconscience tout autour de la planète. Mais à peine quatre années plus tard, au début des Années Soixante, quand elle vit tous les changements se produisant en Occident à travers le Flower Power etc, Mère salua joyeusement ces premiers résultats planétaires visibles de ce qu’elle avait appelé en 1956 la “Manifestaton Supramentale”.

C’est pendant cette période du début des Années Soixante, le 14 Février 1961, qu’elle écrivit le Message immensément illuminateur que je reproduis ci-dessous, écrit de sa main:

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(“Ce que Sri Aurobindo représente dans l’histoire du monde n’est pas un enseignement, ni même une révélation; c’est une action décisive venue tout droit du Suprême.”)

Durant toutes les années qui ont suivi, qui virent l’enregistrement par Satprem de tout ce document évolutif si précieux qu’est “L’Agenda de Mère”, les treize volumes sont pleins, parmi d’autres remarques cruciales de Mère, de commentaires attestant de l’Action de Sri Aurobindo comme se continuant de plus belle, affectant de manière souvent très importante les évènements terrestres, sur une grande ou petite échelle.

Après la “mort” de Mère elle-même le 17 Novembre 1973 (voir, grâce à l’encadré “Search” en haut, les nombreux articles que j’ai écrits sur ce sujet capital) il n’y a plus aucun accompte “officiel” de l’Action de Sri Aurobindo en ce monde-ci.

Mais à en juger par l’expérience personnelle que j’en ai, et celle d’un grand nombre d’autres personnes – pour ne parler que de celles que je connais, ici à Auroville, ou ailleurs – il y a tout plein d’exemples montrant que l’Action de Sri Aurobindo parmi nous ne fait qu’augmenter!… Pour ma part, je me rappelle une remarquable expérience, directement au niveau cellulaire, pour ce même Jour de Darshan du 5 Décembre, il y a seulement quelques années, que je vais probablement finir par relater ici dans quelque nouvel article, quand le temps sera mûr pour cela…

Aujourd’hui, je vais simplement terminer en affirmant avec pleine force que ce Jour de Darshan (comme tous les autres) n’est pas simplement une Commémoration d’un évènement passé – en l’occurrence ce qui est arrivé en 1950. C’est chaque fois aussi une occasion très réelle pour une Action renouvelée de Sri Aurobindo (ou Mère) dans notre propre être également – si nous nous gardons toujours ouverts à cette Possibilité…  et reconnaissants ensuite, pour quoi que ce soit qui ait pu se produire, dont nous n’ayons pas eu conscience ou appréciation suffisantes sur le moment, mais qui se développera peut-être plus tard, à partir de ce qui aura été fait pour nous par Eux en tel ou tel Jour de Darshan !…

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Sri Aurobindo’s Continued Action

The Ashram’s Card Message for this Darshan Day commemorating Sri Aurobondo’s passing away on December 5th, 1950:

‘In absolute silence sleeps an absolute Power.’

Savitri

Sri Aurobindo

Back in India in 1893 as a young adult determined to free his country from the British Rule, after a dozen years of intensely active and dangerous political engagement, when the Inner Command from the Divine came that his true Mission was to be a Freedom Fighter indeed, but in an even much vaster way, as it was to free Humanity as a whole from the Mental Power’s Rule, Aurobindo Ghose dedicated himself with the same fervent intensity to the huge New Task presented to him.

Turning entirely to this spiritual goal of finding the New Way of Yoga that would bring about a further Step in Evolution right here on Earth, instead of the usual Escape from earthly life that traditional spirituality was, the ardent man who was now Sri Aurobindo took refuge in 1910 in the then French enclave of Pondichéry, a spiritual recluse among a few companions from Bengale self-exiled to follow him. With the coming In 1914 of the French spiritual lady that he recognized inwardly as ‘The Mother’, his spiritual alter ego and his co-worker for Evolution on Earth, and her return for good in 1920, by 1926 a major inner Victory was won by him: the Descent of Sri Krishna in the Physical, on November 24th. From that day on, he asked the Mother to take full charge of the disciples who had flocked around them (thus was the Ashram created), while he withdrew in his room for an indefinite length of time.

No one should be mistaken, though: Sri Aurobindo hadn’t withdrawn for idle leisure, far from that: in other posts on this blog has been described the immense, superhuman next Task he had had to undertake then: to bring the Supramental Consciousness-Force from its own high Realm down to this Realm of Matter, where it would activate the same Supramental Power dormant there, for that alone could start upon Earth the badly needed new Evolutive Era allowing Humanity to overgrow the present Mental Era and not be limited by it any more.

So both he and the Mother had been quite fully occupied from 1926 on, to say the least!!!

And yet in a recent post on the occasion of 11.11 2018, for the International Celebration of the Armistice ending WWI, I have evoked the tremendous invisible Action that both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother decided to have, first during WWI, and then during WWII also, at the crucial time when that Help became absolutely needed, and as powerfully as possible, for the Allies to win over the terrible threat of Hitler’s Nazism, about to conquer and enslave the entire world. (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/11-11-2018-centenary-of-the-armistice/?fbclid=IwAR3MbKhVh7flMAaVeP91xiEJFD8WBpbH9AxQ4uiM9YcVJefkYyHzpOkWh78).

In that post it was one great book by Maggi Lidchi-Grassi that I was highly recommending as an invaluable insider’s document, so to say, about that whole period so dangerous for the Earth and for its truly intended New Step in Human Evolution: one based actually on Divine Love  – just the contrary of the horribly distorted version of it that Hitler was trying to make happen…

Today it is yet another magnificent book by Maggi Lidchi-Grassi that I just finished re-reading: still about WWII, but telling us this time the incredible, totally gripping, real story of an Irish-American soldier, John Kelly.

Already since childhood he was inwardly in very friendly contact with two wonderful Beings, whom he called ‘Great Sir’ and ‘the Heaven Lady’. As a young adult drafted during WWII, he participated in the terrible Battle of the Sarre, in the East of France… during which again and again the same Two Beings came to his help and that of his fellow soldiers, rescuing them quite amazingly every time from danger and death by their warnings or tactical advice, or even sheer miraculous protection. The whole book, titled ”Great Sir and the Heaven Lady’, is based quite faithfully on the direct testimony from that soldier himself, who finally, after the War, found the physical identity of his wonderful Friends and Benefactors, and traced them to Pondicherry, in time to meet the Mother while she was still in her physical body.

A most moving and beautiful true Story that makes us realize again to which amazing extent Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have been active, not only, as told in the other book, in influencing and guiding inwardly the Allies’ Leaders, but even right on the battlefields, to save the troops themselves, during this Second World War (and the First One too, but that is for another post…).

Well, even Sri Aurobindo’s death has been another major Action on his part: as told in various previous posts of mine, it has been actually a deliberate leaving of the Physical Plane, and a sacrificing of his own already half transformed physical body, in order to  complete fast enough the bringing down of the Supramental that he had had to interrupt for stopping Hitler and his troops – for that had become at some point such an emergency as to become the top priority above everything else.

In 1949 though, yet another World War threatening again to erupt made the top priority return to the Supramental Activation:  only that would irrevocably bring right here on Earth and in Terrestrial Matter this Supramental Power which alone was capable of winning over the Dark Forces bringing up every time those huge Wars in their furiously desperate attempts to stop any further Evolution upon Earth.

Sri Aurobindo’s self-sacrifice for the sake of Humanity on December 5th, 1950 – the very Event commemorated today – wasn’t in vain: on February 29th 1956 the Junction happened, perceived at once inwardly by the Mother, with immediate starting effects on her own body, while for the Earth at large she saw  the effects would be delayed by the dark layer of Unconsciousness around the planet. But hardly four years later, in the early Sixties, when she saw all the changes that started to happen in the West through the Flower Power etc,, Mother recognized joyfully the first visible planetary results of what she had called in 1956 the ‘Supramental Manifestation’.

It is during that period of the Early Sixties, on February 14th, 1961, that she wrote the powerful Message I am copying down below in her own handwriting:

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During all the following years that saw the recording by Satprem of this so invaluable  Evolutive Document which ‘Mother’s Agenda’ is, all the thirteen big volumes of it are full, among other crucial  remarks by Mother, of many attesting to the continued Action of Sri Aurobindo affecting often quite decisively terrestrial events on a grand or small scale.

After the Mother’s own ‘death’ on November 17th, 1973 (please see, through the ‘Search’ box above, the many posts I have written here about this), there is no more ‘official’ record of Sri Aurobindo’s Action in this world.

But judging from my own personal experience of it, and that of quite a few other people as well – to speak only of those I happen to know, here in Auroville or elsewhere – there are plenty of examples showing that Sri Aurobindo’s Action among us is, if anything, on the increase!… I, for one, remember one remarkable experience, straight at the cellular level, on this very same Darshan Day of December 5th, only some years ago, that I will probably end up relating here in yet another post, when the time will be ripe for that…

Today, I will simply end with stating most forcefully that this Darshan Day (like all the others too) is not just a commemorative one, in this case of what happened in 1950. It is every time an effective opportunity for an ever renewed Action of Sri Aurobindo (or Mother) in our own beings as well – if we keep ourselves ever open for that Possibility… and grateful, afterwards, for whatever may have happened, that we may not have noticed or appreciated enough at the time, but which may develop later on from what was done for us by Them on such or such Darshan Day!…

24.11.18: Mon Jour de Darshan permanent avec Sri Krishna

Message sur la Carte distribuée à l’Ashram pour ce Jour de Darshan (plus traduction) :

‘Where you are? / Où vous êtes?

In the Mother’s presence here and close to me. / Dans la présence de la Mère et près de moi.

Where you are going? / Où vous allez?

Towards union with the Divine through dedication and service. / Vers l’union avec le Divin à travers le don de soi et le service.

What you are doing here?/ Ce que vous faites ici?

Service and self-giving to the Divine. / Le service et le don de soi au Divin.

 

The rest depends . . . on the simplicity and fullness with which you give yourself and serve.’ / Le reste dépend de la simplicité et de l’entièreté avec laquelle vous vous donnez et vous servez”.

Sri Aurobindo

Je célèbre toujours ce spécifique Jour de Darshan de Sri Aurobindo avec un article ayant à voir avec Sri Krishna, pour des raisons que j’ai expliquées déjà en 2011 (quand je commençais ce Blog de Recherche) dans l’article suivant (que je ne crois pas avoir encore traduit en français, mais je le ferai si quelqu’un me le demande) :

https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/november-24th1926-sri-aurobindo-krishna/

Mais aussi pour moi personnellement – pas juste à cause de sa signification pour Sri Aurobindo – ce jour de Darshan du 24 Novembre a été ressenti depuis longtemps comme en quelque sorte mon propre Jour de Krishna annuel …. qui au fil des années est graduellement devenu une sorte de Darshan permanent , bien que je le célèbre encore spécialement ce jour-là !

Dans toutes les diverses formes de Relation que chacun d’entre nous peut avoir avec le Divin, Sri Aurobindo explique (dans la ‘Synthèse des Yoga’ je crois, probablement à la fin de ce qui concerne le Bhakti Yoga) que la Relation en elle-même est toujours pleine de Délice… et pourtant il y a d’une certaine manière des degrés dans ce Délice: depuis le Délice de la Camaraderie, de l’Amitié, et autres, il semble culminer dans le Délice de la Relation avec le Divin en tant que le Parent idéal … et là, l’Amour de notre Père Éternel est déjà très délicieux, mais l’Amour de notre Mère Éternelle est tout de même encore plus doux … et malgré tout, même celui-là est surpassé par le Délice Suprême qu’est la Relation avec le Divin en tant que notre Amant Divin : l’Éternel Amant de notre Âme.

Il y a bien sûr aussi le Délice de l’Identité avec le Divin (cela, c’est davantage le but du Jnana Yoga) – mais alors, dans l’absolu de cet état de conscience, on se sent être uniquement l’Un … et cela ne permet pas la possibilité de l’Amour, car l’Amour c’est ce Délice, inhérent à l’Un Divin, se déversant vers quelqu’un d’autre … ce qui ne peut se produire que lorqu’il y a au moins deux êtres !!! D’où justement la Multiplication de Soi de l’Un en ces innombrables autres Sois dont nous faisons tous partie :  tout cela, précisément pour que l’Un en Tout puisse avoir l’expérience du Délice de la Relation, avec toutes les Nuances d’Amour que l’Un peut exprimer.

Ce qui est merveilleux, c’est que toutes ces nuances de l’Amour Divin sont comme un seul arc-en-ciel, où la même Lumière d’Amour se divise/multiplie en toute cette diversité de  nuances d’Elle-même, juste pour le Délice de savourer sa propre délicieuse Diversité. Lorsque nous, esprits habitant temporairement ce monde de Matière, en arrivons au point de faire l’expérience de ces merveilleuses Nuances de l’Amour Dicin, notre Âme découvre que, tout du long, c’est en fait du même Être Unique qu’elle fait l’expérience; et que cette Diversité dans l’Amour ne fait qu’ajouter encore plus de Délice à son propre Délice en tant qu’Âme, passant de plus en plus constamment d’une nuance de cet Amour Délice à une autre délicieuse nuance du même Amour Délice …

Eh oui, nous n’avons pas besoin de mourir ni d’aller en aucun ‘Paradis’ pour faire l’expérience de tels Délices d’Amour Divin. Nous pouvons y goûter ici-même, sur Terre, pendant nos existences incarnées, si seulement nous prenons la peine d’aller chercher assez profond en nous-même pour le trouver, et si nous faisons de cela le But de notre vie.

Dans toutes les religions, et aussi en dehors d’elles, il y a eu des êtres humains qui ont découvert cette Possibilité et ne l’ont pas laissée passer. On les appelle les Mystiques – ou autrement, selon les diverses religions – mais tous ont découvert et goûté ce même merveilleux Secret qu’est l’Amour Divin, ici sur Terre. Beaucoup de ceux qui ont été déclarés officirllement Saints par l’Église Catholique, par exemple, étaient des mystiques.

En Inde, cette Relation d’Amour avec le Divin est appelée ‘Bhakti,’ et ceux qui la recherchent ou la vivent déjà, des ‘bhaktas’.

Le Yoga Intégral mis au point ensemble par Sri Aurobindo et la Mère, pour aider les autres personnes intéressées à une Évolution Consciente, inclut bien sûr le Jnana Yoga et le Karma Yoga (Service du Divin à travers le don de soi et la dédication de toutes les activités) , mais aussi et particulièrement le Bhakti Yoga. Le Yoga Intégral donne même une place tout à fait centrale à ce qui en nous est l’origine de l’Amour pour le Divin : notre Âme individuelle (ou plutôt “Être Psychique”, littéralement l’Être de notre Âme, qui se développe à partir d”elle au long de nos vies successives), au plus profond de nous-même. C’est lui qui est recommandé comme la toute première partie de notre Être à rejoindre et à laisser complètement être notre Guide Intérieur pour toute notre sadhana (processus intérieur de progrès spirituel).

En effet, l’Amour pour le Divin est indispensable aussi pour le Karma Yoga, si l’on veut véritablement servir le Divin et se donner à Lui/Elle : ce n’est pas par un sens de devoir ou d’obligation que l’on peut vraiment faire cela – alors que si on le fait par Amour, cela se fait automatiquement et avec joie, ainsi que nous le savons tous par expérience.

Voilà pourquoi toutes les explications ci-dessus se rapportent au Message pourtant plutôt “Karma-Yoguique” du Darshan d’aujourd’hui (inscrit au début de cet article) et se rapportent aussi en même temps à cet échatillon d’humanité en évolution consciente que je suis, en tant que pratiquante du Yoga Intégral.

Comme dans mon cas personnel l’Être Psychique avait été très actif depuis l’enfance, avec Jésus et la Vierge Marie alors mes formes préférées du Divin (pas d’attraction du tout pour le Père!), sa forte influence en moi n’a été interrompue que par ma crise de questionnement mental en devenant jeune adulte en 1971 … crise qui m’a menée à une Illumination massive à travers la révélation reçue des premières lignes de ‘La Vie Divine’, par Sri Aurobindo. Mais mon Être Psychique n’était toujours pas autorisé par mon Mental à régner à nouveau comme auparavant.

Afin de ré-établir en moi cette Influence si nécessaire, aussitôt que je suis allée vivre à Auroville en 1972, les expériences – à noueau massives – dont la Mère Divine m’a gratifiée fin 1973 se sont ajoutées à l’expérience originelle totalement illuminatrice reçue en 1971 de Sri Aurobindo – lui-même perçu depuis lors comme étant l’expression d’un Père Tout-Connaissant et merveilleusement Inspirant. La puissance combinée de ces deux “méga-expériences” mit enfin et une fois pour toutes en miettes le blocage mental, et me remit dans ma délicieuse Relation avec le Divin – mais maintenant perçu comme mon Divin Parent, Père et Mère à la fois, avec mes bien-aimés Sri Aurobindo et Mère comme sa double incarnation sur Terre afin d’accomplir l’Action Évolutive nécessaire et décisive pour notre époque .

Mais une autre partie de ma nature humaine avait besoin bien sûr aussi de l’Amour de mon Amant Divin, et ce de plus en plus à mesure que les amants humains se révélaient encore et encore bien incapables évidemment d’assouvir ce qui était en fait un intense besoin intérieur de mon Amant Divin …

Mon Âme n’eut pas longtemps à attendre:

À peine en mai 1975, j’ai passé trois jours et trois nuits à chercher ardemment le retour en pleine force d’encore une autre expérience cruciale, quelques semaines auparavant, encore avec la Mère Divine (mais rencontrée cette fois directement dans la Dimension Psychique elle-même, dans ce profond “Monde de l’Âme” décrit par Sri Aurobindo dans “Savitri”).

À  la fin de ces trois jours de solitude délibérée et intense, il m’a été dit intérieurement que je pouvais retourner dans ma chambre au sein de la grande hutte collective, et j’ai obéi. Eh bien, quelle surprise m’attendait!… Qui apparut devant mon regard intérieur le matin suivant, m’enveloppant d’une incroyable mais légèrement malicieuse tendresse?… Les Yeux et le Sourire irrésistiblement charmeurs du Divin à nouveau, certes, mais cette fois en tant que l’Amant Éternel de mon Âme !… Et mon Âme, en un heureux soupir de reconnaissance venue d’une autre vie, murmura doucement le seul Nom qu’elle connaissait alors pour son Bien-Aimé : “Krishna !…”

Mais “Krishna” tel que mon Âme l’a découvert et en a besoin dans cette vie-ci est la forme encore supérieure de cet Aspect de Délice du Divin que Krishna a incarné autrefois sous ce nom-là: c’est le Suprême Délice Divin lui-même, l’Ananda de “Satchitananda”, le coeur même de la Nature Éternelle du Divin. Il faut que ce soit Krishna en tant que Bhagavan en personne, le Tout-Délice révélé, dont les mots, dits à Arjuna, étaient comme un Chant : la Bhagavad-Gîta.

Et pas même seulement cela : cet Ananda Absolu s’est manifesté jusqu’à présent surtout comme un Pouvoir Lunaire, passif en quelque sorte, quelque chose à ressentir intérieurement en méditation ou contemplation, les yeux clos comme le Buddha, et qui vous tirait au-dedans, sans action vers l’extérieur. Mais la sorte d’Ananda dont je sentais le besoin, pour moi-même d’abord, mais aussi pour l’humanité et le monde entier, était un Ananda actif, le Pouvoir Solaire de l’Ananda, finalement se manifestant dans ee monde de Matière souffrante, comme un Pouvoir maintenant envahissant la Matière et la Vie pour les libérer, les guérir, leur donner enfin leur Plénitude par son irrésistible Délice Divin.

Ce Nom que je cherchais si ardemment depuis 1975, il m’a été donné de le découvrir, début 1979, à travers “Le Secret du Véda”, de Sri Aurobindo:

L’un des (très anciens) Hymnes Védiques traduits et commentés par Sri Aurobindo était  addressé à l’Aspect du Divin que les Rishis inspirés qui les ont écrits appelaient “Bhaga”: c’était la forme active du Pouvoir de Délice, qui seule peut compléter le travail des autres Aspects, en défaisant enfin tous les noeuds de la Douleur et des autres résultats de la Fausse Réalité dans laquelle nous avons vécu jusqu’à présent. Bhaga est celui des Quatre Rois Solaires qui vient en dernier: avec son irrésistible Pouvoir de Délice, il est celui qui peut dissiper entièrement le Cauchemar, et rendre à ce monde et à tous les êtres qui y vivent leur vraie, divine Realité – qui est Délice.

C’était de manière évidente le Nom que j’avais tant senti le besoin de trouver, qui donnerait sa Direction précise à ma vie entière et m’aiderait à grandir toujours plus vers ce qu’il signifiait, comme vers une Étoile … Ce Nom a aussi fait de moi aussitôt quelque chose comme la Fiancée de mon bien-aimé Bhagavan, le Suprême en tant que le Tout-Délice … dont le Nom était précisément basé sur ce Nom lui-même, “Bhaga”, le Pouvoir de Délice inhérent à Bhagavan !

Quel Programme!!! Il aurait pu facilement m’écraser sous son énormité. Mais avec l’Aide intérieure constante de mes Parents spirituels chéris, Sri Aurobindo et Mère, l’ Âme-Enfant qui en moi y aspirait a grandi et grandi, en dépit de tous les obstacles intérieurs, difficultés et retours en arrière, vers ce que cette Âme voulait tellement devenir .

Dans le contexte chrétien, il y a ce que l’on appelle le Mariage Mystique de l’Âme avec son Bien-Aimé – dans ce contexte-là Jésus-Christ. Ma propre Âme fraternise totalement  avec ces autres Âmes qui se sont éprises de cet Aspect du Divin que Jésus a incarné. Je sais que mon Âme aussi s’est prise d’Amour autrefois, en d’autre(s) vie(s), pour ce même Aspect, l’Amour Divin, que Jésus a incarné si merveilleusement alors .

Mais dans cette vie-ci, avec l’activation, à partir du 29.02.56 , de la Conscience-Force Supramentale dans la Matière terrestre et corporelle, nous entrons dans une Ère Évolutive nouvelle : ce n’est plus seulement l’Amour Divin mais aussi le Délice Divin à sa Source, qui doit être maintenant manifesté avec tout son conquérant Pouvoir de Transformation, afin que même nos corps physiques puissent avoir leur part de ce Délice Divin qui seul peut vraiment et pour toujours les guérir, en direction des corps transformés que eux aussi, et leurs cellules, aspirent à devenir, afin de manifester toujours mieux le Divin, ici même, sur Terre.

Alors mon Mariage Mystique à moi est cette fois-ci avec cette forme encore plus complète, toute-puissante, du Divin : Bhagavan, le Tout-Délice …  Et ce jour, ce 24 Novembre, chaque année est à mes yeux en quelque sorte notre Anniversaire de Mariage !… Ce qui rend ce Jour de Darshan spécifique encore plus merveilleusement “spécial” pour moi que les autres !…

Voilà le Secret si extrêmement Profond et Doux que je me trouve avoir partagé avec vous en ce jour, à ma totale surprise . Je suppose que c’est parce que cela peut aider d’autres êtres partout, qui eux aussi cherchent anxieusement leur propre Bien-Aimé, l’Aspect  précis du Divin que leur Âme aspire le plus à connaître et à manifester de plus en plus dans leur vie , comme leur Companion Divin en toutes circonstances.

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Auroville n’est ni un monastère ni un ashram. Pourtant, comme vous le voyez, les Mariages Mystiques se produisent également ici – car je ne suis très probablement pas le ou la seul(e) Aurovilien(ne) en qui cette sorte  d’états mystiques profonds se produisent,   de plus en plus comme une nouvelle façon de vivre, au milieu de la vie quotidienne avec ses activités apparemment “ordinaires”. Et ce n’est pas fini, beaucoup plus reste à venir ….

Bonjour, Bhagavan et son Monde Nouveau! Je t’en prie, continue d’entrer et de t’installer! Tu es on ne peut plus bienvenu !!!

24.11.2018: The ‘Krishna’ permanent Darshan Day in my life

Card Message distributed at the Ashram for this Darshan Day:

‘Where you are?

In the Mother’s presence here and close to me.

Where you are going?

Towards union with the Divine through dedication and service.

What you are doing here?

Service and self-giving to the Divine.

 

The rest depends . . . on the simplicity and fullness with which you give yourself and serve.’

Sri Aurobindo

I am always celebrating this specific Darshan Day of Sri Aurobindo with an article  having to do with Sri Krishna, for reasons I explained already in 2011 (when I was starting this Research Blog) in the following article:

https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/november-24th1926-sri-aurobindo-krishna/

But also for myself personally – not just because of its signifcance to Sri Aurobindo, – this November 24 Darshan Day has been felt since long as somehow my own yearly Krishna Day…. which has over the years gradually turned into a kind of permanent Darshan, although I still celebrate it especially on that Day!

In all the diverse forms of Relationship each of us can have with the Divine, Sri Aurobindo explains (in the ‘Synthesis of Yoga’ I believe, probably at the end of what concerns Bhakti Yoga) that the Relationship in itself is always blissful… and yet there are somehow some degrees in that Bliss: from the Bliss of Companionship, Friendship, and such, it seems to culminate with the Bliss of relating to the Divine as the ideal Parent… and there, our Eternal Father’s Love is already very blissful, but our Eternal Mother’s Love is somewhat even sweeter… and yet, even that is surpassed by the Supreme Bliss that is to relate to the Divine as our Divine Lover, the Eternal Lover of our Soul.

There is of course also the Delight of Identity with the Divine (this is more the Goal of the Jnana Yoga, though) – but then in that absolute condition one remains just the One… and that precludes the possibility of Love, as Love is the outpouring of this inherent Divine Delight towards another being… which can happen only when there are at least two beings!!!, Hence indeed this Self-Multiplication of the One Being into those numberless other Selves that we are all part of: it is all in order for the One to be able to experience the Delight of Relationship, in all the Nuances of Love it can express of Itself.

The wonderful thing is that all those nuances of Divine Love are like a single Rainbow, where the very same Light of Love divides/multiplies Itself into this whole diversity of nuances of Itself, just for the Delight of tasting its own delightful Self-Diversity. As we, spirits temporarily inhabiting this world of Matter, come at some point to experience each of those wonderful Nuances of Love, our Soul discovers that, all the while, it is in fact the same one and only Divine Being it is experiencing, and that this very Diversity  of Love just adds still more Delight to its own Delight as a Soul, passing more and more constantly from one nuance of this Love Delight to another delightful nuance of It…

Yes, we don’t need to die and go to ‘Paradise’ for experiencing such Delights of Divine Love. It is available already right here on Earth in our embodied lives, if only we take the trouble to go search deeply enough for it, and make it the Purpose of our life.

In all religions, and outside of them too, there have been human beings who discovered that Possibility and went for it: they are the Mystics, called differently in the various religions, but who all have discovered and enjoyed the very same wonderful Secret of Divine Love, here on Earth. Many of the people declared officially Saints by the Catholic Church, for example, were mystics.

In India, this Love Relationship with the Divine is called ‘Bhakti,’ and those who seek it or are already experiencing it, ‘bhaktas’.

The Integral Yoga of Conscious Evolution devised together by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, in order to help other people interested in Conscious Evolution, includes of course the Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga (Service of the Divine through one’s dedicated activities) , but also very much the Bhakti Yoga. It gives even a very central place to it, with the origin of Love for the Divine in us, our individual Soul (or rather Psychic Being, literally the Being of our Soul, developing from it along our lifetimes), deep in ourselves, recommended as the very first inner part of ourselves to be reached and made fully active as the Inner Guide of our entire sadhana (process of spiritual progress).

Love for the Divine is actually indispensable for truly serving the Divine and giving oneself to Him-Her: it is not through a sense of duty or obligation that one can really, truly do that – while through Love, it happens automatically and joyfully, as we all know by experience.

This is why all of the above explanations are relevant to the Darshan Message of today, as given at the beginning of this article, and at the same time relevant to the sample of consciously evolving Humanity that I myself am, as a follower of their Integral Yoga:

As in my own case the Psychic Being had been quite active already since childhood, with Jesus and the Virgin Mary then my preferred forms of the Divine (no attraction at all for the Father!), its strong influence in me was interrupted only by my mental crisis as a young adult in 1971… which led me to a massive Illumination through the first lines of Sri Aurobindo’s revelatory ‘Life Divine.’ But my Psychic Being was still not authorized by my mind to reign again as before.

To re-establish that needed Influence in me, as soon as I joined Auroville in 1972, the – again massive! – inner experiences gifted to me by the Divine as The Mother in 1973 added to the original stunning experience given to me in I971 by Sri Aurobindo – himself more the expression of a wonderfully all-knowing and inspiring Divine Father. The combination of those two  mega-experiences shattered at last the mental blockage once and for all, and returned me to my blissful Relationship with the Divine – but now experienced as my Divine Father-Mother, with my cherished Sri Aurobindo and Mother as their embodied forms on Earth.

But another part of my human nature required of course also the Divine Lover’s Love, more and more so as I found out again and again that the human lovers could not possibly fulfill what was actually an intense need for my Divine Lover…

Well, my soul didn’t have to wait for long:

Right in May 1975, I had just passed three days and nights ardently seeking the return in full force of yet another crucial experience a few weeks before with the Divine Mother (but met this time straight in the Psychic Dimension itself, in this deep ‘World-Soul’ described by Sri Aurobindo in ‘Savitri’).

At the end of those three days I had been told inwardly that I could go back to my hut, and had obediently done so, I was in for a mighty surprise. Who is it that appeared in front of my inner eyes the next morning, enveloping me with unbelievable but slightly mischievous tenderness, but the irresistibly charming Eyes and Smile of  the Divne again, yes, but this time as the Eternal Lover of my Soul!… And my Soul, in a happy sigh of inner recognition from another lifetime, softly uttered the only Name it knew then for its Beloved: ‘Krishna!…’

But ‘Krishna’ as my Soul needs Him to be in this lifetime is the even higher form of that Aspect of Delight of the Divine which Krishna embodied under that name: it has to be the Supreme Divine Delight Itself, Ananda as in Satchitananda, the very core of the Divine’s Eternal Nature. It had to be Krishna as Bhagavan Himself, the Blissful One revealed, whose words, told to Arjuna, were like a Song: the Bhagavad-Gîta.

And not even that only: that Absolute Ananda has manifested Itself until now only as a passive, Lunar Power, so to say: something to be experienced inwardly in meditation or contemplation, with eyes closed like the Buddha, and which pulled you inward, had no outward action. But the kind of Ananda I felt the need of, for myself first of all, but also for humanity and the entire world, was an active, Solar Power of Ananda, finally manifesting itself in this suffering world of Matter, as a Power now invading Matter and Life to free them, heal them, fulfill them at last with its irresistible Divine Delight.

That Name I was looking for so ardently since 1975 I was given to discover, in early 1979, through Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Secret of the Veda’:

One of the very ancient, Vedic Hymns translated and commented by Sri Aurobindo was addressed to the Aspect of the Divine that the Rishis called ‘Bhaga’: it was the active Power of Delight that alone can complete the work of the other Aspects, by untying finally all the knots of Pain and other results of the False Reality in which we have been living until now. Bhaga is the one among the Four Sun Kings who comes last; with his irresistible Delight of Being, he is the one who can dispel entirely the Nightmare, and restore this world and every being in it to its true, divine Reality – which is Delight.

That was obviously the Name I had been so eager to find, which would give its precise Direction to my entire life and help me grow more and more towards what it meant, like towards a Star… That name made me also immediately something like the future Bride of my Beloved Bhagavan, the Supreme as the Blissful One… whose Name was precisely based on that very name, ‘Bhaga’,  Bhagavan’s own inherent Power of Delight!

Quite a Program!!!  It could easily have overwhelmed me. But with the constant inner Help from my two cherished Parents, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the aspiring Child-Soul in me has grown and grown, in spite of all inner obstacles and difficulties and setbacks, towards what it wished so much to become.

In the Christian context, there is something called the Mystic Marriage of the Soul with its Beloved, seen in that context as Jesus-Christ. My own Soul fraternizes fully with those other Souls who fell in Love with the Aspect of the Divine that Jesus embodied. Probably my own Soul has been in Love also before, in other lifetime(s), with that same Aspect, Divine Love, that he embodied then.

But in this lifetime, with the activation, from 29.02.56 on, of the Supramental  Consciousness-Force in terrestial and cellular Matter by Sri Aurobindo and Mother, we are entering a new Evolutive Era: it is not only Divine Love, but also the Divine Delight at its Source, that must be now manifested in all its conquering, transforming Power, so that our physical bodies too can share in this Divine Delight that alone can truly and permanently heal them, towards the transformed bodies they too aspire to become, in order to manifest the Divine better and better right here on Earth.

So my own Mystical Marriage is with that still more complete, all-powerful form of the Divine: Bhagavan, the Blissful One… And today, November 24th, is every year, in my eyes, somehow our Wedding Anniversary!… Which makes this specific Darshan Day even more wonderfully ‘special’ to me than the others!…

This is the utterly Deep and Sweet Secret that I have found myself sharing with you today, to my own astonishment. I suppose this is because it can be a help to other beings everywhere who anxiously are looking also for their own Beloved, the specific Aspect of the Divine that their Soul aspires most to experience and manifest more and more in their own life, as their constant Divine Companion in all circumstances.

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Auroville is no monastery and no ashram. Yet, as you can see, Mystic Marriages do happen also here – for I am most probably not the only Aurovilian in whom this kind of deep mystical states are happening, more and more as a way of life, in the midst of daily life and its apparently ordinary activities. And much more is to come…

Hello, New  World! Please keep coming in and settling down! You are most welcome!!!

18.11.1973: Getting a Double Darshan from the Divine Mother

Of course, like probably every disciple of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, on every November 17th for the full day I keep my inner focus, in utter gratitude, on Her who left her physical body on that day, after giving all of us on Earth so much.

For me personally, though, the real Darshan Day isn’t the 17th, but the 18th November of each year – because of the incredible, tremendous Gift I received from the Mother on that day in 1973, just the morning after She passed away.

Having come to Auroville in August 1972, already practicing the Integral Yoga, but being totally new to India, not used to the demonstrations of Devotion by disciples in any Indian ashram, I had been quite shocked by the adoring behavior of the disciples in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. For this and other reasons, by my own negligence I had missed the opportunity I had had to meet the Mother for my first birthday… but having realized at once my deep mistake, I was counting eagerly on my next chance, when February 23rd would come again, in 1974.

What actually happened is quite an incredible story, which I have already told, as it had been two successive Darshans, in two successive previous articles (the links to both can be found in this one: https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/my-double-darshan-of-the-divine-mother-on-18-11-73/), so there is no need to repeat that story as such in yet another article now.

But today, as I celebrate once again what has been for me the most wonderful Darshan Day in my life, I feel like adding to that story the telling of the equally incredible results that this Double Darshan has since then proven to have produced in my being:  those results, totally unexpected by me at the time, have been as momentous as the Double Event that gave birth to them, and the very fact that they happened in me – and in some others as well – brings out a meaning to it all that has deep significance for Humanity as a whole, so I’ll try now to explain why:

I had always kept the story of those big inner events to myself, of course, when a few years later, in 1976, as I was reading the third and last volume of Satprem’s Trilogy on Mother’s life (that last one titled ‘Mother or the Mutation of Death’), I reached the final pages where he relates how he himself reacted to the terrible news of Mother’s passing, I had the immense and joyful surprise to find, at the very end, his description of a huge experience he too had had on that morning of 18th November, 1973: it was amazingly similar to my own experience on the very same morning!…

As Satprem told that experience again, in a slightly different way, at the end of ‘Mother’s Agenda’ (in the last pages of the last volume), and as this source is easier to find for people interested, it is this later version that I am quoting down below:

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“Mother, what do you have to say to this human offspring?

On that November 18, 1973, she said something. I was stunned, aching from head to toe amid those hundreds and thousands staring at a “dead body”. The fans were droning, the neon lights were glaring; there was a scent of incense and jasmine in the air; they were making her coffin with all dispatch. But my heart was filled with such an enormous “This-is-not-possible”, as if the entire earth and all the sorrowful men of this earth were crying out in my heart. So then, this was the “end”, as it always was – as at Thebes and Babylon and Buchenwald. It was the end. And we start all over again. It was so overwhelmingly not-possible. Never, ever will I go through it again. Never, ever will there be “another time” with its sorrows and prayers and fruitless pain of being. There were a thousand men in my heart, all alike, who had waited and waited for THAT MOMENT. And there was no moment. We will have to come again in another life and learn again about Euclid and the law of gravity, and sorrow and “happiness”  – and end up in a hole again? I was so broken, shattered on that November 18 – there was only a splitting headache and a blank look staring and staring at that procession of dead people. But, suddenly, I had the most stupendous experience in my life. I who had so much complained to Mother of never having any “experience”! I was in no condition to have an experience, or concentrate, or pray, or will anything – I was nothing but a headache, an aching body,  a kind of frightful nonentity staring at a small white form. An intelligible masquerade. It was false, screamingly false. A dream. Not real.

All of life was not-real.

Then she lifted me in her arms. She lifted me above my headache, lifted me above that crowd, above all those meaningless little bodies. And I was in a sound-burst. I entered a stupendous peal of bells – vast as the universe, exceeding all the universes, all lives, all bodies, and yet WITHIN – a colossal ringing that swept away the worlds, swept away the pains, swept away the whys and the hows; I was one with that formidable SOUND ringing over the universe:

NO OBSTACLE, NOTHING WILL STOP

NO OBSTACLE, NOTHING WILL STOP

NO OBSTACLE, NOTHING WILL STOP…

… ringing and ringing. The whole world was ringing in a torrent of rapturous, irresistible, triumphant joy. NOTHING WILL STOP…

It was the inevitable new world.

Here.

Done.

My whole body was trembling.”

I couldn’t believe my eyes when reading this amazing experience, on top of it so strikingly similar to the one I had had on the very same morning of 1973. It reassured me, as a powerful confirmation that my own experience had really not been crazy at all.

On the other hand this testimony by none other than Satprem himself left me quite puzzled:

It was very understandable that he, a major disciple, Mother’s own trusted confident, who had recorded the whole of her ‘Agenda’ over twenty years of meetings with her, would have such a tremendous experience when she left her body.

But me?!?…

How was it possible that such a newbie as I still was then to both the Integral Yoga and to Auroville, someone who had even deliberately missed her chance, on her birthday, to see Mother, how was it possible that I too had been given such an unbelievable Gift as my own Cosmic Darshan of the Mother? Plus, if that was not enough, a Darshan also of the true Reality behind the dead body that photographs could show?

When later in 1976, I had the shock of becoming aware of my body-cells for the first time, and two years later the even greater shock of seeing them turn towards the Divine, it didn’t occur to me that it was related to what had happened between Mother, her body and me on that fateful November 18, 1973.

But now that forty years have elapsed since then, with this cellular consciousness developing on its own ever more, in myself and quite a few others (to speak only of those I know of), here is what has become my understanding of all this:

After Satprem, who was already able and didn’t need any further ‘contagion’ to follow Mother on the new Adventure that had started in her body – what she called ‘the Yoga of the Cells’ -, some beginning of generalization of that new, cellular evolutive process needed to happen also in the bodies of more ordinary persons, adapting itself to the whole diversity of individual capacities and ways of being required for this new process to spread as widely and as quickly as possible – the undeniable and irresisible result in Humanity as a whole of the evolutive victories won for us all by the two heroic Pioneers who made it all possible…

This is why, in my specific case, although there was somehow the indispensable receptivity in the soul and body, the wall of the skeptical mind had had to be blasted out of the way by those two powerful Darshans, one straight after the other: then, once the mental wall had been shattered to pieces, and the emotions pacified, the necessary Contagion from Mother’s body had been at last able to do its work in my body… with those so utterly shocking results later on!

Such a sweet, immense gratitude fills now my being while remembering that Day in 1973, where all of it has been done for me by the Divine Grace of the Mother…

 

 

17.11.2018: Mother’s ‘Darshan Day’ Card

Sweet Mother,

Are You with us during the collective meditation at the Playground?

Certainly, I am always there.

To benefit from it, what should we meditate on? And how?

The method is always the same.
Gather together the energies in you that are usually dispersed outside;
concentrate your consciousness within, beneath the surface agitation,
and establish, as far as possible,
a perfect quietness in your heart and head;
then formulate your aspiration, if you have one,
and open yourself to receive the divine force from above.

– The Mother

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This is something the Mother wrote while still busy answering questions from the disciples, her room full of books and other documents related to her spiritual work as the head of that Sri Aurobindo Ashram that had had to be started in 1926, when the devotees flocking around both of them became too numerous…

This Message from the Mother is the one that has been selected and issued for today, November 17th, 2018, by the Trustees, the main disciples at the Ashram in Pondicherry, just as for every other Darshan Day of every year, those Special Days when Sri Aurobindo used to come out of his (inwardly very active) retirement, to join the Mother in blessing one by one their disciples lined up to bow in front of them. Then after December 5th, 1950, when Sri Aurobindo left his body permanently (in order to finish faster bringing down the Supramental), that date was added to the previous ones. And since 1973, the date of today, November 17th, has become a new Darshan Day too, as it is the day when the Mother too left her body…

Or did she, really? Or, if she did, in which wonderful New Way, that made that apparent ‘death’ actually a Victory for the Future of the Earth and of Humanity?

Here is what Sri Aurobindo, before sacrificing deliberately his own physical body at the end of 1950 for the sake of us all,, had written prophetically about the potential supreme challenge that she may have to face:

A day may come when she must stand unhelped

On a dangerous brink of the world’s doom and hers,

Carrying the world’s future on her lonely breast,

Carrying the human hope in a heart left sole

To conquer or fail on a last desperate verge.

Even though all falters and falls and sees an end

And the heart fails and only are death and night,

God-given her strength can battle against doom

Even on a brink where Death alone seems close

And no human strength can hinder or can help.

(‘Savitri’, Book VI, Canto Two)

I have actually good reasons – and I am not the only one – to think that she didn’t fail… But that will be for tomorrow’s post, on November 18th… Not today.

As for today, I am solely with you, my dear Divine Mother, with your physical body so frail, so exhausted by that time from its so intense transformation process, too often a vacillation between terrible pain and divine delight. I am solely with your body-cells that, after all those years forging ahead, evolving for us, waged that final battle for us all when none of us even knew yet what was going on for you in that fateful evening of November 17th, 1973…

In Auroville, many of us had been working all together  that evening at the Matrimandir construction site, for the concreting – the biggest and longest one ever – of the huge slab of concrete that would not only unite together the tops of the four big pillars underneath representing the Four Powers of the Divine Mother, but would also form at the same time the whole vast base of the future near spherical shape that one day would itself house the Upper Chamber, with its crystal globe receiving the rays of the sun from above, softly illuminating the Chamber…

That so important super-concreting finally ended, as per the usual note written down by our Chief Engineer, at 7:25 pm.

It is only the next day, when receiving the news as we all did one way or the other, wherever we were when the news reached each of us, it is only then that he found out we had finished that crucial concreting at the exact same time when the Mother in her room at the Ashram in Pondy had left her body…

 

 

1914-18 Film by Peter Jackson: “They Shall Not Grow Old” (Review by The Guardian)

They Shall Not Grow Old review – an utterly breathtaking journey into the trenches

Peter Jackson and team’s painstaking restoration of first world war footage is a cinematic triumph that all but brings young British soldiers back to life

5 / 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars.

A scene from They Shall Not Grow Old.
‘Stepping through the looking glass’: They Shall Not Grow Old. Photograph: BBC/Wingnut Films/IWM

There’s a familiar mantra that computers have somehow taken the humanity out of cinema. In an age when it’s possible to conjure spectacular action from digital effects, many modern movies have developed a sense of weightlessness – the inconsequentiality of artifice. Along with Avatar director James Cameron, New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson has been at the forefront of the digital revolution, with his twin Tolkien trilogies (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) pushing the boundaries of computer-generated entertainment.

Yet with his latest project, a revivification of the Imperial War Museum’s archive of first world war footage, Jackson has done something quite remarkable: using 21st-century technology to put the humanity back into old movie stock. The result is utterly breathtaking.

Commissioned for the Armistice centenary by IWM and 14-18 NOW in association with the BBC, They Shall Not Grow Old is not a document of the world at war. Rather, it is an arresting snapshot of the lives of British soldiers who went to fight in Europe, many of them having lied about their tender ages to enlist. There are no historians, narrators or political commentators to guide us; the voices we hear are those of veterans, many gathered by the BBC during the making of its 1964 documentary series The Great War.

As we watch a line of soldiers marching through mud towards the front, something extraordinary happens. The film seems almost miraculously to change from silent black-and-white footage to colour film with sound, as though 100 years of film history had been suddenly telescoped into a single moment. Stepping through the looking glass, we find ourselves right there in the trenches, surrounded by young men whose faces are as close and clear as those of people we would pass in the street. I’ve often argued that cinema is a time machine, but rarely has that seemed so true.

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Photograph: BBC/Wingnut Films/IWM

The challenges involved in achieving this miracle are manifold. Most obviously, the digital restoration and colourisation of the original films has been painstakingly carried out with meticulous attention to detail, rendering everything from skin tones to scenery in impressively natural hues. (For theatrical presentation, a moderate 3D enhancement has also been applied.)

More complex is the correction of the film’s pace. The century-old footage with which Jackson was working was shot at anything from 10 to 18 frames per second, with the rate often changing within a single reel. We’ve all seen old movies projected at the modern speed of 24fps, creating that skittering, agitated effect that fixes such footage in the dim and distant past. Here, Jackson and his team have used computers to build interstitial frames that recapture the rhythms of real life, tuning into the music of the soldiers’ movements, breathing intimate life into their smallest gestures. The process may sound nerdily technical but the effect is powerfully emotional. It’s as if the technology had somehow pierced the surface of the film, causing (virtual?) memories to come pouring out.

While a rich tapestry of background sound effects transports the viewer from training camps to battlefields, actors provide regionally authentic dialogue based on forensic lip-reading of the silent footage. “Hello Mum!” chirrups one private as he marches past the camera. Later, we see and hear an officer issuing instructions for the forthcoming attack.

They Shall Not Grow Old.
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Photograph: BBC/Wingnut Films/IWM

Amid such artifice, the true archive voices of soldiers who were “scared that the war would be over before we got out to it” strike a vibrant chord. While the unspeakable horrors of conflict are everywhere in evidence, Jackson’s film still finds unexpected life and laughter in the company of those who walked in the shadow of death. One veteran remembers the trenches as “a sort of outdoor camping holiday with the boys, with a slight spice of danger to make it interesting”. Another recalls the “terrific lot of kindness” at the front, a camaraderie perhaps lacking from life at home.

Should They Shall Not Grow Old be considered a documentary or a work of art? Debates about authenticity versus invention date back to the 1916 production of The Battle of the Somme, and Jackson’s creative interventions here will doubtless keep such arguments alive. Yet watching a technologically enhanced sequence in which a first world war soldier playfully juggles a beer bottle, then strums it like a guitar, all I could think was how real, how immediate, how profoundly truthful it all felt.

As the titular (mis)quotation from Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen suggests, Jackson has attempted to take ageing footage and make it young again – to bring history, and those who lived it, into the present. It is an endeavour in which he has succeeded superbly.

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Watch a trailer for They Shall Not Grow Old.

They Shall Not Grow Old is in cinemas today, on BBC Two at 9.30pm this evening and on iPlayer for a week.


My personal Homage to JRR Tolkien and Peter Jackson:

I am thinking with emotion that Tolkien too was among those British soldiers… And as I like so much the two trilogies that Peter Jackson made out of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, I am particularly glad that Sir Peter has been the one selected to do this very special movie too, and that he pulled it off so remarkably well… Thank you once again, dear Sir Peter!…

Credit and congratulations for this  great article go to its author, and to The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/nov/11/they-shall-not-grow-old-peter-jackson-review-first-world-war-footage

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