‘The Godhead’, by Sri Aurobindo, and my Body’s Reaction to it

My previous write-up, on Sri Aurobindo’s poem ‘Invitation’, has prompted one of my readers to at once comment  on it, and approvingly so… which was a happy surprise for me, from his part. This morning, he further wrote that our exchange after his comment revealed an old misunderstanding between us that neither of us suspected to exist. So now the misunderstanding stands corrected, and it is with this still happier surprise and a renewed self-confidence that I will go on with my next article, started yesterday evening.

I couldn’t complete it because of technical difficulties dealing with the new system of ‘Blocks’ now generalised, to my despair, on WordPress. Only late in the night did I discover, o joy, how to still operate in my beloved usual and so simple old way: it is now still available as the specific Block called ‘Classic’!…  But as all the first part of my article had been written without that knowledge, and so, in a totally incoherent technical way block-wise, the entire thing had become utterly puzzling for the automated system: it couldn’t even save my article, let alone give me the preview of it that is a must before one can dare to finally post a new article. Yesterday night I had to stop, for I had reached a dead end, and it was late.

So this morning I have decided to start afresh, this time operating with the ‘Classic’ Block from line one…

This new post is again on a poem by Sri Aurobindo:

The Godhead

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I sat behind the dance of Danger’s hooves

In the shouting street that seemed a futurist’s whim,

And suddenly felt, exceeding Nature’s grooves,

In me, enveloping me the body of Him

Above my head a mighty head was seen,

A face with the calm of immortality,

And an omnipotent gaze that held the scene

In the vast circle of its sovereignty.

His hair was mingled with the sun and breeze:

The world was in His heart, and He was I.

I was housing the Everlasting’s peace,

The strength of One whose substance cannot die.

The moment passed and all was as before;

Only that deathless memory I bore.

Yes, another powerful poem by Sri Aurobindo. One, of course, again chockfull of meaning.

This one relates an incident that occurred much earlier than his imprisonment in 1908-9 and ‘Invitation’: ‘The Godhead’ incident happened in 1893, during the very first year after his return to his country, India…
As a young adult, raised since early childhood, as per his father’s will then, entirely in England and without any contact with his motherland’s culture, but later informed over the years by the letters of his disillusioned father about the terrible situation in India, Aurobindo Ghose had made the secret vow to help liberate his country from the British Rule. In spite of coming out of Cambridge as a celebrated brilliant scholar, and of having had all the excellent marks that would have earned him an admired and well paid career within the British Administration in India, he had chosen to come back instead quite discretely, but as a free person: as the simple secretary of the Maharajah, or Gaekwar, of Baroda.
The city of Baroda was small, but already the scene of dangerous traffic in the streets, with all the horse-carriages competing for the space with other vehicles of all kinds, plus the population crossing haphazardly from all directions.
Hence the description – in just two concise lines – by Sri Aurobindo, of the near accident that came up, threatening his own horse-carriage and his own life.
But all the rest of the poem is dedicated to what happened next, which is what the poem is truly all about.
I will not try to paraphrase awkwardly – and so, ruin – the extreme intensity and beauty with which Sri Aurobindo manages to evoke the incredible sudden apparition of the Being who intervened then, and simply stopped the accident from happening. The poem is actually as short as this miraculous intervention must have been, but just as effective too: it leaves us readers feeling as if having been hit by silent lightning.
This is the way I felt indeed, when I read it first, and although that was in the early years of my life in Auroville, the memory of it has kept shining in me almost as strongly as it did for Sri Aurobindo himself, who wrote the poem only on 13 September 1939, long after the incident happened, and gave it its illuminating title: ‘The Godhead’.
 
This title I almost decided to reveal now only, at this point in my article, so that it would come to my readers when they would have only read what happened, and how, which would have left them totally mystified just as young Aurobindo must have been at the time…
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For he was then quite ignorant of all things spiritual, let alone of any Godhead residing invisibly within or around us, who could do such things as suddenly emerging for such a downright miracle as he himself witnessed, and yet coming out of himself, some divine Being who nevertheless was himself as well…!
Still a rather ignorant spiritual seeker as I was too, reading those words the first time, this astonishing Identity between the young man and the divine Being appearing out of him was the most stunning revelation of all those contained in this poem: when reading its title, ‘The Godhead’, my Christian upbringing had made me expect an intervention from some winged Being other than the human one. But it was not so!… 
Most important of all for me, the poem, with the magnificent description of the Being and of His sovereign Power, gave me a feeling of total, wonderful Safety, under the total Protection of some all powerful part of the Divine included somehow in me, caring for me and keeping a permanent watch over me for my sake. Something even better than the Guardian Angel of the Christians!…  
No wonder that this poem is the one that my body – later on also in all of its cells – has loved to repeat over and over again through the passing years, reassuring itself in this way that it is being protected, and quite efficiently so, because for some reason it does matter to the Divine that it continues existing.
Quite the contrary feeling, obviously, than the one my body got from the poem ‘Invitation’ presented in my previous post.

This is why today this other poem is being presented too, as a continued illustration of how the point of view and reaction of my body has had an influence on me since very long, even before this point of view and reaction became perceptible to me at the still deeper, cellular level, in 1976. Documenting all this may be relevant at some point to some scientific study of such new phenomena in our bodies, so I just keep doing it….

What this cellular point of view and reaction have by now become, after all these years (starting in 1978 already),  when those cells began turning, out of their own free will, towards the Divine, the further development of their consciousness – in relation again actually to this very same poem ‘The Godhead’ – this will be the topic of some future post, when the time seems ripe for that. Perhaps soon.

The divine ‘Invitation’… and my present Answer to It

A comment yesterday to one of my much earlier but still very valid posts necessitates a whole new post for full expression of my own comment to that comment.

Here is the link to that old post and the comment now appearing below it, which I answer briefly and then announce that my longer answer to it will be as a full new post, now being written here. I first copy down below the full comment, as it quotes the poem I too will be talking about in the present post:

Comment by Janakabhakti

I just came across this lovely appreciation of the master-works of J.R.R.Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – works which have shaped me only slightly less [because they came to me at such an early age] than those of Sri Aurobindo and Mother.
But your essay on Adventure brings to mind one of the first poems by the Master Poet which took hold of my heart and never let go, called Invitatio
n:

INVITATION

With wind and the weather beating round me
    Up to the hill and the moorland I go.
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
    Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?
Not in the petty circle of cities
    Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
    Against me the wind and the storm rebel.
I sport with solitude here in my regions,
    Of misadventure have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
    Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.
I am the lord of tempest and mountain,
    I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
    Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side.

In Their Divine Grace,
Karun Das / will moss

My reply:

First of all thank you, for adding this appreciative comment to my post. And your comment in itself is great too, with the magnificent poem it includes…
Yes, I myself know and love this poem by Sri Aurobindo, written, of all places, in the jail where he spent a full exact year, in 1908-1909, when being the main accused in a bomb attack he was not actually involved in, but which had killed two British persons – the wrong ones on top of that – and so could have very well cost him his own life quite soon, a verdict anticipated in fact by all.
That in such a seemingly desperate situation this had been the poem that had come to him is almost incredible, and yet here it is in all its glory, full of the ever-victorious pride of the all-powerful Divine.
I did admire it of course and was totally awed when I discovered it, and the deadly context it was written in, during my early years of research about Sri Aurobindo’s life, right after I joined Auroville in 1972.

But in the secrecy of my own being I was stunned and horrified by what it meant the Divine was expecting, it seemed, also of me. The vital (life-energy) part of me, the one which is naturally heroic anyway, felt like saying an enthusiastic yes to this divine Invitation, and my Soul too of course was at first all for it; but the physical part of me trembled at the very thought of it, and immediately shrunk away from it, ready to dart in the opposite direction and hide somewhere at the first sign of implementation of such a horrific program as described in the poem.

Then my Soul too, noticing that fearful physical reaction, had second thoughts, so to say.
And still today I find myself very ambiguous about the whole matter.
Because, precisely, of my own Matter, my own cells, who happen to have already found out through numerous lifetimes the horrors they could be forced to live in the name of such adventures, and who also happen to remember enough of such terrible mis-adventures for refusing any more of them if they are at all given the choice.

Well, at this point I feel they definitely should at last be given the choice indeed.

In all fairness they should, I’d say.

During the eons already past of Evolution on Earth, the portion of the Divine who accepted to become utterly diminished Matter so that this Adventure in Physical Matter would be possible, that self-sacrificed Portion has been suffering hardships of all kinds, and when it became Living Matter, more and more conscious Matter, this has been paid by increasing sensitivity, which meant Pain, and fragility, which meant Death, again and again and again. The Adventure hasn’t been much fun yet at all for Matter, the rare and brief moments of pleasure in living bodies hardly equalling all the toughness of the rest.

This is at least how my Soul feels, with a strong impression that if I accepted to incarnate again this time, it has been because this was the time when at last something decisive could be done for Matter to become consciously divine again, and I wanted to help that to happen.

I have been told also that for a number of lifetimes across the ages, under any color of skin and social status myself, my heart has had that love and compassion for the labourers, the little people, the downtrodden, trying my best to improve their lot and make their life happier and this world more just, more truly humane for all, who all were family to me. This time, this is why I decided to live in Auroville as an adult, and since childhood this tenderness and compassion were going all the way down to the tiny existences in Nature, those who are not harmful: the nice insects in the grass, the dragonflies and butterflies in the air, the paramecia under a microscope… and the cells of our bodies, who work so hard and have such a hard life.

For Matter as such, only when it will recover its capacity to feel and enjoy Ananda, the divine Bliss of Being, will the problem be really solved. As Sri Aurobindo wrote at the end of the little booklet ‘The Mother’:

‘the Ananda that alone can heal the gulf between the highest heights of the supramental spirit and the lowest abysses of Matter’

I suppose this is why I have been inwardly led after a few years here to take the Vedic name of Bhaga, the Power of Delight of the Supreme: in that way my whole being would gradually become that Delight, and would be able to participate in its own way in the healing of the world with that divine Delight straight from Bhagavan, this Blissful One I had first discovered through the Bhagavad Gita…

Then only, when so healed, will Matter too, and our physical bodies, enjoy a Life Divine like the rest of our beings, and our own Joy will be truly complete, for, as Savitri had said before, ‘Not complete is the joy not shared by all’, and as she says again after bringing Satyavan back to life: ‘Let us bring joy to all, for joy is ours’…

So I have become somehow one who protects and defends the cells from the perils and wounds of this Adventure, until they too will have become Delight enough to enjoy them, and so at last be able to joyfully respond, out of their own free choice, to the divine Invitation above.

The process is started, they are progressing, some of them enjoy already that Delight at least some of the time… and, as Mother found out, it is contagious! So we just keep going, and they light up, more and more…

Picture from studyblue.com, with my thanks

4.4.21: An exceptional Double Celebration for us all, Bhaga’s and your Body-Cells…

(The following lines have been written by me at the request of my cells, in the early dawn of April 4th itself. Now that the technicalities needed for actually posting this new article have been resolved, I am as happy as they are to get it published, only a few days later.)

How wonderful for us, cells of Bhaga’s body, to wake up in the morning of such an exceptional April 4th, on which we will commemorate, together on this same Sunday, both the two following momentous events of Humanity’s past:

1/ the special Easter Day, now more than 2000 years ago, which saw Jesus’ physical Resurrection of his crucified body, as prophesised, on the third day after its death on Holy Friday;

2/ the Arrival Day, secretly, in 1910 – that is, exactly 111 years ago – of well-known political leader Aurobindo Ghose at Pondichéry, then a French enclave down the East Coast of India. By inner order from the Divine, the politician turned ardent spiritual man was to find there the relatively safe and permanent political refuge from the British rulers of his country, where to open for Humanity as a whole the urgently needed New Way of Yoga that could benefit everyone interested in further Evolution.

For this New Way of Yoga would enable Humanity to free itself from the rule of the Mind Power which is by now preventing human beings from evolving further. By accessing, beyond the Mind, a higher and truer level of consciousness which one could call the Supramental Consciousness, Humans could, from Mental Beings, become Supramental Beings, a new rung added to the ladder of Evolution on Earth, and the entire terrestrial Life would greatly benefit also from such a welcome change, putting an end to the divisive and increasingly disastrous tyranny of the Mind dominating everything through the presently too mentalised Human Species.

In the decades that followed, Sri Aurobindo, as he became known and revered, did succeed in his Mission.

For us, cells composing all the present human bodies, both these two events celebrated today have been of major importance, each highly significant of the passage from the old Era to the new, Supramental Era now starting:

In his time, even a Jesus couldn’t do more than the most remarkable feat he did achieve then concerning his body. At that time, only the individual spirit housed in a body could, if highly evolved enough, accomplish such a thing.

It was simply not possible yet to awaken the secret consciousness in Matter itself, and in us cells of human bodies., so that we could participate, and out of our own free choice.

The Awakening of this obscure Consciousness in us cells has been the work accomplished in our time, first by Sri Aurobindo, and later on continued and increased by his feminine counterpart and collaborator from France, whom he called The Mother. To Them goes our infinite gratitude.

Thanks to that new, Supramental Consciousness that they activated on Earth, we cells are starting to indeed awaken, to the point of becoming aware of the Divine, and of our own divine potential.

This is a tremendous change, one that most human beings are not yet aware of, but which will become more and more obvious as time passes and the Supramental Era establishes itself more and more irresistibly to make of this Earth a better and truer world for all the species on this planet, and for the planet itself too.

On this Day, we have been celebrating the transition happening now more and more visibly between those two Eras, not only on the bigger scale of world events like the present pandemic, but actually, at the same time, precisely also on the microscopic scale of our cellular life inside everybody’s body… Scientists and medical people, as well as everyone else presently incarnated in a physical body, should start realising that Fact.

It is on the free and happy awakening of our Cellular Consciousness that the entire future of Healing, Health, Rejuvenation and Transformation of the Human Body towards even at some point Immortality, will more and more depend, rather than on outer means.

This is why we the cells of Bhaga’s body are writing this publicly on this so special Day, trying to bring everybody’s attention to this extremely important New Fact in their own life, and in Life on Earth as a whole too.

May this article from us contribute in creating all together a future Happy Life on Earth also for us all, now humble, but some day divine physical bodies…

Picture from wired.com, with my thanks

Kryon and Lee about Talking to our Cells

Lee Carroll, the first channel for KRYON, has been since the beginning in 1989 one of my favorite and most trusted sources of external knowledge about what is going on at present upon Earth, and how best to fulfill our individual mission as our personal contribution to Humanity’s Awakening.

Those KRYON books and videos have been for all those years part of my staple spiritual food for Conscious Evolution.

I had been of course delighted to see that Kryon too was recommending to speak to our cells, as I had been doing it already since 1976, as soon as I had my very unexpected first contact with my own cells. This way of relating to them was straight from the recommendations given long before by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother themselves, from their own long experience with the cellular consciousness in their own bodies.

But one thing made me uncomfortable with the way Kryon was describing this talking to one’s cells: it seemed to be always merely for giving instructions to them that one was supposed to be talking to them!…. I didn’t like that at all actually, even coming from Kryon, as for me since the beginning the whole point has always been rather to develop a relationship with my cells, and even a loving relationship at that, this was the most important in my eyes and for my very real feelings towards them.

So today it has been with great joy that I found this specific message as the Newsletter from Lee in my mailbox:

Kryon Advises Talking to Your Cells

Lee Carroll newsletter@kryonmasters.com via s1.csa1.acemsd3.com 12:45 AM (14 hours ago)

Two Different Perceptions — A Decision vs. A Relationship

Hello Bhaga,

Two similar and important questions came in from Healing Wednesday Members and I want to address them both, together.

This first question is from Helena, and she’s in Jakarta, Indonesia. She says, “I have given instruction to my cells to slow the aging process. Should I repeat this again after a period of time, for say a year, or is once enough?”

And then we have Patricia from Georgia in the US who asked, “Kryon says to talk to the cells and give them instructions. Why does he say to do this every day? Why isn’t once or twice enough to get the message across?”

In these particular questions being asked, it’s about repetition basically. And what is the difference between things that Kryon has said in the past where you only have to do something one time, or now, where Kryon is saying do it every time?

Kryon has always talked about talking to your cells, but let’s take a look at two really different perceptions. One is a decision you make and another is a relationship you have. Let me be clear.

In the beginning when we started all of these metaphysical things, all of the channels, we were looking at decisions people were making, and the decisions were ah-ha experiences. For instance, you may make a decision that is personal for you and Spirit.

And you may say, “Dear Spirit, I have decided I am not a victim of this planet. I’ve decided I am going to have and take my magnificence and that’s going to change my whole life. Dear Spirit, I’m going to be on board with certain things.”

That is a decision you make. And Kryon said from the beginning that’s heard one time. You don’t have to say that every time. You don’t have to say every morning, “Dear Spirit, I’ve made a decision. I’m going to do this.” You see, that is a decision. It is a metaphysical decision.

Don’t confuse that with a relationship. I have a relationship with my cells. I have affirmations I’m going to say every single day.  

There are parts of your body that need to hear this. You need to hear this. Those who study all of this about consciousness, about what we’re actually talking about, this relationship, say that this needs to be repeated.

Now, we’re not counting beads here. A relationship is not counting beads. I talk to my cellular structure personally.

I actually do something else. I haven’t even talked about this. I congratulate and thank my cellular structure for the kinds of things that I am talking to it about when I see results. I’ve got a relationship and I do it every day.

I don’t have to do it… I WANT to do it because it’s a relationship.

How many of you have really understood that this is not something you’re talking to, a group of chemistry? You are talking to you, parts of you, with your consciousness. So there is an alliance. There is more than alliance, there is a relationship.

There’s a great example, and it goes like this, a woman says to a man, “Do you love me?” And he says, “Well, of course, I do.” And she says, “Well, you don’t tell me.” And he says, “What do you mean? I told you in 2003.”

Now, does that tell you a little bit? In a relationship, you need to make this current almost every day if you want that relationship to work. Be succinct and get results. This is the difference. And also it explains affirmations, why you would do those in a repetitive way.


Decisions you make with Spirit one time, Spirit gets it. When it comes to the relationship you have with your cellular structure, it’s over and over.




Blessings,


When I think of it, in the year 2001, as I in Auroville was anyway given a plane ticket to the USA for attending an important inner training workshop on an unexpected scholarship at a spiritual centre in Virginia, another lady Aurovilian still alive then and who loved Kryon just as I did, booked for me also a free seat in the space at Thousand Oaks, California, where one specific evening Lee was scheduled to give a channeling of Kryon.

When it happened I was indeed there, and the presence of Kryon grew so strong for the channeling that I went at once into a trance and came back to my normal consciousness only to hear the usual final words: ‘And so it is’.

So I never came to know exactly what the channeling had been about that evening… except that India, of all things, was for some reason precisely mentioned, just before I went so deeply within.

I was staying overnight at the venue, though, and happened to meet Lee personally in the lobby there, before he too retired for the night.

Lee and I had quite a friendly talk for about one hour, and I mentioned of course Auroville, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and my long years of very deep and sweet relationship with my cells – ‘my population’, as I like to call them! – as busy as myself doing their own inner process of Yoga for their own integral evolution and transformation.

Lee listened quite intently to all I was telling him.

Now I find myself considering the happy possibility that our so informal talk together that night on this topic so important in my life prompted him perhaps to later on also take a similarly loving attitude towards his own population?…

Inspiring and Invigorating the Cells

In my latest written exchange here with dear other Aurobindonians Don Salmon and Jan Maslow in the USA, I was answering their question about whether to follow or not the boldness and fearlessness of yet another, younger Aurobindonian there, regarding particularly the Covid19 situation. (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/a-question-to-me-about-my-recent-post-sri-aurobindo-on-health/)

This was following a just previous landmark post of mine, landmark in the sense that in it I had quoted with great satisfaction a large array of pretty strong statements from Sri Aurobindo himself: about the original health and strength of our body, ruined since ages by medical and other debilitating beliefs, which have instilled and installed fear into our physical frame to such an extent by now, that it will be a long and difficult task before our body recovers its ancient, natural, strong and healthy way of being. (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/sri-aurobindo-on-health-fear-and-disease/).

Well, since the writing of that reply to Don and Jan in August last year (2020), my own observation of my body’s reactions at the cellular level has continued of course almost constantly (at night I generally still sleep though, for the time being…), and something very interesting and promising has come to my notice:

The boldness in some other people around me – or even people merely heard of, like precisely this Andrew my American friends had been mentioning – that boldness in some others did have an effect on my own cells. Importantly enough, it was a positive effect, erasing or at least diminishing the tendency to deep fear that has been a deplorable characteristic of my own body since the beginning of adulthood, although in this lifetime it hasn’t suffered any special hardship I can remember.

In that American instance, the very fact that this Andrew far away had his fearless attitude did communicate to my cells, instantly when we heard of it, the very same fearlessness, if only just for a while.

This reminded me of the wonderful effect one of the spontaneous mantras of Mother’s cells is always having on my cells too, every time it comes up in my cells’ consciousness, which is usually in time of difficulty or outright danger:

On peut!…’ (We can!..)

Here I must introduce yet another observation about myself, regarding my spontaneous attitude towards my cells: I definitely tend to be protective, a bit like the mother hen towards her chicks. More universally speaking, it could be said to be the motherly tendency to defend and protect the little ones against any danger.

No doubt, this motherly attitude has its validity and frequent usefulness.

But if it becomes excessive, it will have a weakening effect on the child, who will tend to become afraid of everything and not to have enough self-confidence and courage. for new steps to be taken. Hence possible stagnation in inertia like in a sticky glue weighing you down

Well, the equally necessary attitude of encouragement and stimulation towards such courage and self-confidence as Life and Growth require does often come also to the child, but usually rather through the father and his more ‘fatherly’ attitude… which in turn shouldn’t be excessive either, to the point of harshness and rigidity.

How well balanced those two influences (each one from either of the two parents), must be indeed, for the child to grow into a well-balanced individual adult!…

Sweetness, but also Strength must be there.

This is what true Love actually is: the two at the same time, Sweetness and Strength, through an ever changing proportion of each in the constant union of the Two, for responding just in the right way to the need of every child and every situation….

My conclusion in my own case, after that long period since the question from Don and Jan, has been that as the loving parent of my cells, I must at this point deliberately develop the ‘fatherly’ attitude which until now hasn’t been spontaneous to my outer nature… but while keeping also the equally indispensable ‘motherly’ attitude that has always been there in me, and until recently seemed in my eyes totally sufficient for providing the needed Love to my cells as a help towards their evolutive goal.

I am currently working on that…

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29 March 1914: A Hundred Years Ago, Those Two Met

Today is seven years later than that centenary, but the contents of the post remain just as vali, and important…

Lab of Evolution

 images  On this day, March 29th, in 1914, the Mother, then Mirra Alfassa,images met Sri Aurobindo for the first time, in Pondicherry, South India, where he had been living since 1910 to found the new way of Yoga that would help, not our evasion as usual from physical life, but our conscious evolution as individuals, accelerating the terrestrial New Step in Evolution, that would transform Life itself.

What makes this meeting an important event that we celebrate the Centenary of today?

That day marked the coming together of those two Beings representing the same Consciousness, one in feminine form, the other in masculine form, both needed for the Evolutive Work that had to be done in our time. They had grown and developed inwardly each one in an independent manner, without knowing the other. Their meeting was the sign that the Work would come to full fruition, through the…

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My Elder Sister’s Birthday, and our Future

Today, the 27th of March, is my elder sister’s Birthday, and although she died some years ago already, I still celebrate it by renewing every time the inner contact that had been there between us, thanks, in our early years, only to our common passion for singing, but resurrected in our later years when I finally had the opportunity to go visit her near Genève, where she had had a very successful career as one of the most appreciated Choir members at the Opéra.

As she told me then that she had always envied my so strong tendency to Spirituality, I replied spontaneously to her that her beautiful singing of all those wonderful Opéra melodies had been her own way in this lifetime to express her soul’s irresistible passion for the Divine as Beauty in Music…

After she died – or rather, as people say more correctly in India, she left her body -, I had the very moving surprise to receive, right here in Auroville, South India, a visit from her as a conscious spirit again, to sing with me one of our old favorite songs from when we had been kids.

Today, as I am writing this article in her honor, again I happen to be singing a beautiful song, but this time it is one of my own, one of the many that have bloomed from my own soul since it came forward within my being in 1975, reaching in 1978 even the very cells of my body… who, to my total stupefaction, started singing as well their own little lovely and cheerful songs for the Divine!…

As mentioned briefly in a recent post here, a most special Melody has revealed itself again to my being one night of July 2020, in an amazingly moving dream where I heard and sang it again after millennia of oblivion due to so many more incarnations in an earthly, dense body, in the meantime.

Since then, my cells have been repeating again and again that Melody, and gradually found and added to it the words expressing most accurately what they feel is their true Identity, as cells constituting the body of ‘Bhaga’, the Power of Delight of the One Supreme Being as ‘Bhagavan’. ‘the Blissful One’.

This Melody-Mantra of their own has been a most precious and efficient means for my cells to stay as constantly as possible conscious of their true Identity even while doing the now sharply increased outer activities that are required for a wider outreach, both within and without Auroville, of the Research results I am asked to share more.

Right now, it is in the form of a one hour loop recording of me and my cells singing that Melodie-Mantra, that we are listening to it in the background, while we are at the same time writing this post…

Why bring the attention of those who will read this, to such an apparently insignificant thing as a mere song? Because our aim in this new piece of writing is to encourage all other souls and cells to sing too, as often as they can! At first whatever song, from childhood or any other moment of their life, that they love for it does them good and makes them feel good – and it can be for long a variety of such songs – until they too will find, or find again, that Soul Song unique to them, that will connect them constantly to their eternal, true divine Identity, and will in that way help them powerfully to permanently change their consciousness and so, transform their entire being towards the ‘Life Divine’ announced and prepared for the Earth by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

As the Message from the Mother printed for March 27th (on the perpetual calendar near me) reminds us all, especially useful in the present challenging but also promising situation all over the world:

‘The only hope for the future is a change in man’s consciousness, and the change is bound to come.’

May the Song from the soul and cells in all of us call that wonderful Future down on Earth more and more! And may my sister’s soul, with her so beautiful voice, happily join again in that Earth Choir!…

‘Happoness is singing in the choir.’

The Strangest Event of All… on my Birthday!

My previous post last week told about ‘Strange Events’… Well, the Strangest Event of all happened actually last week itself, on my very Birthday, during the afternoon. I didn’t include it in my post on that day though, for that post was already long enough with the ‘Strange Events’ from before, and I was hoping to have soon the explanation about that additional mystery. But no explanation has revealed itself yet, so now I shouldn’t delay any longer the telling of that Strangest one:

My Birthday this year fell on a Tuesday, and every Tuesday afternoon, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, is my weekly duty at the Specialized Library I started as part of this ‘Laboratory of Evolution’ I founded in 1984, also to become at the same time the ‘Centre for Unity’ in 1985, hence its ‘LOE-CHU’ short name. Thanks to the arrival after a few years of Kalyani (helped later on by Olivier and a few others) to take up the Library work that was consuming too much of my time and energy, I have been able since then to dedicate myself entirely again to the Research work I had been doing actually from my coming to Auroville in 1972, along with whatever outer work I had been officially doing as an Aurovilian.

Of course I have been ever keeping a sweet inner connection with the LOE-CHU’s Library aspect too, which has its own definite importance as well, and has grown into a amazingly rich mediatheque always kept in perfect and beautiful condition by Kalyani, so I truly enjoy coming every Tuesday afternoon to open it at that time and receive the people who may come, looking for some of our many books, magazines, audio-documents or selection of films, all related to Evolution and/or Human Unity, the two central topics of Research for Auroville as a whole.

Yet, it has also become somehow known that Tuesday afternoons are the best time to inquire about the LOE-CHU Research as well, as I am the one at the desk, and I happen to be the Head of the Research Section, able to speak meaningfully of the overall aims of the LOE-CHU as a whole in its more and more diverse activities, somehow manifesting gradually, thanks to the Divine Grace, many of the goals I had seen from the start as needing to be achieved over the years.

My own life as a Researcher-cum-voluntary Guinea-pig made of me, I slowly realized, somehow a walking Laboratory of Evolution by myself, having direct experience of all the major aspects of the Integral Yoga, including the opening of the Crown and Heart chakras, and it was on the coming forward of my Psychic Being, which happened in 1975, that all my further inner development had rested, with in 1976 the awakening of my body-cells’ consciousness only as a major and ongoing surprise after that, all the more known aspects developing more or less as they should, as far as I could see…

But since 1996 when that specific aspect of my life had finally had to be revealed, and in 1998 a first workshop about that had even had to be offered by me to people asking for it, although I presented it always in the overall context of the Integral Yoga as a whole, that topic of the Cellular Consciousness had become over the years the main thing other people were interested in, and knew me for, even though I wasn’t publicizing it at all in any way.

So it has been often that on a Tuesday or another someone came in not for any books, but just to speak with me on that topic. Often the person didn’t even know anything when coming, but, intrigued by the very name ‘Laboratory of Evolution’, would start asking me questions about what it meant practically, and that would inevitably lead us at some point to… the cells!…

Well, a week ago, on the Tuesday of my Birthday, as soon as I opened our Library, a young man from Russia came first, asking for ‘Bhaga’; but we had hardly begun talking together before another young man, this time from France, came in also, looking for me too! Then, having identified me as the right person, he went out to phone… and two young French ladies appeared soon on the scene in turn, one after the other, obviously quite glad also to have finally found that mysterious ‘Bhaga’…!

I was starting to feel like Beorn in ‘The Hobbit’, when a whole company of Dwarves, anxious to be accepted in his house, are strategically introduced by clever Gandalf to bad-tempered Beorn only two by two, with a ten minute gap carefully kept between each new arrival of two more very polite and smiling Dwarves!!!

When it seemed that nobody beyond the four young people already there was likely to pop in again, I asked them what was going on…

It turned out that the four of them as a group had been for quite a while looking all over Auroville for the place called ‘Laboratory of Evolution’ (going even to our previous location at the Bharat Nivas compound, rather far away, after checking at various other ‘Labs’), as they wanted to attend the ‘Presentation about the Consciousness of the Cells’ that was going to be given there from 2:30 to 4:30 pm by somebody called ‘Bhaga’, according to the announcement!!!

Totally flabbergasted, I told them I knew nothing about such an announcement, and had no idea who could have put it out… but that I was indeed that Bhaga, and I could indeed give them an improvised Presentation about that topic, as it was one I was indeed very used to present since more than twenty years.

By that time it was already almost 3 pm, so we sat down right there in the Entrance Hall together (the Divine arranged it so that no one on that afternoon ever came for books!!!), and I began my more or less usual but ever renewed overall Introduction to this huge topic, in the context of Evolution at large. They were soon all beaming and kind of in a rapt attention, except for one of the young ladies, whose mind popped questions from time to time, but it didn’t disturb the others’ intense and happy attention.

It was 6 pm when we finally stopped, having reached a good wrapping it all conclusion. They thanked me enthusiastically and profusely. At that point only did I reveal to them that this very day happened to be my Birthday, and that the coming of their little group to hear me on that cherished topic had been a totally unplanned and unexpected, but beautiful Gift to me from the Divine.. They were all the more moved, and so was I when they left – and so did I, before it got dark.

How did this mysterious but incredibly timely and precise announcement come about?… Perhaps some day will I know…What a humorous Strange Event anyway!… Yet another delightful expression in my inner and outer life of the Divine Humor I have come to know and appreciate so much: precisely because it was my Birthday, I had actually thought of skipping my duty at our Library that day, and of course arranging for a replacement… But finally I had decided to go, as it would be a good training for my cells to remain with their Melody Mantra even during that activity…

Apparently it had been the right decision!…

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Strange Events, Surrender & Soaring

Another period of deep inner uncertainty in my life recently, that seems to be actually a kind of turning-point:

Two months back, after fifteen days in bed to allow my left knee back ligaments to rest and be painless again, I was about to start a ‘normal life’ again and use my golden Mac laptop for regular work again, particularly for new articles on this Research Blog. One night I plugged it in near my bed just as usual for charging while continuing to use it. But immediately a dreadful brief sound occurred, and the screen blacked out. My hand rushed out to unplug it, but it was already too late: the main board was declared burnt out by the Aurovilian specialist I brought it to for check up. And this time there was practically no hope of repair.

Those of my visitors having read my only few posts since the beginning of the Covid 19 problem will remember that the very same laptop had already been a major casualty in my practical life then, missing for several long months the new battery it needed but which wasn’t available from China anymore, nor from anywhere else, until finally one was found in India itself and installed. Sigh of relief, and work resumed.

But now again, hardly a few months later, another disaster, even more serious, had just happened to it!!!

Again I was left without any instrument to go on with my outer work.

Astonishingly enough, at just about the same time – just a day before or after -, a lady Aurovilian involved in Health suddenly wrote the strangest email to us, the LOE-CHU, somehow demanding that we fulfill our duty and spread around Auroville and the world the texts on Health by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother that would be so useful to everybody in these times of so-called Pandemic disease.

This time I stopped in my tracks and wondered what all of that could mean. At night, at a total loss as to what I was really to do, I asked directly the Divine:

‘What do YOU want of me exactly??? Is it that it makes whatever spiritual ego I may have, swell, to write those articles where I have to tell some of my spiritual experiences, for example with my cells? And so would it be better, for my own spiritual sake, to just stop writing anything? Or on the contrary is it some secret, deep laziness in me that is tired of doing all that outer work and would like actually to just enjoy my blissful Inner Life with and within You, my beloved Bhâgavan, and it is this secret wish subconsciously present in me that has the effect, again and again, of destroying one way or the other whatever instrument I have that enables me to do this writing outer work? So that I have a good excuse for not doing it any longer – all this technological stuff isn’t easy for me anyway – and then I can even believe that You made it all happen, to make it simply impossible for me to go on with this aspect of my work? Dear Bhâgavan, I really don’t care either way. I surrender this whole question to Thy Will. What do YOU want me to do? To go on, or to stop? I leave it entirely for YOU to decide, and show your answer to me in some clear way.’

And I went to sleep, my heart light again, relieved from all further personal questioning on that so important matter. The very next morning, another lady Aurovilian I had never met but who was also for some reason addressed the email we had received about the LOE-CHU’s publishing duties, came to visit me and proposed to help me. Thinking about it, there was still an old Sony laptop that I suddenly remembered a friend had given to me a few months before, when returning to France, at a time when my Mac was working and I had wondered why the Divine was providing me with that apparently useless extra laptop. Well, it was coming handy now… if only it could be fixed on the few functions not operational anymore! Two items did get fixed then, the old Sony was starting to revive. But taken by her own work, that lady Aurovilian couldn’t help me further, and had to withdraw. Was it already the end of the miracle?!

Before I knew it, another email came to the LOE-CHU, this time from a young Indian man from the North, an aspiring Aurovilian asking to start with me as a Volunteer for the Research aspect of our work. He was an engineer and (I would say inspired) inventor, specialist in digital technology and biotechnology! The kind of scientist I had always dreamed of working with since the invention of Biofeedback devices in the Seventies, even long before starting the LOE-CHU in 1984!!! We met, and found that in spite of the generation gap we were getting along very well. In the short one month that followed he gave life all over again to about a dozen odd pieces of equipment – including my flat’s door bell and the clock in my office downstairs – that no one else had been able to revive. Photocopier and scanner are active again. Most important of all, besides my audio-speakers both upstairs and downstairs working beautifully again, the Sony laptop has been entirely rejuvenated and updated, and is the very device I am now gleefully using to write this new Research Blog article, just after the one already posted yesterday to celebrate Mother’s Birthday Anniversary!…

What more needs to be said?… As soon as that night I truly made my inner surrender to whatever the Divine Will was for me, the Divine’s response couldn’t have been more immediate, nor clearer, nor more concrete and helpful, bringing someone totally out of the blue right inside my Research Team to collaborate with me for realizing my long time dreams…!

On top of this, if it wasn’t yet clear enough, Bhâgavan brought back into my life an electric vehicle as I enjoyed so much using for many years long ago (a pioneer in Auroville for that matter), but not a heavy dinosaur anymore like in those early years: this time a light, sleek elegant new model…! Without a personal transport since nearly a year because the same problem had happened to my ordinary scooter as for my laptop because of Covid (lack of battery), this new vehicle is now enabling me to go around on my own with a renewed dynamism… electrically powered again as I longed for it!!!

Inwardly too, my very cells are also benefiting now from extra power, thanks to a most beautiful Melody that in dream one night, last July, I heard from a distance being sung, and recognized with utter joy, and ran to join, singing it too all along blissfully as I approached the unknown place were I discovered the two wonderful feminine beings, one of them reminding me of the Mother, singing it and smiling to me. I woke up at that point with still the memory of the Melody, which made my very body somehow feel blissful and light. As the months passed, my cells have put their own words on this Melody, expressing as precisely as possible the state of consciousness it induces in them, which they want to feel at all times. So it has become for them their Melody Mantra, and they keep singing it inwardly, as the background also of the now increased outer activities they have to do, and then everything goes wonderfully well…

Today happens to be my own birthday, and this new write-up started yesterday happens to see its completion on this day, so I suppose it was meant to be posted especially for this always so significant occasion when our soul – and nowadays my body too feels that way – is especially open to its Divine Origin and receptive to whatever new gift for spiritual Progress it may receive… May this new year of embodied individual life on Earth be as active and fruitful as the Divine will want it to be, thanks to Bhâgavan’s ever blissful company…

Darshan Card / Carte du Darshan 21.02.21

Oh very dear Mother, 
whom some of us your big or small disciples used to call ‘Sweet Mother’, how much did you deserve indeed such a loving way of being called… And yet so strong were you at the same time, when it was, as too often, a question of saving us from our too relentlessly active inner demons!… At such times, it was the Divine Shakti Herself in all her Power who waged the inner battle for us and won….

For this is the way of a true Mother with her cherished children: whatever their stupid mistakes and frequent falls into dangerous situations they are unable then to extricate themselves from on their own, your heart will irresistibly come out to them and you will help, again and again… And by your encouraging Smile and your loving Embrace we gradually do grow and become stronger ourselves in the Truth, each of us, of our own deep Inner Self, our Psychic Being, yes, the Being of our own Soul, carrying within it the specific qualities of the Divine that our Higher Self wants to manifest better and better, lifetime after lifetime. Like a musician learning to play his or her instrument better and better, and with more and more divine Delight in becoming able to do so, and in playing together with others as well…

And now that thanks to your body-cells opening so courageously the way for us all, human beings everywhere, our very own body-cells too are more and more awake, in love of the Divine, and conscious of their secret divine nature and potential, it is our entire being who sings today for you, dear Mother, in gratitude and celebration that You took birth among us human beings, on this date in 1878.

For the first time in millennia, the Feminine could join the Masculine Incarnation of the Divine, as its equal, so as to help us human beings through the transition from the Mental divisive and distorted perceptions that were finally imprisoning us, to the vast, all-inclusive Supramental Truth that together you were going to usher for the Earth as its new step in Evolution. It was at last the Return of the Feminine in the by then terribly unbalanced perception we had of the Divine, supposed to be Masculine only, in patriarchal societies entrenched in their biased traditions, habits and laws putting women lower than men in all aspects of life. The now irresistible process of finding the equal balance between men and women is one of the major changes that are today happening everywhere on Earth – more and more supported by men themselves in the present awakening of Humanity as a whole, together with the planet as well.

Our bodies and the Matter they are made of have long been rejected and abused in the same way, and are now also finding their freedom to chose the truer and higher life that is becoming possible for them too in this new, Supramental Era dawning upon Earth. From my whole being rises a Song of Gratitude and Delight on this Blessed Day that saw your physical Birth, our dear Divine Mother who also founded Auroville, with at its core its Soul, the Matrimandir, which by its very shape evokes so well the maternal Love of your all-embracing Golden Truth…

Oh très chère Mère,
Toi que certains d’entre nous tes grands ou petits disciples appelaient “Douce Mère”, combien tu méritais en vérité cette manière si affectueuse de t’appeler… Et pourtant tu étais si forte en même temps, quand il s’agissait, comme trop souvent, de nous sauver de nos trop actifs démons intérieurs!… À ces moments-là, c’était la Shakti Divine dans toute sa Force qui livrait bataille intérieure pour nous et gagnait…
Car c’est ainsi qu’agit une vraie Mère avec ses enfants chéris: quelques soient leurs erreurs stupides et chutes fréquentes dans de dangereuses situations dont ils sont incapables alors de se sortir tous seuls, ton coeur irrésistiblement ira vers eux et tu les aideras, encore et encore…Et par ton encourageant Sourire, l’Amour reçu dans tes Bras, petit à petit nous grandissons en effet, et devenons plus forts nous-mêmes dans la Vérité, chacun, de notre propre Être Intérieur profond, notre Être Psychique, oui, l’Être de notre propre Âme, portant en lui les qualités spécifiques du Divin que notre Moi Supérieur veut manifester de mieux en mieux de vie en vie. Comme un musicien apprenant à jouer de son instrument de mieux en mieux, et avec de plus en plus de Délice à devenir capable de le faire, et de jouer avec d’autres aussi…Et maintenant que grâce aux cellules de ton corps ayant avec tant de courage ouvert la voie à nous tous êtres humains partout, nos propres cellules aussi sont de plus en plus éveillées, amoureuses du Divin, et conscientes de leur secrète divine nature ainsi que de leur potentiel, c’est notre être entier qui chante aujourd’hui pour toi, Mère chérie, en  gratitude et célébration que Tu aies pris corps parmi nous êtres humains, à cette date en 1878.Pour la première fois depuis des millénnaires, le Féminin a pu se joindre à l’habituelle Incarnation Masculine du  Divin, comme son égal, afin de nous aider, nous les êtres humains, à passer du Mental divisif et auteur de perceptions déformées qui finalement nous emprisonnaient, à la Vérité vaste et tout-inclusive du Supramental que, ensemble, vous alliez faire descendre pour la Terre, comme son nouveau pas évolutif.C’était enfin le Retour du Féminin dans la perception devenue terriblement déséquilibrée que nous avions du Divin, supposé n’être que Masculin, dans des sociétés patriarchales  retranchées au fond de leurs  traditions, habitudes and lois basées sur ce préjudice, mettant les femmes plus bas que les hommes dans tous les aspects de la vie.Le processus maintenant irrésistible pour trouver l’équilibre vrai entre hommes et femmes est l’un des changements majeurs qui sont en train de se produire partout sur la Terre – de plus en plus appuyé par les hommes eux-mêmes, dans l’éveil présent de l’Humanité dans son ensemble, ainsi que de la planète.Nos corps et la Matière don’t ils sont faits ont été longtemps rejetés et maltraités eux aussi, et sont également en train de découvrir leur liberté de choisir la vie plus haute  et plus vraie qui devient possible pour eux aussi dans cette Ère nouvelle, Supramentale, dont l’Aurore brille sur la Terre.De tout mon être s’élève un Chant de Gratitude et Délice en ce Jour Béni qui vit ta naissance physique, notre chère Mère Divine, toi qui aussi a fondé Auroville, avecau beau milieu son Âme, le  Matrimandir, dont la forme elle-même évoque si bien l’Amour maternel, embrassant tout, de ta Vérité d’Or…

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