A Sunlit Path for the Cells

Yes, in this year 2018, I am celebrating with my body Forty Years of Yoga by its Cells – my dear cells! They and I, we are today all very happy to be celebrating that together… but it hasn’t been always that way!

In 1976, at the time of my first contact with them (totally unexpected) and for about two years afterwards, they had the consciousness of ordinary cells, as far as I could judge. Never did I even imagine that this could start changing, so soon after the Mother had  gone through her own process of cellular transformation, of which in that time only brief extracts selected by Her and called by Her ‘Notes on the Way’ in the Ashram Bulletin published every three months were giving us some enigmatic idea, what She experienced being recorded little by little in  her ‘Agenda of the Supramental Action upon earth’ still unknown to all. For us, the ordinary humans, it was obvious that a few more centuries would be needed before any cellular evolution would begin to happen in our bodies!

So when, hardly in 1978, I caught for the first time some groups of my cells turning to the Divine with all the fervor of their little consciousnesses, after stupefaction my first reaction has been an immediate and categorical, horrified ‘AH NO !!!’

For I just panicked. I had read Satprem’s ‘Mind of the Cells’, published in the meantime, the passages he quoted, particularly from that dreadful period of time he called ‘The Agenda Terrible’, had made me sob with sorrow for Mother, and realize to which degree She had truly, totally been our Divine Mother, finally sacrificing her own body to make as easy as possible the evolution of our bodies after Her. But all that didn’t mean I could accept to follow Her on such a painful path: this was impossible for me, I knew this was not for me.

Shouting out again to the Divine as I had in 1971, I vehemently made known to Him that I absolutely refused such a gift if it was to make my poor body suffer the way it had made Mother’s body suffer, although that one had such an exceptional endurance:

‘NO THANKS…!’ I spontaneously cried out. ‘Stop this at once in me!…’

The patient and smiling answer from the Divine was this:

‘You don’t need to worry… It was like this that it had to happen for Mother, precisely because She was the Divine Mother, because it had to go fast, her body had already a great number of years when it started, and the Work for which it had been created was the most difficult of all: to be the first one, and to eliminate as many as possible of the main obstacles so as to open the way for those who would follow. But now that it is done, what the Evolutive Force is looking for is bodies on the contrary as diverse as possible, receptive to the New Energy, so as to see how to adapt the basic process to the specific way of being of each one. For each body, its own tendencies and capacities will be taken into account’.

Reassured, and so, calming down, I finally gave my agreement for the process to,go on, which it did non stop after that, developing more and more without ever becoming painful – on the contrary.

But when the cellular experiences lived from his side during the same period by Satprem started to be published, what I read of it showed me at once that for him it was the terrible way, and my own cells got so alarmed by this, that since then I have stopped reading anything whatsoever about how things were going for Satprem, to avoid that the consciousness of my own cells be affected negatively by it.

Well, for them all kept progressing in a completely different way, actually rather on the happy side. After some time I understood that this way of doing it on their part was inevitable, as I was not ‘Satprem’, but another being, whose soul-name had revealed itself in 1979 to be ‘Bhaga’, the name the Vedic Rishis were giving to the Power of Delight inherent to the Divine: hence the name, ‘Bhagavan,’ given later to the Supreme, and ‘Bhagavad Gita’, the name given to the major spiritual explanations addressed by Krishna, a divine Incarnation, to Arjuna, his human friend.

It was quite normal that my cells too would identify themselves with this name and its precise vibratory content (Divine Ananda as a solar, and not just lunar Power), and that this aspect of the Divine would become more and more their spontaneous way of perceiving the Divine and of wanting to embody it as cells of my body.

But the cellular transformation lived by Satprem, after the ‘Agenda’ fo Mother herself, are for the time being the only books that are known and read, a fact that can give the impression that for this cellular transformation the painful way is unavoidable, the only one that can possibly give results. Again a few days ago, I watched the beautiful film, ‘Seulement le Fait Divin – Ma rencontre avec Satprem’ (Only the Divine Fact – My encounter with Satprem) made about Pascal Vidal and the testimony he is giving on his  inner and then also outer relationship with Satprem. It is magnificent, but the idea it gives of all cellular experience is that it must necessarily be extreme, all the time at the edge of the unbearable or even the deadly.

So much so, that the kind of cellular experiences lived by myself that one can find described on this blog (see Category ‘CELLULAR CONSCIOUSNESS’) may appear in comparison not very impressive, for not dramatic nor painful, and so, not heroic at all. And yet those experiences are the result of constant evolutive choices, actually quite heroic at their level, on the part of my cells, facing challenges constantly new in their life, and which require quite a lot of courage on their part for deciding to resolve them with  the trustful, happy, even joyful attitude that wasn’t natural at all to them at first, but which they have learnt to keep again and again at every moment of their life – at least to the extent that for them the conditions have never had to become as extreme as they had to become in the case of the first two Great Pioneers, and of the third one.

This deliberate attitude which I just described about my cells is the same one that I described directly as given by Mother herself, in those few lines which in a previous post here I have called ‘Mother’s Five Points Program’ ( https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/mothers-five-points-program-thought-control-in-our-life-2/ ).

Such an inner attitude, when one succeeds in keeping it more and ore constantly, makes one walk (inwardly of course) on what Sri Aurobindo and Mother call ‘The Sunlit Path’, protected from the dangers of the darker and steeper ways, where others may of course venture , but at their own risks, if it is their spiritual ego that pushes them there, or a type of personality that makes it difficult for them to adopt this somewhat childlike attitude given by the Psychic Being.

Well, retrospectively, it seems to me that all along those forty years, and more and more as they went on, it is that Gift which my cells have wanted to give not only to themselves, but also to offer to all the human beings who are ordinary too, not capable of all courage like Sri Aurobindo and Mother, and also Satprem – but who still wish to help their cells develop their consciousness, at the pace and with the results that they will reveal themselves capable of if it is in this softer way that the process happens for them.

Now that the time of the extremely difficult beginnings is hopefully over, and so a very accelerated but also very painful process is no longer indispensable, now, who knows, perhaps this Sunlit Path for the Cells will become useful to many others? This is the reason why I make it known here, so that people are aware that this other option does exist too, with results potentially important as well, for all our bodies…

The Divine is inviting us to a whole diversity of approaches, for Diversity s necessary, so let’s make the best out of it!

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Picture from wired.com, with my thanks

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rick Lipschutz
    Apr 23, 2018 @ 20:11:45

    Dear Bhaga, Belated thanks for such an inspiring series on these sequent and surprising turns of yoga. The Aurospirituals are such a creative way to express oneness, the births in so many regions, the songs of so many people we perhaps have been. It gives a more concrete meaning to the Pavilions the Mother calls for. I love the way you express in the sunlit path of the cells—a wisdom whose time may have come, but with a complete respect for the work of Satprem but an honest expression another way may have been opened that is not so much less painful, but a joy, the sunlit path deep down that Sri Aurobindo would probably like to see. The “five point program” has been an inspiration to me also. What is also notable is that there is a true logic running through your posts through the years, something tying it all together. One could be envious, but that would have no point, would it? —A more integral response is a natural and sympathetic joy that such wonderful things may be ahead. Also, rereading your past posts somehow I had not read through the one where you describe your direct experience of the Mother on November 18, 1973. That she respected the way you felt in those early days about a possible “cult of personality,” perhaps respected such honesty and forthrightness, knew what was in your heart and responded in such a way.

    Rick Lipschutz

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  2. Bhaga
    Apr 24, 2018 @ 03:46:17

    May you be blessed by Her today, dear Rick, when I am reading this comment of yours, and it happens to be the Day when She was able to return for good to the ‘Pondichéry’ of that time for doing the Evolutive Work with Sri Aurobindo.
    In my own perception of those things, you are wonderfully right on all your points, and I thank you for that, and also for expressing those points in such a perfect way.

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