Our ‘Auroville’s Golden Jubilee’… as Aurovilians

My latest post before this one was on Feb. 9th…  As too often nowadays, nearly one month has elapsed between that one and this new one I am at last able to start.

But this time it is not due only to my own private circumstances. Here is what I wrote in answer to a comment about that prior article of mine:

“I am quite grateful to you, dear Rick, for such an excellent comment on my article and the main points it touched! You are adding information to it, and a link that I’ll be happy to go to as soon as this yearly ‘Special Week’ we are having here in Auroville at this time of the year will be over and I get again some extra time for reading…! The fact that this year Auroville’s Birthday on the 28th will be its Fiftieth Birthday, or ‘Golden Jubilee’, with all the many various celebrations you can imagine, doesn’t make things any easier… 😀 “

Later on, a certainly hoped for, but at the same time tremendously aggravating outer circumstance did materialize: the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, came to visit in person on Feb. 25th!… This made top news across India:

It wasn’t in Pondicherry of course, but in Auroville itself, and the audience that can be seen seated in our vast Sri Aurobindo Auditorium at Bharat Nivas (the cultural Pavilion of India, among the many Cultural Pavilions already built or to be erected in that specific area of Auroville) are Aurovilians, as is also the Indian lady presenter next to the VIPs lined up on the stage on both sides of the Prime Minister.

Well, that so important ‘Golden Jubilee’ of Auroville – celebrated with due grandness and beauty three days later, on the 28th, anniversary of the actual date of its Foundation Ceremony in 1968 – is now over indeed, and I am indeed getting again some free time… not yet for reading anything, but at least for writing a new post for this blog of mine!!!

About that ‘Golden Jubilee’ of course. Not from the point of view of one of the many, many outsiders who, in whatever official or unofficial capacity, attended in some way the event(s), but from an insider’s point of view: the point of view of an Aurovilian who has herself been living and working here since 1972, that is, forty-five years – quite a long while, as you can see – and is able to fully appreciate the truly enormous, unbelievable changes that have happened here during that time.

From the dreadful barren land with a handful of precarious huts huddling together here and there under a scorching sun, to the present almost overabundant greenery and the quite visibly emerging City in the midst of it, with buildings such as the magnificent one in which, oh incredible but true fact, I am now myself living, what a huge miracle seems to have happened! Not to mention these Golden Jubilee celebrations in themselves too: the overflowing miracle of event after event presented in practically every place of Auroville, practically non-stop, during this entire ‘Birthday Week’ (from Mother’s Birthday on Feb. 21st to Auroville’s on Feb. 28th) made even more significant this time around because it was the 50th Birthday of our dear Auroville!…

From the way I have myself experienced in the recent few months the totally bewildering ups and downs of preparing my own little event (for my own birthday on the 23rd) at and for the African Pavilion, in the middle of all this whirlwind of other events being prepared everywhere else as well, I can say the sum of all our efforts seems to have been enormous, but would have come finally to nothing much if not by the palpable help of the Divine Grace getting rid for us of all the apparently insurmountable obstacles we were all facing in our extremely diverse and daring endeavors.

For this is for me the even bigger miracle that has happened over the years of our steady, stubborn, obstinate presence here: the inner miracle, the one that started transforming each of us radically, through the sheer magic of Faith.

The odds were, from the start in 1968 and at any further point in time too, ever so much against us, it couldn’t be but out of faith, an ever-growing faith, less and less in our own human efforts, but more and more in the Divine Help, that we took on all we attempted to do – and indeed managed to do in the end, however impossible it may have seemed at first… and usually for a long, long while after that.

We each may have grown in our own unique way, each gradually shedding some of our uniquely blended personal human problems, but we have all grown together in that common, collective way: acquiring more and more patience, and more and more perseverance, in one word more and more of that miraculous ingredient in all of us human beings: Faith.

Faith in the Divine before doing any of the various completely crazy things we just had invariably to do as the years passed, and Gratitude for the Divine afterwards, when quite miraculously it had been done.

Those who are coming only now to Auroville, especially from the West, have no way to even imagine how simply impossible at every step it has all been, to get to the point where Auroville is now.

So in the end it unexpectedly becomes somehow fun. Sheer fun!!!

Of course we still have to put in the personal effort, the concrete proof that yes, we really do want it to happen, but by now we aren’t truly anxious anymore about the outcome: if it’s the true thing that is to happen, the Divine will make it happen against all odds anyway – and if it doesn’t happen, well, that simply means it wasn’t really what had to happen, or not in that form, and so it’s good that it didn’t happen: it will happen in its true form later, that’s all…

This is how, phoning yesterday affectionately a friend and colleague Aurovilian just gone out for a week for giving a seminar elsewhere in India, after both of us had had no time to meet as usual during those last crazy ten days, we soon found ourselves irresistibly laughing together over this whole ordeal that it had been.

Laughing with the sheer inner delight that comes from knowing inwardly this so secret and so wonderful Fact: that if you, from your own part, are really giving it your all, in all sincerity and trust, then there is no need to worry: the Divine will do all the rest for you, that you couldn’t possibly do, and the Impossible will happen again and again, on a regular basis, as the New Way of Life so many of us here have been longing for so ardently in our minds, hearts and bodies – still human to a large extent, yes, but at the same time, to some extent at least, already not quite human any longer… and it feels so incredibly wonderful that it is so!!!

To know from direct, repeated experience that you can count on that Divine Help, because the Divine is more and more for you that Immense, limitless, Eternal, all-powerful, Knowing and Loving Being that is in you and all around you, in Whom you have eternally your own being, quite safely and blissfully, so that taking on the worthy Challenge which for the divine spirit, part of the Divine, that you are, is this Physical World, becomes Divine Fun indeed… all that becomes gradually Divine Delight – even for the very cells of your physical body in their own profound awakening.

In this so precious Auroville, in which we are so blessed to live, all of the above is on its way to become the Collective Realization of an ever-growing number of Aurovilians, in a new kind of society that is already benefiting Humanity as a whole.

May our gratitude go for ever to the two heroic Pioneers of Conscious Evolution, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, who have made it all possible through their own bodies, first of all in this Auroville they envisioned, founded and guided in its first years, their Two-in-One Consciousness still invisibly helping it to keep growing towards the full Truth of its envisioned Future as an official, recognized first Universal City, the Cradle of the true, loving Superhumanity that we are slowly evolving into…

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“SOS d’un terrien en détresse”: Hommage à Daniel Balavoine

SOS d’un terrien en détresse

SOS d’un terrien en détresse
Chanson de Daniel Balavoine
extrait de l’album Starmania
Face A Lucie
Face B SOS d’un terrien en détresse
Enregistré 1978
Studio Gang, Paris
Durée 3:35
Auteur Luc Plamondon
Compositeur Michel Berger
Réalisateur Michel Bernholc
Label LM Riviera, Barclay

SOS d’un terrien en détresse est une chanson composée par Michel Berger et écrite par Luc Plamondon en 1978 pour l’opéra rock Starmania.

Elle fut interprétée pour la première fois par Daniel Balavoine, puis reprise par Norman Groulx, Renaud Hantson, Bruno Pelletier, Grégory Lemarchal, Daniel Popovic, Laurent Bàn et Dimash Kudaibergen, jeune chanteur Kazakh.

Peter Kingsbery (du groupe Cock Robin) a repris la chanson en anglais, sous le titre Only the Very Best, dans la version anglaise Tycoon en 1992. L’adaptation anglaise a été écrite par Tim Rice. Cette version est parue en single la même année.

En décembre 2015, l’artiste française Marina Kaye interprète Only the Very Best dans l’album de reprises intitulé Balavoine(s) en hommage à Daniel Balavoine.

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Eh bien, grâce à cette chanson présentée une première fois dans mon précédent article, je m’instruis!… Alors j’en profite pour instruire en même temps aussi celles et ceux d’entre vous, mes visiteuses et visiteurs, qui s’intéresseront à cette petite enquête chronologique que je viens de faire à propos de cette chanson si émouvante… dont ni le nom de l’interprète ni même le titre de la chanson elle-même n’étaient donnés, mais dont il s’avère, ô joie,  que je lui avais donné exactement le bon titre, son vrai titre! (Oui, félicitez-moi, je le mérite!!!)

Écoutée en premier sur la Page FB de quelqu’un d’autre, son partage immédiat sur ma propre Page avait déclenché les réactions appréciatives de plusieurs ami(e)s aussi bien de langue anglaise que de langue française, d’où ma traduction à l’intention de ceux qui en avaient besoin pour apprécier encore plus pleinement cette chanson.

Mais alors c’est le commentaire d’une amie française plus jeune que moi (connue depuis les temps anciens, pré-auroviliens, où j’étais encore jeune Prof de Lettres Classiques en France…) qui m’a fait découvrir que cette merveilleuse chanson avait été originellement chantée, avec grand succès, par un chanteur français que je n’avais jamais connu, étant partie pour Auroville dès 1972, mais qui avait eu par la suite une carrière retentissante: Daniel Balavoine.

Intriguée par ce nom de moi inconnu, mais visiblement encore si aimé de mon amie,  j’ai fait aussitôt la Google Search qui s’imposait…

Elle en valait la peine: en effet, ce jeune chanteur des années 70 et 80 avait été quelqu’un d’exceptionnel, extrêmement populaire également à cause de son profond engagement social et politique aussi bien sur scène ou devant les média qu’en tant que simple être humain, devenant l’un des premiers artistes français à s’investir personnellement dans l’humanitaire – jusqu’à sa mort le 14 janvier 1986, à 33 ans, dans un accident d’hélicoptère alors qu’il aidait de son mieux l’Afrique affamée, entre autres précisément en participant à ce Paris-Dakar où, au Mali,  il trouva la mort, ainsi que les quatre autres passagers, dans le crash de cet hélicoptère au cours d’une opération destinée à acheminer des pompes à eau pour les populations locales maliennes,.

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Cette disparition prématurée de l’un des ses chanteurs les plus importants de l’époque créa en France un choc énorme. En dépit de sa carrière ainsi tragiquement écourtée, Daniel Balavoine a écrit et composé plus d’une centaine de titres et demeure aujourd’hui encore l’un des artistes francophones les plus populaires, fort de près de 20 millions d’albums vendus et de tubes qui restent dans les coeurs. Nombreux sont encore ceux et celles de ses anciens fans qui continuent à honorer sa mémoire… gardant aussi éventuellement, comme mon amie, une préférence pour l’interprétation première qu’il avait donnée de chansons qui, comme celle-ci, ont été plus tard reprises par d’autres, avec plus ou moins de succès.

En ce qui concerne cette chanson particulière, créée pour Balavoine dont la voix avait une tessiture androgyne de près de trois octaves, les vidéos de YouTube m’ont révélé, après l’artiste originel, un autre chanteur français dont l’interprétation et la personnalité attachantes, ainsi que la mort (de maladie) encore plus jeune – à 20 ans à peine – l’ont gardé lui aussi semble-t-il dans beaucoup de mémoires: Gregory Lemarchal.

Quant au jeune chanteur de la vidéo que je vous ai présentée, il s’agit, je l’ai enfin appris, de Dimash Kudaibergenov, du Kazakhstan, dont l’ardente interprétation – en français ! – et la voix elle aussi extraordinaire lui valurent de remporter l’émission “Singer 2017” en Chine. Son audition diffusée du 6 février 2017 a connu un véritable succès aussi bien auprès du jury que des spectateurs et téléspectateurs.

Bien qu’heureuse de savoir enfin son nom et les circonstances où nous le voyons chanter si magnifiquement cette chanson, je tiens à remercier ici l’amie qui m’a fait découvrir le tout premier interprète à avoir fait connaître et aimer cette oeuvre. Grâce à cette amie, ma vie en est enrichie, car je perçois à présent un tant soit peu la place énorme que ce Daniel Balavoine, dont j’ignorais jusqu’au nom, a eue dans la chanson et la société françaises d’une époque que je n’ai pu vivre directement avec elle, étant partie vivre au loin, à Auroville … Merci, amie !

17.11.17: Gratitude de mes Cellules pour les Cellules du Corps de Mère

(Traduction de l’article en anglais précédent)

Depuis l’Anniversaire d’Auroville cette année (le 28 février 2017) la conscience de mes cellules  a franchi un important pas de plus, affirmant sa propre indépendance à l’égard des parties mentale et vitale en moi, qui avaient pour habitude d’utiliser constamment le corps pour ce qui les intéressait elles – une habitude existant depuis toujours en chacun de nous êtres humains, et que l’on ne remarque même pas tellement elle semble “normale”.

Mais maintenant que le Pas Nouveau dans l’évolution terrestre s’est produit, les choses sont en train de changer: dans le corps de Mère, pour commencer, un moment est venu où les cellules n’ont plus accepté cette ancienne manière de s’y prendre, qui n’est en réalité qu’un esclavage du corps à ces deux autres parties extérieures de notre être, le Mental et le Vital.

Lorsque le corps dans son ensemble en vient au point où la seule chose qu’il veut vraiment est de servir uniquement le Divin, ressenti et obéi directement grâce à l’influence aimante de notre Ëtre Psychique individuel, dans notre Centre du Coeur, alors cette révolte contre ses précédents maîtres indignes devient inéluctable. Je ne m’attendais pas cependant à ce qu’elle se produise aussi tôt dans mon propre corps, si bien que je ne pensais même pas du tout à cette possibilité, mais une fois de plus, comme pour les précédents grands pas accomplis par ma conscience cellulaire, celui-ci m’a totalement prise par surprise.

Depuis lors, ce changement radical a transformé à nouveau toute ma vie, ce jour-ci lui-même apportant dès le matin tôt une intention nouvelle dans mon corps, de vouloir célébrer ce Jour de Darshan spécial d’une manière bien à lui: honorer spécifiquement ces cellules héroïques du corps de Mère qui avaient remporté toutes les victoires nécessaires, rendant ainsi possible maintenant pour ces cellules du mien d’avoir l’expérience de cette incroyable évolution dont jour après jour elles ont eu l’expérience de manière toujours grandissante depuis que la “contagion” de l’éveil a été semée en elles lorsqu’enfin elles ont vu le corps de Mère, debout en total émerveillement devant lui qui était supposé être mort.

Alors mes cellules ce matin, pendant ma méditation habituelle (à laquelle de toutes façons elles se joignent d’une manière ou d’une autre), m’ont déclaré intérieurement qu’elles avaient quelque chose à dire par écrit, parce que c’était important; cela se révéla être un “Manifeste des Corps”, que je cite ici dans l’original français qu’elles écrivirent ensuite dans mon cahier-journal:

MANIFESTE  DES  CORPS

“Il est venu, le Temps des Corps

Qui ne veulent plus souffrir encore,

Et qui refusent leur accord

À des scripts de douleur et mort.

Ils veulent la Loi du Non-Effort

(Qui est la Vraie Loi), et leur essor

Loin de tous ces si mauvais sorts,

Retrouvant le Délice d’Or

De la Vérité Vraie des Corps.”

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Wouah. Quelle remarquable Déclaration en effet, et exprimée de surcroît avec quelle force ! Ce que j’ai cité ci-dessus n’en est que la première partie, qui fut écrite séparément comme formant un tout, mais fut suivie à peine quelques instants plus tard par une seconde partie, adressée celle-là directement au Suprême, à travers la magnifique image (de grande taille) de Lui/Elle que nous toutes aimons tant, mes cellules et moi, et gardons près du lit où nous dormons, de façon à nous endormir la nuit et nous éveiller au matin sur cette si inspirante Vision.

Comme cette seconde partie était plus intimiste et moins valable pour tous les corps,  je m’arrêterai là dans ce témoignage dont j’espère qu’il illustrera suffisamment les étonnants progrès devenant maintenant possibles pour la conscience de nos cellules … grâce à celles de Mère, ne l’oublions jamais!…

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17.11.17: Gratitude to Mother’s body-cells from my body-cells

Since Auoville’s Birthday this year (Feb, 28th, 2017) the consciousness of my cells has undergone a very important new step,  asserting its own independence from the mental and the vital parts of me that were in the habit of constantly using the body for their own purposes – a habit which has been going on since ever within us human beings, and that is not even noticed any more in our consciousness, so ‘normal’ it seems to be.

But now that the present New Step in terrestrial evolution has begun, things are rapidly changing: in Mother’s body to start with, a time came indeed in the cells when they didn’t accept anymore this old way that is actually a slavery of the body to those two other outer parts of the being, the Mental and the Vital,

When the body as a whole has come to the point where all it really wants is to serve the Divine only, felt and obeyed directly thanks to the loving influence from our individual Psychic Being right in our Heart Centre, then this rebellion against its previous unworthy masters is bound to happen. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon though, with my own body, so I wasn’t even thinking of such a possibility at all, but once again like the previous big steps taken by my cellular consciousness, this new one too took me completely by surprise.

Since then this drastic change has transformed my life all over again, today itself bringing from its early morning a new attitude in my body, of wanting to celebrate this special Darshan Day in its own way: honoring specifically those heroic cells in Mother’s body that won all the needed victories, making it possible now for these cells of mine to experience the incredible evolution they have been experiencing day after day in ever increasing ways since  the “contagion” of the awakening was sown in them when they saw at last Mother’s body, while standing in total awe in front of it when it was said to have died.

So my cells  this morning, during my usual meditation (to which they since long associate themselves anyway to one extent or the other) declared inwardly to me that they had to say something in writing, as it was important: it turned out to be a ‘Manifesto of the Bodies.” I’ll quote it first in the French original they proceeded to write on my Diary Notebook:

MANIFESTE  DES  CORPS

“Il est venu, le Temps des Corps

Qui ne veulent plus souffrir encore,

Et qui refusent leur accord

À des scripts de douleur et mort.

Ils veulent la Loi du Non-Effort

(Qui est la Vraie Loi), et leur essor

Loin de tous ces si mauvais sorts,

Retrouvant le Délice d’Or

De la Vérité Vraie des Corps.”

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There. Quite a Declaration indeed, and a strongly worded one at that. The above is only the first part of it, which was written separately as a whole, but was followed only moments later by more, addressed this time directly to the Supreme, through the big size magnificent representation of Him/Her that we all love, my cells and myself, and have next to the bed where we sleep, so that we fall asleep at night and awaken in the morning with that so inspiring Vision.

I’ll leave out that part that came next, and translate only the main text they wrote first:

MANIFESTO  OF  THE  BODIES

It has come, the Time of Bodies

That just wont suffer anymore

And just refuse their agreement

To scripts of suffering and death.

They want the Law of Non-Effort

(Which is the True Law), their soaring

Far above all so-called bad lucks,

Finding back the Golden Delight

That is the True Truth of Bodies.”

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rherhsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only Through this Blog as a Whole Will You Get the Overall Picture

Since I started this Research Blog in 2011 as one more way to reach out to other people anywhere who might be interested, each of my posts has inevitably addressed only one part of the Full Picture needed to understand how it all works within ourselves once we consciously take up the path of Conscious Evolution, particularly as this Integral Yoga Sri Aurobindo and the Mother devised especially for this purpose.

It may have started in its own limited way long before, sometimes already in our early childhood, with strange happenings now and then that we didn’t even know were ‘spiritual experiences, although later on we may have realized they actually were. It has been the case with me, so I know, but still it is only when I read for the first time the first lines of ‘The Life Divine’, my first book by Sri Aurobindo (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/my-first-contact-with-sri-aurobindo-1971/), that my whole life has really entered consciously that Path, which it has never left since. Massive experience after massive experience ensued, already while I was still in France, and then as soon as I arrived in Auroville it was as if the Inner Motor was finally turned really on for good.

So my visitors shouldn’t judge of my present overall spiritual condition only from the recent posts in which I have purposely revealed some of the inner flaws that, like anyone else, I too have had or still have to conquer – or in fact to offer at some point in total humility to our Divine Mother, the Divine as the eternal Mother of the divine child eternally growing in me: for only with Her all-powerful Help can we ever truly overcome an inner obstacle… or simply feel the obstacle suddenly melt and altogether vanish from our being.

It is our Psychic Being, the being of the Soul within us, that gives us that spontaneous, deep and irresistible, childlike Love for the Divine, and the total trust in Him/Her that makes us spontaneously give ourselves totally to that Wonder of Love and Wisdom and Power and Delight that we gradually find is also the One, unique Being our own Higher Self is a particular aspect of, from eternity and for eternity.

So if you read more of those past posts I have also written here since 2011, you will see that the required Psychicisation and Spiritualisation processes have been actually going full blast in me since decades, and far from abating, it is only increasing ever, either in depth or in vastness of the experiences lived again and again in various forms so that the entire being, down to its very body-cells, becomes more and more impregnated with the Divine Reality hiding secretly in each of us, waiting to be discovered and lived ever more constantly as our new normal life.

The little amusing story that I wrote about in my just previous post, is only the latest of those ever surprising advances one may see manifest in oneself, as our Divine Mother makes good use of absolutely any circumstance in our outer life to help us understand something more, or become able to do or be something we couldn’t before. In that way She cuts out every time better one more facet of the future fully revealed divine diamond that each of us is…

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So for grasping the entire Process through which She does in each of us at every moment this wonderful revealing, it is also not enough to read just the last few posts I have written. Each and every post from before has also presented some other part of this Process, that might be useful for you personally, if not today, perhaps at some later point when you suddenly remember having read it and its contents become at once exactly relevant for that moment in your own life…

That’s what Conscious Evolution is about, being simply described this way or that other way along my posts, showing how charmingly varied and ever unexpected this whole Process is, that our entire life gradually becomes, as we enter more and more into the World of the Wonderful.

 

 

 

 

About ‘The Rich Complexity of our Being’

A long and very interesting comment has just been posted about my recent article, ‘The Rich Complexity of Our Being’ (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/the-rich-complexity-of-our-being/).

It deserves an equally long, or even longer answer, as it is on various points that probably have been questions for other readers as well, so I’m bringing that long comment right here and will use it for this new post, which will be a kind of dialogue between that friend and me, through my answers (in italics) interwoven with the questions and other points he raised in his comment:

Bhaga,
Your quote from Shri Aurobindo was both clarifying and leading me to a further question.
As I’m learning more about Swedenborg’s ideas or interpreted journeys I see increasing similarities to Aurobindo’s ideas. Though granted it is presumptive to say anything about Aurobindo’s work as I know next to nothing just what I’ve glimmered in your blog.

I salute in passing the great Swedenborg, whom I may have indeed studied more long ago, as you do now, had I not have already a vision even vaster – truly all-encompassing – from the even more immense and multitudinous experience of  Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

2 of my guiding ideas.
1st, A wise man once told me, “there are no new truths”. (how could there be?) Beware of anyone who is selling such.

Of course there can be only one real Truth. But that Truth is not, as our mind, by its very nature divisive, makes us believe, one single point of view which makes all the other points of view necessarily false. The real Truth (the Supramental Truth, as Sri Aurobido and the Mother call it),  is the complete Reality of All There Is in its actually all encompassing wholeness, spherical so to say. It includes within Itself all those opposite points of view that to our mind seem to be contradicting each other. The mental truth constantly says “either this, or that”, while the Supramental Truth says “This, and that, and also that, and everything else too”. The best symbolic representation of this Truth as total Wholeness is the spherical shape of the Matrimandir, the central building of Auroville, itself founded as “a City at the service of Truth”:

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The problem of the Mental Consciousness is that its vision is by nature limited, and so, unable to see and comprehend the infinite Totality that the Truth is. So if it is correct that there can be no “new truths” as such, still our present perception of the total Truth may not be complete yet at all, and we may very well have still to discover new aspects of the complete Truth that we were not aware of before… and that might be called ‘new truths ‘ in that sense.

Moreover, not only is our mental perception terribly and inevitably limited, but that limited perception itself is also constantly altered  and modified by any mental beliefs each of us may happen to have: our beliefs will constantly add their own filter or coloration or twist to the perception in itself, turning it sometimes into the very opposite of what it really is. Our contemporary Science, for example, through its present materialistic belief system, is making itself blind to anything that may be quite real, but not acceptable as such within the parameters that Science still holds as those defining reality. With such a ‘reductionist’ outlook on everything, our Science misses some important aspects of the Total Truth that were already known to ancient cultures but are for this reason presently excluded of what is accepted as real by our Science. Those forgotten or rejected aspects of Truth will have then to be re-discovered gradually, again as if they were “new truths”.

2nd, God is everywhere always broadcasting to all unceasingly. Obvious when you think about it.

God may be indeed “everywhere always broadcasting to all unceasingly”, but the receivers are of all kinds and capacities in their individual uniqueness!….

But wait!… It seems this is exactly what you are saying too: you do put the question first, but then you yourself give the answer right away as well:

So, why the myriad churches, religions, prophets and saints and sages?
Up until very recently there hasn’t been a possibility of global communication. Because of all the different, times and lands, peoples, cultures, intelligences and customs on this planet this Unitive-intelligent-cosmic-being has had to appear throughout all these varying time places and peoples, in whatever way would be accessible to them. Something like the variety you hear in NDE stories.

Exactly, I would say!

For instance, the Old Testament stories happened for some tribes in an area of north Africa. Then the Christos came as a reformer. Look what some zealots and political maneuverings made of that.
This leads me to believe that there isn’t a best, much less an only way, or teaching.

How much I agree with you on that!…

And this is what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother themselves say too, mind you; even within the overall method of Integral Yoga they proposed, they advocated and used for each of their very different disciples an equally diverse way of guiding and helping them on their gradual discovery of what would become for each of them his or her unique way, similar to that of some others perhaps, but only to a certain extent.

Though because of ego’s need to somehow feel special

Do you mean ‘superior’? Because in truth, we are all special indeed, but that doesn’t mean in any way that we are superior to anyone else, as we all are an expression of the Divine, with each an equal potential to manifest our aspect of the Divine better and better…

the followers of each teacher and teaching need to assert theirs is the best or true way.

For sure there can be no “only true way”, as that is much too vague and universal a statement, making it a claim of absolute exclusivity of the Truth.

Nevertheless, if someone’s followers do say that theirs is the best way, but add immediately the specific spiritual goal or kind of spiritual achievement that the way they are following is best for, then they may be quite correct. The kind of training for running a marathon is not the same as for running a 100mts sprint, is it? And it is rather important to choose a coach who has experience and success with the kind of race you want to run, for s/he will be the best for that, obviously.

Or if you want to go to the Himalayas, obviously again you will choose a guide who has been there, and not one who has been instead to the Dead Sea. Both goals are equally valid in themselves, but depending on the one you are interested in, you will most certainly take the guide who has been there successfully, and so can lead you there too.

This reminds me of Krishna Das’s answer to what is the best practice? “The one you do”.

Quite a sensible fellow, this Krishna Das!…  But still, that statement too would need  the mention of your aim to be complete: if the practice you do is the wrong practice for what you are trying to achieve, that will not be of any help for you anyway, or it might even create in you obstacles and difficulties for reaching your real goal. Just one example to clarify this point: the kind of muscles you acquire through body-building will be rather a hindrance if you are trying to become a great swimmer…!

The same wise man said beware of ‘only solutions’.

If they smack of the usual mental exclusivism, your wise man is right; and yet, it is true also that one safety lock can only be opened by the key meant for it … and the equivalent can apply for spiritual goals too.

Which I, now say this as, ‘it doesn’t need to be either/or. It can be both/plus.

In general terms, yes, but again, for specific needs you may require specific means, employed either by you if you can, of better by the divine loving Wisdom that will take care of your evolutive process at every step if you entrust it to the care of what we can call the Divine as our Divine Mother.

Wisdom guides have specific work to do here and it will come thru them as specifically as a person of that time, place, talents or tendencies or strengths of the guide, saint Avatar or whatever.

Well, we do agree on that, it would seem!

It’s the devotees who don’t like ambiguity, who want to nail everything down. Being able to quote chapter and verse as is said about Christian Bible pundits.

This is quite true of those disciples (in any path) who tend, through a too rigid mind, to give more importance to the letter than to the spirit, and want everything codified and carved in stone, so as not to have to feel and apply at all the spirit behind the letter. But in the case of the evolutive, and so, all-inclusive path that the Integral Yoga is, there is often the necessity of identifying for example more precisely the various parts of our being, as Sri Aurobindo explained in the text I quoted in that previous article of mine we have been now commenting about together… I hope my answers  have been helpful!

Keep up the good work,
Silrak

Introducing my own Inner Family

At the end of my previous post, which was about ‘The Rich Complexity of our Being’, I called all those various inner parts of us, in a half joking manner,  our ‘Inner Family’… A rather dysfunctional one to start with, it seems, for most of us!… But let’s not lose hope: harmony can be learned, also within ourselves, through the practice of the Integral Yoga meant  precisely for that integral transformation.

Well, over the years I started having vague impressions of what the main inner parts of me looked like, so to say, or rather what they felt like to me, but for long it remained a very vague, blurry kind of picture, never reaching the stage of a clear one for any of them.

But then something happened in the last few years, which enables me today to introduce you to at least some of those members of my Inner Family, with , lo and behold, some actual (symbolic) images of them!!!

What happened is that since many-many years I have been keeping notes of my dreams and of my experiences at the cellular level. For keeping regularly such an important record for my research work about Conscious Evolution, I regularly got quite simply some little notebooks, the kind that kids use in school, from our internal small general store in Auroville.

For years the covers were photos of beautiful landscapes from all over the world, for awakening a concern for the environment in the kids who would use them. It was really nicely done. I myself enjoyed a lot looking at those spectacular places on the Earth that I would probably never visit, but at least I could know of and admire that way.

But one day when I needed soon a new notebook and went looking for one, all that was available was in a completely different style: the covers now were amusing drawings, probably more likely to attract children. Most of them didn’t attract me at all, though. Until I found one that immediately made me laugh out loud, right in the store, with the joy of recognition:

‘But this is my mental being!!!’ I exclaimed under my breath, and started smiling at it with total glee. The drawing was this one:

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I loved it!!! Without an instant of hesitation, I took it home and was eager to start using it when the previous one did come to an end.

This notebook was quite thick actually, so it stayed with me for an enjoyable rather long time, although I wrote on it daily, and often quite lengthy entries. But still after a while I had to go and find the next one…

This time, no funny drawings on the covers of the available notebooks. A different style again, and not inspiring at all. None of those that I looked at I liked, so what to do?… I kept still looking in the little pile. And suddenly, down at the very bottom, what I saw took my breath away. It was this:

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‘Oh my, a Unicorn!… What a beauty… So powerful, yet so calmly at rest in that lovely protected clearing, in that soft Soul Light… Wow, this must be a symbolic image for something of my Soul, of my Psychic Being! This picture is a pure Blessing from the Divine. I’m taking this home.’

There was one more notebook with the very same cover, of course I gladly added it to the first one.

Those two were again of the thick kind, so they took care of my daily notes for quite a few months. It was pure bliss to look at the cover every time I would use these two notebooks, the second one right after the first was finished. When still finally the time to find a new one came once more, it was with a heavy heart that I went again to that notebook shelf in the store: how could I ever find anything as great as that so resplendent and peaceful Unicorn?…

Surprise: the funny drawings were back on the covers for the whole new pile that was there. I sighed. Would I find again something at least worthwhile, even if only again in that funny style?

Almost at once it came up, quite funny indeed, and yet so charming in its own way:

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Just a split second looking at it, and then I knew, and smiled a huge, sweet grin of recognition again: this was my emotional being, of course! Unmistakable, in every detail of it, just like for the one I had found before that was also such a perfect image of my mental being!!!

I had to laugh softly, thinking of my emotional being so wonderfully rendered in that unexpected but so true portrait of it!…. ‘But wait a minute’, I suddenly thought, ‘what does that mean, getting now this specific little cover after the two wonderful Unicorns?’ Well, I had some idea what it meant, and I wasn’t sure I liked it: it meant that after the wonderful, long inner period that had rested and reinforced my inner strength and purity of purpose – right at the cellular level of my being – the Divine was now warning me somehow, with a smile, through this new so cute and amusing little cover, that my emotional being was going to get some further training, probably so as to be reinforced and purified too!

The ‘Unicorn’ period was still not over, as the second one of those notebooks was still only halfway through, so I kind of forgot what was likely to come next for my sadhana, But several weeks back the second ‘Unicorn’ notebook did come to an end and then came the turn of the cute, sweet girly teddy-bear all in pink, with her pink heart balloon begging for love just as her shy smile did…

My visitors here on this blog know only of the emotional shocks I mentioned, which related to Blogging, but of course that vulnerability is there also in other areas of my life, in an extreme way that as a young adult I soon saw had no cause at all in this lifetime. As I discovered later in Auroville (while in a deliberate trance), it is actually one of the two major ancient problems from another life, that I scripted myself to take up again in this lifetime, knowing that my deep spiritual progress this time around would enable me at last to heal that scarred and scared part of myself once and for all.

Well, when that waiting little notebook came finally to be used, oh my, that was it indeed!!! Since that month of July, emotional shocks from the most unexpected quarters have simply rained on me like hail. I was grateful to the Divine that thanks to this gentle but so clear warning through the new notebook’s cover, I was ready, and didn’t take anything too badly…! As you may have noticed in the end of my post about the shocks related to Blogging, a very liberating sense of humor started even to express itself about it all, right in my emotional being itself… So it is still for the time being a ‘Work in progress’, no doubt, but it is progressing indeed!

Now that you have some idea of what at least those main members of my Inner Family are like in my own case, what I will describe in future posts of the evolutive process as experienced by each of them will be, I hope, a livelier and funnier read, while giving you also, most importantly, a good example of what the Integral Yoga means in daily life…

 

 

 

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