Dec. 5th,1950: Sri Aurobindo, Mother, and our Bodies’ Future

(Translation of the previous Post in French: https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/le-5-decembre-1950-sri-aurobindo-mere-et-le-futur-de-nos-corps/ )

Again this morning upon awakening, my body in all its cells is filled with fervent gratitude: this time, it is the anniversary of the day when Sri Aurobindo deliberately sacrificed his physical body, and so, also the personal evolutive transformation that was already visible in it and could have continued.

He had chosen to finish rather the immense Work he had undertaken since 1926, having withdrawn into his room, for the whole Earth: to bring down all the way into terrestrial Matter the specific vibratory frequency of the Supramental World, the Consciousness – Force from beyond the Mental Power. Only this Energy would be able to activate inside Matter the very same vibratory frequency waiting to awaken here too. In that way would start the beginning of a new Evolutive Era, quite urgently needed for our terrestrial world to avoid a Third World War even more catastrophic than the first two, and generated by the same Forces of Division to which the Mental Consciousnss has been subjecting us for too long.

Using an illness that he could simply have just eliminated as he had done with other illnesses, and as he was doing so easily also for his disciples, Sri Aurobindo chose to hide his decision to go, so as to avoid the foreseeable strong reactions from those around him.

But while finally leaving his own body, he transferred all the accumulated consciousness it contained already, into the body of Mother, who was standing next to the bed on which his body was lying, officially “dead”. It was to the extent that Mother felt the friction from the entry of all that additional consciousness into her physical substance, while she stood there, immobile and mute, unable to believe  that really, Sri Aurobindo was leaving the physical world. It is only later, after receiving inwardly from him the full explanation of the reasons for his departure, that she truly accepted his decision, the only possible one indeed to insure the best outcome for terrestrial evolution.

In effect, only a few years more have been necessary for Sri Aurobindo’s tremendous Goal to be achieved, on February 29th 1956, the day when the Consciousness-Force from high above started pouring itself down towards the Earth, in what Mother called the ‘Supramental Manifestation’.

From that date on, it is the body of Mother herself that, as Sri Aurobindo had foreseen, became the first body to receive consciously this so mighty New Energy, and to learn little by little, at the cost of innumerable difficulties and excruciating ordeals, how to make of it the new basis for a new way of functioning unknown as yet on Earth.

This is how began, in Mother’s body, what she soon came to call ‘the Yoga of the cells’ – for this is exactly indeed what it was: the body-cells themselves, their microscopic consciousnesses turning more and more with adoration and faith towards the Divine, had started their own Yoga, their own work of conscious evolutive Transformation. This, until that 17th November 1973 when Mother’s body seemed to die…

And the most wonderful thing is, all of that didn’t stop with Sri Aurobindo and Mother: precisely because the changes in the way of functioning were happening directly at the cellular level, and were the result of a learning process by the cells themselves, it turned out to be potentially contagious for the other physical bodies that had the needed receptivity – for this is how Evolution advances: through the new modes of functioning learned by the cells of one body, spreading little by little to others and becoming in that way a new potential for the whole species. When what is at stake, as is the case now, is fundamental changes like those made possible by the Supramental Consciousness-Force, it is an altogether New Era we are beginning to witness.

Thanks to the enormous Evolutive Work accomplished by Sri Aurobindo and Mother, it is the Future of our bodies that is by now marching on, irresistibly.

Mother had explained that the final decision would be left to the cells of her body, whether to bring to completion the Transformation of that body, or, if they saw that this other solution would be even more useful for the Earth, to disperse within as many other bodies as possible, which they would seed in that way with the Golden Contagion they were carrying. Perhaps those cells have managed to achieve both things at the same time: the new body for Mother, that she and some others had already seen in the Subtle-Physical dimension, and also a dispersion of some cells for ‘contagioning’ other bodies!…

For some of us know it through direct experience: ô unconceivable wonder, their body  has already begun to awaken, often without their wanting that to happen or even their ever envisaging that to be possible at all…!

It is in that way that it all started, precisely, for my own body, a long time ago, and this is what it has such an infinite gratitude for: when it has been given so much, such an incredible, invaluable Gift, how could my body not want ardently to make the best possible use of that Gift,  dedicating every instant of its existence to this Transformation to be manifested, that will honor and vindicate the life’s Work of those two Pioneers who have made such a wonderful Transformation possible: Sri Aurobindo and Mother…

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Le 5 Décembre 1950: Sri Aurobindo, Mère, et le Futur de nos corps

À nouveau ce matin à mon réveil, mon corps en toutes ses cellules est rempli de fervente gratitude: cette fois, c’est l’anniversaire du jour où Sri Aurobindo fit délibérément le sacrifice de son corps physique, et donc aussi de la transformation évolutive personnelle qui y était déjà visible et aurait pu s’y continuer.

Il avait choisi de terminer plutôt le Travail immense que depuis 1926 il avait entrepris, retiré dans sa chambre, pour la Terre entière : amener jusque dans la Matière terrestre la vibration énergétique spécifique du Monde Supramental, la Conscience-Force d’au-delà du Mental. Seule cette énergie serait capable d’activer dans la Matière la même fréquence vibratoire attendant de s’éveiller ici aussi. Ainsi commencerait le début d’une nouvelle Ère Évolutive, nécessaire de toute urgence pour notre monde terrestre en grand danger d’une Troisième Guerre Mondiale encore plus catastrophique que les deux premières, et générée par les mêmes Forces de Division auxquelles la Conscience Mentale nous assujettit de puis trop longtemps.

À la faveur d’une maladie qu’il aurait pu tout simplement éliminer comme les autres, lui qui le faisait si facilement aussi pour ses disciples, Sri Aurobindo préféra dissimuler sa décision de partir, pour éviter les réactions de son entourage,

Mais en quittant finalement ainsi son propre corps, il fit passer tout ce que celui-ci contenait déjà de conscience accummulée, directement dans le corps de Mère, debout près du lit où son corps était étendu, officiellement “mort”. Ce fut au point que Mère sentit au passage la friction de l’entrée de toute cette conscience additionnelle en son organisme, elle qui se tenait là muette, n’arrivant pas à croire que vraiment c’était réel, Sri Aurobindo quittait le monde physique. Ce ne fut que plus tard, ayant reçu intérieurement de lui la pleine’explication des raisons de son départ, qu’elle fut capable d’accepter vraiment sa décision, la seule possible en effet pour l’évolution terrestre.

Il ne fallut effectivement ensuite que quelques années pour que le but de Sri Aurobindo soit atteint, le 29 février 1956, jour où la Conscience-Force se déversa sur la Terre en ce que Mère appela la Manifestation Supramentale .

À partir de cette date, ce fut le corps de Mère elle-même qui, comme prévu par Sri Aurobindo, devint le premier corps à consciemment recevoir cette Nouvelle Énergie si puissante, et à apprendre peu à peu, au prix de mille difficultés et souffrances, comment en faire la nouvelle base d’un fonctionnement nouveau encore inconnu sur la Terre.

C’est ainsi que dans le corps de Mère commença ce qu’elle appela bientôt le “Yoga des cellules”, car c’était bel et bien de cela qu’il s’agissait: les cellules corporelles elles-mêmes, leurs microscopiques consciences se tournant progressivement avec adoration et confiance vers le Divin, avaient entrepris leur propre Yoga, leur propre travail de Trnsformation évolutive consciente. Cela, jusqu’à ce 17 novembre 1973, où le corps de Mère lui aussi sembla mourir…

Et le plus merveilleux est que tout cela ne s’est pas arrêté à Sri Aurobindo et Mère: précisément parce que les changements de fonctionnement se passaient directement au niveau cellulaire, et étaient le résultat d’un apprentissage par la conscience des cellules elles-mêmes, cela se révéla être potentiellement contagieux pour les autres corps s’ils avaient la réceptivité voulue – car c’est ainsi que l’Évolution avance: à travers les modes de fonctionnement nouveaux appris par les cellules d’un corps, se répandant peu à peu dans d’autres et devenant ainsi un nouveau potentiel pour toute l’espèce. Lorsqu’il s’agit, comme c’est le cas maintenant, de changements fondamentaux comme ceux rendus possibles par la Conscience-Force Supramentale, c’est carrément à une Nouvelle Ére que l’on commence à assister.

Grâce au Travail Évolutif énorme accompli par Sri Aurobindo et Mère, c’est le Futur de nos corps qui est désormais en marche, irrésistiblement.

Mère avait expliqué que la décision finale serait laissée aux cellules de son corps, ou bien de mener à son terme la Transformation de ce corps-là, ou bien, si elles voyaient que cela serait encore plus utile pour la Terre, de se disperser en autant d’autres corps que possible, qu’elles ensemenceraient ainsi de la Contagion Dorée qu’elles portaient en elles. Peut-être bien que ces cellules se sont débrouillées pour faire les deux à la fois: le nouveau corps pour Mère, qu’elle et d’autres avaient déjà vu dans le Physique Subtil, et aussi une dispersion de certaines cellules pour “contagionner” d’autres corps!…

Car certains d’entre nous le savent par expérience directe: ô merveille stupéfiante, leur corps a déjà commencé à s’éveiller, souvent sans qu’ils l’aient voulu ni même jamais envisagé comme possible !..

C’est de cette manière-là que cela a commencé justement pour mon propre corps, il y a longtemps, et c’est ce dont il a une gratitude si infinie: quand tant lui a été donné, tel un incroyable, inestimable Cadeau, comment ne souhaiterait-il pas ardemment faire de ce Cadeau la meilleure utilisation possible, consacrant chaque instant de son existence à cette Transformation à manifester, qui rendra honneur aux deux Pionniers qui ont fait qu’une si merveilleuse Transformation devienne possible: Sri Aurobindo et Mère…

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

How My Inner Family Got Suddenly Extended Beyond Time and Space

In a recent post ( https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/the-rich-complexity-of-our-being/ ), I was quoting one of Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Letters on Yoga’, ending with this very important indication of what needs to happen inside one’s inextricable inner complexity, if one wants to enter the Yoga of conscious evolution that the Integral Yoga is:

‘The remedy can only come from the parts of the being that are already turned towards the Light. To call in the light of the Divine Consciousness from above, to bring the psychic being to the front and kindle a flame of aspiration which will awaken spiritually the outer mind and set on fire the vital being, is the way out.’

One can immediately see that the two things Sri Aurobindo indicates that need to happen will lead exactly to the first two parts of the total transformation of our being, called the Spiritualisation (from above), and the Psychicisation (from within), both necessary to a large extent before the third and final transformation, called the Supramentalisation, can stabilize and complete what has been accomplished by the first two stages.

Until then, one is bound to remain in an overall state of ‘work in progress’, but still some changes may already happen that are so considerable that they make us feel and behave already like a different person!

What is extremely important, though, is that, in an evolutive endeavor, no outer part in us can be allowed to distance the other outer parts too much or for too long: you have got in yourself that eagle and that hare, but also that tortoise, and the three of them, in spite of their very different speeds, must be made to reach the finish line together, for they form actually a team and are all indispensable for the final result…

In my personal case, given as an example, the whole process took recently a quite funny turn with the apparition on my successive little notebooks of cover drawings depicting symbolically but unmistakably certain members of my own Inner Family (see my post, https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/introducing-my-own-inner-family/ , for  the pictures and how each one applied to me).

Well, in the month that has elapsed since, something even funnier happened: an even more unexpected fourth cover appeared, that was to play an important role too, but in that case, from beyond Time and Space!…

Of course within each of us there is already, from beyond Time and Space, our Higher Self (above) and our Psychic Being (deep within) that are both eternal and divine: for this very reason they are the two great Helpers mentioned by Sri Aurobindo in my quote, for our repeated evolutive adventures in our various incarnations on Earth in a human body.

But the part of me represented on that fourth recent notebook was obviously not of such a high spiritual level. I had not selected it this time but simply found it, just by itself, at the place within Auroville that we call our ‘Free Store’. I was then only halfway through   the Pink Teddy Bear notebook and the emotional upheavals it had signaled to me in advance, so the arrival of that new notebook already so early, and the fact that it wasn’t lined like the ones I always choose for my notes, intrigued me, and I took it,

Still, the new member of the family presenting itself in that unexpected way wasn’t really what I would have consciously chosen, and I had hesitated even after taking it:

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Do you see what I mean?… Yes, it was again a bear, but this time, not exactly of the cute kind, to say the least!!!

What a beautiful beast, though, in its superbly powerful body, a solid mass of muscles all perfectly relaxed under an immaculate fur… Such a supple and harmonious strength, so spontaneously and irresistibly sure of itself!…

Although rather intimidated and a little apprehensive of what such a tough new member of my inner family would bring to me next, and not knowing yet at all what potentially dangerous part of me it represented, still I didn’t go back on my adoption, and I put the notebook aside near my bed, for later use.

But I had hardly put it aside that I had the next evening to pick it up again, for I wanted to note down the list of those among my existing songs that had a rhythm related to the music sung and danced in Africa particularly; I was feeling the sudden need to draw such a list, I didn’t know why. Then I fell asleep.

In the very early hours of the morning, while it was still dark, I woke up with the sound of the music and words of a new song, entering my consciousness with all the impressive power of a train arriving in a station, a song that joyfully called for “Africa, Africa” to “wake up now”!…

The cheerful and powerful lyrics were noted down at once as they arrived, and that covered the page just next to the one where I had written the list the night before. I was stunned.

But that was not all: the following week too, more songs came in the same way, all of them on Africa, or later on, to the slightly different rhythms of the French Caribbean islands both my parents come from, although I myself was born and grew up in Africa, in the then French colonies.

I spent two full weeks receiving in that way several songs based on both those cultures  where song and dance are really expressions of the body itself, in the strong connection it has with the land and the Earth as a whole.

The effect on my entire being was tremendous, I realized after some time: simply to sing and dance all day long those so powerful and rhythmic new songs was communicating more and more to my own body the very sense of strength and self-confidence it was lacking before… and that were expressed so well in the massive but at the same time lithe body of the bear on the cover of that very notebook I had unexpectedly started to use for those special notes, while still using the Pink Teddy Bear one for my usual daily notes!…

But why a Polar Bear, and not a brown one?!…

When I asked myself that question, the answer came immediately from within:

It was because that Bear wasn’t representing just my relationship to Africa as it is today, in this lifetime, but also the much older, very deep relationship I have had with that vast and massive Land of Africa since ancient times, through specific cultures that are still alive in the far memories I have of those times, including subconsciously when the climate was different and the Sahara not yet a desert of endless dunes… A time when I myself had been a strong and fearless warrior, the quiet power of whom was now re-entering my life to complement and balance out the fragility and self-doubt of my present physical body, further weakened by my present emotional being’s vulnerability… a characteristic inherited also from another lifetime, interestingly enough, but that time lived in France, a few centuries back.

What a wonderful gift I was receiving from beyond Time and Space!

By combining with each other harmoniously, those two ways of being, each one too extreme in its own way, were giving me at last the emotional mature stability, self-confidence and physical strength that I had been longing for in this lifetime!…

 

 

 

22nd September: Happy Birthday again, dear Bilbo & Frodo Baggins!

Bilbo Baggins, now well-known the world-over, “was born in the year of 2890”, and his much younger cousin Frodo “in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in ShireReckoning.)”, as you’ll find in Wikipedia for easy reference.

Yes, they both  had the same birthday: today itself, September 22nd!

I will not let that cherished ‘Hobbit Day’, as it is now called in many places of the world, pass without celebrating it, the Hobbit way: good  and abundant cheer, and only short and merry speeches!

This is exactly the way it was celebrated in the first live acting film, by Peter Jackson, adapting to the big screen in 2001 Tolkien’s major opus: ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Here, down below, is one moment when the two Baggins being celebrated together were side by side in the midst of the collective hobbity merriment taking place at their shared residence, ‘Bag’s End’, and of course under the nearby Party Tree of Hobbiton, their happy village in the green rolling Hills of their beloved Shire, hiding in a little cozy corner of the vast and dangerous Middle-earth:

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“The films, too, are amazing in their own right. I went to see the first one, one Xmas- and at the end of the film the packed house was completely, utterly silent, stunned into a disbelief that what they had witnessed wasn’t some kind of documentary about a real world! I have never witnessed anything like it before or since.The audience almost crept away in shock. It was most extraordinary.”

The above comment isn’t by me; it is actually by a Tolkien fan (thank you, ‘Honda Oxford’!…) who wrote it this morning on a site where an article had been written for today’s occasion. But when I happened to read it there, that comment was expressing so exactly, to the word, what I myself too experienced on my first time watching that first LOTR film, I decided to include it here just as if it were my own comment. The music also, by Howard Shore, was absolutely stunning: just perfect, be it for the Hobbits, the Elves, the Dwarves, the Humans or the Orcs!… What a totally amazing feeling of truly entering that Middle-earth I had known until then only through the (already so magnificent) books by Tolkien! Watching that first film has been an unbelievable awe, moment after moment, which is still etched in my memory with the power of special wonderfulness…

Why is all this so important to me, even though I am a ‘spiritual person’ practicing most seriously for forty-six years already the Integral Yoga created for Conscious Evolution by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother?… I will tell you that in another post, hopefully soon… As for today, it is dedicated to my beloved inner friends Bilbo and Frodo of the Shire!

Post Scriptum: I just watched again that great Birthday Party in ‘The fellowship of the Ring’. In case you’d like also to give yourself that treat, here is the link, and it has two parts that follow each other automatically if you let it happen…! Wonderful fun!!!

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