Why my ‘AUROSPIRITUALS’ after forty years of ‘Yoga of the Cells’

As I explained in my previous article, it is since 1975 and the full coming in front of my Psychic Being (the ‘Being of the Soul’, as Sri Aurobindo  and Mother call It) that devotional songs for the Divine began spontaneously coming to me, again and again.

And it is when the inner contact with my cells, which happened by itself one year later, in 1976, enabled me to notice with astonishment,  as early as 1978, that here and there in my body they were turning altogether spiritual, it is from that time on that those cells, of a body not only creole but also born in Africa, started to influence the devotional songs that kept coming to me: it was now often on the very joyful rhythm of a biguine or a samba that they expressed themselves!…

So, the sudden influx in September and October 2017 of several more such songs, but dedicated specifically to Africa, has only been the most recent form that  those ‘AUROSPIRITUALS’ took, composing themselves inside of me since the early Eighties.

I thought I had given them that name only just before the African Niagara: precisely the night before the powerful arrival of the African Niagara in the early morning, I had made a list of all my very rhythmic songs and had given them that name – for the first time, or so I believed.

A major mistake actually:

It is simple little notebooks for schoolkids that I use for noting down since 1988 (at last…) the spiritual progresses of my cells, as well as my dreams – in case the latter may reveal a secret inner relation with the cellular progresses also recorded.

From the very first notebook in 1988, I named the future whole record of those notes ‘My Cells and Me:  Journal of a Wonderful Adventure Together’.

Quite recently – these last few weeks – , while going back in time leafing through those notebooks, searching for an entirely different cellular event, I stumbled upon the veritable date on which for the first time I had had the inspiration of that name for my songs with a more exotic rhythm: it was in fact, unbelievable but true, in the morning of Feb. 24th 2017, that is, exactly the day after my birthday last year!!!

What a surprise! Already on that morning, right after my previous birthday, the Divine had whispered to me this precise name for those songs: ‘AUROSPIRITUALS’!…

Stunned, I realized this specific name was having then a great importance, more so than I had suspected. In effect, that name was enabling me to evoke and honor the name of similar but older songs, indeed, but also to signal the difference: thanks to its greater universality that name could then be used for the joyful devotional expression of any people or culture, beyond all the religions and their human dogmas so limiting and divisive!…

Thanks to the genetic research that has now become so easy to do, many people are discovering they have had ancestors of totally unsuspected origins, and this simple revelation by itself makes them open up to those other cultures they had no idea they were linked to.

But what Genetics don’t know yet, is that we have often been our own ancestors, too…! And in my personal case, it is not just African and Creole roots that I have in me. Be it from one lifetime or the other, I have actually roots masculine or feminine, on all continents, under all latitudes and all skin colors, expressing all the shamanic or religious beliefs known or forgotten. Roots?… I have, it would seem, a multitude of them.

Indeed: the British Aurovilian lady (nowadays gone back to cool England for her health) whom long ago I had finally consulted like many of us did, revealed then to me, to her own surprise, that I was what is called ‘an old soul’, having lived lives upon lives, everywhere, from the most ancient times, and that in this lifetime (a most important one) I was to gather and use all the qualities acquired in all those other lives to create out of them the diversified richness that our human unity requires for truly happening, in this terrestrial evolutive future that is growing more and more.

Well, I had noted down all right everything that this Aurovilian lady with inner sight  had told me, but without having the slightest idea of how such a future of spiritual universalisation would ever become a part of my real life.

And there it was, beginning obviously to happen, and on the intense and accelerated mode that luckily I was getting used to, for it was in that same way that all my previous spiritual progresses had happened every time, and this new one was no exception:

One after the other, first Africa with several of its regions, among them the Atlas, then it has been Tibet that revived its deep roots within me, then Kazakhstan, or rather the whole area around the Altaï, whatever present name those countries may have, that lie there since ever, and in which my being has incarnated for one life or the other. And there is the Peru of Macchu Picchu. And there is Ancient Israël – several lives. And there are of course my roots, multiple too, in France as such, at various time periods. And it is far from all!

These last months, my own evolutive progresses have translated themselves, in the night as in the day, through a sort of universalisation, not any more just psychological like when a young adult, but lived by my body itself, the experience buried into the invisible layers of my cells’ DNA starting to become active again, bringing me in a sequence, irresistibly, to several of those Cultural Pavilions that Mother asked us to build also in Auroville, I understand better and better why.

And this doesn’t concern me only, obviously: Auroville, and beyond Auroville, humanity as a whole will have to follow this same inner movement connecting all our diversities.

Of course the Aurovilians are from everywhere, already on the first degree, speaking simply of each one’s country of origin in this lifetime. But to feel that one belongs only to that one country is not enough, it too easily gives rise to ‘reductionism’ and ‘exclusivism’ towards the other countries.

Beyond this apparently unique country each one belongs to now, so many of us in Auroville, like me have those multiple deep roots connecting them invisibly to so many countries and cultures and times, on top on their country of origin this time around, that having lived under all skin colors, when they begin to remember it, they simply cannot anymore be a racist….

Same thing for the religions: when one has lived at the time of Christ, but also at the time of Krishna, and also at the time of Buddha or Mahomet, and then now of Sri Aurobindo and Mother, it is from within that one feels the wonderful complementarity of the way they followed each other, simply as different and growing expressions of the same Truth  now at last fully revealed. That Truth has needed all the previous ones to become whole again in its expression, and they must remain, in some more supple form devoid of exclusivism, so that the Truth  will still be adapted to the various degrees of evolution and inner needs that cannot but be there, among those unique individual human beings that we all are, all various aspects of the Divine at the same time ONE and ALL.

It is, I see it, this new experience in my cells that has made my individual consciousness achieve the same progress in effective universalization.

For 2018,  for this Fortieth Year of their own ‘Yoga of the Cells’, as Mother was calling it, this is the Gift they have received in several stages, during the End of Year and New year time, and still more later… And they kindly made me benefit from it, they shared it with me, this Gift, and now thanks to these neurons who formulate it for me, and these hands who write it on this keyboard for me, and this whole body who participates one way or the other, I am able to share it with other human beings too, a bit everywhere, through this blog! Isn’t that fantastic?!?

All my congratulations to you, my dear cells, and all my gratitude as a human being who still felt too separated from the others! You have changed all that in a few months!… And our little Celebration of Africa at the African Pavilion through your joyful ‘Aurospirituals’ for the anniversary of this body you constitute, my dear cells, this little afternoon of singing and dancing that way is more ad more taking its full meaning : it was a Celebration of the wonderful Diversity of Human Expression that we are all part of!…

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Pourquoi mes “AUROSPIRITUALS”, après quarante années de “Yoga des Cellules”

Ainsi que je l’ai expliqué dans mon précédent article, c’est depuis 1975 et la pleine venue en avant de mon Être Psychique (l’Être de l’Âme, ainsi nommé par Sri Aurobindo et Mère) que des chansons dévotionnelles pour le Divin ont spontanément commencé à me venir, encore et encore.

Et c’est lorsque le contact intérieur avec mes cellules, qui s’est produit par lui-même un an plus tard, fin 1976, m’a permis de constater avec stupeur, dès 1978, qu’elles étaient carrément, ici et là dans mon corps, en train de s’éveiller spirituellement, c’est à partir de ce moment-là que ces cellules, d’un corps non seulement créole mais aussi né en Afrique, ont commencé à influencer les chansons dévotionnelles qui continuaient de plus belle à me venir: maintenant c’était souvent sur des rythmes de biguine ou de samba fort joyeux et entraînants qu’elles s’exprimaient!….

L’afflux soudain en Septembre et Octobre 2017 de telles chansons, mais cette fois dédiées spécifiquement à l’Afrique, n’a donc été que la plus récente forme qu’ont prise ces “AUROSPIRITUALS” qui se sont composés en moi depuis le début des années 80.

Je croyais ne les avoir nommées “AUROSPIRITUALS” que juste avant l’arrivée récente du Niagara africain: justement pile la nuit d’avant que le Niagara africain ne se déclenche en pleine force au petit matin, j’avais fait la liste de toutes mes chansons bien rythmées, et les avais appelées ainsi – pour la première fois, ou du moins je le croyais.

Erreur majeure en fait:

Ce sont de simples petits cahiers d’écolière qui me servent depuis 1988 à noter (enfin…) les progrès spirituels de mes cellules, ainsi que mes rêves – au cas où ceux-ci révèleraient une relation intérieure secrète avec les progrès cellulaires notés aussi.

Dès le premier cahier en 1988,  j’ai intitulé tout l’ensemble de mes notes futures “Mes Cellules et moi: Journal d’une Merveilleuse Aventure ensemble”.

Tout récemment – ces dernières semaines – en remontant le temps dans ces petits cahiers, alors que j’étais à la recherche d’un tout autre évènement cellulaire, je suis tombée sur la véritable date à laquelle j’avais pour la première fois eu l’inspiration de ce nom pour ces chansons au rythme plus exotique : c’était en fait, incroyable mais vrai, au matin du 24 février 2017, soit exactement le lendemain de mon anniversaire d’il y a un an!!!

Ô surprise, dès ce matin-là, juste à la suite de mon anniversaire précédent, le Divin m’avait déjà soufflé ce nom précis pour ces chansons-là: les “AUROSPIRITUALS”!…

Je me suis rendu compte avec effarement que ce nom spécifique avait donc une grande importance, plus d’importance que je ne le soupçonnais. De fait, ce nom me permettait d’évoquer et d’honorer le nom des chants similaires plus anciens, certes, mais tout en m’en démarquant grâce à ce nom plus universel qui pourrait du coup être utilisé pour la joyeuse expression dévotionnelle de tout peuple et toute culture, au-delà de toutes les religions et de leurs dogmes humains si limitants et séparateurs!…

Grâce aux recherches génétiques maintenant faciles à faire, de nombreuses personnes se découvrent des ancêtres d’origines totalement insoupçonnées, et déjà cette simple révélarion les fait s’ouvrir à ces autres peuples auxquels ils étaient donc reliés sans le savoir

Mais ce que la génétique ne sait pas encore, c’est que nous avons  souvent été aussi nos propres ancêtres…! Or dans mon cas, ce ne sont pas seulement des racines africaines et créoles que j’ai en moi. Que ce soit d’une vie ou d’une autre, j’en ai en fait au masculin ou au féminin, dans tous les continents, sous toutes les latitudes et couleurs de peaux, exprimant toutes les croyances chamaniques ou religieuses connues ou oubliées. Des racines, j’en ai, semble-t-il, une multitude.

En effet: l’Aurovilienne britannique et médium (aujourd’hui retournée pour sa santé à la fraîcheur de l’Angleterre) qu’autrefois j’avais finalement consultée moi aussi, m’avait révélé avec étonnement que j’étais ce qu’on appelle une “vieille âme”, ayant vécu des vies et des vies, partout, depuis les temps les plus anciens, et que dans cette vie-ci (très importante), j’aurais à rassembler et utiliser les acquis de toutes ces autres vies pour en faire la richesse très diversifiée que notre unité humaine exige pour se réaliser vraiment, dans ce futur évolutif terrestre qui grandit de plus en plus.

J’avais bien pris bonne note de ce que disait cette Aurovilienne douée de voyance, mais sans avoir la moindre idée de comment ce devenir spirituel d’universalisation future deviendrait une partie de mon vécu effectif.

Et voilà que maintenant cela commençait nettement à se produire, et sur le mode intense et accéléré dont je commençais à avoir l’habitude, heureusement, car c’était ainsi que tous mes précédents progrès spirituels, en quelque partie que ce soit de mon être, s’étaient chaque fois produits, et ce progrès nouveau ne faisait pas exception:

Coup sur coup, après l’Afrique et plusieurs de ses régions, dont celle de l’Atlas, c’est le Tibet qui a fait revivre ses racines en moi, puis le Kazakhstan, ou plutôt la région entière située autour de l’AltaÏ, quels que soient les noms présents des pays qui s’y trouvent depuis toujours, et dans lesquels mon être s’est incarné pour une vie ou une autre. Et i il y a le Péroude MacchuPicchu. Et il y a l’Israël d’autrefois – plusieurs vies. Et il y a bien sûr mes racines, multiples elles aussi, en France-même, à différentes époques. Et c’est loin d’être tout!

Tous ces mois derniers, mes propres progrès évolutifs se sont traduits, de nuit comme de jour, par une sorte d’universalisation, non plus seulement psychologique comme dès mon adolescence, mais bien corporelle, le vécu enfoui dans les couches invisibles de l’ADN de mes cellules commençant à s’activer de nouveau, me portant successivement et irrésistiblement vers plusieurs de ces Pavillons Culturels que Mère nous a demandé d’aussi construire à Auroville, je comprends de mieux en mieux pourquoi.

Et cela ne me concerne pas seulement moi, bien sûr: Auroville, et au-delà d’Auroville toute l’Humanité, doivent suivre ce même mouvement intérieur reliant toutes nos diversités.

Il est bien entendu que les Auroviliens viennent de partout, déjà au premier degré, parlant simplement de nos pays d’origine dans cette vie-ci. Mais cette appartenance-là est trop unique, trop aisément “réductioniste” et “exclusiviste” dans son attitude envers les autres pays.

Au delà de cette appartenance apparemment unique de chacun, tant d’entre nous vivant à Auroville ont comme moi de ces racines profondes multiples qui les connectent invisiblement à tant d’autres pays et cultures et époques, en plus de leur pays d’origine de cette fois-ci, que, ayant vécu sous toutes les couleurs de peau, quand ils commencent à s’en souvenir, ils ne peuvent tout simplement plus être racistes…

Même chose pour les religions: quand on a vécu au temps du Christ, mais aussi au temps de Krishna, et aussi au temps de Bouddha ou de Mahomet, et puis maintenant de Sri Aurobindo et Mère, c’est du dedans que l’on ressent la merveilleuse complémentarité de leur succession: simplement des expressions différentes, et croissantes, de la même Vérité maintenant enfin entièrement dévoilée, Celle-ci a eu besoin de toutes les précédentes pour redevenir totale dans son expression, et doit les conserver, sous une forme plus souple, dénuée d’exclusivisme: ainsi seulement pourra-t-elle continuer à s’adapter aux degrés d’évolution et aux besoins intérieurs différents qu’ont forcément ces êtres individuels uniques que nous sommes tous, tous aspects différents du même Divin à la fois UN et TOUT.

C’est donc, je le constate, ce vécu nouveau de mes cellules qui m’a fait accomplir dans ma conscience individuelle le même progrès d’universalisation effective.

Pour 2018, pour cette Quarantième Année de leur propre “Yoga des Cellules”, ainsi que l’appelait Mère, c’est le Cadeau qu’elles ont reçu peu à peu, pendant les fêtes de Fin d’Année et de Nouvelle Année, et encore depuis… Et elles m’en ont fait gentiment profiter, elles l’ont partagé avec moi, ce Cadeau, et maintenant grâce à ces neurones qui le formulent pour moi, et ces mains qui l’écrivent sur ce clavier pour moi, sans compter toutes les autres cellules de ce corps qui participent d’une manière ou d’une autre, je peux en faire profiter d’autres êtres humains aussi, un peu partout, à travers ce blog! N’est-ce pas fabuleux?!?

Toutes mes félicitations à vous, mes chères cellules, et toute ma gratitude d’être humain qui se sentait encore trop séparé des autres! Vous avez changé tout cela en quelques mois!… Et notre petite Célébration de l’Afrique au Pavillon Africain à travers vos gais “AUROSPIRITUALS”, pour l’anniversaire de ce corps que vous constituez, mes chères cellules, cette petite fête prend de plus en plus tout son sens de Célébration de la merveilleuse Diversité d’Expression Humaine dont nous faisons tous partie!…

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My Birthday on Feb. 23rd at the African Pavilion, with my ‘AUROSPIRITUALS’

I just celebrated – as every year – my Birthday: on Feb. 23rd.

Yes, right in the middle of the famous ‘Birthday Week’ that we celebrate regularly in Auroville from Feb. 21st, Mother’s Birthday, to 28th, Auroville’s own Birthday!…

Like many others here whose Anniversary is also during this period (or that of August 15th, Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday….!), I feel honored by this sort of date-wise connection, but whatever the date, we all give its due importance to our Anniversary, because of the fact that on that day, every human being is particularly open inwardly, open to the beneficial influence of  his or her soul, and so also of this ONE divine reality that he or she is a part of, and the partial expression of, within that divine Oneness in which everything, whether consciously or not, is actually bathed as in an invisible Ocean.

This year 2018, this Special Week has been all the more special because it was Auroville’s Fiftieth Birthday, its Golden Jubilee, as they say (please see my previous post,  https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/le-golden-jubilee-dauroville-comme-vecu-par-une-aurovilienne/ ).

Since May 1975 and the full coming in front of my Psychic Being (in hardly a few steps after my arrival in Auroville in 1972), it so happened that as a direct consequence I got the inspiration for many songs of Love for the Divine, at first rather solemn or intimistic in style, then more and more on that creole kind of rhythm that my body, born of parents both from Martinique (in the French West Indies), spontaneously loves with all its cells.

Reminded of the old ‘negro-spirituals’ that I had discovered as a young adult, which were created particularly in the South of the USA, although while in slavery, by those African people totally uprooted but still full of faith in God, I decided to honor them by calling ‘AUROSPIRITUALS’ those songs of mine, although my ones hadn’t been inspired by any religion, but by the universal spirituality that is growing everywhere nowadays, because of the present collective evolution of Humanity…

Well, since a few months – starting in Septemeber 2017 – I have received in a very unexpected and very powerful way, one after the other, several of those swinging AUROSPIRITUALS’, but this time all dedicated specifically to Africa!

This immediately connected me again to that vast land of Africa where indeed I had chosen, in this lifetime, to be born, in Algiers, in a then French North Africa, and after that to go on growing, but in that Western Africa also French at that time, where my parents had gone back for their normal work in the then French Administration: in Sénégal, initially the countryside, then the capital Dakar, later on the Soudan (now Mali), again first the countryside, then the capital Bamako with its hill, Koulouba, above the vast plain of the Niger river.

These African birth and childhood have left in me a great love for Africa, which the decades spent later on in France and in Auroville have not managed to dry up. Since my coming here I had been impatiently waiting for the creation of at least an embryo of African Pavilion, among those other Cultural Pavilions of various countries that were being born along the years in the area of Auroville that the Mother, its Founder, had designated for this purpose.

At long last a few Africans had started to come (after two solitary ones) and finally,  hardly a few years ago, an African Pavilion had been born… but at the time I was living on the main beach of Auroville, too far and too burdened with responsibilities to take part in this birth so eagerly longed for by me.

My fortunate return, end of 2014, to the Centre of Auroville, and now this Niagara of songs for Africa that was suddenly pouring down on me, gave me the perfect opportunity to finally get involved in the development of that Pavilion so cherished in advance.

In the premises still basic but already arranged and decorated with talent using these highly colored geometrical paintings, so recognizable, from the African Culture, I felt immediately at home, as in this familiar atmosphere of cordial simplicity which welcomed me, from the handful of Africans who managed the place as well as from the many Volunteers (some of them long term) or visitors  who people the Camping Site ‘Safari’ where one lives right in Nature under the little tents available there or that one has brought. Kitchen and toilets are built and decorated, as is a big common space shaped like a traditional hut, on one side of the Camping area; on the other side, the open air large space where, around a big bonfire,  the famous Drumming Session happens every week…

This is how I myself  have been able to spend a night on the spot, under a tent, after having at last watched – and joined with delight! – the contagious dance that enters all the present bodies every Thursday evening, while the Africans cheerfully drumming are joined by any other Auroville musician also inspired by those happy and free rhythms which do so much good to a body…

A few weeks later, a little band was forming spontaneously around me for those specifically African AUROSPIRITUALS… But for which purpose, I came to know with clarity only then: the Special Week was approaching, and with it my own Birthday, it was obviously on the date of my birth that I would have to sing for this beloved Africa where long ago I had chosen to be born!…

But, last minute surprise,  what was intended to be just a small intimate celebration with the few musicians and the friends especially invited, later became , on the request of the Africans running the Pavilion, an official event to be publicly announced as the Event presented by the African Pavilion as its contribution to the Golden Jubilee of Auroville!!!

Fortunately, the Divine Grace arranged things in Its own way, with the announcement in the Auroville internal news coming out only on the 24th, that is, the day after our little Celebration of Africa for my Anniversary, and the result was that there was an audience sufficiently big and enthusiastic to clap their hands and sing the choruses with us, but none of the huge crowd that we were totally unprepared for and so were secretly very scared to face!…

Now, after this memorable performance, and also all the other events we all attended elsewhere before and after that one during that incredible Golden Jubilee Week, everybody is resting, exhausted… But, oh happiness, everything went fine, so we are savoring this well-earned rest, all the while smiling with gratitude to the Divine Grace that everywhere gave the invisible helping hand needed at the critical moments, and made everything finally possible… ad even a success!

This personal Anniversary so special this year, at the African Pavilion, will remain engraved in my memory… and will mark also in its own way a grand Première in Auroville: the public beginning of a new aspect of the new Culture that is growing here: the AUROSPIRITUALS!

The event has been recorded and filmed by our Auroville RadioTV, here is the link to a short video, an of course much abridged version where fragments of the little historical talk I gave beforehand to a group of friends have been inserted here and there between extracts of the songs:

https://www.aurovilleradio.org/aurospirituals-at-african-pavilion/

The place of all this in the Integral Yoga, this Yoga of individual and collective Evolution my entire life is dedicated to since 1971?,… If you are interested in the answer, you will get to know it in my next post! Isn’t this one long enough already?…

Le “Golden Jubilee” d’Auroville, comme vécu par une Aurovilienne

Mon dernier article avant celui-ci était le 9 février… Comme trop souvent ces temps derniers, presqu’un mois s’est écoulé entre cet article-là et le nouveau que je suis enfin à même d’écrire.

Mais cette fois-ci ce n’est pas seulement à cause de mes propres difficultés internes. Voici ce que j’ai écrit en réponse à un commentaire sur cet article précédent:

“Je vous suis très reconnaissante, cher Rick, pour cet excellent commentaire sur mon article et les points principaux qu’il touchait! Vous lui ajoutez de l’information, et un lien auquel je serai heureuse d’aller dès que cette “Semaine Anniversaire” annuelle que nous avons à Auroville en cette période de l’année sera terminée et que j’aurai à nouveau un peu de temps pour lire…! Le fait que cette année l’Anniversaire d’Auroville sera son Cinquantième Anniversaire,  ou “Jubilé d’Or”, avec toutes les célébrations variées que vous pouvez imaginer, ne facilite pas les choses… 😀 “

Plus récemment, une circonstance extérieure certainement espérée, mais terriblement aggravante, s’est effectivement matérialisée: le Premier Ministre de l’ Inde, Sri Narendra Modi, est venu nous rendre visite en personne le 25 février !… Cet évènement a fait la Une des journaux dans toute l’Inde:

Ce n’était bien sûr pas “à Pondicherry “, mais à Auroville même, et le public qui peut être vu assis dans notre vaste “Auditorium Sri Aurobindo” au Bharat Nivas (le Pavillon Culturel de l’Inde, parmi les nombreux autres Pavillons Culturels déjà construits ou à ériger dans cette zone spécifique d’Auroville) sont des Auroviliens, comme l’est aussi la dame indienne qui joue le rôle de la présentatrice pour tous les VIPs alignés sur la scène de part et d’autre du “Prime Minister”.

C’est fait, ce “Golden Jubilee” d’Auroville, si important, célébré avec la grandeur et la beauté qui lui étaient dûes, trois jours plus tard, le 28, annivesaire de la date précise à laquelle avait eu lieu la Cérémonie de Fondation en 1968 – est maintenant en effet passé, et j’ai à nouveau en effet un peu de temps, non pas encore pour lire quoi que ce soit, mais bien pour écrire au moins un nouvel article pour ce Blog!!!

À propos de ce “Golden Jubilee,” bien sûr. Non du point of vue de l’une des nombreuses, nombreuses personnes de l’extérieur qui, en quelque capacité officielle ou non qu’elles l’aient fait, ont assisté d’une manière ou d’une autre à cet évènement multiple, mais du point de vue de quelqu’un de l’intérieur, le point de vue d’une Aurovilienne qui a elle-même vécu et travaillé ici depuis 1972, c’est à dire quarante-cinq ans – un bon bout de temps, comme vous le voyez – et qui peut pleinement apprécier les véritablement énormes, incroyables changements qui se sont produits ici durant cette période-là.

De l’effrayante terre désertique avec une poignée de huttes précaires ici et là, se serrant les unes contre les autres sous un soleil de plomb, à la végétation presque débordante, et à la Cité émergeant très visiblement de cette masse verdoyante, avec des bâtiments aussi magnifques que celui où, ô fait incroyable mais vrai, je vis maintenant moi-même, quel énorme miracle semble s’être produit! Sans parler de ces célébrations du Golden Jubilee elles-mêmes,  un miracle se déversant d’évènement en évènement présentés pratiquement partout dans Auroville, pratiquement tout le temps, pendant cette entière “Semaine Anniversaire” (de celui de Mère le 21 à celui d’Auroville le 28) devenue encore plus signifiante cette fois-ci du fait que c’était le Cinquantième Anniversaire de notre chère Auroville!…

D’après la façon dont j’ai moi-même vécu pendant ces derniers mois les hauts et les bas totalement déconcertants dans la préparation de mon propre petit évènement (pour mon propre anniversaire le 23) au Pavillon Africain et pour lui, au beau milieu du tourbillon des autres évènements préparés un peu partout aussi, je peux dire que la somme de tous nos efforts semble avoir été énorme, mais qu’elle n’aurait finalement pas abouti à grand’chose sans l’Aide palpable de la Grâce Divine, nous débarrassant au fur et à mesure de tous les obstacles apparemment insurmontables qui se dressaient devant nos entreprises aussi variées qu’audacieuses.

Car c’est cela qui est pour moi le miracle encore plus grand qui s’est passé tout au long des nombreuses années de notre présence ici, inébranlable, entêtée, obstinée: le miracle intérieur, celui qui a commencé à nous transformer chacun(e) radicalement, à travers la  pure magie de la Foi.

Depuis le début en 1968, et n’importe quand après également, toutes les données allaient tellement contre nous, ce ne pouvait être que par la foi, une foi toutjours grandissante, de moins en moins en nos propres efforts humains, mais de plus en plus dans l’Aide Divine, que nous avons affronté toutes les tâches que nous avons tenté d’accomplir – et que nous avons effectivement accomplies finalement, aussi impossibles qu’elles aient pu  sembler au début,… et le plus souvent longtemps après aussi.

Nous avons chacun grandi à notre propre manière unique, nous débarrassant de quelques-uns des problèmes humains personnels dont chacun était un mélange unique. Mais nous avons tous aussi grandi ensemble d’une manière collective, commune: en acquérant de plus en plus de patience, de plus en plus de persévérance, en un mot de plus en plus de ce miraculeux ingrédient présent en nous tous, êtres humains: la Foi.

De la Foi en le Divin avant de faire aucune des choses variées mais complètement insensées que nous avons eu invariablement à faire au long des années, et de la Gratitude pour le Divin après, une fois que, tout à fait miraculeusement, la chose était faite.

Ceux qui n’arrivent à Auroville que maintenant, surtout s’ils viennent de l’Occident, n’ont aucune idée à quel point chaque pas a été simplement une impossibilité, pour parvenir à l’Auroville de maintenant.

Alors à la fin, de manière bien inattendue, tout devient en quelque sorte amusant. De l’amusement pur et simple!

Bien sûr il faut continuer à contribuer son effort personnel, preuve concrète que oui,  nous voulons réellement que ce résultat-là se réalise, mais nous ne sommes plus vraiment anxieux quant au résultat: si c’est bien la vraie chose qui doit se produire, le Divin la fera se produire de toutes façons, quel que soit ce qui va contre – et si la chose ne se produit pas, cela signifie simplement que ce n’était pas réellement la chose vraie, ou pas sous la forme voulue, et donc c’est très bien que cela ne se soit pas produit: cela se produira sous la forme vraie plus tard, voilà tout…

Et c’est ainsi qu’hier, téléphonant à une amie et collègue juste partie une semaine pour donner un stage ailleurs en Inde, sans avoir eu le temps pendant la folie de ces derniers jours de nous rencontrer comme nous le faisons d’habitude, nous nous sommes soudain surprises à rire, rire irrésistiblement de toute cette épreuve que nous avions vécue là.

Nous riions du pur délice intérieur qui vient de savoir ce si secret et si merveilleux Fait: que si vous, de votre côté, donnez réellement tout ce que vous pouvez, en toute sincérité et confiance, alors il n’y a plus de souci à se faire: le Divin fera tout le reste pour vous, tout ce qu’il vous aurait été impossible de faire, et l’Impossible se produira encore et encore, de façon régulière, comme la Nouvelle Manière de Vivre que tant d’entre nous ont souhaitée si ardemment dans leur pensée, leur coeur, leur corps – des êtres encore humains dans une large mesure, certes, mais en même temps, dans une certaine mesure au moins, déjà plus tout à fait humains… et ressentir cela est si merveilleux!!!

Savoir par expérience directe, répétée, que vous pouvez compter sur l’Aide Divine, parce que le Divin est de plus en plus pour vous cet Ëtre Immense, sans limite, éternel, tout-puissant, qui Sait et qui Aime, qui est en vous et tout autour de vous, dans lequel vous avez éternellement votre propre être, en toute sécurite et toute félicité, si bien que relever le Défi bien digne de vous, de cet esprit divin, de cette partie du Divin que vous êtes, le Défi du Monde Physique, devient Amusement Divin en effet… tout cela devient graduellement Délice Divin – même pour les cellules de votre corps physique, dans le profond éveil qui est aussi le leur.

En cette si précieuse Auroville, où nous sommes assez bénis pour vivre, tout ce qui précède dans cet écrit est en train de devenir la Réalisation Collective d’un nombre toujours plus grand d’Auroviliennes et Auroviliens, en une nouvelle sorte de société dont l’Humanité entière bénéficie déjà.

Que notre gratitude continue pour toujours d’aller vers les deux héroïques Pionniers de l’Évolution Consciente, Sri Aurobindo et Mère, qui ont rendu tout cela possible chacun à travers son propre corps, d’abord pour cette Auroville dont ils ont eu la vision, qu’ils ont fait naître et dont ils ont guidé les premières années, leur Conscience Deux-en-Une la gardant, maintenant encore, dirigée vers la pleine Vérité de son destin futur en tant que première Cité Universelle, le Berceau de cette Superhumanité vraie, pleine d’Amour, en laquelle nous évoluons lentement…

 

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…

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!…

 

 

 

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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