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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Celebrating the Birthday of ‘The Hobbit’

Happy 80th Birthday, Bilbo Baggins!

J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was published on September 21, 1937. Eighty years later, we celebrate the beloved classic with a look at why Bilbo Baggins still reigns supreme.
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J.R.R. Tolkien, author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, photographed in 1955.

(Photo: Haywood Magee/Getty Images)

Eighty years ago, in September of 1937, when the evil of fascism was poisoning Europe, and the world teetered on the brink of the most devastating war in history, a new hero was born. He was 50 years old, about three feet tall, with a beer belly, slightly pointed ears, and feet so hairy they needed to be brushed. His name was Bilbo Baggins and he was a pipe-weed-smoking, food-obsessed homebody, of a breed of creature no one had ever heard of before: a hobbit. Bilbo and his woolly toes stepped out of The Hobbit or, There and Back Again, a fantasy novel about Bilbo’s adventures with a wizard named Gandalf and a pack of dwarves on a quest to steal back their gold from an evil dragon. It is hailed as one of the finest, most beloved classics of English children’s literature.

Bilbo’s creator, J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien, was a professor at the University of Oxford in England who was fascinated by invented languages, Norse myths and epic legends of dragons, dwarves and swashbuckling warriors like the Anglo Saxon prince, Beowulf. Tolkien would perform the classic poem about Beowulf aloud in his English Lit class, shouting, “Hwæt!” (Old English for “Yo!”) to begin the poem (and wake up his students.) Yet when Tolkien created his own hero, it wasn’t a monster-slaying prince or a hammer-wielding Norse god. Bilbo emerged from a single phrase formed in Tolkien’s mind while grading boring student exams: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Ten words that blossomed into his first novel, The Hobbit or, There and Back Again, published in September of 1937, followed in 1955 by The Lord of the Rings trilogy. All together the books sold hundreds of millions of copies the world over, launched a multi-billion dollar Oscar-winning movie franchise, and spawned a legion of fans devoted to this very day to arguing the fine points of “Tolkien legendarium”—the exquisite details of the imaginary worlds and languages in his books.

 

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And there is much more to learn and enjoy reading (and watching!) in this great article, the origin of which is at this address:

https://www.biography.com/news/the-hobbit-jrr-tolkien-facts

With all my thanks and appreciation to Carolyn Jacobs, the author…

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…

 

 

 

The Rich Complexity of our Being

My recent post about ‘Blogging and the Emotional risks of it ‘ (in its English original, https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/blogging-the-emotional-risks-of-it/) evoked from my visitors very varied reactions, all of them caring but a few slightly bewildered by what they saw as a surprising flaw in the results of my sadhana. One friend wrote to me this very moving comment:

‘We are all wounded children, so to say, and have those wounds behind the scenes effecting our choices and actions. I recently read an interview with a wife of a French spiritual teacher who passed a few years ago. She spoke quite candidly about herself. And the comment about ‘we are all wounded children’ struck me in its truth. I’m smart and read and meditate and do hatha yoga, vipassana intensives, have STD’s and still I’m lonely and a bit depressed. I believe that at least some of my study and knowledge and search has been a ‘spiritual bypass’. Have you heard that term?

“Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. … Spiritual bypassing is a very persistent shadow of spirituality …”  (quoted from Robert Masters’ writings: ‘Spiritual bypassing’)

Otherwise these strong reactions would not blindside us so strongly.

I would otherwise be genuinely be non-attached to the results of my actions, as Krishna and just about every guide has recommended.’

‘Spiritual bypassing’?…

Such a criticism is indeed founded, at least regarding the older types of Yoga (even if  developed by contemporary spiritual gurus), which are not meant at all for any transformation of the outer personality, as they do not at all envisage a conscious evolution of the entire being: they can’t possibly see that such an integral transformation is absolutely needed in order to realize upon Earth a Divine Plan, as they have no idea such a Plan exists either…

But on the contrary It is probably on this point that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s ‘Integral Yoga’ approach is far superior to those more traditional methods of Yoga: this new, integral approach was entirely and especially conceived not just for a return of the soul alone to the beatific spiritual dimensions, but for fulfilling that Divine Plan of a continuing terrestrial evolution towards what Sri Aurobindo called ‘The Life Divine’, right here upon Earth.

Well, my own enduring emotional vulnerability could be seen as a similar failure as in the case of the lady teacher mentioned above (and of my friend too, it would seem, from what he adds about himself).

But in my own case it is not really a failure, and there doesn’t need to be a final failure for anyone else either if one follows the Integral Yoga, as I will explain just now, first through the very illuminating text by Sri Aurobindo that I anyway intended precisely to quote for this new blog post:

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‘Men do not know themselves and have not learned to distinguish the different parts of their being; for these are usually lumped together by them as mind, because it is through a mentalised perception and understanding that they know or feel them; therefore they do not understand their own states and actions, or, if at all, then only on the surface. It is part of the foundation of yoga to become conscious of the great complexity of our nature, see the different forces that move it and get over it a control of directing knowledge. We are composed of many parts each of which contributes something to the total movement of our consciousness, our thought, will, sensation, feeling, action, but we do not see the origination or the course of these impulsions; we are aware only of their confused and pell-mell results on the surface upon which we can at best impose nothing better than a precarious shifting order.

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.’

Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, pp.233

This whole bewildering complexity of our human nature, ignored or not taken into account in the traditional ways of Yoga (because not needed for their limited aim), is on the contrary the very basis for the approach taken in the Integral Yoga: to find the means of an ultimate actual transformation for each of all those disparate but indispensable elements of our nature. This is the only way to still have them all at our disposal later, but each one then with its divine way of functioning, upon completion of the long process necessary for such a total transformation.

None of it can be achieved in any permanent manner until the entire being finishes to undergo the last of the three absolutely needed stages of transformation: the Supramental Transformation.

It is for this foreseen and announced future result that Sri Aurobindo, decade after decade, slowly brought down from its own sovereign Dimension that supreme divine Power – the only one capable, once activated on Earth, of accomplishing in us such an higtherto impossible evolutive change : the Supramental Power .

It is then of course that same newly activated Consciousness-Force that has been at work in the Mother during the next nearly two decades, for the extremely difficult first attempt at the transformation of a physical body – her own, offered for this first experiment – through a gradual awakening of all its cells. After the other parts of her outer nature, her body-cells too had to undergo the two preliminary stages of transformation required:

1/ the Psychicization, thanks to the influence and coming forward, from within, of the Psychic Being (the Being formed around the Soul), and

2/ the Spiritualization, thanks to the influence and descent, from above, of all the Powers of the Higher Nature; the whole process culminating finally with

3/ the Supramentalization, bringing in fully the Divine Nature, and at last a stabilization of all the previous victories into a permanent Supramentalized Body, still physical but functioning in a new, supramental way.

One can easily perceive the daunting magnitude of this ‘Triple Transformation’ process, and understand that it cannot be accomplished in the linear manner our mind would think of and try… with disastrous results. It is not linear at all. The Spiritualization process, for example, may happen more or less together with the Psychicization, but neither will possibly become complete before both nearly are. The Supramentalization gets its turn for finalizing and stabilizing what has been achieved by the two previous stages of the overall Transformation, especially for what concerns the body, whose conscious awakening – a totally new evolutive event  on Earth – could start happening only thanks to this activation of the Supramental Power, directly in terrestrial Matter.

If one is wise enough to follow the advice consistently given by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, that is, to put oneself with total trust and surrender into Her divine Hands, asking Her to please do it all for us, our Divine Mother will do everything indeed, in the right way and at the right time, so that the final result is reached in the best, fastest and safest possible manner for the gradual transformation of our unique individuality into its true, divine form. Each part of the being is bound, throughout this gigantic process, to be taken up by Her, improved as much as already possible, and then put aside… only to be taken up again later on for another progress that has in the meantime become possible… and so on and so forth! And as the years pass, things do get healed and  pacified in an amazing way within one’s being, which makes one become confident even about the other changes still to be realized fully…

So, my dear visitors, don’t be too shocked by the present condition of my emotional being: you have no idea how much worse it was before, and, thanks to the help of the Divine Mother, how much it has already progressed!!!  😀

And we are speaking now only of the emotional being, but what about the mental being, and the vital being, not to mention the body-cells?!.. This same huge process is going on also for them all, of course, and you have no idea how much has already changed, that I had sometimes despaired to ever see changing at all!…

For each person the specific vulnerabilities are different, so those who would laugh at my or anyone else’s weaknesses should rather first perhaps wonder what their own shortcomings might be, and from such an attentive self-observation gain the humility everyone should better have at all times while the various members of their Inner Family are gradually being so wonderfully re-educated, each of them in turn, one at a time every time, for a certain period of time, and then again and again… until the many facets of the hidden Diamond start all shining, more and more revealed in their true, eternal Beauty…

 

My Work for Auroville Since 1972

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A non-Aurovilian spiritual seeker from the US, who came to South India several times during the last few of the eighteen years I spent at Repos (then the main Beach Community of Auroville), around 2014, and who became a friend then, is still keeping in touch through email and this Research Blog of mine, as we have in common many spiritual interests.  But a recent comment by him made me realize suddenly that I had somehow left him ignorant of what my work for Auroville actually was, and this, at a time when it seemed pretty mush like I was just looking after Repos as a whole and its Guest facilities in particular. When that whole era came to an end because of the coastal erosion that brutally wiped out the place, what work remained for me to do for Auroville after that must have been a rather confusing question indeed for those who didn’t know better!

As quite a few of my visitors here know me only through this Blog, they could very well be as ignorant, or at least not have a clear idea at all either, of what has been my work for Auroville, and where, since joining in 1972. To remedy this, I am posting a copy of my reply to that friend, as a cheerful piece of information for all, that will later be permanently available as an added Page, for it will help people figure out which Auroville place I am talking about in this or that Post, why, and in which area it is located:

Dear friend,

You are asking me:
“So are you working for Auroville again? Volunteering at a library or research? ”

My surprised answer is:

But I never stopped working for Auroville!…  😀
There is a misunderstanding somewhere, it would seem, in your image of me and my work for AV, that needs clarifying… Here goes:

From my arrival in 1972 as a young certified teacher in the Classics (yes, French, Latin and Greek Literature!…), I did much appreciated work teaching French as a second language at the various schools starting to exist, and also helping build Matrimandir, while already doing a lot of important evolutive research work on my own, unofficially, because I couldn’t help but doing it, for my own evolution first of all.
But in 1984 I was led to become very officially the founder and head researcher of the ‘Laboratory of Evolution – Centre for Human Unity’ (LOE-CHU), still located for the time being at Bharat Nivas, just next to the small official Indian Post-office also located there.
The ever richer Specialized Library that the LOE-CHU has now, was actually started and developed by me from 1984 on, and run entirely by me for the first several years. But it was so time-consuming that the Research aspect of my work was hindered, so it is with relief that I finally entrusted our Library to another then young Aurovilian lady who proposed herself for that work in 1990, and still does it with a small team of other Aurovilians, while a few other persons joined me also for the Research aspect.
I still attend to the Library work one afternoon a week, although by now all my other work is done at ‘Luminosity’ (in my little office downstairs or even my home upstairs) as there is no room left in our small building at Bharat Nivas: the Research and all the work it entails has to happen elsewhere – but at least with the big advantage of having all this ever growing amount of documentation available right in our LOE-CHU Library, which many other Aurovilians and Guests cherish too.
After twenty years of unexpectedly but increasingly having experiences of an awakening Cellular Consciousness, which I kept carefully secret, in 1996 the secret accidentally was revealed. The workshops about that cutting edge specific topic and the Integral Yoga in general, that I was asked to give in AV from 1998 (from 2001 to 2007, also invited all over the world) have never stopped: even while I was still at Repos, and later more inland, at Djaïma, for two years, people would keep coming to me for that, and now too of course, as I live more in the Centre, at Luminosity. But I don’t want to travel any longer, it is too tiring.
The blog I am writing since 2011 is only an addition to all that, one more expression of the experiential as well as theoretical Evolutive Research that is going on in me for so many years, literally at every single moment of my life and at all levels of my being, as the Integral Yoga says ‘All life is Yoga’, and for evolutive purposes it cannot but be that way…!
So I would never stop that evolutive work and this research I love doing about it, which I am ever so grateful to the Divine that it has become since 1984 my official work for AV, providing me with a maintenance for my basic needs, and so enabling me not to need any other outer work than what is anyway my true passion, my life’s mission to both live and document.
And that Research includes of course as well whatever evolutive progress I notice anywhere else, in Auroville itself or in other parts of the world…. for example in the USA: this is how thanks to miraculous funding I visited twice (in 1991 and 2001) both the Edgar Cayce Foundation and the Monroe Institute, that I had first discovered the existence and work of much earlier, through my own Research (see some of my blog-posts about that, under the Cayce and Monroe categories).
Hoping that all confusion about my work for Auroville is now cleared for good,

Bhaga 🙂

Notre Maman Divine et nous, Ses enfants

Avec mes remerciements à l’ami américain qui l’a cité récemment dans un message à moi adressé, ce passage du poème épique de Sri Aurobindo «Savitri», livre 3, chant 2:

«De l’Inconnu, c’est Elle le cœur lumineux ,
Une puissance de silence dans les profondeurs de Dieu;
Elle est la Force, la Parole inévitable,
L’aimant de notre difficile ascension,
Le Soleil d’où nous allumons tous nos soleils,
La Lumière qui se penche depuis les Vastitudes non encore réalisées,
La joie qui nous fait signe depuis l’impossible,
Le pouvoir de tout ce qui jamais
encore n’est descendu.
Toute la Nature l’appelle à sa manière muette
Pour guérir de Ses pieds la lancinante douleur de la vie
Et briser les sceaux obscurs sur l’âme de l’homme
Et allumer Son feu dans le cœur fermé des choses.

Après une si merveilleuse description d’Elle, qui est notre Mère Divine , comment puis-je oser l’appeler simplement et affectueusement «notre Maman divine»?

Parce qu’Elle est aussi cela, pour ces petits enfants d’Elle ici, que nous sommes tous encore, même si certaines de nos expériences ou aussi réalisations spirituelles peuvent nous donner parfois l’illusion que nous sommes déjà hautement évolués !

Tant que, malgré ces grandes expériences intérieures, nous avons toujours un ego presque «normal» (assez chanceux si ce n’est pas tout à fait un ego spirituel, le pire de tous …! 😀) nous ne sommes que de petits enfants dans Son grand Jardin d’Enfants qu’est la Terre, elle-même devant rester encore à la fois une aire de jeux et un champ de bataille tant que ce sens de la séparation que l’Ego donne, continue toujours dans notre moi extérieur.

Alors, n’étant encore qu’une grande masse d’enfants faisant plein de bêtises ici, dans ces corps humains tels qu’ils sont actuellement, nous avons souvent besoin de Son aide, car tous les enfants ont besoin de l’aide de leur chère Maman, toujours prête à les aider! C’est-à-dire, lorsque leur Maman humaine est une aussi bonne Maman qu’elle doit l’être pour que’dans la gaieté du jeu et en toute sécurité, sans entrave et sans torsion, ils se développent en de bons et heureux adultes humains …

Il y a quelques jours, en visitant la page Facebook d’une amie chère de France pour son anniversaire, j’ai trouvé cette jolie petite vidéo, dont je souhaite partager le lien avec vous ici aujourd’hui, car il décrit très bien comment une bonne, vraiment aimante mère humaine (et aussi, pourquoi pas, un père) se comporte avec ses enfants:

 

 

‘9 choses que vous devriez dire chaque jour à vos enfants’:

 Ci-dessous,  voici le texte des 9 légendes correspondantes pour chacun des dessins qui les illustrent:

1 / ‘Je t’aime’ – Dites-le plus souvent possible.

2 / ‘J’adore quand tu …’ – Exprimez votre l’appréciation pour les aspects positifs de leur comportement.

3 / ‘Tu me rends heureux’ – Ils se sentiront appréciés à leur véritable valeur.

4 / ‘Je suis fier de toi’ – Ils doivent savoir qu’ils font un bon travail, même s’il est difficile.

5 / ‘Tu es spécial’ – Aidez-les à comprendre que leur personnalité unique est une force.

6 / ‘Je te fais confiance’ – Cela fera d’eux des adultes honnêtes.

7 / ‘Je crois en toi’ – Cela les aidera à croire en eux-mêmes.

8 / ‘Je sais que tu peux le faire’ – Encouragez-les à ne pas abandonner trop facilement.

9 / ‘Je suis reconnaissante de t’avoir’ – cela ensoleillera leur journée! …

Je pense que nous devrions tous être reconnaissants envers mon amie pour cette vidéo, car ces légendes sont tout à fait importantes à retenir: elles expriment à leur manière non seulement ce qu’un bon parent humain dirait, mais en même temps ce que notre Maman Divine aussi nous dit à nous tous, silencieusement, tout le temps … que nous entendrions bien, si seulement nous apprenions à l’écouter dans cet espace intérieur d’Amour en nous, où elle peut être entendue lorsque nous sommes silencieux, tout comme la caresse calme et douce d’une brise peut se sentir quand tout se tait …

Même si vous ne parvenez pas au début à entendre Sa voix ou à comprendre Ses paroles, vous sentirez toujours le calme, la douceur, et vous ressentirez le bonheur profond que seule la caresse aimante de notre Maman Divine peut donner à l’enfant que chacun de nous est toujours, tout au fond …

Et ne vous inquiétez pas si vous n’êtes peut-être pas un aussi bon enfant d’Elle que vous voudriez l’être: Elle, si personne d’autre, vous connait et vous comprend parfaitement … même mieux que vous ne le faites vous-même, car vous êtes depuis toujours et pour toujours une partie de son Être infini, et cela apporte une intimité, une proximité totale que vous ne croiriez jamais être même possible …,

Donc, faites-Lui confiance entièrement, car vous le pouvez: dans Ses bras de Lumière et de Tendresse, vous êtes toujours en sécurité, même pendant votre Aventure sur Terre dans ce corps humain; car même ici, c’est en réalité dans Ses bras que vous restez secrètement tout le temps …! Vous êtes libre, bien sûr, libre même de L’oublier – mais à vos risques et périls, car c’est votre Aventure, alors vous devez être libre de la vivre selon vos propres termes, tout dépend de vous, même les dangers que dans votre script avant  de naître vous avez prévu que vous vouliez afronter. Et pourtant, juste se rappeler d’Elle, L’appeler, intérieurement ou extérieurement, vous sauvera quand rien d’autre ne le pourrait … si c’est ce que Sa Sagesse aimante considère comme le meilleur moyen de vous aider dans votre effort de croissance … Si jamais votre corps n’est pas sauvé, au moins vous saurez que ce fut de toutes façons le mieux qui pouvait vous arriver, car la mort du corps n’est jamais la fin de notre Être éternel: une autre aventure, une croissance accrue nous attendent encore et encore , chaque fois que nous le voudrons, et ceci, un jour, dans des corps physiques rendus immortels, au cours de notre exploration éternelle de nos possibilités illimitées dans Ses univers sans fin: car Elle est un Être Infini de Sagesse, Pouvoir, Harmonie et Perfection, et nous sommes les enfants de cet Infini.

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