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Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
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Posted on Apr 17th, 2006 by M. Alan Let's face it, there is no way I am going to suddenly believe that every other philosophy and teaching in the whole world is 100% wrong and only a literalist, fundamentalist very narrow and word for word literal reading of the New Testament is absolutely true, and that that is the one and only Divine Revelation in the entire cosmos for all time. It's just not going to happen! Likewise, no way in the world will R. broaden his understanding to accept that other faiths have equal authenticity and Truth. And should he even do so? He has his spiritual path, it is right for him. Who am I, why do I have the arrogance, to question that?Also, why am I even bothering? I know it is just the “vital being” (Sri Aurobindo), and samskaras from a past life (probably my 19th century English life, when I was raised a British Israelite), getting me stirred up. Oh, how tempting it is to argue, to debate! And how futile!!! And it's not just me that falls prey to this. I set up several email forums and we see this all the time; the original Peace and Tranquility is lost and people get stirred up in mental arguments, thus losing sight of the Light of the SoulSo in the end I politely said to R., we have to agree to disagree, goodbye, (he still sends me stuff though)Anyway, after I had written that, and turned off the computer, and went to bed and was reading Sri Aurobindo's Synthesis of Yoga, and what do you know, just the part I was reading happened to have an exact description of the True Essence, the True Light of what Christianity and all these other monotheistic religions are saying!!! ...And where does all this leave Sri Aurobindo's beautiful summation of belief in God? And where does it leave R., a sincere, well-meaning, good-natured guy with an inflexible evangelical mindset? Well, one possible explanation is as follows.The original experience, the innert core and essence of Christianity, is true, and good, and Light, and it is how Sri Aurobindo describes belief in God. And this is the same for the Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Wiccan, whoever. It is only the form of the external form of the revelation that differs. Posted on Apr 8th, 2006 by M. Alan And it was all part of the craziness because everyone in the universe had descended to this one world, which as The Mother points out is the locus of transformation (see her quotes and my comments at The Earth as the Focal Point for Cosmic Transformation) and this is where it is all to be decided. But this world is already so crowded, and almost everyone (except for a tiny few) are caught in their own concerns, and there is so little receptivity or nature or wilderness left.This experience of despair and feeling the auras etc only lasted for a short time, a minute or a few minutes, because I realised that the only thing that can be done, in this tiny, crowded, precious, unique, vessel of cosmic transformation that is our world, is to offer everything up , offer it all up to the Supreme, all the despair and all the rest, and be a center for transformataion. Because the transformation can only come from within, and it won't be the ego or the outer being that can save the world and transform the cosmos (tikkun in the language of Jewish mysticism).So once you switch to that consciousness it is ok, you are no longer centered on the surface being; instead you are centered more on the higher self, what Sri Aurobindo (following The Mother, following Theon) calls the Psychic Being, the Divine Center. Even if it isnt the full Psychic Consciousness, it is still that the outer being has been touched by the Divine Center, and hence has shifted away from its own center of gravity to a larger center of gravity...It is only through becoming selfless centers of aspiration for the Supreme, so that it is not we who do these things, but rather the Divine (or call it what you will, Cosmos, Godhead, Tao,…I only use the words “The Divine” for sake of coinvenience following Sri Aurobindo and the Mother) working through us, unfolding the Divine Plan with us as selfless co-creators (so selfless that one cannot say “I”)…. It is only in this way that there can be the Victory of the Supreme in and as the material cosmos. Access: Public 6 Comments views (527)