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Nature of God realisation

No one can ever come close to understanding the mystery of Shiva, for he is the very essence of the transcendence of the known. He is eternally steeped in the unknown, in the unfathomable. For a soul in samadhi, Shiva is like a horizon that can never be reached, the horizon of the infinity that is illuminated by the light of his love and magnificence. The reaching, and not reaching, of the horizon of Shiva’s supreme presence is the undying journey of the soul into his ever-receding transcendental subjectivity. This is her love, for love is both reaching and not-reaching. Love, in
order to exist, can never arrive at its destination – it is always arriving. To think that by realizing one’s pure nature one has become Shiva is not only ignorant, but even arrogant.

— Anadi

 

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Explanation of the Annuli Platonis

This one is from the preface of very esoteric text from alchemical tradition.

The Chain of Homer is proved thus:
After the chaos pulls asunder
A volatile spirit must forge it.

Spiritus mundi is its name.
Frost, dew, snow, rain and everything from above
Are betrothed to it in faithful company.
Here is contained the volatile seed of the world
From the upper realms, when it falls into the lower.
From that it takes on a body
When it glows visibly before our eyes.

Nitrum is known to the whole world.
Who is there to tell all his power?
It is he that can forge many a thing.
To him the lower realm is subject,
Neither can the upper dispense with him.
He must give birth to the whole of nature.
He is the father of all things,
Who can conquer the fortresses of the world.
His power has been given him by the Creator.
His realm is over heaven, earth and the sea.
Adam he is in all things,
Out of him Eve must also spring.
Then the goal will be reached,
when the whole earth becomes fertile,
When he becomes fixed and no longer flashes,
And Eve sits next to him.
Sun, moon, the sea, and the earth
Turn him to Eve through constant motion.
Through heat and cold, through constant movement of the sea, With Adam rises Eve.

Who is called common Salt and Alkali,
Who feeds the children of the whole world with her blood. For when man and woman get together,
A perfect fruit will be forged from them.

For the Sour and Alkali Salt Gives the fat to every soup.

This is proved by the volatile realm of the animals.
Not volatile, not fixed, note well.

The~Vegetab1e Hermaphrodite also shows Of what it is forged.

The fixed ores and stones give evidence
That they are proper (or: belong) to Niter and Salt.
Fire and Air, Water and Earth,
Desire of it the active part.
When now the noble world—seed has been made fixed.

Steam and water have also been brought to earth,
Then is made, and also accomplished
That which all the world esteems most highly.
Fixed must the volatile become,
Out of water and steam turn to earth.
And when it becomes a red dry blood,
It is the world’s treasure and highest good.

A perfect perfection
Which drives away all poverty and disease.

— Golden Chain Of Homer

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Faith and death

Can mere faith create all, conquer all?
The Mother: Yes, but it must be an integral faith and it must be absolute. And it must be of the right kind, not merely a force of mental thought or will, but something more and deeper. The will put forth by the mind sets up opposite reactions and creates a resistance. You must have heard something of the method of Coue ́ in healing diseases. He knew some secret of this power and utilised it with considerable effect; but he called it imagination and his method gave the faith he called up too mental a form. Mental faith is not sufficient; it must be completed and enforced by a vital and even a physical faith, a faith of the body. If you can create in yourself an integral force of this kind in all your being, then nothing can resist it; but you must reach down to the most subconscious, you must fix the faith in the very cells of the body. There is, for instance, now abroad the beginning of a knowledge among the scientists that death is not a necessity. But the whole of humanity believes firmly in death; it is, one might say, a general human suggestion based on a long unchanging experience. If this belief could be cast out first from the conscious mind, then from the vital nature and the subconscious physical layers, death would no longer be inevitable.
But it is not only in the mind of man that this idea of death exists. The animal creation knew it before him.


The Mother: Death as a fact has been attached to all life upon earth; but man understands it in a different sense from the meaning Nature originally put into it. In man and in the animals that are nearest to his level, the necessity of death has taken a special form and significance to their consciousness; but the subconscious knowledge in this lower Nature which supports it is a feeling of the necessity of renewal and change and transformation.
It was the conditions of matter upon earth that made death indispensable. The whole sense of the evolution of matter has been a growth from a first state of unconsciousness to an increas- ing consciousness. And in this process of growth dissolution of forms became an inevitable necessity, as things actually took place. For a fixed form was needed in order that the organised individual consciousness might have a stable support. And yet it is the fixity of the form that made death inevitable. Matter had to assume forms; individualisation and the concrete em- bodiment of life-forces or consciousness-forces were impossible without it and without these there would have been lacking the first conditions of organised existence on the plane of matter. But a definite and concrete formation contracts the tendency to become at once rigid and hard and petrified. The individual form persisted as a too binding mould; it cannot follow the movements of the forces; it cannot change in harmony with the progressive change in the universal dynamism; it cannot meet continually Nature’s demand or keep pace with her; it gets out of the current. At a certain point of this growing disparity and disharmony between the form and the force that presses upon it, a complete dissolution of the form is unavoidable. A new form must be created; a new harmony and parity made possible. This is the true significance of death and this is its use in Nature. But if the form can become more quick and pliant and the cells of the body can be awakened to change with the changing consciousness, there would be no need of a drastic dissolution, death would be no longer inevitable.


The Mother (5th May 1929 Questions and Answers)

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Adverse forses

How is one to meet adverse forces—forces that are invisible and yet quite living and tangible?

 
The Mother: A great deal depends upon the stage of development of your consciousness. At the beginning, if you have no special occult knowledge and power, the best you can do is to keep as quiet and peaceful as possible. If the attack takes the form of adverse suggestions try quietly to push them away, as you would some material object. The quieter you are, the stronger you become. The firm basis of all spiritual power is equanimity. You must not allow anything to disturb your poise: you can then resist every kind of attack. If, besides, you possess sufficient discernment and can see and catch the evil suggestions as they come to you, it becomes all the more easy for you to push them away; but sometimes they come unnoticed, and then it is more difficult to fight them. When that happens, you must sit quiet and call down peace and a deep inner quietness. Hold yourself firm and call with confidence and faith: if your aspiration is pure and steady, you are sure to receive help.
Attacks from adverse forces are inevitable: you have to take them as tests on your way and go courageously through the ordeal. The struggle may be hard, but when you come out of it, you have gained something, you have advanced a step. There is even a necessity for the existence of the hostile forces. They make your determination stronger, your aspiration clearer.
It is true, however, that they exist because you gave them reason to exist. So long as there is something in you which answers to them, their intervention is perfectly legitimate. If nothing in you responded, if they had no hold upon any part of your nature, they would retire and leave you. In any case, they need not stop or hamper your spiritual progress.
The only way to fail in your battle with the hostile forces is not to have a true confidence in the divine help. Sincerity in the aspiration always brings down the required succour. A quiet call, a conviction that in this ascension towards the reali- sation you are never walking all alone and a faith that whenever help is needed it is there, will lead you through, easily and securely.


Do these hostile forces generally come from outside or inside?


The Mother: If you think or feel that they come from inside, you have possibly opened yourself to them and they have settled in you unnoticed. The true nature of things is one of harmony; but there is a distor- tion in certain worlds that brings in perversion and hostility. If you have a strong affinity for these worlds of distortion, you can become friends with the beings that are there and answer fully to them. That happens, but it is not a very happy condition. The consciousness is at once blinded and you cannot distinguish the true from the false, you cannot even tell what is a lie and what is not.
In any case, when an attack comes the wisest attitude is to consider that it comes from outside and to say, “This is not myself and I will have nothing to do with it.” You have to deal in the same way with all lower impulses and desires and all doubts and questionings in the mind. If you identify yourself with them, the difficulty in fighting them becomes all the greater; for then you have the feeling that you are facing the never easy task of overcoming your own nature. But once you are able to say, “No, this is not myself, I will have nothing to do with it”, it becomes much easier to disperse them.


Where can the line be drawn between the inside and the outside?


The Mother: The line is very flexible; it can be as near to you and as far from you as you will. You may take everything upon yourself and feel it as a part and parcel of your real self; or you may throw it away as you would a bit of hair or nail without being touched at all.
There have been religions whose followers would not part even with a bit of hair or nail, fearing that they would lose thereby something of their personality. Those who are capable of extending the consciousness as wide as the world, become the world; but those who are shut up in their little bodies and limited feelings stop at those limits; their bodies and their petty feelings are to them their whole self.


The Mother (5th May 1929 Questions and Answers)

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Silent Witness

The Purusha, the Real Man in us and in the world, is really unmoving; He is the motionless and silent spectator of a drama of which He himself is the stage, the theatre, the scenery, the actors and the acting. He is the poet Shakespeare watching Desdemona and Othello, Hamlet and the murderous Uncle, Rosalind and Jacques and Viola, and all the other hundred multiplicities of himself acting and talking and rejoicing and suffering, all himself and yet not himself, who sits there a silent witness, their Creator who has no part in their actions, and yet without Him not one of them could exist. This is the mystery of the world and its paradox and yet its plain and easy truth.

— Sri Aurobindo, The Karmayogin

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Life is not difficult

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Life is not difficult.

Only you must know what you do.

Never seek a support elsewhere than in the Divine.

Never seek a satisfaction elsewhere than in the Divine.

Never seek satisfaction of your needs in any one else than in the Divine – Never. For nothing whatever.

Whatever your needs they can be satisfied by the Divine alone.

Whatever your weakness they can be borne and cured only by the Divine.

He alone is able to give you what you need ever and always;

And if you try to find any satisfaction or hold or support or a joy or …………………..whatever it is, in anyone else, you will always fall on your nose one day and that always hurts, sometimes hurts very much.

Mother