There is a greater power in silence than in words, however forceful. The greatest transformations have been achieved in the silence of concentration. 11.2.1970
By carefully reading what Sri Aurobindo has written on the subject, develop a clear conception of what human perfection must be.
By closely observing your own character, become aware of what needs to be transformed in order to achieve the ideal condition. Then set to work sincerely, observing your inner as well as your outer movements. And each time you discover something that contradicts the ideal you have set for yourself, make an effort to correct it.
1 December 1971
Most of the difficulties that people have are due to a lack of control over their actions, and their reactions to the actions of others.
According to one’s own nature and weaknesses, one must set for oneself a discipline that is invariably to be followed; for example, never to quarrel, never to reply when someone says or does something unpleasant, never to argue when one disagrees. Obviously one should never lose one’s temper when things or people are not the way one would like them to be.
Naturally, if a person is not used to controlling himself, it takes a good deal of effort to acquire the habit. But this is quite indispensable if one wants to make any progress.
The path is long. That is why one must have patience and an unfailing sincerity towards oneself.
In order to be able to live in peace with others, self-control is essential, and it ought to be practised even by those who do not aspire for transformation.
12 December 1971
When one gives one’s love to another human being, the first mistake one generally makes is to want to be loved by the other
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person, not in his own way and according to his character, but in one’s own way and to satisfy one’s desires. This is the number one cause of all human miseries, disappointments and sufferings.
To love means to give oneself without bargaining - otherwise it is not love. But this is rarely understood and even more rarely practised. And the consequences are painful.
When some progress needs to be made, you must set to work to make it, without excusing yourself on the grounds that others are not making it.
Each one is responsible first for himself; and if you aspire to help others, it is by giving an example of what one should be that you can help them most effectively.
And the Divine Grace is always there, marvellously effective for all those who are sincere.
28 December 1971
All those students who want to learn how to succeed in life and make money are not wanted here. We want only those who want to live a higher life. The children have to decide whether they want to belong to the new life or to be “successful” and live an ordinary life. I think that some of the children will go away.
30 January 1972
To take this step towards the new creation, one must learn to silence the mind and rise above into Consciousness.
2 April 1972
In silence, the consciousness grows. It aspires to know You more and more perfectly.
3 April 1972
In silence lies the greatest aspiration.
We pray that the greatest receptivity may also be there.
4 April 1972
Our human consciousness has windows that open upon the Infinite. But generally men keep these windows carefully closed. We have to open them wide and allow the Infinite to enter us freely in order to transform us.
Two conditions are necessary to open the windows:
(1) ardent aspiration;
(2) progressive abolition of the ego.
The divine help is assured to those who set to work sincerely.
8 December 1971
Feeling alone in the midst of human beings is the sign that you are beginning to feel the need to find in your own being contact with the Divine Presence. So you must concentrate in silence and try to enter deep within to discover the Divine Presence in the depths of your consciousness, beyond all mental activity.
16 December 1971
There comes a moment when life becomes intolerable without
the Divine Presence. Therefore, give yourself entirely to the Divine and you will emerge into the Light.
In silence lies the greatest receptivity. And in an immobile silence the vastest action is done.
Let us learn to be silent so that the Lord may make use of us.
19 December 1971
O Lord, awaken in me the ardent desire to know You.
I aspire to consecrate my life to Your service.
24 December 1971
Do not live to be happy, live to serve the Divine, and the happiness you enjoy will exceed all expectation.
28 December 1971
The first condition is not to have one's own personal interest as a goal.
The first qualities needed are boldness, courage and perseverance.
And then to be conscious that one knows nothing compared to what one ought to know, that one can do nothing compared to what one ought to do, that one is nothing compared to what one ought to be.
One must have an invariable will to acquire what is lacking in one's nature, to know what one does not yet know, to be able to do what one is not yet able to do.
One must constantly progress in the light and peace that come from the absence of personal desires.
One could take as a programme:
“Always better. Forward!”
And to have only one goal: to know the Divine in order to be able to manifest Him.
Persevere, and what you cannot do today you will be able to do tomorrow.
11 January 1972
How can one remember at every moment that whatever one does is for You? Particularly when one wants to make a complete offering, how should one proceed, never forgetting that it is for the Divine?
To achieve that, one must have an obstinate will and a great patience. But once one has taken the resolution to do it, the divine help will be there to support and to help. This help is felt inwardly in the heart.
9 September 1969