Friday, November 22, 2013
"Flowers speak to us when we know how to listen to them," the Mother said. "It is a subtle and fragrant language." As if to provide a key to this language, she identified the significances of almost nine hundred flowers. In this book, The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, in Pondicherry, India, gives significances to these flowers and their meanings which are presented in the light of her vision and experience. Mother says that by entering into contact with the nature of the flower that she feels it's inner truth and knows what it represents; from entering into contact with it she gives it a precise meaning.
Divine Petals is a collection of almost 900 species of flowers arranged by spiritual significance.
Into being’s gap scooped out as empty Space
In which she had filled the place of absent God,
There poured a wide intimate and blissful Dawn;
Healed were all things that Time’s torn heart had made
And sorrow could live no more in Nature’s breast:
Division ceased to be, for God was there.
I smite the Titan who bestrides the world
And slay the ogre in his blood-stained den.
I am Durga, goddess of the proud and strong,
And Lakshmi, queen of the fair and fortunate;
I wear the face of Kali when I kill,
I trample the corpses of the demon hordes.
O mortal, bear this great world’s law of pain,
In thy hard passage through a suffering world
Lean for thy soul’s support on Heaven’s strength,
Turn towards high Truth, aspire to love and peace.
A little bliss is lent thee from above,
A touch divine upon thy human days.
Make of thy daily way a pilgrimage,
For through small joys and griefs thou mov’st towards God.
Only when we have climbed above ourselves,
A line of the Transcendent meets our road
And joins us to the timeless and the true;
It brings to us the inevitable word,
The godlike act, the thoughts that never die.
The aspiration is always the sign of the possibility and perseverance leads to the certitude of realisation.
Nature shall live to manifest secret God,
The Spirit shall take up the human play,
This earthly life become the life divine.
In her the conscious Will took human shape:
She only can save herself and save the world.
O soul, intruder in Nature’s ignorance,
Armed traveller to the unseen supernal heights,
Thy spirit’s fate is a battle and ceaseless march
Against invisible opponent Powers,
A passage from Matter into timeless self.
On the alter throwing thy thoughts, thy heart, thy works,
Thy fate is a long sacrifice to the gods
Till they have opened to thee thy secret self
And made thee one with the indwelling God.
This world was not built with random bricks of Chance,
A blind god is not destiny’s architect;
A conscious power has drawn the plan of life,
There is a meaning in each curve and line.
The mind of mortal man is led by words,
His sight retires behind the walls of Thought
And looks out only through half-opened doors.
A Magician’s formulas have made Matter’s laws
And while they last, all things by them are bound;
But the spirit’s consent is needed for each act
And Freedom walks with same pace with Law.
All hear can change if the Magician choose
The supermind shall claim the world for Light
And thrill with love of God the enamoured heart
And place Light’s crown on Nature’s lifted head
And found Light’s reign on her unshaking base.
“Thy peace, O Lord, a boon within to keep
Amid the roar and ruin of wild Time
For the magnificent soul of man on earth.
Thy calm, O Lord, that bears thy hands of joy.”
This in us laughs and weeps, suffers the stroke,
Exults in victory, struggles for the crown;
Identified with the mind and body and life,
It takes on itself their anguish and defeat,
Bleeds with Fate’s whips and hangs upon the cross,
Yet is the unwounded and immortal self
Supporting the actor in the human scene.
The three powers which present themselves to our life as the
three keys to its mystery are the individual, the cosmic entity and
the Reality present in both and beyond them. These three mysteries
of existence would find in the life of the supramental being a
united fulfilment of their harmony. He will be the perfected and
complete individual, fulfilled in the satisfaction of his growth
and self-expression; for all his elements would be carried to a
highest degree and integrated in some kind of comprehensive
largeness. What we are striving towards is completeness and
harmony; an imperfection and incapacity or a discord of our
nature is that from which inwardly we most suffer. But this
is because of our incompleteness of being, our imperfect self
knowledge, our imperfect possession of our self and our nature.
A complete self-knowledge in all things and at all moments
is the gift of the supramental gnosis and with it a complete
self-mastery, not merely in the sense of control of Nature but
in the sense of a power of perfect self-expression in Nature.
Whatever knowledge of self there would be, would be perfectly
embodied in the will of the self, the will perfectly embodied in
the action of the self; the result would be the self’s complete
dynamic self-formulation in its own nature. In the lower grades
of gnostic being, there would be a limitation of self-expression
according to the variety of the nature, a limited perfection in
order to formulate some side, element or combined harmony of
elements of some Divine Totality, a restricted selection of powers
from the cosmic figure of the infinitely manifold One. But in the
supramental being this need of limitation for perfection would
disappear; the diversity would not be secured by limitation but
by a diversity in the power and hue of the Supernature: the
same whole of being and the same whole of nature would express
themselves in an infinitely diverse fashion; for each being
would be a new totality, harmony, self-equation of the One
Being. What would be expressed in front or held behind at any
moment would depend not on capacity or incapacity, but on the
dynamic self-choice of the Spirit, its delight of self-expression,
on the truth of the Divine’s will and joy of itself in the individual
and, subordinately, on the truth of the thing that had to be done
through the individual in the harmony of the totality. For the
complete individual is the cosmic individual, since only when
we have taken the universe into ourselves—and transcended it
—can our individuality be complete.
Book II Chapter XXVII pp. 1008-1009
A divine force shall flow through tissue and cell
And take the charge of breath and speech and act
And all the thoughts shall be a glow of suns
And every feeling a celestial thrill.
Pain is the hand of Nature sculpturing men
To greatness: an inspired labour chisels
With heavenly cruelty an unwilling mould.
Although the shaping god’s tremendous touch
Is torture unbearable to mortal nerves,
The fiery spirit grows in strength within
And fills a joy in every titan pang.
For in fact both individual and universe are simultaneous
and interrelated expressions of the same transcendent Being;
even though in the Ignorance and under its law there is maladjustment
and conflict, yet there must be a right relation,
an equation to which all arrives but which is missed by our
blindness of ego, our attempt to affirm the ego and not the
Self one in all. The supramental consciousness has that truth of
relation in itself as its natural right and privilege, since it is the
supermind that determines the cosmic relations and the relations
of the individual with the universe, determines them freely and
sovereignly as a power of the Transcendence. In themental being
even the pressure of the cosmic consciousness overpowering the
ego and an awareness of the transcendent Reality might not of
themselves bring about a dynamic solution; for there might still
be an incompatibility between its liberated spiritual mentality
and the obscure life of the cosmic Ignorance which the mind
would not have the power to solve or overcome. But in the supramental
being, not only statically conscious but fully dynamic and
acting in the creative light and power of the Transcendence, the
supramental light, the truth light,
rtam jyotih , would have that
power. For there would be a unity with the cosmic self, but
not a bondage to the Ignorance of cosmic Nature in its lower
formulation; there would on the contrary be a power to act in
the light of the Truth on that Ignorance. A large universality
of self-expression, a large harmonic universality of world-being
would be the very sign of the supramental Person in his gnostic
Book II Chapter XXVII p. 1010
And after all, it is perhaps the last test which the Divine gives to anyone: “Now that you are noble, you are disinterested, you have no egoism, you belong only to me, I am going to make you triumph. We are going to see if you will hold out.”