Automatic writing

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(Excerpts from automatic writings by Sri Aurobindo, c.1920:)


“This writing is a means of direct communication and by it I can bring myself nearer to the earth where I shall have to descend. It is more useful to us than to you, but it is one of the means which the world behind is using today to throw out its presence and figures on the terrestrial plane.”[1]


“My wish is to make a few observations first, but please remain absolutely still in the mind or I shall not be able to manage. —
The age of our coming is the age of the omnipotence of the second emanation. The first is the age of the Spiritual without form, the second that of the spiritual possessing matter. The first, I mean, the age in which we formerly came. Therefore our coming depends upon your ability to lay hold on matter and make of it a true mould of the spiritual influx. In the former age there were symbols, but no true body. Therefore the spirit receded and left the other principles to play out their possibilities without its direct intervention. Now there is a second chance for us. That is why I have drawn near, more for help to myself than for anything else, to make a suitable connection in my psychical principle with the material and the work of the spirit upon it. This is to explain my side of the communication. Whatever I see or say about things on the earth is through a previous psychical translation and you must so understand it and not expect too great a precision at present in my communications.”[2]


“It is only minds who have a new idea either full of the spiritual influence or touched by thoughts that are helpful to it who can prepare the age that seeks to come. But there are those who have ideas only on the intellectual plane and no idea of anything behind and there are those who have spiritual experience but no power to embody or materialise. These give us no sufficient hope, whatever they may do for the moment. It is where there is the spiritual experience or the ideas that give it a mental body and along with that a strong will to materialise from whom we can expect the fulfilment of that for which we are awaiting. You are among the comparatively few who have these things.”[3]


“I know there is something above mind, but not what it is.”[4]


“No, that was another.
Not exactly; we are a very various company. No, it is without any order, at least without any deliberate order.”[5]


“Myself today. . The others are no longer here. ———”[6]




  1. Record of Yoga, p.1413
  2. Ibid., p.1415
  3. Ibid., p.1416
  4. Ibid., p.1425
  5. Ibid., p.1424
  6. Ibid., p.1425


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