Loretta reads Mother's Questions and Answers

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A series of programs made through Auroville Radio. Programs include introductory remarks, reading of the published text, and the original audio recording of Mother's class (in French) when available.

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July 11, 1956 “It gives you a light, a mirror in which you can see yourself better than you did before, and you are a little troubled because it is not always very pretty?”
July 4, 1956 “But it was not because of the star!”
June 27, 1956 “And if you don’t take care from the beginning to keep an attitude of discernment, you will be turned into a mental battlefield.”
June 20, 1956 “when one enters into contact with one’s psychic, certain faculties develop spontaneously”
June 13, 1956 “Who said that? People who don’t like physical education? Stiff old teachers who can’t do exercises any longer?”
June 6, 1956 (part 2) “nothing and nobody can prevent you from doing it, nor any circumstance. For you carry within yourself the problem and the solution.”
June 6, 1956 (part 1) “Sri Aurobindo represented a totality of comprehension and knowledge and power; and every one of his books is at once a symbol and a representation. Every one of his books contains symbolically, potentially, what is in him.”
May 30, 1956 “There is not a single circumstance, not a form, not an action, not a movement which is not symbolic of something deeper”
May 23, 1956 “even in religion there are people who have had the spiritual experience and found the Divine — not because of the religion, usually in spite of it”
May 16, 1956 “You have always had a light to illumine your room — your inner room — but instead of an oil lamp it has become an electric lamp. That’s all.”
May 9, 1956 “Then the spiritual life begins, not before.”
May 2, 1956 “Now, to people who ask you these insidious questions, you may reply that the best way of receiving anything whatever is not to pull, but to give. If they want to give themselves to the new life, well, the new life will enter into them.”
April 25, 1956 “And it is then, at that moment that one can do this (Mother opens her arms): 'Here I am, take me and lead me along the true path.'”
April 18, 1956 “Well, become a child once more and you will know how to do it again.”
April 11, 1956 “It is the same thing in a double movement: as when you sleep and when you wake up, or when you remain still and when you begin to move, or when you are silent and then begin to make a noise, it is like that.”
April 4, 1956 “If he had just added: 'My experience is like that', it would have been all right”
March 21 and March 28, 1956 “If explaining something does not give you the power to change it, it is absolutely useless”
March 14, 1956 “It is quite simply a language and a convention, and if this convention is adopted, it may be utilised to do a certain work.”
March 7, 1956 “And so, if you know only the skin of the orange, you know nothing about the orange.”
February 29, 1956 “If you are conscious of the Divine, you become conscious of this fact. If you are not conscious of the Divine, the fact exists but you simply are not conscious of it — that’s all.”
February 22, 1956 “Because sincerity is so rare a virtue in the world, one ought to bow down before it with respect when one meets it.”
February 15, 1956 “One begins to become a conscious human being only when one knows why one does things and when one is capable of changing one’s action by a determined will, when one has a control.”
February 8, 1956 “all individuals are transmitting centres”
February 1, 1956 “a sort of movement which could be called spherical, where everything is included, which takes in all the possibilities of approach to the Divine”
January 25, 1956 “you throw yourself into the adventure without looking back and without asking for a single minute, 'What’s going to happen?' For if you ask what is going to happen, you never start”
January 18, 1956 “Perhaps this will be one of the results of the supramental transformation: the world will be ready for a perfect, spontaneous, essentially true hierarchical manifestation — and without any kind of coercion — where everyone will become aware of his own perfection.”
January 11, 1956 “But this is not for lazy folk. It’s for people who like progress.”
January 4, 1956 (part 2) “It is not an image, it is not just fine words when it is said that if one enters the true consciousness, if one changes one’s consciousness, well, the world itself changes for you.”
January 4, 1956 (part 1) “In fact, finally, everything will be attracted by the Divine. Only, there are direct roads and there are labyrinthine paths”


December 28, 1955 “These are the two most powerful levers to enter into contact with the Divine in one’s psychic being.”
December 21, 1955 “But now, we have these conditions, they are here: the Grace is here.”
December 14, 1955 “One can’t go from the first to the third; one must pass through the second.”
December 7, 1955 “I am speaking of a joy which is perfect peace, shadowless light, harmony, total beauty and an irresistible power”
November 30, 1955 (part 2) “To love them with all your heart, my children, and wish that they may be born to the light”
November 30, 1955 (part 1) “All forces are personal; all things in Nature are personal. But if we consider them as impersonal things, our relation with them is impersonal.”
November 23, 1955 “And the more faith one has in this miracle and this Grace, the more capable one becomes of seeing it”
November 16, 1955 (part 2) “I said a while ago: each individual is a special manifestation in the universe, therefore his true path must be an absolutely unique path.”
November 16, 1955 (part 1) “for Kali is the most loving of all the aspects of the Mahashakti; hers is the most active and most powerful Love”
November 9, 1955 “The sole secret is to know how to climb up right to the top.”
November 2, 1955 “This is an absolutely indispensable beginning. One can’t leap over that bridge; it is not possible. It can be done very quickly if you know how to use the help that’s given to you; but it has to be done.”
October 26, 1955 “But if you put a will into it, an aspiration to indeed wish someone a good day, well, there is a way of saying 'Good Day' which is very effective”
October 19, 1955 (part 2) “So there are some who follow a very straight path and arrive very quickly; there are others who love labyrinths, it takes longer. But the end is there, the goal is there.”
October 19, 1955 (part 1) “it makes an extremely complicated criss-crossing of rhythms, which results in what we see”
October 12, 1955 (part 2) “The others? They will not even be aware of it! They will continue their stupid life, without knowing what has happened.”
October 12, 1955 (part 1) “this need of eternity which we have in ourselves, this need of an absolute, of an absolute truth, an absolute good, an absolute beauty — this indeed awakens at the moment one is ready to receive a new consciousness”
October 5, 1955 “For humanity suffers and it is not with beautiful ideas that it is cured. Something else is necessary.”
September 21, 1955 “First of all the commercial mentality should be driven out from the world. This will take some time.”
September 14, 1955 “The great human experiences have to be gone through, more or less thoroughly, by the whole of mankind”
September 7, 1955 “If you live closed up in yourself, without acting, you may live in a completely subjective illusion”
August 31, 1955 “Now, be courageous! How many of you have read these books?”
August 24, 1955 “Certainly, if I had to choose between reading a beautiful poem and a book of metaphysics, I would prefer to read the poem”
August 10 and
August 17, 1955
“thirty years of sustained effort, I say. It may happen that it’s quicker. But this is so rare that immediately one says, 'This is not an ordinary human being.'”
August 3, 1955 “But everywhere, in all the teachings, in all the disciplines, in all ages, the same thing has been repeated...”
July 27, 1955 (part 2) “That’s the only reason why I come out, because otherwise I carry you in my consciousness.”
July 27, 1955 (part 1) “It’s because you have a skin that you don’t enter into one another like that”
July 20, 1955 “Social habits are something terrible; your consciousness is stuffed with them from the time you are quite small”
July 13, 1955 “Your aspiration is a drop of water which, instead of falling, rises.”

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