Questions and Answers 1953

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Questions and Answers 1953


18 March Rare significant moments: contact with the psychic 1 Paper icon.png
Families of beings: why people meet to collaborate 2
Visitor to the Ashram: external motives are pretexts for the psychic 3
25 March Using the Divine as a cloak to hide desires 5 Paper icon.png
Sincerity: difficult but effective 5
The true flame 7
1 April Ambition: a canker 8 Paper icon.png
Different personalities in our being 8
Signpost or psychic mirror 9
8 April Service to humanity and giving to the Divine 12 Paper icon.png
What do I call “myself”? 17
Desires and their formations 18
The power of thought, of prayer 19
Win your small victories 20
15 April Pulling the divine forces 21 Paper icon.png
Insincerity, its own punishment 21
Basis of equanimity 22
22 April Sleep and dreams: quietening the mind 24 Paper icon.png
29 April Organising one’s dream 26 Paper icon.png
Wounds in the vital being and illness 27
Symbolism of dreams 27
Personal dream-imagery 28
Foolishness and vanity 29
Religions, truth, consciousness 30
6 May Psychic memory 32 Paper icon.png
Rebirth: stories 34
Automatic writing, spirit-communication 35
Dreams 36
Contact with the Divine: the key to everything 39
13 May Pseudo-meditation 41 Paper icon.png
Escapism and changing the nature 43
True meditation, true humility 44
Will, concentration, effort; active surrender 46
Being perfect instruments; progress 47
Boredom 50
20 May Offering and surrender 52 Paper icon.png
Mistakes and insincerity 54
The flame of aspiration, self-giving 55
The physical being as a tool of another Power 55
Story of a Sufi mystic, a musician 57
Transformation of the body: three hundred years 58
Replacing body-organs by centres of energy 59
Collaboration in the Divine’s work 62
Living in the true consciousness; stepping back 64
Appendix: a talk of Sri Aurobindo 66 Paper icon.png
27 May Music: its origin and type 68 Paper icon.png
Inspiration and technique 69
Individualisation, separation, inconscience 70
The remedy: to become conscious again 72
All touch the same Thing 72
Understanding others: beyond words 73
Sources of music; genius 74
Indian and European music 76
Perceiving the Divine in everything 78
Explaining things: the entire universe needed 80
The Divine is the only existence 81
Value of art 82
Work and realisation 83
3 June Determinism and freedom 85 Paper icon.png
Formations from different planes 86
Prayer changes the determined course of things 88
Devices Nature uses to make us act 89
The Divine Grace and Karma 90
Aspiration and prayer have a magical power 92
10 June Attacks of adverse forces and man’s response 93 Paper icon.png
Cases of possession; refusal to change 96
The asura of falsehood: “Lord of the Nations” 97
Beings of the vital plane 98
Man will transform his earth 99
True function of the mind and vital 100
How to discern hostile attacks 101
Learning and understanding 103
Teaching: preparing courses 105
17 June Function of the intellect 107 Paper icon.png
Cause of death 111
Growth in perfection 111
24 June Power of the vital 116 Paper icon.png
Cause and cure of fear 117
Body’s instinct 118
On laziness and work 119
Illness, its causes and cure 121
Concentrating to gain time 124
Work at school: organising the mind 126
Science and art 127
1 July Paradise, purgatory, eternal hell 129 Paper icon.png
Imagination, a form-maker 131
Power of good formations; healing 132
After death, where? Unifying the being 133
Spirits of death and of fire 135
Consenting to die 137
8 July Prayer and aspiration 139 Paper icon.png
Ill-will: a bad thought is a bad act 143
Cause and remedy of evil 145
Animals; vital origin of the insect species 147
Desire to devour, an expression of “love” 149
Instinct; the consciousness in Nature 150
Widening the consciousness 151
15 July Superstitions 153 Paper icon.png
Religious rules and hygiene 154
Discerning attacks by adverse forces 155
Sincere aspiration and trials 157
Mental conceptions imposed on the Divine 158
Hold of hostile forces upon money-power 158
Giving money for the Divine’s work 159
God and His creation 161
22 July Protection prevents illnesses, accidents 165 Paper icon.png
Fear brings illness, accidents 166
Mental, vital, physical fear 167
Taking every trial as a proof of the Grace 168
Illness: moral condition more important 170
Causes of illness; disequilibrium 171
Organic and functional imbalance 171
Equilibrium in all parts of the being necessary 175
Lack of receptivity—the grain of sand 175
Inner causes of illness 177
External causes of illness 177
Attacks; black magic 178
Small vital entities in the earth-atmosphere 179
Origin of microbes: forces of disintegration 180
Epidemic in Japan 180
Vampires 182
Curing illness 183
Spiritual purification 185
Trust in life: children 186
29 July Events on different planes 187 Paper icon.png
“India is free”: Mother’s pre-vision 188
Events can be changed; a premonitory dream 189
Degrees of change possible; intervention 191
To understand truly 192
Individual initiative 194
Project yourself on a screen, then observe 197
Know thyself; learning, self-discovery 199
The very reason for existence 201
5 August Progress of the psychic being; rebirth 203 Paper icon.png
Progress of those not conscious of their psychic 204
Manifestation and progress 205
Inspiration; receptivity; exchange 206
Progress of mind, vital, physical 208
Mind justifies everything; the psychic knows 210
Will and impulse; “The last time I am doing it” 211
Impulse and its expression in action 212
Incarnation of the psychic being 213
Psychic growth; Karma 215
12 August Knowing people through self-identification 217 Paper icon.png
Methods of knowledge; concentration 218
Widening the consciousness; progress 219
Self-identification; Paris theatre story 221
Knowing the Divine by identification 223
Concentration, one-pointedness 224
In Nature all possibilities exist 224
19 August Aspiration in trees and animals 227 Paper icon.png
The Presence in all things 228
Stones can accumulate forces; their use 228
Exchange: giving and taking 231
The more one gives, the more one grows 232
Instinct to destroy and spoil: adverse forces 232
Being a true hero 233
Faith in the Grace and return to the Light 234
26 August Source of Love 235 Paper icon.png
True love and its deformations 237
Love of animals for men 238
Intelligence and psychic consciousness 240
Love in flowers, crystals, animals 241
2 September Religion and the spiritual life 244 Paper icon.png
Castes 245
Evolutionary movement; old civilisations 247
Nature’s play; her collaboration required 248
9 September Divine Force chooses its instrument 251 Paper icon.png
Progress of the mind and vital 252
Converting the vital 253
Contact with the psychic; heroes 254
The vital, an all-powerful instrument 255
Depression; the vital as source of troubles 256
The vital’s power 257
16 September Receptivity of the body 259 Paper icon.png
Fixity in physical world 259
After death: a musician’s hands 260
The psychic being and rebirth 263
Progress and battle; Titanic forces 265
Yogic force prevents rigidity of the body 266
Growth of consciousness: rebirth 267
Consciousness and memory 268
Resistance and receptivity 269
You are all in a sea of tremendous vibrations 269
23 September Physical world: symbol of universal movements 271 Paper icon.png
Illness in animals 272
The universe: a serpent biting its tail 274
The earth: symbol of the universe 274
The “Evil Persona” 275
Mother’s experience of the luminous earth 276
30 September Earth-memory 277 Paper icon.png
The rule of the Overmind and the Supermind 282
Sri Aurobindo’s yoga begins where others end 283
Men with realisation often fixed and unplastic 284
Children as malleable stuff for transformation 286
To be a child all one’s life 287
Children and other people in the Ashram 287
Remembrance and memory 289
7 October Consciousness of a complete cure 291 Paper icon.png
Mental, vital, physical, spiritual aspiration 292
Body-consciousness 293
Body’s sure instinct 294
Trust in life 296
Dynamic faith 297
Why are some children here in the Ashram 298
Learning to know others by identity 299
Responsible people: governments, teachers 299
Supermind’s action: transformation 300
To know oneself: one’s field of work 302
Solidarity; individual and collective progress 303
Descent of hostile vital forces and its effect 305
14 October “Formateurs” or form-makers 307 Paper icon.png
Intermediary beings, evil and disorder 308
Why wickedness if “All is He”? 310
Identification with the Divine: no problems 311
Collective suggestions; the fear of death 312
Remedies for the fear of death 314
The psychic being, immortality and death 316
Fear attracts the thing feared 317
Fear is contagious; the mystic’s remedy 318
21 October Artists; stained-glass windows 320 Paper icon.png
Expressing the Divine in art 321
Relation with the Divine 322
On the Ramayana and Mahabharata 323
Japanese gardens 324
Buddhism of the South and the North 325
Ravana and Sita; the Asura’s choice 327
Sense of beauty; artistic taste varies 329
To know true beauty rise above all form 330
28 October True art; realisation of divine beauty 331 Paper icon.png
Evolution moves in spirals; modern art 332
Universal progress; spherical spirals 334
Nature’s plan 335
Art and commercialism; fatuity 336
The “mushroom species” and true art 338
Art in India 340
Nature’s huge cauldron 343
4 November On the “sphere with spirals” 344 Paper icon.png
Sacrifice 346
Feeling the Divine Presence 347
Man is a moralist, not the Divine 348
Bargaining and sacrifice 349
True raison d’ˆetre of life 350
11 November The aim to be achieved 351 Paper icon.png
The seventh creation: that of Equilibrium 352
The eternal word 353
Generosity and avarice 356
Money: a force; the middle path 357
18 November Rebirth and the psychic being 358 Paper icon.png
Nature’s progress: constant and slow changes 359
Justice, determinism, and Divine Grace 360
Man learns through past experiments 363
Grace and faith 366
The idea of indispensable needs 367
25 November Smiling at an enemy 369 Paper icon.png
Trust and receptivity; bargaining 370
Sincerity and the Divine’s help 371
The story of creation 371
World of freedom of choice 373
The Asuras; their conversion 374
Stalin and Hitler 376
Ravana; dissolution of the Asuras 378
9 December Spiritual ego 382 Paper icon.png
Entities behind the forces of Nature 383
Radha’s prayer; all is divine 384
Suffering and bliss; vibrations and reactions 385
One is surrounded by what one thinks about 385
The sacrifice of the Divine Mother 387
Questions on Savitri 388
16 December Methods of identification and self-finding 391 Paper icon.png
Aim of life 391
The psychic guides, organises circumstances 393
Rest in action; quiet faith 395
Knowing how to wait 396
23 December Knowledge and the mind 397 Paper icon.png
Concentration; its power 398
Uneducated people with gift of vision 400
Illness: disequilibrium 401
Mind and body; mental formations that cure 402
Accidents: there is a moment of choice 402
Character and averting danger 404
Grace and accidents 405
Bringers of bad luck 407
30 December Destructiveness in children 409 Paper icon.png
Psychic being choosing its next birth 411
Wickedness in children 411
Consciousness of parents at the moment of conception 412
Tamas and the need of excitement 413
Education in the Ashram school 414
Ashram children 416
“Let your acts speak for you.” 417


Notes are paraphrased from the “Publisher's Note” and “Note on the Texts”.