Questions and Answers 1954

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Questions and Answers 1954


27 January Does the body express one’s character? 1 Paper icon.png
Children and the psychic 4
The power of observation 8
3 February The senses and super-sense 10 Paper icon.png
Children can be moulded 12
Keeping things in order 12
The shadow 16
10 February Study a variety of subjects 18 Paper icon.png
Memory 20
Memory of past lives 21
Getting rid of unpleasant thoughts 22
17 February Experience expressed in different ways 24 Paper icon.png
Origin of the psychic being 27
Progress in sports 28
Everything is not for the best 29
24 February The manifestation is progressive 31 Paper icon.png
Depression 32
Psychic contact 33
Liberation and humanity 34
ABC of the transformation of the body 35
3 March Occultism 38 Paper icon.png
A French scientist’s experiment 43
10 March Death 46 Paper icon.png
Death and determinism 47
Fear 49
The domain of death 52
Stones falling on Sri Aurobindo’s house 57
17 March Ascetic practices 63 Paper icon.png
Two kinds of submission 63
The Kali of Virampatnam 64
Kali 67
Cruelty 70
Rodin 72
24 March Dreams and the condition of the stomach 74 Paper icon.png
Tobacco and alcohol 74
Nervousness 76
The centres and the Kundalini 77
Control of the senses 78
31 March Three sources of vital energy 81 Paper icon.png
Educating the senses 82
A child brought up by a wolf 91
7 April Communication without words 93 Paper icon.png
Uneven progress 95
Words and the Word 97
14 April Love 100 Paper icon.png
Can a person love another truly? 101
Parental love 106
21 April Physical transformation 109 Paper icon.png
Activity and passivity 111
The body: most capable of perfection 114
28 April Aspiration and receptivity 115 Paper icon.png
Resistance 116
Purusha and Prakriti: not masculine and feminine 118
5 May Faith, trust, confidence 120 Paper icon.png
Insincerity and unconsciousness 125
12 May The Purusha 128 Paper icon.png
Surrender 129
Distinguishing between influences 129
Perfect sincerity 132
19 May Affection and love 134 Paper icon.png
Psychic vision 134
Divine Love and receptivity 135
Get out of the ego 136
26 May Symbolic dreams 142 Paper icon.png
Psychic sorrow 143
Dreams: one is rarely conscious 147
2 June Learning how to live 151 Paper icon.png
Work, studies and sadhana 153
Waste of the Energy and Consciousness 155
9 June Dreams do not transform the nature 157 Paper icon.png
Eating habits in the Ashram 158
The earth and the psychic being 160
Mother’s awareness of people 164
16 June Influences: Divine and other 168 Paper icon.png
Adverse forces 169
The four great Asuras 172
Aspiration arranges circumstances 175
Wanting only the Divine 176
23 June Meat-eating 178 Paper icon.png
Story of Mother’s vegetable garden 181
Faithfulness 182
Conscious sleep 184
30 June Occultism 189 Paper icon.png
Religion and vital beings 193
Mother’s knowledge of what happens in the Ashram 197
Asking questions to Mother 199
“Drawing” on Mother 201
7 July The inner warrior 203 Paper icon.png
Grace and the Falsehood 205
Opening from below 207
Surrender and inertia 208
Exclusive receptivity 213
Grace and receptivity 216
14 July The Divine and the Shakti 219 Paper icon.png
Personal effort 220
Speaking and thinking 222
Doubt 224
Self-giving, consecration and surrender 226
Mother’s use of flowers 230
Ornaments and protection 233
21 July Mistakes 236 Paper icon.png
Success 238
Asuras 240
Mental arrogance 241
Difficulty turned into opportunity 242
Mother’s use of flowers 244
Conversion of men governed by adverse forces 245
28 July Money 249 Paper icon.png
Ego and individuality 253
The shadow 262
4 August Servant and worker 266 Paper icon.png
Justification of weakness 267
Play of the Divine 267
Why are you here in the Ashram? 269
11 August Division and creation 273 Paper icon.png
The gods and human formations 274
People carry their desires around them 279
18 August Mahalakshmi 282 Paper icon.png
Maheshwari 282
Mahasaraswati 283
Determinism and freedom 283
Suffering and knowledge 287
Aspects of the Mother 289
25 August Ananda aspect of the Mother 291 Paper icon.png
Changing conditions in the Ashram 296
Ascetic discipline 301
Mother’s body 302
8 September Hostile forces 305 Paper icon.png
Substance 306
Concentration 308
Changing the centre of thought 310
Peace 313
15 September Parts of the being 316 Paper icon.png
Thoughts and impulses 317
The subconscient 319
Precise vocabulary 321
The Grace and difficulties 322
22 September The supramental creation 327 Paper icon.png
Rajasic eagerness 328
Silence from above 328
Aspiration and rejection 329
Effort, individuality and ego 330
Aspiration and desire 336
29 September The right spirit 339 Paper icon.png
The Divine comes first 341
Finding the Divine 342
Mistakes 342
Rejecting impulses 343
Making the consciousness vast 344
Firm resolution 346
6 October What happens is for the best 349 Paper icon.png
Blaming oneself 350
Experiences 350
The vital desire-soul 355
Creating a spiritual atmosphere 356
Thought and Truth 358
13 October The witness position 360 Paper icon.png
The silent Self 361
Experience of “All is Divine” 362
Illness is remembered by the body 366
Personal conflicts and the divine Will 369
20 October Stand back 374 Paper icon.png
Asking questions to Mother 375
Seeing images in meditation 377
Berlioz 379
Music 381
Mother’s organ music 383
Destiny 386
3 November Body opening to the Divine 388 Paper icon.png
Concentration in the heart 389
The army of the Divine 389
The knot of the ego 390
Strengthening one’s will 391
10 November Inner experience: the basis of action 393 Paper icon.png
Keeping open to the Force 393
Faith through aspiration 394
The Mother’s symbol 395
The mind and vital seize experience 396
Degrees of sincerity 397
Becoming conscious of the Divine Force 398
17 November Impersonal and personal Divine 401 Paper icon.png
Looking at oneself 402
Faith and trust 403
Abhimana 404
Physical suffering 405
24 November Aspiration mixed with desire 409 Paper icon.png
Willing and desiring 410
Children and desires 411
Supermind and the higher ranges of mind 415
Stages in the supramental manifestation 417
8 December Cosmic consciousness 419 Paper icon.png
“Clutching” 420
The central will of the being 421
Knowledge by identity 423
15 December Many witnesses inside oneself 426 Paper icon.png
Children in the Ashram 426
Trance and the waking consciousness 427
Ascetic methods 428
Education: spontaneous effort 430
Spiritual experience 432
22 December Possession by hostile forces 434 Paper icon.png
Purity and morality 438
Faith in the final success 440
Drawing back from the path 442
29 December Difficulties and the world 446 Paper icon.png
The experience the psychic being wants 447
After death 448
Ignorance 450
31 December 1955 – 1956: fourteen difficult months 453 Paper icon.png
Human will and the divine Will 457
Difficulties and the Divine 461