Questions and Answers 1955

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Questions and Answers 1955


5 January Attunement of the outer nature 1 Paper icon.png
Hostile forces try to delay transformation 2
Knowledge of the future and action 3
Coué’s system: autosuggestion 3
12 January Questioning and resistance increase difficulties 8 Paper icon.png
Right spirit in which to face difficulties 9
Depression and progress 10
Ego, individual and collective 11
Purification of experience 13
19 January The role of the higher mind 15 Paper icon.png
Hostile forces and progress 15
Catastrophes, their cause; resistance 16
Function of the hostile forces; boasting 17
Self-regarding vanity and hostile forces 19
Well-developed psychic being and outer nature 20
26 January Suicide, reasons for and effects of 23 Paper icon.png
Pleasure in loud noises; boredom 24
Cowardice and tamas 25
Story of animal-tamer; courage and fear 26
Animals and fear 28
Courage during war 30
True courage 31
2 February Right attitude 32 Paper icon.png
The body needed for sadhana 32
Progress possible only in the body; suicide 33
Experiences never identically repeated 34
9 February Desire is contagious; its source 37 Paper icon.png
Primitive form of love 38
True joy is desireless; the artist’s delight 38
Lady at the opera practising Buddhism 39
Psychic need; mind as an instrument 41
How the psychic being expresses itself 42
Distinguishing the parts of one’s being 43
The psychic guides the mind, vital and physical 44
Illness: body and mind connected 44
Ultra-modern painting; coloured photographs 45
Stained glass; Mother’s vision 48
16 February Losing something given by Mother 49 Paper icon.png
Using things well 50
Sadhak collecting soap-pieces 51
What things are truly indispensable 52
Nature’s harmonious arrangement 53
Riches a curse; philanthropy 54
Misuse of things creates misery 56
23 February The sense of taste; educating the senses 57 Paper icon.png
Fasting; drawing energy 60
The body and food 62
2 March Right spirit; aspiration and desire 64 Paper icon.png
Sleep and yogic repose; how to sleep 65
Remembering dreams 67
Concentration and outer activity 68
Mother opens the door inside everyone 69
Error of the lower vital 70
Sleep, a school for inner knowledge 70
Source of energy 71
9 March Psychic directly contacted through the physical 74 Paper icon.png
Transforming egoistic movements 75
Work of the psychic being 76
Contacting the psychic and the Divine 77
Experiences of different kinds 79
Attacks of adverse forces 80
Ugly forms seen in meditation 81
16 March Rejecting and transforming wrong movements 83 Paper icon.png
Destiny after death; reincarnation of the psychic 86
Light of Truth burns dark insincerities 88
Mental inconsistencies and contradictions 91
Ideas, a collective wealth; pure idea 92
Religions, partial realisation 93
23 March Procedure for rejection and transformation 94 Paper icon.png
Learning by heart; true understanding 95
Vibrations, movements of the species 96
A cat and a Russian peasant woman 97
A cat doing yoga 98
30 March Yoga-shakti 101 Paper icon.png
Energies of the earth; higher and lower 102
Illness; curing by yogic means 103
The true self and the psychic 104
Solving difficulties by different methods 105
6 April Freud’s psychoanalysis; the subliminal being 107 Paper icon.png
The psychic and the subliminal 108
True psychology 111
Changing the lower nature 113
Faith in different parts of the being 114
Psychic contact established in all in the Ashram 116
13 April Psychoanalysts with their torch-lights 117 Paper icon.png
The “underground super-ego”; dreams 118
Dreams, sleep, control of night-activities 118
Archetypes, Overmind and higher 121
Dream of someone dying, its meaning 122
Recurring dreams 123
Integral repose, entering Sachchidananda 124
Organising one’s life; concentration; repose 125
27 April Symbolic dreams and visions 127 Paper icon.png
Curing pain by various methods 128
Different states of consciousness 131
Seeing oneself dead in a dream 132
Exteriorisation 133
4 May Drawing on the universal vital forces 135 Paper icon.png
The inner physical 137
Receptivity to different kinds of forces 138
Progress and receptivity 139
11 May Immunity of the body to attacks 141 Paper icon.png
The subconscient; changing it 141
Illness; preventing it 141
Supramental nature in the body 146
Transforming pain into pleasure 147
Collective illness in the Ashram 149
18 May “The Problem of Woman” 151 Paper icon.png
Men and women 153
The Supreme Mother; the new creation 154
Gods and goddesses 156
A story of Creation; earth 157
Nature employs sex as a means for evolution 159
What is Nature? Matter on other planets 160
Psychic being only on earth; beings everywhere 161
Going to other worlds by occult means 163
The range of the senses 164
25 May Religion and reason 166 Paper icon.png
Reason: its true role and field 167
Reason, an obstacle to or minister of the Spirit 170
Developing the reason 170
Reason prepares the path 174
Learning how to live; the élite 175
Reason controls and organises life 175
Nature is infrarational, man has reason 176
1 June The aesthetic conscience 179 Paper icon.png
Beauty and form 181
The roots of our life 181
The sense of beauty 182
Educating the aesthetic sense; taste 182
Man who preached “the morality of Nature” 183
Mental constructions based on a revelation 184
Changing the world and humanity 185
Modern painting; art, old and new 186
8 June Working for the Divine and personal motives 189 Paper icon.png
The ideal attitude is a perfect consecration 190
The Divine manifesting on earth 191
Reversal of consciousness; knowing oneself 192
Integral progress; facing difficulties 195
People in the Ashram 197
The decision to do Yoga 199
Ashram children given exceptional freedom 199
15 June Dynamic realisation; transformation 201 Paper icon.png
The negative and positive side of experience 202
The image of the dry coconut fruit 203
Purusha, Prakriti, the Divine Mother 204
The Truth-Creation; Pralaya 205
We are in a transitional period 207
22 June Awakening the Yoga-shakti 208 Paper icon.png
The thousand-petalled lotus 209
Reading: how far a help for yoga 210
Simple and complicated combinations in men 212
29 June The true vital and true physical 214 Paper icon.png
Time and Space 216
The psychic’s memory of former lives 218
The psychic organises one’s life 218
The psychic’s knowledge and direction 219
6 July The psychic and the central being or jivatman 223 Paper icon.png
Unity and multiplicity in the Divine 223
Having experiences and the ego 225
Mental, vital and physical exteriorisation 226
Imagination has a formative power 227
The function of the imagination 228
The universe is progressive 230
13 July Cosmic spirit and cosmic consciousness 232 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The wall of ignorance; unity and separation 233
Aspiration to understand, to know, to be 235
The Divine is in the essence of one’s being 236
Oneness and multiplicity through division 237
Realising desires through the imaginaton 237
Realising things by self-giving to Divine Grace 239
20 July The Impersonal Divine 240 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Escaping from the influence of others 241
Surrender to the Divine brings perfect freedom 242
“The Divine gives Himself”: its meaning 243
The Impersonal Divine; Nirvana 244
The principle of the inner dimensions 245
The paths of aspiration and surrender 246
Linear and spherical paths and realisations 247
27 July Concentration on the heart-centre 248 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Rising beyond the mind 248
Mistaking vital feelings for the psychic 249
“To dry up the heart” 249
Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate 250
Knowing what one’s consciousness is 250
Assimilation and dispersion 252
Mother’s work at the Balcony Darshan and in the Playground 253 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The March Past and the Marching 255
Heroism in the First World War 256
3 August Nothing is impossible in principle 258 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Psychic contact and psychic influence 260
Occult powers; adverse influences; magic 260
Magic, occultism and Yogic powers 261
Hypnotism and its effects 263
10 August How to meditate 265 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
17 August Vertical ascent and horizontal opening 266 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Liberation of the psychic being 266
Images for discovery of the psychic being 267
Sadhana to contact the psychic being 269
24 August Concentrating on photographs of Mother 271 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Self-awareness; kinds of meditation 272
Concentration and meditation 272
Contemplation and concentration 273
Poetry is the sensuousness of the spirit 274
Beauty and truth in poetry 275
Inspiration and men of genius 276
Silence; inner state and in things 277
Living withdrawn from the surface existence 278
31 August Choosing the work in sadhana 280 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Education; learning through experience 282
Never make rules 282
True rest is an ascent into the Light 283
Reading “Classics Illustrated” 283
Vulgarisation of everything in modern times 284
7 September Work, a school of experience 287 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Life as an illusion: Buddha and Shankara 288
Action expressing an inner realisation 289
Avatars of Vishnu and Shiva; Buddha 292
Taking interest in things; vulgarity 293
Modern world: perversion and vulgarity 295
Cinema as an instrument of education 295
14 September Politics and finance 297 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
“The Great Secret”; its purpose 299
World politics; America and Russia 300
The evolutionary curve 301
The Divine working during war 302
India’s role in the world 303
21 September Literature and the taste for forms 304 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The characters of “The Great Secret” 304
How literature helps us to progress 305
Reading to learn; cheap, vulgar books 306
The commercial mentality 306
How to choose one’s books 308
Learning to enrich one’s possibilities 309
The attitude and general condition of men 309
5 October Science and Ignorance 312 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Knowledge, science and the Buddha 313
Knowing by identification 315
Discipline in science and in Buddhism 316
Progress in the mental field and beyond it 317
12 October The problem of transformation 319 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Evolution; man and superman 320
Awakening need of a higher good 322
Sri Aurobindo and earth’s history 323
Setting foot on the new path 323
The transformation of animality 324 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The true reality of the universe 326
Evolution; man, superman, the new race 327
Mutual attitude of man and superman 328
19 October The rhythms of time 332 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The lotus of knowledge and perfection 334
Potential knowledge 335 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The teguments of the soul 336
Shastra and the Guru’s direct teaching 337
“He who chooses the Infinite...” 338
26 October The Divine and the universal Teacher 341 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The power of the Word 341
The Creative Word; the mantra 342
Sound, music in other worlds 345
The domains of pure form, colour and ideas 345
2 November The first movement in Yoga 349 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Interiorisation; finding one’s soul 350
The Vedic Age 352
An incident about Vivekananda 353
The imaged language of the Vedas 354
The Vedic Rishis; involutionary beings 355
Involution and evolution 356
9 November Personal effort; egoistic mind 358 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Man is like a public square; Nature’s work 360
Ego needed for formation of individual 361
Adverse forces needed to make man sincere 361
Determinisms of different planes; miracles 361
16 November The significance of numbers 363 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Numbers; astrology; true knowledge 364
“Divine’s Love” flowers for Kali puja 365
Is personal effort egoistic? 366
Desire, aspiration and progress 368 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Determining one’s approach to the Divine 369
Liberation is obtained through austerities 371
An Old Chaldean Legend 373
23 November One reality, multiple manifestations 374 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Integral Yoga: approach by all paths 375
The supreme man and the divine man 375
Miracles and the logic of events 376
30 November Time as a friend or enemy; forces of Nature 380 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Rain and snow in Algeria 381
Stopping rain at the Ashram 384
Work for integral perfection 386
Ashram criticised by ignorant outsiders 386 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Mme. David-Neel 387
False idea of superiority 387
How can one become indifferent to criticism? 390
Acting without attachment to results 391
7 December Emotional impulse of self-giving 394 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
A young dancer in France 394
The heart has wings, not the head 396
Only joy can conquer the Adversary 397
14 December Rejection of life as illusion in the old Yogas 400 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Fighting the adverse forces 401
Universal and individual being 402
Three stages in Integral Yoga 402
How to feel the Divine Presence constantly 403
21 December Integral Yoga and collective sadhana 408 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The formation of the Ashram 409
Yoga of transformation: collective work 410
Ashram children and yoga 411
Miraculous interventions in human history 413
Capacities and difficulties in human nature 414
Intensification of difficulties 415
28 December Aspiration in different parts of the being 417 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Enthusiasm and gratitude 418
Aspiration is in all beings 419
Unlimited power of good; evil has a limit 419
Progress in the parts of the being 420
The physical being and progress 421
Significance of a dream 422