Questions and Answers 1956

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Questions and Answers 1956


4 January Integral idea of the Divine 1 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
All things attracted by the Divine 3
Bad things are things no longer in their place 5
Integral yoga 7 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Moving idea-force; small and great ideas 8
New Year Message of 1956 9
Consequences of manifestation 10
Work of the Spirit through Nature 11
Change consciousness: the world changes 12
11 January Desire and self-deception 14 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Giving all one is and has 14
Sincerity: more powerful than will 19
Joy of progress 20
Definition of youth 20
18 January Positive and negative sides of individual work 22 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Cheerfulness 23
A chosen human vessel of the Divine 23
Aspiration of plants, of children 24
Active consciousness in plants 25
Being chosen by the Divine 26
True hierarchy 27
Perfect relation with the Divine 29
India is free: already accomplished in 1915 30
Division of India, not decreed 31
25 January The divine way of life 33 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Divine; Overmind; Supermind 33
Material body—for discovery of the Divine 35
Five psychological perfections 36
1 February Path of knowledge 43 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Finding the Divine in life 44
Capacity for contact with the Divine 45
Partial and total identification with the Divine 46
Manifestation and hierarchy 48
8 February Forces of Nature expressing a higher Will 51 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Illusion of separate personality 52
One dynamic force which moves all things 55
Linear and spherical thinking 56
Common ideal of life: microscopic 57
15 February Nature and the Master of Nature 59 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Conscious intelligence 60
Theory of the Gita: not the whole truth 61
Surrender to the Lord 64
Change of nature 64
22 February Strong immobility of an immortal spirit 66 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Equality of soul 68
Is all an expression of the divine Will? 68
Loosening the knot of action 70
Using experience as a cloak to cover excesses 72
Sincerity, a rare virtue 73
29 February Sacrifice: self-giving 74 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Divine Presence in the heart of Matter 75
Divine Oneness 75
Divine Consciousness 77
All is One 78
Divine in the inconscient aspires for the Divine 79
7 March Animal sacrifice 80 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Sacrifices to hostile forces 81
Sacrifice: receive in proportion to consciousness 81
To be luminously open 82
Integral transformation 83
Pain of rejection; delight of progress 84
Spirit behind intention 85
Spirit and matter: over-simplified distinction 86
14 March Dynamic meditation 88 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Do all as an offering to the Divine 90
Significance of 23.4.56. 90
If twelve men of goodwill call the Divine 93
21 March Identify with the Divine 94 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The Divine: the most important thing in life 94
28 March The starting-point of spiritual experience 96 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The boundless finite 97
The Timeless and Time 98
Mental explanation not enough 99
Changing knowledge into experience 101
Sat-Chit-Tapas-Ananda 101
4 April The witness soul 102 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
A Gita enthusiast 103
Propagandist spirit; Tolstoy’s son 105
11 April Self-creator 107 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Manifestation of Time and Space 108
Brahman-Maya and Ishwara-Shakti 108
Personal and Impersonal 110
18 April Ishwara and Shakti: seeing both aspects 112 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The Impersonal and the divine Person 113
Soul: the presence of the divine Person 114
Going to other worlds; exteriorisation; dreams 115
Telling stories to oneself 117
Creative power in world of vital forms 118
25 April God: human conception and the true Divine 119 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Earthly existence: to realise the Divine 119
Ananda: divine pleasure 120
Relations with the divine Presence 120
Asking the Divine for what one needs 122
Allowing the Divine to lead one 123
2 May Threefold union 125 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Manifestation of the Supramental 126
Profiting from the Divine 128
Recognition of the Supramental Force 131
Ascent, descent, manifestation 133
9 May Beginning of the true spiritual life 135 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Spirit gives value to all things 135
To be helped by the supramental Force 136
16 May Needs of the body: not true in themselves 139 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Spiritual and supramental law 140
Aestheticised Paganism 141
Morality: checks true spiritual effort 141
Effect of supramental descent 143
Half-lights and false lights 144
23 May Yoga and religion 146 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Story of two clergymen on a boat 147
The Buddha and the Supramental 150
Hieroglyphs and phonetic alphabets 151
A vision of ancient Egypt 154
Memory for sounds 155
30 May Forms as symbols of the Force behind 157 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Art as expression of contact with the Divine 158
Supramental psychological perfection 158
Division of works 159
The Ashram: idle stupidities 160
6 June Sign or indication from books of revelation 162 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Spiritualised mind 169 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Stages of sadhana 170
Reversal of consciousness 171
Organisation around central Presence 173
Boredom: most common human malady 174
13 June Effects of the Supramental action 176 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Education and the Supermind 178
Right to remain ignorant 179
Concentration of mind 181
Reason: not supreme capacity of man 182
Physical education and studies 184
Self-imposed inner discipline 184
True usefulness of teachers and instructors 185
20 June The heart’s mystic light and intuition 187 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Psychic being; psychic contact 187
Secular refrigeration; secular ethics 188
True role of mind 189
Realisation of the Divine through love 190
Depression; pleasure; joy 190
Heart: mixture in its action 192
To follow the soul and not the mind 194
Physical energy: progressive effort; rest 195
To remember the Mother 196
Collective discipline; laws of atavism 197
27 June Birth: entry of soul into body 199 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Formation of the supramental world 204
Aspiration for progress 205
Bad thoughts 207
Cerebral filter 207
Progress and resistance 208
4 July Aspiration when one sees a shooting star 210 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Preparing the body; making it understand 211
Getting rid of pain and suffering 212
Psychic light 214
11 July Beauty restored to its priesthood 215 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Occult worlds; occult beings 216
Difficulties and the supramental force 219
18 July Unlived dreams 221 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Radha-consciousness 222
Separation and identification 224
Ananda of identity and Ananda of union 225
Sincerity, meditation and prayer 227 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Enemies of the Divine 229
The universe is progressive 231
25 July A complete act of divine love 234 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
How to listen 235
Sports programme same for boys and girls 236
How to profit by stay at Ashram 240
“To Women about Their Body” 241
1 August Value of worship 243 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Spiritual realisation and the integral yoga 243
Symbols: translation of experience into form 246
Sincerity: fundamental virtue 247
Intensity of aspiration: with anguish or joy 248
The divine Grace 250
8 August How to light the psychic fire; will for progress 251 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Helping from a distance; mental formations 253
Prayer and the divine Grace 254
Grace at work everywhere 256
15 August Protection, purification, fear 258 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Atmosphere at the Ashram on Darshan days 261
Significance of Darshan messages 263
Significance of fifteenth August 264 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
State of surrender 266
Divine Grace: has always been all-powerful 267
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 269
Appendix: Sri Aurobindo’s message of 15 August 1947 270 Paper icon.png
22 August The heaven of the liberated mind 274 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Trance or samadhi 274
Occult discipline for leaving consecutive bodies 276
To be greater than one’s experience 278
Total self-giving to the Grace 278
The truth of the being 279
Unique relation with the Supreme 279
29 August To live spontaneously 281 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Mental formations 282
Absolute sincerity 284
Balance is indispensable: the middle path 285
When in difficulty, widen the consciousness 285
Easiest way of forgetting oneself 287
5 September Material life: seeing in the right way 288 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Effect of the Supermind on the earth 290
Emergence of the Supermind 291
Falling back into the same mistaken ways 292
12 September Questions, practice and progress 295 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
19 September Power: predominant quality of vital being 297 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The Divine, the psychic being, the Supermind 298
How to come out of the physical consciousness 299
Look life in the face 300
Ordinary love and Divine love 300
26 September Soul of desire 303 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Openness; harmony with Nature 304
Communion with divine Presence 305
Individuality, difficulties and the soul of desire 305
Utility of personal contact with the Mother 306
Inner receptivity 306
Bad thoughts in the presence of the Mother 308
3 October The Mother’s different ways of speaking 310 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
The new manifestation 311
A new element: new possibilities 313
Greater number of child prodigies 314 AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Laws of Nature and the supramental 315
Logic of the unforeseen 316
Child prodigies: example of a child of eight 316
Creative writers; the hands of musicians 318
Prodigious children, prodigious men 320
10 October The supramental race — in a few centuries 321 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Condition for new realisation 323
Everyone must follow his own path 323
Progress: no two paths alike 324
17 October Delight: the highest state 326 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Delight and detachment 327
To be calm 328
Quietude, mental and vital 328
Calm and strength 329
Experience and expression of experience 330
24 October Taking a new body 332 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Different cases of incarnation 334
Departure of soul from body 336
31 October Manifestation of divine love 339 Paper icon.png
Deformation of Love by human consciousness 340
Experience and expression of experience 342
7 November Thoughts created by forces of universal Mind 344 Paper icon.png
Our own thought hardly exists 345
Idea: origin higher than mind 346
14 November The Synthesis of Yoga: effect of reading 347 Paper icon.png
Conquering the desire to appear good 348
Self-control and control of the life around 350
Power of mastery 352
Be a great yogi to be a good teacher 354
Organisation of the Ashram school 355
Elementary discipline of regularity 356
21 November “Knowings” and Knowledge 358 Paper icon.png
Reason: summit of man’s mental activities 359
“Willings” and the true will 360
Personal effort 361
First step to have knowledge 361
Relativity of medical knowledge 363
Mental gymnastics to make the mind supple 364
Spiritual life: traditional and in the Ashram 366
28 November Desire, ego, animal nature 367 Paper icon.png
Consciousness: a progressive state 368
Ananda: desireless state beyond enjoyings 369
Personal effort that is mental 370
Reason: when to disregard it 373
Reason and “reasons” 374
5 December Even and objectless ecstasy 376 Paper icon.png
Transform the animal 377
Individual personality and world-personality 378
Characteristic features of a world-personality 380
Expressing a universal state of consciousness 380
Food and sleep 381
Ordered intuition 382
12 December Virtue of paradoxes 383 Paper icon.png
Nothing is impossible 383
The unfolding universe and the Eternal 384
Attention, concentration and effort 385
Capacity for growth almost unlimited 387
Why everything is not the same 388
Distinction between will and “willings” 388
Suggestions and formations 390
The vital world: adverse suggestions 392
19 December Preconceived mental ideas 395 Paper icon.png
Process of creation 396
Destructive power of bad thoughts 396
To be perfectly sincere 397
26 December Defeated victories 401 Paper icon.png
Change of consciousness 402
Experiences that indicate the road to take 404
Choice and preference 405
Diversity of the manifestation 407