Samata

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(Sri Aurobindo:) “Not to be disturbed by either joy or grief, pleasure or displeasure by what people say or do or by any outward things is called in Yoga a state of samatā, equality to all things. It is of immense importance in sadhana to be able to reach this state. It helps the mental quietude and silence as well as the vital to come. It means indeed that the vital itself and the vital mind are already falling silent and becoming quiet. The thinking mind is sure to follow.”[1]


(Shyam Sundar, 1970:) “The mind is learning not to be agitated by things it does not like.

(Mother:) It is good. But there is a higher condition to attain. It is to be above like and dislike, to understand the deep law of each thing in order to keep each thing in its right place, in one's consciousness as well as around oneself.”[2]


(Shyam Sundar, 1970:) “Often the preferences do not allow to see clearly.

(Mother:) It is altogether indispensable to establish a consciousness in which preferences have no more meaning and are replaced by the clear vision of the place of each thing and each movement in the great universal play.”[3]




  1. Letters on Yoga – IV, p.335
  2. En Route (On the Path): The Mother's Correspondence with Shyam Sundar, p.153
  3. Ibid., p.154


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