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(Disciple, 1935:) “Elsewhere people try to find out various qualities in their Guru to prove him an Avatar; here some try to find out reasons to disprove even the possibility.”

(Sri Aurobindo:) “It is a modern Asram, that’s why!”[1]

(Disciple, 1935:) “We are a little puzzled when you give your own example to prove your arguments and defend your views [...] what Avatars can achieve is not possible for ordinary mortals like us.”

(Sri Aurobindo:) “I do not know what the devil you mean. My sadhana is not a freak or a monstrosity or a miracle done outside the laws of Nature and the conditions of life and consciousness on earth. If I could do these things or if they could happen in my Yoga, it means that they can be done and that therefore these developments and transformations are possible in the terrestrial consciousness.”[2]

(Sri Aurobindo, 1935:) “The question was whether new faculties not at all manifested in the personality up to now in this life could appear, even suddenly appear, by force of Yoga. I say they can and I gave my own case as proof. I could have given others also.”[3]

(Sri Aurobindo, 1935:) “I repeat, the Divine when he takes on the burden of terrestrial nature, takes it fully, sincerely and without any conjuring tricks or pretence. If he has something behind him which emerges always out of the coverings, it is the same thing in essence, even if greater in degree, that there is behind others — and it is to awaken that that he is there.”[4]

(Sri Aurobindo to disciple, 1933:) “If all that you write against us is correct, there is only one logical conclusion possible that the Mother and myself are a queer combination of impotent imbecile and selfish mean-minded oppressive Asura. Perhaps we are, though I am not yet persuaded to recognise myself or the Mother in the picture. But why do you want to be docile and devoted to such people?
         The other conclusion to be gathered from your remarks is that our life work is likely to be and is indeed already a failure because of our insincerity and tyrannical meanness and our leniency and love for the insincere and oppression of the sincere and our unspiritual conduct in all ways. It may be so. I have tried to offer what I felt to be the Light and the Truth to the Earth and her children — if the Earth and her children do not want it or if my Truth is falsehood and my Light is Darkness and Evil in the eyes of men — well, be it so. If there is nothing to be done on earth, the Mother and I can always return into our own Self and see the thing better done by others.”[5]

(Medhananda:) “Only he has given a meaning to this universe.”[6]

Autobiographical Notes
"Sri Aurobindo: A Life Sketch"
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PDF (6 pages)
  Tales of Prison Life (excerpt)
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PDF (10 pages)

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  1. Letters on Himself and the Ashram, p.400, 14 November 1935
  2. Ibid., p.402, 9 February 1935
  3. Ibid., p.405, 10 February 1935
  4. Ibid., p.418
  5. The Mother with Letters on The Mother, p.106
  6. On the threshold of a new age with Medhananda, p.67

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