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(Medhananda:) “We think that our aspiration, our longings for a better life, are strictly personal, perhaps even the most personal part of our being. But when in some Devonian age our remote ancestors were trying to climb from the water on to the land they must have had the same feeling: “Let's get out of here. Look, how beautiful it is out on top.” ”[1]

(Mother, 1929:) “In some the aspiration moves on the mental levels or in the vital field; some have a spiritual aspiration. On the quality of the aspiration depends the force that answers and the work that it comes to do.”[2]

(Student:) “What is the difference between mental aspiration, vital aspiration and spiritual aspiration?

(Mother, 1953:) In what way do you aspire in the mind and in the vital or aspire spiritually?
         A mental aspiration means that the thought-power aspires to have knowledge, for instance, or else to have the power to express itself well or have clear ideas, a logical reasoning. One may aspire for many things; that all the faculties and capacities of the mind may be developed and placed at the service of the Divine. This is a mental aspiration.
         Or you may have an aspiration in the vital; if you have desires or troubles, storms, inner difficulties, you may aspire for peace, to be quite impartial, without desire or preference, to be a good docile instrument without any personal whims, always at the Divine’s disposal. This is a vital aspiration.
         You may have a physical aspiration also; that the body may feel the need to acquire a kind of equipoise in which all the parts of the being will be well balanced, and that you may have the power to hold off illness at a distance or overcome it fast when it enters trickily, and that the body may always function normally, harmoniously, in perfect health. That is a physical aspiration.
         A spiritual aspiration means having an intense need to unite with the Divine, to give oneself totally to the Divine, not to live outside the divine Consciousness so that the Divine may be everything for you in your integral being, and you feel the need of a constant communion with Him, of the sense of his presence, of his guidance in all that you do, and of his harmonising all the movements of the being. That is a spiritual aspiration.

(Student:) Mother, does aspiration come from the psychic?

Not necessarily. Each part of the being can have its own aspiration.”[3]

(Mother to students, 1955:) “Aspiration is like an arrow, like this (gesture). So you aspire, want very earnestly to understand, know, enter into the truth. Yes? And then with that aspiration you do this (gesture). Your aspiration rises, rises, rises, rises straight up, very strong and then it strikes against a kind of... how to put it?... lid which is there, hard like iron and extremely thick, and it does not pass through. And then you say, “See, what’s the use of aspiring? It brings nothing at all. I meet with something hard and cannot pass!” But you know about the drop of water which falls on the rock, it ends up by making a chasm: it cuts the rock from top to bottom. Your aspiration is a drop of water which, instead of falling, rises. So, by dint of rising, it beats, beats, beats, and one day it makes a hole, by dint of rising; and when it makes the hole suddenly it springs out from this lid and enters an immensity of light, and you say, “Ah, now I understand.”
         It’s like that.
         So one must be very persistent, very stubborn and have an aspiration which rises straight upwards, that is, which does not go roaming around here and there, seeking all kinds of things.
         Only this: to understand, understand, understand, to learn to know, to be.
         When one reaches the very top, there is nothing more to understand, nothing more to learn, one is, and it’s when one is that one understands and knows.”[4]

(Satprem, 1961:) “But you seem to be saying that the ideas which govern or underlie our progress are more or less false moral ideas; so what should underlie our progress? What would make us say: this is good or not good, useful or not useful for progress?

(Mother:) That's just it — none of it is necessary!
         Now I know that it's not necessary at all — not at all. Simply the aspiration must be constantly like this (gesture of a rising flame). Aspiration — that is, knowing what you want, wanting it. But it cannot be given a definite form; Sri Aurobindo has used certain words, we use other words, others use still other words, and all this means nothing — they are simply words. But there is something beyond all words, and that ... for me, the simplest thing (the simplest to express) is, ‘The Supreme's Will’.
         And it's ‘The Supreme's Will’ FOR THE EARTH — which is quite a special thing. I am in a universal consciousness at the moment and the earth seems to me to be a very tiny thing, like this (Mother sketches a tiny ball in the air) in the process of being transformed. But this is from the standpoint of the Work, it's another matter.
         But for those who are here, we can say, “It is what the Supreme Lord is preparing for the earth.” He sent Sri Aurobindo to prepare it; Sri Aurobindo called it ‘the supramental realization’, and to facilitate communication we can use the same words. Well, this movement (gesture of a rising flame) towards That must be constant — constant, total. All the rest is none of our business, and the less we meddle with it mentally, the better. But THAT, that Flame, is indispensable. And when it goes out, light it again; when it falters, rekindle it — all the time, all the time, ALL THE TIME — when sleeping, walking, reading, moving around, speaking ... all the time.”[5]

(Mother to Satprem, 1961:) “When one is in this state, there is no need to worry — nothing else matters (Mother bursts into laughter).”[6]

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