The Supreme

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(Mother to Satprem, 1962:) “I call it ‘the Supreme’, because you have to call it something, but that Something is the farthest limit of our aspiration, our aspiration in every sense, in all directions, on all occasions. Something that is the supreme summit of our aspiration, WHATEVER that aspiration may be, in whatever direction, in whatever realm – beyond, really beyond, Something beyond any form of activity.
         For me, the most concrete approach to this is through the vibration of pure Love; not love for something, a love you give or receive, but Love in itself: Love. It is something self-existent. And it is certainly the most concrete approach for me.”[1]

(Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga:) “The supramental Transcendence is not a thing absolutely apart and unconnected with our present existence. It is a greater Light out of which all this has come for the adventure of the Soul lapsing into the Inconscience and emerging out of it, and, while that adventure proceeds, it waits superconscient above our minds till it can become conscious in us. Hereafter it will unveil itself and by the unveiling reveal to us all the significance of our own being and our works; for it will disclose the Divine whose fuller manifestation in the world will release and accomplish that covert significance.”[2]

(Mother, 1951:) “The Supreme has manifested Himself to Himself so as to become aware of Himself.
         In any case, that is the purpose of this creation. Let us be satisfied with our universe, let us make the best use possible of our life upon earth and the rest will come in its time.”[3]

(Mona Sarkar:) “But, Mother, for me You are the Supreme. I do not know anyone else but You as the Supreme.

(Mother:) It does not bother me, if one calls me the Supreme or not, it makes no difference to me. I know who I am. I do not crave for big names, like an egoist. What I know is that the work advances and what it is I am trying to prepare... As long as men are convinced that it is the Supreme who has done this or that, that it is He who protects them and guides them, it is fine with me. I do not want to interfere in all this or to proclaim that it is I who have done it. For in reality it is the same thing. I do not want to force people – if it pleases them to state that it is the Supreme who acts and not me, what difference does it make to say it in one way or another?”[4]

(Mother:) “All is relative except the Supreme. The Supreme alone is absolute; but as the Supreme is at the centre of each being, each being carries in himself his absolute.”[5]

(Satprem, 1966:) “All the same, there is something disturbing about that almost total subjectivity.

(Mother:) Ah, why?

You wonder what’s true, what you really encounter. Isn’t it all a figment of your imagination?... It’s a bit disquieting.

But when you have the positive experience of the sole and exclusive existence of the Supreme and that everything is just the play of the Supreme with Himself, instead of its being something disquieting or unpleasant or unsettling, it’s on the contrary a sort of total security.
         The only reality is the Supreme. And all this is a game He plays with Himself. I find this much more comforting than the other way around. ...
         A complete identification with the play as play, as a self-existent and independent thing, is probably necessary, first in order to play the game as one should play it. But at one point one does in fact reach that detachment, such a complete disgust for the whole falsehood of existence that it becomes intolerable unless one sees it as the inner play of the Lord in Himself, for Himself.
         And then, one feels that absolute and perfect freedom thanks to which the most marvelous possibilities become realizable, all the most sublime things that can be imagined are realizable.”[6]

  1. Mother's Agenda 1962, 31 May 1962
  2. The Synthesis of Yoga, p.277, “The Master of the Work”
  3. Questions and Answers 1950-1951, p.174
  4. The Supreme – Conversations with the Mother recollected by Mona Sarkar, p.6
  5. Words of the Mother – II, p.19
  6. Mother's Agenda, 25 May 1966

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