is it not true that the personal consciousness of the sadhak
is also moved by the Mother and all his actions governed
But if your personal consciousness
does wrong things, it is also the Mother who does those
is it not a fact that if a sadhak is not open to the Mother's
working in his higher parts, the Mother's works in his lower
parts and makes him commit mistakes so that he may learn
through the suffering bought by them to turn to her in his
The Mother does not make people commit
mistakes; it is the Prakriti that makes them do itif
the Purusha does not refuse his consent. The Mother here
is not this lower Prakriti, but the Divine Shakti and it
is her work to press on this lower Nature to change. You
can say that under the pressure, the Prakriti stumbles and
is unable to reply perfectly and makes you do wrong movements
or does wrong movements in youif you think that, you
are in danger of justifying the movements or their continuance.
is it not a fact that Prakriti herself comes from the Divine?
In that case is she not a power and a portion of the Divine
Everything comes from the Divine;
but the lower Prakriti is the power of the Ignoranceit
is not therefore a power of truth, but only of mixed truth
and falsehood. The Mother here stands not for the Power
of Ignorance, but for the Power that has come down to bring
down the Truth out of the Ignorance.
are the obstacles in the way of giving full assent to the
Mother's working in the sadhak's nature?
It is the wrong movements,self-will,
egoism, the vital passions, vanity, personal desire, etc.
it true that if a person has true aspiration, the Divine
makes him a fit receptacle for His descent in him even if
his mind is ignorant and limited?
Yesonly the mind must not be
small and narrowand in love with its narrowness.
is meant by being in love with the mind's narrowness?
People like to be narrow; they are
attached to their own limited ideas, feelings, opinions,
preferences and get disturbed, angry or full of doubt if
anyone tries to make them think more widelythat is
being in love with the mind's narrowness.
people say that a scholarly person with a developed intellect
progresses in sadhana more rapidly than an uneducated person
with an undeveloped intellect even though both have the
same intensity of aspiration. Is this true?
There is no such rule. It is better
if the mind is strong and developed, but scholarship does
not necessarily create a strong and developed mind.
say that scholarship does not create a strong and developed
mind. What creates it then?
It creates itself by the will to know
rightly, widely and with a plastic reception of the truth.
it necessary for a person with a weak and narrow mind to
make effort to make his mind strong and developed in order
to receive the Divine Grace or he can leave it to the Grace
itself to prepare it for its descent?
It depends on the person. If his weak
or narrow mind is coming in the way of his sadhana he can
make the attempt to broaden itif the heart is strong
and true or the psychic being active, then he can leave
it to the Divine Force to do it in the course of the Yoga.
the proper education and cultured development of the mind
is reading of books not necessary for a sadhak?
It is not by reading books that he
can do itit is by trying to think and see things clearly
that it comes. Reading is a quite secondary thing. One may
read thousands of books, yet remain narrow and foolish.
it true that "satsanga"(company of spiritual persons)
creates and increases the aspiration for the Divine?
- Sri Aurobindo