- Story of Stones Throwing
had said you would tell us the story of the stones.
is quite another domain. That's not the domain of death;
it is a domain of the material vital, the most material
vital, that which controls the physical, is just behind
the physicalthe material vital.
was a time we were living in the Guest House. Sri Aurobindo
lived on the first floor, in the room right at the end which
is now the meditation-room of the children's boarding. I
believe there are two rooms side by side, one used to be
a bathroom but is now an ordinary room, and a room next
to it which was minethe bathroom and another room.
Sri Aurobindo was on one side.
many of us were there in that house?... Amrita was there
(turning to the disciple), weren't you, Amrita, do
you remember that day? (Laughter) We had a cook called
Vatel. This cook was rather bad-tempered and didn't like
being reproved about his work. Moreover, he was in contact
with some Musulmans who had it seems, magical powersthey
had a book of magic and the ability to practise magic. One
day, this cook had done something very bad and had been
scoldedI don't know if any of you knew Datta, it was
Datta who had scolded himand he was furious. He had
threatened us, saying, "You will see, you will be compelled
to leave this house.'' We had taken no notice of it.
or three days later, I think, someone came and told me that
stones had fallen in the courtyarda few stones, three
or four: bits of brick. We wondered who was throwing stones
from the next house. We did exactly what we forbid children
to do: we went round on the walls and roofs to see if we
could find someone or the stones or somethingwe found
happened, I believe, between four and five in the afternoon.
As the day declined, the number of stones increased. The
next day, there were still more. They started striking specially
the door of the kihen and one of them struck Datta's arm
as she was going across the courtyard. The number increased
very much. The interest was growing. And as the interest
grew, it produced a kind of effect of multiplication! And
the stones began falling in several directions at the same
time, in places where there were neither doors nor windows;
there was a staircase, but it had no opening in those days:
there was only a small bull's-eye. And the stones were falling
on the staircase this way (vertical gesture); if
they had come through the bull's-eye, they would have come
like this (slantwise movement), but they were falling
straight down. So, I think everyone began to become truly
interested. I must tell you that this Vatel had informed
us that he was ill and for the last two dayssince
the stones had started fallinghe hadn't come. But
he had left with us his under-cook, a young boy of about
thirteen or fourteen, quite fat, somewhat lifeless and a
little quiet, perhaps a little stupid. And we noticed that
when this boy moved around, wherever he went the stones
increased. The young men who were there Amrita among them
shut the boy up in a room, with all the doors and windows
closed; they started making experiments like the spiritists
(laughing): "Close all the doors, close all the windows.''
And there was the boy sitting there inside and the stones
began falling, with all the doors and windows closed! And
more and more fell, and finally the boy was wounded in the
leg. Then they started feeling the thing was going too far.
was with Sri Aurobindo: quietly we were working, meditating
together. The boys cast a furtive glance to see what was
going on and began warning us, for it was perhaps time to
tell us that the thing was taking pretty serious proportions.
I understood immediately what the matter was.
must tell you that we had made an attempt earlier to exhaust
all possibilities of an ordinary, physical explanation.
We had called in the police, informed them that there was
somebody throwing stones at us, and they wanted very much
to come and see what was happening. So a policemanwho
was a fine good fellowimmediately told us, "Oh!
You have Vatel as your cook. Yes, yes, we know what it is!''
He had a loaded pistol and stood waiting there in the courtyardnot
a stone! I was on the terrace with Sri Aurobindo; I said
to Sri Aurobindo, "That's a bit too bad, we call the
police and just then the stones stop falling! But that is
very annoying, in this way he will think we haven't told
the truth, for no stones are falling.'' Instantaneously
the stones began falling again. (Laughter)
should note that the stones were falling quite a long way
off from the terrace and not one of them came anywhere near
the policeman said, "It's not worthwhile, my staying
here, I know what it is, it is Vatel who has done this against
you, I am going.''
was after this that we made the experiment of shutting up
the boy, and the stones began to fall in the closed room
and I was informed that the boy had been wounded. Then I
said, "All right, send the boy out of the house immediately.
Send him to another house, anywhere, and let him be looked
after, but don't keep him here, and then, that's all. Keep
quiet and don't be afraid.'' I was in the room with Sri
Aurobindo and I thought, "We'll see what it is.'' I
went into meditation and gave a little call. I said, "Let
us see, who is throwing stones at us now? You must come
and tell us who is throwing stones.''... I saw three little
entities of the vital, those small entities which have no
strength and just enough consciousness confined to one action
it is nothing at all; but these entities are at the service
of people who practise magic. When people practise magic,
they order them to come and they are compelled to obey.
There are signs, there are words. So, they came, they were
frightened they were terribly frightened! I said, "But
why do you fling stones like that? What does it mean, this
bad joke?'' They replied, "We are compelled, we are
compelled... (Laughter) It is not our fault, we have
been ordered to do it, it is not our fault.''
really felt so much like laughing but still I kept a serious
face and told them, "Well, you must stop this, you
understand!'' Then they told me, "Don't you want to
keep us? We shall do all that you ask.'' "Ah!'' I thought,
"Let us see, this is perhaps going to be interesting.''
I said to them, "But what can you do?'' "We know
how to throw stones.'' (Laughter)"That
doesn't interest me at all, I don't want to throw stones
at anyone... but could you perchance bring me flowers? Can
you bring me some roses?'' Then they looked at one another
in great dismay and answered, "No, we are not made
for that, we don't know how to do it.'' I said, "I
don't need you, go away, and take care specially never to
come back, for otherwise it will be disastrous!'' They ran
away and never came back.
was one thing I had noticed: it was only at the level of
the roof that the stones were seenfrom the roof downwards,
we saw the stones; just till the roof, above it there were
no stones. This meant that it was like an automatic formation.
In the air nothing could be seen: they materialised in the
atmosphere of the house and fell.
to complete the movement, the next morningall this
happened in the evening the next morning I came down to
pay a visit to the kitchenthere were pillars in the
kitchenand upon one of the pillars I found some signs
with numbers as though made with a bit of charcoal, very
roughly drawnI don't remember the signs now and also
words in Tamil. Then I rubbed out everything carefully and
made an invocation, and so it was finished, the comedy was
not quite. Vatel's daughter was ayah in the house,
the maid-servant. She came early in the afternoon in a state
of intense fright saying, "My father is in the hospital,
he is dying; this morning something happened to him; suddenly
he felt very ill and he is dying, he has been taken to the
hospital, I am terribly frightened.'' I knew what it was.
I went to Sri Aurobindo and said to him, "You know,
Vatel is in the hospital, he is dying.'' Then Sri Aurobindo
looked at me, he smiled: "Oh, just for a few stones!''
very evening Vatel was cured. But he never started anything
could the stones be seen?
what is remarkable. There are beings that have the power
of dematerialising and rematerialising objects. These were
quite ordinary pieces of bricks, but these pieces materialised
only in the field where the magic acted. The magic was practised
for this house, especially for its courtyard, and the action
of vital forces worked only there. That was why when I sent
away the boy and he went to another house, not a single
stone hit him any more. The magical formation was made specially
for this house, and the stones materialised in the courtyard.
And as it was something specially directed against Datta,
she was hit on her arm.
was yet something else... Ah, yes! We came to know later
to which magician Vatel had gone. He had gone to a magician
who, it seems, is very well known here and he had said that
he wanted definitely to make us leave that houseI
don't know why. He was furious. And so he asked the magician
to make stones fall there. The magician told him, "But
that's the house Sri Aurobindo lives in!'' He said, "Yes.''"Ah!
No, I am not going to meddle in this business; you manage
it, I am not getting involved.'' Then Vatel insisted very
much; he even promised him a greater reward, a little more
money. The magician said, "Well, look here; we are
going to make a rule: in a circle of twenty-five metres
around Sri Aurobindo''I think he said twenty or twenty-five
metres"the stones will not fall. Always there
will have to be twenty-five metres' distance between the
stones and Sri Aurobindo.'' And he arranged his order of
magic in this way. And that was why never did a single stone
come anywhere near us, never. They fell at the other end
of the courtyard.
know how to do all that, it is written in their books. These
are words and ceremonies having a certain power. Naturally,
those who do that must have a vital force. A vital force
is necessarya little mental force also, not much,
even very littlebut quite a strong vital power to
control these little entities, govern them. And these people
rule them precisely through fear, for they have the power
to dissolve them, so these entities fear this very much.
But upon all these formations, all these entities, it is
enough to put simply one drop of the true, pure light, the
pure white ligh the true, pure light which is the
supreme light of constructionyou put one drop upon
them: they dissolve as though there had been nothing at
all there. And yet this is not a force of destruction; it
is a force of construction but it is so alien to their nature
that they disappear. It is this they feared, for I had called
them by showing them this white light; I had told them,
"Look, here is this! Come.'' But their offer was touching:
"Oh! We shall do everything you want.'' I said, "Good,
what can you do?''"Throw stones!'' (Laughter)
- the Mother