Mother Answers on Desire-Food-Sex
Mother, what is the right spirit and the right consciousness
in which one should take food?
is the spirit of consecration and...
What is the other one you said?
The right consciousness.
it is the same thing. It is the consciousness that's turned
exclusively to the Divine, and wants the divine realisation
and nothing else; and the right spirit is the spirit of
consecration to the Divine which wants only the transformation
and nothing else, that is, something which does not try
to seek its own satisfaction in the fulfilment of the aspiration.
is always, as soon as there's an aspiration... it may be
very sincere and spontaneous but immediately the mind and
vital are there, watching like robbers behind the door;
and if a force answers they rush upon it for their own satisfaction.
So there one must take very, very, very great care, because
though the aspiration might be sincere, the call absolutely
spontaneous and sincere and very pure, as soon as the answer
comes the two brigands are there, trying to take possession
of what comes for their own satisfaction. And what comes
is very good but they immediately pervert it, they use it
for personal ends, for the satisfaction of their desires
or ambitions, and they spoil everything. And naturally,
not only do they spoil everything but they stop the experience.
So unless one takes good care, one is stuck there, and cannot
move forward. If some Grace is above you, when the Grace
sees this it automatically gives you a terrible blow to
recall you to the reality, to your senses; it gives you
a good knock on the head or in the stomach or the heart
or anywhere else so that all of a sudden you say, "Oh,
that won't do any more."
what does this mean: "sleep has to be gradually
transformed into the yogic repose"?
yogic repose. It means that instead of an unconscious sleep
it is a sleepif you want to call it sleepa conscious
sleep. The body is in a state of complete repose, with the
nerves relaxed, the muscles relaxed; one is completely relaxed
and at rest; but the spirit remains conscious, conscious
enough to be able to put the vital also at rest, the mind
also at rest, and let everything be in a state of peace,
quietude, immobility, so that the consciousness may be completely
free. Then the consciousness can either rest also, if it
thinks it necessary, or work if it thinks that is needed;
and in any case it is free to do as it wants, what it wants,
and to go to the regions to which it wants to go. But the
parts belonging to the present physical being, that is,
the mind, vital and physical, are in a complete repose and
a kind of immobility, due to which the hours of sleep do
not need to be so long. One can cut short the number of
hours of sleep very much if one leaves the body in this
state of rest. But this asks for much work, and a very conscious
work, you see, very conscious and very persistent. It cannot
be had immediately, it may require years of discipline.
Only, once it is acquired, well, one has mastered sleep
and can prevent, well... For example, there are many people
who, when they go to sleep, are in a very good state of
consciousness, and when they wake up in the morning they
are completely dazed and have lost all that they had gained
the previous day; and that's because their sleep is unconscious
and they go out in the vital or the mind or the subtle physical;
they go to undesirable places or else fall into the inconscience
and lose in this inconscience al they had gained before...
It is something very necessary, but it can't be acquired
very easily. It is one of the most difficult things to do,
but it is very useful; only, one can hardly do it without
a very close guidance, because unless one knows how to do
it even to the last detail, one risks doing stupid things.
any case one thing you can do in all security is, before
going to sleep, to concentrate, relax all tension in the
physical being, try... that is, in the body try so that
the body lies like a soft rag on the bed, that it is no
longer something with twitchings and cramps; to relax it
completely as though it were a kind of thing like a rag.
And then, the vital: to calm it, calm it as much as you
can, make it as quiet, as peaceful as possible. And then
the mind alsothe mind, try to keep it like that, without
any activity. You must put upon the brain the force of great
peace, great quietude, of silence if possible, and not follow
ideas actively, not make any effort, nothing, nothing; you
must relax all movement there too, but relax it in a kind
of silence and quietude as great as possible.
you have done all this, you may add either a prayer or an
aspiration in accordance with your nature, to ask for the
consciousness and peace and to be protected against all
the adverse forces throughout the sleep, to be in a concentration
of quiet aspiration and in the protection; ask the Grace
to watch over your sleep; and then go to sleep. This is
to sleep in the best possible conditions. What happens afterwards
depends on your inner impulses, but if you do this persistently,
night after night, night after night, after some time it
will have its effect.
you see, one lies down on the bed and tries to sleep as
quickly as possible, and then, that's all, with a state
of total ignorance of how it ought to be done. But what
I have just told you, if you do that regularly it will have
an effect. In any case, it can very well avoid the attacks
which occur at night: one has gone to bed very nicely, one
wakes up ill; this is something absolutely disastrous, it
means that during the night one has been getting infected
somewhere in a state of total inconscience.
it not also necessary to remember one's dreams?
is not so necessary. It is useful if one wants to have a
great control over his sleep. But this also one must know
how to do. To remember one's dreamsthat's in the morning;
what I am telling you is for the evening. In the morning
when you get up, you must not be in a hurry. That is, you
must not wake up just at the moment when you must get out
of bed; you must have some time in hand and must take good
care, must make a formation before going to sleep, and take
good care when waking up not to make any abrupt movement,
because if you make an abrupt movement, automatically the
memory of your dreams vanishes. You must remain with the
head absolutely motionless on the pillow, without stirring,
until you can quietly recall to yourself the consciousness
which went out, and recall it as one pulls at something,
very gently, without any knocking and without haste, in
a state of attention and concentration. And then, as the
consciousness comes back to you, the consciousness that
went out, if you remain quite motionless, very quiet, and
do not begin once again to think of all kinds of things,
it will bring back first an impression and then the memory,
sometimes a fragmentary memory. But if you remain in that
same state of receptive immobility, then it can become more
and more a conscious memory. But for this you must have
time. If there is the least feeling that you have to hurry,
it is finished, you can do nothing at all. You must not
even ask yourself, when waking up, "What is the time?"
It is absolutely finished. If you do that, everything vanishes.
But, Mother, one goes off to sleep again if one doesn't
means one thing or other: either that one has not slept
enough, and so should sleep again or else that one is a
little tamasic by nature and likes to be in the inconscience.
So, that's all, my children? No questions?
an inner effort is often spoilt by dispersions in outer
When one is outwardly active, how to keep the concentration?...
Oh, this should not be very difficult. Truly it should not
be very difficult. For me what seems difficult is not to
keep a kind of intensity of inner consciousness, to be separated
from it; this seems something impossible. Once one catches
that within oneself, how can one separate oneself from it,
if you have had it once, if it has become a reality for
you, this consciousness and this inner union with the psychic,
and this consciousness and intensity of aspiration, and
this flame which is always lit? Why, whatever one may be
doing, this cannot be extinguished, it is always there.
seems to me that to separate oneself from it, once it is
there, you must close a door, you must deliberately close
the door, like this, upon it, and say, "I am no longer
interested in it." But if one truly has the will to
keep the contact, it doesn't seem very difficult to me.
It seems to me that one must really have the will to turn
one's back upon it for it to go away; otherwise it is there,
behind everything, all things, constantly. And if on the
contrary one has made it a habit, when saying something,
when making a movement, simply a movement or doing anything
at all, to refer always to that, in there, not to feel capable
of doing something without having that at the back, there,
to tell you, "Yes, this way, not that way. That, no,
not that, this", then it is difficult to live without
people, because it troubles them, because it puts a control
on their impulses and they want to feel absolutely free
and independent (what they call independent), seem deliberately
to bang the door, like that, they slam the door violently
to stop it. Then naturally, once it is done, it is done;
then one becomes something so superficial, so weak, so petty,
so ignorant, so stupid! How can one bear to be like that?
It seems to me that immediately the instinct would be to
take a step backwards, open the door hurriedly and put oneself
again into contact, saying, "No, no, no, not this state,
not this frightful state of ignorance"in which
you don't even know what you ought to say or ought not to
say, what you ought to do or ought not to do, where you
should go or should not go, nothing, nothing, you are in
an obscure and incoherent immensity. It is a dreadful state.
But when the door is open and this thing is behind, it is
absolutely comfortable at every minute, as though one were
leaning one's back against a great light, a great consciousness,
like this... "Ah, now, here we are, this is what ought
to be done, that's what ought to be said, this is the movement
to be made", etc. So, then one is comfortable, quiet,
without anguish, without any problem, without any anxiety.
One does what one wants to do; whether people take it more
or less well is their affair, but for oneself it is like
note that I am telling you this because I take the greatest
care to open your door, inside all of you, and if you have
only a little... a small movement of concentration within
you, you don't have to spend those long periods in front
of a closed door which does not move, of which you do not
have the key, and which you do not know how to open. Sometimes
one has to wait stuck to the door for hours or for days
or months or sometimes for years, and you do not know what
It is not like that for you, my children.
The door is open, only one must look towards it. One must
not turn one's back to it.
Ah, that's all?
Mother, what does the error of the lower vital mean?
are asking what it is?
All desires, all impulses, all egoistical, obscure,
ignorant, passionate, violent movementsin fact
most of the movements one makes every day. This is
the error of the lower vital. It wants to have everything
for itself. It wants to be the master of the whole
life, to govern everything. And when the mind is an
accomplicewhich happens ninety-nine and a half
times out of a hundredthe mind says, "This
indeed is called living one's life, a right to live
one's life." It means the right to be an ignorant
and stupid animal.
what is sleep? Is it only the need of the body to
rest or is it something else?
Sleep can be a very active means of concentration
and inner knowledge. Sleep is the school one has to
go through, if one knows how to learn his lesson there,
so that the inner being may be independent of the
physical form, conscious in itself and master of its
own life. There are entire parts of the being which
need this immobility and semi-consciousness of the
outer being, of the body, in order to be able to live
their own life, independently.
Only, people don't know, they sleep because they sleep,
as they eat, as they liveby a kind of instinct,
a semi-conscious impulse. They don't even ask themselves
the question. You are asking the question now: Why
does one sleep? But there are millions and millions
of beings who sleep without ever having asked themselves
the question why one sleeps. They sleep because they
feel sleepy, they eat because they are hungry, and
they do foolish things because their instincts push
them, without thinking, without reasoning; but for
those who know, sleep is a school, an excellent school
for something other than the school of waking hours.
is another school for another purpose, but it is a
school. If one wants to make the maximum progress
possible, one must know how to use one's nights as
one uses one's days; only, usually, people don't at
all know what to do, and they try to remain awake
and all that they create is a physical and vital imbalanceand
sometimes a mental one alsoas a result.
physical and all material physical parts should be
absolutely at rest, but a repose which is not a fall
into the inconscientthis is one of the conditions.
And the vital must be in a repose of silence. Then
if you have these three things at rest, the inner
being which is rarely in relation with the outer life,
because the outer life is too noisy and too unconscious
for it to be able to manifest itself, can become aware
of itself and awaken, become active and act upon the
lower parts, establish a conscious contact. This is
the real reason for sleep, apart from the necessity
that, in the present conditions of life, activity
and rest, rest and activity must alternate.
body needs rest but there are very few people, as
I said, who know how to sleep. They sleep in such
conditions that they don't wake up refreshed or are
hardly rested at all. But this is an entire science
what do our physical reserves depend, Mother?
Physical reserves? You mean the reserve of energy?
depends on the capacity to receive the universal vital force;
because in fact, through food also it is these vital forces
one receives but one receives them from below. But in order
to have reserves you must know how to receive the universal
vital forces constantly and to have a kind of balance in
the being which prevents you from spending more than you
proportion has to be kept between the receptivity and the
expenditure. It is a kind of harmony in the being which
must be established. Only, some people have an almost instinctive
power of attracting towards them the vital forces or absorbing
themthe universal vital forces, I meanand so
they make up their expense as they go along spending. These
people can produce much more than others. Some of them,
in certain conditions like sleep or a kind of repose or
relaxation, can accumulate forces and later they exhaust
them, so to say, in their activities and they must yet once
again charge the battery afterwardsthis is already
a much less favourable condition.
people don't know how to receive the forces at all. These
live on the energies concentrated in the bodyfor there
is some concentrated energy in all the cells of the body.
They live upon that, but after some time, they are drained
out completely if they don't know how to recuperate; when
they have spent all the energies which were concentrated
inside them either they fall ill or they never recuperate
them. So this cannot last very long; it lasts the average
lifetime of human beings, and yet, at the end of a certain
number of years they are no longer able to make the same
effort or to produce as much, or above all to make any progress.
those who know instinctively or who have learnt to receive
and accumulate the universal vital forces, these can last
almost indefinitely. The wear and tear is very little, especially
if they know how to do it and do it with knowledge and method;
then here it can reach a certain degree of perfection.
one knows, sometimes just two or three minutes are sufficient
to recuperate the energies spent over a long period. Only,
one must know how to do it.
those who draw back upon themselves, who turn and double
up on themselves, cannot do this. One must live all the
time in a very vast and very expansive consciousness (I
don't know if you understand the word, it means something
which extends very homogeneously and quietly, as when the
tide is at its height and the water spreads like that, quietlythat's
the impression). The vital must be like thatthen one
is open to the universal forces. But if, for example, one
has the very bad habit of exchanging vital forces with one's
fellowmen, then one loses the capacity altogether. So unless
one is in relation with someone, one receives nothing at
all. But naturally if you receive forces through others,
you receive at the same time all the difficulties of the
other person, perhaps sometimes his qualities also, but
these are less contagious. This indeed is something that
shuts you up most.
people... unless they have more or less social relations
with others, relations of friendship, conversing... and
then it goes still farther... they don't receive any forces;
and this is how they receive them. But this always makes
a soup. The forces one receives are already half digested,
in any case they don't have their primal purity, and this
affects your own capacity.
when one has this capacity in his own consciousnessfor
example, you go for a walk and come to a place which is
somewhat vast, like the seashore or like a great plain or
the summit of a mountain, a place where the horizon is fairly
vast, then if you have this kind of physical instinct which
suddenly makes you as vast as the horizon, you have a sense
of infinity, immensity; and the vaster you become, the quieter
and more peaceful you become.
is enough for you to have a contact with Nature like that.
There are many other means, but this one is very spontaneous.
There is also... when you see something very beautiful you
can have the same thing: a kind of inner joy and an opening
to the forces, and so this widens you and fills you at the
same time. There are many means but usually one does not use
them. Naturally, if you enter into contemplation and aspire
for a higher life and call down the forces from above, this
recuperates your energies more than anything else. But there
are numerous methods.
we are. That's all? Good.
So, au revoir, my children.
- The Mother