on her Photographs
Mother, when we concentrate on one of your photosthere
are many photos, each one with a different expressiondoes
it make a difference for us, the one on which we concentrate?
you do it purposely, yes, of course. If you choose this
photo for a particular reason or that other one for another
reason, surely. It has an effect. It is as though you were
choosing to concentrate on one aspect of the Mother rather
than another; for example, if you choose to concentrate
on Mahakali or Mahalakshmi or on Maheshwari, the results
will be different. That part of you which answers to these
qualities will awaken and become receptive. So, it is the
same thing. But somebody who has only one photo, whichever
it may be, and concentrates, without choosing this one or
that, because he has only one, then it is of no importance
which one it is. For the fact of concentrating on the photograph
puts one in contact with the Force, and that is what is
necessary in the case of everyone who responds automatically.
is only when the person who concentrates puts a special will,
with a special relation, into his concentration that it has
an effect. Otherwise the relation is more general, and it
is always the expression of the need or the aspiration of
the person who concentrates. If he is absolutely neutral,
if he does not choose, does not aspire for any particular
thing, if he comes like this, like a white page and absolutely
neutral, then it is the forces and aspects he needs which
will answer to the concentration and perhaps even the person
himself will not know what particular things he needs, because
very few people are conscious of themselves. They live in
a vague feeling, they have a vague aspiration and it is almost
unseizable; it is not something organised, coordinated and
willed, with a clear vision, for example, of the difficulties
one wants to overcome or the capacities one wants to acquire;
this, usually, is already the result of a fairly advanced
discipline. One must have reflected much, observed much, studied
much in order to be able to know exactly what he needs. Otherwise
it is something hazy, this impression: one tries to catch
it and it escapes... Isn't that so?
24 August 1955
Why does meditation in front of different photos of you
give different experiences?
is because each photo represents a different aspect, sometimes
even a different personality of my being; and by concentrating
on the photo, one enters into relation with that special
aspect or different personality which the photo has captured
and whose image it conveys.
photo is a real and concrete presence, but fragmentary and
Why is the photo a fragmentary and limited presence?
the photo catches only the image of a moment, an instant
of a person's appearance and of what that appearance can
reveal of a passing psychological condition and fragmentary
soul-state. Even if the photograph is taken under the best
possible conditions at an exceptional and particularly expressive
moment, it cannot in any way reproduce the whole personality.