are two powers that alone can effect in their conjunction
the great and difficult thing which is the aim of our
endeavour, a fixed and unfailing aspiration that calls
from below and a supreme Grace from above that answers.
the supreme Grace will act only in the conditions of
the Light and the Truth; it will not act in conditions
laid upon it by the Falsehood and the Ignorance. For
if it were to yield to the demands of the Falsehood,
it would defeat its own purpose.
are the conditions of the Light and Truth, the sole
conditions under which the highest Force will descend;
and it is only the very highest supramental Force descending
from above and opening from below that can victoriously
handle the physical Nature and annihilate its difficulties....
There must be a total and sincere surrender; there must
be an exclusive self-opening to the divine Power; there
must be a constant and integral choice of the Truth
that is descending, a constant and integral rejection
of the falsehood of the mental, vital and physical Powers
and Appearances that still rule the earth-Nature.
surrender must be total and seize all the parts of the
being. It is not enough that the psychic should respond
and the higher mental accept or even the inner vital
submit and the inner physical consciousness feel the
influence. There must be in no part of the being, even
the most external, anything that makes a reserve, anything
that hides behind doubts, confusions and subterfuges,
anything that revolts or refuses.
part of the being surrenders, but another part reserves
itself, follows its own way or makes its own conditions,
then each time that that happens, you are yourself pushing
the divine Grace away from you.
behind your devotion and surrender you make a cover
for your desires, egoistic demands and vital insistences,
if you put these things in place of the true aspiration
or mix them with it and try to impose them on the Divine
Shakti, then it is idle to invoke the divine Grace to
you open yourself on one side or in one part to the
Truth and on another side are constantly opening the
gates to hostile forces, it is vain to expect that the
divine Grace will abide with you. You must keep the
temple clean if you wish to install there the living
each time the Power intervenes and brings in the Truth,
you turn your back on it and call in again the falsehood
that has been expelled, it is not the divine Grace that
you must blame for failing you, but the falsity of your
own will and the imperfection of your own surrender.
you call for the Truth and yet something in you chooses
what is false, ignorant and undivine or even simply
is unwilling to reject it altogether, then always you
will be open to attack and the Grace will recede from
you. Detect first what is false or obscure in you and
persistently reject it, then alone can you rightly call
for the divine Power to transform you.
not imagine that truth and falsehood, light and darkness,
surrender and selfishness can be allowed to dwell together
in the house consecrated to the Divine. The transformation
must be integral, and integral therefore the rejection
of all that withstands it.
the false notion that the divine Power will do and is
bound to do everything for you at your demand and even
though you do not satisfy the conditions laid down by
the Supreme. Make your surrender true and complete,
then only will all else be done for you.
too the false and indolent expectation that the divine
Power will do even the surrender for you. The Supreme
demands your surrender to her, but does not impose it:
you are free at every moment, till the irrevocable transformation
comes, to deny and to reject the Divine or to recall
your self-giving, if you are willing to suffer the spiritual
consequence. Your surrender must be self-made and free;
it must be the surrender of a living being; not of an
inert automation or mechanical tool.
inert passivity is constantly confused with the real
surrender, but out of an inert passivity nothing true
and powerful can come. It is the inert passivity of
physical Nature that leaves it at the mercy of every
obscure or undivine influence. A glad and strong and
helpful submission is demanded to the working of the
Divine Force, the obedience of the illumined disciple
of the Truth, of the inner Warrior who fights against
obscurity and falsehood, of the faithful servant of
is the true attitude and only those who can take and
keep it, preserve a faith unshaken by disappointments
and difficulties and shall pass through the ordeal to
the supreme victory and the great transmutation.