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142Because since the 1965 attack on the Ashram, the Ashram boys have a reputation for being “solid.”

143C. D. Deshmukh, who will withdraw.

144Sanjiva Reddy, who will be elected president in 1977.

145The nationalization of the banks decreed by Indira has caused the Congress to split into two opposing camps (the “old Congress” and the “new Congress”), each one fielding its own presidential candidate.

146In an undated note, Mother once wrote, “Democracy was necessary and useful a hundred years ago, but now we must go beyond it if we want to take a step forward towards a new creation.”

147“It would be fairly safe to predict the next great human collision with Asia as either its first field or its origin …. The possibility of a stupendous world-conflict would arise dwarfing anything previously experienced.” (15.367 & 567)

148Tan Yun-shan.

149He came for the darshan of November 24, 1939.

150A Chinese disciple, a painter.

151The “cultural revolution.”

152Of August 15, on Sri Aurobindo’s birthday.

153There were exceptions, as we shall see later (on 13 September).

154C. D. Deshmukh.

155V. V. Giri.

156Sanjiva Reddy.

157The nationalization of banks.

158That is the photo which Sanjiva Reddy will only receive eight years later, precisely when he was elected president in later elections.

159V.V. Giri, aged 75.

160See Agenda 1, 26 March 1959.

161Mother actually said “the overmental being.” This confusion will often take place, probably because Mother found this vocabulary quite cumbersome. But this next being clearly has nothing to do with the overmind or the world of the gods.

162In May 1968, the student uprising in France.

163See Agenda IX of 22 May 1968.

164“What is God after all? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden.” (Thoughts and Glimpses, 16.
381)

165The same thing could be said of those who are today claiming to be the “proprietors” of Sri Aurobindo, Mother and Auroville. it is an eternal story repeating itself, at Pondicherry or in Rome-but this time, perhaps, the story’s ending will be different. [Note of 1981.]

166This is not always the case, as Satprem learned afterwards. Thus in the thirteenth century, Celestine V was chosen from among mendicant monks, but five months later he abdicated, probably in disgust. He was jailed by his successor (and later canonized!). In fact, although no rule demands that the cardinals should elect the Pope from among themselves, it is always the case in practice.

167On the 14” morning, India’s President Giri met Mother. On that occasion, Mother told him, “Let us all work for the greatness of India.”

168See Agenda V of December 2, 1964.

169G. S. Pathak.

170Satprem sent her packing bluntly, telling her, “You are a poor little thing” (!)

171This is precisely what was going to be a revelation for Satprem and a decisive turning point in his own understanding of Mother.

172He was born in April, 1904.

173In fact this power had been there ever since he was born, for his diseased mother noticed that her suffering increased when he was not present, and decreased when he was at home. He is the thirteenth child in a family of peasants.

174The healer gave the following replies to Satprem’s questions: “I have not come to India to cure myself, but to put myself at the disposal of the Force and to learn. I don’t feel inspired to stop curing people so as to look after myself, and I don’t want to make an arbitrary mental decision to stop. Moreover I never ‘decide’ anything: I do what I am asked to. if Mother asks me to stop and to cure myself, I will do it.” He also explained that he had already healed the hernia he had on his left side; there remained that on the right side, which he had purposely allowed to develop so as to have the experience. It was now as big as his fist (a peasant’s fist). It was the “last barrier,” he said, “after that, nothing will remain impossible.”

175N.S. is a disciple of Mother’s who accompanied Indira Gandhi during her visit of October 6, and who holds a minister’s post.

176In Bande Mataram of 24 April 1908 (Cent. Ed., 1.875).

177Where a South Indian sage, Ramana Maharshi, lived; he died of cancer in April 1950.

178In 1948 or 1949.

179To a secluded hut, so as to attempt his “last conquest” over illness.

180When Mother heard that A.R. had that hernia and wanted to try and cure it, she had concentrated on him.

181During the meeting of the committee to reform the Church. See conversation of 26 March 1969.

182The Sage, staged in December, 1953.

183Last night, Mother vomited every twenty minutes. Yet she worked as usual this morning. It feels as if the enemy is drawing closer to the center.

184See text in addendum.

185Tat tvam asi.

186That is what Satprem had vividly felt: a gap between A.R.’s living experience and his mentalization of it, as if he were seeking to shut the ocean within a graduated thermometer.

187A friend of Indira Gandhi, and a minister in the Indian government.

188One typical example of the “mixture of influences” Mother was referring to.

189As a matter of fact, it started raining as it had not rained for eighty years.

190A Catholic monk who had come to the Ashram a year earlier. A.R., the heater, met him, and it was after this meeting that A.R. began speaking of his “healing mission.”

191That was in fact a great turning point in Satprem’s life: the experiential understanding between the great “That” and the “something else” that flows through Mother. It thus took Satprem fifteen years to come close to Mother …

192Which means something he could not “swallow.”

193Mother means not so late as today.

194Two years earlier.

195Satprem, and perhaps the world, will have much more opportunity to be sad in the following years - Mother had given up saying, I want” ….

196It seems almost certain that Mother meant to say the opposite: much less time. Let us recall that she once said to Satprem, “In the end, it’s nothing – a mere breath and it will be done.”

197Conversation of October 1: “When the physical has learned something, it never forgets, that doesn’t budge anymore.”

198Like these conversations which began an hour and a half late.

199This conversation began at 9:50.

200The previous state of things was to return on the sly.

201“He thinks,” that is to say, the doctor looking after Mother thinks.

202That was the time when, in France, Mother spent nights walking through gardens full of snakes (Richard’s atmosphere).

203Indira Gandhi has just been “expelled” from the Congress by a group of politicians opposed to her nationalization of banks.

204 See in addendum Mother’s latest notes about Auroville.

205Mother had given him that text.

206The following year (nine months later to be precise), On the Way to Supermanhood will drop down on Satprem.

207Mother is probably referring to this aphorism of Sri Aurobindo: 25 – “When I pine at misfortune and call it evil, or am jealous and disappointed, then I know that there is awake in me again the eternal fool.”

208On 29 February 1956.

209Indira Gandhi has just been expelled from the Congress by the syndicate of financiers.

210Nijalingappa.

211As unbelievable as it may appear, Mother did not dare to ask her own disciples, knowing the storms that would give rise to. Thus Satprem could never recover the notes written by Mother. Even the words changed by Mother herself were later reintroduced.

212The manuscript has been in Paris for a year.

213It will take another four years, then for some fifteen years this unfortunate Sannyasin will fall victim to an unscrupulous Indian “publisher” who will use Auroville’s name as a cover for his own affairs.

214Abhay: ritual gesture meaning, “Be without fear.”

215Aphorism 68 – “The sense of sin was necessary in order that man might become disgusted with his own imperfections. It was God’s corrective for egoism. But man’s egoism meets God’s device by being very dully alive to its owns sins and very keenly alive to the sins of others.”

216220 - “Men talk of enemies, but where are they? I only see wrestlers of one party or the other in the great arena of the universe.” 221 – “The saint and the angel are not the only divinities; admire also the Titan and the Giant.” 222 – “The old writings call the Titans the elder gods. So they still are; nor is any god entirely divine unless there is hidden in him also a Titan.” 223 – “If I cannot be Rama, then I would be Ravana; for he is the dark side of Vishnu.” (Rama is a divine incarnation, whereas Ravana is the incarnation of a demon.) Mother gave this comment on the last of these Aphorisms: “It means that gentleness without strength and goodness without power are incomplete and cannot entirely express the Divine. I might say that the charity and generosity of a converted Asura are infinitely more effective than those of an innocent angel.”

217When Satprem later published this part of the conversation in the “Notes on the Way,” Mother added the following comment: “In this Consciousness where the two contraries, the two opposites are joined, the nature of both changes. They don’t remain as they are. it’s not that they are joined and remain the same: the nature of both changes. And that’s most important. Their nature, their action, their vibration are wholly different the minute they are joined. it’s separation that makes them what they are. Separation must be done away with, and then their very nature changes: it’s no longer ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ but something else, which is complete. It’s complete.”

218A letter in which a disciple said he had some spare time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and asked the best way to use it.

219230- “Courage and love are the only indispensable virtues; even if all the others are eclipsed or fall asleep, these two will save the soul alive.” 231 – “Meanness and selfishness are the only sins that I find it difficult to pardon; yet they alone are almost universal. Therefore these also must not be hated in others, but in ourselves annihilated.” 232 – “Nobleness and generosity are the soul’s ethereal firmament; without them, one looks at an insect in a dungeon.”

220Which is why the whole last part of Mother’s “Comments” on the Aphorisms is very succinct.

221Jata: twisted hair coiled in a heap at the top of the head.

222240 – “Atheism is a necessary protest against the wickedness of the Churches and the narrowness of creeds. God used it as a stone to smash these soiled cardhouses.”

223On November 12, see the conversation of that date.

224Thus after Mother’s departure, Auroville’s “proprietors” soon declared they were a “religious” institution, adding spiritual imposture to financial fraud. Not a single voice rose from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram when those people dared to declare in India’s courts that Sri Aurobindo’s teaching was “religious.” (In 1982, a bench of judges of India’s Supreme Court finally rejected this, basing themselves on Sri Aurobindo’s own writings and several conversations from Mother’s Agenda, such as this one.)

225240 – ”Atheism is a necessary protest against the wickedness of the Churches and the narrowness of creeds. God uses it as a stone to smash these soiled card-houses.” 241 – “How much hatred and stupidity men succeed in packing up decorously and labelling ‘Religion’!” Mother recently commented on these two aphorisms thus: “As long as there are religions, atheism will be necessary to counterbalance them. Both must disappear to give way to a sincere and disinterested search for Truth and a total consecration to the object of this search.”

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