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The Real Awakener (Vol. 7, No. 3), People’s Awakening and Service Organisation, 72 pp, Rs 15.00
This thin booklet has extracts from the writings of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.
The first chapter comprises prayers and meditation which the Mother practised in her daily life. Then there is a chapter giving her views on how to suffer wherein she says, “Suffering is not something inevitable or even desirable; but when it comes to us, how helpful it can be!”
On one’s thoughts, the Mother says that we all have thoughts which are result of mental activity that is almost mechanical, unreflecting and out of control. All thoughts concern material life and its many needs are of the same quality. When one has enough self-control to be able to analyse coldly, to dissect these states of mind, to strip them off their appearance so as to perceive them as they are in their childish insignificance, then “one can profitably devote oneself to studying them.”
On what is the most useful work, the Mother says:
The moral problem, according to the Mother, is that the individual tends to be guided by egoistical motives, laws and customs, when his or her role should be of perfect disinterestedness. To think of personal profit in this world or in another beyond is an unthinkable impossibility.
Finally the Mother says, “I belong to no nation, no civilisation, no society, nor race, but to the Divine… I obey no master, no ruler, no law, no social convention, but the Divine” and to surrender to Him one’s will, life and self is the highest that one can reach.
(People’s Awakening and Service Organisation, Mira Ambica Bhawan, Khetan Mohalla, Jhunjhunu-333 001, Rajasthan.)