Youth Group: Summary-11/Nov/09 Session

The youth group session conducted by Srinivas  started off with Srinivas sharing with every one about his earlier visit to one of the Shaktipeets in Kurnool, the Jogabmamba temple in Alampur which may be now completely under water due to the recent floods. The Topics taken up for discussion from the Words of the Mother were on Radha & Krishna and Religion and Occultism.

The answer to the question why Krishna is represented always in the child form was that Krishna represents the continuous progress of the humanity. Later on Srinivas explained the relevance of the Hindu mythologies and how  at each stage in life say at 10, then in 20’s and 30s’they are to be reread and reunderstood with greater maturity. He also said the  good and evil in each of the characters represented in the Mahabharata have to be debated upon and understood in the right perspective.

On the topic of technology smsing and social networking such as facebook are influencing todays youth, the discussion turned towards whether these technologies are a forerunner of an emerging world of superconsciousness where we are all one interconnected single being (Gaia) as depicted by Isaac Asimov in the Foundation. Many followers of Sri Aurobindo are surprised by Asimovs foundation series and wonder whether he was inspired by Sri Aurobindo as the one of characters he depicts has close resemblence to Sri Aurobindo. It is also wondered if he based his whole concept of Gaia – which is a single interconnected collective consciousness – where when a single person thinks the thought reverberates in the minds off all the beings on earth, so that it becomes one single entity is inspired by the superconsciousness and theories of Sri Aurobindo.
 
Next in answer to Harshitas question about the difference between religion and spirituality Srinivas explained that
while religion is more of custom and rituals but also has its final destination as realising the divine, spirituality is the conscious effort to develop oneself to realise the divine while it need not lean towards a particular religion to realise the divine. 

Later an approach to reading and group meeting was quoted from the book an Early chapter in Mothers Life by M.P.Pandit. Mother had said that according to a Chaldean tradition if 12 sincere aspirants pray sincerely the Divine Inner flame can be realised. Also how our thoughts create and bring forth entities or beings that aim to realise the objective of the thought and how group meditation or aspirations can create a more powerful entity was discussed.

The discussion then turned towards the group meditation which is planned on Fridays between 7-8 pm. Update on the Friday meditation session will be posted asap.

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Radha’s Prayer

The Mother’s words in the form of Radha’s Prayer:

radhasrikrishnaO Thou whom at first sight I knew for the Lord of my being and my God, receive my offering.

 Thine are all my thoughts, all my emotions, all the sentiments of my heart, all my sensations, all the movements of my life, each cell of my body, each drop of my blood.

I am absolutely and altogether Thine, Thine without reserve.

What Thou wilt of me, that I shall be. Whether Thou choosest for me life or death, happiness or sorrow, pleasure or suffering, all that comes to me from Thee will be welcome.

Each one of Thy gifts will be always for me a gift divine bringing with it the supreme Felicity.

Contributed by: Harshitha, Youth Group Member

The Mother said:       Love divine gives itself and asks for nothing consciously it endeavours to realise in them that which is its eternal aim it is, in its pure movement, the seeking for union of the self with the Divine, a seeking absolute and regardless of all other things.

Meerabai and Radha had all the qualities mentioned above and many more. They completely lost themselves and saw Krishna in everyone and everything they came into contact with. Sri Aurobindo also had this experience when he was in goal, and he saw Krishna everywhere around him.

 The Mother’s body has participated as much as her soul in this constant aspiration for and surrender to the Divine. Her Prayers are clear indications that the aspiration of her body and, in fact, of her whole physical consciousness has been even greater than that of her soul and that   she had already realized a complete and constant inner union with the Divine very early in life and that her subsequent aspiration and endeavor have been to realize an equally complete and constant union in her physical consciousness and outer life.

In the Prayer of Nov 19,1912—this is the year with which the “Prayers and Meditations” begins—she says : ” I said yesterday to that English man who is seeking for Thee with so sincere a desire, that I had definitively found Thee, that the Union was constant.” But this is not the union to satisfy the Mother’s whole being. She starts with this union as the base, but for the immense spiritual structure she has to rear upon it, much greater conquests have to be made, a more integral union has to be attained. So, not content with this union, she says, “Yet I know that this state of union is poor and precarious compared with that which it will become possible for me to realize tomorrow.” Again, in the Prayer of May 16, 1914, the Mother says, “Now I clearly understand that union with Thee is not an end to be pursued, so far as this present individuality is concerned; it is a fact accomplished long since. And that is why Thou seemest to tell me always: ‘Do not revel in the ecstatic contemplation of this union, fulfil the mission I have confided to thee on the earth’

This is a point of capital importance inasmuch as it affords the right perspective to the tremendous significance of the Mother’s life-work. Not union only in the depths of her being, which is the common objective of all mystics, but union even in the outermost nature, and a complete possession and government of the whole being by the divine Love, so that the divine Will, realized by the Mother in her union with the Eternal, may fulfil itself in her terrestrial existence. But what is this divine Will in regard to the Mother ? “To be the Life in all material forms, the Thought organizing and using this Life in all .forms, the Love enlarging, enlightening, intensifying, uniting all the divers elements of this Thought, and thus by a total identification with the manifested world, to be able to intervene with all power in its transformation. On the other hand, by a perfect surrender to the Supreme Principle, to become conscious of the Truth and the eternal Will which manifests it. By this identification, becoming the faithful servant and sure intermediary of the divine Will, and uniting this conscious identification of the Principle with the conscious identification of the becoming, to mould and model consciously the love, mind and life of the becoming according to the Law of Truth of the Principle. It is thus that the individual being can be the conscious intermediary between the absolute Truth and the manifested universe, and intervene in the slow and uncertain advance of the Yoga of Nature in order to give it the swift, intense and sure character of the divine Yoga.”

A colossal work, well-nigh staggering to our timid and tethered intelligence ! Our imagination faints before the vastness and complexity of its conception, and yet something in us, awed and attracted, pledges to it its eternal adhesion and loyalty.

This, then, has been the sole aspiration of the Mother’s whole being : to realize an integral union with the Integral Divine and become the conscious intermediary between Him and the material world, so that His unflawed manifestation may be possible in transformed human nature. Divine manifestation can, therefore, be said to be the core of her mission in this life.

Prayers and Meditations of the Mother — May 24, 1915.

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