WHY WE MUST AWAKEN TO OUR NATURE AND MOVEMENT
BY THE MOTHER
“[…]”We are conscious of only an insignificant portion of our being; for the most part we are unconscious. It is this unconsciousness that keeps us down to our unregenerated nature and prevents change and transformation in it. It is through unconsciousness that the undivine [occult hostile] forces enter into us and make us their slave.
You are to be conscious of yourself, you must awake to your nature and movements, you must know why and how you do things or feel or think them; you must understand your motives and impulses, the forces, hidden and apparent, that move you; in fact, you must, as it were, take to pieces the entire machinery of your being.
Once you are conscious, it means that you can distinguish and sift things, you can see which are the forces that pull you down and which help you on. And when you know the right from the wrong, the true from the false, the divine from the undivine, you are to act strictly up to your knowledge; that is to say, resolutely reject one and accept the other.
The duality will present itself at every step and at every step you will have to make your choice. You will have to be patient and persistent and vigilant — “sleepless”, as the adepts say; you must always refuse to give any chance whatever to the undivine against the divine.
To cling to what you believe you know, to cling to what you feel, to cling to what you love, to cling to your habits, to cling to your so-called needs, and to cling to the world as it is, that is what binds you. You must undo all that, one thing after another. Undo all the ties.
And it has been said thousands of times and people go on doing the same thing. Even those who are most eloquent and preach it to others, c-l-i-n-g — they cling to their way of seeing, to their way of feeling, their habit of progress, which seems for them the only one. No more bonds — free, free. Always ready to change everything, except one thing: to aspire, this thirst.
I understand very well, there are people who do not like the idea of a “Divine”, . . . but you don’t need that! — the “something” you need, the Light you need, the Love you need, the Truth you need, the supreme Perfection you need — and that is all.
The formulas. . . the fewer formulas the better. But this: a need, which the Thing alone can satisfy — nothing else, no half-measures, only that. And then, go! Your way will be your way, that has no importance — whatever the way, it doesn’t matter."
~from Integral Healing ~The Mother / Sri Aurobindo
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