Questions and Answers 1950-1951

The Mother

Why are there difficulties?

If you look at yourself carefully, you will see that one always carries in oneself the opposite of the virtue one has to realise (I use […]
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Are you ready for path ? Check for these 3 Signs

Are there any signs which indicate that one is ready for the path, especially if one has no spiritual teacher? Yes, the most important indication is […]
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True Intelligence

There is one thing very difficult for the mind to do but very important, according to me: you must never allow your mind to judge things […]
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To be modest

Generally people pass from an excessive appreciation of their personal value to an equally excessive discouragement. One day they say, “I am wonderful”, and the next […]
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Importance of a balance of forces in spirituality

I am not saying this to discourage you, but to give you patience and perseverance—for there is a moment when you do arrive. And note that […]

Consciousness and thought

Most people say there is “consciousness” when they begin to think—when one doesn’t think one is not conscious. But plants are perfectly conscious and yet they […]
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Man – the highest being in creation ?

Q: is it that man is regarded as the highest being in creation? It is the egoistic ignorance of man that makes him think so. […]
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Offering and Surrender

Does not offering imply surrender? Not at all. You can give for the joy of giving, without any idea of surrender. In a movement of enthusiasm, […]
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Maintaining a high level of consciousness

Naturally, the effort to keep the consciousness at a high level is tiring in the beginning, like the exercises you do to develop your muscles. But […]