Questions and Answers 1956

The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The need of Diversity

If you arrive at the conception of the world as the expression of the Divine in all His complexity, then the necessity for complexity and diversity […]

Freedom and Mastery

Mother. You have said that the student must be given full freedom. Now, some interpret this as meaning that there should be no fixed classes, for […]


There is another movement which should constantly accompany devotion…. That kind of sense of gratitude that the Divine exists; that feeling of a marvelling thankfulness which […]
The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Increasing one’s understanding

Sweet Mother, how can one increase one’s understanding?   One’s understanding? Well, by increasing one’s consciousness, by going beyond the mind, by widening one’s consciousness, deepening […]
Sri Aurobindo in his room

Five Inner Qualities Necessary for Sadhana

Sri Aurobindo has said that surrender is the first and absolute condition for doing the yoga. So … this is not just one of the necessary […]
The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Medical Knowledge

… about medical knowledge in the world: if you have studied enough or lived long enough, that is, a fairly good number of years, you will […]
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Handling Experiences

..when you have an experience, you must never, during the period of the experience, try to understand what it is, for you immediately cause it to […]
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Identifying activities which increase aspiration

…each one must find those activities which increase his aspiration, his consciousness, his deeper knowledge of things, and those which, on the contrary, mechanise him and […]

The Universal Experience

Don’t try to understand with words and with your head, for these two words express altogether different experiences. And yet the result is the same, but […]