This new photo-feature series titled ‘ऋतश्री – the True Beauty’ will present selected words from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother around a specific theme. The themes chosen under this series will speak of a few aspects concerning the inner journey and the path. It is in the Light of these words that the accompanying photographs find their true beauty, true meaning; such is our guiding feeling as we offer this work to the Divine.
We begin with the theme – Aspiration.
May this offering create some precious moments of meditation for us all.
“Beyond words, above thoughts the flame of an intense aspiration must always burn, steady and bright.”
~ The Mother (CWM, 14: 75)
“Aspiration is a turning upward of the inner being with a call, yearning, prayer for the Divine, for the Truth, for the Consciousness, Peace, Ananda, Knowledge, descent of Divine Force or whatever else is the aim of one‘s endeavour.”
~ Sri Aurobindo (CWSA, 29: 56-57)
“You are here to contact your soul, and that is why you live. Aspire persistently and try to silence your mind. The aspiration must come from the heart.”
~ The Mother (CWM, 14: 6)
“Agni is at once a fire of aspiration, a fire of purification, a fire of tapasya, a fire of transformation.”
~ Sri Aurobindo (CWSA, 30: 317)
“Intense aspiration is always good, but let there also be calm and peace and joy in the mind and heart, and a confidence that all will be done in its due time.”
~ Sri Aurobindo (CWSA, 29: 59)
“All is mute in the being, but in the bosom of the silence burns the lamp that can never be extinguished, the fire of an ardent aspiration to know and to live integrally the Divine.”
~ The Mother (CWM, 14: 74)
“Let your aspiration leap forward, pure and straight, towards the supreme consciousness which is all joy and all beatitude.”
~ The Mother (CWM, 14: 72)
“Aspiration should be not a form of desire, but the feeling of an inner soul’s need, and a quiet settled will to turn towards the Divine and seek the Divine. It is certainly not easy to get rid of this mixture of desire entirely—not easy for anyone; but when one has the will to do it, this also can be effected by the help of the sustaining Force.”
~ Sri Aurobindo (CWSA, 29: 60-61)
“There is a sunlit path as well as a gloomy one and it is the better of the two—a path in which one goes forward in absolute reliance on the Mother, fearing nothing, sorrowing over nothing. Aspiration is needed but there can be a sunlit aspiration full of light and faith and confidence and joy. If difficulty comes, even that can be faced with a smile.”
~ Sri Aurobindo (CWSA, 31: 173)
“When the aspiration is awake, each day brings us nearer to the goal.”
~ The Mother (CWM, 14: 73)