All aphorisms of Sri Aurobindo are taken from Complete Works, Vol. 12 (Essays Divine and Human). The Mother’s quotes are from Collected Works, Vol. 10 (On Thoughts and Aphorisms). All photographs by Suhas Mehra, taken at Chennakesava Temple at Belur, Karnataka.
In the Buddhists’ view to have saved an ant from drowning is a greater work than to have founded an empire. There is a truth in the idea, but a truth that can easily be exaggerated.
To exalt one virtue,—compassion even,—unduly above all others is to cover up with one’s hand the eyes of wisdom. God moves always towards a harmony. (Sri Aurobindo)
Any exaggeration, any exclusiveness, is a lack of balance and a breach of harmony, and therefore an error in one who seeks perfection. For perfection can only exist in supreme harmony. (The Mother)
In God’s providence there is no evil, but only good or its preparation.
Virtue and vice were made for thy soul’s struggle and progress; but for results they belong to God, who fulfils himself beyond vice and virtue. (Sri Aurobindo)
Vice and virtue are inventions of human thought for the needs of evolution and progress—but in the Divine Consciousness, vice and virtue do not exist.
The whole universe is in a slow ascending evolution towards That which it must manifest. (The Mother)
My lover took away my robe of sin and I let it fall, rejoicing; then he plucked at my robe of virtue, but I was ashamed and alarmed and prevented him. It was not till he wrested it from me by force that I saw how my soul had been hidden from me. (Sri Aurobindo)
Let us drop our robe of virtue so that we may be ready for the Truth. (The Mother)
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