LESSON 6: THE CENTER IN THE STORM
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The Mother (Maria Alfassa Richard), Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual collaborator, said of Savitri: “… everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the gods, of creation, of Nature. How the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny – all is there. You can find all the answers to all your questions there. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has described it all in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily.”
Savitri’s journey is, in essence, your journey and contains the wisdom and knowledge you need to be released from pain, self-doubt, fear, self-imprisonment and to begin your awakening to love, knowledge, bliss and a fulfilled existence.
Without question, we live in a chaotic world. Truth does not matter and stupidity, ignorance and lawlessness are rewarded. The absence of integrity is regularly exposed to us on a daily level. In fact, it is widely tolerated. The storm that enveloped the US in the 2007 financial crash has hardly disappeared as many now fear a repetition of the same events. In the middle of this insanity, what is the individual to do?
“They have no goal to reach, no aim to serve.
Implacable in their timeless purity,
All barter or bribe of worship they refuse;
Unmoved by cry of revolt and ignorant prayer
They reckon not our virtue and our sin;
They bend not to the voices that implore,
They hold no traffic with error and its reign;
They are guardians of the silence of the Truth,
They are keepers of the immutable decree.
A deep surrender is their source of might,
A still identity their way to know,
Motionless is their action like a sleep.
At peace, regarding the trouble beneath the stars,
Deathless, watching the works of Death and Chance,
Immobile, seeing the millenniums pass,
Untouched while the long map of Fate unrolls,
They look on our struggle with impartial eyes,
And yet without them cosmos could not be.”
It’s hard to believe that an individual could operate that way…to be detached from the ups and downs, just watching the tides come and go, like being in a hammock with the sun in your face. “A deep surrender is their source of might.” is not poetic rumination but a path. It is a daily strategy of dealing with the difficulties of life, of teaching yourself to be “Untouched while the long map of Fate unrolls”.
It is so difficult to understand…that nothing is wrong…that everything that is happening not only must happen but has already happened in Time. If it is wrong and not supposed to be happening, then how could it happen? Any explanation you provide renders God powerless…and God is not powerless and neither are you because that is who you are. For now, take it one step further. And if it is supposed to be happening, there must be a reason behind it! What is the reason? And the reason is always life-giving. It’s just sometimes you have to experience contraction before you can experience expansion.
You can learn to let go because you know that everything is unfolding as it should. Now, allow yourself to lay down and be in the “center.” Let the hurricanes of your life be there but on the outside of you. Go ahead and bring up all the fear and worry and issues that you face but put them on the outside of you as you relax and watch their unfolding, “At peace, regarding the trouble beneath the stars.”
As you look carefully at whatever issue you may have, you are beginning to see and to teach yourself to see that darkness is a doorway into the light.