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At the Feet of The Mother

Meditations by Anilbaran

The Mother made this selection from Anilbaran’s prayers offered to her. She termed the collection a “Spiritual Dictionary”. They were published as part of the book “Songs from the Soul” (Pondicherry, 1939, reprinted in 1946 and 1966).

The following quotation from “The Mother” by Sri Aurobindo was chosen by Anilbaran to open the book:

“Follow your soul and not your mind, your soul that answers to the Truth, not your mind that leaps at appearances; trust the Divine Power and she will free the godlike elements in you and shape all into an expression of Divine Nature.”

Seldom do we commit a wrong or a mistake without getting a timely warning, however vague or weak, from within ourselves. This shows that the truth consciousness is within us...
We are Thy own children, Mother, and the joys in the world, all the power and the light, belong to us as our true heritage. By recognising Thee to be our own, we shall make the whole world our own...
Our search for the Beautiful and the Good and the True must be made through Thee, Mother. Thou embodies in Thyself all the true movements in the universe. We must sternly reject all the temptings of falsehood and constantly turn to Thee and Thee alone
Let me realise that this life of desire is not my real nature, that I am Thy true child, Divine Mother, and that my life is a part of Thy divine play on the earth.
How I busy myself in vain and useless efforts pretending that I am doing God’s work! ... What a relief it is to be freed from the restless activity of the mind and the body, and to fall into the stillness of the soul! But all my efforts in this direction have failed again and again.
In the inner organisation of my own self I have much more intensive and interesting work than when I was a helpless slave in the grip of alien forces.
... we go on in our old way wasting our time and energy, moving always but making no progress anywhere [...] It is by opening ourselves to Thy personal influence, Mother, that we can hope to conquer the obstinacy of our ignorant nature and rise to the glories of the life divine.
... it is the forgetfulness of my real self that has been the cause of all my bondage and misery. We cling to the things of the earth, because we do not know our true glory and greatness, our true affinity to Thee, Mother.
Thoughts and desires and impulses constantly enter into us from the Universal [...]. In order to be free from them we have ... only to keep our heart and soul always open to Thee in personal devotion, О Mother Divine.
... we must remember that as long as we have sincerity, Thy grace will never recede from us. Thou knowest our strength as well as our weakness.
... all my hope lies in Thee, Mother. Thou knowest all my defects, all my weaknesses; Thou knowest, in the heart of my heart I seek none else but Thyself; in Thy grace and mercy thou wilt protect me from my own weakness...
To seek the true joys in life and avoid all sufferings is the secret of our sadhana. It is thus that we grow in love to the Divine Beloved seated within us and become one with the divine nature.
Love is the great force which surely leads us to the Divine, and it grows by constant and sincere self-giving. In self-giving we give up not the self but our selfishness, and that is an indispensable condition of happiness and self-realisation.
Thy work is becoming more and more evident in me as I steadily grow in faith and light, in peace and purity, in knowledge and power. Thy love is its own reward, and I have not to wait for some future date for its fulfilment.
Thy joy is descending into me; Thy love has filled my heart with immense delight; let me offer it as my best worship to the Divine Lord within my heart, and accept all joy and delight as His prasad, His grace.
Now I do realise that Thou art more near and dear to me than what I regard to be my own self; Thou takest more care of me than ever I can take of myself; in the form of the Divine Mother Thou hast come to me, my Lord, and openly declared Thy love...
We foolishly think that we can take better care of ourselves than the Divine, or can love ourselves better than our Divine Beloved. Those who can entirely rely on Thee, Mother, Thou takest their entire charge, and thus end all their troubles and anxieties for ever...
Remove this ignorance and this weakness completely from me, Mother; give me more and more of Thy Light and Joy, and keep me occupied with Thy service, so that I may rise completely out of this lower life, and Thy divine rule may be established in me.