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At the Feet of The Mother

March 30, 1917

A Recitation of selected Prayers and Meditations of The Mother (AUDIO)

THERE is a sovereign royalty in taking no thought for oneself. To have needs is to assert a weakness; to claim something proves that we lack what we claim. To desire is to be impotent; it is to recognise our limitations and confess our incapacity to overcome them.

If only from the point of view of a legitimate pride, man should be noble enough to renounce desire. How humiliating to ask something for oneself from Life or from the Supreme Consciousness which animates it! How humiliating for us, how ignorant an offence against Her! For all is within our reach, only the egoistic limits of our being prevent us from enjoying the whole universe as completely and concretely as we possess our own body and its immediate surroundings.

Such also should be our attitude towards the means of action.

Thou who dwellest in my heart and directest everything by Thy supreme Will, saidst to me a year ago to cut off all bridges and fling myself headlong into the Unknown, like Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon: it was the Capitol or the Tarpeian Rock.

Thou hidst from my eyes the result of action. Still now Thou keepest it secret; and yet Thou knowest that the equality of my soul remains the same in front of grandeur or misery.

It was Thy Will that for me the future should be uncertain, and that I should advance with confidence, without even knowing where the road would lead.

It was Thy Will that I should wholly entrust ten Thee all care for my destiny and totally renounce all personal preoccupation.

It was, no doubt, because my path must be virgin even to my thought.

 [* Please note that here the text of 1948 edition is being recited, with minor deviations. It significantly differs from 1979 edition, published in Collected Works of the Mother, vol.1]

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