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At the Feet of The Mother

The Mother Arrives (5/7) The Shrine within

On the centenary of the Mother’s final arrival on the 24th April 1920

The outer meeting is an additional bonus so to say but it derives its full significance only when the inner meeting has taken place. The physical closeness is wonderful if and when it brings in the sublime gift of the inner closeness. Spending a few extraordinary special moments in Her physical atmosphere is no doubt a wonderful Grace. But even more important is to build Her atmosphere around us and within us so that we bathe in It always.

It is perhaps this that the Mother wants us to feel and learn by putting into practice the great truths, the supreme secret that She has come to reveal to us. She wants us to be truly ready for Her gifts. To be no more laggards on the way, to depend more and more on Her for everything and to belong more and more exclusively to Her. This is the demand of the Divine Mother as She comes again. As She has said that outer circumstances are a clumsy way of expressing some inner truths, so possibly the fact that we cannot celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Her coming, outwardly so to say, is suggestive of a deeper truth that the true celebration is within us.

When we rejoice at Her touch within our soul, when we thrill to Her Name, when the flame of aspiration lights up all our inner chambers for Her alone to be then we truly celebrate. That is the true triumph, the victory of the Divine Mother over all the adverse forces to which we fall an easy prey. It is an unusual way to celebrate but perhaps it is the truer way, the way of the soul and not just of the mind that gets tied to fixed formulas of the past. In fact all our life can be a constant celebration if only we could say with Satyavan:

By my delight and thy own joy compelled
Enter my life, thy chamber and thy shrine.
[Savitri: 408]

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