An autobiographical short story by the Mother Mirra Alfassa

Before she became the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Mirra Alfassa was a spiritual seeker like any other, reading books on mysticism, communing with nature, probing the recondite worlds of her dreams, meeting with fellow seekers, and generally assimilating the mysterious intimations of a vaster consciousness that were being disclosed to her from time to time.  Along the way, she read Swami Vivekananda’s book on Raja Yoga and found it illuminating.  Jnanendranath Chakravarty, who was visiting Paris, gave her a French translation of the Bhagavad Gita and asked her to read it with the understanding that Krishna was the symbol of the immanent God, the inner Godhead [1].

Mirra Alfassa in 1906/1907

Sometime before 1905, the Mother had several dreams in which she found herself prostrating in a peculiar fashion before an Asiatic man with a golden-bronze hue and rather sharp profile, an unruly beard and long hair, dressed in a “vision attire” with one end of it thrown over his shoulder, arms and chest bare, and bare feet.  She would wake up dumbfounded by the strange gesture of prostration and wonder, “What is all this?”   Not knowing who the individual was, she called him Krishna.  When she met the occultist Max Theon in 1905, she saw that he had a similar profile but he was clearly not the man of her visions[2].  When her husband, Paul Richard, visited Pondicherry in 1910, he came back with a photograph of the Indian mystic, Sri Aurobindo, who had impressed him as an “intellectual giant”.  The photograph did not spark any recognition in her but she still chose to accompany Paul to Pondicherry in March of 1914, a few months before the First World War began, to determine if this Indian mystic could guide her further than Theon[3].  She had an afternoon appointment to see Sri Aurobindo at his house, and it was only when she began ascending the stairs of the house that suddenly everything fell into place.  As she looked up, she saw Sri Aurobindo standing at the top of the staircase, head held high exactly as she had seen in her dreams.  She felt a decisive shock as “the two things clicked, the inner experience immediately became one with the outer experience and there was a fusion”.   The dazzling “vision attire” that she had seen him draped in was actually the modest Indian dhoti that he was accustomed to wearing.  And the puzzling manner in which she had bowed to him in her dreams – it turned out to be the Hindu form of prostration [4].

Sri Aurobindo in 1911

A short story “A Sapphire Tale” written by the Mother in October, 1906 presciently anticipates the adventitious manner in which she met Sri Aurobindo in real life in 1914.  In this story, a wise old king of a prosperous country in the Far East wishes to transfer the crown to his son, Meotha.  He asks the latter to marry a suitable woman before ascending to the throne.  Meotha requests his father for some time to travel around the world so he can find his destined partner.  The rest of the story is best read in the original.  I have omitted the preliminary portions of the story which describe the state of the kingdom.

A Sapphire tale – by the Mother (1906)

ONCE UPON a time, far away in the East, there was a small country that lived in order and harmony, where each one in his own place played the part for which he was made, for the greatest good of all.

[…]

This orderly and harmonious country was ruled by a king who was king simply because he was the most intelligent and wise, because he alone was capable of fulfilling the needs of all, he alone was both enlightened enough to follow and even to guide the philosophers in their loftiest speculations, and practical enough to watch over the organisation and well-being of his people, whose needs were well known to him.

At the time when our narrative begins, this remarkable ruler had reached a great age—he was more than two hundred years old—and although he still retained all his lucidity and was still full of energy and vigour, he was beginning to think of retirement, a little weary of the heavy responsibilities which he had borne for so many years.  He called his young son Meotha to him. The prince was a young man of many and varied accomplishments.  He was more handsome than men usually are, his charity was of such perfect equity that it achieved justice, his intelligence shone like a sun and his wisdom was beyond compare; for he had spent part of his youth among workmen and craftsmen to learn by personal experience the needs and requirements of their life, and he had spent the rest of his time alone, or with one of the philosophers as his tutor, in seclusion in the square tower of the palace, in study or contemplative repose.

[…]

(The king asks his son to find a wife…) But as you know, according to age-old custom, no one may ascend the throne who is not biune, that is, unless he is united by the bonds of integral affinity with the one who can bring him the peace of equilibrium by a perfect match of tastes and abilities. It was to remind you of this custom that I called you here, and to ask you whether you have met the young woman who is both worthy and willing to unite her life with yours, according to our wish.

[…]

(Meotha asks for time to find his wife…) I wish therefore to travel the world for a year, to observe and to learn. I ask you, my father, to allow me to make this journey, and who knows?—I may return with my life’s companion, the one for whom I can be all happiness and all protection.

[…]

Amid the western ocean lies a little island valued for its valuable forests.

One radiant summer’s day, a young girl is walking slowly in the shade of the wonderful trees. Her name is Liane and she is fair among women; her lithe body sways gracefully beneath light garments, her face, whose delicate skin seems paler for her carmine lips, is crowned with a heavy coil of hair so golden that it shines; and her eyes, like two deep doors opening on limitless blue, light up her features with their intellectual radiance.

Liane is an orphan, alone in life, but her great beauty and rare intelligence have attracted much passionate desire and sincere love.  But in a dream she has seen a man, a man who seems, from his garments, to come from a distant land; and the sweet and serious gaze of the stranger has won the heart of the girl— now she can love no other.  Since then she has been waiting and hoping; it is to be free to dream of the handsome face seen in the night that she is walking amid the solitude of the lofty woods.

The dazzling sunlight cannot pierce the thick foliage; the silence is hardly broken by the light rustle of the moss beneath the footsteps of the walking girl; all sleeps in the heavy drowse of the noonday heat; and yet she feels a vague unease, as if invisible beings were hiding in the thickets, watchful eyes peeping from behind trees.

Suddenly a bird’s song rings out clear and joyful; all uneasiness vanishes. Liane knows that the forest is friendly—if there are beings in the trees, they cannot wish her harm. She is seized by an emotion of great sweetness, all appears beautiful and good to her, and tears come to her eyes. Never has her hope been so ardent at the thought of the beloved stranger; it seems to her that the trees quivering in the breeze, the moss rustling beneath her feet, the bird renewing its melody—all speak to her of the One whom she awaits. At the idea that perhaps she is going to meet him she stops short, trembling, pressing her hands against her beating heart, her eyes closed to savour to the full the exquisite emotion; and now the sensation grows more and more intense until it is so precise that Liane opens her eyes, sure of a presence. Oh, wonder of wonders! He is there, he, he in truth as she has seen him in her dream… more handsome than men usually are. —It was Meotha.

With a look they have recognised each other; with a look they have told each other of the long waiting and the supreme joy of rediscovery; for they have known each other in a distant past, now they are sure of it.

She places her hand in the hand he offers her, and together, silent in a silence filled with thoughts exchanged, they wend their way through the forest. Before them appears the sea, calm and green beneath a happy sun. A great ship sways gently near the shore.

Meekly, trustingly, Liane follows Meotha into the boat which awaits them, drawn up on the sand. Two strong oarsmen put it to sea and soon bring them alongside the vessel. Only as she sees the little island disappearing below the horizon does the girl say to her companion:

“I was waiting for you, and now that you have come, I have followed you without question. We are made for each other. I feel it, I know it, and I know also that now and forever you will be my happiness and my protection. But I loved my island birthplace with its beautiful forests, and I would like to know to what shore you are taking me.”

“I have sought you throughout the world, and now that I have found you, I have taken your hand without asking you anything, for in your eyes I saw that you expected me. From this moment and forever, my beloved shall be all to me; and if I have made her leave her little wooded isle, it is to lead her as a queen to her kingdom, the only land on earth that is in harmony, the only nation that is worthy of Her.” [5]

Artist: Priti Ghosh@Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Click image for artist page

The story in Savitri

Sri Aurobindo would later integrate this story into his epic poem SavitriIn his rendition, it is Savitri who travels to meet Satyavan, as it transpired in real-life.  The following verses are from Book V of Savitri.

An unknown imperious force drew him to her.
Marvelling he came across the golden sward:
Gaze met close gaze and clung in sight’s embrace.
A visage was there, noble and great and calm,
As if encircled by a halo of thought,
A span, an arch of meditating light,
As though some secret nimbus half was seen;
Her inner vision still remembering knew
A forehead that wore the crown of all her past,
Two eyes her constant and eternal stars,
Comrade and sovereign eyes that claimed her soul,
Lids known through many lives, large frames of love.
He met in her regard his future’s gaze,
A promise and a presence and a fire,
Saw an embodiment of aeonic dreams,
A mystery of the rapture for which all
Yearns in this world of brief mortality
Made in material shape his very own.

[…]

On the dumb bosom of this oblivious globe
Although as unknown beings we seem to meet,
Our lives are not aliens nor as strangers join,
Moved to each other by a causeless force.
The soul can recognise its answering soul
Across dividing Time and, on life’s roads
Absorbed wrapped traveller, turning it recovers
Familiar splendours in an unknown face
And touched by the warning finger of swift love
It thrills again to an immortal joy
Wearing a mortal body for delight.
There is a Power within that knows beyond
Our knowings; we are greater than our thoughts,
And sometimes earth unveils that vision here.
To live, to love are signs of infinite things,
Love is a glory from eternity’s spheres.
Abased, disfigured, mocked by baser mights
That steal his name and shape and ecstasy,
He is still the godhead by which all can change.

[…]

Rare is the cup fit for love’s nectar wine,
As rare the vessel that can hold God’s birth;
A soul made ready through a thousand years
Is the living mould of a supreme Descent.
These knew each other though in forms thus strange.
Although to sight unknown, though life and mind
Had altered to hold a new significance,
These bodies summed the drift of numberless births,
And the spirit to the spirit was the same.
Amazed by a joy for which they had waited long,
The lovers met upon their different paths,
Travellers across the limitless plains of Time
Together drawn from fate-led journeyings
In the self-closed solitude of their human past,
To a swift rapturous dream of future joy
And the unexpected present of these eyes.
By the revealing greatness of a look,
Form-smitten the spirit’s memory woke in sense.
The mist was torn that lay between two lives;
Her heart unveiled and his to find her turned;
Attracted as in heaven star by star,
They wondered at each other and rejoiced
And wove affinity in a silent gaze.
A moment passed that was eternity’s ray,
An hour began, the matrix of new Time.

(Sri Aurobindo.  Savitri Book V, Canto II)

Staircase where the Mother first met Sri Aurobindo. Courtesy: Champaklal’s book Champaklal Speaks

References

  1. Mother’s Agenda.  25 August, 1954.
  2. Mother’s Agenda.  20 December 1961
  3. Mother’s Agenda.  5 November 1961
  4. Mother’s Agenda.  20 December 1961
  5. Collected Works of the Mother, vol. 2, pp 8-12.

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24 thoughts on “An autobiographical short story by the Mother Mirra Alfassa

  1. romi jain

    If you don’t mind, The Mother or Mirra Alfassa puzzles me. May be my question is silly, but the fact that she got married twice makes me wonder how spirituality in her co-existed with a desire for a spouse! Did she need an emotional support that made her get married? Or is it that she became spiritual after meeting Aurobindo?
    It surprises me, if it is correct, that she divorced her first husband. As far as I understand, a true spiritual person is free from anger; he or she is capable of forgiving. So how can such a person abandon one’s spouse? Thus, Mirra’s divorce and remarriage frankly make me disinclined to accept her authority on spiritual issues. I’m not challenging anyone; I’m just curious. Thanks.

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      Romi: So how can such a person abandon one’s spouse?

      Sometimes the spouse can become an obstacle to spiritual growth. What if you don’t want to have sex because it hinders your meditation but your spouse insists you must ? This was the reason Nandini Mehta, disciple of Krishnamurti, divorced her husband Bhagvandas Mehta in 1950.

      Romi: Thus, Mirra’s divorce and remarriage frankly make me disinclined to accept her authority on spiritual issues.

      Yes, it is your Indian upbringing which causes you (and many other Indians whose minds are steeped in a long religious tradition) to shrink from her “immoral conduct”. When you transcend that abhorrent feeling, you will discover the treasure-house of wisdom that she has left behind. It took me some time as well to understand her life so let me see if I can explain.

      Firstly, you have to realize that one’s spiritual destiny is not revealed all at once. Spiritual growth occurs in phases and in the mean time, one continues living an ordinary life. And in this ordinary life, one can make poor choices as well in marriage and finances. At some point, there is a sudden rupture/awakening after which a new and more spiritual life begins – what they call “dwijanma” or second birth in India.

      Her first marriage to Henri Morisset at the age of 19 (in 1897) was, like all other marriages, a natural byproduct of youth. It ended in a divorce after 11 years (1908) because of her growing spiritual orientation.

      Her second marriage to Paul Richard was more a marriage of convenience. They met during their visits to the occult teacher Max Theon. Paul Richard writes in his biography “Without Passport” that they never had sexual relations. In fact, with her permission, he proceeded to have a child with another woman!. The following passage is from the book:

      Although Mira had no inhibitions or moral objections about the full exchange of love and creative forces between human beings, she believed that the animal mode of reproduction was only a transitional one and that until new ways of creating life became biologically possible her own motherhood would have to remain spiritual. My nature, however, was deeply patriarchal; I believed that one should never refuse to share with another human being the joy of creation and the duty of the living to the unborn, and I never concealed my thoughts on the matter. So, with her full consent and even encouragement, I had a new child at that time, a daughter who was named Genevieve, and that child was not hers. (Paul Richard, Without Passport, New York : P. Lang, 1987. p 75)

      In fact, Paul says she was busy with her spiritual practice:

      My life with Mira during this period was one of harmony on every level of work, thoughts and feelings. She was, at this time, undergoing an intense mystic and spiritual development. Every morning, before sunrise, was devoted to meditation. During the day she took care of household affairs, and in the evenings before retiring, she wrote in her diary. The pages in her diary, which she did not keep secret from me, read like an uninterrupted oblation to her God. Her concept of God at that time combined her sense of an inner Presence with an external deity derived from our Judeo-Christian tradition. (Paul Richard, Without Passport, p 62)

      On page 53-54 of the same book, Paul says “It is to Mira that I owe, among other things, my modest success as a writer…After this, other books followed year after year due to the untiring encouragement and practical assistance offered by Mira”

      Lastly, as an Indian woman, you might understand that in those days, it may have been difficult for European women to travel alone unmolested. Her marriage to Paul Richard enabled her to travel to Pondicherry and meet Sri Aurobindo.

      In the 19th century, some of these American and European women used to live and dress as men to survive alone in society. During the American civil war of 1860s, about 400 women were found to be fighting as men (see Michael Quinn, Same-Sex Dynamics Among 19th Century Americans, page 134)

      There is a recent 2011 movie “Albert Nobbs” (fictional but representative) of an Irish woman who worked as a man and another movie “Ballad of Little Jo” of an American woman living as a cowboy.

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      1. romi jain

        Thank you for your prompt and substantive response! I really appreciate that you shared excerpts from Paul’s work which made me aware of the nature of Mirra’s marital life.
        While I never had any doubt about her extraordinary personality mainly because the divine saint Aurobindo enlisted her in his spiritual mission, I wondered what made Aurobindo chose her. So apart from knowing about her childhood spiritual experiences, I assumed that she must be have been a distinct spiritual force that Aurobindo discerned. At the same time, her marital history had been a puzzle to me.

        I hope ill-will against the former spouse was not a reason for her divorce. Yes, my Indian upbringing makes me believe that real spiritual beings are supposed to be free from malice and karmic passions. Thanks again. You’re doing a wonderful service to humanity.

      2. Sandeep Post author

        Romi: I wondered what made Aurobindo chose her

        Because, despite her complicated past, he “saw” that she was his twin soul.

        A few weeks after they first met, Sri Aurobindo had jotted down a vision in his personal diary which indicated that they had some soul kinship : “May 23, 1914: Soul-kinship (reference to the Rs [Richards])” (The Record of Yoga, p 478). Later he told a disciple, “Mother (Mirra Alfassa) and I are one but in two bodies; there is no necessity for both the bodies to do the same thing always”. You might like to read previous articles I posted on this matter “First meeting of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother” and “Twin Souls”

        It is not just Sri Aurobindo but other Yogis outside the Ashram as well who discovered her tremendous power. There was a Tantrik from Rameswaram, Pandit Nilakantha Joshi, who meditated with her and remarked “The Mother is swayamprakasha, self-luminous.” (Read here his bio and account)

        Vasistha Ganapati Muni, disciple of Ramana Maharshi, also once meditated with her and found “light passing through her toe and then a glowing halo around her entire being” (posted earlier)

        Romi: my Indian upbringing makes me believe that real spiritual beings are supposed to be free from malice and karmic passions.

        They do, eventually, but it takes time 🙂
        People are not born perfect. At some point, there is an awakening after which the spiritual path opens up.

        Romi: You’re doing a wonderful service to humanity.

        I don’t know about that. My blog probably touches a miniscule 0.0000000001 percent of humanity.

      3. Ian James

        Let not thy virtues be such as men praise or reward, but such as make for thy perfection and God in thy nature demands of thee.
        ~ On Thoughts & Aphorisms, #234.

      4. romi jain

        Ian,
        It is a perfect inspiring quote when people suppress their ethical choices, refrain from voicing conscientious concerns and make people-pleasing statements, for the fear of swimming against the current!

  2. mike

    “Her second marriage to Paul Richard was more a marriage of convenience.”

    Was it more than just convenience?
    Apparently, She knew what P.Richard was [an asura] and She was there to convert him – or have l got this all wrong.
    Can we believe everything paul richard says? l’m not so sure. What about Mother’s dreams of walking through ‘snakes’ when she was with him [in the agenda] – a reference to paul richards’ unhealthy obsession with sex from what l gather.
    Even at the ashram [l think it was the ashram], there’s that account of paul richard trying to strangle her [because he didn’t couldn’t be Her Avatar – he had no understanding of how it works] and SA rescuing her after She called on Him.
    l doubt there was any ill-will on Mother’s part – it all seemed to come from paul richard IMO.

    “So apart from knowing about her childhood spiritual experiences, I assumed that she must be have been a distinct spiritual force that Aurobindo discerned.”

    Obviously, SA had been appearing to Her on the occult planes long before they met physically, and teaching Her there, and because She was His Shakti or Twinsoul. For a realised Master it wouldn’t be difficult to find a complementay partner; spmeone that He would have been through many incarnations with.

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    1. nizken

      Sorry but I don’t understand your comments above Mike…. that may be true or may not be true (and it might be our ever-active minds inferring or filling up the gaps as usual on the basis of a few incidents in the Mother’s life.) The ill-will probably did come from Paul all along rather than the Mother and he was a temperamental individual I’m sure of that. But I haven’t come across anywhere in Agenda where she mentions marrying him for the sake of converting him or for any other reason. I just think marriage and kids belonged to her previous ordinary life before the Mother reached much higher spiritual experiences.

      Anyway enough of my mind-borne speculations and inferences. I have no empirical evidence nor any spiritual evidence to pronounce certain judgement in these cases. I’m following the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad like a fundie nowadays where it says that:
      “The first and the highest are truth; in the middle there is falsehood, but it is taken between the truth on both sides of it and it draws its being from the truth….” http://intyoga.online.fr/ld2_14.htm
      I really like Sri Aurobindo’s translation of it in link above.

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    2. Sandeep Post author

      “Her second marriage to Paul Richard was more a marriage of convenience.”

      Mike: Was it more than just convenience?
      Apparently, She knew what P.Richard was [an asura] and She was there to convert him – or have l got this all wrong.

      While explaining the story to a newcomer, the stock narrative needs to be simplified otherwise people get confused by all the hand-waving occult rhetoric. That is what I was trying to do.

      By “marriage of convenience”, I was referring to the fact that Paul Richard asked Mirra Alfassa to marry him because he needed to be married to get custody of the three children from his previous marriage. (Agenda, Nov 5 1961)

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      1. Sandeep Post author

        By “marriage of convenience”, I was referring to the fact that Paul Richard asked Mirra Alfassa to marry him because he needed to be married to get custody of the three children from his previous marriage.

        Paul Richard talks of the divorce from his first wife in the book “Without passport”:

        When I got back to France I discovered that my wife, who was expecting the birth of our fifth child, had gone to Holland with the other children. I went to see her after the birth of our son Andre, and she promised to come back home as soon as she could. She did not come back, however, and in fact I did not see her again for seventeen years. Keeping her in Holland was initially a ruse on the part of her family to force me back to the fold, but after eight months I wrote her that if she wanted to stay in her father’s house rather than live with me; I would have to accept her decision and follow my own path. But when the divorce papers arrived, I had a change of heart, because of the children. Divorce was to me an abomination; nothing like this had ever happened in our family, and I could not believe it could happen to me. My letter of reconciliation never reached my wife, however, and I have reason to believe it was intercepted by her family. So the divorce took place and my children could not live with me except during their vacations.

        (Paul Richard, Without Passport, p 52)

      2. mike

        Yes, sandeep, l see what you mean and that Mother had no intention of marrying him, but ‘his family affairs’ forced it.
        But, where his book is concerned, l think we have to be very discriminating – he was the ’emanation of Falsehood’ after all.

  3. mike

    That bit about P.Richard being an asura is not in the agenda [l think] but it is in plenty of other places:
    http://www.searchforlight.org/Srinivas/ChronologyOfMother.html

    “1906-07 When in Algeria with the Théons, exteriorises herself once and goes to Paris where, making herself felt to her friends, she picks up a pen and writes with it. Also moves up and down a train in her vital body. But ‘having satisfied herself that it was possible’ does not develop this occult faculty any further.
    Meets Paul Antoine Richard (1874-1967), a theologian and socialist, then a member of Théon’s group. Later describes him as a ‘Vibhuti’ of the Lord of Falsehood, one of the four original Asuras”

    http://archives.mirroroftomorrow.org/blog/_archives/2009/1/29/4073166.html

    “It should be kept in mind that Mirra was actually Paul Richard’s Guru. All the knowledge of occultism that he had acquired was from Mirra. Georges Van Vrekhem writes: “Everything he came to know about occultism and spirituality he had from her, and the books he wrote were based on her inspiration. She would accompany him to Pondicherry and to Japan, each time paying for the passage from the money she had left. Outwardly she would be the cultured, intelligent, refined Madame Mirra Richard, while inwardly she would be battling for Richard’s soul, having to swallow the venom of his antagonism and to weather the fury of his Asuric revolt. The Mother sometimes described their relationship as “infernal” and “diabolical”. [19]”

    And to sum it up:
    “(Mother would prefer Satprem not to mention Paul Richard by name in his book on Sri Aurobindo.)

    I have done my best, all these years, to try to keep him at a distance. He has a power – a terrible asuric power. Between you and me, I saw him like that from the start – that’s why I became involved with him. I never intended to marry him (his family affairs made it necessary), but when we met, I recognized him as an incarnation of the ‘Lord of Falsehood’ – that is his ‘origin’ (what he called the ‘Lord of Nations’); and in fact, this being has directed the whole course of world events during the last few centuries. As for Théon, he was….

    It was not by choice that I met all the four Asuras – it was a decision of the Supreme. The first one, whom religions call Satan, the Asura of Consciousness, was converted and is still at work. The second annulled himself in the Supreme. The third was the Lord of Death (that was Théon). And the fourth, the Master of the world, was the Lord of Falsehood; Richard was an emanation, a vibhuti, as they say in India, of this Asura.

    Théon was the vibhuti of the Lord of Death.

    It’s a wonderful story, a real novel, which will perhaps be told one day … when there are no more Asuras. Then it can be told.”

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  4. mike

    l think this will explain the asuric stuff more clearly. P.Richard would have been a vibhuti of the asura according to SA in the statement below:

    “Who was the ‘spirit’ or ‘power’ by whom Hitler was posessed? He is already known to us as the Lord of Falsehood, one of the four great Asuras from the drama at the beginning of time. ‘He calls himself the Lord of the Nations. It is he who initiates all wars…

    As Sri Aurobindo himself has said, Paul Richard [possessed by the Lord of Falsehood, a demon] has even written an unpublished book entitled Le Seigneur des Nations (The Lord of the Nations) in which he accurately expounded the aim and methods of that Being. The Mother had done everything possible to convert Richard; this was the reason why she had married him and the cause of the hell their relation had been for her all along, also in Japan and during their last months together in Pondicherry…

    However, an emanation is not the being itself in its fullness, and the Asuras of Death and Falsehood watchfully refrain from incarnating themselves in their essence, for by so doing they would be subjected to the laws of the evolution. Even the Asura who possessed Hitler was not the essential Lord of the Nations. It was not the Lord of the Nations in his origin, but an emanation of him, a very powerful one.

    Hitler was a medium, a first rate medium. He has become possessed during spiritistic seances. It is then that he became seized by crises which were thought to be epileptic. Actually thy were not, they were crises of possession,’ told the Mother to the youth of the ashram… ‘It was therefore that he had that kind of power, which in fact was not very great. But when he wanted to know something from that Power, he went to his castle (Berghof) to “meditate”, and there he addressed a very intense appeal to what he called his “god”, his supreme god, who was the Lord of the Nations… This was a being… he was small, and he appeared to him in a silver armour, with a silver helmet and a golden aigrette. He looked magnificent. And he appeared in such a blinding light that the eyes hardly could look at him and bear the brilliance. He did not appear physically, of course: Hitler was a medium, he “saw”. He had a certain clairvoyance. And it was in those cases (When meeting the Lord of the Nations) that he suffered his crises: he rolled about on the floor, he slavered, he bit in the carpets – it was a terrible state he was in. The people around him knew that. This is a confirmation of Rauschning’s testimony from a very different corner…”

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  8. Darius

    November
    November 5, 1961
    (Mother would prefer Satprem not to mention Paul Richard by name in his book on Sri Aurobindo.)
    I have done my best, all these years, to try to keep him at a distance. He has a power – a terrible asuric
    power. Between you and me, I saw him like that from the start – that’s why I became involved with
    him. I never intended to marry him (his family affairs made it necessary), but when we met, I
    recognized him as an incarnation of the ‘Lord of Falsehood’ – that is his ‘origin’ (what he called the
    ‘Lord of Nations’); and in fact, this being has directed the whole course of world events during the last
    few centuries. As for Theon, he was….
    It was not by choice that I met all the four Asuras– it was a decision of the Supreme. The first one,
    whom religions call Satan, the Asura of Consciousness, was converted and is still at work. The second
    [the Asura of Suffering] annulled himself in the Supreme. The third was the Lord of Death (that was
    Theon). And the fourth, the Master of the world, was the Lord of Falsehood; Richard was an
    emanation, a vibhuti,
    236
    as they say in India, of this Asura.
    Theon was the vibhuti of the Lord of Death.
    It’s a wonderful story, a real novel, which will perhaps be told one day… when there are no more
    Asuras. Then it can be told.
    Anyway, it was because of Theon that I first found the ‘Mantra of Life,’ the mantra that gives life,
    and he wanted me to give it to him, he wanted to possess it – it was something formidable! It was the
    mantra that gives life (it can make anyone at all come back into life, but that’s only a small part of its
    power). And it was shut away in a particular place,
    237
    sealed up, with my name in Sanskrit on it. I didn’t
    know Sanskrit at that time, but he did, and when he led me to that place, I told him what I saw:
    ‘There’s a sort of design, it must be Sanskrit.’ (I could recognize the characters as Sanskrit). He told me
    to reproduce what I was seeing, and I did so. It was my name, Mirra, written in Sanskrit – the mantra
    was for me and I alone could open it. ‘Open it and tell me what’s there,’ he said.
    (All this was going on while I was in a cataleptic trance.) Then immediately something in me
    KNEW, and I answered, ‘No,’ and did not read it.
    I found it again when I was with Sri Aurobindo and I gave it to Sri Aurobindo.
    But that’s yet another story….
    (silence)
    As soon as you enter the occult world, it’s fantastic what can exist and be lived there – but that’s for
    later, when the time comes to speak of such things.
    236Indian tradition makes a distinction between a direct ‘incarnation’ (avatar)and a simple ‘emanation’ (vibhuti)coming
    from the consciousness of a god – or a devil.
    237Not a physical place. See conversation of November 7, p. 380.
    At any rate, you understand that I’m not very keen on having Richard introduced into the book – the
    simple fact of mentioning him attracts him.
    238
    He was a pastor at Lille, in France, for perhaps ten years; he was quite a practicing Christian, but he
    dropped it all as soon as he began to study occultism. He had first specialized in theological philosophy
    in order to pass the pastoral examinations, studying all the modem philosophy of Europe (he had a
    rather remarkable metaphysical brain). Then I met him in connection with Theon and the Cosmic
    Review, and I led him into occult knowledge. Afterwards, there were all sorts of uninteresting stories….
    He became a lawyer during the early period of our relationship and I learned Law along with him – I
    could even have passed the exam! Then the divorce stories began: he divorced his wife; they had three
    children and he wanted to keep them, but to do so he had to be legally married, so he asked me to
    marry him – and I said yes. I have always been totally indifferent to these things. Anyway, when I met
    him I knew who he was and I decided to convert him – the whole story revolves around that.

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  9. mike

    Apparently, he tried to strangle the Mother in pondicherry when She wouldn’t accept him as her Avatar instead of SA [he had no idea what an Avatar was, She said]. She had to call on SA to stop him.

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  10. Darius

    Recently by accident I found an essay about Mother on a website http://www.alfassa.com/momma.html‎ her distant relative which amused me to a great extent.
    The essence of this essay was that her origin was falsified on purpose and that such a gifted women regretedly was lost for the jewish community.
    Jews refused to aknowledge Jesus Christ as awaited Messiah two thousands years ago. Two thousands years have passed and Supreme sent them Mother but they are still waiting. What a fools.
    In regard to Mother’s origin my first thought was he has no clue what he is talking about since anyone interested is aware of Mothers jewish origin. However I checked “official” sources ( auroville.org, sriaurobindoashram.com,aurosociety.org) lately and nowhere I found her true origin disclosed.
    Can somebody explain me what is wrong with her origin that it can’t be disclosed publicly?

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      Darius: Jews refused to aknowledge Jesus Christ as awaited Messiah two thousands years ago.

      yeah, if they had just accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, they would have avoided the ghettos and persecution they had to endure over the past few centuries. Not very shrewd if you ask me 🙂

      Darius : Can somebody explain me what is wrong with her origin that it can’t be disclosed publicly?

      It may not be mentioned on the first page you came across but her Jewish origin is quite well-known and described in various biographies. People in the Ashram view her more as a “Divine Mother” and care less about her terrestrial origins. She herself didn’t emphasize her Jewish identity perhaps because her parents were rank materialists and had raised her thus. Once she found Sri Aurobindo, she was completely identified with him and his work.

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