Over the years, the Mother conducted numerous dialogues with students at the Ashram school in which she expatiated on the proper method of studying and diligently developing the mind. What seem like banal exhortations are in reality infused with innate wisdom, as becomes evident when we juxtapose her insights with anecdotes from the lives of scientists such as Richard and Joan Feynman, Stanislav Ulam and Sofia Kovalevskaya.
A child studying in the Ashram school, perhaps bored with his studies, once asked the Mother(Mirra Alfassa) how studying mathematics, history or sciences could help him in Yoga. She replied, “They can help in several ways:
- To be able to receive and bear the light of Truth, the mind must be strengthened, broadened and made supple. These studies are an excellent way to achieve this.
- Sciences, if you study them deeply enough, will teach you the unreality of appearances and will thus lead you to the spiritual reality.
- The study of all aspects and movements of physical Nature will bring you into contact with the universal Mother, and you will thus be nearer to me. “
The Mother, Mother’s Agenda: December 17, 1966
This post elaborates on these three aspects.