Life – a mass of vibrations

The Mother (Mirra Alfassa)

The Mother (1878-1973), also known as Mirra Alfassa, was a spiritual teacher and (benign) occultist who lived in Pondicherry, India.

“Everyone transmits.”  – Adi Da Samraj

I was noticing recently that I’m not as disciplined as I used to be, and also not as happy.  It occurred to me that perhaps there’s a connection there?  (I don’t mean “disciplined” in a horrible, self-involved sense, but in terms of consciously choosing how to live.)

So we might ask, what happens when we don’t make conscious choices about how to spend our time and attention?  Here’s a juicy quote that suggests one possible answer:

You must understand that you are not separate individualities, that life is a constant exchange of forces, of consciousnesses, of vibrations, of movements of all kinds.  It is as in a crowd, you see:  when everyone pushes all go forward, and when all recede, everyone recedes.  It is the same thing in the inner world, in your consciousness.  There are all the time forces and influences acting upon you, it is like a gas in the atmosphere, and unless you are quite awake, these things enter into you, and it is only when they have gone well in and come out as if they came from you, that you become aware of them.

How many times people meet those who are nervous, angry, in a bad mood, and themselves become nervous, angry, moody, just like that, without knowing why. Why is it that when you play [a sport] against certain people you play very well, but when you play against others you cannot play? And those very quiet people, not at all wicked, who suddenly become furious when they are in a furious crowd! And no one knows who has started it: it is something that went past and swept off the consciousness. There are people who can let out vibrations like this and others respond without knowing why.

Everything is like that, from the smallest to the biggest things.

To be individualized in a collectivity, one must be absolutely conscious of oneself.  And of which self? – the Self which is above all intermixture, that is what I call the Truth of your being.  And as long as you are not conscious of the Truth of your being, you are moved by all kinds of things, without taking any note of it at all.  Collective thought, collective suggestions are a formidable influence which act constantly on individual thought.  And what is extraordinary is that one does not notice it.  One believes that one thinks “like that” but it is the collectivity that thinks “like that”.1

Questions for consideration:

  • When she says “collective suggestions are a formidable influence”, what is your experience of this?  Is she exaggerating?
  • When you feel a desire to hurt someone, or self-medicate with your drug of choice, or indulge in some sort other of craziness, how do you relate with these passions?
  • There is an old saying “if you go with the flow, you get flushed down the toilet”. What do you think?

BoT Student

  1. Excerpted from The Hidden Forces of Life: Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, compiled with an introduction by A.S. Dalal.  As included in The Basket of Tolerance by Adi Da Samraj.
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  1. terry cafferty   Thumb up +2

    being a food addict, i have noticed that the conceptual mind is absolutely incapable of dealing with addiction…it is controlled and manipulated by the deeper levels of consciousness, the subtler and more powerful feeling realms of the emotional interactions between ‘me’ and ‘others’ (including apparently separate other beings, and ‘my’ bodily states and emotions).

    the only occasions in which i do not succumb to addiction are those when i am Blessed to feel and act from a state that feels priorly, already ‘connected’ and free and happy, a state prior to and heirarchically deeper and more fundamental than the conceptual seeking-thinking or verbal mind, which is always able to justify dramatization of the mechanical addictive patterns associated with the body-mind-‘self’.

  2. Thanks for sharing Terry.

    I notice that the more I hang out with people who justify certain addictions, the more I start to justify those addictions as well. And addictions come in all sorts of forms, that’s for sure… even pretending to be spiritual, while really being a bit of an imposter, can be an addiction. Just seeing the world in a certain way can be an addiction…

    • terry cafferty   Thumb up +2

      right-on about being addicted to ‘being spiritual’. gracefully, Adi Da has relieved us of the notion that we are ‘spiritual’, by having given us the opportunity, during the period of His Life to which refer as the ‘teaching years’, to reveal and exploit that sprirtual or ‘good’ part of us (were it there), but finally noticing and pointing out that we are (each and all, even the most apparently benign and loving character) ‘100% pure ego’. this is a great revelation, because allowing it relieves us of a primary delusion preventing the full acceptance of Grace.

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