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  • B H A V A N

    Study notes and NewsletterNo.15 & 16 August 2002

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    All quotations and photographs of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo arecopyright of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry, reproduced herewith acknowledgements and thanks to the Trustees. We are particularlygrateful for permission use the word Invocation in Sri Aurobindoshandwriting as our banner.

    Edited by Shraddhavan for Savitri Bhavan, AurovilleDesign by Prisma, Auroville

    Printed at Southern Offset Printers, Chennai

    INVOCATION is published quarterly by SAVITRI BHAVAN in Aurovilleand is distributed free of charge to donors and well-wishers. If youwould like to receive a copy, or have it sent to a friend, kindly writeand inform us of the address to which it should be sent. We hopeSavitri lovers will find this circular interesting; and will be glad toreceive comments and suggestions about materials for inclusion infuture issues. Correspondence may be addressed to

    SAVITRI BHAVANAUROVILLE 605101, TN

    INDIATelephone: 0413-622922

    e-mail: savitribhavan@auroville.org.in

  • C O N T E N T S

    The World of Falsehoodby Huta 4

    The Souls choiceby M.V. Dr. Nadkarni 14

    The New Creationby Sraddhalu Ranade 38

    News of Savitri Bhavan 64

    From the Editor

    We apologise to all our regular readers that it was not possible tobring out the 15th (April 2002) issue of Invocation on time, due to anaccident which I suffered. Instead we offer you this double issue (15+ 16) on the auspicious occasion of Sri Aurobindos 130th birthday,which happens to fall in the Mothers 125th anniversary year - doublecause for celebration. You also find enclosed an Index to the first 14issues of INVOCATION.

    Shraddhavan

  • The Mother's sketch of Sri Aurobindo, 1935

  • A pointing beam on earth's uncertain roads,

    His birth held up a symbol and a sign;

    His human self like a translucent cloak

    Covered the All-Wise who leads the unseeing world.

    Savitri: I:3 p.22

  • 4The World of Falsehood, the Motherof Evil and the Sons of DarknessWhy the Mother set aside the painting ofBook Two, Canto Eight of Savitriby Huta

    It was January 1964. The Mother and I were deeply absorbed in doing Savitripainting. When we came upon Canto Eight of Book Two, The World ofFalsehood, the Mother of Evil and the Sons of Darkness, the Motherdisclosed to me :

    I have already fought with the Mother of Evil, and now I donot wish at all to give forms to the Falsehood in paintingand put the pictures in front of humanity, so that they caneasily get into the false consciousness. No, I am not goingto give them forms. Drop Canto Eight altogether.

    We skipped it. Neverthless, I read it word by word intellectually with AmalKiran, as arranged by the Mother. I was so horrified that I could not sleepfor a few nights. The atmosphere was harrowing. Poisonous living vibrationsof that terrifying world made me extremely sick. At that time I wonderedwhether this world of Falsehood had any general effect, any special influenceon human beings. As years passed, I gradually became aware of its functionthrough some human beings whose consciousness became perverted andpossessed by the Sons of Darkness who made them their instruments.

    In the book Sri Aurobindos Savitri - an approach, by A.B. Purani, Icame across this statement:

    When Aswapati saw the heart of the Night he found thatthere was a spiritless blank eternity where the eternal truthwas denied and it was hoped to continue the anarchy ofdarkness. There was only a brute principle of life withoutthe revealing presence of divine Light. Evil and pain actingin this brute life gave rise to demoniac powers which were :

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    World-egos racked with lust and thought and will,Vast minds and lives without a spirit within.

    There were in fact embodiments of dark ideas which were responsible forthe creation of mans hell. This hell was :

    the gate of a false InfiniteAn eternity of disastrous absolutes.

    It denied all true things because it was the power of the Inconscience.Thought became an instrument of perversity, and even Good

    a faithless gardener of God, Watered with virtue the worlds upas-tree.

    *My memory flies back to 20th January 1964. After the Savitri work, theMother revealed to me - as she had never done before - what truth, liesand falsehood are:

    Child, there is a vast difference between falsehood and alie. When people tell a lie, it is words that come from theirmouths and are contrary to the actual fact or deny it. Forinstance if you have gone somewhere and deny to have gone,or if you have done something and refuse to admit the fact- it is a lie. But lies have no strength. Lies are always thesign of a great weakness, and if they are habitual of a greatcrookedness.

    Falsehood is something very serious. The world,as it is, is in a state of Falsehood - it denies the EternalTruth. There are three chief categories of falsehood.

    1) People who aspire for the Truth but are not sincere enoughin their aspiration to discriminate between the Truth andthe Falsehood and they fall always into trouble and miseryand get out of the path leading to Truth.

    2) This category is dangerous. People who can very welldiscriminate between Truth and Falsehood, who know that

  • 6the Truth is better, but have no strength to resist thetemptation and fall constantly into falsehood.

    3) The last one is the most dangerous of all. People who areaware of the Truth but refuse to recognise the truth andchoose deliberately the falsehood - they have a kind ofhate for the Truth and reject it violently. These, on the eternallist, can be stamped Missing souls as it is written inSavitri -

    So might one fall on the Eternals roadForfeiting the spirits lonely chance in TimeAnd no news of him reach the waiting gods,Marked missing in the register of souls .

    (Book II, Canto 7, p. 239)

    Happily there are very few people like that - who deny theTruth and choose Falsehood.

    There are of course numbers of people who have goodwill, good purpose, good aspiration and the rest; but in spiteof all that, they still live in Falsehood because they have notthe strength to fight for the Truth. And if you let yourself gowithout reacting with a constant vigilance you are bound tolive in Falsehood because this world is a world of Falsehood.

    When souls come upon earth by accepting the sorrows,miseries and troubles of the world - it is because they want toconquer Falsehood and help in the Victory of the Truth - I callthem heroic souls.

    For those who leave aside their mental, vital and physicaland live only in the Bliss, there is no struggle and pain, becausetheir beings are untouched, undisturbed, and they remain asthey are. But the souls who came upon earth to fight face toface with Falsehood are truly heroic souls, and the SupremeLove is there with them. They set a concrete example for theworld.

    Another important thing to be remembered is that onemust have an unshaken faith in the Lord. The Flame of

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    Faith must be kept burning and it must grow and spread itslight widely to replace the falsehood, because it is the Lightof the Truth.

    Why should you get disturbed? You must leave everythingto the Lord. It is He who knows - and not only knows butsees and looks after everything, arranges everything - itis His responsibility and not the responsibility of humanbeings. The more you get disturbed and upset by falsehood,the more will it come under various forms and take a quickchance to enter your consciousness, heart and brain andmake you miserable. Here, the body and the trueconsciousness are not separated, so naturally the body toosuffers from Falsehood. But you must try constantly toignore the Falsehood by remembering the Lords Love only.Whatever thing may happen to you, dont get upset - justpray to the Lord.

    *

    In answer to my letter dated 26.11.72 the Mother wrote :

    Before dying falsehood rises in full swing.Still people understand only the lesson of catastrophe.

    Will it have to come before they open their eyes to the truth?I ask an effort from all so that it has not to be.It is only the Truth that can save us; truth in words,

    truth in action, truth in will, truth in feelings.It is a choice between serving the Truth or being

    destroyed.

    Here are Sri Aurobindos encouraging words:

    It is quite true that falsehood reigns in this world, that isthe reason why these difficulties manifest. But you have notto allow yourself to be shaken. You must remain calm andstrong and go straight, using the power of Truth and theDivine Force supporting you to overcome difficulties andset straight what has been made crooked by the falsehood.

  • 8Hutas record of the Mothers talk of 20.1.64, with the Mothers corrections

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    The Falsehood has numerous various aspects. They assume masks of Truth.They are like a chameleon - changing colours to suit and serve their ownpurpose. The hostile forces, in order to fulfil their blatant mission in theworld, make some human beings their instruments and work through themor they work by themselves. These instruments, in fact, are responding tothese lower forces, they are influenced and readily obey their commands.

    These people are as the Mother explained to me in her talk:

    The last one is the most dangerous of all. People who areaware of the Truth but refuse to recognise it and deliberatelychoose the Falsehood. They have a kind of hate for the Truthand reject it violently.

    These very people use their tyranny, money-power, mischief, pride,dominating influence, and try despera