In presenting a reflective account of his personal journey, the author shares that patience, acceptance, appreciation, perseverance, determination and self-awareness are some of the qualities essential to cultivate if one aspires for developing greater concentration.
The Mother explains that even when the soul has come consciously and has participated in the formation of the physical body, so long as the body is formed in the usual animal way, it will have to struggle and correct all those things which come from this human animality.
A few selections from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother which highlight some key ideas – what does it mean to be receptive, on what does receptivity depend, how is receptivity connected to aspiration and sincerity, what is the significance of becoming collectively more receptive, and a few more.
Aspiration is like an arrow, or like a flame rising upward. But it has to be tended, constantly rekindled. Its direction also needs to be reset when it tends to go here and there. It has to be purified so that no desire or demand gets mixed up with it. Its goal has to be kept in front, always. And what happens when it goes into hiding somewhere? How to light the fire again? And what about the Grace? Will Divine Grace help me rekindle my aspiration? These and many other questions have been explored in the variety of selections featured in this issue.