The vast universal suffering feel as thine:
Thou must bear the sorrow that thou claimst to heal;
The day-bringer must walk in darkest night.
He who would save the world must share its pain.
If he knows not grief, how shall he find grief’s cure?
— Sri Aurobindo
I have thrown from me the whirling dance of mind
And stand now in the spirit’s silence free,
Timeless and deathless beyond creature-kind,
The centre of my own eternity.
I have escaped and the small self is dead;
I am immortal, alone, ineffable;
I have gone out from the universe I made,
And have grown nameless and immeasurable.
My mind is hushed in a wide and endless light,
My heart a solitude of delight and peace,
My sense unsnared by touch and sound and sight,
My body a point in white infinities.
I am the one Being’s sole immobile Bliss:
No one I am, I who am all that is.
— Sri Aurobindo – Last Poems – Liberation
Awakened to the meaning of my heart
That to feel Love and Oneness is to live
And this the magic of our golden Change,
Is all the truth I know or seek, O sage.
— Sri Aurobindo – Savitri – Epilogue: The Return to Earth
For certain is death for the born, and certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore what is inevitable ought not to be a cause of thy sorrow.
— The Bhagavad Gita – Second Chapter – Verse 27 (Sri Aurobindo)
The ordinary man lives in his own personal consciousness knowing things through his mind and senses as they are touched by a world which is outside him, outside his consciousness. When the consciousness subtilises, it begins to come into contact with things in a much more direct way, not only with their forms and outer impacts but with what is inside them, but still the range may be small. But the consciousness can also widen and begin to be first in direct contact with a universe of range of things in the world, then to contain them as it were, – as it is said to see the world in oneself, – and to be in a way identified with it. To see all things in the self and the self in all things – to be aware of one being everywhere, aware directly of the different planes, their forces, their beings – that is universalisation.
— Sri Aurobindo – Letters on Yoga – V Planes and Parts of the Being – page 317
An aimless life is always a troubled life.
Every individual should have an aim.
But do not forget that the quality of your aim
will depend the quality of your life.
Your aim should be high and wide,
generous and disinterested;
this will make your life precious
to yourself and to others.
Whatever your ideal,
it cannot be perfectly realized
unless you have realized
perfection in yourself.
— Sri Aurobindo
Life, death, – death, life; the words have led for ages
Our thought and consciousness and firmly seemed
Two opposites; but now long-hidden pages
Are opened, liberating truths undreamed.
Life only is, or death is life disguised, –
Life a short death until by Life we are surprised.
— Sri Aurobindo – Collected Poems and Plays, vol 1 – page 141