Third letter in "The Mother"
(Divine Grace and Faith, Sincerity and Surrender)
(August 1, 1927)
by Sri Aurobindo
To walk through life armoured against fear, peril and disaster, only
two things are needed, two that go always together:
- the Grace of the Divine
- and on your side an inner state made up of faith, sincerity and surrender.
Let your faith be pure, candid and perfect.
An egoistic faith in the mental and vital being tainted with ambition,
pride, vanity, mental arrogance, vital self-will, personal demand, desire
for the petty satisfactions of the lower nature is a low and smoke-obscured
flame that cannot burn upwards to heaven.
Regard your life as given you only for the divine work and to help in
the divine manifestation.
Desire nothing but the purity, force, light, wideness, calm, Ananda of
the divine consciousness and its insistence to transform and perfect your
mind, life and body.
Ask for nothing but the divine, spiritual and supramental Truth, its realization
on earth and in you and in all who are called and chosen and the conditions
needed for its creation and its victory over all opposing forces.
Let your sincerity and surrender be genuine and entire.
When you give yourself, give completely, without demand, without condition,
without reservation so that all in you shall belong to the Divine Mother
and nothing left to the ego or given to any other power.
The more complete your faith, sincerity and surrender, the more will grace
and protection be with you.
And when the grace and protection of the Divine Mother are with you, what
is there that can touch you or whom need you fear?
A little of it even will carry you through all difficulties, obstacles
and dangers; surrounded by its full presence you can go on surely on your
way because it is hers, careless of all menace, unaffected by any hostility
however powerful, whether from this world or from the worlds invisible.
Its touch can turn difficulties into opportunities, failure into success
and weakness into unfaltering strength.
For the grace of the Divine Mother is the sanction of the
Supreme and now or tomorrow its effect is sure, a thing decreed, inevitable
August 1, 1927
In SABCL, volume 25, "The Mother and Letters
on the Mother" (pages 9-10)
The Mother has commented that text twice:
on 30 January 1951,
in CWM, "Words of The Mother", Part 2
"Conversations", vol. 15, pages 337-346
on July 21, 1954
in CMW, vol. 6, "Questions and Answers - 1954",
published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA