- What are the "Notes on the Way"?
From October 1964 onwards, Satprem, who had had already his weekly talk
with Mother for many years, succeeded in deciding her to publish significative
extracts from these conversations in the "Bulletin", either
with the title "Notes on the Way", or with the title "Apropos".
He thought it could allow to everybody to follow the Mother's personal
adventure of her "yoga of cells".
Mother was very reluctant, but he could convinve her. The published
texts were re-read and corrected by both (even truncated or joined together
or completed), or at least with the Mother's verbal agreement.
It lasted till March 1973.
After the 17 November 1973 Satprem started to publish the integrality
of these conversations, from either the remaining tape-recordings, or
from the notes he had written down after recording (and before erasing
the tape for a new use), or from memory - Satprem indicates carefully
each origin in the French original. There became the 13 volumes of the
We have that way the source-text of these "Notes on the Way"
which Satprem has sometimes repudiated, saying they were from time to
time too "unreliable". The comparison allows us therefore
to come back to the original, but we must remind us however that, till
the publication of the Agenda, only these "Notes on the Way"
have been able to witness publicly of the inner work of the Mother and
of what she wanted of it to be known.
- Texts from "Notes on the Way"
(in English) (concerning the texts in French, see here)
- 7 March 1967 (on the experience
of death) (for the Agenda version see here)
- [on external site] 23
November 1968 (the consciousness of the Presence of the Divine)
- [on external site] 27
November 1968 (a work is being done so that all parts of the
body may become conscious)
- 14 March 1970 (the change is
done) (for the Agenda version see here)
- (to be continued)
"Notes on the Way"
CWM Volume 11
published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA