Power of Right Attitude
Is it really the best that always happens?
It is clear that all that has happened had to happen: it could not be
otherwise - by the universal determinism it had to happen. But we can
say so only after it has happened, not before.
For the problem of the very best that can happen is an individual problem,
whether the individual be a nation or a single human being; and all depends
upon the personal attitude. If, in the presence of circumstances that
are about to take place, you can take the highest attitude possible that
is, if you put your consciousness in contact with the highest consciousness
within reach, you can be absolutely sure that in that case it is the best
that can happen to you.
But as soon as you fall from this consciousness into a lower state, then
it is evidently not the best that can happen, for the simple reason that
you are not in your very best consciousness.
I even go so far as to affirm that in the zone of immediate influence
of each one, the right attitude not only has the power to turn every circumstance
to advantage but can change the very circumstance itself. For instance,
when a man comes to kill you, if you remain in the ordinary consciousness
and get frightened out of your wits, he will most probably succeed in
doing what he came for; if you rise a little higher and though full of
fear call for the divine help, he may just miss you, doing you a slight
injury; if, however, you have the right attitude and the full consciousness
of the divine presence everywhere around you, he will not be able to lift
even a finger against you.
This truth is just the key to the whole problem of transformation. Always
keep in touch with the divine presence, try to bring it down and the very
best will always take place.
Of course the world will not change at once, but it will go forward as
rapidly as it possibly can. Do not forget that this is so only if you
keep on the straight road of Yoga, and not if you deviate and lose your
way and wander about capriciously or helplessly as though in a virgin
If each of you did your utmost, then there would be the right collaboration
and the result would be so much the quicker. I have had innumerable examples
of the power of right attitude. I have seen crowds saved from catastrophes
by one single person keeping the right attitude. But it must be an attitude
that does not remain somewhere very high and leaves the body to its usual
reactions. If you remain high up like that, saying, Let God's will
be done, you may get killed all the same. For your body may be quite
undivine, shivering with fear: the thing is to hold the true consciousness
in the body itself and not have the least fear and be full of the divine
peace. Then indeed there is no danger. Not only can attacks of men be
warded off, but beasts also and even the elements can be affected.
I can give you a little example. You remember the night of the great cyclone,
when there was a tremendous noise and splash of rain all about the place.
I thought I would go to Sri Aurobindo's room and help him shut the windows.
I just opened his door and found him sitting quietly at his desk, writing.
There was such a solid peace in the room that nobody would have dreamed
that a cyclone was raging outside. All the windows were wide open, not
a drop of rain was coming inside.
in CWM, volume 3, "Questions and Answers 1930-31",
published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA