Most of you live on the surface of your being, exposed
to the touch of external influences. You live almost projected, as it
were, outside your own body, and when you meet some unpleasant being similarly
projected you get upset.
The whole trouble arise out of your not being accustomed
to stepping back.
You must always step back into yourself - learn to go deep
within - step back and you will be safe. Do not lend yourself to the superficial
forces which move in the outside world. Even if you are in a hurry to
do something, step back for a while and you will discover to your surprise
how much sooner and with what greater success your work can be done.
If someone is angry with you, do not be caught in his vibrations
but simply step back and his anger, finding no support or response, will
Always keep your peace, resist all temptation to lose it.
Never decide anything without stepping back, never speak a word without
stepping back, never throw yourself into action without stepping back.
All that belongs to the ordinary world is impermanent and
fugitive, so there is nothing in it worth getting upset about. What is
lasting, eternal, immortal and infinite - that indeed is worth having,
worth conquering, worth possessing. It is Divine Light, Divine Love, Divine
Life - it is also Supreme Peace, Perfect Joy and All-Mastery upon earth
with the Complete Manifestation as the crowning.
When you get the sense of the relativity of things, then
whatever happens you can step back and look; you can remain quiet and
call on the Divine Force and wait for an answer. Then you will know exactly
what to do.
Remember, therefore, that you cannot receive the answer
before you are very peaceful. Practise that inner peace, make at least
a small beginning and go on in your practice until it becomes a habit
in CWM, volume 3, "Questions and Answers 1930-31",
published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA