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four Powers of the Mother are four of her outstanding Personalities,
portions and embodiments of her divinity through whom she acts on
her creatures, orders and harmonises her creations in the worlds
and directs working out of her thousand forces.
the Mother is one but she comes before us with differing aspects;
many are her power and personalities, many her emanations and Vibhutis
that do her work in the universe.
One whom we adore as the Mother is the divine Conscious Force that
dominates all existence, one and yet many-sided that to follow her
movement is impossible even for the quickest mind and for the freest
and most vast intelligence.
Mother is the consciousness and force of the Supreme and far above
all she creates. But something of her ways can be seen and felt
through her embodiments and the more seizable because more defined
and limited temperament and action of the goddess forms in whom
she consents to be manifest to her creatures.
are three ways of being the Mother of which you can become aware
when you enter into touch of oneness with the Conscious Force that
upholds us and the universe.
Transcendent, the original supreme Shakti, she stands above the
worlds and links the creation to the ever unmanifest mystery of
Universal, the cosmic Mahashakti, she creates all these beings and
contains and enters, supports and conducts all these million processes
Individual, she embodies the power of these two vaster ways of her
existence, makes them living and near to us and mediates between
human personality and the divine Nature.
one original transcendent Shakti, the Mother stands above all the
worlds and bears in her eternal consciousness the Supreme Divine.Alone,
she harbours the absolute Power and the ineffable Presence; containing
or calling the Truths that have to be manifested, she brings them
down from the Mystery in which they were hidden into the light of
her infinite consciousness and gives them a form of force in her
omnipotent power and her boundless life and a body in the universe.
Supreme is manifest in her for ever as the everlasting Sachchidananda,
manifested through her in the worlds, as the one dual consciousness
of Ishwara-Shakti and the dual principle of Purusha-Prakriti, embodied
by her in the Worlds and the Planes and the Gods and their Energies
and figured because of her as all that is in the known worlds and
in unknown others.
is her play with the Supreme; all is her manifestation of the mysteries
of the Eternal, the miracles of the Infinite. All is she, for all
are parcel and portion of the divine Conscious-Force.
can be here or elsewhere but what she decides and the Supreme sanctions;
nothing can take shape except what she moved by the Supreme perceives
and forms after casting into seed in her creating Ananda.
Mahashakti, the universal Mother works out whatever is transmitted
by the Supreme and enters into the worlds that she has made; her
presence fills and supports then with the divine spirit and the
divine all-sustaining force and delight without which they could
which we call Nature or Prakriti is only her most outward executive
aspect; she marshals and arranges the harmony of her forces and
processes, impels the operations of Nature and moves among them
secret or manifest in all that can be seen or experienced or put
into motion of life.
of the worlds is nothing but one play of the Mahashakti of that
system of worlds or universe, who is there as the cosmic Soul and
Personality of the transcendent Mother.
is something that she has in her vision, gathered into her heart
of beauty and power and created in her Ananda.
there are many planes of her creation, many steps of the Divine
Shakti. At the summit of this manifestation of which we are a part
there are worlds of infinite existence, consciousness, force and
bliss over which the Mother stands unveiled eternal Power.
beings there live and move in an ineffable completeness and unalterable
oneness, because she carries them safe in her arms for ever. Nearer
to us are the worlds of the supramental creation in which the Mother
is the supramental Mahashakti, a Power of divine omniscient Will
and omnipotent Knowledge always apparent in its unfailing works
and spontaneously perfect in every process.
all movements are the steps of the Truth; there all beings are souls
and powers and bodies of the divine Light; there all experiences
are seas and floods and waves of an intense and absolute Ananda.
here where we dwell are the worlds of the Ignorance, worlds of mind
and life and body separated in consciousness from her source, of
which the earth is a significant centre and its evolution a crucial
too with all its obscurity and struggle and imperfection is upheld
by the Universal Mother; this too is impelled and guided to its
secret aim by the Mahashakti.
Mother as the Mahashakti of this triple world of the Ignorance stands
in an intermediate plane between the supramental Light, the Truth
life, the Truth creation which has to be brought down here and this
mounting and descending hierarchy of planes of consciousness that
like a double ladder lapse into the nescience of Matter and climb
back again through the flowering of life and soul and mind into
the infinity of the Spirit.
all that shall be done in the universe and in the terrestrial evolution
by what she sees and feels and pours from her, she stands there
above the Gods and all her Powers and Personalities are put in front
of her for the action and she sends down emanations of them into
these lower worlds to intervene, to govern, to battle and conquer,
to lead and turn their cycles, to direct the total and individual
lines of their forces.
Emanations are the various divine forms and personalities through
which men have worshipped her under different names throughout the
also she prepares and shapes through these Powers and their emanations
the minds and bodies of her Vibhuthis, even as she prepares and
shapes minds and bodies for the Vibhuthis of the Ishwara, that she
may manifest in the physical world and in the disguise of the human
consciousness some ray of her power and quality and presence.
the scenes of the earth play have been like a drama arranged and
planned and staged by her with the cosmic Gods for her assistants
and herself as a veiled actor.
Mother not only governs all from above but she descends into this
lesser triple universe. Impersonally, all things here, even the
movements of Ignorance, are herself on veiled power and her creations
in diminished substance, her Nature-body and Nature-force, and they
exist because, moved by the mysterious fiat of the Supreme to work
out something that was there in the possibilities of the Infinite,
she has consented to the great sacrifice and has put on like a mask
the soul and forms of the Ignorance.
personally too she has stooped to descend here into the darkness
that she may lead it to the Light, into the Falsehood and Error
that she may convert it to the Truth, into this Death that she may
turn it to godlike Life, into this world-pain and its obstinate
sorrow and suffering that she may end it in the transforming ecstasy
of her sublime Ananda.
her deep and greater love for her children she has consented to
put on herself the cloak of this obscurity, condescended to bear
the attacks and torturing influences of the powers of Darkness and
the Falsehood, borne to pass through the portals of the birth that
is a death, taken upon herself the pangs and sorrows and sufferings
of creation, since it seemed that thus alone could it be lifted
to the Light and Joy and Truth and eternal Life.
is the great sacrifice of the Purusha, but much more deeply the
holocaust of Prakriti, the sacrifice of the Divine Mother.
great Aspects of the Mother, four of her leading Powers and Personalities
have stood in front in her guidance of this Universe and in her
dealings with the terrestrial play.-
One is her personality of calm wideness and comprehending wisdom
and tranquil benignity, inexhaustible compassion and sovereign and
surpassing majesty and all ruling greatness.-
Another embodies her power of splendid strength and irresistible
passion, her warrior mood, her overwhelming will, her impetuous
swiftness and world-shaking force.-
A third is vivid and sweet and wonderful with her deep secret of
beauty and harmony and fine rhythm, her intricate and subtle opulence,
her compelling attraction and her captivating grace.-
The fourth is equipped with her close and profound capacity of intimate
knowledge and careful flawless work and quiet and exact perfection
in all things.Wisdom,
Strength, Harmony, Perfection are the several attributes and it
is these powers that they bring with them to the world, manifest
in a human disguise in their Vibhuthis and shall found in the divine
degree of their ascension in those who can open their earthly nature
to the direct and living influence of the Mother.
the four we give the four great names, Maheshwari, Mahakali, Mahalakshmi,
Maheshwari is seated in the wideness above the thinking mind and
will and sublimates and greatens them into wisdom and largeness
or floods with a splendour beyond them.
she is the mighty and wise One who opens us to supramental infinities
and the cosmic vastness, to the grandeur of the supreme Light, to
a treasure-house of miraculous knowledge, to the measureless movement
of the Mother's eternal forces.
is she and wonderful, great and calm for ever.
can move her because all wisdom is in her; nothing is hidden from
her that she chooses to know; she comprehends all things and all
beings and their nature and what moves them and the law of the world
and its times and how all was and is and must be.
strength is in her that meets everything and masters and none can
prevail in the end against her vast intangible wisdom and high tranquil
patient, unalterable in her will she deals with men according to
their nature and with things and happenings according to their Force
and truth that is in them.
she has none, but she follows the decrees of the Supreme and some
she raises up and some she casts down or puts away into the darkness.
the wise she gives a greater and more luminous wisdom; those that
have vision she admits to her counsels; on the hostile she imposes
the consequence of their hostility; the ignorant and foolish she
leads them according to their blindness.
each man she answers and handles the different elements of his nature
according to their need and their urge and the return they call
for, puts on them the required pressure or leaves them to their
cherished liberty to prosper in the ways of the Ignorance and perish.
she is above all, bound by nothing, attached to nothing in the universe.
she has more than any other the heart of the universal Mother.
her compassion is endless and inexhaustible; all are to her eyes
her children and portions of the One, even the Asura and Rakshasa
and Pisacha and those that are revolted and hostile. Even her rejections
are only a postponement, even her punishments are a grace.
her compassion does not blind her wisdom or turn her action from
the course decreed; for the Truth of things is her one concern,
knowledge her centre of power and to build our soul and our nature
into the divine Truth her mission and her labour.
is of another nature.
of wideness but of height, not wisdom but force and strength are
her peculiar power.
is in her a overwhelming intensity, a mighty passion of force to
achieve, a divine violence rushing to shatter every limit and obstacle.
her divinity leaps out in a splendour of tempestuous action; she
is therefore swiftness, for the immediately effective process, the
rapid and direct stroke, the frontal assault that carries everything,
is her face to the Asura, dangerous and ruthless her mood against
the haters of the Divine; for she is the Warrior of the Worlds who
never shrinks from the battle.
of imperfection, she deals roughly with all in man that is unwilling
and she is severe to all that is obstinately ignorant and obscure;
her wrath is immediate and dire against treachery and falsehood
and malignity, ill-will is smitten at once by her scourage.
negligence and sloth in the divine work she cannot bear and she
smites awake at once with sharp pain, if need be, the untimely slumberer
and the loiterer.
impulses that are swift and straight and frank, the movements that
are unreserved and absolute, the aspiration that mounts in flame
are the motion of Mahakali.
spirit is tameless, her vision and will are high and far-reaching
like the flight of an eagle, her feet are rapid on the upward way
and her hands are outstretched to strike and to succour.
she too is the Mother and her love is as intense as her wrath and
she has a deep and passionate kindness.
she is allowed to intervene in her strength , then in one moment
are broken like things without consistence the obstacles that immobilise
or the enemies that assail the seeker.
her anger is dreadful to the hostile and the vehemence of her pressure
painful to the weak and timid, she is loved and worshipped by the
great, the strong and the noble; for they feel that her blows beat
what is rebellious in their material into strength and perfect truth,
hammer straight what is wry and perverse and expel what is impure
for her what is done in a day might have taken centuries; without
her Ananda might be wide and grave or soft and sweet and beautiful
but would lose the flaming joy of its most absolute intensities.
knowledge she gives a conquering might, brings to beauty and harmony
a high and mounting movement and imparts to the slow and difficult
labour after perfection an impetus that multiplies the power and
shortens the long way.
can satisfy her that falls short of the supreme ecstasies, the highest
heights, the noblest aims, the largest vistas.
with her is the victorious force of the Divine and it is by grace
of her fire and passion and speed if he great achievement can be
done now than hereafter.
and Force are not the only manifestations of the supreme Mother;
there is a subtler mystery of her nature and without it Wisdom and
Force would be incompetable things and without it perfection would
not be perfect.
them is the miracle of eternal beauty, an unseizable secret of divine
harmonies, the compelling magic of an irresistible universal charm
and attraction that draws and holds things and forces and beings
together and obliges them to meet and unite that a hidden Ananda
may play from behind the veil and make of them its rhythms and its
is the power of Mahalakshmi and there is no aspect of the Divine
Shakti more attractive to the heart of the embodied beings.
can appear too calm and great and distant for the littleness of
earthly nature to approach or contain her, Mahakali too swift and
formidable for its weakness to bear; but all turn with joy and longing
she throws the spell of the intoxicating sweetness of the Divine:
to be close to her is a profound happiness and to feel her within
the heart is to make the existence a rapture and a marvel; grace
and charm and tenderness flow from her like the light from the sun
and wherever she fixes her wonderful gaze or lets fall of the loveliness
of her smile, the soul is seized and made captive and plunged into
the depths of an unfathomable bliss.
is the touch of her hands and their occult and delicate influence
refines the mind and life and body and where she presses her feet
course miraculous streams of an entrancing Ananda.
yet it is not easy to meet the demand of this enchanting Power or
to keep her presence.
and beauty of the mind and soul, harmony and beauty of the thoughts
and feelings, harmony and beauty in every outward act and movement,
harmony and beauty of the life and surroundings, this is the demand
there is affinity to the rhythms of the secret world-bliss and response
to the call of the All-Beautiful and concord and unity and the glad
flow of many lives turned towards the Divine, in that atmosphere
she consents to abide.
all that is ugly and mean and base, all that is poor and sordid
and squalid, all that is brutal and coarse repels her advent.
love and beauty are not or are reluctant to be born, she does not
come; where they are mixed and disfigured with baser things, she
turns soon to depart or cares little to pour her riches.
she finds herself in men's hearts surrounded with selfishness and
hatred and jealousy and malignance and envy and strife, if treachery
and greed and ingratitude are mixed in the sacred chalice, if grossness
of passion and unrefined desire degrade devotion, in such hearts
the gracious and beautiful Goddess will not linger.
divine disgust seizes upon her and she withdraws, for she is not
one who insists or strives; or, veiling her face, she waits for
this bitter and poisonous devil's stuff to be rejected and disappear
before she will found anew her happy influence.
bareness and harshness are nor to her not the suppression of the
heart's deeper emotions and the rigid repression of the soul's and
the life's parts of beauty.
it is through love and beauty that she lays on men the yoke of the
is turned in her supreme creations into a rich work of celestial
art and all existence into a poem of sacred delight; the world's
riches are brought together and concerted for a supreme order and
even the simplest and commonest things are made wonderful by her
intuition of unity and the breath of her spirit.
to the heart she lifts wisdom to pinnacles of wonder and reveals
to it the mystic secrets of the ecstasy that surpassed all knowledge,
meets devotion with the passionate attraction of the Divine, teaches
to strength and force the rhythm that keeps the might of their acts
harmonious and in measure and casts on perfection the charm that
makes it endure for ever.
is the Mother's Power of Work and her spirit of perfection and order.
youngest of the Four, she is the most skillful in executive faculty
and the nearest to physical Nature.
lays down the large lines of the world-forces, Mahakali drives their
energy and impetus, Mahalakshmi discovers their rhythms and measures,
but Mahasaraswati presides over their detail of organization and
execution, relation of parts and effective combination of forces
and unfailing exactitude of result and fulfilment.
science and craft and technique of things are Mahasaraswati's province.
Always she holds in her nature and can give to those whom she has
chosen the intimate and precise knowledge, the subtlety and patience,
the accuracy of intuitive mind and conscious hand and discerning
eye of the perfect worker.
Power is the strong, the tireless, the careful and efficient builder,
organiser, administrator, technician, artisan and classifier of
she takes up the transformation and new building of the nature,
her action is laborious and minute and often seems to our impatience
slow and interminable, but it is persistent, integral and flawless.
the will in her works is scrupulous, unsleeping, indefatigable;
leaning over us she notes and touches every little detail, finds
out every minute defect, gap, twist or incompleteness, considers
and weighs accurately all that has been done and all that remains
still to be done and all that remains still to be done hereafter.
is too small or apparently trivial for her attention; nothing however
impalpable or disguised or latent can escape her.
and remoulding she labours each part till it has attained its true
form, is put in its exact place in the whole and fulfils its precise
her constant and diligent arrangement and rearrangement of things
her eye is on all needs at once and the way to meet them and her
intuition knows what is to be chosen and what rejected and successfully
determines the right instrument, the right time, the right conditions
and the right process.
and negligence and indolence she abhors; all scamped and hasty and
shuffling work, all clumsiness and 'à peu près' and misfire, all
false adaptation and misuse of instruments and faculties and leaving
of things undone or half done is offensive and foreign to her temper.
her work is finished, nothing has been forgotten, no part has been
misplaced or omitted or left in a faulty condition; all is solid,
accurate, complete, admirable.
short of a perfect perfection satisfies her and she is ready to
face an eternity of toil if that is needed for the fullness of her
of all the Mother's powers she is the most long-suffering with man
and his thousand imperfections.
smiling, close and helpful, not easily turned away or discouraged,
insistent even after repeated failure, her hand sustains our every
step on condition that we are single in our will and straightforward
and sincere; for a double mind she will not tolerate and her revealing
irony is merciless to drama and histrionics and self-deceit and
mother to our wants, a friend in our difficulties, a persistent
and tranquil counsellor and mentor, chasing away with her radiant
smile the clouds of gloom and fretfulness and depression, reminding
always of the ever-present help, pointing to the eternal sunshine,
she is firm, quiet and persevering in the deep and continuous urge
that drives is towards the integrality of the higher nature.
the work of the other Powers leans on her for its completeness;
for she assures the material foundation, elaborates the stuff of
detail and erects and rivets the armour of the structure.
are other great Personalities of the Divine Mother, but they were
more difficult to bring down and have not stood out in front with
so much prominence in the evolution of the earth-spirit.
are among them Presences indispensable for the supramental realisation,
most of all one who is her Personality of that mysterious and powerful
ecstasy and Ananda which flows from a supreme divine Love, the Ananda
that alone can heal the gulf between the highest heights of the
supramental spirit and lowest abysses of Matter, the Ananda that
holds the key of a wonderful divine Life and even now supports from
its secrecies the work of all the other Powers of the universe.
human nature bounded, egoistic and obscure is inapt to receive these
great Presences or to support their mighty action.
when the Four have founded their harmony and freedom of movement
in the transformed mind and life and body, can those other rarer
Powers manifest in the earth movement and the supramental action
when her Personalities are all gathered in her and manifested and
their separate working has been turned into a harmonious unity and
they rise in her to the supramental godheads, then is the Mother
revealed as the supramental Mahashakti and brings pouring down her
luminous transcendences from their ineffable ether.
can human nature change because all the elemental lines of the supramental
Truth-consciousness and Truth-force are strung together and the
harp of life is fitted for the rhythms of the Eternal.
you desire this transformation, put yourself in the hands of the
Mother and her Powers without cavil or resistance and let her do
unhindered her work within you.Three
things you must have,-
you must be conscious in your mind and soul and heart and life and
the very cells of your body, aware of the Mother and her Powers
and their working; for although she can and does work in you even
in your obscurity and your unconscious parts and moments, it is
not the same thing as when you are in an awakened and living communion
your nature must be plastic to her touch, - not questioning as the
self-sufficient ignorant mind questions and doubts and disputes
and is the enemy of its enlightenment and change; not insisting
on its own movements as the vital in the man insists and persistently
opposes its refractory desires and ill-will to every divine influence;
not obstructing and entrenched in incapacity, inertia and tamas
as man's physical consciousness obstructs and clinging to the pleasure
in smallness and darkness cries out against each touch that disturbs
it soulless routine or it dull sloth or its torpid slumber.
unreserved surrender of your inner and outer being will bring this
plasticity into all the parts of your nature; consciousness will
awaken everywhere in you by constant openness to the Wisdom and
Light, the Force, the Harmony and Beauty, the Perfection that come
flowing down from above.
the body will awake and unite at last its consciousness subliminal
no longer to the supramental superconscious Force, feel all her
powers permeating from above and below and around it and thrill
to a supreme Love and Ananda.
be on your guard and do not try to understand and judge the Divine
Mother by your little earthly mind that loves to subject even the
things that are beyond it to its own norms and standards, its narrow
reasonings and erring impressions, its bottomless aggressive ignorance
and its petty self-confident knowledge.
human mind shut in the prison of its half-lit obscurity cannot follow
the many-sided freedom of the steps of the Divine Shakti.
rapidity and complexity of her vision and action outrun its stumbling
comprehension; the measures of her movement are not its measures.
by the swift alteration of her many different personalities, her
making of rhythms and her breaking of rhythms, her accelerations
of speed and her retardations, her varied ways of dealing with the
problem, of one and anther, her taking up and dropping now of this
line and now of that one and her gathering of them together, it
will not recognise the way of the Supreme Power when it is circling
and sweeping upwards through the maze of the Ignorance to a supernal
rather your soul to her and be content to feel her with the psychic
nature and see her with the psychic vision that alone make a straight
response to the Truth.
the Mother herself will enlighten by their psychic elements your
mind and heart and life and physical consciousness and reveal to
them too her ways and her nature.
also the error of the ignorant mind's demand on the Divine Power
to act always according to our crude surface notions of omniscience
our mind clamours to be impressed at every turn by miraculous power
and easy success and dazzling splendour; otherwise it cannot believe
that there is the Divine.
Mother is dealing with the Ignorance in the fields of the Ignorance;
she has descended there and is not all above.
she unveils her knowledge and her power, often holds them back from
her instruments and personalities and follows that she may transform
them the way of the seeking mind, the way of the aspiring psychic,
the way of the battling vital, the way of the imprisoned and suffering
are conditions that have been laid down by a Supreme Will, there
are many tangled knots that have to be loosened and cannot be cut
Asura and Rakshasa hold this evolving earthly nature and have to
be met and conquered on their own terms in their own long-conquered
fief and province; the human in us has to be led and prepared to
transcend its limits and is too weak and obscure to be lifted up
suddenly to a form far beyond it.
Divine Consciousness and Force are there and do at each moment the
thing that is needed in the conditions of the labour, take always
the step that is decreed and shape in the midst of imperfection
the perfection that is to come.
only when the supermind has descended in you she can deal directly
as the supramental Shakti with supramental natures.
you follow your mind, it will not recognise the Mother even when
she is manifest before you.
your soul and not your mind, your soul that answers to the Truth,
not your mind that leaps at appearances; trust the Divine Power
and she will free the godlike elements in you and shape all into
an expression of Divine Nature.
supramental change is the thing decreed and inevitable in the evolution
of the earth-consciousness; for its upward ascent is not ended and
mind is not its last summit.
the change may arrive, take form and endure, there is needed the
call from below with a will to recognise and not deny the Light
when it comes, and there is needed the sanction of the Supreme from
power that mediates between the sanction and the call is the presence
and power of the Divine Mother.
Mother's power and not any human endeavour and tapasya can alone
rend the lid and tear the covering and shape the vessel and bring
down into this world of obscurity and falsehood and death and suffering
Truth and Light and Life divine and the immortal's Ananda.