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Part 2 of the series "Sri Aravinda Mahatmyam" or The Greatness of Sri Aurobindo, describing the significance of WWII from an inner spiritual standpoint and revealing the role that Mother Sri Aurobindo played in the conflict

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  • Who was Champaklal? The greatest devotee of Mother Sri Aurobindo And when you compare the lives of Sri Krishna and Sri Aurobindo you understand that there is really no difference
  • This is the fundamental distinction – wherever there is cruelty to self or others there is the asuric tendency and where compassion the daivic tendncy
  • Never in History have so many countries been taken over so rapidly
  • The Mother's War

    1. 1. Painting of Joan of Arc, a Vibhuti of the Mother, in battle. Inset: Self-portrait of the Mother in 1934 Sri Aravinda Mahatmyam The Greatness of Sri Aurobindo Part 2 – The Mother’s War Sri Aravinda Mahatmyam The Greatness of Sri Aurobindo Sri Aravinda Mahatmyam The Greatness of Sri Aurobindo
    2. 2. Kurukshetra
    3. 3. Sri Krishna is singing the Gita to Arjuna Sri Krishna has revealed to Arjuna his Divine Identity. However, he has not actually “shown” him his Divine Form and Arjuna says:
    4. 4. What happens? Arjuna sees the Infinite behind the Finite This bodily appearance is not all; The form deceives, the person is a mask. Hid deep in man celestial powers can dwell.
    5. 5. This bodily appearance is not all; The form deceives, the person is a mask. Hid deep in man celestial powers can dwell.
    6. 6. Who is Sri Aurobindo? • Yogi – Creator of the Integral Yoga • Philosopher – Gave the philosophy of Life Divine • Revolutionary – A leader of the Indian freedom movement • Nationalist – The “prophet of Indian Nationalism” and its father • Author – Wrote many books – 37 volumes now • Poet – Wrote Savitri – 25,000 line epic – largest in English literature
    7. 7. Others say.. • Rishi – Seer • Guru – Preceptor • Bhagavan – God • Avatar - Incarnation
    8. 8. But can we glimpse his roopam aishwaram? • The one thing we can say about Sri Aurobindo’s life is that it is incredibly COMPLEX, very rich. • Secondly Sri Aurobindo has not made it his business to announce to the world everything about himself. • To understand the true significance of his life then we can use certain frames of reference • A different frame of reference gives us different clues about of his true greatness
    9. 9. 3 Frames of reference • Let us consider Sri Aurobindo’s life a great play, a great drama, story – his Jeevan Katha • The ancient Greek playwrights came up with three different types of roles for the principal characters in their dramas
    10. 10. 3 Roles for characters in a drama 1. Protagonist – Main actor, principal figure, hero 2. Antagonist – Opponent of protagonist, adversary, villain 3. Deuteragonist – the second role, the double, friend, helper of the main actor
    11. 11. In Sri Aurobindo’s Jeevan Katha Who is the: ↑ Protagonist – Main actor / lead player ↑ Antagonist – Opponent / Enemy ↑ Deuteragonist – Double / Friend & Helper We will take this up in reverse order: ↓ Deuteragonist – “Sri Aurobindo & Sri Krishna” ↓ Antagonist – “The Mother’s War” ↓ Protagonist – “Savitr: The Creator Sun”
    12. 12. Sri Krishna: Sri Aurobindo’s Double
    13. 13. “No Difference” From Champaklal Speaks, page 39. Sri Krishna and Sri Aurobindo Kamala's brother Mahesh had come to me in 1923. Obviously we both came for the same purpose, but I found a difference in Sri Aurobindo's way of dealing with us. To me he was speaking and guiding me in his Yoga but to Mahesh he talked of bhakti and upasana [worship] of Sri Krishna. Later I found out that Mahesh was intensely drawn to Sri Krishna and his path was different from mine. One day, however, he expressed his difficulty in reconciling his adoration of Sri Krishna with his surrender to Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo told him: "There is no difference between Krishna and me."
    14. 14. Later on, as the interior and exterior development proceeded, the spiritual and psychic relation with one of these beings became more and more clear and frequent; and although I knew little of the Indian philosophies and religions at that time I was led to call him Krishna, and henceforth I was aware that it was with him (whom I knew I should meet on earth one day) that the divine work was to be done. Meeting “Krishna”
    15. 15. I have borne every attack which human beings have borne, otherwise I would be unable to assure anybody "This too can be conquered."
    16. 16. And yet … 2 things stand out Why is it that despite these terrible hardships and trials do we not feel them? The secret is two inter-related aspects of life that are unique to Sri Aurobindo & Sri Krishna Both are “Anandamaya”. This means that whatever happens in life it cannot touch something within Them which is full of bliss. While ordinary humans might describe their lives as “Dukkhamaya”
    17. 17. This Ananda is based on the Impersonal, The Divine • The other feature of their lives, which is the basis of the Ananda… IMPERSONALITY. • In other words something is missing from both or at least not as commonly prominent in them as it is in ordinary humans: the ego • We see this in Sri Krishna’s and Sri Aurobindo life from the very beginning • One feels that there is nothing that can touch them and that all can depend upon them • “The greatness of a person is the greatness of the Impersonal in him. Sri Aurobindo from his very birth was such an impersonal personality and, in the very highest sense. He had never the consciousness of a particular individual person: all reference to a personal frame of his was deleted from the texture of his nature and character.” – Nolini Kanta Gupta, The greatness of the great
    18. 18. Sri Krishna’s Work – Part 1 • Establishment of Dharma Raj • Integration of India into a single political union as an empire of Dharma, to re- establish the Sanatana Dharma. He is referred to in the Gita as “shaashvata dharma goptaa” • His aim was to establish a Dharmocracy
    19. 19. What was Sri Aurobindo’s Nationalism? I say no longer that nationalism is a creed, a religion, a faith; I say that it is the Sanatan Dharma which for us is nationalism. This Hindu nation was born with the Sanatan Dharma, with it, it moves and with it, it grows. When the Sanatan Dharma declines, then the nation declines, and if the Sanatan Dharma were capable of perishing, with the Sanatan Dharma it would perish. Uttarpara Speech, 1909
    20. 20. Sri Aurobindo’s Fourth dream (1947) Another dream, the spiritual gift of India to the world has already begun. India's spirituality is entering Europe and America in an ever increasing measure. That movement will grow; amid the disasters of the time more and more eyes are turning towards her with hope and there is even an increasing resort not only to her teachings, but to her psychic and spiritual practice.
    21. 21. The Divine Fighter and Victor • Was Sri Krishna just a charioteer in the war? The course of the Kurukshetra war was determined largely by the action, occult and overt, of Sri Krishna • Was Sri Aurobindo merely a freedom-fighter? The lines of the freedom struggle followed broadly the paths blazed by Sri Aurobindo • Both Sri Krishna and Sri Aurobindo are master-strategists. Both prefer to work from behind the scenes and control the play of forces to achieve their ultimate aim • Both Sri Krishna and Sri Aurobindo can be called ‘Rana- chhod’ (One who leaves the battle) • But another name of Sri Krishna is also ‘Rana-priya’ (One who delights in battle). Both Sri Krishna and Sri Aurobindo are not just fighters themselves but also instigate others to war, to stand and fight for the highest good. Sri Krishna is constantly urging others to fight, not just Arjuna but also Bhima • “I have done politics and the most violent kind of revolutionary politics, ghoram karma, and I have supported war and sent men to it, even though politics is not always or often a very clean occupation nor can war be called a spiritual line of action.”
    22. 22. Sri Krishna’s Work – Part 2 • Ultimate aim of “LokaSangraha” or World-unity as the aim of Dharma and Yoga (Gita 3:20 & 3:25) • Uniting India with a view to uniting human-kind
    23. 23. 3rd dream of Sri Aurobindo The third dream was a world- union forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind. That unification of the human world is under way; there is an imperfect initiation organised by struggling against tremendous difficulties. But the momentum is there and it must inevitably increase and conquer. Here too, India has begun to play a prominent part …
    24. 24. Not just world leaders with world-egos • There have been countless leaders in the world. Out of them few could be said to have worked to try and unite people consciously. • Out of these most have worked to satisfy their own personal, national or religious egos. • Only Sri Krishna and Sri Aurobindo stand out as the ones who engaged in the politics of war and unity with a complete and absolute selflessness. He is strength that is loud in the blare of the trumpets, And He rides in the car and He strikes in the spears; He slays without stint and is full of compassion; He wars for the world and its ultimate years.
    25. 25. …but World Soul The universal Vishwa-atma behind the Visha- roopa The silent Soul of all the world was there: A Being lived, a Presence and a Power, A single Person who was himself and all And cherished Nature’s sweet and dangerous throbs Transfigured into beats divine and pure. One who could love without return for love, Meeting and turning to the best the worst, It healed the bitter cruelties of earth, Transforming all experience to delight; Intervening in the sorrowful paths of birth It rocked the cradle of the cosmic Child And stilled all weeping with its hand of joy; It led things evil towards their secret good, It turned racked falsehood into happy truth; Its power was to reveal divinity.
    26. 26. Sri Krishna’s Work – Part 3 The Divine Teaching and Method of Practice (YOGA) (Gita 4:1 – 4:3)
    27. 27. The significance of the Gita What does the Gita really represent? • The revival and rejuvenation of all of Indian’s spiritual wisdom that preceded it. Gita as “Sarv-opanishad-artha- sara-sangraha.” • Making the wisdom of the veda practical through Karma Yoga and Samata • Democratizing Yoga through Bhakti to the lord in oneself and in all beings • A vast synthesis and a giant step in the spiritual evolution of humanity.
    28. 28. The teaching of the Gita When I first read the interpretation of the Gita by Sri Aurobindo, it read like the author Himself was explaining it. Tilak on the Gita: When a person is engulfed in commentaries he cannot find a different solution, though he may feel that the solution given in the commentary is not satisfactory. I, therefore, put aside all criticisms and commentaries, and independently and thoughtfully read the Gita over several times. I then got out of the clutches of the commentators and was convinced that the original Gita did not preach the Philosophy of Renunciation (nivrtti), but of Energism (Karma Yoga); and that possibly, the single word yoga used in the Gita had been used to mean Karma Yoga.
    29. 29. Yogeshwar Sri Aurobindo • A greater synthesis of Yoga is what Sri Aurobindo has accomplished for our age • Like Sri Krishna he has given the world a new yoga, which builds upon, purifies, corrects and ultimately fulfills all the other yogas before it
    30. 30. Sri Krishna’s Work – Part 4 • The forgotten truth of Divinization replaced by escapism • Sri Krishna did not take the final step. Message limited to overmind, which persisted the final division, the “overmental” schism – between matter and spirit – between world existence and the life divine
    31. 31. Sri Aurobindo’s Fifth Dream – Fulfillment of Sri Krishna’s evolutionary mission The final dream was a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness and begin the solution of the problems which have perplexed and vexed him since he first began to think and to dream of individual perfection and a perfect society.
    32. 32. Identity even in their outer life We see almost exact parallels between Sri Krishna and Sri Aurobindo: • The Anandamaya consciousness that impersonally engages in the most terrible world-work • Re-establishers of Dharma Raj in India, Dharmocratic politicians and leaders • Divine fighters and victors who continually war against adharma
    33. 33. World redeemers • Yogeshwar: the Lord of Yoga who synthesizes and evolves spirituality for a new age • Divine Poets (Kavi) who gave expression to the highest Spiritual Truth • World-uniters who impersonally work to bring about human unity and harmony
    34. 34. Sri Aurobindo - The Supramental Avatar • Sri Aurobindo’s life is not just a repetition of the life of Sri Krishna. • There is much more to it that is revealed only in relation to the True Work done with the collaboration of The Mother • Sri Krishna wanted to show that it was possible to ascend to and unite with the Divine while engaged in any walk of ordinary life • Mother Sri Aurobindo are at work to bring down the Divine Life on the earth itself, something that represents an almost total reversal as well as the highest culmination of world spirituality
    35. 35. The Antagonist – The enemy / adversary • Who was the antagonist in the drama of Sri Aurobindo’s jeevan katha? • What can we learn from his identity? • Who was the antagonist in Sri Krishna’s case?
    36. 36. Sri Krishna’s Antagonist • Who was he fighting against throughout his life? • Was it just one person? No. • A whole class of people were the target of his continuous war. The Asuric power had embodied itself in not just one person but a whole class, the class in power.
    37. 37. The Asuric Prakriti • Extensive description in the Gita. A whole chapter #16 • Most of the kings who Sri Krishna fights with fit the description. These kings we would today call dictators – Asuric oppressors and tyrants. • Kings on both sides of the Mahabharata war appear the same. How was it that the bad guys had an overwhelming majority in the war?
    38. 38. What is the difference between the two? • How do you identify who is Asuric and who is Daivic in everyday life? – The one with divine nature has Daya Bhuteshu – The one with the demonic nature: Dvishataha Krooran, Prabhavanti UgraKarmaano Kshayaaya Jagato Ahitaaha • The difference is Asuric Cruelty and Brutality vs. Daivic Compassion and Nobility
    39. 39. What kind of life does Sri Krishna lead? • Always on the move, always fighting. • Because there had been a great eruption of the Asuric Prakriti in the world • Even after the Kurukshetra war he is happy that Yudhisthira performs the Ashwamedha Yagna with Arjuna conquering all the kings
    40. 40. Sri Aurobindo’s Antagonist • The one being considered by Mother Sri Aurobindo to be the greatest enemy of Their work • One against whom Mother Sri Aurobindo actually fought using their occult and spiritual Yoga-Shakti • He is the greatest threat ever to face humanity in a single human form • Was there a war in which Mother Sri Aurobindo fought similar to the Kurukshetra war in which Sri Krishna fought?
    41. 41. The instrument of Sri Aurobindo’s Antagonist
    42. 42. The Mother’s War - WWII You have said that you have begun to doubt whether it was the Mother’s war and ask me to make you feel again that it is. I affirm again to you most strongly that this is the Mother’s war. You should not think of it is as a fight for certain nations against others or even for India; it is a struggle for an ideal that has to establish itself on earth in the life of humanity, of a Truth that has yet to realize itself fully and against a darkness and falsehood that are trying to overwhelm the earth and mankind in the immediate future. It is the forces behind the battle that have to be seen and not this or that superficial circumstance.
    43. 43. What were these forces?
    44. 44. Hitler the enigma • The one historical figure who is universally hated • The one historical figure nobody can explain • Historians still cannot understand • Psychologists still keep on theorizing
    45. 45. An unremarkable past • An ordinary, undistinguished child • Dreams of becoming an architect, but rejected as mediocre • A painter and an artist • There is nothing to indicate that he has any great ambitions or talents to match • How can such a man turn the world upside down!!
    46. 46. Two Hitlers – The human and • The little man with a little moustache • The ordinary Hitler of everyday life “a weakish, mollusc- like being, pasty, cheesy, feminine, not the warrior but the hairdresser type” • “A timid man with contracted shoulders” • “He could sprawl for hours like a crocodile dozing in the Nile mud or a spider immobile in the centre of its web. He would chew on his nails, look boredly into space and sometimes whistle.” • “How could anyone find a particular charm in this man? How do you explain it? This is the ultimate mystery, I think, as far as we are concerned.”
    47. 47. Sri Aurobindo’s “The Dwarf Napoleon” This puny creature… of a nether clay, Void of all grandeur, like a gnome at play, Iron and mud his nature’s mingled stuff, A little limited visionary brain Cunning and skilful in its narrow vain, A sentimental egoist poor and rough, Whose heart was never sweet and fresh and young, A headlong spirit driven by hopes and fears, Intense neurotic with his shouts and tears, Violent and cruel, devil, child and brute…
    48. 48. The other Hitler - the Titan • How could this person command some of the greatest armies and most powerful generals? • He could mesmerize you just by looking at you. Even when 100s were marching past him, each felt like he was looking into their eyes directly. • His voice and words felt like a white-hot blast of energy • His decisions led Germany to conquest after easy conquest
    49. 49. Video: The Fatal Attraction of Hitler
    50. 50. Hitler’s protected life • Dispatch runner in WWII • Survives several near-death experiences • Beer Hall Putsch: Hitler walking in front of marchers survives while others around him die • Afterwards there are 42 recorded assassination attempts and other unrecorded ones • Most famous one was Operation Valkyrie where everyone in the room dies in bomb explosion except Hitler • What force is protecting Hitler?
    51. 51. Force behind Hitler – The Voice • What was Hitler’s secret? • Hitler used to retired high up in the mountains • This is where he received all his “inspirations” and guidance • “… Behind every human will there are forces in action whose origin is not human and which move consciously towards certain goals…. Divided into two main opposing tendencies: those that work for the fulfillment of the Divine Work upon earth and those that are opposed to this fulfillment… Hitler is a choice instrument of these anti-divine forces which want violence and upheaval and war, for they know that all this delays and hinders the action of the divine forces.” - The Mother in a letter to her son Andre in 1938
    52. 52. Contrast: The Voice that guided Sri Aurobindo • The Adesh to come to Pondicherry • Guided throughout His life • Identified at one point as Sri Krishna’s voice. Really Sri Aurobindo’s voice, the voice of the Divine.
    53. 53. What does this dual personality indicate? • A medium – one who has a special capacity to become possessed by a spirit • Many times in his early life Hitler has had mediumistic experiences documented and verified by friends and those around him. • Till 1919 he is an ordinary man and then a drastic change. • He becomes part of a society that practices séances of spiritism. It is here that he finds his occultist mentor Dietrich Eckart.
    54. 54. Mediums in India “I have been in India recently and I went in a hindu temple to pray. I saw their a man who works in the temple the whole day. People were sitting down and waiting in line. Then, he fell down while praying. And he started to speak strangely. My cousin who was used to seeing this kind of phenomenon in lots of temple in India, told me that God has come in this man and people were there to ask him questions about their future. He answered them all, one by one, concerning many topics as marriage, recovering money, school studies... He was in a kind of trance. After one hour, he finished answering all questions, became then normal and couldn’t remember what he said earlier. It was quite strange. Have you ever heard that ? what is this exactly?” This and other experiences at: “ people-trance-hindu-temple.html”
    55. 55. Mediums throughout cultures and history • The most important temple of the Greeks – Oracle of Delphi – and other Oracles • The Sibylline prophecies of the Romans • In all religions – Qur’an, Vedas, Jewish Prophets etc. all are based on revelations from those who became mediums for powers greater than themselves • In all countries and cultures
    56. 56. What was Hitler? • The instrument - Medium • The problem is not with mediums but who they represent • If The Divine can express through a medium so can The Asura • Hitler became the channel for the most powerful hostile being • The Mother: “Hitler was a very good medium, he had great mediumistic capacities, but he lacked intelligence and discrimination”.
    57. 57. Sri Aurobindo on the Voice guiding Hitler Hitler is a sort of a mystic. He says he is guided by an inner voice. He goes into silence in his villa and waits for the voice. Whatever the voice says he will carry out. He is possessed by some supernormal Power and it is from this Power that the voice, as he calls it, comes. Have you noticed how people who at one time were inimical to him come into contact with him and leave as his admirers? It is the sign of that Power. It is from this Power the he has constantly received suggestions, and the constant repetition of the suggestions has taken a hold of the German people.
    58. 58. From Sri Aurobindo’s Poem “The Dwarf Napoleon” A Titan Power supports this pigmy man, The crude dwarf instrument of a mighty Force. Sri Aurobindo has used “Titan” for “Asura”. The Titans in Greek mythology were the Old Gods who were replaced by relatively better Gods later
    59. 59. Who are the Asuras? • Mother’s Story – even before the Gods, the First Four beings to be born • Separated from their Divine Source they became the four great Asuras – Truth (sat) – Falsehood (asat) – Consciousness – Darkness / Ignorance – Life – Death – Bliss and Love - Suffering • The Mother encounters all of these and except for the first all the other three have either been converted or destroyed
    60. 60. Who is the lord of falsehood? • The Asura of Falsehood – the last remaining Asura of the Great Four • A hierarchy of evil 3. Pishacha: Ghouls and Goblins 2. Rakshasa: Giants and Demons 1. Asura: Titans, OLD GODS • Of these Asura’s the greatest four • Of these four the most diabolical
    61. 61. The Asuric Hater – Dvishataha Krooraan • According to Albert Speer Hitler was a ‘a pathological hater’ • Heinrich Mann saw him as ‘the high priest of hatred’. Every conversation, however simple, seemed to prove that this man was possessed by boundless hate…” • Rauschning: “He always seemed to need something to hate.” • Sri Aurobindo: “Hitler is terribly cruel, he has cruelty in his blood.” – Dvishataha Krooraan Prabhavanti Ugrakarmaano Kshayaaya Jagato-hitaaha
    62. 62. The power of hatred A Titan Power supports this pigmy man, The crude dwarf instrument of a mighty Force. Hater of the free spirit’s joy and light, Made only of strength and skill and giant might, A will to trample humanity into clay And unify earth beneath one iron sway, Insists upon its fierce enormous plan. (We will come back to this fierce, enormous plan)
    63. 63. Sri Aurobindo’s description of the Asuras in Savitri The Anarchs of the formless depths arose, Great Titan beings and demoniac powers, World-egos racked with lust and thought and will, Vast minds and lives without a spirit within: Impatient architects of error’s house, Leaders of the cosmic ignorance and unrest And sponsors of sorrow and mortality Embodied the dark ideas of the Abyss. Book II Canto VIII
    64. 64. There is much more in Savitri
    65. 65. The Mother on Hitler’s “God” Hitler... was in contact with a being whom he considered to be the Supreme: this being came and gave him advice, told him all that he had to do. Hitler used to retire into solitude and remain there as long as it was necessary to come into contact with his “guide” and receive from him inspirations which he carried out later very faithfully. This being which Hitler took for the Supreme was quite plainly an Asura, one who is called the “Lord of Falsehood” in occultism, but who proclaimed himself the “Lord of the Nations”.
    66. 66. What did the lord of falsehood look like (to Hitler)? The Mother: He had a shining appearance, he could mislead anybody except one who really had occult knowledge and could see what was there behind the appearance. He would have deceived anybody, he was truly splendid. Generally he used to appear to Hitler wearing a silver cuirass and helmet; a kind of flame came out of his head and there was an atmosphere of dazzling light around him, so dazzling that Hitler could hardly look at him. He used to tell Hitler everything that had to be done – he played with him as with a monkey or a mouse. He had decided clearly to make Hitler commit all possible extravagances till the day he would break his neck, which did happen. But cases like this are frequent, though on a smaller scale, of course.
    67. 67. Hitler –the Medium Hitler was a very good medium, he had great mediumistic capacities, but he lacked intelligence and discrimination. This being could tell him anything whatever and he swallowed it all. It was he who pushed Hitler little by little. And he was doing this as a distraction, he did not take life seriously. For these beings men are very tiny things with whom they play, as a cat plays with a mouse, till finally they eat them up.
    68. 68. The power: Germany an extraordinary nation • Even today “German engineering” is universally admired – the German are perhaps the most industrious in the world • The greatest Western musicians Mozart, Beethoven etc. • The greatest Western philosophers Goethe, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche etc. • Greatest Western mystics such as Meister Eckhart • The birthplace of protestant Christianity followed by majority of Christians today • Foremost scientists Einstein and Copernicus • Seeded European nations such as England, France and Nordics through migration during ancient times. The whole of North-Western Europe can is largely of Germanic extraction • German militarily power has been feared for 2,500 years since the ancient Romans
    69. 69. What had happened in Germany around the turn of the 20th century? Germany comes late to the colonial game of dividing the world up among great European powers. Germany’s wounded pride and self-superiority manifests as rabid nationalism and race egoism. Sri Aurobindo saw this during the first World War! “The conquest of the world by German culture is the straight path of human progress. But culture is not, in this view, merely a state of knowledge or a system or cast of ideas and moral and aesthetic tendencies; culture is life governed by ideas, but ideas based on the truths of life and so organized as to bring it to its highest efficiency. Therefore all life not capable of this culture and this efficiency must be eliminated or trodden down, all life capable of it but not actually reaching to it must be taken up and assimilated. But capacity is always a matter of genus and species and in humanity a matter of race. Logically, then, the Teutonic race is alone entirely capable, and therefore all Teutonic races must be taken into Germany and become part of the German collectivity; races less capable but wholly unfit must be Germanized, others, hopelessly decadent like the Latins of Europe and America or naturally inferior like the vast majority of the Africans and Asiatics, must be replaced where possible, dominated, exploited and treated according to their inferiority. So evolution would advance, so the human race grow towards its perfection” (The Human Cycle, pp 50-51)
    70. 70. The conditions – the age of the dictators • What is happening at that time in the rest of the world? • The most diabolical Asuric kings are ruling just as in Sri Krishna’s time • Hitler, Mussolini and Franco in Europe – all expressions of the Asuric prakriti • Stalin in Russia • Chiang-Kai Shek in China (soon to be followed by Mao) • Japan under the militarists • The rest of the world under one imperialist nation or another • WHO IS FREE??!! Just a handful! • Never before in the history of humanity
    71. 71. What is happening at that time in the rest of the world? • Hitler, Mussolini and Franco in Europe • Stalin in Russia • Chiang-Kai Shek in China (soon to be followed by Mao) • Japan under the militarists • The rest of the world under one imperialist nation or another – Asuras in power everywhere • WHO IS FREE??!! Just a handful!
    72. 72. In The Battle …All around me now the Titan forces press; This world is theirs, they hold its days in fee; I am full of wounds and the fight merciless. Is it not yet Thy hour of victory? Even as Thou wilt! What still to Fate Thou owest, O Ancient of the worlds, Thou Knowest, Thou Knowest. written by Sri Aurobindo on September 25th , 1939 (A few days after the outbreak of WWII)
    73. 73. The most dangerous moment in human history • The most diabolical Force – the lord of the Nations • Found the most perfect instrument – the completely obedient medium Hitler • Who controlled the most potent power – the supremely capable Germans • In the worst conditions possible – a world completely under dictators (Asuric beings in their own rights)
    74. 74. Sri Aurobindo on the danger • Hitlerism is the greatest menace the world has ever met • …the destiny of the world depends on one man • His aim is clearly world-empire • …the Asura who aims at world- domination. It is the descent of the Asuric world upon the human to maintain it’s own power on the earth.
    75. 75. Why now? OPPOSITES “Hitler is a new type, an infra-rational mystic, representing the DARK COUNTERPART of what we are striving to arrive at: a supra- rational mysticism. He is a mystic, only a mystic of the wrong kind! He goes into solitude for his messages and waits till they come.”
    76. 76. The symbol – The perverted Black Swastika
    77. 77. The means of the Asura – Perverted Nationalism • The Nazi symbol, nomenclature, terminology, ideology, methods are the exact opposite, the very distortions of those used by the Divine • Sri Aurobindo gives a sacred and divine interpretation of nationalism. • Hitler gives the world the most parochial, narrow and hate-filled form of nationalism imaginable.
    78. 78. The opposites are striking – “Arya” • Sri Aurobindo gives a sacred and divine interpretation of the term Arya in 1914. It is the name of the periodical that will carry all his major works in serial form. • Hitler gives a dark and perverted meaning of the term, using the European racial distortion to mean a race of demonic supermen
    79. 79. Sri Aurobindo’s definition Whoever seeks to climb from level to level up the hill of the divine, fearing nothing, deterred by no retardation or defeat, shrinking from no vastness because it is too vast for his intelligence, no height because it is too high for his spirit, no greatness because it is too great for his force and courage, he is the Aryan, the divine fighter and victor, the noble man, aristos, best, the shrestha of the Gita. Intrinsically, in its most fundamental sense, Arya means an effort or an uprising and overcoming. The Aryan is he who strives and overcomes all outside him and within him that stands opposed to the human advance. Self- conquest is the first law of his nature. Self-perfection is the aim of his self-conquest. Therefore, what he conquers he does not destroy, but ennobles and fulfils.
    80. 80. Aryan according to Nazis – a perverse vision of the “Superman” • Exclusively racial definition • The Aryans were originally blonde, blue-eyed, fair skinned Nordics • Over a period of time the had co-mingled with impure, lower, non-Aryan races and their blood had become impure • The Nazi aim was to cleanse the world of non- Aryan impurity by means of the most scientific system of genocide
    81. 81. The opposite – The final aim • What was the aim of Hitler? • Was it to rule the world? The man believed he was going to die in a few years • Was it to be a dictator of Germany or Europe? This was only a first step
    82. 82. What was his motivation? Was he only a nationalist or power-seeker? • A loner – never confided to anyone what was going on in his mind • He would not stop • Germany had already recovered itself in the mid 1930’s • Lebensraum – German imperialism - appeal to German nationalism • But he would not stop there either
    83. 83. The contrast – The final aim • The Mother and Sri Aurobindo too aim to create a new race. A divine race which will usher in a new divine world and a new divine age of love, peace and harmony • Hitler’s new race is characterized by cruelty, brutality, ruthlessness, lack of any pity, hatred for their fellow-men and a lust for violence. • It is the fulfillment of the Asuric Prakriti winning over the Daivic Prakriti: – Dvishataha Krooraan Prabhavanti Ugrakarmaano Kshayaaya Jagato-hitaaha
    84. 84. The fierce, enormous plan • Hitler was not only a scourge to the Jews. His plan was to destroy one whole section of humanity, those he considered to be the lowermost races • Another section he wanted to dehumanize by making them slave races and this included the Indian race as well. • The remaining humans, the so-called Aryan or Northern and Western peoples, he wanted to demonize by making them participate in monstrous acts of genocide, butchery, rapine and devastation
    85. 85. His plan for the world in 3 words The plan dictated to him by his god: 1. Demonize 2. Dehumanize & 3. Destroy A perfect plan for the absolute degradation of the human race!!
    86. 86. The Mother’s Vision for humanity • Divinize: That part of humanity, of human consciousness, which is capable of uniting with the supermind and liberating itself, will be completely transformed--it is advancing towards a future reality which is not yet expressed in its outer form. • Dehumanize (harmonize with nature): The part which is closest to Nature, to animal simplicity, will be reabsorbed into Nature and thoroughly assimilated. We must rise above, spring up into the Light and Harmony or fall back, down into the simplicity of a healthy unperverted animal life. • Destroy (the demonic element): But the corrupted part of human consciousness which allows perversion through its misuse of the mind will be abolished. This type of humanity is part of an unfruitful attempt--which must be eliminated--just as there have been other abortive species which have disappeared in the course of universal history.
    87. 87. Conclusion: what did Hitler and Nazism represent? • The shadow, the very opposite, the absolute perversion of the Divine Truth Mother Sri Aurobindo were working to manifest. • While They aimed to Divinze humanity, his aim was to demonize it. While their aim was to uplift manav into ati-manav, Hitler’s aim was to degrade manav into danav.
    88. 88. One last parallel • The Ashram is Sri Aurobindo’s laboratory in which the Divine Life will be evolved. • Each center of Sri Aurobindo’s, either individual human center or a collective center is a laboratory. • Is there a similar concept of a laboratory for Hitler?... Centers in which the demonic life will be experimented and perfected?
    89. 89. Nazi Concentration Camps Hitler’s laboratories to perfect Hell on Earth
    90. 90. Video of Nazi Concentration Camp
    91. 91. Can you imagine? • Eyewitness accounts of truckloads of murdered babies • Inhuman experiments being performed on human subjects who will be treated as lower than animal • Factories of death into which millions are poured and killed mercilessly like pests • Slave labor that reduces humans to brute machines
    93. 93. The Ultimate Nightmare • All this in just a few years • What would Hitler have done in a few decades? • The world-empire that he built would have been continued by his mindless inheritors
    94. 94. The spear point of Hell • Hitler was nothing but the spear-point of hell. He was only the beginning. A prophet who wanted to establish the kingdom of his god before he died – the 1000-year Reich (Raj). Not just Adharma-Raj, but Adhama-Raj, the lowest possible civilization • In a short period of 4 years he turned the world upside down and slaughtered millions. His killing of 6 Million Jews was nothing to compare to what he would have done had he won. Can you imagine? • He had come expressly as an instrument of the Asura called the Lord of the Nations by Mother Sri Aurobindo, the Asura of Falsehood.
    95. 95. The Asura’s Technology Shakti The most powerful weapons of mass destruction were being developed by Hitler’s German geniuses and would have been deployed in just a couple of years: – Nuclear weapons – Missle technology – Germ / Biological weapons which he intended to use on Britain – Chemical Weapons – The most destructive bombs – The most powerful tanks All this technology was found and used by the allied powers (USA, Britain and France) after the War. Can you imagine what Hitler would have done with these?
    96. 96. Sri Aurobindo’s Descriptions of this Asuric World • It is the descent of the Asuric world upon the human • In Book 2 Canto’s VII & VIII • Page 214 - 215 A race possessed inhabited those parts…
    97. 97. Way back in 1936… • When nobody anywhere in the world recognized the threat of Hitler • When everyone admired him as a great leader who had pulled Germany out of the abyss and made it a great nation again • It was then that Sri Aurobindo recognized him and warned the world about him. His poem “The Dwarf Napoleon” written around this time is the most accurate portrayal of the man.
    98. 98. What Mother Sri Aurobindo did • Sri Aurobindo called WWII “the Mother’s war” • They set aside Their Sadhana to throw their whole Yoga-Shakti behind the war and it was then that the tide began to turn (see next 2 slides) • “We made it plain… that we did not consider the war as a fight between nations and governments (still less between good people and bad people) but between two forces, the Divine and the Asuric.”
    99. 99. Sri Aurobindo’s intervention At the beginning he did not actively concern himself with it, but when it appeared as it Hitler would crush all the forces opposed to him and Nazism dominate the world, he began to intervene. He declared himself publicly on the side of the Allies, made some financial contributions in answer to the appeal for funds and encouraged those who sought his advice to enter the army or share in the war effort. Inwardly, he put his spiritual force behind the Allies from the moment of Dunkirk when everybody was expecting the immediate fall of England and the definite triumph of Hitler, and he had the satisfaction of seeing the rush of German victory almost immediately arrested and the tide of war begin to turn in the opposite direction. This he did, because he saw that behind Hitler and Nazism were dark Asuric forces and that their success would mean the enslavement of mankind to the tyranny of evil, and a set-back to the course of evolution and especially to the spiritual evolution of mankind: it would lead also to the enslavement not only of Europe but of Asia, and in it of India, an enslavement far more terrible than any this country had ever endured, and the undoing of all the work that had been done for her liberation.
    100. 100. Before Dunkirk – Hitler’s rapid victories
    101. 101. Before Dunkirk – Hitler’s rapid victories
    102. 102. The evacuation from Dunkirk
    103. 103. Miracle at Dunkirk During the 2nd world war several thousand allied soldiers, mostly British, were trapped by the Germans at a French coast called Dunkirk. All escape routes were sealed off. The sea escape route was impossible as the German submarines and war ships were heavily guarding it. The Germans were closing in from all other directions and a bloody massacre was expected the next day. No one was expected to live. The British PM, Winston Churchill told the nation, “There is only one hope. Let’s all pray for them.” Throughout that day and night the whole of Britain prayed for them. Special masses and prayers were conducted in every church. That night, suddenly, there was a heavy and dense fog. It was totally the wrong season for fog and it never happened before. Under the cover of the heavy fog, the British ships crossed the French channel as the German subs and war ships could not detect them in the fog and rescued each and every one of the soldiers. As soon as the ships returned home, the fog vanished. How and why the heavy fog formed and vanished is still one of the biggest meteorological mysteries.
    104. 104. In 1941 the world was there for Hitler’s taking • Europe was in Hitler’s control • Japan was winning in the East • England alone stood but her empire was crumbling and she was militarily weak • America had a badly organized army • Russia was an ally • What could defeat Hitler?
    105. 105. Hitler and Russia Hitler and Stalin were allies. With Russia behind Hitler, there was no way to defeat him.
    106. 106. Hitler’s Fatal Mistake
    107. 107. Hitler’s Fatal Mistake – Invading Russia in 1941 • Stalin had no plans to invade Hitler. He trusted Hitler with eyes closed • Hitler’s generals were aghast and protested when informed that they had to invade Russia • Nobody had been able to conquer Russia, not even Napoleon • Hitler was already fighting Britain on one side with America threatening to enter • The decision to invade Russia made no logical sense. Why then did Hitler invade Russia? A great mystery even today.
    108. 108. The Mother’s intervention • The Asura guiding Hitler used to appear to him in a brilliant form with shining amour and weapons • Mother took on the same form and deceived Hitler by giving him the command to invade Russia • This was the beginning of end for Hitler as he was attacked and finished from both the West and the East
    109. 109. Mother’s Message in the hour of crisis
    110. 110. Other actions and consequences • Sri Aurobindo gave his public adhesion to the war and gave his support to England. • He contributed financially towards the war and encouraged his disciples to join the effort despite the Ashram itself being in financial need. • All Indians were shocked. How could Sri Aurobindo support the British? People in India actually attacked Sri Aurobindo centers and called him a traitor to the cause. • Indians then, like Indians today, could not see part the tips of their noses. Compared to a Nazi dominated world the British Raj would be something heavenly
    111. 111. Attack on Sri Aurobindo – Prelude to the War • In 1938, just before Nov 24th Darshan Day the unthinkable happens. • Sri Aurobindo suffers an “accident” and is treated by attendants subsequently. • The hostile forces have tried many times to prevent the Darshan but I have succeeded in warding off all those attacks. This time I was more occupied with guarding the Mother and I forgot about myself. I did not think that they would attack me. That was my mistake.
    112. 112. Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga Shakti Certainly, my force is not limited to the Ashram and its conditions. As you know it is being largely used for helping the right development of the war and of change in the human world. It is also used for individual purposes outside the scope of the Ashram and the practice of the Yoga; but that, of course, is silently done and mainly by a spiritual action.
    113. 113. The role of Churchill • Hitler admired the British and their empire and wanted a kind of partnership with them. • Hitler repeatedly offered peace to the British and wanted to have a negotiated settlement with them. • Mainland Europe came completely under Hitler’s control including France. • The only thing that separated Britain from Nazi Europe was a thin English Channel.
    114. 114. Sri Aurobindo’s Instrument • When the British Prime Minister before him had signed a peace treaty with Hitler, Churchill kept on insisting on war. • He recognized the threat that Hitler represented • When Hitler violated peace treaty Churchill became War PM of UK • He was the one man who had decided to destroy the Nazi menace for good, to resist at any cost • He too had a feeling of being guided by a divine power • Many of his words were inspired by Sri Aurobindo through the use of His Yoga-Shakti
    115. 115. Churchill on his guidance I sometimes have a feeling, in fact I have it very strongly, a feeling of interference. I want to stress that I have a feeling sometimes that some guiding hand has interfered. I have the feeling that we have a guardian because we serve a great cause, and that we shall have that guardian so long as we serve that cause faithfully. And what a cause it is!
    116. 116. The indomitable will of one man became the Divine’s instrument
    117. 117. Sri Aurobindo’s incalculable Force– the story of John Kelly
    118. 118. The defeat of Hitler • In Russia Hitler suffers his first major defeat at the famous battle of Stalingrad • Russia then successfully invades from the East • America enters the war soon after Japan bombs Pearl Harbor • A joint allied invasion from the West is also scuccessful • Hitler cannot sustain the war on two fronts
    119. 119. The Broken Hitler
    120. 120. The death of Hitler • Genocide of the German people themselves • In defeat Hitler turns his murderous rage on his own people • Finally dies in a bunker by committing suicide. • …he played with him as with a monkey or a mouse. He had decided clearly to make Hitler commit all possible extravagances till the day he would break his neck, which did happen.
    121. 121. Europe United
    122. 122. Quiz • What is the official date for the end of WWII? • What is that day called?
    123. 123. The End of WWII • Date: August 15th ! • It is officially referred to as V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) • August 15th is the new VIJAY DIVAS – The Victory of the Mother
    124. 124. The Battle is won, the war goes on Hitler was destroyed because he had a whole nation and a physical power behind him, and had he succeeded, it would have been disastrous for humanity; but we had no illusions. The death of either one of them (Stalin or Hitler) serves no great purpose — it goes off elsewhere. It is as if you were doing something very bad while wearing a particular shirt, then you throw away the shirt and say, “Now I won't do anything bad any more”— but you continue with another shirt!
    125. 125. The Occult interplay of Forces “So, when will this supramental descent take place?” “When will it be?” “Is it for now?” “Is it possible?” In an answer to a disciple, Sri Aurobindo wrote: I find that the more the Light and Power are coming down the greater is the resistance. You yourself can see that there is something pressing down. You can also see that there is the tremendous resistance.
    126. 126. Mother Sri Aurobindo – The Greatest Hope of Humanity • If the Asuric Shakti behind Hitler was the greatest danger humanity ever faced and he was the very opposite of Mother Sri Aurobindo… what does this tell us about Them? • That Sri Aurobindo & The Mother represent the greatest Hope of humanity.
    127. 127. Mother Sri Aurobindo – The Supreme Divine Manifestation • If the power behind Hitler was the most demonic force ever to descend upon the Earth… • Then Sri Aurobindo & The Mother constitute the greatest manifestation of the Divine upon the Earth.
    128. 128. Mother Sri Aurobindo – The Supreme Love • If the force behind Hitler was the greatest and most violent movement of hatred ever witnessed… • Then Sri Aurobindo & The Mother together are the physical and concrete embodiment of the highest and supreme Divine Love
    129. 129. Mother Sri Aurobindo – Our Divine Future • If the fierce, enormous plan of the Asuric Shakti behind Hitler represented the lowest possible degradation and disfigurement of humanity… • Then Sri Aurobindo & The Mother are here to fulfill the ultimate Divine destiny of humanity and all life on earth!