Life or death, which is more dreadful?

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Q 1: Life or death, which is more dreadful?

A: Life and death are both processes of gaining more and more fresh experiences
in the progress of evolution tending towards the fruition of the wishes of the
experiencer. Life is a scene where the individual puts on the dress or the form
of a certain amount of desires special environment which can be fulfilled in the
special environment afforded by it; and death is the time when the individual
goes behind the screen and puts on a new dress to appear in another scene of
life in order to fulfill another quality of desires which cannot find the
required atmosphere for fruition in the present life, but demand a fresh
suitable environment. Hence, when properly understood, neither of them is
dreadful. Both are necessary processes of breaking barriers and tearing the
veils in the path to Perfection. To the ignorant man, however, both are dreadful
experiences. He imagines death to be more dreadful.

Q 2: If an individual is a Perfect Master, he is capable of functioning on all
planes at the same time. He possesses to a remarkable degree the powers of
clairvoyance and clairaudience. Can he not read the thoughts of the student
before the student has time to utter them, before the student can bring out his
questions? Can one who has such powers, even of thought-reading, be regarded as
a Master?

A: Clairvoyance and clairaudience are not always automatic processes. Unless the
Master directs his attention towards someone, he need not necessarily be aware
of the seeker’s mentality and doubts. Imagine a seer or a Perfect Master who is
ever aware of what everybody thinks! A Siddha does see and hear everything in
Samadhi. This everything comes then to mean the Self or Atman or Supreme
Consciousness where the individual thoughts and words cease to exist as such.
Powers like thought-reading do not necessarily connote perfection; and
perfection cannot be vetoed by the absence of these powers. A Perfect Master can
acquire these powers if he so wills; but you cannot force him to.

Q 3: After one of the most complicated series of dialectics in “The Life
Divine”, Aurobindo finally concludes with a straight face: “And all these
explanations explain nothing”. Is there any point, then, any real benefit, in
following through the thin thread of this tapestry?

A: In the ultimate sense, words do not explain Truth. But they give a hint by
which one can know Truth directly in experience. Words have a relative value and
they must be made use of, though they do not constitute our real aim. Relative
obstructions to the knowledge of Truth can be removed through relative means and
thus the absolute Truth can be realized.

The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which
he/she achieves inner tranquillity. – Sri Swami Sivananda


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