INTRODUCTION – THE GREAT ADVENTURE

INTRODUCTION – THE GREAT ADVENTURE

 

As the Divine Mother Mère said,

 

We are in a very special situation, extremely special, without precedent.

We are now witnessing the birth of a new world;

 

it is very young, very weak – not in its essence but in its outer manifestation – not yet recognized, not even felt, denied by the majority. But it is here.

 

It is here, making an effort to grow,

absolutely sure of the result.

 

But the road to it is a completely new road which has never before been traced out – nobody has gone there, nobody has done that! It is a beginning, a universal beginning. So, it is an absolutely unexpected and unpredictable adventure.

 

There are people who love adventure. It is these I call, and I tell them this:

“I invite you to the great adventure.”

 

It is not a question of repeating spiritually what others have done before us, for our adventure begins beyond that. It is a question of a new creation, entirely new, with all the unforeseen events, the risks, the hazards it entails

 

a real adventure, whose goal is certain victory, but the road to which

is unknown and must be traced out step by step

in the unexplored.

 

Something that has never been in this present universe and that will never be again in the same way. If that interests you … well, let us embark. What will happen to you tomorrow – I have no idea.

 

One must put aside all that has been foreseen, all that has been devised,

all that has been constructed, and then … set off walking

into the unknown. And – come what may! There.

 

Courage means having a taste for the supreme adventure.

 

And this taste for supreme adventure is aspiration – an aspiration

which takes hold of you completely and flings you,

without calculation and without reserve

 

and without a possibility of withdrawal, into the great adventure of the divine discovery, the great adventure of the divine meeting, the yet greater adventure of the divine Realization;

 

you throw yourself into the adventure without looking back and without asking

for a single minute, “What’s going to happen?” For if you ask what

is going to happen, you never start, you always remain

stuck there, rooted to the spot,

 

afraid to lose something, to lose your balance. That’s why I speak of courage -but really it is aspiration.

 

What a relief to set foot on the new path, that which will lead you elsewhere!

This is worth the trouble of casting behind much luggage,

of getting rid of many things in order

to be able to take that leap.

 

That’s how I see the problem. In fact it is the sublimest of adventures, and if one has in him in the slightest the true spirit of adventure, it is worth risking all for all.

 

There are people who love adventure. It is these I call, and I

tell them this: “I invite you to the great adventure.”

 

It is not a question of repeating spiritually what others have done before us, for our adventure begins beyond that.

 

It is a question of a new creation, entirely new, with all the unforeseen events,

the risks, the hazards it entails – a real adventure, whose goal is certain

victory, but the road to which is unknown and must be traced out

step by step in the unexplored.

 

Sri Aurobindo adds:

 

This is the sailor on the flow of Time,

This is World-Matter’s slow discoverer,

Who, launched into this small corporeal birth,

Has learned his craft in tiny bays of self,

But dares at last unplumbed infinitudes,

A voyager upon eternity’s seas.

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