WE CAME HERE TO LEARN
Most see the world as a mix between a supermarket and a slaughterhouse,
but is actually more like a kindergarten, a school,
a training ground for our souls.
We come here to learn: all our difficulties always come only to make us progress, and the harder they are the more we learn.
Therefore the proper reaction to everything isn’t judging it
“good” or “bad” but finding out what
we must learn from it.
What have you learned so far from the “good” and “bad” thing in your life?
What must you still learn from it?
As Mère said,
Essentially there is but one single true reason for living:
it is to know oneself.
We are here to learn – to learn what we are, why we are here, and what we have to do. And if we don’t know that, our life is altogether empty – for ourselves and for others.
Many complain about their difficulties and blame misfortune, some “enemy”, a hard childhood, a stressful job or family situation, bad karma etc,
but all such things are merely EXERCISES, precisely graduated
according to the level of evolution of each:
whatever our difficulties may be we all have been given precisely the very best kind of life, attitudes and potentialities that we needed for our higher evolution.
Whatever comes, even what seems to our mind tragedies or disasters
are always our greatest opportunities,
the best that could possibly happen – not to satisfy our desires
and expectations, but to make us grow inwardly.
To which extent do you want to grow inwardly?
What else do you think that you came down here to do?
Mère summoned us to the “Sunlit Path” with no more any suffering,
uncertainty or doubts,
but until you are firmly established in it don’t trust any paths which are too easy and have no obstacles at all, they are unlikely to lead you very far: your inner being has accepted to pass through all the difficulties that you are facing.
Ultimately, all the difficulties of our life are caused by a resistance
in a part of our being to the subtle intimations
of the Divine guiding us.
Whenever we are not receptive enough to hear them or, much worse, stubbornly ignore them
the darkness and materialism of an ordinary life become to us like a quicksand
slowly but inexorably swallowing us up until we lose
any real aliveness, every hope.
Our body is still alive, but inside it we are almost dead already.
Question/ko’han 1 to 4:
Do you know what you came here to learn?
If not, how will you find it out?
If yes, have you learned it?
To which extent?
– Meditate on these verses from Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri:
As in a dark beginning of all things,
A mute featureless semblance of the Unknown
Repeating for ever the unconscious act,
Prolonging for ever the unseeing will,
Cradled the cosmic drowse of ignorant Force
Whose moved creative slumber kindles the suns
And carries our lives in its somnambulist whirl.
A miracle of the Absolute was born;
Infinity put on a finite soul,
All ocean lived within a wandering drop,
A time-made body housed the Illimitable.
To live this Mystery out our souls came here.
A kindergarten for most the world is,
a primary school for some, yet it seems
that we aren’t learning very much at all…
Time to pass to the university within.