In times of universal deceit, telling
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         - George Orwell

Napoleon once observed that "history" is a set of lies agreed upon. In an era of ubiquitous fake news and information warfare, this has never been more true. The very concept of objective truth in history is fading out of our world. Pure propaganda and outright lies are passing into our history textbooks as unquestioned truth, condemning future generations to false views about historical reality. But the task of sifting through the lies and propaganda is overwhelming, limited by the ambition and time constraints of most observors. Only those who have dedicated their lives to sorting reality from falsehood are qualified to rewrite "consensus" history as a duty to humanity. The contributors to this site endeavor to do just that.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Mother Talks About Total Surrender

       In 1968, with start-up money supplied by UNESCO, Mirra Alfassa (a French woman) began a project of experimental living in southern India.  Named Auroville, after Indian guru Sri Aurobindo, the city built-from-scratch has been steadily growing and is now home to more than 2,500 people from around the world. Living without politics, money or religion, citizens of this utopian community are expected only to live out the basic teachings of Alfassa, known adoringly as 'The Mother'.  Below is an excerpt of one of her many lectures on how to live a life in tune with the Divine:

You see, in the present condition of the world, circumstances are always difficult. The whole world is in a condition of strife, conflict between the forces of truth and light wanting to manifest and the opposition of all that doesn't want to change which represents in the past what is fixed, hardened and refuses to go.  
Naturally, each individual feels his own difficulties and is faced by the same obstacles.  There is only one way for you. It is a total, complete and unconditional surrender.  What I mean by that is giving up not only of one's actions, work, ambitions, but also of all one's feelings, in the sense that all what you do, all what you are, is exclusively for the Divine. So, you feel above the human surrounding reactions. Not only above them but protected from them by the wall of the Divine's Grace. Once you have no more desires, no more attachments; once you have given up all necessity of receiving a reward from the human beings whoever they are and knowing that the only reward that is worth getting is that one that comes from the Supreme: and that never fails. 
Once you give up the attachment of all the exterior beings and things, you at once feel in your heart this presence, this force, this grace, that is always with you. And there is no other remedy. It is the only remedy for everybody without exception. All those who suffer, it's the same thing that has to be said. All suffering is the sign that the surrender is not total.
Then, when you feel in you a 'bang' like that, instead of saying, 'Oh this one is bad', or 'This circumstance is difficult', you say, 'My surrender is not perfect.' And then you feel the grace that helps you and leads you and you go on. And one day you emerge in that peace that nothing can trouble. You answer to all the contrary forces, the contrary movements - the attacks, the misunderstandings, the bad wills with the same smile that comes from full confidence in the Divine's Grace.  
And that is the only way out, there is none else.  This world is a world of conflict, suffering, difficulties, and strains. It is made of it. It has not yet changed. It will take some time before changing and for each one there is a possibility of getting out.  If you lean back on the presence of the Supreme Grace, that is the only way out.

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