Monday, May 28, 2012

VIshnu's Avatars, the Supramental Descent and the Apocalypse

[Originally written September 21 2004, revised/renamed, May 2012]
Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) was a revolutionary yogi who spoke out for India’s Independence and unification and devoted most of his life to bringing forth what he called a Supramental consciousness. He wrote that just as the evolutionary process brought life into matter and mind into life, that there is yet another stage ‒ a Supramental evolution/manifestation. His counterpart in bringing forth the Supramental consciousness, known to her students as the Mother, was born in Paris in 1878. In 1926 they established an ashram in Pondicherry, India and spoke and wrote about the Supramental consciousness ‒ a consciousness of unity, wherein all parts of the Being that we (physical, vital, mental and spiritual) are become fully conscious, fully integrated and fully coordinated. As yet we have not integrated the levels of our collective being. We are a mind at odds with our vital nature and at odds with our material world. We are not yet an integrated or coordinated being. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother put forth the teaching that this Integration or Harmony of all parts of our Being, was immanent.

In the book, The Tenth Day of Victory, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, writes of a period of time in her early 30's when she was called to Pondicherry by the Mother. As the story goes, the Mother entered Ms. Norelli-Bachelet’s consciousness and led her to her work in India. The Mother left her body in 1973, and Ms. Norelli-Bachelet experienced an increased transmission of ‘Yoga Shakti for …. The Work’:               
‘In the weeks following the Mother’s passing I felt the impact of what I had experienced before her as she lay in state. I realized that a new type of energy had come into me. At the time it seemed to be a Yoga Shakti for work, or more precisely the Work. For her work, for Sri Aurobindo’s work. Everything that had come to me by way of knowledge concerning the future of their work in the world in the months prior to her passing, seemed now to acquire a certain determined focus. All the threads of the line of knowledge for the execution of this work were coming together; and this integration appeared to be connected to the power I had received at the Mother’s passing. It gave me an unbounded energy.’The Tenth Day of Victory, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
The Mother never communicated directly (on the physical plane) to Ms. Norelli-Bachelet or to the students of the ashram regarding her role in continuing the descent of the Supramental consciousness. Unrecognized by followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in Pondicherry for many decades, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet continues the work of the Supramental Yoga at the Aeon Centre of Cosmology near Kodiakanal, Tamil Nadu, India.

The Gnostic Circle is one of Norelli-Bachelet’s major contributions to the Supramental Yoga. The Gnostic Circle is a multi-layered circle in which the Enneagram (the circle of 0/9) is superimposed the Zodiac (circle of 12) as the Key or the philosopher’s stone by which students can see, understand  and participate in the Supramental consciousness-force which informs and coordinates our individual and collective evolution (our unfolding) in time and space. The circle represents both microcosmic and macrocosmic cycles of time, whether it be a day, a year, nine years, 72 years, 25,920 years, 311,040 years, etc. It represents the whole of what we are ‒ our One Being evolving through various stages of manifestation, including eventually the manifestation of ‘Heaven on Earth’.

The applications of the Gnostic Circle are vast. It is an essential map/measure for understanding what we have been, what we are, and what we are becoming in time. As historians, scientists, geologists, archeologists and mathematicians as well as cosmologists and spiritual seekers begin to understand the applications of the Gnostic Circle, there will be a gradual and mind-altering unveiling of the Supramental coordination that has always been present in all events of our lives and history, but has been hidden from our perceptions.

For instance, in terms of the 25,920 year Precession of the Equinoxes, the ONE POINT of the Gnostic Circle coincides exactly with 3114 BCE ‒ the beginning of the last age of the Mayan Calendar.1 Mayan cosmologists believe that in mid-August, 3114 BC, ‘a new Solar Age began and the Sun Lord was reborn’.2 Considering that the Mayan Age of 5184 years is 1/5th of the Precession, and considering the very real links between the Mayan and the Vedic civilization ‒ from which came the technology of tracking the Earth’s year and the ages of the Precession in terms of the 360° circle, as well as from which came the recognition and celebration of a ‘Solar Lord’/Consciousness of Unity ‒, it is worth considering that the coincidence of the last Mayan age falling precisely at the One Point of the Precession of the Equinox is more than a ‘just’ a coincidence.  It may have a larger significance that we are not understanding, because we are not familiar with the proper keys of measuring Time.

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Sri Aurobindo did not think it was a coincidence that India gained independence in 1947 on the 75th anniversary of his own birthday (August 15th, 1872). It is possible that the last Mayan Age beginning in mid-August of 3114 is not a coincidence either. It is clear upon reading his work that he is reintroducing a ‘solar consciousness’ to the world and further details of the ‘solar’ nature of his incarnation can be seen in the mathematics of his own birth within the Precessional Cycle. [See Addendum]

The teachings of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and Norelli-Bachelet regarding the Supramental consciousness suggest that there is no such thing as random coincidence. They point towards a Supramental precision-consciousness coordinating the micro and macrocosmic levels of our being. In their understanding, Time, as well as all manifest creation, is the direct expression of the Supramental consciousness. In the Secrets of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo offers an illuminating perspective of the ancient Veda and the Vedic journey of Recovering the Lost Sun. It seems that the Lost Sun is the Supramental consciousness – a consciousness of Unity, a consciousness of the ONE source of our existence and evolution. He writes that recovering this Consciousness of Unity is not simply the journey of one individual or one hero, but is the direction of evolution ‒ the next step in evolution.

Given the magnitude and catalyzing force of his teachings, and the evidence suggesting that he was the 9th Avatar of Vishnu in the Vedic tradition3, it is also worth considering that the South American ‘solar’ deity/avatar Quetzalcoatl – said to be destined to return to help establish a consciousness of unity on the planet – is intimately related to the Vedic notion of evolutionary avatars and hence to Sri Aurobindo’s Supramental Manifestation. Adding intrigue to this possibility is the fact Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were born as a 'pair', 6 years apart, in close conjunction with a pair of Venus eclipses (1874 and 1882). This is intriguing because in Mesoamerican lore the return of this pair of eclipses every 110 years or so is symbolic of the return of Quetzalcoatl who was closely associated with Venus the Morning Star.

 For those who do acknowledge and welcome an evolutionary shift towards Unity Consciousness in our day and age, it is worth considering that Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet’s Supramental and Vedic gnosis about the Geometry of Time is essential to this monumental shift (the ‘Recovery of the Lost Sun’). One of Quetzacoatl’s gifts to humanity is said to be setting the calendar straight, or orienting humanity correctly in time. Norelli-Bachelet offers this gift through her book The Gnostic Circle and many of her subsequent writings, yet she is clear that none of her orienting would be possible without the lives and work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

People often think of the end of the Mayan Calendar and of the Apocalypse as described in St. John’s Revelation as an end of the world. They do not often consider the meaning of the word ‘apocalypse’ which is a return or unveiling of light. In this sense ‘the Apocalypse’ promises an unveiling of what has been darkened or hidden to our perceptions and senses ‒ an unveiling of the consciousness of unity.

For those with ‘eyes to see’ the supramental mechanics behind of the long-awaited evolutionary shift of our times, Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet are three essential ingredients of the so-called ‘Apocalypse’ ‒ the uncovering of the Light, i.e. the revelation of the Supramental consciousness and the truth of the ONE Self in all selves and forms. When people think of Apocalypse, they think of disaster, which makes it all the more possible to actually miss the Apocalypse, to miss the signs, to miss the messengers who are uncovering ‘the Light’ or solar consciousness. But regardless of who does or does not notice, the Light has been uncovered ... the solar consciousness has been revealed.

If we follow Ms. Norelli-Bachelet’s line of wisdom, we can place the beginning of the current Mayan Era at the One Point of the Gnostic Circle, which coincides with 10 degrees Taurus (in the Age of Taurus).  We can see that 5184 years lands us HERE and NOW in time, in a 72 year window, 28 degrees Aquarius, which spans from 1998 to 2070. [see image above]

The Rig Veda, which some say is at least 5,000 years old, describes this STEP from Taurus the Bull to the Aquarius, the Friend. This step is taken by Vishnu, a member of the divine trinity in the Vedic tradition. This trinity is made up of Bramha the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Vishnu, representing the guna (flow) of preservation, corresponds to the fixed (preservation) signs of the Zodiac ‒ Scorpio (the Eagle), Leo (the Bull), Taurus (the Bull) and Aquarius (the Friend). Ms. Norelli-Bachelet writes that Vishnu’s Ten Avatars descend, one by one, in astrological ages ruled by the fixed/preservation signs. The Rig Veda reads:

Of Vishnu now I declare the mighty works, who has measured out
the earthly worlds and that seat of our self-accomplishing he supports,
he the wide-moving, in the threefold steps of his universal movement.

That Vishnu affirms on high by his mightiness and he is like a terrible LION
that ranges in the difficult places, yea, his lair is on the mountain-tops,
he in whose three wide movements all the worlds find their dwelling-place.

Let our strength and our thought go forward to Vishnu the all-pervading,
the wide-moving BULL whose dwelling-place is on the mountain,
he who being ONE has measured all this long and far-extending seat
of our self-accomplishing by only three of his strides.

He whose three steps are full of honey-wine and they perish not
but have ecstasy by the self-harmony of their nature; yea, he being ONE
holds the triple principle and earth and heaven also, even all the worlds.

May I attain to and enjoy that goal of his movements, the Delight,
where souls that seek the godhead have the rapture; for there in that HIGHEST STEP
of the wide-moving Vishnu is that FRIEND of men who is the fount of sweetness.

Those are the dwelling-places of ye twain which we desire as
the goal of our journey, where the many-horned herds of Light go traveling;
the HIGHEST STEP of wide-moving Vishnu shines down on us here
in its manifold vastness.
‒ RV, I, 154, Sri Aurobindo’s translation (emphases added)

It appears from the above that the rishis of the Rig Veda were aware that the ONE (of the circle of 0/9) resides in sign Taurus of the zodiac (circle of 12). The last step described in Vishnu’s journey is from Taurus (the BULL, the ONE) to Aquarius (the FRIEND), where the herds of light are released from their holding pens ... i.e. the Apocalypse. So the expression in the Rig Veda of the ‘HIGHEST STEP’ contains different levels of meaning, corresponding both to the visual picture of the Gnostic Circle and corresponding to the Truth that it is this ‘step’ that brings us to the realization of our Higher Consciousness, our Higher Self.

Curiously enough that same ‘highest step’ is captured by the Aztec Sun Stone (also known as the Eagle’s Bowl). The stone can be seen as a multidimensional calendar and a prophecy as well. We can imagine that the Sun Stone, like the Gnostic Circle, is a tool for tracking various time cycles, including the Year. If we can imagine that the Sun Stone was also tracking the Precessional Year (using the measure of 26,000 years) and put the 0 point of the Precession at the top of the stone, as Ms. Norelli-Bachelet has placed 0 degrees Aries at the top of the Gnostic Circle, then things get really interesting. A 72° section at the top of the Stone’s circular form is encompassed by a pair of bound scrolls, four scrolls on each side. One set of the scrolls, seen in conjunction with the Gnostic Circle, falls in Taurus and encompass the One Point and the other set falls in Aquarius (starting at approximately 24° into the sign). Without having access to certain keys to understanding the evolutionary journey/cycle, it seems that none have thought to imagine that these scrolls might represent Gnosis that would be ‘hidden’ and then opened and revealed or read later on in the cycle, when the TIME was  right.

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In her book The Hidden Manna Ms. Norelli-Bachelet discusses the symbolism and knowledge content of St. John’s Revelation of the Apocalypse. She writes that his prophecy was bound or hidden by time, unable to be read until a certain step in time had been made. She writes that this step has been made, and that the advent foretold was the descent of the Supramental consciousness, the consciousness of the ONE.

The truth that has been hidden from our minds, eyes and hearts for ages is that our One (Unified) Being, our WHOLE SELF operates in a coordinated manner through all time and all manifestation irrespective of the apparent disconnection and dissimilarities between the multitudes of people, places, mythologies, traditions and material forms. We are One Being evolving in time and space together ‒ a Unified Being. How much longer will this truth remain ‘outside the box’ of our perceptions and understanding? How much longer until we understand our collective Self and our evolution as the ‘many-horned herds of traveling Light’ (RV 1, 154), as ONE multi-faceted Being progressing in time and space? It seems clear enough that our current predicament in which we are a multi-faceted herd of traveling darkness ‒ is getting to be OLD and getting to be intolerable for our Earth and its inhabitants.


Footnotes:1 Based on 234 BCE as the 0 Point of the Precessional Cycle, and 1926 as the beginning of the Age of Aquarius as written of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet in The Gnostic Circle.
‘Mayan Year of Destiny – 2012’, by John Van Auken, Editor of the Ancient Mysteries Newsletter3 Patrizia Norelli, Bachelet, Secrets of the Earth - Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition (Aeon Books, 2009)

Sri Aurobindo’s Birth in the Precession of the Equinoxes

Addendum to Thoughts about Avatars and the Supramental Descent in Conjunction with the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Apocalypse of the Aquarian Age
Sri Aurobindo’s was born in 1872 CE, 2016 years  (9 x 234) into our current cycle of the Precession of the Equinoxes which began in 234 BCE according to Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet. The upcoming 144th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo's birth falls in 2016 CE.

Reading the figures above and below, keep in mind that the numbers and factors 9, 18, 72, 144, 216, 432 are especially important in terms of the Vedic system of measuring the circle, the Earth (3960 mile radius), the Sun (432,000 mile radius), the Moon (2160 mile diameter) and the 360° Precession of the Equinoxes (which our modern era has inherited):
72 years = 1° of Precession
2160 = 1 Age or 30° of Precession = 2160 years
144,000'' arc = 40° of Precession
432,000'' arc = 4 Ages = the measure of the Kali Yuga = 2160 years x 4 = 8640 years.
Theses are crucial measures to understand for those aspiring towards a ‘Solar’ Consciousness (i.e. Consciousness of Unity) based on the Mathematics of Unity as discussed in The Gnostic Circle.

3114 BCE to 234 BCE = 2880 yrs
= 1440 + 1440 yrs  
= 144,000'' Celestial Arc
= 40° or 1/9th of the 25,920 year Precession of the Equinoxes
0 CE to 1872 CE  = 1440 + 432 years  (1872 = 234 x 8)
234 BCE to 0 CE to 1872 CE = 234 + 1440 + 432 years  (2160 = 234 x 9)

Additional Mathematical Intrigue regarding Sri Aurobindo’s birth in 1872

1872 divided by 2 = 936 (the Trinity of the 0/9 Circle)
18 x 72 = 1296 (1,296,000" = 360° of the Circle or celestial arc)
1872 CE = 234 x 8 and 2016 years (234 x 9) into the Precession (starting from 234 BCE)
1872 + 72 = 1944 CE (The year Sri Aurobindo turned 72) 
1872 + 72 + 72 = 2016 CE (The year of Sri Aurobindo’s 144th birth anniversary)

Additional Notes: The Resonance of Sri Aurobindo’s Birth Year (1872) with significant number factors in the Mayan Calendar
1872 divided by 20 = 93.6 (the numbers of the Trinity of the 0/9 Circle).

1872 divided by 144 = 13
1872 divided by 72 = 26
1872 divided by 36 = 52
1872 divided by 18 = 104
1872 divided by 9 = 208.
13 is an essential division or factor in the Mayan Calendar. It seems they calculated the Precession of the Equinoxes based on 26,000 years (25,920 + 80 years). There are 13 baktuns (periods of 400 years) in one Mayan Era of 5,200 years (5200 x 5 = 26,000).

20 is the base of the Mayan Vigesimal number system.

26 is a multiple of 13 and the Mayan Tzolkin Calendar is said to have 260 days. Whether it was only “days” the Tzolkin Calendar was measuring is questionable. We can see that 260 x 20 years = 5,200 years = one fifth of the Precession or approximately 72 degrees.

13, 26, 52, 104 and 208 are all factors (period doubles in this sequence) of the Precession measured as 26,000 years.

[Note: ‘In sediment cores taken from Lake Chichancanab in northern Yucatan, the researchers found periodically reoccurring high concentrations of calcium sulfate, which is left behind when greater amounts of water evaporate from the ground during droughts. Based on this pattern, they concluded that the droughts occurred in a 208-year cycle. They further noted that this cycle closely coincided with a known 206-year variation in solar activity.’ ‒ Harald Franzen, Scientific American, May 18, 2001, ‘Solar Cycle May Have Tumbled Mayan Empire’]

36 corresponds to the 360 degrees of the circle, the 360 of the Mayan Tun, the Precession of the Equinoxes and to our 365-day Earth year.

72 is the number of years in one degree of the 25,920 year Precession (72 x 360 = 25,920 years).

The Aztec Sun Stone is also (not surprisingly) based on divisions of the circle by multiples of 4, 13, 20, 26, 52, 104, 208, and 260

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ignorance & Disregard for the Supramental Consciousness-Force

An Open Letter to the Integral Yoga Community
by Lori Tompkins
1 May 2012

I recently read Julian Lines’ Open Letter as published on Religious Fundamentalism and Integral Yoga in which he addresses the controversy over Peter Heehs’ biography of Sri Aurobindo and encourages the Integral Yoga community to behave in a manner less hurtful (i.e. disgraceful) to the legacy of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He encourages resolving disputes with a high level of moral and intellectual standards and concludes,

‘Any whiff of book banning, ostracism and fascism in our community does more harm to the name and legacy of Sri Aurobindo around the world than the book itself could ever do. The venom of past conflicts still poisons our collective well. Let us all try to resist pouring forth a fresh batch.’

I continue to wonder how much time will have to pass before significant numbers of students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother will begin to understand the truth of what exactly has poisoned the well of the Integral Yoga community. Infighting is an effect. It is certainly not the root of the problem. The root of the problem/poison is a profound ignorance of and disregard for the Supramental consciousness-force which Sri Aurobindo and the Mother incarnated to announce and establish. It is a profound ignorance of and disregard for the Vedic Gnosis, the sanatana dharma, which they incarnated to restore. It is this ignorance and disregard which caused the builders of the Mother’s Temple to disfigure the Mother’s sacred geometry/sacred measure/sacred gnosis. It is this same ignorance and disregard which fosters the illusion that the question of Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood and avataric mission is a matter of opinion and of no real consequence in terms of his legacy and in terms of what people understand of his life. And it is this same ignorance and disregard which scoffs at the idea of Sri Aurobindo’s reincarnation. Readers may think that Vedic Gnosis, the Mother’s Temple, Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood and his reincarnation are all very different issues, but these matters are inseparably linked. The Mother’s Temple (her original design) is a monument of Vedic Gnosis and it contains in its measure the story of the Avatar and his rebirth. The ‘Lotus of the Avatar’ (i.e. the Lotus of Sri Aurobindo) as seen below in Sri Aurobindo's symbol is, after all, the very heart and soul of the Matrimandir [See The Flawed Auroville Temple].

Unfortunately when these important links were pointed out to those in charge of managing the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and to those in charge of building the Mother’s Temple in the mid-1970s by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, there was no high moral and academic standard in the community that welcomed serious investigation into and debate of these matters. There was only the prevalent will to squash the message and the messenger. And hence, from the 1970s, the lowly consciousness of those armed only with the tools of suppression of the flow of information and character defamation has been allowed to dictate the course of Integral Yoga studies and pollute the legacy of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother for four decades.

Now leaders of the Integral Yoga community are either going for each other’s throats or are pleading for less embarrassing, more ‘evolved’ behavior. But most all of them refuse to see or to admit that as soon as the Mother’s measures were altered by the builders of the Matrimandir and the Integral Yoga community rallied around the disfigured temple rather than rallying around those who demanded accurate measurements, this entire spiritual community was doomed to crumble under the weight of its own ignorance. Ignorance was the cause of the disfigurement of the Mother’s Supramental Gnosis and surely some sincere students will begin to recognize, through whatever manner of trial and tribulation over the years, that it is not at all wise to celebrate a temple that does not accurately portray HER GNOSIS, HER DIVINITY, HER MEASURE or the FUTURE REALIZATION that her measures were meant to imprint and convey in our new age.

The only real hope for the splintered Integral Yoga community, in terms of un-poisoning its proverbial well, is for the leaders of that community to admit and attempt to understand that the Mother was actually trying to communicate the laws of the Supramental Matrix in the measurements of her Temple. This is unlikely because these leaders would have to admit their own ignorance and seek the guidance of someone they would loathe to admit KNOWS the Supramental consciousness-force and its will BETTER than they.

They would have to seek and respect the guidance of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, who has written thousands upon thousands of pages appreciating and elaborating upon laws of the Supramental Matrix as introduced to her by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. She has documented the entire story of the tremendous knowledge within and the horrendous disfigurement of the Mother’s Temple in her book The New Way, Volumes 1 & 2 and also in Chronicles of the Inner Chamber. She has also written in great detail about the cosmological and mathematical precision which reveals Sri Aurobindo’s incarnation as the 9th Avatar of Vishnu in her book Secrets of the Earth ‒ Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition. Considering that Sri Aurobindo’s yogic mission included the establishment of an entirely new manifestation ‒ the Supramental Manifestation ‒ on Earth, which the Mother described as an entirely new world emerging in the midst of the old,1 and considering that the Mother herself was well aware of Sri Aurobindo’s intimate connection with Krishna (the 8th Avatar of Vishnu),2 it is odd not only that a long-time Sri Aurobindo ashramite, Peter Heehs, would take the position that the question of Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood doesn’t interest him very much,3 but also that so many students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are equally disinterested.

From my perspective, the only way to purify the Integral Yoga community from the poisons and toxicity of its past and present is a complete re-organization of the community based on the actual laws and living structure of the Supramental Manifestation, as revealed in the Mother’s Temple and as fully flushed out in the writings of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, rather than continuing to follow the errant course set by the egos and ignorance of those who took control of the Integral Yoga field after the Mother’s departure. Sincere students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother must endeavor to fathom and appreciate the Supramental and Vedic Gnosis of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet before they can hope to correct the colossal errors in judgment and in action made by the community over the past four decades.

But from what I have seen in the last twelve years, during which I became aware of and involved in these issues, I have the feeling that many in the Integral Yoga community would rather chew off an arm than admit that Ms. Norelli-Bachelet actually KNOWS what she is talking about, i.e. that she has any authority in the realm of the Supramental Manifestation. And so onward the Ignorance goes, spewing its poisons and spinning its breathtaking web of lies in the name of Truth. But for those who do learn to fathom, appreciate and cultivate the Supramental Gnosis in themselves, such Ignorance has no real power other than the power to collapse the old world, the old consciousness in on itself.

May our discussions evolve towards the Light and bear fruit,
Lori Tompkins

1 The Mother on The Supramental Manifestation, 29 February 1956:
‘Lord, Thou hast willed, and I execute, A new light breaks upon the earth, A new world is born, The things that were promised are fulfilled. The manifestation of the Supramental upon earth is no more a promise but a living fact, a reality. It is at work here, and one day will come when the most blind, the most unconscious, even the most unwilling shall be obliged to recognise it.’
The Mother’s Agenda, 10 July 1957: ‘… the old spirituality was an escape from life into the divine Reality, leaving the world just where it was, as it was; whereas our new vision, on the contrary, is a divinisation of life, a transformation of the material world into a divine world. This has been said, repeated, more or less understood, indeed it is the basic idea of what we want to do. But this could be a continuation with an improvement, a widening of the old world as it was ‒ and so long as this is a conception up there in the field of thought, in fact it is hardly more than that ‒ but what has happened, the really new thing, is that a new world is born, born, born. It is not the old one transforming itself, it is a new world, which is born. And we are right in the midst of this period of transition where the two are entangled ‒ where the outer still persists all-powerful and entirely dominating the ordinary consciousness, but where the new one is quietly slipping in, still very modest, unnoticed ‒ unnoticed to the extent that outwardly it does not disturb anything very much, for the time being, and that in the consciousness of most people it is even altogether imperceptible. And yet it is working, growing ‒ until it is strong enough to assert itself visibly.’
2 Words of the Mother, Volume 13, p.38, Pondicherry, 1920:
 ‘When and how did I become conscious of a mission which I was to fulfill on earth? And when and how I met Sri Aurobindo?

These two questions you have asked me and I promised a short reply.

For the knowledge of the mission, it is difficult to say when it came to me. It is as though I were born with it, and following the growth of the mind and brain, the precision and completeness of this consciousness grew also.

Between 11 and 13 a series of psychic and spiritual experiences revealed to me not only the existence of God but man's possibility of uniting with Him, of realising Him integrally in consciousness and action, of manifesting Him upon earth in a life divine. This, along with a practical discipline for its fulfilment, was given to me during my body's sleep by several teachers, some of whom I met afterwards on the physical plane.

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.

In the year 1910 my husband came alone to Pondicherry where, under very interesting and peculiar circumstances, he made the acquaintance of Sri Aurobindo. Since then we both strongly wished to return to India -- the country which I had always cherished as my true mother-country. And in 1914 this joy was granted to us.

As soon as I saw Sri Aurobindo I recognised in him the well-known being whom I used to call Krishna.... And this is enough to explain why I am fully convinced that my place and my work are near him, in India.'
3 ‘Getting beyond the Conventions of Biography – and Hagiography Too: A Post by Peter Heehs’, Columbia University Press, August 2008.