Sri Aurobindo Center of Los Angeles

The Quest
November 2019



"Sincerity means more than mere honesty. It means that you mean what you say, feel  what you profess, are earnest in your will. As the sadhak aspires to be an instrument of the Divine and one with the Divine, sincerity in him means that he is really in earnest in his aspiration and refuses all other will or impulse except the Divine's."

"True sincerity consists in following the way because you cannot do otherwise, in consecrating yourself to the divine life because you cannot do otherwise, in striving to transform your being and emerge into the Light because you cannot do otherwise, because it is the very reason for which you live."

Events & Activities
Guiding Light of the Mother
Simple Sincerity
Only two things needed
Quotes on Sincerity 
Questions and Answers
The Self's Infinity
On 90th Birthday of The Mother
Sincerity and Surrender
Empowering Lines of Savitri

Happy Reading.

Events & Activities  Home

The renovation of the Center continued with greater momentum in the month of November. On Saturday, November 16, 4:00 pm we held a program for observance of Mother's Mahasamadhi with a 20-minute film on glimpses of Her life, music, poetry, song invocation, readings, and sharing of reminiscences of devotees' contact with Her; all making for a captivating evening with soul-stirring moments that brought us into the immediacy of Her Love.

We invite you all to join us for the following events and activities at the Center:

Savitri Reading - Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Tai Chi - Saturdays,  3:00-3:45 p.m. 
Satsangs - Saturdays,  5:00-7:00 p.m. 


"Those who are sincere, I can help and turn easily towards the Divine. But where there is insincerity I can do very little.” 

"Sincerity is the gate to Divinity"

The Mother

Flower of Sincerity - Perennial Asters  Home

Simple Sincerity                                                                   
The begenning of all progress

Common Name: Italian Aster
Spiritual Significance: Simple Sincerity

Sincerity is the key to the divine doors.
Be sincere and absolute in your consecration to the Divine and your life will become harmonious and beautiful.
-The Mother

Sincerity means to lift all the movements of the being to the level of the highest consciousness and realisation already attained.

Sincerity in the vital is the most difficult to have and the most needful.
-The Mother

An uncompromising sincerity is the surest way to spiritual achievement.
Do not pretend― be.
Do not promise ― act.
Do not dream ― realise.

-The Mother

Only two things needed — Sri Aurobindo  Home

To walk through life armoured against all fear, peril and disaster, only two things are needed, two that go always together — the Grace of the Divine Mother and on your side an inner state made up of faith, sincerity and surrender. Let your faith be pure, candid and perfect. An egoistic faith in the mental and vital being tainted by ambition, pride, vanity, mental arrogance, vital self-will, personal demand, desire for the petty satisfactions of the lower nature is a low and smoke-obscured flame that cannot burn upwards to heaven. Regard your life as given you only for the divine work and to help in the divine manifestation. Desire nothing but the purity, force, light, wide-ness, calm, Ananda of the divine consciousness and its insistence to transform and perfect your mind, life and body. Ask for nothing but the divine, spiritual and supramental Truth, its realisation on earth and in you and in all who are called and chosen and the conditions needed for its creation and its victory over all opposing forces.

Let your sincerity and surrender be genuine and entire. When you give yourself, give completely, without demand, without condition, without reservation so that all in you shall belong to the Divine Mother and nothing be left to the ego or given to any other power.

The more complete your faith, sincerity and surrender, the more will grace and protection be with you. 

Quotes on Sincerity  Home

Sincerity means to lift all the movements of the being to the level of the highest consciousness and realisation already attained.

Sincerity exacts the unification and harmonisation of the whole being in all its parts and movements around the central Divine Will.
21 February 1930

To be sincere, all the parts of the being must be united in their aspiration for the Divine  ― not that one part wants and others refuse or revolt. To be sincere in the aspiration to want the Divine for the Divine's sake, not for fame or name or prestige or power or any satisfaction of vanity.

Be perfectly sincere in your consecration to the Divine's work. This will assure you strength and success.

Be sincere and absolute in your consecration to the Divine and your life will become harmonious and beautiful.
22 November 1934

If earnestly you say to the Divine, “I want only Thee”, the Divine will arrange the circumstances in such a way that you are compelled to be sincere.
8 June 1954

Simple sincerity: the beginning of all progress.

To reach your spiritual goal, be sincere, that is to say, make of it the single purpose of your life.
 3 June 1958

Be perfectly sincere and no victory will be denied to you.
In sincerity is the certitude of victory.
Sincerity! Sincerity! How sweet is the purity of thy presence!
Those who are earnest and sincere have always the Divine for companion.
March 1962

The only salvation is in an absolute sincerity and truthfulness.
 25 March 1963

Faith and Sincerity are the twin agents of success.
14 June 1966 

We want to be sincere in spite of all contrary opinions; sincerity is our safeguard.
19 December 1967  

The measure of the sincerity is the measure of the success.  
23 April 1968

What do I need to develop most? And what do I need to reject most?
Develop ― sincerity (that is, an integral adhesion to the Divine's way).
Reject ― the pull of the old human habits.
25 February 1970

Questions and Answers by The Mother  Home

Q: Is it true that it is only through the power of absolute sincerity that one can get full transformation and reach the Supramental Truth?

      A: Yes.

Q: The Mother has said: "If you are not sincere do not begin Yoga." Does this imply that if after entering Yoga a person finds that his sincerity is not complete, he should leave it?

      A: No. It is only if he is fundamentally insincere that he should leave it.

 Q: How can a sadhak know whether he is fundamentally insincere?

      A: If he sees that he is full of ego and doing sadhana for the sake of the ego only and has no real turning towards the Divine.
 Q: Is there no possibility for a sadhak to get rid of his fundamental insincerity ?

     A: If the sadhak becomes aware of his insincerity and sincerely wants to get rid of it, he can.

      Q: How can a sadhak know whether he is growing in sincerity ?

      A: By seeing whether he responds to the Divine forces only or still responds to, accepts and harbours the ego-forces and desire-forces.

Q: If a sadhak cannot fully discriminate between the Mother's Force and the egoistic and ignorant forces and cannot reject them, what will be his condition ?

      A: All these questions are met by my answer. One cannot be perfect in discrimination at once or in rejection either. The one indispensable thing is to go on trying sincerely till there comes the full success. So long as there is complete sincerity, the Divine Grace will be there and assist at every moment on the way.

     Q: Is it true that if a sadhak has complete sincerity he can make rapid progress even if his devotion is deficient?

      A: If he is sincere, there is bound to be devotion. Sincerity in Yoga means to respond to the Divine alone and if he has no devotion he cannot do it.

       Q: What is the right attitude to stick on to this path till the Supramental Truth is realised?

      A: There is the psychic condition and sincerity and devotion to the Mother.
Sri Aurobindo, Elements of Yoga

The Self's Infinity  Home

I have become what before Time I was.
A secret touch has quieted thought and sense:
All things by the agent Mind created pass
Into a void and mute magnificence.

My life is a silence grasped by timeless hands;
The world is drowned in an immortal gaze.
Naked my spirit from its vestures stands;
I am alone with my own self for space.

My heart is a center of infinity,
My body a dot in the soul's vast expanse.
All being's huge abyss wakes under me,
Once screened in a gigantic Ignorance.

A momentless immensity pure and bare,
I stretch to an eternal everywhere.


Insincerity, Pretension and Self-Deception  Home

Be perfectly faithful and sincere towards your true Self.
Allow no deception to creep into your consecration to the Divine.
1 January 1934

Insincerity leads on the path to ruin.

In your sadhana what is important is sincerity at every point; if there is that, mistakes can be rectified and do not so much matter. If there is any insincerity, that pulls down the sadhana at once. But whether this constant sincerity is there or there is any falling off from it at any point, is a thing you must learn to see in yourself; if there is the earnest and constant will for it, the power to see will come. Sincerity does not at all depend on satisfying other ― sit is an inner matter and lies solely between you and me.
12 May 1939

Be sincere and I am ready to correct your mistakes a thousand times if necessary.
Those who are sincere, I can help and turn easily towards the Divine. But where there is insincerity I can do very little.
I feel sincerely that I want the Divine and nothing else. But when I am in contact with other people, when I am busy with things without any value, I naturally forget the Divine, my one goal. Is it insincerity? If not, then what does it mean?
Yes. It is insincerity of the being, in which one part wants the Divine and another part wants something else.
It is through ignorance and stupidity that the being is insincere. But with a persevering will and an absolute confidence in the Divine Grace, one can cure this insincerity.
As long as there is within a person the possibility of an inner conflict, it means that there is still in him some insincerity.
Any inner conflict is the sign of a lack of sincerity.
Only those who are already very sincere know that they are not completely sincere.
17 June 1954

When you are sure that you have attained absolute sincerity, you may be certain that you have plunged into falsehood.
It is no use thinking that one is very sincere. It is useless to  think that one is not sincere. What is useful to is be sincere.

All division in the being is an insincerity.

The greatest insincerity is to dig an abyss between your body and the truth of your being.
When an abyss separates the true being from the physical being, Nature fills it up immediately with all kinds of adverse suggestions, the most formidable of which is fear, and the most pernicious, doubt.
Allow nothing anywhere to deny the truth of your being this is sincerity.
7 July 1957

Before the Eternal Consciousness a drop of sincerity has more value than an ocean of pretension and hypocrisy.
I need not seem if I am.
It is better to be than to seem.
No need of seeming when one is.
I need not appear to be good if my sincerity is perfect.
It is better to be than to seem.
Be honest towards yourself ― (no self-deception). Be sincere towards the Divine ― (no bargaining in the surrender).        

Be straightforward with humanity ― (no pretence and show).
25 June 1963

Human beings for the most part have the inveterate habit of deceiving themselves. They deceive themselves in hundreds of different ways, each more slyly tricky and subtle than the other, and all this with at once a perfect candour and a perfect insincerity.
Whoever does Yoga sincerely is bound to have the calm and the strength needed to face all circumstances.
But innumerable are those who deceive themselves, believe they are doing Yoga but only partially do so and are still full of contradictions.
 20 April 1966
Sweet Mother, how does one do Yoga?

Be wholly sincere, never try to deceive others. And try never to deceive yourself.
February 1968  

Do not try to deceive the Divine.
The important point is to be more and more sincere, always more sincere so that you never deceive yourself in the integrality of your aspiration.  

This sincerity brings the sure help of the divine Grace.
It is easy to see that the mistakes are due to a lack of sincerity in the being ― the only way out of it is to become sincere. You have been given the power of will and of knowledge for that purpose.
 9 March 1968

It is not necessary to wait for the others to become sincere in order to become sincere yourself.
 9 March 1968

On 90th Birthday of The Mother  Home


Sincerity and Surrender  Home

Q: Is it not a fact that even after repeated determination to surrender the old habits come in the way of its effective realisation ?

A: Yes, certainly—they always do that till the sincerity and purity and surrender are complete.

Q: What is the most powerful way to make the determination of surrender rapidly effective?

A: Absolute sincerity.

Q: Is it true that until a sadhak's sincerity and surrender are complete, he has to undergo many sufferings?

A: He need not suffer if he takes the true way, but he has to deal with the difficulties.

Empowering lines from Savitri  Home

Ardent was her self-poised unstumbling will; 
Her mind, a sea of white sincerity,
Passionate in flow, had not one turbid wave.
As in a mystic and dynamic dance
A priestess of immaculate ecstasies
Inspired and ruled from Truth's revealing vault
Moves in some prophet cavern of the gods,
A heart of silence in the hands of joy
Inhabited with rich creative beats
A body like a parable of dawn
That seemed a niche for veiled divinity
Or golden temple door to things beyond.

Savitri, Book Four, Canto One

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