WRITINGS BY THE MOTHER
© Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust
16 June 1954
Sweet Mother, why doesn't one receive the Divine as one receives other things?
What do you understand by "other things"?
The question has not been put very well. Do you mean...
Here what is spoken about are the influences which pass from one person to another--is that what you mean? Why doesn't one receive the Divine as easily as, say, one receives a neighbour's ill-will? Is that it?
Because it is not on the same plane. The neighbour's ill-will or goodwill are on the same plane, whereas the Divine belongs to another world. That's the reason why. If you want an image: all that is on a horizontal plane in relation to you is very easily received, but all that comes from a vertical direction is much more difficult. First one must look up above, within oneself, and then open oneself so that it descends; while in the other way... one moves like that all the time. Don't understand?
And unfortunately, it is much easier to slide down, to fall than to climb up. It is much easier to respond to an influence [new p. 169][old p. 169]which drags you down than to a force that pulls you up. Is it not more easy to go down than to climb up? If you are at a certain place and have to climb a rock, it is much more difficult than if you let yourself slide in order to go down below. Isn't that so?