WRITINGS BY THE MOTHER
© Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust
Success and Victory
Never forget the goal. Never stop aspiring. Never halt in your progress, and you are sure to succeed.
Power of success: the power of those who know how to continue their effort.
It is not enough to try, you must succeed.
One must never try for the sake of succeeding.
7 April 1952
(Someone suggested that the popularity of an Ashram journal would increase if its readers were asked for their reactions and expectations. When the matter was referred to the Mother, she wrote:)
Let us become as vulgar as we can and success is sure to come.
16 January 1955
All that is done with the purpose of pleasing the public and obtaining success is vulgar and leads to falsehood. I enclose a deeper view of the subject. (Note1)
18 January 1965
Whatever circumstance is given to you, make the best use of it in line with the Truth; to take advantage of it is quite different.
All success depends upon the measure of your truth.
Success depends entirely on the sincerity.
27 June 1972
Success in supramental works: the result of patient labour and a perfect consecration.
Spiritual success is the conscious union with the Divine.
Success is a harder ordeal to pass through than misfortune.
It is in the hour of success that one must be especially vigilant to rise above oneself.
As soon as you think that you have succeeded in a certain thing, the adverse forces make it a point to attack and spoil it. Moreover, when you think of success, you relax your aspiration and the slightest relaxation is sufficient to spoil the game. The best thing is not to think of it but to go on doing your duty. But sometimes when you go on thinking of your shortcomings and failures and you get depressed, then you have to put the success before your nose and say, "Look at this."
We have come not for Peace but for Victory, because in a world governed by the hostile forces Victory must come before Peace.
Two things you must never forget: Sri Aurobindo's compassion and the Mother's love, and it is with these two things that you will go on fighting steadily, patiently, until the enemies are definitively routed and the Victory is won for ever.
Courage outside, peace inside and a quiet unshakable trust in the Divine's Grace.
19 May 1933
In front of the repeated attacks from the enemy you must keep your faith intact and endure till the Victory is won.
2 February 1942
The ultimate victory of the Divine is certain beyond all doubt.
6 April 1942
The Victory is certain and with this certitude we can face patiently any amount of wrong suggestions and hostile attacks.
The certitude of the Victory gives an infinite patience with the maximum of energy.
Let us have a sincere aspiration united to a constant goodwill and the victory is certain.
19 May 1954
The victory of yesterday must be only one step towards tomorrow's victory.
7 September 1954
In the sincerity of our trust lies the certitude of our victory.
3 October 1954
There is nothing which is not ultimately an instrument leading to the integral victory of the Divine.
You have written:
"The ideal child is courageous. He always goes on fighting for the final victory, though he may meet with many defeats."
What does "the final victory" mean? What is victory and what is defeat? What do they represent in our sports?
I was not referring to victory in games, but to the victory of the consciousness over ignorance and stupidity.
19 March 1970
Victory will triumph over all obstacles.
Note 1: For those who are eager to get rid of falsehood, here is a way:
Do not try to please yourself, do not try either to please others. Try only to please the Lord.
Because He alone is the Truth. Each and every one of us, human beings in our physical body, is a coat of falsehood put on the Lord and hiding Him.
As He alone is true to Himself, it is on Him that we must concentrate and not on the coats of falsehood.