Admission to Darshan
Write that usually Sri Aurobindo sees on these days only his disciples, whether those residing in the Asram or those who
come to him from outside, and a few others who are either connected in some way with the Asram, its work or its members
or else are given permission for special reasons. Permission is not given to all who would like to come, as that would mean
an impossible number and it would besides entirely break the principle of Sri Aurobindo's retirement.1
5 February 1930
You can write to him that he can have permission for himself and his wife — but for the children it depends on their age, whether
they are young children under ten or not — young children are not allowed for darshan.
17 July 1935
Nobody should ever be asked to come for Darshan or Pranam or meditation. If somebody spontaneously asks, it is another
matter. Here too as a rule, there should be no eagerness that they should come. Encouragement should be given only in those
cases where there is a good or special reason for it. The number of people coming especially in the August darshan, when the
Pondicherry people also come, is already very large and we are kept for 7 or 8 hours at a stretch receiving them, so it is not
advisable to go on increasing the numbers under the present circumstances. If a man is especially deserving or likely to be a
helper or sympathiser of the Asram or there is any other reason
1 This and many other letters in this and the next chapters were written by Sri
Aurobindo to his secretary, who replied to the correspondent. — Ed.
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for encouraging him, then of course this general rule does not apply.
27 July 1937
I have heard about you and read your books and feel impelled to ask for your help. In case you think your darshan will help
better, I most humbly request you to grant me one at your convenience.
Tell him it is not necessary. Transformation comes only by inner sadhana and development. A darshan can at best only give some
Several times when my mind has become blank I have experienced light descending from higher planes — probably supramental.
But he has the root experience already in the descent of the Light in the state of blankness. The Light is the Divine Light from the
plane of spiritual consciousness above. The supramental comes only at the end of a long sadhana.
1 February 1938
But who is he? New persons are, as far as possible, refused for November — unknown persons not recommended by someone
known are usually not permitted at all.
26 October 1938
The most we can concede is that she may be brought for Darshan
in the way proposed, but she must simply take the blessing and pass, there must be no lingering. It is a mistake to bring sick
people or the insane to the Darshan for cure — the Darshan is not meant for that. If anything is to be done or can be done for
them, it can be done at a distance. The Force that acts at the time of Darshan is of another kind and one deranged or feeble
in mind cannot receive or cannot assimilate it — it may produce a contrary effect owing to this incapacity if received at all. If
the force is withheld, the Darshan is useless, if received by such
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people it is unsafe. It is similar reasons which dictate the rule forbidding children of tender years to be brought to the Darshan.
Making Pranam during Darshan
There is no obligation on European visitors to make the pranam
[during darshan] — very few have done so, none perhaps. Even from those who have stayed here, it was not asked
— they were
left free to abstain unless they asked for it — e.g. X, Y, Z
and A. B must not get the impression that we exact it from anybody.
I do not know whether a mere "look" at us will help him — it is only in some cases that that happens, and these usually
when there was a previous disposition or habit of response to supraphysical Light or Power as in the case of
C. These days
have been arranged with a view first to their main object, viz. for myself to give the darshan and blessing to the disciples, and
the form of it is designed for that — visitors first came in as a superfluity, though now except in November they are more than
half the crowd. But as they are mostly Indians accustomed to this form of the spiritual contact and aware of its meaning, it
does not usually matter. It is only when a European comes that this difficulty arises
— but it need not be any as he is not asked
to make the pranam.
As for the rest, there is nothing much to say. The distance
between the man and the Power manifesting through him is not an idea that can trouble the eastern mind, to which the gulf does
not exist, but it is natural to the modern intelligence.
20 November 1933
Is it possible for darshan to do pranam on behalf of X, Y, my
It is not possible to make separate pranams. There are nearly
700 people this time, and if all is not rapidly done we shall have to be there till the afternoon 2.30 or 3. Even one minute for each
means 6 hours for the first 350.
11 August 1934
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Right Attitude towards August Darshan
Someone told me that only ten days were left for the August
15th Darshan. I replied that every day should be considered as the 15th.
That is the right attitude. Every day should be regarded as a day when a descent may take place or a contact established with
the higher consciousness. Then the 15th itself would be more successful.
4 August 1934
As to the 15th August, well, don't lay too much stress on it which is after all more a general than a personal occasion
the individual any day in the year may be the 15th — that is, the birthday or a birthday of something in the inner being. It is with
that feeling that one should do the sadhana.
13 September 1935
Remarks on Darshan
It would be very good if you could come out to give Darshan
once a month instead of only three times a year.
If I went out once a month, the effect of my going out would be
diminished by one third.
2 March 1933
When I came for your Darshan, it seemed as if it was Shiva
himself I was seeing. I felt Ananda too. The consciousness of these things remained for two or three days, and then as if
There is no reason to be discouraged by what you call the evaporation of the consciousness that you got on the darshan day. It has not evaporated but drawn back from the surface. That
usually happens, when there is not the higher consciousness or some experience. What you have to learn is not to allow
depression, but remain quiet allowing time for the assimilation
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and ready for fresh experience or growth whenever it comes.
4 December 1934
It was certainly the best Darshan of all yet passed today, though
those to come will surely exceed it. I was struck by the rapidity with which your consciousness has grown since last time,
much more solid and insistent and with a power to overcome all mixture. One can surely now have the confidence, not prophetic
merely or founded only on the spiritual necessity in you but also on what has been accomplished, that what is not of a piece with
this growing consciousness will change or disappear! X's feeling about the darshan was quite true.
21 February 1935
Difficulties at the Time of Darshan
I have heard that at the time of Darshan all our hidden subconscious desires and attachments are thrown up.
There is no such inevitable rule. It is true that attacks are frequent at that time, but one need not admit them.
6 July 1934
During this Darshan, instead of Ananda, Force or Light I felt a great dryness.
It depends upon your condition whether the Ananda or Force or Light descends or whether the resistance rises. It is the resistance
of the ordinary physical consciousness ignorant and obscure that seems to have risen in you. The period of the 15th is a period of
great descents but also of great resistances. This 15th was not an exception.
17 August 1934
I do not think that the difficulty you are feeling has anything to do with your receiving what your husband sends you. It very
often happens that when the Darshan day is approaching the adverse Forces gather themselves for an attack individually or
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generally in order to prevent what has to be individually received from being received and what has to be generally brought down
from being brought down. Also very often there is a strong attack after the darshan day because they want to undo what
has been done or else to stop it from going farther. But as far as the individual is concerned, there is no need of undergoing
this attack; if one is conscious of its nature, one can react and throw it away. Or if it still presses one can keep one's will and
faith firm and come out of the temporary obstacle with a greater opening and a new progress. The Mother's force and mine will
be with you always.
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