Very often there is an unrelenting battle between our deepest aspiration and our outer being. Sometimes it become a life and death struggle for the issue involved is serious, that is to say, if our soul wins, then there is likelihood of a most radical change in our life. But this emergence of the soul is being resisted by the established forces in the evolution. There is only one way: not to be afraid. We should throw away all the good suggestions of human wisdom, all the suggestions of the collective human consciousness and just dive with all our courage into the Divine. There are tremendously powerful universal forces which rule the humanity through the highest forms of ethics and morality and religion. They prevent us from approaching the Eternal, the One, who is all, yet beyond all. These forces too are forms of the Eternal, they are there to measure our strength, to examine the sincerity of our aspiration, to test our mind, life and body, to see if these could bear the descent of the Godhead. In a way, they temper the steel in order to forge the sword of God, the steel strings for His harp. A soul which is destined embraces difficulties for increasing his strength, wisdom and capacity. One who chooses an easy and facile path goes nowhere and comes to nothing. When the soul is conscious it automatically chooses daring, dangerous and often seemingly impossible adventures. So let us not ask for the soft path either for ourself or for others if we wish them really good. The few selected by the very nature of the inner law will have to go through the baptism of fire, will have to face the greatest ordeals and must come out victorious. If they fail, that is to say fall, they will have to rise again and again until they can pass through the formidable gates guarded by the mighty angels, entrusted with the work of choosing truly fit vessels for containing the mystic fire, the power and light of the Divine Consciousness. Sri Aurobindo repeats the words of the Upanishad. “The soul cannot be won by the weak.”


N.Guha Roy 1984