Isha Upanishad - Super school - Auroville

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In the Veda there is another story in the same line. The gods were told after they were put forth by the Divine Mother, who is called in the Veda, Aditi. (Aditi is a Sanskrit name for the Divine Mother.) Aditi told the gods to repair this darkness, work on this darkness. Then the gods looked at the darkness and the immensity of the darkness and they felt it was not their task; they were not equal to the task. Then they found in the Divine Mother is very special power and said that if that power is asked to do that work, we shall help it. We shall help that power, so bring out that power and put it into this darkness.

So this story is not completely told in the Veda, but Mother continues the story. I'm connecting several traditions and ideas so that we may have the benefit of a more comprehensive picture. What Mother is saying a kind of a story, later on we shall make it more sophisticated and we shall speak in the language of philosophy. But philosophy becomes very easy, if we become small children and listen to the stories first and then philosophy becomes much easier. Mother’s story is, when the gods could not accomplish and they replied to the Divine Mother that this is not possible for us. And then a very special power issued out from the Divine mother. There was so much of love in the Divine mother's heart, there was so much of compassion that this darkness must be the retrieved from its obscurity and the life should manifest and she plunged herself with that love and that love oozed out of her being. And it is that power of love began to work on that darkness and from that time onwards this is a movement of redemption as it were, darkness is being redeemed, a reverse movement from darkness towards light.

In the Rig Veda, I told you the first two lines and let me continue the third line to connect that story with this story. According to the Rig Veda there were first Truth and the Right and then came about the night and then came about the Inconscience. Then it says ‘samudra arnava, samvatsara jayata’ then came out from this darkness, Inconscience there came about samvatsara. What is samvatsara, this is the mystic word in the Vedic terminology. This samvatsara is actually that oozing out of the love from the Supreme, which poured itself. In the Rig Veda elsewhere it is identified with Agni, fire, fire of love poured itself on this Inconscience. It is a continuous rain, as it were even now going on.

There is another verse in the Rig Veda where it says, at one time gods called upon Agni this fire samvatsara and asked Agni to do some work. So Agni complains and says, I will not do it, once upon a time you asked me to do this work and I've been darkened because this darkness is so great and I'm working on it like a labourer, so this is enough for me and I will not do anything else, I'm doing this work. There is a whole dialogue in the Rig Veda on this subject between Agni and the other gods, where Agni says, this is enough, the work I'm doing is enough. The hard task that was given to Agni, perhaps was not recognised by Agni itself, but it was the will of the Supreme, it obeyed and began to work. In Sanskrit samvatsara also means time, even now in common parlance also this word is used. But time is a secondary meaning; actual meaning is kalagni, kala that is agni, Kala means time, time that is fire. If it only means time it was the later meaning of it but originally, it's meant the time that devourers, kalagni is the fire that which devourers darkness. This fire comes straight from the Divine and it is in a form of sparks, fire and sparks.

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