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Isha Upanishad - Super school - Auroville - Isha Upanishad 1107

You cannot change the world, unless individuals first of all rise to the highest that this process itself is intertwined with the development of all. If I want to rise higher, basically my psychic spark and your psychic spark have come from the same origin, therefore, your aim and my aim is not different and whatever I want to do for myself as a result, I do for you and whatever you do for yourself; you do for me. We benefit and profit from each other and so the whole world, everyone is benefited, everybody is profited. This is the idea of real cooperation, the real basis for cooperation is this that without my development, your development will be incomplete and vice versa.

  • That's why Auroville was created?
  • Yes, so that you all live together and work together, in a real brotherhood because you are truly brothers, we are all brother souls. And we are all working together and the deeper we go and the deeper we know ourselves the greater is the power of harmony. All conflicts can cease in this light, we are all working together and the whole process by which mankind wants to change. Take for example poverty, to live with it; why should there be poverty at all in the society, why should there be suffering, we want to heal the suffering of the people. All this is a very noble ideal and we should all work for it, each one according to one's capacity to work for all, to work for all, to work for oneself, not for ego, not for my individual selfishness but for my real individual. There is a difference between individual and the ego; ego is the result of ignorance. When we go into this philosophically, ego is the result of ignorance. As you go in to the inward life and discover the psyche being, then you discover the true individual, not that the realisation of the individual is different from the realisation of God; God is a cosmic term, I'm an individual being. 

How do I understand myself, when you understand yourself what happens? Even the gods don't have what you can have; this is a speciality of the individual. The individual, when he realises himself, ‘he who sees’, these are the verses in the Upanishad, ‘he who sees all creatures in the Self and one's self in all the creatures, and sees himself has become all the creatures’, then there's no selfishness at all, it is impossible. The true individual is at once universal and there is no conflict between the individual and the universal. When you discover the true individual, you will discover the whole universe in the right way. At present the way in which you know the universe is the egoistic way of knowing the universe but when we know your true individual self, you know the whole universe in the right way, you are rightly related. Right relationship of the individual with the universe is, it has two terms, mutuality and unity. Sense of mutuality, everyone feels that he cannot remain without dependence on the other, this mutuality in which there is no element of egoism at all. Egoism comes, when we think that I'm independent of all others to some extent. But when you know that I am totally dependent on all the others, even the omnipotent Lord believes and knows that he has to depend on all. Mother said that even the omnipotent Lord, if He is on this earth cannot accomplish this task without depending upon all the rest. Therefore, he Lord can never become a tyrant; the Lord knows his dependence upon all is so great because he is all. So, there is no conflict between the two, it is in the sense of true mutuality. Sense of mutuality is a great sense to be understood, when I know, for example, my own progress depends upon my talking to you and if I don't talk to you, my progress is arrested. I'm so thankful to you that you give me the chance to talk to you; if you don't give me the chance my own progress will be arrested. So this is the sense of mutuality.

As Mother says that you look at the purity of the love of the mother and the child, the mother depends entirely upon the child, she has warmth of love, it can be poured only on the child and the child depends completely upon the mother at every turn is a great example of mutuality. This is the sense of mutuality, which should exist amongst all of us. Then the real collectivity, all the attempts made by philanthropy, by going out and helping others there is lot of egoism in it. I'm helping, how can they live without me, the world will be finished, it is also egoism. It is a good egoism, a higher kind of egoism but it is egoism. When you go deeper and deeper, you find a higher level of mutuality, you believe how much we depend upon air, we are completely dependent upon air, our bodies, whole existence depends upon air and if there is no air, there will be no respiration. When everybody feels this kind of sense of mutuality for all, a tremendous humility comes. You need everything even a blade of grass, how much I depend upon it. We depend upon all the spheres of the world; the whole universe is needed to sustain this little thing that I call myself, the whole universe is needed and I'm needed for this whole universe.

If you take a full account of our being, of our life this is the account, which liberates us from all kind of narrow egoism and then unity, not only mutuality but unity. In mutuality you depend upon each other but then each other is not enough; there is also mutuality of one on the other and the perception that all are one, the oneness of all this is the real key to the world change. If you want to change the world, if you want to work for the world this is the real key, depending upon our present stage of development we can work both upon ourselves and upon the world.  Now in a imperfect manner, almost in a bifurcated manner, I have to retire into my room to develop myself and then I come forward and give to the others, the time would come when the breathing is so universal that every moment you develop yourself and you're immediately contributing to the others. Others are contributing to you such a moment comes according to our height of development. When you reach that level then you can say, now I am true servant of the society, till that time you are an apprentices, we are still learning how to serve the society.