The Mother on Photographs & on Concentrating on Her Photographs

Mother reads from Lights on Yoga, “Surrender and Opening”.
So?
Sweet Mother, when we concentrate on one of your photos—there are many photos, each one with a different expression—does it make a difference for us, the one on which we concentrate? 

If you do it purposely, yes, of course. If you choose this photo for a particular reason or that other one for another reason, surely. It has an effect. It is as though you were choosing to concentrate on one aspect of the Mother rather than another; for example, if you choose to concentrate on Mahakali or Mahalakshmi or on Maheshwari, the results will be different. That part of you which answers to these qualities will awaken and become receptive. So, it is the same thing. But somebody who has only one photo, whichever it may be, and concentrates, without choosing this one or that, because he has only one, then it is of no importance which one it is. For the fact of concentrating on the photograph puts one in contact with the Force, and that is what is necessary in the case of everyone who responds automatically.

It is only when the person who concentrates puts a special will, with a special relation, into his concentration that it has an effect. Otherwise the relation is more general, and it is always the expression of the need or the aspiration of the person who concentrates. If he is absolutely neutral, if he does not choose, does not aspire for any particular thing, if he comes like this, like a white page and absolutely neutral, then it is the forces and aspects he needs which will answer to the concentration and perhaps even the person himself will not know what particular things he needs, because very few people are conscious of themselves. They live in a vague feeling, they have a vague aspiration and it is almost unseizable; it is not something organised, coordinated and willed, with a clear vision, for example, of the difficulties one wants to overcome or the capacities one wants to acquire; this, usually, is already the result of a fairly advanced discipline. One must have reflected much, observed much, studied much in order to be able to know exactly what he needs. Otherwise it is something hazy, this impression: one tries to catch it and it escapes… 

-24 August, 1955, The Mother – Questions and Answers 1955

Every book, on account of the words it contains, is like a small accumulator of these forces. People don’t know this, for they don’t know how to make use of it, but it is so. In the same way, in every picture, photograph, there is an accumulation, a small accumulation representative of the force of the person whose picture it is, of his nature and, if he has powers, of his powers.

-The Mother, Questions and Answers 1956

… But for example, the perception of the inner reality of people—not what they think they are or what they pretend to be or what they seem to be: all that disappears—but the perception of their inner reality is infinitely more precise than before. I see a photograph, for example; it is no longer a matter of seeing “through” something: I see almost nothing but what the person is. The “through” diminishes to such an extent that sometimes it does not exist at all.

-The Mother – On Thoughts and Aphorisms

Sweet Mother,

Why is the photo a fragmentary and limited presence? 

Because the photo catches only the image of a moment, an instant of a person’s appearance and of what that appearance can reveal of a passing psychological condition and fragmentary soul-state. Even if the photograph is taken under the best possible conditions at an exceptional and particularly expressive moment, it cannot in any way reproduce the whole personality.

– 5 November 1959, The Mother – Some Answers from the Mother

24 thoughts on “The Mother on Photographs & on Concentrating on Her Photographs”

  1. Wow, awesome weblog layout! How long have you ever been running a
    blog for? you made running a blog glance easy. The entire glance of your site is magnificent, as neatly as the
    content! You can see similar here sklep internetowy

  2. Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Thank you! I saw similar here: Najlepszy sklep

  3. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team
    of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to
    work on. You have done a marvellous job! I saw similar here: Dobry sklep

  4. Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from
    somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine.
    Please let me know where you got your design. Thank you I
    saw similar here: Sklep internetowy

  5. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords
    but I’m not seeing very good gains. If you know of any please share.
    Thank you! You can read similar blog here: Dobry sklep

  6. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to
    assist with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good
    success. If you know of any please share. Many thanks!
    You can read similar art here: Sklep online

  7. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m
    not seeing very good success. If you know of any please
    share. Appreciate it! You can read similar article here:
    Dobry sklep

  8. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog
    to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains.
    If you know of any please share. Thank you! You can read similar article here:
    Sklep online

  9. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization?
    I’m trying to get my site to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good
    success. If you know of any please share. Cheers! You
    can read similar text here: Auto Approve List

  10. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my site to
    rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success.
    If you know of any please share. Many thanks! I saw similar art here: Auto Approve List

  11. Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with
    Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords
    but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any
    please share. Many thanks! You can read similar art
    here: Backlink Building

  12. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to
    rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results.
    If you know of any please share. Appreciate it! I saw similar art here: List of Backlinks

  13. Wow, incredible weblog structure! How lengthy have you been blogging for?

    you made blogging look easy. The full glance of your
    website is magnificent, let alone the content material!
    You can see similar here sklep internetowy

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *