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(1923. Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo's residence.)

(Enter T.V. Kapali Sastri, an eminent Sanskrit scholar of South India)

KAPALI: (Bowing his head to Sri Aurobindo) Sir, six years back when I first came to you I asked you about India's possibilities and you gave me an inspiring answer, “not possibility but certainty”. This time you are giving me another inspiring thing — your golden complexion. It is no longer deep brown as before. In you, Yoga incarnate carries now its true complexion.

Now I have come, my mind made up once for all, to throw myself at your feet and upon your Grace for ever. Pray, how should I proceed in the first step of your Yoga?

SRI AUROBINDO: My Yoga aims at transformation of the whole being, not excluding the physical.

KAPALI: How and where to begin?

SRI AUROBINDO: One has to bring the Divine Consciousness right down into the very cells.

KAPALI: Too difficult even to think of. But I cannot try the too-hard so soon. I repeat, I throw myself at your feet and upon your Grace, now and for ever. Do with me as you please.

(Sri Aurobindo gives a gracious smile and a nodding assent. With a parting pranam Kapali leaves the Master's presence, profoundly happy.)

Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, The Descent of the Blue.First published by Sri Chinmoy Lighthouse in 1972.

This is the 3000th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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