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Correspondence with Sri Aurobindo

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In some cases you don't seem to like people to be engrossed in literary work. Can it be taken as a general rule?

There is no general rule; the mind is always trying to build general lies. The thing done may be the same, but it is done in different ways according to the circumstances and the nature of the people.

Well, Dilip had to work in spite of your Grace. So may I ask you in the vein of Arjuna – but alas, not with that love and surrender! – to give me one direct and decisive rule to follow in this path of poetic activity? My aspiration for your Grace and blessings in this mental occupation, is as great as for spiritual progress.

Aspire for the opening to the right plane of inspiration. You forget that D got his opening by grace and never lost it – all his work only helps him to utilise and develop what is already there.


1934 05 22 Exact Writting Letter Nirodbaran