The Mother in Algeria (1906 - 07)

The Mother in Algeria (1906 - 07)

1907 – 1914 Paris

The Mother

When in 1907 Mirra returned to Paris, Théon accompanied her. While at sea they were assailed by a violent storm. The sea became very rough with high waves and the ship was tossed about so badly that the passengers got panicky. Théon looked at Mirra and asked her to stop it. The Mother described what happened:

I went to my cabin, lay down on the bunk. Then, leaving my body there, I went up out of it and moved freely to the open sea. Then, leaving my body there, I went up out of it and moved freely to the open sea. There I found innumerable entities, but formless, madly jumping about. They were the ones that were creating all this havoc! I went near and, approaching them gently, said very sweetly, ‘What can you gain by torturing these poor people?’ I appealed to them, 'Please calm down and spare their lives.’ For half an hour I went on cajoling and remonstrating with them, until they gradually began to calm down. When they had completely ceased their activity, the troubled sea was calm once more. I returned to my body and went out of the cabin. Arriving on the saloon-deck I found everybody thoroughly enjoying themselves.”

The well-known Tibetologist Madame Alexandra David Neel was a member of the study group started by the Mother in Paris. She describes her impressions of the Mother:

“We spent marvellous evenings together with friends, believing in a great future. ... I remember her elegance, her accomplishments, her intellect endowed with mystical tendencies.”

In spite of her great love and sweetness, in spite even of her inherent ease of making herself forgotten after achieving some noble deed, she couldn't manage to hide very well the tremendous force she bore within herself.

After her return from Algeria, Mirra started another study group called ‘Cosmique' with twelve dedicated members. She gave a talk to this group on “What is the aim to be achieved, the work to be done, and the means of achievement.” She spoke of the New Consciousness, which has to be brought down and of founding collectively an ideal society, in a place suited to the flowering of the new race, that of the 'Sons of God'. Mirra was only thirty-four. It would be another two years before she would meet Sri Aurobindo and another fourteen years before the Ashram would come into being. But already she had chalked out clearly her future programme of collaboration with Sri Aurobindo.

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