The Protecting Grace of the Divine Mother

So long as we live and act from the ego consciousness, we are subject to the limitations of the physical, vital and mental levels of consciousness and we become subject to the play of forces that are at work in those arenas. The force that we can marshall to respond to these powers is weak, limited and generally ignorant.

A transition to the standpoint of the Divine Consciousness, through the process of expanding the action of faith, sincerity and surrender of the egoistic being, puts the individual, now a nexus of Divine action, into touch with the higher forces of manifestation that are at work in those higher planes. The supramental plane, where the power of the Unity is held even while a vast Multiplicity is manifested, has both effective Knowledge and Power of Action. Thus, the action of the supramental force has the power to overcome the opposition and obstacles put up by the forces of fragmentation, limitation, division and ignorance.

Sri Aurobindo points out that these higher powers are not solely impersonal forces at work. They are both Personal and Impersonal at the same time, unifying all aspects of existence. As we have seen in an earlier chapter, where one focuses one’s attention, one gets an immediate connection and response. And the impetus comes from the Divine level. Sri Aurobindo has described this in another place with the phrase “he who chooses the Divine has been chosen by the Divine.”

With this background, we can review the final statement Sri Aurobindo makes on the subject of chapter 3 of The Mother: “The more complete your faith, sincerity and surrender, the more will grace and protection be with you. And when the grace and protection of the Divine Mother are with you, what is there that can touch you or whom need you fear? A little of it even will carry you through all difficulties, obstacles and dangers; surrounded by its full presence you can go securely on your way because it is hers, careless of all menace, unaffected by any hostility however powerful, whether from this world or from worlds invisible. Its touch can turn difficulties into opportunities, failure into success and weakness into unfaltering strength. For the grace of the Divine Mother is the sanction of the Supreme and now or tomorrow its effect is sure, a thing decreed, inevitable and irresistible.”

Sri Aurobindo,