The Matrimandir

"The Matrimandir wants to be the symbol of the Divine's answer to man's aspiration for perfection. Union with the Divine, manifesting in a progressive human unity."


"In India, the Creation has for centuries been considered as anti-divine. Sri Aurobindo has shown that it is in matter that the Divine must be manifested.


The Matrimandir is here to teach people that it is not by escaping from the world or ignoring it that they will realise the Divine in life. The Matrimandir must be the symbol of this Truth."


- The Mother



The Matrimandir temple, Auroville.

An explanation of Auroville

Auroville: In Quotes set

  • eli 9y

    The temple looks very nice and special.
    I never heard any Hindou saying the creation was anti-divine, at the contrary people insist in viewing the divine in every single thing - rivers, sun, insects, humans, stones, and even in a blink of eyes…

    As far as I've understood hinduism - or as little- no seeker there wants to escape anything, unless we turn towards the begging saddhus who - for most of them- are people desiring a lazy life. Real seeker try to find the divine in one own self, and to have correct relation with wordly things -not to be bound to them.
    Well, god knows better…

    Love the macro of this one, and your zoom in - zoom out system works perfect. Well done !
  • premasagar 9y

    Thank you for your comment, Eli. You make a very good point.

    I also feel that there are many people and philosophies in India who aspire to seeing the Divine in all aspects of the world. This is, after all, the very foundation of Yoga - that all is one and united in its essence.

    I think that the Mother here is referring to the widespread concept that the world is an 'illusion', that true Divinity is somehow elsewhere and beyond. It has been a common tradition for spiritualists to remove themselves from society in order, say, to achieve self-realisation in a cave in the Himalayas.

    Elsewhere, the Mother said: "What has ruined India is this idea that the higher consciousness deals with higher things and the lower things do not interest them at all."

    She goes on to say that, in order for society to progress fully, the greatest spiritualists must be the ones to guide society in all its mundane and worldly matters - they must not remain aloof from the world.

    The challenge for the spiritualist is to see that the Infinite is just that... Infinite. As such, It must be everywhere. That means, in me, in you, in everything all around me.

    So, I am that same Infinite Consciousness. And all those struggles, all those obstacles, all those objects of aversion and the rest of it... my challenge is to understand that it is all One.

    The apparent differences are mere superficial details, just different styles of expression for that singular Cosmic Consciousness!
  • LeszekZadlo 7y

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