The Mother on Her Symbol
1954, November 10th: During Her Class, Mother answers two questions on Her symbol:
Collected Works of the Mother, Volume VI, Questions & Answers, p. 395.
Q.: Mother, in your symbol the twelve petals signify the twelve inner planes, don’t they?
It signifies anything one wants, you see. Twelve: that’s the number of Aditi, of Mahashakti. So it applies to everything; all Her action has twelve Aspects. There are also Her twelve Virtues, Her twelve Powers, Her twelve Aspects, and then Her twelve Planes of manifestation and many other things that are twelve; and the symbol, the number twelve is in itself a symbol. It is the symbol of manifestation, double perfection, in essence and in manifestation, in the creation.
Q.: What are the twelve aspects, Sweet Mother?
Ah, my child, I have described this somewhere, but I don’t remember now. For it is always a choice, you see; according to what one wants to say, one can choose these twelve Aspects or twelve others, or give them different names. The same Aspect can be named in different ways. This does not have the fixity of a mental theory. (Silence)
According to the angle from which one sees the creation, one day I may describe twelve Aspects to you; and then another day, because I have shifted my centre of observation, I may describe twelve others, and they will he equally true.
Mother’s symbol has been translated into 28 languages, including the four languages of Auroville, i.e. Tamil, French, Sanskrit and English, as well as indigenous languages and those used across the world, including Amharic, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Macedonian, Marathi, Nepali, Niugini Pisin, Odia, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tibetan, Ukrainian.
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Mother’s symbol exhibition
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