76 (Europe prides herself on her practical and scientific organisation and...)
76 – Europe prides herself on her practical and scientific organisation and efficiency. I am waiting till her organisation is perfect; then a child shall destroy her.1
When these Aphorisms were published in the Bulletin you said that this one should be omitted. It is a rather mysterious Aphorism, which I would very much like to understand. But I would like to know whether now we should publish it or not?
Where did Sri Aurobindo write that?
In the Aphorisms.
Yes, but he did not write a special book; these texts were collected from here and there.
No, no, not at all. Sri Aurobindo had a special notebook in which he wrote the Aphorisms as they came. And this one was among the others.
“A child”… What did he put in English at the beginning?
I would put it in.
But what did he mean?
I don't know.
Of course, only the power can be destroyed, because one cannot destroy the earth.
Yes, the earth cannot be destroyed, but a civilisation can be destroyed.
He says: Europe will be destroyed.
Yes… but which child?
I have the impression that it came as something absolutely true, an absolutely true prediction – but I don't know.
You had said that it would be better to leave it out.
But now, on the contrary, I feel that it must be said.
But I do not think that the time has come yet, I mean come for the realisation; the time has come to say it, but not for the realisation.
“The child”… perhaps it is the child of the new world – with a smile, he will bring the whole thing tumbling down.
Yes, it is possible is possible.
There is a terrifying power in it… something tremendous. You cannot imagine the power that is in it; it is really as if the Divine himself were speaking: “I am waiting”… I am waiting…
11 December 1971
1 The following conversation took place in December 1971, nearly ten years after the Mother's commentaries on this group of Aphorisms. (vissza)