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This volume, number 14 of the Collected Works of the Mother, consists mainly of the Mother's shorter written statements about various aspects of yoga and life. They have been compiled from her public messages, private correspondence and personal notes. There are, in addition, a few tape-recorded comments, which are identified by footnotes. A few oral comments which were noted from memory by sadhaks and later approved by the Mother for publication have also been included; these are indicated by the symbol.
Most of the statements were first published in books and journals put out by the Ashram or groups associated with it. The majority were written in French, the rest in English. The English translations used here are for the most part ones that have already been published, with light revision where necessary. Dated statements within a section have been placed in chronological order, undated ones where they best fit in.
The different sections of the volume do not necessarily contain all the statements that might be included in them. Each statement has been placed under only one heading, although some might have been equally well under two or three headings. Statements which appear in other volumes have, with a few exceptions, not been reproduced here.
Many of the one-sentence statements dated 1954 and 1955 are translations by the Mother of extracts from her Prieres et Meditations. Many brief definitions of terms are actually significances assigned by her to various flowers.
The reader should note that most of these statements were written for individuals under particular circumstances and were not, at the time of writing, intended for general circulation.
Part Two of this volume consists of miscellaneous conversations not included elsewhere in the Collected Works. The first six conversations, of 1950 and 1951, are the earliest ones ever given at the Playground. Their transcriptions have only recently been found. Most of the subsequent conversations first appeared in the Bulletin of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. The titles under which they were published in that journal have been retained here.
The conversations were transcribed in various ways. Those of 1950 and 1951 were taken down in shorthand. The one of 3 April 1962 was noted from memory. The manner of transcription of three conversations, those of 12 November 1952, 1958: "Memory of Past Lives", and January 1960, is not known. All the others were tape- recorded. The conversations of 12 November 1952, 1958: "Memory of Past Lives", january 1960, 3 April 1962, 13 April 1962 (first half only), 11 May 1967 and 25 May 1970 were given in English. In all the others the Mother spoke in French.
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