The Science of Living
To know oneself and to control oneself
AN AIMLESS life is always a miserable life.
Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget
that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality
of your life.
Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested;
this will make your life precious to yourself and to
But whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realised
unless you have realised perfection in yourself.
To work for your perfection, the first step is to become
conscious of yourself, of the different parts of your being and
their respective activities. You must learn to distinguish these
different parts one from another, so that youmay become clearly
aware of the origin of themovements that occur in you, themany
impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive you to action.
It is an assiduous study which demands much perseverance and
sincerity. For man’s nature, especially his mental nature, has
a spontaneous tendency to give a favourable explanation for
everything he thinks, feels, says and does. It is only by observing
these movements with great care, by bringing them, as it were,
before the tribunal of our highest ideal, with a sincere will to
submit to its judgment, that we can hope to form in ourselves
a discernment that never errs. For if we truly want to progress
and acquire the capacity of knowing the truth of our being,
that is to say, what we are truly created for, what we can call our
mission upon earth, then we must, in a very regular and constant
manner, reject from us or eliminate in us whatever contradicts
the truth of our existence, whatever is opposed to it. In this way,
little by little, all the parts, all the elements of our being can be
organised into a homogeneous whole around our psychic centre.
This work of unification requires much time to be brought to
some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish
it, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance, with a
determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for the
success of our endeavour.
COLLECTED WORKS OF THE MOTHER P 3-4