On 10 October 1954 the Mother had granted an interview to Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya who had asked her some questions about India and the World-Situation.
The text of the said interview—which has not been included in the Collected Works of the Mother—has been published in the online forum of Overman Foundation.
With warm regards,
Questioner: In Calcutta a small group of men hold that, as the threat still stands of Communist domination of South-east Asia, it would be in consonance with Sri Aurobindo’s views that India should support America.
The Mother: Why?
Questioner: They refer to Sri Aurobindo’s message on the Korean War, in which he gave support to America’s intervention.
The Mother: That is a very old issue.
Questioner: I have told them as much. I also emphasised that Sri Aurobindo’s moves were always dynamic, global and far-reaching. The world-situation, I said, is not static and the Mother is there to keep up the vast and integral character of Sri Aurobindo’s work.
Mother, let me place before you some of our difficulties. Whenever we go out at the call of the local people to speak on Sri Aurobindo and show them the film of the Ashram activities, some people follow us and slowly introduce some political literature. They take it to be associated with the Ashram and they are confused.
The Mother: Each one has his own idea and finds out suitable sentences from Sri Aurobindo’s writings to support his views. Those who oppose such views can also find suitable sentences from his writings. That is the way mutual opposition works. Nothing can be truly done until Sri Aurobindo’s total view of things is taken.
Questioner: Then, Mother, could we declare that we have no connection whatsoever with those who are in the political muddle?
The Mother: Yes. Have you got my declaration on politics?
Questioner: I have it.
The Mother: I have spoken about the 1957 crisis to Chamanlal and he has published my views. The politicians were reported to be vexed about it. Some asked why I had said nothing about the political trouble in Pondicherry over the question of merger of the French settlements with India. I took up my pen and made a declaration of my views on politics and the present politicians. You may show it to any one who asks about my views on politics.
Questioner: Mother, we think that India shall rise alone…
Here the Mother interposed with emphasis: OUGHT TO RISE…
Questioner: … to show a new way of material as well as spiritual life to the world with no support to any particular country.
The Mother: Yes, with no support to any particular country.
Questioner: Mother, our inference from Chamanlal’s interview with you and from your declaration on politics is that, as India is going to manifest the Divine and establish the Truth on earth, all the Asuric hostile forces are active and trying to find suitable instruments to destroy her spiritual endeavour. And that is why the crisis is coming in 1957—the possibility of a Russo-American war over India. It is our conviction that no man-built power can avoid this crisis. Only the Divine, only you, Mother, can save the world and humanity.
To this came the serene reply of the Mother: Yes.
Questioner: Then is it not our work, who want to take the country ahead, to build a faith and a cohesion of the people in you, since you alone can save the world? Should we not distribute copies of Chamanlal’s interview with you together with copies of Sri Aurobindo’s message of August 15, 1947? The Divine alone can save the world—and since you are here, if India has faith in you, you can raise her, make her a suitable instrument and take the world one step forward in Evolution.
The Mother: Yes.
Questioner: Should we not then declare that we have no connection with those who think political propaganda can do any good?
The Mother: Yes, you can say that you have no connection with them so far as their politics is concerned.
Questioner: Mother, are you not saving and guiding us?
The Mother: I am.