Sincerity is one of the twelve attributes of the Mother.
Sincerity is compared to an atmosphere or a sheet of glass. If the one or the other is completely transparent, it lets light through without distorting it.
Similarly, a sincere consciousness lets divine vibrations through without distorting them.
The Mother – Some Answers from the Mother : CWM, Vol. 16, p. 382
“It is better to be than to seem. We do not need to appear to be good if our sincerity is perfect. And by perfect sincerity we mean that all our thoughts, feelings, sensations and actions should express nothing but the central Truth of our being.”
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 4, pp. 16-17
When you are absolutely sincere, you make a constant effort to live in harmony with the highest ideal of your being, the truth of your being. At every moment, in all that you think, all that you feel and all that you do, you try as perfectly as possible, as completely as possible, to put yourself in harmony with the highest ideal or, if you are conscious of it, with the truth of your being-then you have reached true sincerity….
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 4, p. 17
When someone has decided to consecrate his life to the seeking for the Divine, if he is sincere, that is to say, if the resolution is sincere and carried out sincerely, there is absolutely nothing to fear, because all that happens or will happen to him will lead him by the shortest way to this realisation.
The Mother – Agenda, Vol. 8, p. 151
Purity and sincerity are the same thing.
The Mother – Agenda, Vol. 5, p. 196
Before the Eternal Consciousness a drop of sincerity has more value than an ocean of pretension and hypocrisy.
The Mother – Words of the Mother – II : CWM, Vol. 14, p. 69
True sincerity consists in advancing on the way because you cannot do otherwise, to consecrate yourself to the divine life because you cannot do otherwise, to seek to transform your being and come out into the light because you cannot do otherwise, because it is the purpose of your life.
When it is like that you may be sure that you are on the right path.
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 3, pp. 282-283
Humility and sincerity are the best safeguards. Without them each step is a danger; with them the victory is certain.
The Mother – Words of the Mother – II : CWM, Vol. 14, p. 153
….Sincerity consists in making all the elements of the being, all the movements (whether outer or inner), all the part of the being, all of them, have one single will to belong to the Divine, to live only for the Divine, to will only what the Divine wills, to express only the divine Will, to have no other source of energy than that of the Divine.
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 5, p. 5
Sincerity means more than mere honesty. It means that you mean what you say, feel what you profess, are earnest in your will. As the sadhak aspires to be an instrument of the Divine and one with the Divine, sincerity in him means that he is really in earnest in his aspiration and refuses all other will or impulse except the Divine’s.
Sri Aurobindo – Letters on Yoga – II : CWSA, Vol. 29, p. 50
There is, besides, a marvellous joy in being sincere. Every act of sincerity carries in itself its own reward: the feeling of purification, of soaring upwards, of liberation one gets when one has rejected even one tiny particle of falsehood.
Sincerity is the safeguard, the protection, the guide, and finally the transforming power.
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 8, p. 400
Those who do work for the Mother in all sincerity are prepared by the work itself for the right consciousness even if they do not sit down for meditation or follow any particular practice of Yoga. It is not necessary to tell you how to meditate; whatever is needful will come of itself if in your work and at all times you are sincere and keep yourself open to the Mother.
Sri Aurobindo – The Mother with Letters on The Mother : CWSA, Vol. 32, p. 247
Do you know what perfect sincerity is?
Never to try to deceive oneself, never let any part of the being try to find out a way of convincing the others, never to explain favourably what one does in order to have an excuse for what one wants to do, never to close one’s eyes when something is unpleasant, never to let anything pass.…
…. That is, all one does, all one feels, all one thinks, all one wants, is exclusively the Divine.
“I want nothing but the Divine, I think of nothing but the Divine, I do nothing but what will lead me to the Divine, I love nothing but the Divine.”
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 6, pp. 132-133
….But the most important thing for the purification of the heart is an absolute sincerity. No pretense with oneself, no concealment from the Divine, or oneself, or the Guru, a straight look at one’s movements, a straight will to make them straight….
Sri Aurobindo – Letters on Yoga – III : CWSA, Vol. 30, p. 43
Whenever there is sincerity, you find that the help, the guidance, the grace are always there to give you the answer and you are not mistaken for long.
It is this sincerity in the aspiration for progress, in the will for truth, in the need to be truly pure—pure as it is understood in the spiritual life—it is this sincerity which is the key to all progress. With it you know—and you can.
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 3, p. 192
….If you say to the Divine with conviction, “I want only You”, the Divine will arrange all the circumstances in such a way as to compel you to be sincere. Something in the being… “I want only You.”… the aspiration… and then one wants a hundred odd things all the time, isn’t that so? At times something comes, just… usually to disturb everything – it stands in the way and prevents you from realising your aspiration. Well, the Divine will come without showing Himself, without your seeing Him, without your having any inkling of it, and He will arrange all the circumstances in such a way that everything that prevents you from belonging solely to the Divine will be removed from your path, inevitably. Then when all is removed, you begin to howl and complain; but later, if you are sincere and look at yourself straight in the eye… you have said to the Lord, you have said, “I want only You.” He will remain close to you, all the rest will go away. This is indeed a higher Grace. Only, you must say this with conviction. I don’t even mean that you must say it integrally, because if one says it integrally, the work is done. What is necessary is that one part of the being, indeed the central will, says it with conviction: “I want only you.” Even once, and it suffices: all that takes more or less long, sometimes it stretches over years, but one reaches the goal.
The Mother – Questions and Answers : CWM, Vol. 6, pp. 176-177
An indomitable courage, a perfect sincerity, a total self-giving to the extent that you do not calculate or bargain, you do not give with the idea of receiving, you do not offer yourself with the intention of being protected, you do not have a faith that needs proofs,—this is indispensable for advancing on the path,—this alone can shelter you against all dangers.
The Mother – Words of the Mother – III : CWM, Vol. 15, p. 190
Sincerity is the key of the divine doors.
Sincerity is the gate to Divinity.
Sincerity means to lift all the movements of the being to the level of the highest consciousness and realisation already attained.
Sincerity exacts the unification and harmonisation of the whole being in all its parts and movements around the central Divine Will.
The Mother – Words of the Mother – II : CWM, Vol. 14, p. 65
All division in the being is an insincerity.
The greatest insincerity is to dig an abyss between your body and the truth of your being.
When an abyss separates the true being from the physical being, Nature fills it up immediately with all kinds of adverse suggestions, the most formidable of which is fear, and the most pernicious, doubt.
Allow nothing anywhere to deny the truth of your being this is sincerity.
The Mother – Agenda, Vol. 1, pp. 212-213
I need not seem if I am.
It is better to be than to seem.
No need of seeming when one is.
I need not appear to be good if my sincerity is perfect.
It is better to be than to seem.
Be honest towards yourself ― (no self-deception). Be sincere towards the Divine ― (no bargaining in the surrender).
Be straightforward with humanity ― (no pretence and show).
The Mother – Words of the Mother – II : CWM, Vol. 14, pp. 67-70
The one condition for getting rid of these things is an absolute central sincerity in all the parts of the being, and that means an absolute insistence on the Truth and nothing but the Truth. There will then be a readiness for unsparing self-criticism and vigilant openness to the Light, an uneasiness when falsehood comes in, which will finally purify the whole being.
Sri Aurobindo – Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest : CWSA, Vol. 36, p. 379
There was no falsehood of soul-severance,
There came no crookedness of thought or word
To rob creation of its native truth;
All was sincerity and natural force.
Sri Aurobindo – Savitri: CWSA, Vol. 33, Book Two, p. 127
The beginning of all progress.
Small single compositae flower with narrow white ray florets and a centre of tiny yellow disc florets; borne in corymbs. An attractive perennial herb.
The Mother – Spiritual significance of flowers