In a mother’s womb were two babies.

One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replies, “Yes there has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.

“Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”

“I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”

“This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord feeds us. Besides, no one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness.”

“Well, I don’t know,” says the first baby, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”

“Mother? You believe in mother? Where is she now? “

“She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”

“I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.”

“Sometimes when you’re in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.”

So, is there life after delivery?

In this physical life we talk of life after death. Some talk of reincarnation and some talk of heaven and some say don’t talk about it. We will find out when we will find out. I feel that the physical life is a preparation to experience higher consciousness. Shri Aurobindo refers to higher consciousness as divine mother. In one of his talks he said:

“The Mother’s presence is always there; but if you decide to act on your own — your own idea, your own notion of things, your own will and demand upon things, then it is quite likely that her presence will get veiled; it is not she who withdraws from you, but you who draw back from her.”

When you sit in meditation… when you still your mind and become completely silent you can hear her, you can perceive her.