The New Summits
O thou who climbest to man from the dull stone,
Turn to the miracled summits yet unwon.
[ Evolution : Sri Aurobindo ]
Thus said Sri Aurobindo to us, to the beings who have maneuvered and become the humans through the long and prolonged difficult course of Evolution — from the stone to the human. That was the story of the Creation of Man.
And now we will have to face and conquer the new summits beyond Man, beyond human being and the human consciousness. We shall have to conquer the new heights of Consciousness and have the miraculous capacities to transform ourselves for the New Creation, for the Advent of the New Man, the Superman, the Supramental Being.
We shall have to ascend the heights of the higher ranges of Mind — of the Higher Mind, the Illumined Mind, the Intuitive Mind , the Overmind — the ascend the heights of the Gnosis, the Supramental Consciousness. And before all these Ascents to be made, we shall to have to discover and know the truth in us, the Psychic Being.
That is the Task before us. For, that is the Truth. The Spirit, involved in the Stone that has become Man, has to evolve further and manifest Itself.
The Mother has prayed before the Supreme :
Lord, we are upon earth to accomplish Thy work of transformation. It is our sole will, our sole preoccupation. Grant that it may be also our sole occupation and that all our actions may help us towards this single goal.
This Evolution is the Work of the Divine, the Supreme. The Supreme, the Existence Consciousness Bliss has become the Stone, the principle of Matter through Involution. And thence the return March of the Supreme — from Matter to the Supreme Consciousness again. And Man has come into being in course of Evolution in the return March.
But in Evolution, the One willed to become the Many.
It is the Will of the Supreme that created the Manifestation. It may be said that he thought : “Ekoham, bahu syama.” [ I am alone, and shall become many.] The Existence-Consciousness became many, countless many, and each of the many is a Soul.
A soul, or the atman in Sanskrit, is a part and portion of the Supreme Consciousness, the Divine — a part who is one with the Whole, who can unite with the Whole and be the Whole also,.
The Divine began His return March and has reached the stage of the Human. Now the Human has to collaborate with the Divine to manifest the Divine in Many as the Supramental Race.
Ignorance and Darkness and diseases and Death have to conquered, as those belong to the falsehood. That is the Will of the Divine.
The Mother had prayed :
The hour has come when a choice has to be made, radical and definitive. Lord, give us the strength to reject falsehood and emerge in Thy truth, pure and worthy of Thy victory….
As ordinary human beings, we are leading ourselves to the Abyss, through our lowest emotions, passions, pre-occupations and occupations, through our fears and distrust and gross indulgence. Often we close our eyes to the Light, often we shut up our inner windows when we hear the Call. We lend ourselves to be controlled and managed by the Asura.
The Mother has further said:
The Asura is the force of falsehood, antidivine, which reigns as sovereign over the physical world; his influence is felt everywhere, it is in everything in Matter. But the time has now come when the separation, the purification, can be made, the falsehood, the Asuric influence, rejected and there can be an exclusive living in the Divine Truth.
On the 1st January 1967, The Mother gave us the Message :
Men, countries, continents!
The choice is imperative:
Truth or the abyss.
The Mother has further said:
The message is only for those who are still asleep and quite satisfied with their sleep.
We find that still the majority of the humankind is asleep, asleep in darkness and ignorance with all satisfaction.
The Truth is that we shall have to aspire and endeavour for the Ascent, we shall have to prepare ourselves and be ready for the Next Step, we shall have to stop remaining satisfied with our present state of being immersed in gross indulgence and inner blindness and blocked consciousness, of being involved with hatred and jealousy and greed and violence, of being conquered by darkness and ignorance and death.
If we accept the Truth, we are opening the gates of great possibilities. The Mother says : This wonderful world of delight waiting at our gates for our call, to come down upon earth…
We shall have to accept this Truth. Otherwise the Abyss is sure. To stop remaining the grossly animal man, immersed in darkness and narrowness and hatred and violence, that is what is desired. Our pre-occupation and occupation should be The Next Step, the New Evolution.
The Next Step
The World is now preparing for a big change. Man is also waiting for a big change. All his mental, physical and other capabilities and capacities have come to particular point, when he has been forced to be asking : And now, what?
All the old systems and principles of the society and the ways of living have been now facing a great challenge. Everything is broken or being broken. And we find a great chaos throughout the World. All rules being surpassed. Violence, bloodshed, disbelief, warfare and a chaotic human behaviour have the signatures of the present day. Even we have found at somewhere degradations to the subhuman standards of the so-called human beings. We have found that instead of progress, there have been movements of chaotic regress. We find that this world, at present, is in an extremely bad state of affairs. Falsehood, deception, selfishness, corruption, greed, hatred, violence, cruelty, inhumanity, and hunger for power and money — these seem to be the ruling forces on earth now. All the noble and great Ideals or Ideas, which prevailed on earth and inspired many of our noble and great ancients, now seem to have become obsolete. The present day earth seems to have smaller, but ideologically, and in consciousness, men seem to have become smaller also. The entire humankind is sitting on a heap of bombs – atomic or non-atomic. In relationships, we find little of beauty and love and fellow feeling. In Arts and culture, beauty is replaced by vulgarity. In the name of religion, the people fight and kill each other and are taking themselves farther away from the Divine, from spirituality.
The World, thanks to the scientific progress and achievement, is speedily becoming one. So also, the political and some other social activities are narrowing and bridging the differences and are breaking the Walls. Culturally, we find the tendency of an international synthesis. Indeed, the World becoming one.
But the Way is lost. The Old ways have done their jobs. They have led us thus far — may be through some light and some darkness. We are now knocking at the Door — the door for opening the New Way towards the New Horizon, for, we shall have to take The Next Step.
What is the Next Step?
That is the Next Step of Consciousness. Mind is not the last stage of Consciousness, nor is Man the last stage the Manifestation, of the Evolution. “Man is a transitional being” — said Sri Aurobindo.
What is required for us is an adventure of Consciousness. At present, we have remained limited and bound to the imperfect human mind. We have questioned and we have questions, but the answers seem to be still far away. But are the answers really far away?
The coming of the Big Change was foreseen. The Next Step to be taken by us has been also indicated. Only we have to take the Next Step, towards the Next Evolution.
Sri Aurobindo is The Leader of the next evolution. Along with The Mother [Mira Alfassa], He has trodden the New Way towards the Next Evolution, beyond Mind, beyond Man.
He was the Pioneer to know and enlighten that the humanity must go beyond itself, that Man has to evolve beyond Mind, beyond himself towards the New Man, towards Supermanhood, towards becoming supramental beings. That is the Will of the Supreme, the Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, that is the design of what He has termed as Supernature.
Sri Aurobindo is Himself the Adventure of Consciousness, as has been described by Satprem.And if one aspires and endeavours to follow the Light and the Words of Sri Aurobindoand The Motherand is inspired by Them and tries to walk through the Way trodden by Them, one has to grow up as a sort of adventurer of Consciousness, a seeker of Truth. And this is not to be a blind faith. This should be an Understanding, a Light that comes from above and grows within, more and more intuitively and yet it should satisfy all claims of Reason, and should even surpass the limits of Reason, the failures and falls of Reason. This need not be done as a religion, not as any worship, not as a dogma, not as a way of creating another group or any group, but as a clear and open Truth, universal and worldwide and limitless, and acceptable to and accepting all human beings on earth, so that Man may surpass all imperfections and limitations, all difficulties and deficiencies, all divisions and darkness and death.
Our evolution in the Ignorance with its checkered joy and pain of self-discovery and world-discovery, its half fulfilments, its constant finding and missing, is only our first state. It must lead inevitably towards an evolution in the Knowledge, a self finding and self-unfolding of the Spirit, a self-revelation of the Divinity in things in that true power of itself in Nature which is to us still a Supernature.
And said The Mother:
A new consciousness is at work upon earth to prepare the coming of the superhuman being. Open yourself to this consciousness if you aspire to serve the Divine Work.
To come into contact with this new consciousness, the essential condition is no longer to have any desires and to be wholly sincere.
Hence, we have to aspire for and dream of marching towards The Next Evolution, towards The New Horizon,and take the Next Step. With this Hope, with these ideas and aspirations, this blog is created, which I name The Next Step. My idea is not to dream or be a visionary, but to spread this Light and this Hope, for growing and marching ahead and take The Next Step.