The New Summits

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.

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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,. 

OOOOO 

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.

OOOOO

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.

Barindranath Chaki

27-04-2008

 

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2 Comments on “The New Summits”

  1. Srikant says:

    Dear Barin-da,

    I don’t know whether it is right to bring this issue at this juncture and in this forum ! However, I am reminded of a comment by Sri Champaklal-ji on a sensitive issue , –

    – Since this has come to my mind now, I suppose the time has come for you to know.

    Now I know both the sonnets on Evolution of Sri Aurobindo by-heart. So I felt a little uneasy while reading these last lines of the sonnet :
    1)
    O Thou who climbedst to mind from the dull stone,
    Turn to the miracled summits yet unwon . – (SABCL 5, p.164, 1971)

    2)
    O Thou who climbest to mind from the dull stone,
    Face now the miracled summits still unwon. – (C. Poems – p. 137, 1986)

    3)
    O Thou who climb’dst to mind from the dull stone,
    Face now the miracled summits still unwon. – (CWSA 2, p. 595, 2009)

    You seem to have picked up the 2nd version. In the 1st version Amal was of the habit of putting even alternatives below as foot-notes.

    You see now the mess that Archer Heehs and Co. have put us in all these variations germinated sometimes purely from minds.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Srikant.


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