The Task before us

 

The Task before us is to change the world — from the imperfect mental world to the Supramental World of Perfection, the New World.

But why? And how?

Why:

Some fifty thousand to more than a million years back, the early human beings started their journey on earth, definitely with hopes for Joy and Bliss, for satisfaction and fulfilment, for conquering diseases and Death, with inquisition and thirst for knowledge in their eyes and their fresh undisturbed intelligence. They marched onwards and created civilizations and cultures, created Arts and Literature and Poetry and Music, created the Society and all the social norms and rules and paraphernalia. Even they tried to solve all the problems and difficulties of life.

But in their attempts for doing so, they now find themselves in a world, which they have almost completely spoiled. Now, men and women and their world are ruled and conquered by darkness and ignorance, by sorrows and sufferings, by chaos and disorder, by battles and warfare and destructions, genocides and mass-murders, by incurable mental and physical ailments and diseases and untimely deaths, in spite of all their wisdom and knowledge, all their feasts and festivals and parties and merry-makings, all the assortments and arrangements of enjoyment and pleasure, in spite of all their prosperities and riches, in spite of all their medical and scientific researches and discoveries and preparations, in spite of all religions and worships, in spite of all their peace talks and preaching of Ahimsa or non-violence, in spite of all their civilizations and progresses. Mankind has lost all their hopes and aspirations, all their spontaneous inborn simplicity and clarity and peace.

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So, we have to change the world.

And how?

We will change the world, never by preaching this and that religion. They are already fighting against each other for centuries. I do not mean to attack any religion; Persons who represented the Supreme Consciousness initiated them all. But we have added so much of falsehood, doubts, hatred, clashes and even bloodsheds into them, that they can seldom lead us to our Goal.

We will bring the change never by political changes and revolutions, by change of Governments or creating League of Nations or commonwealths or UNOs, however noble and lofty may be the Ideas behind.

We will make the change, never by changing external activities or habits of society or of life, not by keeping or shaving beards or hairs, not by changing dresses, not by changing political parties or social groups, or by changing religions.

Never can we reach the Goal by trying to change others in a prototype, as the Communists tried and failed, or by trying to criticize others or by trying to find faults with others, NOT by declaring that we alone are the conveyors of Truth, and others are of Untruth. I will come to the issue of Truth or Untruth later.

We are to change ourselves, first.

Each of us is to change himself or herself.

If we prescribe to find the Ego and hunt it, and we really then go after the Ego, we will NEVER find it. Within there is Darkness, and the Ego is reigning there. While going after Ego, we will be lost in the Darkness. We shall follow the Light. We shall seek and find the Light within.

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We are all moving towards the New Horizon, towards the New World, the New Creation — all human beings are so moving, knowingly or unknowingly. Some are marching ahead, some are moving slowly, some are loitering and gossipping and some are sleeping in Tamas, but all are on the Way.

Sri Aurobindo has said : When we have passed beyond humanity, then we shall be the Man.

In the New Horizion, the Supramental Sun has been arising, and it is now the Pre-Dawn time. And we are listening to the dawn chorus chanting. The voices of the Aspirants are being heard throughout the world.

As Sri Aurobindo has said, Man is a transitional being. When the earth was inhabited only by the animals, Man came into being, ushering in the next step on Earth, the step of Mind and Reason. The Earth itself is a process of Evolution; Matter — which involves the Sachchidananda, the Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, the Original Supreme Consciousness — formed this Earth, amid all the stars and the Sun and the planets, and it began evolving for the Manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness, step by step. Man emerged, the Neanderthal Man grew into the civilized Man of the twentyfirst century and still the Evolution has continued.. The marching ahead continues and it shall continue till Man grows into a Superman, and then into the Supramental Being — and the Evolution shall continue even beyond.

Satprem, while writing an Introduction to Mother’s Agenda, has spoken of  the New Man, of the Supramental Being:

 

This AGENDA … One day, another species among men will pore over this fabulous document as over the tumultuous drama that must have surrounded the birth of the first man among the hostile hordes of a great, delirious Paleozoic. A first man is the dangerous contradiction of a certain simian logic, a threat to the established order that so genteelly ran about amid the high, indefeasible ferns – and to begin with, it does not even know that it is a man. It wonders, indeed, what it is. Even to itself it is strange, distressing. It does not even know how to climb trees any longer in its usual way – and it is terribly disturbing for all those who still climb trees in the old, millennial way. Perhaps it is even a heresy. Unless it is some cerebral disorder? A first man in his little clearing had to have a great deal of courage. Even this little clearing was no longer so sure. A first man is a perpetual question. What am I, then, in the midst of all that? And where is my law? What is the law? And what if there were no more laws? … It is terrifying. Mathematics – out of order. Astronomy and biology, too, are beginning to respond to mysterious influences. A tiny point huddled in the center of the world’s great clearing. But what is all this, what if I were ‘mad’? And then, claws all around, a lot of claws against this uncommon creature. A first man … is very much alone. He is quite unbearable for the pre-human ‘reason.’ And the surrounding tribes growled like red monkies in the twilight of Guiana.

One day, we were like this first man in the great, stridulant night of the Oyapock. Our heart was beating with the rediscovery of a very ancient mystery – suddenly, it was absolutely new to be a man amidst the diorite cascades and the pretty red and black coral snakes slithering beneath the leaves. It was even more extraordinary to be a man than our old confirmed tribes, with their infallible equations and imprescriptible biologies, could ever have dreamed. It was an absolutely uncertain ‘quantum’ that delightfully eluded whatever one thought of it, including perhaps what even the scholars thought of it. It flowed otherwise, it felt otherwise. It lived in a kind of flawless continuity with the sap of the giant balata trees, the cry of the macaws and the scintillating water of a little fountain. It ‘understood’ in a very different way. To understand was to be in everything. Just a quiver, and one was in the skin of a little iguana in distress. The skin of the world was very vast. To be a man after rediscovering a million years was mysteriously like being something still other than man, a strange, unfinished possibility that could also be all kinds of other things. It was not in the dictionary, it was fluid and boundless – it had become a man through habit, but in truth, it was formidably virgin, as if all the old laws belonged to laggard barbarians. Then other moons began whirring through the skies to the cry of macaws at sunset, another rhythm was born that was strangely in tune with the rhythm of all, making one single flow of the world, and there we went, lightly, as if the body had never had any weight other than that of our human thought; and the stars were so near, even the giant airplanes roaring overhead seemed vain artifices beneath smiling galaxies. A man was the overwhelming Possible. He was even the great discoverer of the Possible. Never had this precarious invention had any other aim through millions of species than to discover that which surpassed his own species, perhaps the means to change his species – a light and lawless species. After rediscovering a million years in the great, rhythmic night, a man was still something to be invented. It was the invention of himself, where all was not yet said and done. [Mother’s Agenda, Vol.1]

 

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However, as we find, Man is, mainly and in majority, still far away from the Divine Possibility : Man is greatly involved in egoism, in Tamas, in vital and mental limitations and obstructions. Sometimes, even if and even when Man delves in and professes higher thinking and spirituality and a further evolution beyond humanity, he is still living and moving with a predominantly active lower nature. The human beings are more or less engrossed in limited or partial ideas, mental opinions, preferences, ignorant habits and mental constructions centered around lower vital nature, which has enslaved him with pride, arrogance, enmity, hostility, jealousy, envy, greed, cravings, passions,selfishness, egoism. Man is still living with ignorance, doubt, stupidity, falsehood, laziness, and Tamas.. If somewhere there is an endeavour for growing or creating something noble and great and aspiring for a higher possibility, forming a collectivity for moving forward, then it may also be found that from several corners attacks are creeping in, overtly or covertly, vehemently or stealthily, from the lower nature full of darkness and ignorance. Ego becomes the main force in Man, along with all narrowness, all crookedness, all poisonous divisions, tending to pull down all that great and noble in Man.

The change, as some may think, is not at all easy.

The change I am speaking of is not easy. Had it been easy, it would not have delayed by 50,000 years. All the religions, all the lofty social endeavours, including the French revolution or the Marxist revolution in Russia, have failed to change the human nature from what it is practically and what it should be. That is because the matter is very very difficult. Why difficult? Because we are insincere, egoistic, driven intolerance and hatred and animal enmity and anger, and above all we fail to know and understand Truth in its entirety.

The change needs a sincere and an undefeated ceaseless sadhana.

 

OOOOO

 

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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“The Will of the Supreme created the Manifestation. In words, it may be said that he thought : “Ekoham, bahu syama.” [ I am alone, and shall become many.]  The Existence-Consciousness has 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 can become the Whole also.

[ Excerpts quoted from The Psychic BeingThe New Horizon — Barindranath Chaki]

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.

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

23-08-2014

[Posted in ASPIRATION and in The Aspirants in Facebook on 22-08-2014. Revised from some of my previous writings published elsewhere on 22-01-2010]


Sri Aurobindo’s Writings 01

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Sri Aurobindos Writings 01

What Sri Aurobindo has written is the expression of what He was/ is and what is His vision.

 

Sri Aurobindo, as we know, besides being an Indian nationalist and a great scholar, was an evolutionary philosopher, a great poet and mystic, a rare mahayogi, and a spiritual master. His followers and many others throughout the world regard Him as an Avatar, an incarnation of the Absolute, the Supreme.

 

Sri Aurobindo contributed to the humanity His vast writings and through his own Yogic advancement, – worked for finding and showing the Way to the further Evolution on earth, and to bring down the Consciousness beyond Mind, that he termed the Supermind, the Supramental Consciousness to enable the Manifestation of the Supramental Beings on earth.

 

Sri Aurobindo was a philosopher par excellence, a poet par excellence, a very great and rare visionary of evolution. He is regarded as the Hope of Man. Satprem, a disciple of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother Mira Alfassa, has epitheted Sri Aurobindo as the Adventure of Consciousness. He wasnot only an Adventurer of Consciousness, but Himself the Adventure.

 

An Explorer of Consciousness, He was also the builder of the New World, basing on the New and a Higher Consciousness, the Supramental Consciousness, a much higher level of Consciousness, hitherto unmanifest, which was referred in the Vedas as Vijnana and re-discovered by Him. And He has shown us the Way, the Integral Way to the New Realization. His Task was not of realizing the Divine Consciousness and merging into It, transcending and leaving the Manifestation, the World and the Universe, forgetting the mankind and its past, present and future. His teaching was not to have Nirvana, or Moksha, to reach the Heaven and staying there forever, or to return to the Source, to the Origin. He has shown us a Way to discover, manifest and realize our own higher possibilities, our human and also our superhuman and divine possibilities. He has taught us about transforming our individual existence and even our collective existence, and also the world as a whole, breaking all our personal and egoistic limits, and becoming one with our earth, as vast as our earth. To divinize and supramentalize the world was and is the Task he undertook and asked us to take up. 

 

Sri Aurobindo is the Leader of the next evolution on earth. He was the first Person on earth to know and declare that the humanity must go beyond itself,  that Man has to evolve beyond himself towards becoming supramental beings, towards supermanhood. That is the Will of the Supreme, and the design of Nature, what is termed by Sri Aurobindo as Supernature.

 

Sri Aurobindo has said :

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.

 

Frederic Spiegelberg said in 1949 that Sri Aurobindo is the greatest living philosopher on earth. He also said  I have never known a philosopher so well-embracing in his metaphysical structure as Sri Aurobindo, none before him had the said vision. Dorothy M Richardson expressed as a question: Has there existed a more synthetic consciousness than that of Sri Aurobindo? Unifying he is to the limit of the terms.  And Roman Rolland said in his book India on the March that Sri Aurobindo is the completed synthesis that has been realized to this day of the genius of Asia and the genius of Europe.. The last of the greatest Rishis holds in his hand, infirm unrelaxed grip, the bow of creative energy.  

 

The Mother met Sri Aurobindo for the first time on29-03-1914. She wrote in Prayers and Meditations on the next day:

 

Gradually the horizon becomes distinct, the path grows clear,  and we move towards a greater and greater certitude.
It matters little that there are thousands of beings plunged in the densest ignorance, He whom we saw yesterday is on earth; his presence is enough to prove that a day will come when darkness shall be transformed into light, and Thy reign shall be indeed established upon earth.
O Lord, Divine Builder of this marvel, my heart overflows with joyand gratitude when I think of it, and my hope has no bounds.

My adoration is beyond all words, my reverence is silent.

 

The Mother has further said on Sri Aurobindo:

 

What Sri Aurobindo represents in the world’s history is not a teaching, not  even a revelation; it is a decisive action, direct from the Supreme.   

 

Sri Aurobindo was / is, indeed, the Forerunner of the New Race,  the Supramental Race.

 

One shall descend and break the iron law,
Change Nature
s doom by the lone Spirits power. 
A limitless Mind that can contain the world, 
A sweet and violent heart of ardent calms 
Moved by the passions of gods shall come. 
[ Savitri, page 346]

 

The above lines from Savitri are very well applicable to Sri Aurobindo, though these are equally applicable to The Mother.

 

As a philosopher, we see Him to be at the topmost level of Consciousness; He accepted all the philosophical truths reached by the earlier philosophers and transcended and integrated them all in a new synthesis into one whole Truth.

 

As a poet, He shows us the Way to the Future Poetry,and His Poems were expressions of the Truth, which He saw and realized andlived, which were expressions from the higher planes of Mind and Consciousness.

 

The Life Divine is the most important philosophical work of Sri Aurobindo. It is a theory of the spiritual evolution that culminates in the further evolution and transformation of Man, the mental being, into Superman, the supramental being,  which creates a manifestation of the Life Divine on earth.  

 

Sri Aurobindo has said :  ‘The Life Divine is not philosophy but fact; it contains what I have realized and seen. The aim of The Life Divine is a changed earth and nobler and happier humanity. It is a very great philosophical work, but also a unique and unparalleled manifesto of the Future, the first manifesto of such a manifestation on earth. Sri Aurobindo’s intellect was always inspired and used by His unique spiritual realization the realization of the Supramental Consciousness. The Life Divine was not a work of intellect alone.  It was thoroughly inspired by a great spiritual realization. It is having a great intellectual analysis, but it also has the most unique and superb spiritual synthesis and integration. In The Life Divinewe find an integrated combination of a unique spiritual realization, which never occurred earlier on earth the supramental realization and a correspondent and equally great intellectual activity in making a magnificent declaration of the Future, a superb proclamation of the coming Great Dawn, witha supreme supramental manifesto of the evolving new Age of the supramental beings.   

 

Sri Aurobindo has said to one of His disciples:

 

In my explanation of the universe, I have put forward this cardinal fact of spiritual evolution as the meaning of our existence here. It is a series of ascents from the physical being and consciousness to the vital, the being dominated by life-self, thence to the mental being realized in the fully developed man and thence to the perfect consciousness which is beyond the mental, into the supramental Consciousness and the supramental being, the Truth-Consciousness which is the integral consciousness of the spiritual being. Mind cannot be our last conscious expression because mind is fundamentally an ignorance seeking knowledge; it is only the supramental Truth-Consciousness that can bring us the true and whole Self-Knowledge and world-Knowledge. It is through that only that we can get to our true being and the fulfillment of the spiritual being.

(Letters on Yoga I)

 

According to Sri Aurobindo, this universe is the Manifestation of this One Being-cum-Consciousness through a continuous Evolution. This One Being-cum-Consciousness is involved on earth in Matter. Evolution is the way by which this Being-cum-Consciousness expresses itself. Consciousness expresses itself in what appears to be inconscient, and once having this self-expression, it impelled itself to grow higher and higher and simultaneously to enlarge and develop towards a greater and greater perfection. The first step of this self-expression of consciousness is Life.  The next step is Mind. But Evolution does not end with Mind. It aims to move ahead into something greater, into a Consciousness that is spiritual and supramental. The next step of Evolution must be towards the development of Supermind and Spirit as the dominant power in the conscious being. Because, then only the involved Divinity in things will release itself fully and manifestation of perfection will become possible in life.

 

Life has evolved out of Matter, and it continues to be with Matter. Integrated with a living body, which is a transformed expression of Matter. It does not leave Matter to continue it existence. So also life has evolved in a living body, which is also greatly changed for the manifestation and functioning of Mind. Similarly, through further evolution, Mind is to find Supermind and the mental being, manifested and existing in a living body, should have an integral transformation for the Supramental Transformation. Thus will emerge the supramental beings. Moksha or Nirvaana or living in a Heaven is neither the Way of Evolution,  nor the Goal of Evolution, nor the fulfillment of Evolution. The Supramental Manifestation on earth, with the advent of the supramental beings, the supramental race, is the Goal or Task of Evolution. That is also the human Way now, the human Goal and Task. This is the message of Sri Aurobindo through The Life Divine to the mankind. That is the Truth.

 

Mankind must realize this Truth. proceed on this Way, take up this Task and realize the Life Divine on earth. 

 

[Contd.]

Barindranath Chaki

15-08-2014