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?


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.


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.


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]




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.




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.


“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]


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


[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. 



Barindranath Chaki




Three previous births of Satprem

Three previous births of Satprem

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Satprem has described about his three previous births in a letter dated 29th June 1959 to The Mother, vide Mother’s Agenda , vol I.

In all the three births, he committed suicide, as his wife, too, committed suicide as he abandoned her. He was married to a very good woman, the same woman in all the births, but he was ‘wandering here and there in search of something.’ In all the three births, he came in contact with a monk who wanted to make Satprm his disciple, but he succeded in that only in the last previous birth! But still he committed suicide in that birth, too!

The Person, whom Satprem named X, who narrated him of these three births also told him that the present birth was his last birth.

Prior to his telling about these three previous births, Satprem had dreams which gave hints about the events in these births. But he did nor tell X about these dreams prior to his narration of these three births to him.

Saprem has described:

“I had said nothing to X about these various dreams before he told me the story of my last three existences: three times I committed suicide – the first by fire, the second by hanging, and the third by throwing myself into the void. During the first of these last three existences, I was married to a ‘very good’ woman, but for some reason I abandoned my wife ‘and I was wandering here and there in search of something.’ Then I met a sannyasi who wanted to make me his disciple, but I could not make up my mind, I was ‘neither this side nor that side,’ whereupon my wife came to me and pleaded with me to take her back. Apparently I rejected her – so she threw herself into the fire. Horror-stricken, I followed her, throwing myself into the fire in turn. That was when I created ‘a connection’ with certain beings [of the other worlds] and I fell under their power. For two other lives, under the influence of these beings, the same drama was repeated with a few variations.

“During the second of these last three existences, I was married to the same woman whom I again abandoned under the influence of the same monk, and I again remained between two worlds wandering here and there. Again my wife came to plead with me and again I pushed her away. She hung herself, and I hung myself in turn.

“During my last existence, the monk succeeded in making me a sannyasi, and when my wife came to plead with me, I told her, ‘Too late, now I am a sannyasi.’ So she threw herself into the void, and horror-stricken by the sudden revelation of all these dramas and of my wife’s goodness (for it seems she was a great soul), I threw myself in turn into the void.”

As we all know, Satprem and Sujata came in contact with The Mother who led them onwards spiritually and integrally!!

Barindranath Chaki




The New Creation III

 The New Creation III

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Sri Aurobindo and The Mother came to change the earthly life.
Sri Aurobindo said in His poem Evolution :
O thou who climbest from dull stone
Face now the miracled summits still unwon.
The first half of Evolution has been before us , the human beings — we have grown, step by step from  Matter, which is described by Sri Aurobindo as “dull stone” — we have maneuvered to become the humans through the prolonged and difficult course of Evolution — from the stone to the human. That is the story of the Advent of Man, amidst the stone and the plants and the animals.
And now, there are the new summits before us, which are still unwon — the summits of consciousness and existence : we shall have to face and conquer the new summits beyond the human existence and the human consciousness. We need to conquer the new heights of Consciousness, beyond all our limitations, all our present imperfections and incapacities, all our ignorance and darkness, and we need to have the miraculous capacities to transform ourselves for the New Creation, for the Advent of the New Man, the Superman, the Supramental Being.
That is the Truth — either we will have to achieve it or we will have to lose the struggle of existence and be doomed to the Abyss. That is what The Mother has said to us :
Men, countries, continents,
The choice is imperative — Truth or Abyss.
It is the Divine’s Will that the mankind shall be transformed, as said by Sri Aurobindo in Savitri:
The Maker shall recast us and impose
A plan of godhead  on the mortal’s mould
Lifting our finite minds to his infinite,
Youching the moment with eternity.
This transfiguration is earth’s due to heaven …
[Bk 1 Co 4 Savitri]

Barindranath Chaki

Published  on in Evolution Next on 6-11-2013.
adapted from a previous writing and publication of mine elsewhere earlier.



The New Creation II

The New Creation II

The New Creation 02

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have assured us of Their help on the Way. Has not He told us so in the following words?


And yet I know my footprints’ track shall be

A pathway towards Immortality. [The Pilgrim of the Night]

He has asked us to find the secrets within and proceed towards the New Becoming. To show us the Way, Sri Aurobindo had to find out the Way himself, for it was an untrodden way, a New Way. He had to work hard, undertaking an untried spiritual research.

He who would bring the heavens here

Must descend himself into clay

And the burden of earthly nature bear

And tread the dolorous way. [God’s Labour: Sri Aurobindo]

And what did He tell us to do?

A voice cried, “Go where none have gone!

Dig deeper, deeper yet

Till thou reach the grim foundation stone

And knock at the keyless gate.”[God’s Labour: Sri Aurobindo]

Sri Aurobindo was Himself an Adventure of Consciousness, as Satprem called Him. In the language of His own epic poem Savitri, He was a ‘Voyager upon uncharted routes, fronting the danger of the Unknown and adventuring across enormous realms.’

A big change will come on earth — it has already started coming, since the 29th February 1956, when the Supramental Consciousness descended on earth, as The Mother declared .

Sri Aurobindo has said :

Often a lustrous inner dawn shall come

Lighting the chambers of the slumbering mind;

A sudden bliss shall run through every limb

And Nature with a mightier Presence fill.

Thus shall the earth open to divinity

And common natures feel the wide uplift,

Illumine common acts with the Spirit’s ray

And meet the deity in common things.

Nature shall live to manifest secret God,

The Spirit shall take up the human play,

This earthly life become the life divine.

The Mission for which Sri Aurobindo and The Mother came on earth can be clearly known from what is stated by ‘Savitri’ :

My soul and his indissolubly linked

In the one task for which our lives were born

To raise the world to God in deathless Light.

To bring God down to the world on earth

We came to change the earthly life to life divine. [Savitri]    


Barindranath Chaki


Published  on in Evolution Next on 6-11-2013.
adapted from a previous writing and publication of mine elsewhere earlier.



The New Creation I

The New Creation I

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A new creation from the old shall rise….  [Bk 3 Co 3 Savitri]

A  New Creation from  the old shall rise … so says Sri Aurobindo. The old humanity, the old earth, shall yield to the New Humanity, the new earth, which shall be on the way towards conquest of all darkness and divisions and decay and death, all ignorance and inconscience and inertia, all falls and failures and frustrations. The New Consciousness, the Supramental Consciousness, shall transform the mankind towards Light, towards Oneness, towards Knowledge and Wisdom and Truth, towards Perfection and Immortality.That is the consequence of what Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have done for the humanity and the earth.

Sri Aurobindo has said in Savitri :
A mightier race shall inhabit the mortal man’s world.
On Nature’s luminous tops, on the Spirit’s ground,
The superman shall reign king of life,
Make earth almost the mate and peer of heaven
And lead toward God and truth man’s ignorant earth
And lift towards godhead his mortality.


Let us ever remember Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and renew our Aspiration and our Hope for the New Way, for the New Consciousness and Being, for the Progress and Transformation towards the New Man, the New Race.

Sri Aurobindo is the Person, who has given the most hopeful meaning of the human existence, of the Creation. He has given us the greatest Hope, the greatest Dream, of Joy and Bliss and the Widest Consciousness and of an eternal, immortal existence. He was not satisfied with Moksha or Nirvana, nor did He ask us to be so satisfied. We will be transformed into an immortal Race, a new Race, who will not live in Darkness or in Ignorance or in Transience and Death.

He, the Avatar of the Supreme, granted with His signature of Tathastu [So be it] to the Vedic prayer of a few millennia:

Asato maa sadgamaya
Tamaso maa jyotirgamaya

Lead me from non-existence to Existence,
Lead me from Darkness to Light,
Lead me from Death to Immortality.

Sri Aurobindo said : So be it. And it is becoming So. He showed us the Way, the New Way, transcending and surpassing Moksha and Nirvaana. You need not leave the World, the Manifestation — for everything is He, the All-Existence. The Creation, the Manifestation, is His Will — can anyone go beyond His Will?  For, in everyone, He is manifest and He is hidden.


Barindranath Chaki

Published  on in Evolution Next on 6-11-2013.
adapted from a previous writing and publication of mine elsewhere earlier.



The Age of Religions is over


The Age of Religions is over

The Mother has said that the Age of Religions is over. She and Sri Aurobindo repeatedly proclaimed that Their Teaching is not a Religion, that Their intention was never to form or propagate any religion. With reference to Auroville, She has specifically declared that “Auroville is for those who want to live a life essentially divine but who renounce all religions whether they be ancient, modern, new or future.”

I am quoting below the oft-quoted declaration of the Mother relating to Auroville:

Auroville and the Religions

We want the Truth.
For most men, it is what they want that they label as truth.
The Aurovillians must want the Truth whatever it may be.
Auroville is for those who want to live a life essentially divine but who renounce all religions whether they be ancient, modern, new or future.
It is only in experience that there can be knowledge of the Truth.
No one ought to speak of the Divine unless he has had experience of the Divine.
Get experience of the Divine, then alone will you have the right to speak of it.
The objective study of religions will be a part of the historical study of the development of human consciousness.
Religions make up part of the history of mankind and it is in this guise that they will be studied at Auroville – not as beliefs to which one ought or ought not to adhere, but as part of a process in the development of human consciousness which should lead man towards his superior realization.


Research through experience of the
Supreme Truth
A life divine
Our research will not be a search effected by mystic means. It is in life itself that we wish to find the Divine. And it is through this discovery that life can really be transformed.
So, the Truth is that the Teaching of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother is not a Religion. We, Their followers, need not rejoice and follow the Religion of Sri Aurobindo and Mother very religiously, very devoutly, and begin conflicts with other religions, and remain devoutly stationed and fixed with the new ‘creed’ for another millennium, forgetting the Aim of the Progressive Realisation of the Supramental Transformation, forgetting any real progress as visioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

The Mother said on April 29, 1953:
Otherwise [if people sought for the truth], there would be no religion : there would be masters and disciples, people with a higher teaching and an exceptional experience. That would be fine. But as soon as the master is gone, what happens is that the knowledge he gave is turned into a religion. Rigid dogmas are established, religious rules are born, and all you can do is bow before the Table of the Law…. Luckily for all of you [children here], you have no religion. And I hope you will never have any, because that is closing the door on progress.”

Let me quote another note from the Mother on religion :

( A note to a visiting Western woman who wanted to teach in a “religious school.”)

One must not confuse a religious teaching with a spiritual teaching. Religious teaching belongs to the past and arrests progress, while spiritual teaching is the teaching of the future. It enlightens the consciousness and prepares it for the future realization.

Spiritual teaching is above religions and strives towards a total truth. It teaches us to come into direct contact with the Divine.


On April 29, 1961, the Mother replied to a disciple who asked whether a religion could be founded on Sri Aurobindo’s teachings. She wrote :

“…. Men are such fools that they can change anything at all into a religion, so great is their need for a fixed framework for their narrow thought and limited action. They do not feel secure unless they can affirm, ‘this is true and that is not’. But such an affirmation becomes impossible for anyone who has read and understood what Sri Aurobindo wrote. Religion and yoga are not situated on the same plane of the being, and spiritual life can exist in its purity only if it is free from all mental dogma.”

On April 3, 1957, the Mother stated as follows:

“A new religion would be something not only useless, but harmful. It’s a new life that has to be created ; it’s a new consciousness that has to be expressed. It is something that is beyond intellectual limits and mental formulas. It’s a living truth that must manifest.”

Again, the Mother stated on June 9, 1929 :

“It is often said that, if Jesus came back, he would not be able to recognize what he taught in the forms that have been imposed on it, and if Buddha were to come back and see what has been made of his teaching, he would immediately run back discouraged to Nirvana ! All religions have each the same story to tell. The occasion for its birth is the coming of a great Teacher of the world. He comes and reveals and is the incarnation of a Divine Truth. But men seize upon it, trade upon it, make an almost political organization out of it. The religion is equipped by them with a government and policy and laws, with its creeds and dogmas, its rules and regulations, its rites and ceremonies, all binding upon its adherents, all absolute and inviolable. Like the State, it too administers reward to the loyal and assigns punishments for those that revolt or go astray, for the heretic and the renegade….

This attitude is natural to the religious mind ; but it is just that which makes religion stand in the way of the spiritual life…. When you stop at a religious creed and tie yourself in it, taking it for the only truth in the world, you stop the advance and widening of your inner soul.”


Let us see what Sri Aurobindo tells us :

“How much stupidity and hatred men succeed in packing up decorously and labeling ‘Religion’ !

The quarrels or religious sects are like the disputing of pots, which shall be alone allowed to hold the immortalizing nectar. Let them dispute, but the thing for us is to get at the nectar in whatever pot and attain immortality.”

Sri Aurobindo further tells us in another occasion :

“… Then again, I don’t believe in advertisement except for books etc., and in propaganda except for politics and patent medicines. But for serious works it is a poison. It means either a stunt or a boom ― and stunts and booms exhaust the thing they carry on their crest and leave it lifeless and broken high and dry on the shores of nowhere ― or it means a movement. A movement in the case of a work like mine means the founding of a school or a sect or some other damned nonsense. It means that hundreds and thousands of useless people join in and corrupt the work or reduce to a pompous farce from which the Truth that was coming down recedes into secrecy and silence. It is what has happened to ‘religions’ and is the reason of their failure…”

Founding a new religion means repeating the same mistake that has happened in connection with all religions on earth ― the Truth that was coming down receded into secrecy and silence, leaving the ‘religions’ nowhere.

He says on August 18, 1935 :

“I may say that it is far from my purpose to propagate any religion, new or old, for humanity in the future. A way to be opened that is still blocked, not a religion to be founded, is my conception of the matter.”


To found a religion basing on the Teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, or to declare Their Teachings and thought and philosophy as a religion is an act of gross disobedience and deception to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. It is a fall, a failure and a frustration of Their Teaching. It is act of rebellion.

Founding a religion will be creating an obstruction between the seeker and the Truth that is descending.

Let us understand it and stop from disobeying and deceiving THEM, from stopping the Truth that is still descending for us.
Let us not stop the Progress.

Let us not forget the Aim, the Purpose : the Supramental Manifestation on Earth. Let us not pull back and stop the March towards the New World, towards the New Horizon.

Barindranath Chaki
{Adapted from a previous writing and publication of mine elsewhere.]