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AuroMira A1

The spiritual journey of Man has a revolutionary and evolutionary turning since Sri Aurobindo. He and Mira  Alfassa, known as The Mother, have given to Spirituality a totally new turn and meaning, a completely new purpose and value.

A true spirituality does not any more mean fleeing from the world and life. We need not go to the forest, forsaking the social life and ‘renouncing’ everything, and become a recluse or a monk or a sannyasin, after you attain the fiftieth year of your life, or even earlier, and then strive to attain nirvana or moksha and be free from the cycle of birth and rebirth for ever. Thereby by doing so, we allow the world and creation to go on, as it is going on now, in spite of the attainment of nirvana or moksha by several yogis, seekers, and saints. The world continues to remain as it was, in ignorance and darkness, in suffering and struggle and death. By attaining nirvana or moksha, we still allow the Divine, the Supreme, to incarnate in human form on earth several times, but we may still regard the coming back of ourselves as a bondage of ignorance.

As the principle of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, the Divine, is Truth, then this Creation, which is but a Manifestation of the Divine, cannot be false. When we are a part of the Manifestation of the Supreme Divine, there is no reason why should we withdraw ourselves from the Manifestation.

Here on earth, the Divine is manifesting Himself – through Evolution – from Matter to Mind, and then onwards towards the supramental race in a supramental world. This is Evolution. As Mind has evolved and is evolving, the principle of Supermind is scheduled also to surely descend on earth and be evolved.

According to the Teaching of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Evolution aims at ultimately manifesting That which is the Source of this Manifestation, the Supreme Existence-Consciousness-Bliss (in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, Sat-Chit-Ananda or Sachchidananda), the Divine. This principle of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss is involved in Matter. That has become Matter. What is involved in Matter, is being evolved.

The aim of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga is not the attainment of nirvana or moksha, not a freedom from the world and the cycles of birth and rebirth. The aim is not spiritual selfishness. The aim is not to say that others may continue to suffering, but we will leave this whirlpool.

OOOOO

This march onwards towards the Supramental Manifestation on earth is not only an Idea or Ideal only. This is not an abstract ‘spiritual’ teaching. It is a practical Truth, a practical necessity.

The Ascent to Supermind and the Descent of the Supramental Consciousness on earth makes the Evolution from Man to Superman possible.

Sri Aurobindo said:

“The supramental change is the thing decreed and inevitable in the evolution of the earth-consciousness; for its upward ascent is not ended and mind is not its last summit. But the change may arrive, take form and endure, there is needed the call from below with a will to recognise and not deny the Light when it comes, and there is needed the sanction of the Supreme from above.”  

Supermind is out of reach of the common ordinary mind. But when Man reaches the higher regions of mind, namely the Higher Mind, the Illumined Mind, the Intuitive Mind, and then finally the Overmind, as defined by Sri Aurobindo, he can have the glimpses and the touch of Supermind. It may be very difficult, even appear to be impossible. But when the Supramental Consciousness is present on earth, things should be now easier, much easier.

Now the Supermind is actively present on earth. Let me quote the oft-quoted message of the Mother from Mother’s Agenda Vol.1:

First Supramental Manifestation

(During the common meditation on Wednesday

The 29th February 1956)

This evening the Divine Presence, concrete and material, was present amongst you. I had the form of a living gold, bigger than the universe, and I was facing a huge and massive golden door, which separated the world from the Divine.

As I looked at the door, I knew and willed in a single movement of consciousness, that ‘the time has come’, and lifting with both hands a mighty golden hammer I struck one blow on the door and the door was shattered to pieces.

And then the supramental Light and Force and Consciousness rushed down upon earth in an uninterrupted flow.

The Mother has said in this connection:

The Manifestation of the Supramental upon earth is no more a promise but a living fact, a reality. It is at work here, and one day will come when the most blind, the most unconscious, even the most unwilling shall be obliged to recognise it.

OOOOO

However, we know that the mankind, along with this earth, is at present in a great turmoil and chaos and disharmony. There is unrest, struggle, warfare and violence everywhere.

Yet, man has the inborn capacity to conquer and master and transform all his imperfections and all darkness and ignorance around him, to grow into a creative, constructive, perfect and divinized higher being. The human society may also grow accordingly, conquering all darkness within and without, surpassing all racial, religious, linguistic, political and other artificial barriers, divisions and differences.

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother do not only speak of the Realisation of the Divine, of the Soul or the Psychic being, but also of an integral transformation of the entire human personality – his mind, and life and body, also of his ascent to the several planes of the Superconscient and to the Supermind.

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother aims at the total transformation of the human existence and the world. They want to change the world, the human lot. They know the bright and joyous future that the Divine has designed for this earth. They told us : don’t leave this world, change this; don’t give up yourself, transform yourself.

This is the Truth. We must participate in this Truth. We must cooperate with the Divine. We must march onwards, by transforming ourselves, towards becoming the supramental race in a supramental world. That is the only Way now left for us, for the human beings.

Sri Aurobindo has said that the time has come when man must surpass himself. Man is not perfect. He is not complete. But he has the aspiration and dream for attaining perfection and completeness.

Out of Man, the Superman shall manifest. Man has to become the basis for the advent of the Superman. He has to become the Superman. The purpose of the appearance of man must now be fulfilled. Man’s surpassing himself will do that. Man has to collaborate with the new Evolution, or the evolutionary forces will ignore him and go beyond him and find out its own means.

If we do not accept the Truth, if we do not try to change ourselves and the World, if we choose to continue with Old World of ignorance and darkness, of suffering and struggle and death, then result of our choice will be the Abyss.

The Mother has told us :

Men, countries, continents!
The choice is imperative: Truth or the abyss.

 

Barindranath Chaki
25-02-2016

[ Revised from a previous writing by myself, published on 29-2- 2008, after adaptation from another previous writing by me, published in Zaadz even earlier.]

 


Mother Mira

The 21st day of February 2016 is the 138th  birthday anniversary of The Mother, Mira Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. The Aspirants for the Supramental Manifestation on earth will surely ascertain and reinforce their aspiration on the birthday anniversary of  The Mother. Today is the auspicious Day this year : 21-02-2016.

Sri Aurobindo, whom millions throughout the world have regarded as an Incarnation of the Divine Consciousness, had specifically pointed out that  ‘the One whom we adore as The Mother is the Divine Conscious-Force that dominates all existence’ also descended and became manifest before us on earth. He referred to Mira Alfassa, and millions on earth adore Her. She is the Consciousness and Force of the Supreme.

Sri Aurobindo has said:

“Her embodiment is a chance for the earth-consciousness to receive the Supramental into it and to undergo first the transformation necessary for that to be possible.”

That is why She is so valuable for the mankind and for the earth. “She is the golden bridge ,” [ Sri Aurobindo : Savitri ]. She is the Force that enables Man and the earth to leap beyond and pass over the gulf of difference between Mind and the Supramental Consciousness, between Darkness and Ignorance and Falsehood on the one hand and on the other hand Light and Wisdom and Truth.

She is the golden bridge, the wonderful fire.
The luminous heart of the Unknown is she,
A power of silence in the depths of God;
She is the Force, the inevitable Word,…..
To heal with her feet the aching throb of life
And break the seals on the dim soul of man
And kindle her fire in the closed heart of things.
[Savitri : Sri Aurobindo]

OOO

The Mother said :

Throughout all this life, knowingly or unknowingly, I have been what the Lord wanted me to be, I have done what the Lord wanted me to do, I have done what the Lord wanted me to do. That alone matters.

She has also said :

Since, the beginning of the earth, wherever and whenever there was the possibility of manifesting a ray of Consciousness, I was there.

And She has also shown us the Way, the most sublime Way of the Child in us, in all of us:

You have to aspire, you have to reject; but the best is if you can keep me in your heart, if you love me, then you will have to do nothing. I shall do all for you.

That is the best Way.

And let us remember always what She has told us to march ahead towards the Goal, towards The New Horizon :

“Let us advance always, without stopping, towards an always more complete manifestation, an always more complete and higher consciousness.”
OOO

Sri Aurobindo has told:

“The Mother not only governs all from above but she descends into this lesser triple universe. Impersonally, all things here, even the movements of the Ignorance, are herself in veiled power and her creations in diminished substance, her Nature-Body and Nature-force, and they exist because, moved by the mysterious fiat of the Supreme to work out something that was there in the possibilities of the Infinite, she has consented to the great sacrifice and has put on like a mask the soul and forms of the Ignorance. But personally, too, she has stooped to descend here into the Darkness that she may lead it to the Light, into the Falsehood and Error that she may convert it to the Truth, into this Death that she convert it to godlike Life, into this world-pain and its obstinate sorrow and suffering that she may end it in the transforming ecstacy of her sublime Ananda. In her deep and great love for her children she has consented to put on herself the cloak of this obscurity, condescended to bear the attacks and torturing influences of the powers of the Darkness and the Falsehood, borne to pass through the portals of the birth that is a death, taken upon herself the pangs and sorrows and sufferings of the creation, since it seemed that thus alone could it be lifted to the Light and Joy and Truth and eternal Life. This is the great sacrifice called sometimes the sacrifice of the Purusha, but much more deeply the holocaust of Prakriti, the sacrifice of the Divine Mother.”

The Mother told us about Sri Aurobindo :

Sri Aurobindo came on earth from the Supreme to announce the manifestation of a new race and a new world, the Supramental.

She also said about Sri Aurobindo :

Man is the creation of yesterday. Sri Aurobindo came to announce the creation of tomorrow : the coming of the supramental being.

And for this advent of the supramental being, Sri Aurobindo says that Man has to ascend from Mind to various higher levels of Mind, and then to the Supermind. Man has to go through the ways of Transformation. And when the human aspiration rises to a height, then only Supermind can be approached.

OOO

The Mother is the Hope of Man, as Sri Aurobindo is. And with Their Advent on earth, the new Possibility of a divinized human race on earth has originated, the new Hope has been created. And They have given us, the human beings, the Task for the Progress towards the fulfillment of the possibility, of the hope — certainly with the guidance and enlightenment from Them.

To eternal light and knowledge meant to rise,
Up from man’s bare beginning is our climb;
Out of earth’s heavy smallness we must break,
We must search our nature with spiritual fire:
An insect crawl precludes our glorious flight;
Our human state cradles the future god,
Our mortal frailty an immortal force.

OOO

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.

[Sri Aurobindo: Savitri]

OOO

The Mother, Mira Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, has Her Work for all of us, the mankind, and for this earth, the abode of ours – the Advent of the supramental consciousness, of the supramental beings on Earth. That is the Work to be done here on Earth – the Work of the greatest importance – furthering the earthly Evolution beyond the humankind, beyond the human imperfection and ignorance and sufferings, bringing in a total transformation of the human beings into the gnostic beings, the supramental beings.

The Earth is a field of Evolution. The Earth has seen an Evolution from the cell, that was the first manifestation of life, to the human beings, the Homo Sapiens; and it is now becoming the field of an Evolution from the human beings to the supramental beings. About this, however, the human beings in general may not be as yet aware or conscious. Evolution, at first, was the manifestation of Life in Matter, and then it manifested Homo Neanderthals and the Homo Sapiens – the human beings, as Mind descended into Life and Matter, into the earth-atmosphere. Time has come now for going beyond Mind.

Man is conscious, but to a very small extent. Of course, in Man, the dreamer and the seeker is there; the further possibility is there in him. There have been a few Leaders among us and they are regarded as the Manifestations of the Divine among us: They have spoken of Nirvana, Moksha, Liberation and the Kingdom of God. They have also accepted death and decay and sufferings like all of us, out of Their Love for us. The Way They found for us was the way of escape from this worldly manifestation. A few individual’s nirvana or moksha or journey to the Kingdom of God could not solve the problems of the remaining billions of human beings that remained on earth. As a whole, the humanity has remained far away from Light and Joy and Peace and deathlessness, from Perfection and Consciousness that can give Victory and Conquest.

Man is not the last thing in Evolution on earth. He has to surpass himself and grow and become a higher being. This is the message of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Sri Aurobindo has said:
Man is a transitional being; he is not final….The Step from man to superman is the next approaching achievement in earth’s evolution. It is inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner Spirit and the logic of Nature’s process. [The Hour of God, page 7]

So far, the earth has been a vale of tears, a vale of owes and sorrows and sufferings, and also a vale of bloodshed and cruelty, of destructions and devastations and Death, of falls and failures and frustrations, of fights and feuds, of fears and foes. We are all sitting upon a heap of bombs – atomic or non-atomic, real or virtual. Human beings have become absolutely selfish and egoistic. Religions have turned into the reasons for battles, group-wars and terrorism. Political institutions and activities are grossly infected by crimes and corruptions. Love is lost. Truth is lost and hidden. Light is engulfed in Darkness.

This cannot be the Earth that the Divine, the Supreme, has designed and dreamed to manifest. The earth can be and has to be transformed into Abode of God. Man has to change himself and the earth atmosphere. Man has to change this world, in all aspects, in totality, integrally.

Sri Aurobindo has said:
Man in himself a little more than an ambitious nothing. He is a littleness that reaches to a wideness and grandeur that are beyond him, a dwarf enamoured of the heights. His mind is a dark ray in the splendours of the Universal Mind. His life is a striving, exulting, suffering, an eager passion-tossed and sorrow-stricken or a blindly and dumbly longing petty moment of the universal Life. His body is labouring perishable speck in the material universe. This cannot be the mysterious upward surge of Nature.
[The Hour of God, page 8]

The base of this worldly manifestation, as we know, is Matter, which appears to us to be inconscient, gross, inert, without Life or Mind. However, Matter, as Sri Aurobindo has stated, is the self-willed involution of the Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, the Superconscient Spirit, the Supreme. The Divine has Himself become Matter, as the ultimate process of an Involution. Evolution is the urge, ‘the upward surge’ of the involved Divinity in Nature – to express and manifest Itself in this and as this evolving world.

Sri Aurobindo has further said:
In every particle, atom, molecule, cell of Matter there lives hidden and works unknown all the Omniscience of the Eternal and all the Omnipotence of the Infinite.
[The Hour of God, page 14]

He has also said:
Involution of a Superconscient Spirit in inconscient Matter is the secret of this visible and apparent world and the evolution of this Superconscient out of inconscient Nature is the key-world of the earth’s riddle. Earth-life is the self-chosen habitation of a great divinity and his aeonic will is to change it from a blind prison into his splendid mansion and high heaven-reaching temple.
[The Hour of God, page 17]

Thus, it is an inevitable conclusion that the earth-nature and the circumstances on earth must change. Evolution cannot stop and be finalized after creating a being, the human being, whose nature is quite insufficient and insignificant and contrary to what is involved: the Superconscient. So, Man has to grow as an expression of the Divine. Man has to grow into something that is beyond his present state : half-conscious, ignorant, mortal and enslaved to the lower nature.

Sri Aurobindo has again said :
There is something beyond, something that mankind shall be; it is seen now only in broken glimpses through rifts in the broken walls of limitations that deny its possibility and existence. An immortal soul is there somewhere within him and upholds the soul-continuity if his nature. But this greater Spirit is obstructed from descent by the hard lid of his constructed personality; and that inner luminous soul is wrapped, stifled, oppressed in dense outer coatings.
[The Hour of God, page 8]

Sri Aurobindo has further said:
The earth-law has to be changed and a new atmosphere has to be created.
[Evenings talks with Sri Aurobindo by A B Purani, page 148]

Body has been seen, almost always, as a barrier for spiritual sadhana and progress. Sri Aurobindo has spoken of this as follows:
In the past, the body was regarded by the spiritual seekers rather as an obstacle, as something to be overcome as discarded, than as an instrument of spiritual perfection and a field of spiritual change. It has been condemned as a grossness of Matter, as an insuperable impediment, and the limitations of the body as something unchangeable, making transformation impossible. [The Supramental Manifestation, page 7]

But now, in the New Way of the Supramental Transformation, the role of the body is essential and of high importance. The secret of the Change lies here, in the body. Man has to surpass all his imperfections and shortcomings and become the supramental being. The earth shall grow into an abode of the supramental consciousness. That way only, the humankind can conquer all his sufferings, fears and shortcomings, all his imperfections, inconscience and ignorance, and even Death. That is the Task ahead. That is the Work to be done. Conquest of Death – that is the Aim. “Even the body shall remember God,” said Sri Aurobindo [in Savitri], and thus shall body conquer Death and Darkness and Ignorance.

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Should we continue for ever to be as imperfect and ignorant and mortal as we are now? Should we ever remain enslaved to Tamas and Darkness and Inconscience, to Death, to division and disorder and chaos? Should our existence for ever be meaningless, purposeless? Should our cycles of birth and death be aimless, meaningless? Should our existence remain for ever subject to sorrow and sufferings? Should always there be the continuance of the problems of warfare and battle, terrorism and bloodshed, of the innocent killings of the religious intolerance and atrocities, of the false and narrow and ignorant social rules, regulations, thoughts and ideologies on earth?

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have answered with an emphatic no. There shall come a change – as certain as the sunrise. And there is a Way – as true as the sunlight. And there is a Hope – as sure as the Dawn – for all of us who are willing to collaborate and cooperate with the Divine, with Truth.

As we know, Sri Aurobindo departed after effecting the Descent of the supramental consciousness and force on and in His Person. The Mother took up the thread by bringing down the supramental consciousness on earth. She continued with after the Descent on earth for a progressive realization of the supramentalized manhood – supermanhood – by Man.

The Teaching of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo has the clues of the Transformation of man into superman, of the manifestation of the supramental consciousness on earth.

The Eternal Mother holds the secret, the key.

OOO

The Mother Mira, who manifested the Mahashakti, was the Person who caused the Descent of the Supramental Principle on earth on the 29th February 1956. The purpose of this Supramental Descent was to make possible the ascending journey of Man to Supermanhood.

I seek to quote the oft-quoted statement from the Mother:
FIRST SUPRAMENTAL MANIFESTATION
(During the common meditation on Wednesday

The 29th February 1956)

This evening the Divine Presence, concrete and material, was there present amongst you. I had the form of a living gold, bigger than the universe, and I was facing a huge and massive golden door, which separated the world from the Divine. As I looked at the door, I knew and willed, in a single movement of consciousness, that ‘the time has come’, and lifting with both hands a mighty golden hammer I struck one blow on the door and the door was shattered to pieces. Then the supramental Light and Force and Consciousness rushed down upon earth in an uninterrupted flow.

This was, and is, the purpose of the coming of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on earth : the Manifestation of the Supramental Consciousness on earth, so that Man can progressively change himself into the Superman, the Supramental Being. By the half-lit and diminished principle of Mind, Man can rise from the animalhood to a great extent, but cannot attain Perfection, nor can he become the Supramental Being and cause an end to his miseries and his ignorance, inconscience, incapacities and death.

OOO

In interpreting the message “Truth or Abyss,” The Mother further said :
The message is only for those who are still asleep and quite satisfied with their   sleep.

The majority of the mankind is still asleep, asleep in darkness and ignorance with satisfaction. Man is still imprisoned with the ignorant senses and the blind and limited thoughts and ideas, with no aspiration or hope, no light or vision, no seeking, satisfied with the animal  indulgences and the limited ego, with death and darkness and division.

We shall have to aspire and endeavor and prepare ourselves for the Ascent. We should no more remain 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. This is the Truth for us.

Let us accept the Truth and thereby open 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 must accept this Truth. Or else, the Abyss is sure.  To stop remaining the gross animal man, immersed in darkness and falsehood and hatred and violence, this Truth is the desireable way. Our Aspiration should be for the Ascent.

Let us remember The Mother and march towards the Goal — the Ascent, the Supramental Becoming.

Barindranath Chaki
21-02-2016


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.

OOOOO

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]

 

OOOOO

 

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.

OOOOO

“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

 

 


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

9-5-2014

 

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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.
OOOOO
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
27-04-2014

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

 

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