|Posted by Barindranath Chaki on May 13, 2012 at 3:35 AM|
Sri Aurobindo said in His poem Evolution :
O thou who climbest to mind from the dull stone
Turn to 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 thehuman. 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 andconquer the new summits beyond the human existence andthe 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.
Thatis the Truth — either we willhave to achieve it or we will have tolose 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 orAbyss.
Inspite of all the imperfections and ignorance and darkness in Man, inspite of all the prevalence and the pull and push of the animal naturein Man, since the early beginning of his civilization,he has an opening and an asking for the Divine, for the Supreme. He has always tried to have contact with some higher consciousness and force, however crude and incomplete the attempts for the contact may be. This tendency in him might have given rise to many a superstition, but it has also given rise to some great religions, which have led men to live some nobler and higher lives.
But in the religions, there were and are attempts by the incomplete and imperfect mind to suitably wrap up with ignorance and darkness the highest contact and the highest sentiments and emotions and ideas and thoughts within us. It was the lesser men, living in limitations and imperfections, who started managing the religions and the rules thereof and the do’s and the don’ts. Men have been seeking to go to heaven, orto go for Nirvana or Moksha, making the human existence, as it were, a meaningless, purposeless, aimless play of the Supreme.
In the name of the religions, nowthe humanity is divided. Hatred and cruelty and division are now in force inplace of Love and humanism and oneness. The Divine is far away, and the Divine Life is a distant impossiblity.
In the plane of Mind, thus, we are now in a fix. We shall have to go beyond it to find the true meaning and useand purpose of the human life and existence and also of the Mind itself.
And we should remember what The Mother has told: The Age of religion isover. Keeping aside the religious conflicts and debates, we shall have to go beyond the mental limitations and ascend the higher ranges of consciousness.
We need to ascend the heights of the higher ranges of Mind — of the HigherMind, the Illumined Mind, the IntuitiveMind , the Overmind — theascend the heights of the Gnosis, the Supramental Consciousness. Andbefore all these Ascents are made, we shall tohave to discover andknow the truth in us, the Psychic Being.
That is the Task that we shall haveto undertake, because, that is theTruth. The Spirit, involved in the Stone, hasbecome Man, and now hasto evolve further and manifest Itself.
The Mother has prayed before the Supreme, for all of us :
Lord, we are upon earth to accomplish Thy work of transformation. It is oursole 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.
Evolutionis the Work of the Divine,the Supreme. The Supreme, the ExistenceConsciousness Bliss has become the Stone, the principle of Matter,through Involution. And from that stage, began the return journey ofthe Supreme — from Matter to the Supreme Consciousness again. And Manhas come into existence, in course of the Evolution in the return journey of the Supreme Consciousness. That is the Play of theSupreme,which is also His Work.
But in Evolution, the One willed tobecome the Many and has become so.
It is the Will of the Supreme thatcreated the Manifestation. In words, it may be said that he thought : “Ekoham,bahu syama.” [ I am alone, and shall become many.] When theExistence-Consciousness became many, countless many, and each of the many is a Soul, or the atman in Sanskrit, which is a part and portion of the Supreme Consciousness, the Divine —a part who is one with the Whole, whocan be the Whole also, who can unite with the Whole.
Sri Aurobindo has used the word ‘the psychic being’ in expressingtheactive aspect of the ‘soul’ in Man. The psychic being is evoled only inthehuman being, as it has to participate and lead in the next evolution beyondMind. Sri Aurobindo says :
The soul … … is something that comes down into birth and passes through death – although it does not itself die, forit is immortal – from onestate to another, from the earth plane to other planes and back again to the earth-existence. It goes on with this progression fromlife tolife through an evolution which leads it up to the human state and evolves through it all a being of itself which we call the psychic being that supports the evolution and develops a physical, a vital, a mental human consciousness as its instruments of world-experience and of a disguised, imperfect, but growing self-expression. All this it does from behind a veilshowing something of its divine self only in sofar as the imperfection of the instrumental being will allow it. But a time comes when it is able to prepare tocome out from behind the veil,to take command and turn all the instrumental nature towards a divine fulfilment. This is the beginning of the true spirituallife. The soul is able now to make itself ready for a higher evolution of manifested consciousness than the mental human. [Letters on Yoga — SriAurobindo]
The Divine has began His returnMarch from the Stone and has reached the stage of the Human. And now the humanbeing has to collaborate with the Divine to manifest the Divine in Manyas the Supramental Race.
Now, ignorance, darkness, diseases and Death shall be conquered, as they belong to the falsehood. That is the Divine Will.
The Mother had prayed :
The hour has come when a choice hasto 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 areleading ourselves to the Abyss, as we aredeeply engrossed with our lowestemotions, passions, pre-occupationsand occupations, as we are thoroughly involved with our fears and distrust and gross indulgence. Even if we got some Light of Faith andof Ideas and Thought, we bring in Darkness though the quarrels of religions, old and new, through the political labyrinths which mutilate and imprison the Ideas and the Thoughts. Often we close our eyes totheLight, often we shut up our inner windows when we hear the Call. Welendourselves to be controlled and managed by the Asura.
The Mother has further said:
The Asura is the force of falsehood,antidivine, which reigns as sovereignover the physical world; his influence isfelt everywhere, it is ineverything in Matter. But the time has now come whenthe separation,the purification, can be made, the falsehood, the Asuricinfluence,rejected and there can be an exclusive living in the Divine Truth.
Sri Aurobindo has also summarised beautifully how the Ascent, the NextEvoultion will lead Man to the Transformation.
Earth was a cradle for the arrivinggod
And man but a half-darkhalf-luminous sign
Of the transition of the veiledDivine
From Matter’s sleep and thetormented load
Of ignorant life and death to theSpirit’s light.
Mind liberated swam Light's oceanvast,
And life escaped from its greytortured line;
I saw Matter illumining its parentNight.
[Evolution : SriAurobindo]
The Supramental Being is thearriving God, the Divine, and the human beingis the sign, the evolved reality,that is the instrument of the Divine.In Man, there is only a partial Light. Heis not fully illumined. The arriving God, which is the veiled Divine, is thereto bring aTransition from the Matter in sleep to the Light of the Spirit.WhenMind will then be liberated — it will then swim the vast ocean of The Spirit, the Divine Consciousness. Life will also be freed from all the torture it has been tolerating all along. And even Matter will illumine its darkness.
This is in short the Message of Hopefor Man, when he ascends.
About the message “Truth or Abyss,” TheMother has further said :
The message is only for those whoare still asleep and quite satisfied with their sleep.
We find that still the majority ofthe mankind is asleep, asleep indarkness and ignorance with all satisfaction.Man is yet in animprisonment of the ignorant senses and blind and limited andblockedthoughts and ideas, without any aspiration, any hope, any light,withoutany vision, any seeking, satisfied with the animal indulgences and thelimited ego and death and darkness and division.
The Truth is that we shall have toaspire and endeavour for the Ascent, weshall have to prepare ourselves and beready for the Ascent, we shallhave to stop remaining satisfied with our presentstate of being immersed in gross indulgence and inner blindness andblockedconsciousness, 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 areopening the gates of great possibilities. The Mother says : Thiswonderful 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 stopremaining the grossly animal man, immersed in darkness and narrownessand hatred and violence, that is what isdesired. Our Aspiration should be for The Ascent.
[ Posted in The New Reflections on 13-05-2012 ]