In this extensive four-part interview
Posner President of Growth Online considers
what our evolutionary destiny might be; as individuals, and in our collective existence.
What if humanity was not the
final rung of evolution? What if there was the possibility of a new
evolutionary individual, emerging out of the human, as different from us
as we are from the primate? Is there such a possibility, and if so,
what good would it serve? And if there were a good reason for such an
emergence, what would this evolutionary individual be like and act like?
Finally, if we wanted to join in a
journey to become this new being, what would be the path that takes
us from what we are now, our current human functioning, to this new
evolutionary individual with a spiritual supernature?
A Vision of the Future Evolutionary Existence
First Signs of Our Ascent
Path From the Present to the Evolutionary Future
3: The New Evolutionary Individual and Divine Life on Earth
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A Vision of the Future Evolutionary Existence
Myself: Welcome again to the Growth Online interview series.
Thanks. It has been a while since our last discussion.
So now we're going to take a peek into the future, at our
future existence. How can anyone know what the future holds?
That's a very good question! Most of the predictions about the future are
always off base. Who would have dreamed up an Internet, let alone the
decoding of the genome, or the idea of having little nano-robots fix our
internal organs and structures? Of course, there are always a few who see
into the future; perhaps they are having an illumination, a vision of what
is far ahead. In that case they themselves are becoming evolutionary
beings (!), because they are having illuminations and intuitions that are
probably going to be an important part of individual human existence in
Then again many predictions, even scientific ones have not come to pass.
Remember flying cars? (laughter) Well it still could happen.
(pause) But what I'd like to address are the internal changes of
consciousness, of being of the individual, even of the society. The outer
inventions will take care of themselves! Actually the more internally
connected we are, the more we are in touch with the spirit, the Force, the
more we are connected to the infinite powers of the universe that are
there just below the surface. When we make connection with these forces,
then new ideas, new possibilities, new inventions, new products, new forms
of matter just pour into our minds! We open the floodgates to the new, at
100 times the level we are now developing the new.
So if we want to become great materialists we must become great
spiritualists (!), because it is in the realm of spirit that we unlock the
infinite potential of matter. After all matter is just a form of spirit.
The creation is just a form of the Creator. The more we are touch with the
essence of the spirit, the Divine Reality, the more we have power over
life, over matter; to create the new, to unleash the new in its infinite
perturbations and possibilities.
So a spiritualized man is the future man?
Yes, it is true. And yet this spiritual man is very different from any
current conception. Let me explain: When we normally think of a spiritual
person we think of someone who lives a separate life, a cloistered
existence somewhere. Perhaps he is the sannyasi of India who has touched
upon the infinite spirit in his being, and is in a state of timeless peace
and rapture. Most likely he has decided to live outside of this world to
enjoy his bliss and rapture. He is one with Divine, Brahman, the Absolute,
and wishes to remain fixed there. He experiences what is called moksha,
or liberation, in India. This experience goes back perhaps 7000 years or more. In
the last few thousand years it has expressed in the philosophies of
Shankara and later Buddha. In Buddhist practice one sees the problems of
the world; the cause of suffering and pain; and then meditates or goes
within and separates from that falsehood of life and reaches a state of
inner peace known as Nirvana. Yet Nirvana too, like Shankara's
philosophy and the retreating moksha, and liberation of the Indian saddhu,
are all movements away from life, not toward and embracing life. In
such a condition how can one develop great new evolutionary products!
same separation from life exists in the Western tradition, as seen by
monks who live in the abbey or monastery separate form the community.
All of these ideas of separation from life have reached their end. They
have served their purpose to invoke and connect with spirit apart from
life, but now they are anachronisms. We must learn to connect with spirit in
life, wherever we are, in all aspects of our daily existence. We
must bring spirit into our thoughts, our acts, our work, our inventions,
our ideas, our communities, and our institutions. Then we can use the
creative Force that is there in the spirit that releases the infinite
potential of every thing. Instead of retreating with spirit like the
sannyasi or the monk, we bring spirit into every act in our busy modern lives. In such
a way we play an evolutionary role for ourselves, for the community and
society, even for the universe itself.
So is this how we become the new evolutionary being?
think it's far more astonishing and rich than this! Actually it's
utterly fantastic, beyond our normal human comprehension!
What I have just discussed is understandable for most people. After all,
in spirit; we are aware that we can become people focused on spirit, and we can utilize
spirit in our lives. Of course, maybe one in a 100,000 actually does
But what I hope to get at goes much further, is a bit more
startling, more "futuristic" if you will, than what I have just
described. It is the replacement of the current human individual
existence and collective life for something radically different.
How Do you mean?
Well it's hard to explain! After all how can you explain something that
doesn't exist? Or how can you explain the future evolutionary existence
with our minds when the experience of this future being is beyond mind? But
I will give it a shot!
(pause) Let's start with something practical. There is a conflict between two
parties; they are at odds with one another. From their individual
perspective they are right from their own side. What they each perceive as
a truth is of course really only a partial truth at best. Perhaps
one side's truth is greater than the other; still each side sees only
their side, a very small part of the overall truth.
man or woman who has touched the divine deep within his soul, living a
life of continuous bliss, may witness this conflict, and feel the utter futility
of the conflict. Rooted in spirit, he may sense its absurdity and
falsehood, sensing that they are simply stuck in their narrow egos. Experiencing
the infinite spiritual Divine, he leaves the conflicting parties to their
misery. That's about as
far as he perceives the parties. In this way he does not really partake in the processes of
the world. He's just a witness; a profound witness who might feel spirit
in all, yet
is somehow disengaged and not truly tuned in.
The future evolutionary spiritual person will have a considerably
different view of the situation, even though he too is firmly anchored in
the bliss of spirit. He looks at the situation, and instead of seeing illusion and
falsehood, he sees the positive in the negative occurrence. He knows that
only through this conflict will the deeper truths come out for each of
the parties. He is aware of a process that is unfolding between the
rivals. It is in fact a
senses that each party is aware of something that the other side is
ignorant of; and that it is only through their conflict that each
side can know their own folly and falsehood and find their respective
missing knowledge! And what's so fascinating is that the knowledge
each side is ignorant of is only known by the other side; thus the
absolute necessity of their interconnection and conflict, which will
in the end reveal the truth that
the other side is missing! This is an
astonishing insight born of having a profound evolutionary spiritual consciousness.
He has many such insights and perceptions in the world. We call this
particular insight "contradictions are complements." The evolutionary spiritual
being continually sees the conflicts of the opposing parties in the world
in their necessary unity and oneness.
at any moment this evolutionary spiritual individual who is watching the conflict has the
knowledge of the true truth, the full truth in all its myriad of details,
and in that perception also experiences the unity and oneness of this
situation and all of life that in this case on the surface appears
to be a contradiction and conflict. He has the inner subtle sense to see the weakness that each
side has, the necessary relation that exists between the two that enables
them to overcome their limitations of character, all the while sensing the place that
the overall situation is moving. He has a knowledge
of integral truth of the moment.
In this way the evolutionary spiritual being senses the true and full
truth of everything that is unfolding around him. Where others are unaware
or oblivious, he perceives the subtle interdependent relationship of all
things he comes in contact with. Thus he is integrally unified
with all he comes in contact with; he is one with his environment, as well
as one with all those around him. And in that subtle vision of unity he senses the wider truth
that are unfolding around him; the higher harmonies that are emerging at
is not a being connected to spirit disconnected from life, but a being
deeply connected with everything; in its wholeness and in its
detail. He has a complete identity with the current and emerging knowledge and
truth in that moment. He is not a passive
observer or a disconnected spiritualist, but is instead intimately
involved in the unfoldings of life; fully engaged and ready to participate.
This evolutionary spiritual individual has fully embodied a unitarian
consciousness; he has in essence developed a future evolutionary
But is he really spiritual, like the monks and sannyasi you
mentioned before. That is, does he really experience spirit?
Yes, very much so, and in ways that go far beyond our traditional notions of the spiritual
This gentleman (or gentlewoman) perceives that spirit exists not only
through the transcendent Divine beyond this outer life, but it exists
this earthly life as well. In fact, he experiences all of the universe,
the world, the society, his life, himself, all things as spirit. In other
words, he sees and feels that everything is God. He doesn't just
have the eternal Transcendent spiritual consciousness of the saddhu or
monk, but he has also this new element, this Truth consciousness.
This spiritual essence that he feels enables him to experience, in his
active working life, a profound integral harmony with his
environment and with others; the true truth at any moment; the
exact right actions at any moment in time.
Such an individual is obviously
quite different in his functioning than the monk or wanderer who is lost
in his bliss in the
transcendent Divine. He is a future
evolutionary being, steeped in the bliss of spirit, but also engaged in
life, rooted in this new evolutionary spiritual consciousness, this
new truth consciousness power of the Divine spirit.
in the delight of spirit this evolutionary individual sees everything in its oneness.
He senses and experiences it in all things; in all its diversities
and multiplicities; even in what appears to others as conflicts and
contradictions. He always knows the deeper relations between the parts,
between the conflicts and the conflicting parties. His life is one of
essential, spontaneous, and inherent unity with everything.
can see this is not easy to explain. This spiritualized future person is
quite different from our usual concepts of a spiritual existence and life.
(pause) And yet I have explained but one aspect of this new
evolutionary spiritual being!
But you do say that he experiences spirit. It's not
exactly clear how he is "spiritual," in the sense that he is connected to
his soul, some higher power, or God.
Yes, we need to explain why this evolutionary being is a spiritual
being; how he connects to or uses spirit.
(pause) As we said to be able to perceive the oneness of existence and
also have the complete knowledge of the truth, in all its detail at
any moment, is very different from the blissful sannyasi who sees God
everywhere, but has no direct knowledge of the true truth. And yet our
individual of truth consciousness is fully anchored in spirit. In every
moment in his life he is connected to the Divine Reality. In fact it is
because of that connection to that Divine Force, that Divine Truth
Consciousness that he is able to be an instrument of it in his active
is not just one with his environment and the people around him, and lives
in that unified truth, but he is one with the Divine spirit, its Force,
and Truth Consciousness. In fact, it is only because he has this
connection to this Force, that
he is the way he is.
So there's some sort of mother ship of truth consciousness
from which he gets his consciousness which enables him to live the way he
does in that state of oneness?
That's an interesting way of putting it, but yes, in a way that is true!
But how is that connection to God any different than any
person connecting to God, such as the athlete in the film Chariots of Fire
who says that he runs to experience God's pleasure?
(pause) Yes, it is somewhat different; and it's different because I am
speaking of a new power on earth that has never been there
before. You could say in a way that it's a new manifestation or extension
of God. Or perhaps we can say that God has evolved! He (or she or it) now
has a new aspect and power, or at least one that we never
recognized and were in contact with before. And that new power, or rather his many new
powers (only a couple of which I have thus far discussed) is what the new
evolutionary individual will manifest; can and will become in all aspects
of his being in the future.
Yes, this is very different indeed.
have described as a person having a truth consciousness that enables him
to be one with the environment and people around him, one with the
emerging and total truth of the moment, and have perfect knowledge and insight on
what is right to do at any moment, which action to take at any point, and
many other attributes to be explored, is a person who has evolved from our
normal human consciousness to a supra-mental consciousness,
utilizing the evolutionary supra-mental power of the Divine.
the term "supra" to indicate that it is above mind; thus
supra-mental. It is a power, a spiritual power that he has acquired
by rising above the sense-bound and rational planes of mind proper, and onto
the spiritual planes of mind. At these spiritual planes of mind one experiences ideas and
knowledge very differently that in mind proper. There one gains knowledge
and insight by being in a state of silence; or higher still as a light
that comes into one, as illuminations, as visions, and higher still as
intuitions of the knowledge simply descending into the being. Highest
still one emerges into this supra-mental
plane of existence. There the knowledge he seeks is simply there inside
him! He knows and is the knowledge! He not only experiences an
identity of oneness with knowledge, but identity with everything,
including his environment, the people around him; and with the emerging situations and circumstances at any moment
supramental consciousness we don't acquire the knowledge of something by
thinking, by inquiring about the object of the knowledge. We simply know
it at any moment in time. And we know it because it is not external to us,
it is simply in us to begin with! Now that is truly a mind-boggling
concept! In this consciousness when we want to know something that
would seem to be external to the normal mind, something that needs to be
found out through inquiry, there is no thinking effort to acquire it
because it is already inside us a priori!
to make it even more interesting, we are not only the instantaneous knower
of the knowledge, but we are simultaneously the creators of the
knowledge we wish to know! I'm not sure I will even attempt to
explain this. It defies all of our concepts of logic; and yet this is the
supramental functioning of the future evolutionary being.
How come we haven't heard of such an idea in the spiritual or
evolutionary literature before?
This Supramental consciousness is new on earth. It has only in the last
half century that it has descended from the Divine provinces into the earthly plane,
and is now beginning to be available to humanity, to the individual who
calls it into his being.
should note that this is a power and force that we can now use in our
every day lives, no matter what our level of consciousness; without
necessarily having to evolve to a much higher level of consciousness or the ultimate
evolutionary being. One
can call open to this Force at any point, at any time, before any
situation, circumstance, event, or act. The result will be that thereafter
everything will tend to go right. Life will cooperate, positive
events will transpire, things will work right, people will show up just at
the right time; everything just turns out perfectly.
It is complete
marvel. To experience it but once can change a life forever.
tell you about an experience I had that illustrates the use of this power.
was doing a training class about ten years ago. In the class things were going poorly during
the morning session part of the course. Students were agitated and unhappy,
people came late, the answers I gave were poor or incorrect; everyone was
generally miserable! So I opened myself to this Force; that is, I
consecrated the event just before the start of the afternoon session.
Thereafter, every conceivable thing went right. The lessons flowed smoothly, I was able to explain things clearly, people understood clearly, no
one was late or hurriedly walked in and out of the room; all of life
seemed to cooperate. It was an absolute marvel, a profound miracle really.
Plus, and this is a special quality of opening to this power,
there was a deep peace and calm that permeated that room for the rest of
the day. It was if we were doing meditation as we were simultaneously
learning. In the end utter confusion was turned into an utter marvel. That is the
great power of this supramental, truth consciousness; this new active,
dynamic power of the infinite Divine, of God.
That's a wonderful story! So had you become this
future evolutionary person in that moment?
Well, I had opened myself for an instance to the evolutionary
power. I had not actually become the evolutionary being based on
this power. That would require me to live in such a state in every moment
of my active life! Could you imagine that marvel existing every moment in your
life? It would be beyond overwhelming! Living in such a way at every
moment is the way this supramental individual would live.
I had but a momentary taste. It was but one humbling experience.
actually become this truth consciousness spiritualized being permanently we would
need to embody this power in all aspects of our being; in our
thoughts processes, in our emotions, and in our bodies. We would need to
rise to that plane of consciousness above us, and call it into these three
aspects of our being, until each of the three levels were transformed
This interest in the Force is there in the imagination of society. When we hear the expression "may the Force be with you" we are
in essence opening to the dynamic action of the Divine consciousness. It's
not just a force hat we can open to, but it is a force that brings with it
stunning results. You
might remember when Luke Skywalker in Star Wars opens to the Force,
everything thereafter goes right for him. We see clearly that his space battle with the enemy planes
suddenly turns to his advantage. Also, interestingly, things simultaneously start
working better for his comrades on the planet who have their hands full
wit the enemy as well. This shows a dynamic interconnectedness of life
that the Force can effect when opened to. When he opens to the Force it affects
not only his own fortunes but it also affects others on the great
invisible web of life that binds him to others who he is
related to in purpose and intent.
However Luke does not embody the Force yet; he is just using it at
a moment of crisis. He is consecrating an event in a moment of great
peril. On the other hand, his master Yoda was actually beginning to
embody the force in his very being; in his thoughts, in his emotions, and
in his cells and psychical body. In fact we discover in the film the
Phantom Menace that those who embody the Force have a peculiar reading in
their blood cell count indicating that they are filled with Force. Perhaps one
day those who have embodied the supramental consciousness will have
something similar that can be measured!
one surely needs to go through a lengthy process, a yoga, a radical
transformation of the being in relation to this consciousness to embody
its power in one's thoughts, in the mind, in the emotions, in the psyche,
and ultimately in the bodily organs and functionings, to become the
Myself: So the Force is both metaphor and real in the world now. But
wasn't this Force available to humanity in previous eras? There were many
spiritual experiences in the past, many inner experiences, occult experiences,
miracles, and so forth. But why wasn't this new power you speak of
available back then?
From our side of the coin we could say that man in his evolution had to rise to a certain level of consciousness to perceive it.
From the other side perhaps we can say that the Divine in life is evolving
and so it was the right time for it to evolve further to the point that
this supramental power could now descend and be available in the earthly
In the end it Sri
Aurobindo was the individual who became the nexus between the human
ascent towards this power and the divine descent of this power. At some point he
made the connection, sensed this dynamic, infinitely-creative unitarian
consciousness descending from "above," and
spent he rest of his life trying to bring it down more tangibly into the
earth consciousness. Shortly before his passing it was clear that he had had considerable success,
and it was in fact believed that by the 60s and 70s this Force was fully
available for any one in the world who opened to it. Now individuals can open to it
far more easily, and at any moment
experience, in any circumstance and situation experience its wondrous workings.
this is not the same as becoming an evolutionary being who is an
embodiment of the Force.
No, it is not the same thing as establishing a spiritualized
Gnostic individual and divine life on earth. That was Sri Aurobindo great
vision, to which he devoted his life. Still, establishing the Force "under our radar screens" was a great step in
the spiritual history of the world. Now we are able to open to this Force in our
daily lives and
experience it's great effects. It is also the power that is the basis of
the supramentalized spiritual existence.
By the way just to throw something else at you. This supramental power is
actually the power that created our universe! It is the instrument
that the Divine extended itself into to enable the universe to
emerge from the Divine Reality. But that is a
story for another day!
So I assume you have gotten most your ideas from Sri Aurobindo and
his followers. Is that right?
Yes, it is based on the direct insights and experience of the Indian sage
and seer Sri Aurobindo, who was the great spiritual pioneer who opened the
landscape to this new power and the possibility of a new evolutionary
divinized future human existence.
His belief was that humans may not be the final rung on the evolutionary
scale. That we might witness the emergence of a new species, one
that is above and beyond the present human race as we know it. Or, perhaps
we could say that it is perhaps the same human species, but that is
evolving to a new level that appears very different in functioning,
inwardly and outwardly, from the current humanity. Different emotionally,
mentally, spiritually -- even one day physically!
Aurobindo believed that if we could make the ascent to overcome our
limiting nature, if we could further rediscover the hidden spirit in life,
if we could come in contact and open ourselves to this Truth
Consciousness, then we can change life as we know it. If we can change our
own nature by making a concerted effort to overcome our limiting
attitudes, opinions, prejudices, and other weaknesses, by connecting with
our inner being and soul, and opening ourselves
to this Force, we will see the beginnings of a dramatic, unprecedented
change in our nature. This change will not only enable our own infinite
capacities to blossom, but will release the perfection, oneness, and
infinite capacities of the world around us to emerge; including our
families, friends, associates, businesses, institutions, and the
communities and nations we live in.
invited us to take a journey on a path from our current human functioning
to a vastly different
superfunctioning that opens he doors to infinite accomplishment, success,
and happiness in life.
That is a quite a powerful vision!
Yes, it really is. It is a first glimpse into a new future spiritualized
individual, and a new collective life of such individuals. Fortunately,
Sri Aurobindo also gave us many clues about how such an individual would
live and function in life.
Myself: Speaking of which; do you have any other indicators of how
this new evolutionary individual would actually live?
Well in one sense we have discussed the way this future person would live
in terms of his mental outlook. For one he would in essence at any moment know the
full and total truth of
things. It would be something akin to hovering over a scene in a
Shakespearean play and perceiving at any moment in time the motives, wills, and
attributes of each of the characters; and completely know in full
the environmental influences of the scene. This individual would in essence have this
total knowledge at
any moment in time. He would have an integral knowledge of everyone and everything around him.
you suggest, there must be other aspects to such an astounding existence.
We've kind of focused on his nature in terms of mind and perceptions and
knowledge; we can also consider such an existence in terms of his feelings
of all such an evolutionary being would have evolved out of his
egocentrism. He no longer acts for his own power; for the
satisfaction and enjoyment of his own vital ego. It would be just the
opposite. He perpetually feels that the interests, feelings, and needs of
other individuals are as important as his own self. He would feel deeply
that they are his own. At that point his
emotional center has shifted from himself, his separate self, his
a state of complete identity and harmony with those around him; with their
their needs, their actions, and their feelings. The other selves he interacts become
part and parcel of his own self. Their essence of being is felt as a part
of or an extension of his own
essence. At that point he moves from being an ego-centered self to
becoming a universal self. This is obviously an astounding
reorientation of human consciousness.
(pause) We think that the goal of life is to fulfill our individual
needs. Instead our real goal is to find our true inner spiritual self, and
find our extended self. One of the things Sri Aurobindo often speaks of is that man will
inevitably evolve to the point where he has a triple status -- the
status of realized individual self where he moves from his ignorance
and falsehood to a perfection and integration of his own personal self; a universal
self where his own identity is bound to the forces and currents of other people,
to the environment, to the collective, to the world and even the universe itself; and
a transcendent self, in which he is one with the will and
workings of the transcendent Divine spirit. This triple status is in
his view the ultimate
evolutionary destiny for the individual.
But is there any kind of feeling and emotion in this
existence, or is it just some kind of peaceful, non-emotive harmony?
we talk of feeling and emotion, we are really talking about what we call the vital
aspect of the individual. This evolutionary individual would have had a transformed
vital, just as he would have had a transformed mental makeup and
ultimately a transformed physical makeup. In this new status his vital would now be calm, peaceful,
pure, open, free, joyful, and filled with an interminable delight. This would
replace the normal human nature of intense, up and down feelings, bridled attachments, the hot and cold showers of
intense changing emotion, the wanting attitudes, the unshackled impulses,
and the and the slavery to our normal animal instincts.
He would share and commune with others in his delight, as he would take
great pleasure in
their delight. Their successes would be felt as his own; their joys of
achievement would be his. He would feel an endless goodwill towards
others, a continuous gratitude, and other feelings of harmony and oneness
Take the idea of love. Love for this evolved individual will not
be the normal self-centered, selfish human love of today. Instead he will experience
love simply through the interaction with other beings. This new man will
have a Christ and Buddha-like love consciousness by simply being in
contact with other individuals. From that interaction he will derive great
inner satisfaction and pleasure.
Perhaps his greatest source of pleasure will be the intense delight,
joy, and even bliss he will experience by being continually connected with
the Divine spirit. He will feel this connection inside him, in all he experiences
around him, in
everything he perceives, he does; in every action he takes, and in all the
results that follow. In that way he experiences an endless pleasure
and delight of being; an
"ananda" as they call it in India, an ecstatic inner bliss and
joy of existence.
And he will know that
when he experiences this delight, he will be fulfilling the purpose for
which the Divine created this universe, us -- for the discovery of the
delight of our higher nature.
Such bliss seems as much physical in nature as
emotional. Are there any other physical changes that this individual will
Yes, there can be a great change in the body of the individual; of
the very matter and substance that he is made up of. But this is likely to
occur much later on in the process of his transformation. It would likely occur after the essential
psychological, mental, and emotional transformations has
What he will become physically is hardest to know or envision. What we are
assuming is that his mental and emotional nature will have been
transfigured, it will have been filled with the supramental power,
transforming these aspects into their higher functioning. Then at some
point this truth consciousness power, this evolutionary power of the
Divine, of God, somehow effects his very cells in some manner, enabling
them to change and function in a different way. This then effects a change
to the organs, fluids,
nerves, bones, and other structures of the body; and we begin to see the
emergence of what we could call a new species of individual.
That's pretty wild! What will this person be
like; are we going to run into alien-like creatures with big brains?!?
knows, maybe we will! (laughter)
Sri Aurobindo has a number of general observations about the physical
makeup of a future evolutionary being. First, he suggests that his body
would have great strength, plasticity, and flexibility. There would be a
general bodily happiness, a sense of living at ease. Second, he would be
liberated from all the bodily suffering that we experience now. All of the pains, injuries, diseases, and
other falsehoods of the body would be a thing of the past. Third, we
may very well see changes in the functioning of the body as I mentioned
earlier. For example, we
might see an end to, or a big change from the current methods of digestion,
breathing, procreation, and circulation.
result of such changes this individual would be able to live as long a he
wishes to live.
Finally, we could see major changes to the outer structure of his body as
a result of these other changes.
partner of Sri Aurobindo, known as the Mother, had a number of future visions of
the physical makeup of this ultimate evolutionary future individual. In
one vision she said she saw a slim individual, taller than the current
human, with no breasts, no sexual organs, a reduced abdominal area,
amongst other changes. She also said that a light seemed to emanate from
within this individual. Instead of light shining on us to enable our
color, the being would radiate his own light!
I mention The Mother being because she spent most of her
life attempting to become this ultimate supramental being. She was perhaps
the first person to attempt the physical
transformation of her body into this new evolutionary body.
She constantly spoke of how the supramental power was piercing the very
cells of her body and was giving her body new qualities and dimensions. How
she was able to see with eyes closed, hear others when they spoke little
or at all, and could feel other bodies inside her body to name but a few.
This was the great adventure in consciousness she undertook in the last
twenty years or so of her extraordinary life.
The story of how she did this makes for astonishing reading.
life was really an endless marvel! This epic transformative adventure of hers is captured in the
fascinating 13-volume book called The Agenda. It is in essence a
ongoing twenty-year interview with her, where she explains hundreds of her
subtle spiritual experiences and realizations. In the end we can say that
her own physical body had become the great laboratory experiment of human transformation.
This is very interesting; and yet one must ask an
important general question, which is why should humans move and evolve in
such directions at all? Why wouldn't we simply develop in an entirely
other way? I mean what indicators or markers along the way in our evolution in the last 100,000 years would suggest that in the future
we become this evolutionary being?
indeed, what are the indicators that would suggest such an arc of
(pause) To answer that we need to evaluate the past changes and movements
in human evolution. Then we would need to understand the transitions
that enabled him to move from each aspect of his being to the next
highest one. Yes, that understanding is critical.
On first glance what Sri Aurobindo has envisioned and what I have just
described seems so far-fetched as to border on the absurd. Yet, from his
vantage this future evolution is a natural extension and projection
of our current makeup and existence.
Let me explain, with a little evolutionary history. Let's consider the
progression of how life evolved in the universe. As life in the universe
has evolved from physical matter to animated life to conscious being in
mind, so too the human's development mirrors this progression. The
physical matter of the universe has essentially become our bodies;
the animus of life in the universe has become our life force, and our emotional
and psychological being. As for mind, well we are in essence the embodiment of
thought and mind in the universe, unless there are also other
self-conscious beings somewhere else.
this progression we can say that
mind is our highest functioning in our evolution so far. Our minds is what separates us from other animals, particularly in
its higher functionings. In fact, our powers of reason, logic, and
self-conception are unique
in all the world, a step upwards from the lower species on earth. It is our
crowning quality and achievement.
It is not too difficult then to conceive of the fact that there can be a
yet higher functioning of mind than even the current highest functioning
of mind. Rather than the current limited mind, which is primarily focused
on the inputs of the five senses, or the higher
ideative processes of logic, reason, and the development of new ideas, we
can envision the emergence of new functionings of mind, new ways understanding
or absorbing knwo3eldge, new ways of perceiving
Sri Aurobindo calls such new higher functionings of
beyond the current functionings of mind spiritual
mind. In spiritual mind the knowledge that we try to pursue at any moment
comes into our field of awareness not primarily through the inputs of our
senses of the current mind, not through the hard thinking processes of scrutiny and ideative
logic of the current mind, but through subtle means. For example,
if we are calm and peaceful, then thoughts arise in our minds in our
silence. Higher still, knowledge enters our minds not through a
complex thinking process but as illuminations of
knowledge that enter our minds as vision and light; or even higher still
as pure intuitions and descents of the complete object of knowledge
into our minds without any thought at all. There is simply a
descent of the entire object of knowledge that we wish to know into minds.
It simply drops into our minds!
these pinnacles of spiritual mind we are no longer restricted to what we
know, or have absorbed, that are there stored in our own mental data
banks. Instead we open ourselves to knowledge that is there in the subtle
realms around us, that are there unseen in the universe. We are in essence open to
descents from the universal
mind, where all knowledge is "stored," which we can access at
any time, descending as needed into our being as visions, illuminations,
and thought-less intuitions.
people have had such openings to these higher spiritual planes of mind.
"Eureka, I've got it" is an example of an illumination and
vision that has come into a man's mental awareness as light, that is, knowledge as
light. Others have had similar experiences by going within into a
meditative or contemplative or other higher state of consciousness.
Actually, most of us have these experiences from time to time, though we are
rarely aware of it, since we live too close to the surface of life to sense
its subtlety. Naturally as human grow and evolve the frequency and
intensity of such experiences will dramatically increase. After awhile for
some it will become a settled realization, where knowledge enters
our mind's in ways very different from the current thinking processes of
Then finally there is the ultimate evolutionary status that we are
addressing in this discussion. At this highest level of spiritual mind there isn't even an object of knowledge! Or rather the object of knowledge
we are trying to perceive no longer exists in the universe and descends into our
being as intuitions. Instead we ourselves are the object of knowledge! This is the ultimate
super-mind, a plane of consciousness that the evolutionary
spiritual individual will embody in all aspects of his being.
is fascinating, but a little fuzzy. Do you have a practical example that
can help us better understand these levels?
Yes, let's take an example.
Let's say that I am
a financial professional who wants to give the best
answer to his client's inquiry. If I am a person centered primarily in the lowest consciousness of the human
being, the physical consciousness, then I am not even interested in giving him
an answer! the physical is inert, fixed, and unresponsive. If I am centered in the next highest level, in the
consciousness, then I'll give him an answer if I feel like it, if I am
moved to do so emotionally, if I am enthusiastic about doing it. The
emotions are up and down dependent on one's feelings. If I am centered at
level, then I think about the possible solutions to the problem by
accessing my storage bank of information and ideas using in my mind, and
by the mind's thought processes of logic and reason.
Now let's see how the spiritual mind would handle coming up with
the solution for the client. If I am in the first
level of spiritual mind, the higher mind, I would be calm, and would be
more likely come up with the a solution by working from this
silent state. In my silence all of my mental functionings seem to work at
their sharpest; there is less waste in thought, more of a tendency through
my thinking to get at the solution. I am less distracted by the sense orientation
of mind proper. This is higher mind.
At the next highest level of spiritual mind, the
solution to the problem does not come through the normally heavy thinking
and ideative processes, but come as a ray of light, an illumination, or as a vision.
Suddenly I say "yes, now I've got it." It just comes into my
mind. This is illumined mind.
still the complete object of knowledge with all of its details
simply enters my brain as intuition. The solution to the clients
problems in its myriad of details simply comes into my mind "from the
outside." There was absolutely no though involved. The knowledge with
all of its needed details is dropped into my head; the object of knowledge
simply descends into me as intuitions. This is intuitive mind.
At the highest supramental
level of consciousness, above even these three levels of spiritual mind, the
solution I seek is simply in me! The client asks for a solution;
and I know it instantly in all its details without any thinking. In this
case there is no
descent because the object of knowledge is already part of me, even if I
have no skills or knowledge in the field the client is asking questions
about! I just know. Since the object of knowledge doesn't
descent into me as it does in intuition, then I must instantaneously be
creating that knowledge even as I know it. This is an astounding concept,
indicating that I am getting the answer and creating the answer
simultaneously! When the client asks his question (on any topic in
the universe) I simply know because I create the object of knowledge
from seemingly out of nowhere! There is no division between subject and object. He is at once the creator
of the knowledge and the perceiver of that which he has created.
of the conclusions we have come to is that this supramental way of knowing
is precisely the way that the Divine or God "knows." He is not
just the knower but the creator of the knowledge that needs to be known! After
all it was through this supramental power that the Divine created the
universe; and we can use that same power to be both creator and knower of
the object of knowledge that is within us.
but one example of the astounding ways that the supramental evolutionary
being experiences reality.
I think I get it.
rather overwhelming. It is beyond the wildest
science fiction. It is .. well.. it's hard to explain ... yet it's
So at that point you actually become the ultimate
quite. We can have any of these experiences for a moment or two.
However, that fleeting experience is very different than
living that way, embodying it in our
lives on a permanent basis. In other words, having an experience is not
the same as a realization. A realization is something permanent
and integrated in one's being.
what I have described is but one aspect of this supramental
existence. There are other extraordinary aspects of this evolutionary
individual that are beyond the mental aspect, the
integral knowing. There is also how it
expresses in the emotions and psychological nature,
as well as the effects on the physical body,
the effects on action and results in life, and so forth.
I see. But still I don't quite have the picture of how these
levels relate to our ultimate evolutionary destiny?
am mentioning these levels of spiritual mind only to point out that there
is an ascending evolution that the universe and
later the human race has been and is going through;
began as matter, evolved further as the animus of life, and further developed to the current
mental functioning of the human mind.
Our spiritual destiny then is to rise to
up through these ascending
levels of silent, illumined, and intuitive
spiritual mind, and then move onward still to this ultimate supramental,
truth consciousness level of mind.
There is then a natural upward
ascent, curve, and movement among these levels; from mind
proper that we now have and utilize, to spiritual
mind, and then onto the supramental consciousness, where
we experience and live a oneness and identity
with everything, where there is the true truth; which
becomes the foundation for this
ultimate human existence.
(pause) Still, we can better understand this arc if we understand the
current functionings of our minds; of mind
proper. That will clue us into
the subtle changes that occurred in mind; that are there between the lowest sense-based part of
mind proper and the highest rational part of mind proper. Then we can see
even more clearly the curve
of the arc of our ascending evolution.
So your now talking about the normal mental
functioning of the typical person that he uses on a daily basis?
First we should acknowledge again that we are fundamentally a physical
body. From that matter in our bodies has emerged
an animated aspect, an energy-driven aspect which we
experience in our feelings and emotions. This
is the vital level. Of
course, all sentient life forms have various vital capacities. What makes us
uniquely human however is our developed mental
functioning. This is the plane that evolved out of the
vital, as the vital organized itself to deal with the pressures and force
Let's then focus on
this normal functioning of mind so we can better see this arc and curve of
our evolutionary possibility. At the lowest level of mind proper
the mind functions primarily as an
interpreter of the inputs of the body's five senses. At this level of
mind the mind is performing more of an automatic function,
not unlike a computer; processing, organizing,
systemizing of the physical, natural, and practical facts of information
that are being absorbed by the five senses;
and turning them into
understanding, comprehension, and knowledge, which can
later be used for
decision-making, action, and accomplishment in life.
At a slightly higher level of mental functioning we utilize, develop, and
give meaning to these inputs of data we get from the senses. We evaluate the
information, tinge it with our vital sentiments, and develop it
into meaningful personal values and ideals that we believe in. At
this middle level of mind proper we in essence gain a knowledge of life's workings
and color it into a settled belief system. This is
where the practical organized knowledge and comprehension of facts
that we gained from the senses in the previous lower level is imbued with
our emotions and feelings, which turns these organized facts into
our own interests, sentiments, values, and ideals.
exists in each person, few people have their center of their being and
consciousness art this level,
though there are some who are highly developed here. Certainly as we
develop as people, we will move from our emotive, emotional, separative,
ego-based vital center below mind, and the fact-gathering sense-based
lower mind to this middle region
of mind. In other words, our
values, sentiments, and ideals will become more defined for more people in
the future. Now this is not the case for 75% or more of the people of the
that all of the emerging values we see in the world, such as freedom and
democracy are examples of values and ideals that are developed at this
level. We also develop our own personal values at this level, such as
believing or valuing tolerance, openness, commitment to the customer or to
high level of products in a business; not to mention our moralities,
philosophies, social values, and deepest beliefs.
we come to the highest part of mind proper.
It is here that we enter into the realm of logic and pure thought; where
we also conceive new ideas, new possibilities, including new possibilities
in the future for our own selves. At this level we not only think rationally,
logically, and objectively, but we can envision, self-conceive the world;
self-conceptualizes our own possibilities and potentials; we begin to
become master of that which he wishes to become. That is a big
change in human consciousness, and a great turning point in human
At this level of mind we move from the mere automatic gathering and
sorting of information, of the reflexive interpretation of this
data from the sense mind, and come to the doorway of true
thinking, understanding, and
conception; including our own self-conception. We begin to become conscious
of who and what we are, enabling us to vision our future possibilities and
potential. We begin to become self-conscious beings, sensing that we can
in fact determine our own future destiny,
a result, we begin to march in the direction of our own self-conception
and vision. We are thus able to grow, develop, and
few of us live at this level.
Yes, only a very few individuals are centered
in their normal day to day being at this highest level of mind
proper, where logic, pure thought, and self-conception reign; though more
and more of us are moving in this direction. It's
surely our destiny as we become more learned, educated, aware of
Theoretical scientists, mathematicians, metaphysicians, and programmers
use logic and reason primarily indicating that they are
centered at this level. Perhaps the currently
movement is an indication of the emergence of the self-conceptive
element of this plane; of how we can conceive our
higher level of personal growth in the future. Again also, if we look out into society, we can see how
this level is reflected there. Such disparate phenomenon as the great
discoveries in science, or the emergence of the Internet, or the
understanding of impassioned negotiating in world conflicts, or the
logical though processes that go into thinking about economic and social
development are in various ways
reflections of man's ascent toward the logic,
rationality, pure thinking, and self-conceptive aspects of this highest
level of mind proper.
So that's then the pinnacle of how we use our minds in life?
Well, that's the pinnacle of mind proper. Further still,
beyond these normal levels of mind, we come to the doorways of the spiritual
mind that we discussed earlier. At those centers of consciousness,
we move beyond the hard
thought and ideative process
of mind. Here we gain the object of knowledge, we know
the object of our inquiry more directly through silence, illumination, vision,
and intuition. At these levels knowledge just
pours into our being, rather than going through the hard mental processes
of logic and thinking of mind proper.
Beyond that we move into the highest realm of mind,
beyond spiritual mind to the realm of the pure
truth consciousness, the
supramental plane of consciousness. There we know things directly,
we are one with the object of
knowledge, of the object of our inquiry. The object of knowledge,
the thing we wish to know, whatever it is, is simply there in our being.
When we wish to know something we simply know it!
* -Above the plane
of Supermind is the Divine existence and consciousness; the Divine Omnipresent
Reality; the Satchitananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss) of the East;
the Creator of the West. Supermind is the intermediary between this
ultimate Divine plane and all that is below it.
-For of the nine levels of our (non-spiritual) mental, vital, and
physical makeup, click here.
For an explanation of the levels of spiritual mind and above, click
For more info on the Supramental plane and consciousness, click here.
And its not limited to this; this truth
consciousness existence extends to other aspects of life.
As we are enveloped by this supramental power we
only one with the object of any knowledge
we seek to know, but we also are in identity
with, are one with all and everything in the world; one with the environment,
one with all of the individuals we interact with;
and one with
the situations and circumstances we are engaged in.
that way we are completely and integrally connected with everything around
us, giving us a great knowledge, insight, truth, power, and harmony in
life. At any moment we
become integrally aware of the myriad of outer and subtler forces,
energies, needs, and unfoldings around us.
This gives us
an integral knowledge, that
enables us to know the full and integral truth of each moment, enabling us
to see all the possibilities around us, including the possibilities for
action. Then we are able to take the exact right actions since we are
aware of all the best potentials and possibilities. So everything we do
tends to end perfectly, to be perfectly executed with the greatest
efficiency that enables the greatest results to come about in the shortest
period of time with the least effort expended.
Also, in that status we become open
to the infinite potentials of life. Endless new possibilities come
into our field of vision; a plethora of ideas enter our minds, such as
outburst of new concepts, new products, inventions, ideals, ways of
living, and others. Over time we begin to move away from our acceptance of
the finite nature of life around us -- that what life presents is
only what is possible -- to a point where we are able to make life
endlessly blossom. At that point we become the great creators of new life.
We perceive the vast multiplicities that are there as potential, and
enable them to come into being from seemingly out of nowhere. Thus, we
become God-like in our capacities to unleash the infinite in life.
It sounds like you are
describing some sort of magician who pulls a rabbit out of hat, who
enables things to appear out of nowhere.
Yes, that "nowhere" is the
infinite potential of life that we come directly in contact with when we
embody the supramental consciousness. We in essence are able to mimic the
Divine consciousness that extended to and utilized the supramental power
to create the universe in the first place. In that consciousness we are
able to gain access to that same power; to engage the infinite
potentials and possibilities that exist at the spiritual plane, and turn
them into infinite manifested realities. Thus, we become God-like
creators in life.
(pause) So in living this
extraordinary existence we are able to abridge space and time. When
we open and embody this Force we gain the results in a few days, hours, or
even seconds what would have taken months or years to attain if
left to the natural order. Because we have insight and integral knowledge
in any given moment, we are able to take the absolutely correct inner or
outer action that enables life to instantaneously and abundantly
respond in kind. In that way we are able to replace the finite that we
originally perceived with the infinite that we
now helping to manifest.
Thus we see two extraordinary
developments. We are able to overcome time by making the future
occur in the present, and we are able to manifest the infinite in the
finite. We have overcome the shackles of space and time, and have opened
the portals to the infinite,
enabling it to pour into life. In that way we have
become Divine-like, becoming, in essence, the
Masters of Life.
Also, as a result of this timeless and
infinite existence, we experience life as never-ending marvel; We
experience great joy, an endless delight of being. At that point we truly
fulfill the purpose of life, the purpose for which the Divine manifest
this universe; which is to enable the forms in the universe it created,
including us, to discover our higher nature, to
find spirit, to enable spirit to release the infinite potential of life,
and, as a result, for us to experience the infinite delight of
point out that we not only experience this delight as a result of
releasing the infinite potential of life in the timeless present, but also
as a result of our experiencing the oneness with all existence; by
living in identity with the objects of knowledge, and by being one with
the environment and other individuals around us. That oneness also
reinforces this great delight of being.
Ultimately, however, the greatest contributor to this ecstatic
experience of continuous joy, delight, and bliss
is our relationship with the spiritual source of all in
the universe, with the spiritual Divine Reality.
Our delight is that we
are not only experiencing a Divine connection, but that we are following,
living out, driven in all our actions and deeds by the Divine will and
we see this entire spectrum, this arc and curve of
man's ascent. He is born with a body and a vital/emotional being, and a
partially developed mental being. In the current evolution he rises to
become a fully mental being; that is, he rises from utilizing mind for
mere fact gathering and idea development, but rises uses mind for the
development of his sentiments, values, and ideals, and then higher still
to pure reasoning, where he can also self-conceive his future existence.
emerges even beyond mind proper, into spiritual mind, where knowledge
simply descends into his being without thought, in silence, as
illuminations, as visions, as intuitions. Then he begins to encounter the
truth consciousness where he is the creator and knower of the knowledge he
wishes to know; where he embodies this supramental power in all parts of
his being, enabling him to discover, control, and release the infinite
potentials of life; where he becomes one with all around him, and becomes
an instrument of the Divine will in every action he takes, in every
breathe he takes And in that existence he continually experiences the
delight and ecstasy of being, fulfilling the purpose of the creation.
This then is the arc that Sri Aurobindo has inscribed
for us. It is one that traces the past evolutionary change, accounts for
our present human status, and points to a future evolutionary possibility,
to a new type of spiritual evolutionary being and existence.
of Part 1)
Signs of Our Ascent
So how do we get from here to there; from us poor human to
the pinnacles of this future evolutionary existence?
Aurobindo said that life, what we call "Nature"
was on a path headed towards this
evolutionary existence. Nature's
progress would one day lead us there.
Unfortunately, left to Nature itself, it could take 30,000 years to reach
such an existence! However, Sri Aurobindo believed that though our own
human self-conception and aspiration towards that aim, we can now set out
on that path, not wait for Nature, abridge time, and make it happen in
perhaps 300 years.
I believe we could in fact see major inroad towards such a life in even
the next 30 years.
What makes you think that?
Well, already we see a vast acceleration of the higher mental capacities
of man. For example, we have seen in the last half-century a rapid increase
in logical, rational thought divorced from senses in such
diverse areas as new mathematics,
developments in science and theoretical physics, in software programming,
in economic and social development, in strategic
planning, in decision-making, and in many other
areas and fields of life. In these
fields and in many other aspects of our daily existence we see a distinct
acceleration towards the higher
aspects of mind proper. For example, people in their
work are better at organizing, systematizing, planning, and logical
Likewise, we see how people
are using the higher aspect of mind proper to come up with new ideas in
their work and elsewhere in their lives. In recent times there has been
a plethora, rather a torrent, of new
ideas, new theories, new forms of logic, even new ways of thinking.
Then there's the ability for
us to be aware and self-conceptualize that which we want to become. This
aspect of mind is reflected in many ways such as the acceleration and
interest in self-help groups, of personal growth as in this Growth Online
site, and in many other ways where people want to become something greater
than what they are, both inwardly and outwardly.
despite the unbelievable ignorance and falsehood that we as a species are steeped in,
we see that the power of rationality, higher thinking is on the rise! These are distinct signs that man is awakening.
we see a social awakening as well. As a result of greater global
communications and media, we see a distinct awareness
of our interconnectedness. From that we are able
to rationally perceive the plight of others, the ways to solve problems
that effect us all, and so forth. This also
indicates a slow, but steady movement towards
higher states of harmony and unity, reflecting our evolving social
awakening and progress.
these trends, the individual's higher mental development and the emerging
social awareness, come together today with the advent of the Internet. The
Internet is an embodiment of both the higher mental consciousness of the
individual and the emerging social consciousness of society.
Internet is a complex system that is in one sense is an extension
of the ever-growing, rapidly developing capacities of the human mind. It's a reflection of
all aspects of mind, from fact-gathering sense-based mind to
the mind of sentiments, ideas, and values to the
highest aspect of rational thought, new ideas, and self-conception of who
we wish to be and how we can improve ourselves. The Internet is
in that sense an external
embodiment of all of these higher aspects of mind.
Internet surely gives us plenty of fact-based information, unloading the
burden of the lower part of mind which is engaged in fact and idea
gathering based on the input of the senses. With this information in hand
we can move towards the higher aspects of mind proper where we develop our
sentiments, values, and ideals, and higher still where we engage in
rational thought, where we extend the information and values to new
possibilities for the world and ourselves.
Internet is then a reflection of our own aspiration to move towards the
middle and higher aspects of mind, and away from fact gathering. Let's let
the Internet do that so that we can engage in our higher mental
the Internet is a reflection
of the forces and powers that are emerging in society, such as a movement
to closer connections between the people of the world, as well as new
emerging values, such as freedom, democracy, individual self-reliance, the
interrelations of cultures, the inter-relation of various fields of work
in life, the belief in individual fulfillment in one's lifetime, and so
forth. So the Internet is also a reflection of movements towards higher
unity, harmony, and oneness of society. And these social developments are reflections of
the individual's movement to fulfill himself in his
lifetime, to conceive that which he wishes to be. So the Internet has
emerged as a reflection of all of these forces, powers, drives, and
aspirations. I have spoken at great length on this topic in
another interview called The Internet is Mirror
of Our Evolution.
And yet this state of the individual and society you are
describing seems pretty far away from the ultimate spiritual evolution
that we have been taking about.
Well, yes and no. No it's not the obvious inner oneness and identity with
others, with the environment, of the experience of the true truth of things that we envision
for this future evolutionary existence. It's not even directly the
first small psychic or spiritual experiences that would
indicate or be a forerunner of a spiritual transformation. And yet such
the movement toward higher functionings of mind and
outwardly the Internet are important steps along the way.
Still your question is valid. If you
think of it, from one perspective, the Internet is a kind of
magical system of organizing and disseminating information and knowledge.
We do a search on the Internet and we are connected to a universe of
information. The results come instantly and abundantly. If we are fortunate,
we also get integrated information that has predigested facts that
have been formulated into ideas that are very useful to us. This
suddenness and integral detail of knowledge, is really a kind of miracle
at work. The laws of space and time are seemingly overcome. This surely
must indicate some sort of subtle or spiritual
functioning is at work!
Also, the way information is linked,
related, and unified on the Internet are
also a sign of a hidden unity and harmony that is emerging; in the being
of individuals, even in the society.
If in one incredible system you capacities that overcome laws of space
and time, and also suggest higher emergences of unity and oneness
behind, you have something that seems suspiciously
spiritual in nature! (laughter)
You have then a rather interesting
definition of the term "spiritual."
Yes, spiritual is the movement to the higher aspects of
mind to spiritual mind and above. We are surely seeing man moving into the
higher aspects of mind proper, and is beginning to have experiences that
suggest he is also peeking into the spiritual mind. In addition, any
movement towards unity, harmony, and oneness is spiritual because Oneness
of being is one of the great properties and outcomes of spiritual
connectedness and consciousness.
Also we can see even the Internet itself
is spiritual in nature.
Internet is spiritual?
I think so!
I think the Internet is spiritual because it is non
merely gross-material, outer, obvious in its functioning, but subtle
and inner in its workings. We type in something in a search and we get
responses from all fields of life, from all disciplines, from any place on
earth, and it all comes instantly in a bundle. That sounds a little bit
like the supramental functioning where an individual knows the object of
knowledge the instance he wishes to know knowledge. For this individual it
occurs within him, whereas in the Internet it occurs outside and he needs
to make an effort.
Internet seems to have qualities that seem to
take us in the direction of inner, hidden, infinite forces and powers
of life. It's not that Internet is spiritual in full; it's just that it
has this subtle capacity that borders on the spiritual.
also subtle because it enables individuals to have from
an outer source somewhat of an integral
knowledge. For example, an individual who has a particular illness can search the
Internet, and by the end of the day have more knowledge about his illness
than any doctor could have provided him!
we call this a subtle power because it defies our
normal perceptions of logic and space and time as expressed in the outer
gross-material plane of existence. Instead we move into the hidden, inner,
cosmic subtle powers of existence that humans are just beginning to come
in touch with. The Internet has this subtle aspect that defies space and
time, and can enable full, integral knowledge in the blink of an eye.
subtle, and further still the causal plane of the supramental
consciousness, are aspects of existence that we are beginning to touch
in our lives. If the spiritual is the sum of everything that is
gross-material, subtle, and physical, then by touching the subtle and
causal we are touching spirit to a far greater degree. When we move to the
higher aspects of mind proper we become somewhat more subtle; when we move
to spiritual mind we become vastly more subtle. When we open to the Force
or when we embody the force as supramental spiritual evolutionary beings
then we become causal, enabling life to respond infinitely and abundantly
in a moment in time.
Internet is the ultimate form of complex organization reflecting the
higher developments of mind in the individual, and perhaps even of
something subtle and spiritual in the mind of men. The Internet is subtle
in that it gives
sudden information, defying the laws of space and time; and it is subtle
because it gives deeply insightful, full, integral knowledge. These are all
indicators of something very special, that some special inner forces, powers,
call it spiritual if you wish, are at work.
there are many currents indicating some kind of emergence.
Yes, it's happening at the level
of the individual and at the level of the society. More specifically we
can see that it is an indicator of this evolutionary emergence toward the
subtlety of higher spiritual mind.
Internet, instant global communications and media, freedom, democracy,
greater higher education, rise in logical and rational thinking, the rise
of deep logical thinkers like programmers and theoretical scientists, are
all signs of the movements toward the higher statuses of mind; where one
thinks rationally and logically, where one self-conceives the world, with
new ideas, new possibilities; where one conceives one's own
potential in life, where one utilizes one's own higher mental power to
envision what he wishes to become, to envision his total self-fulfillment
of his potential; and where one begins to experience the world as subtle
intuitions of knowledge.
Through the utilization of the emerging powers of mind we are beginning to
control and redirect the slow,
meandering course of Nature. It seems
like all of these developments are indications that we are beginning to
take control of life; of not waiting around for Nature to take her interminable
conflict-filled course. These are surely early indicators that man through his
developing consciousness is moving on a path toward a new higher status.
associate of mine said that the last few centuries have been dominated by
trade, economics, and our material well being, but that the 21st century will be the century of the
emerging spirit. We are now in that transition between the two, with all
of these developments being the indicators of this great change.
And with all of these wonderful, even subtle developments, with our greater utilization of our mental capacities, things don't
seem particularly spiritual out there. If anything, things seem cold and
Yes, you are right, these do not seem to be
clearly the spiritual movements that Sri Aurobindo and others conceived
of. And yet they are clear indicators of an emerging subtlety, whether in
the higher movements of mind in individuals or in the emergence of new
technologies and social bridges between people that do seem to border on
On the other had, there are many direct signs that there is an acceleration
of spiritual-type experiences, events, and situations that are
probably the indicators and harbingers of a new spiritual evolutionary
individual and collective world to come.
(pause) People are beginning to become conscious! They really are! For
example, say something unusual happens at the office that seems to suggest
that there is something non-linear or non-logical at work, and the other
person exclaims, "Boy, you must be psychic." This is an
indication that people are becoming more subtly aware. They are
increasingly having synchronistic experiences of all types that they are
really aware of and are acknowledging, and are not simply ignoring and dismissing
as mere coincidence. Another example: one person says to another "I
can't believe you just called, I was just thinking of you at that very
moment." This is an overt recognition of the subtle forces at work.
course, many have experienced a profound spiritual experience in their
lives in the traditional sense of the word "spiritual." A communion with
God, a profound sense of one-ness, a severe illness or near-death
experience, an answer came to a prayer when there was a difficult
situation. Such experiences have always been there, and continue to be
there are those who are aware of the inter-relationship
and connection between one's inner consciousness and life and the outer world
around us. There are a number of individuals who for example
changed an inner perception or attitude, or took
a particularly new approach or action,
then were amazed when life
seemed to suddenly and abundantly respond on the
outside in kind. If
they even a little bit conscious, they are able to see the relationship
between their inner change of attitude, perception, value, action, and the
way life suddenly responded kind in a positive way. Such
experiences are dramatically on the increase. I get emails all of he time
with people's experiences. They feel overjoyed and energized by the
experience, and are happy to share it. Plus, they see how life really
works, and how they can control their lives from a change in their own
consciousness. It's a revelation.
you have some way of classifying this particular phenomenon?
Growth Online we call this phenomenon "life response," and it is
perhaps the most astounding process and functioning
of life that we present at the site. For instance, one businessperson
changes a bad attitude, and then suddenly gets a call
from out of nowhere offering him a big
contract! This is, in effect, life responding positively to his change of
inner status and consciousness. In life we don't normally perceive such
connections, but there is in fact a total connection between these
two seemingly disparate entities; between the inner status of the
individual and the sudden, sometimes instantaneous outer positive results
that follows. This demonstrates the connection between the inner to the
outer, itself a reflection of the ultimate unity and oneness of life.
These are only a few of the types of subtle experiences that people are
increasingly having. Everywhere people are sensing such phenomena more
and more in
their lives. They are acknowledging it; even as they mock it or joke about it
on the surface. It shows that the spiritual power, as expressed in
connectivity between the inner and the outer, in non-linear
outcomes, in experiences that defy our normal
perceptions of logic, of cause and effect, of space and time,
emerging in life. Or, perhaps we should say that these conscious
individuals have risen to a level of knowledge of and awareness of such
things spiritual, and are thus more likely to acknowledge it and respect it when it
occurs. Though a serious interest in such forces and powers is
not really at the
center of most of these individual's lives, the awareness of such phenomenon
in people's minds is beginning to get organized. It's
definitely a start.
But what's the connection between these
experiences and the different levels of mind and
consciousness that lead to our evolutionary spiritual being?
is the first signs of the movement beyond the rational, logical
mind; of mind proper. It is a movement into the higher capacities of mind,
which we have called spiritual mind.
They are experiences of
the subtlety that that is there in the hidden dimensions of life that come
from momentary experiences from the spiritual plane of mind.
As we said, in spiritual mind
we experience knowledge and the world around us in a different way. If we
are calm and silent, then we seem to understand better; our thinking
processes work better, and ideas, logical thoughts more readily come into
our being in silence. This is higher mind, the level up from mind proper.
At a higher level still of spiritual mind, we move beyond the hard
thinking processes, and instead ideas, knowledge, understanding, insights
comes as illuminations of light and visions. Beyond that still the object
of knowledge comes as intuitions, where we no longer have to think hard to
come up with an answer; instead the object that we now searching for
simply comes into our minds as a descent of intuition. We simply know the
object of knowledge that we seek. At that point we have completely
dissociated ourselves from the sense mind of mind proper. This is
intuitive mind. Beyond that is supramental mind or supermind, where we are
the object of knowledge; where we are in complete identity with the
environment, others, the true truth, and the transcendent Divine
these early experiences of man are subtle movements toward and connections
with these spiritual levels of mind.
(pause) Perhaps we can also say that these experiences of subtle life
phenomena and the like are also a reflection of some
type of inner capacities that reside in the deeper recesses of our being; in what
we call the inner mind.
An inner mind?
me explain. We can kind of think of two simultaneous
evolutionary movements in the individual. One is the movement that
ascends from matter to life to mind to spiritual mind to truth consciousness mind,
and beyond where we connect to pure Spirit. Perhaps we can call these the
"evolutionary steps" that leads us to our
spiritual nature. It's a
movement upward from matter to pure spirit; to
the Divine. This is the ascent along the vertical scale of human
consciousness. We experience knowledge in silence as vision, illumination,
and intuition of the object of knowledge without thought at all from these
But there's another movement, a movement from living
our lives at the outer surface of life to living it centered in the very
most depths of innermost consciousness. In this evolutionary movement we make the effort to withdraw from our outer
surface connections with life, which is the way we normally engage life
and the cause of many of our problems, and instead move within into our
inner consciousness. In essence we move from the surface of life to the
depths of our being; "from the surface to the depths" as we say.
When we connect deeper within ourselves in this way, whether it be through
concentration, meditation, or just by being still and focused within, we
withdraw from the surface consciousness of outer life, and touch our inner
consciousness of stillness, of calm, of wideness, of
wisdom, and ultimately our spiritual self.
As we move ourselves from the surface
of life, we move into the depths of our being; from the outer physical,
mental, and vital consciousness to an inner consciousness,
including the inner mind that is more in touch with the truth of
This inner mind constantly throws
up signals and information to our surface consciousness.
Generally these are of a very high and
subtle mind is in direct touch with universal
forces, and universal mind itself. The inner consciousness
can see behind the things we are experiencing; it is aware of the play of forces
involved at any moment; personal or universal.
So our surface being constantly receives something, inner
touches, communications, and influences from this
region. These reflect in our psychic experiences, our human intuitions,
and other types
of subtle experiences
we occasionally have in life.
At the greatest depths
we are in touch with the inner, personal soul, the psychic being. There we
are open to the greater cosmic, universal forces, with its greater truths,
understanding, wisdom, power of effectivity. There are
few who have connections with this region, but for those who do one's life
is very different from the normal human functioning, and is a distinct
step towards the evolutionary spiritual being that is the subject of our
I am trying to bring out here is that individuals are having more and more
experiences that originate in the subtle mind and perhaps the personal
soul, just as they are having experiences that relate to mind proper, and
spiritual mind and above.
So it seems that there are two tracks to our
growth and development.
Yes, the journey is not only to the pinnacle planes above
but into the depths of the inner being. We can rise to the powers of
spiritual mind to supermind to the
transcendent Divine, or we can
dive within and find the psychic being, the spiritual Self there. People have had all sorts
of profound experiences as a result of
an opening above and plunging deep within. We even
occasionally have experiences from these realms when we live in our normal
vital and mental consciousness.
So we can say that the individual can rise to the heights
in the vertical scale of
consciousness that spans matter to the Divine. Or he
can move to the depths of the horizontal scale of consciousness that
exists from the surface of life to the depths of
one's being in the subliminal being, culminating in the inner personal soul, in our spiritual guide within.
Horizontal Scale of Human
SURFACE (outer) >
-Inner Mind, Vital, Physical
(pause) And yet for the most part people have had only fleeting conscious experiences
of the inner being and personal soul, or fleeting
moments of illumination and perhaps intuitions of the object of knowledge.
these are one-time experiences; they are not however permanent realizations.
And that's the key issue (!): how to make these experiences permanent.
Or rather, how to transform the various parts of our being so
there is a decisive and permanent change. That will be the central issue
attempt to bring about our new evolutionary spiritual nature.
So how do we do that?
Sri Aurobindo examined all of the techniques of the East and West, all of
the philosophies, all of the yogas, all of the practices, and traditions,
and religions. He wondered how we can
make the change permanent; how we can permanently
be transformed into
higher functioning individuals, where such experiences
are never-ending; where they are embodied in our essential make-up. This
would essentially enable the establishment of the future evolutionary
So did he have some sort of technique or roadmap to make
things permanent, to enable this evolutionary future being?
Yes, he did. But that's for those individuals who want to make this
great leap; who aspire to dedicate their
lives to becoming this future
spiritualized evolutionary being. To change their
nature into a new radically different supernature rooted in this new
supramental consciousness that he pioneered. I don't know
many such people
(!), though I believe there will be many in the coming
century, if not
much much sooner.
And for the rest of us who aren't so ambitious?
the rest of us, he gave a great technique too; far less ambitious, but very
effective. And this technique
can also be the stepping-stone for those who
wish to undertake the
great transformation to the
new evolutionary being.
Which brings us back to Star Wars and "remember the Force,
Luke." In the film we are asked to open to the Force, to enable good
things to happen. In the film The Force is explained as something that
"binds the universe."
It is also a Force that
if opened to, as Luke opens to it in the films, and we
open to it in our lives, has the power to
suddenly and profoundly alter life's circumstances.
Aurobindo asked his followers as a minimum to do the same; to aspire for,
and open themselves to this Force. That was the minimum
he asked of us. If we
weren't ready to move on to the vastly more difficult transformational journey to the
new evolutionary being, we could at least open to the Force; to use it
in our lives and see its dramatic
I know a number of individuals who are doing this very
thing as a regular part of their daily routine. And when they invoke
the Force everything works out beautifully;
life cooperates, it responds continually, instantly,
abundantly and miraculously in kind.
So there is a very simple method. Just
before you engage in any important act, you open yourself to this Higher
Power, to this Force, and offer the current situation or
circumstance to it. Then you go about your work. Thereafter, you will be
utterly amazed, stunned really, how life suddenly and
kind shortly or even immediately thereafter.
Some of these colleagues, have literally
experienced this power and the corresponding miraculous results
dozens, hundreds, even thousands of times in their lives. in their lives.
In fact, we have documented many of these experiences
throughout the Growth Online site, including at the
site for our
Life Response Project as well as at our page on "consecration",
which is simply another name for this technique of opening to the Force.
when you open to the Force, what ware you really opening to?
When you open to this Power you are in essence opening to
dynamic, evolutionary power of the Divine consciousness. This Force is in
essence this supramental, truth consciousness
plane and power that has descended in
the earth's atmosphere in the last three or four decades. This power has
never been there before as it is now there. Or at least
we did not recognize it, or had not risen high enough in our consciousness
to make contact with it until recently. Now it is available to anyone,
anytime, any place! We welcome all of our
readers to try it out before some significant event or
circumstance or happening in their lives. It can even be a routine or a
work that one is now engaged in.
(pause) By the way the more intensely you call in this power
before the act, the greater
its effectivity. If there is more intensity and emotion
then there is greater results.
I'm not exactly sure why, but that seems to often be
the case. For example, let's say that I am about to do a
training class. I remember the Force, and
the class to this Higher Power, to the Force. That's one level
of intensity. it's essentially a thought, based
perhaps on a belief in the effectivity of the power to ring results. At another, more emotive level
-- assuming you can conjure up the sincere feeling
-- I express myself by
saying something like "Oh Divine
power, please fill this event with your Force so that it will work out as
you will. I feel deeply the truth of this power for great results."
Or, something along these lines. We have seen that the more intense the feeling, the greater
in the rare instances where there are no results
thereafter, where no obvious positive life response
is experienced, there is
likely to be another element that has come into play.
In essence there is no response because the Force is waiting for you to first change a
corresponding limiting aspect
of your behavior or character or nature before it will act. Often it is a
corresponding bad attitude
that relates to the current situation that must
be eliminated for the
Force to act and enable a response. Once you shed the corresponding limiting or wanting part of your
being, such as the corresponding poor attitude that the
situation points to, tlife responds instantly,
fully, abundantly, and dramatically.
Please tell us more about the responses themselves.
Yes, that's the magic part. This great response to a
consecrated act or even to a change in attitude or action, inner or outer,
is what we call
It's action is usually positive, sudden, abundant, and
dramatic. It brings results from places that seem to
defy all logic, that defy all of the normal
laws of cause and effect, and space and time.
the way when you open to the Force and practice consecration before an act
not only do you usually gain the stunning results, such as things working
more smoothly, or money coming, or more work coming, or people showing up
at exactly the right instance, but you also experience spiritual
results. Which means that
you experience more or more spiritual properties
such as a deep peace and calm,
or a deep insight and wisdom
and integral knowledge, or a deep feeling of delight or
bliss, or a sense of Oneness with
everything around us, or
a feeling of Love, or of
peace, Knowledge, Bliss, Oneness, Beauty, Love, and Truth
are all spiritual results that can come when one opens to the Force. This
is above and beyond all of the other benefits of good fortune.
to say such
life response experiences can change your life forever.
Not only in the fact that you have experienced
the miracle of response, but in the
deep awareness and feeling that life is quite different than you
original imagined! That there are forces and powers that are
there in life that that are so
great, that your entire world
view begins to change. And as
a result you begin to see
the world with new eyes. You
begin to develop a new perception of life. You
sense the possibility that there is a new
and different and better way of
living and functioning in
And yet despite the benefits you receive from opening to the Force
as sudden good fortune, higher accomplishment, higher success, greater joy
and delight in life, and spiritual results --
these are only isolated experiences,
not permanent realizations. Though you might engage in
opening ot the Force for awhile, life somehow catches up to us or takes us
away from our inspiration, and we soon forget to open to the power.
We begin to lose the edge of connectedness. We fall back and start living
our lives just as before.
may fall back on changing our attitudes, or otherwise improving ourselves
in life, causing our growth to stagnate. Likewise, we may stop having
inner psychic connections in life, or experienced the influences of the
inner mind and being, or we may stop having any visions, or illuminations
or intuitions of knowledge.
we can say that life pulls us back, or maybe we should say that it is our
hard-wired negative physical and vital nature that pulls us back; with its
fixidities, rigidities; with the push and pulls of life's allures, with
our surface connection to the world. In essence we seem to be back where
I'm not sure why but I am reminded of the film and TV show Stargate,
where occasionally the protagonists enter the circular stargate space
tunnel, a wormhole opening across the universe, only to have it suddenly
close down, leaving you suddenly who you are, where you started, separate
from the infinite potentials of a new evolutionary existence.
other hand, at the other extreme, there is this vision of what we can
permanently become. There is this potential
spiritual evolutionary being that we can become, who
has traveled far beyond the
occasional life response or intuitive experiences.
He has not just had the periodic experience, but has realized
and embodied those powers and planes in his being.
He has not just realized the Force but he has transformed
his nature with the Force. he has not just had the
illumination and intuition of great insight and knowledge, but has
ascended to those planes and embodied them in his being so that such
experiences are permanent.
He is a
different type of individual; and yet he shares something with
those of us who have had the occasional consecration life response experience.
In both there is an opening to this evolutionary new aspect of God, this
supramental Force and power that dynamically can affect life. The main
difference is that this new evolutionary spiritual being has embodied the
Force in all parts of his nature -- in his mind, his vital, and his
He permanently embodies and
experiences the supramental
as experiencing the true truth of things, having the
total knowledge necessary in every moment, sensing the oneness with others
and the environment, having the supreme wisdom of the best action to take,
having the ability to bring the future into the present, being able to
bring the infinite into the finite, connecting to and manifesting eh
supreme Divine will, all enabling a supreme joy and delight of being.
(pause) So the big question still is how to become this being. If not
through these occasional experiences of connection to the inner being, or
via a consecrated event or act in life that leads to a wonderful life
response experience or having a profound intuition or a
deep inner, physic experience, then how?
What is the path that enables us to become this
permanently changed evolutionary
spiritual being? What is the path to this astounding future?
(End of Part 2)
Path From the Present to the Evolutionary Future
So what's the path that will get us from what we are now to
this new evolutionary individual?
We have already discussed the nature of this new evolutionary spiritual
individual; this supramental being whose functioning is very different
from the current human. Still as you ask, how do we get there? We know
what the human can become in this evolutionary change -- his makeup, and
his nature; we also have the general understanding of this radical change of
nature from his current functioning to this extraordinary
superfunctioning; but we have yet to map a path from where we are now to
that final destination.
As I mentioned earlier one of the biggest problem in this metamorphosis is
that though having experiences along the way are helpful, and
perhaps are even a foundation for a serious effort toward the goal, they
do not in essence create this new evolutionary being. Experiences
are just what they are, one-time experiences, which occur from time to
time, randomly, without any pattern or certainty. They are wonderful to
have, but they are, in the end, unpredictable and ephemeral.
Unless, of course we decide to make it permanent; that through our
conscious decision and effort we initiate the process
that can bring about this new type of human.
Yes, it is true that through Nature's course we are moving in that
direction, and in that sense it is happening on its own. However,
Sri Aurobindo estimates that it could it would take Nature
left to itself
thousands of years to produce this new evolutionary individual,
not to mention a collective of such individuals. Perhaps an exception to that would be if there were some
unforeseen, dramatically new movements or circumstances
that would push Nature along from her path of slow but steady evolution to
something faster. Or, perhaps there
could even be some sort of movement or action of the
Divine spiritual Force itself that could enable
an earlier manifestation and evolution of this new evolutionary
individual. Maybe this Force could suddenly descend
into our beings without much of an effort on our own part, and we could be
transformed in this way without much effort on our part. But do we want to wait for
some unseen event or some miracle or descent that we cannot fathom? Because if we do
wait, it might never happen; which means that humanity would be
left to what it is, stuck in its ignorance, falsehood, divisions
suffering, and pain.
what about all of the great developments that are happening in the world
today, and are coming soon. Couldn't they accelerate the movement to this
new type of being and life?
The metamorphosis we are envisioning here is so
dramatic that even with all of the great outer changes we continuously see
in the world, they do not suggest any great shift,
because of their influence, to some new form of
human existence . Even what we consider the big outer social
developments, such as technological changes, even the vast increases in
knowledge we see today, are small pittance compared to what humanity needs to alter
in the very fabric of our being to
enable this great change. With all of these outer changes, our fundamental
nature, our great limitations of
being are still with us. We still live in our ego and
separateness, we still exist in a stupendous ignorance,
part knowledge, and limited view and truth; we are overwhelmed by our senses, emotions, instincts, opinions,
and bad attitudes; we are still trapped in the
fixidities of our bodies, subject to disease, decay, and death; and in
general we are stuck in division and duality, in
conflict, and in evil. These certainly must be overcome and eliminated to
enable this supernature that we envision for the future.
I'm not sure there is much of anything in the world that can turn us to
this decisive change. There are good things happening, no doubt; but
enough to move us to this new status of being and life (?), I doubt it.
So what do we do?
Well, Sri Aurobindo recognized this meandering, glacial-like movement and
unfolding of Nature and life, and our inability to move
away from our false
nature, despite all the outer changes in the world.
So he pondered the issue and
came up with an approach; a path that could dramatically accelerate our
progress from here to there.
However, before he could offer
the world a method, he had to do some work on his own, from
his end. He felt that it was his job to first clear a path. It was his
personal quest to make first contact with this new evolutionary Force,
which he called the Truth Consciousness force, the supramental force.
He saw the need to bring it into focus, or somehow reinforce it
or magnify it for the world,
so that its power would be available to
By utilizing his yogic powers he was able to find, identify, and connect
to this power. He then made the Herculean inner effort to call it down;
to make it more accessible to us. He spent 30 years in absolute
seclusions in this quest. Parsifal traveled Europe to
find the grail; Sri Aurobindo sat in a chair to find the Supermental grail
that could change life in the future.
After he passed on in 1950,
he, from the heights,
and his partner The Mother, continued in that effort. By 1967 The Mother claimed that this Force was available to the nations of the
world. In the years that followed she felt this Force was more and more
within the reach of the average person. In the years that have passed
since then, it is clear that any individual can invoke this Force at any
time to create instantaneous positive results in their lives.
Not only has the Force descended
so that it available to the individual's
consciousness, but its effectivity in recent decades
has been magnified by many
It is a real power that is always at our disposal.
way, a number of people who have
recently opened themselves to this Force have
noticed that its power seems to be accelerating in the world,
perhaps exponentially. It action when invoked seems to be more powerful than ever,
indicating it has penetrated human consciousness even more deeply over the
last decade or so. So
perhaps I must reconsider, that the action of the Force might hasten the
new evolutionary being. Or perhaps I should put it that the Force is
available stronger than ever so why not make the evolutionary effort now!
their tangible signs of this acceleration?
Yes, people are seeing vast
results. Illnesses disappear, things that are lost suddenly reappear, jobs
that seemed to hopeless to gain are suddenly gained, people at the lower
end of the economic totem pole suddenly rise to unprecedented heights, and
so forth. In each situation they are opening to the Force when there is a
problem or they are hoping for some improvements, and the results are
abundant, and fast.
We can also see it in the social and world arena.
have in fact claimed that the end of the Cold War was brought about by
individuals intensely invoking the Force, thereby ending a potential great
conflict that could have ended all life on earth. The fact that a man like
Michael Gorbachev could have risen to power in Russia and single-handedly
ended their systems from within, without any bloodshed and
conflict, is an event so great in the history of the world, that it could
only have happened as a result of some great spiritual power. I believe
the end of the Cold War came as a result of the invocation of the Force by
individuals to stop the possibility of a world war.
These are remarkable achievements! Still,
as you say we are left with life as is.
Considering the limiting
way that we are, this new world we are trying to get seems still to be a
mirage on the distant horizon.
Yes, we are still who we are, even though the Power is more within our
reach. That opening to the Power will help. The emergence and the actions
of this power is also a signal that we must get serious! It is
perhaps Nature's way of saying, "What are you waiting for, the signs
are out there to make this change?!?"
Still, what is the method
of change to this new life that we can follow?
called down the Force more powerfully into earth's
atmosphere, as envisioned a future evolutionary possibility for individuals
and society, he began to come up with an approach for us as individuals to get
from here to this divine future. He describes a method
and approach consisting of three
successive stages that will enable us to make the metamorphosis, the
transformation to this new evolutionary being.
The first stage is perhaps the key. If we don't do it, things will never
get off the ground; we will never get beyond what we are now. We will be
stuck in our ordinary nature for millennia.
So what is this first stage, and why is it so important?
first stage of this Triple Transformation of the individual that Sri
Aurobindo envisions -- to get us from here to the supramental
there, from his
current status of pain and suffering and ignorance and falsehood, to a
future supernature -- he calls the Psychic Transformation.
that we cannot possibly move towards this new evolutionary individual if
we live our lives the way we do now. Even if we open to the Force, or make
some basic changes to our way of living, or even make sincere efforts to
change our character and nature, there will still be little change to our permanent
human nature. We will in essence remain who we are. Stuck on the surface
of life, driven by the pushes and pulls of the social environment, driven
by our emotions, our passions, our needs, our overwhelming fixation on
ourselves and our ego-sense. Thus he asks us to first break the chains
that bind us to this ordinary existence that we have been experiencing for
100,000 years. To do this he asks us to make the Psychic Transformation.
the psychic change is to connect to our inner being, our inner personal
souls, and establish that connection on a permanent basis. He calls
the inner personal soul, the "psychic being", thus the need for the psychic
transformation. Once we establish the permanent link with our inner being
down to our personal soul, our psychic being, we have initiated the great
change that moves us away from our ordinary nature toward our supernature.
So how does one do this, how does one connect to one's soul?
And do we really have a soul to begin with? And if so what is it, and what
do we do with it?
Let's me try to explain this with a real world example. Let's see-
is walking down the street. He sees the street, the sky, and the people
passing by. He decides to withdraw inward into his inner being. Even as
walks, he feels a connection in his chest, behind his heart, deep within
himself. He has withdrawn from the surface, the normal outer connection to
life, from the inputs of his senses; even as he walks vigorously along the
way and is aware of his surroundings.
another point on this inner and outer journey he goes deeper still within.
He thinks about the very purpose of his existence; why he came on
this earth, why he is in this body he occupies. He remembers that he has
an evolving soul deep within. He knows that in this soul being, this
psychic being lays the purpose and connection of his
purpose of being
on this earth.
He then tries to make connection with his soul, his psychic
being. Suddenly he feels some
inner stirring, some subtle connection inside;
something that he senses that is related to his very reason for being on
earth. He senses a live essence of being,
a driving influence stirring deep within. It is
his soul being, there alive, stirring, influencing, guiding, providing the spark and foundation
for his existence. He
has made first contact with his psychic being, his personal soul and inner
the next few days he periodically reconnects to his inner being and to his
psychic, soul being. He notices that as a result of being centered there
he has a very different sense of things; a totally different feeling
within, and a very different perspective of things life
For one he notices that he has withdrawn from the push and
pulls of the surface workings of life, even as he is still fully engaged
in that life and work. He also senses that he has withdrawn from his
ego-sense and perspective that he normally experiences
when he lives solely at the surface of life. There is less of a sense of an
"I," of a "me,"
in which one tends to
isolate one's self from life;
where one experiences the world from a separative, me-orientation. As a result of moving away from this separative,
ego-centered consciousness, he senses a wider
and truer existence around him. He senses greater
possibilities surrounding him because he is not wedded to the
I that sees
things from one side, one perspective, one truth.
Instead he becomes aware of new perspectives,
more truths, more sides of truths, more
possibilities, more choices, and
therefore more potential courses of actions.
From moment to moment he becomes more aware too of the
right choices, the best way to proceed, the best courses of action. Over
time he begins to have a keener sense of things; he touches on the myriad of
subtle forces and
energies and powers that are in the atmosphere.
At another point in his journey into his inner being, in these depths
apart from the surface, he consciously experiences his psychic soul being
acting as his guide and mentor. He notices now that whenever
he does something wrong, takes the wrong attitude, or moves impulsively in
the wrong way, he senses an instruction or insight from his inner guide,
reminding him of his limiting way, and a better way to
act or a better course of action for the future. In
that way his personal soul is continually steering him in the right
direction; giving him subtle nudges,
suggestions, and indications of
how he should change himself in the future.
his soul being becomes a kind of moral compass?
Well, he doesn't receive this soul guidance and influence as some sort of moral
imperative; instead the guiding influence just wells spontaneously within
him at just the right moment. The guidance is spontaneous, practical, and
creatively insightful. As a result of the influence of the inner guide,
over time he is able to see his strengths and weaknesses of character in a
more illuminating light. He gains a new clarity and insight into his
nature, and feels a glad compulsion to improve himself; to take steps to
overcome his limitations in his nature.
as we connect to our soul
being, we begin to sense a wider existence than our
own self. We begin to make connections with greater and wider
currents of life. For example, we sense the environment around us
differently, as an extension of ourselves, not as a separate entity.
Likewise, we begin to feel that everything is a part of ourselves, and we
are part of everything. This perception extends outward across space, as
we feel a connection with the society, the earth, even the universe itself
and its forces and powers. We might for example feel a
deep kinship with the unfolding of human progress, world events, new
developments on earth, or the destiny of the race. Perhaps we might begin
to sense that the world's destiny is tied up in our own and visa versa. Or
we might begin to understand the reason for this universe, for our own
place in the universe, and the relationship between the two.
As a result of these associations we begin to
shift our center of awareness from our ego-centered individual
consciousness to being an individual with a more universal
increasingly experience the subtle hidden forces and powers of life. For example, we
continually experiences synchronicities, have psychic experiences, see the
interrelatedness of distant events with our own, and other such phenomenon. We more clearly perceive the connections between the
outer existence and our inner status; how a change in the inner reflects
in the outer, and how life continually responds on the outside to positive
movements within us. As a result of this awareness of this correlation, we
learn the subtleties, of action, of thought, of attitude, and emotion and
impulse and judgment; and we see how
their movements reflect instantaneously in the outer life. As a
result we accumulate a great knowledge of how to act, and how to make life
continually respond in a positive way. This
invariably leads to the possibility of great success and accomplishment in
life. We have then in essence opened the portals to the infinite potential
to emerge into life. And ironically by living in the deepest depths of the
soul being we are able to elicit the greatest responses from the outer
life. From within we begin to become masters of the outer life.
So this psychic transformation is
dependent on making this first contact and connection to his personal
Actually at some point in
this stage of transformation he
not has a connection not only with his inner being, his
psychic soul, which is his real spiritual individual Self, but he
also senses that he also has a connection with others, the environment,
and the forces and powers and connections with the universe, the cosmos.
Thus he begins to develop a universal Self as well.
Finally he also develops a deep connection with the transcendent Divine,
with God. Not only does he find spirit in his inner personal soul;
not only does he connect to the environment and the universe in a profound
way; but he connects to and feels an intimate relationship with the source
of all spirit; the Absolute, Brahman, the Divine consciousness, God. At
that point he has begun to develop a third aspect of his self, his transcendent
(pause) So when we
live this way, when it becomes a permanent part of our nature, we
would essentially have completed the first stage of
becoming this new being. At that point
we would have dramatically shifted our center of consciousness and
awareness away from our normal human nature
toward a the beginnings of a new supernature. We will have thus
established the foundation for a
potential future evolutionary spiritual existence.
This does sound like quite a change. But still it is not
clear why this psychic change is so necessary for the ultimate goal of
becoming this evolutionary being?
It's simple; without it, it can't be done! The psychic, inner soul change
establishes the foundation for the much more radical change that can come
after. What this change does is establish the necessary minimal reorientation
of the individual. Unless he has this new orientation, outlook,
perspective, foundation, he cannot possibly move onto the even greater
changes that await him. It's just not possible! He would be viewing the
world from his old ignorance and falsehood. Any attempt to become an
evolutionary spiritual being with such limitations would probably be a
disaster, or more likely just a non-starter. He would be continually be
brought down to his lower nature, negating any of the powers and movements
that await him at the next stage.
So now he is ready to move on?
Yes. But I should add that this psychic change and transformation can be
attained by anybody, even for those who do not seek the ultimate
supramental transformation, because after all that final evolutionary
spiritual status of the individual is a very radical change,
requiring a great effort, and very difficult for any human to go
person were to try to make this psychic transformation he would be in the
company of only a few dozen or perhaps thousand individuals on earth.
Still, he would be among an ever-expanding privileged group who
have set themselves off on an amazing inner journey to our evolutionary
Every day would be one of astonishment, profound insight, endless
creativity and possibility, and deep connection with others and his
environment. He would be in a state of never-ending joy, happiness, and
bliss. He would be fully alive; in ways he could never have
previously imagined! So we invite do all of our readers to take this
journey within; discover their inner being and soul, and view the world in
this new way, with new eyes, guided by your guide and mentor soul. Life
will surely be a wonder; it will cooperate with you in every way possible.
Your level of accomplishment, success, and joy will increase by a factor
of ten. You will experience a peace and joy that you cannot now measure or
So that's the first stage toward the evolutionary being.
Yes. That's the
first stage. Whether you want to go further on this great journey is up to
you. I really believe however that any sincere and aspiring individual can
reach this first level in a reasonable amount of time. Even within a few
months. You will literally be condensing the progress of one or more
lifetimes, of rebirths as it is called in the East, into a few years or
less. It also takes the happiness, joy, and delight that you would
experience only after many rebirths of progress into this life, beginning
in perhaps a few months. The implications of experiencing such joy and
bliss are profound.
I should point out that this first psychic, personal soul transformation
stage invariably connects with the second stage; to what Sri Aurobindo
calls the spiritual transformation. In fact, already in the first
stage one is having experiences that are traits of the second stage.
Well the second stage is really a movement upward along the vertical
scale of consciousness mentioned earlier. It is an ascent upward from
ordinary mind to spiritual mind and beyond.
may recall as we rise from mind proper to spiritual mind, we begin to
experience knowledge differently; first where thought is clarified as we
work in silence; higher still when knowledge descends into our being as
illuminations and visions; and highest when the object of knowledge simply
descends into our being as intuitions. At this point all sense mind
influence is gone. Well, in the psychic transformation, we already begin
to have such experiences. For example, we begin to have intuitive descents
of knowledge. The difference is that in this second stage of spiritual
transformation, our aim is to make such experiences a permanent
part of our lives.
make the psychic change, then we will periodically have these visions,
illuminations, and intuitions. After a while however these descents will
start to occur more regularly on their own, not dependent solely on
the earlier psychic change. As a result there is a continuous
descent. Over time the higher planes just descend into us, till we reach
the point where we are no longer centered in the ordinary mental
consciousness, in mind proper, but in one of these higher spiritual
result a new spiritual-oriented consciousness begins to form in his
being. He becomes now a spiritual being, centered in his psychic
being within and simultaneously connected with the spiritual planes above
and around us. As a result there is a continuous presence or power or
stream of knowledge pouring in, as in waves or currents. There is a flood
of bliss of ecstasy.
why ecstasy? Aren't the descents more of pure thought and
knowledge than anything related to feeling joy or bliss or ecstatic?
That's a good question that I am not sure f the answer of, except to say
this: Each of these planes are kind of shadow or reflection of higher
planes above it. In one sense we can say that the intuitive plane is a
reflection of the supramental plane; and the supramental plane itself is a
reflection of the pure existence of the Absolute, the Divine. Well we know
that the Divine has many attributes such as Peace, Oneness, Knowledge,
Truth, Power, Beauty, and Love amongst others. One other one is Bliss. So
as we rise in these planes we not only get more of the higher integral
knowledge and truth consciousness, but we also experience this bliss and
let's complete this second stage: These higher spiritual experiences, of
light, vision, and the direct descent of knowledge into the person as
intuition, repeat until they become normal; to the point where he s
centered in the highest spiritual plane; where that center effects all
aspects of his being. So at that point he has completed the second stage,
this spiritual transformation, he is well on his on the way to becoming
this new evolutionary spiritual being.
this stage, like the psychic stage, is also possible for anyone who
aspires for it; who has the aspiration, the will, and is willing to make
the sincere and serious effort to attain it. A number of individuals we
know of have endeavored onto this path.
And yet the stage beyond this, the third stage
that will complete our transformation, is completely foreign to us. It is
so mysterious, so unfathomable, that it is even difficult to explain what
it is. The supramental transformation into a truth consciousness spiritual
being is so radical a change that has no precedence in any spiritual
literature, and requires of us a Herculean effort just to understand it
let alone become it. And this radical change is the culmination of our
endeavor. It is also the ultimate destiny of the human race.
Three Stages of Transformation
Evolutionary Spiritualized Individual
in the depths, at the level of the personal soul, the psychic
A. We connect to wider
aspects of life
B. There is an inner guide that shows us what is false and what is
C. We connect to universal forces
D. We connect to the transcendent Divine
Object of knowledge created and
known in self
Object of knowledge enters into
being. No thinking.
Knowledge enters as light,
Thought arises from silence
-Aspiration for Truth
consciousness to descend into being
-Descent of light, truth, and power of supramental into being
-Total, undivided, integral knowledge. Truth consciousness.
-Object of knowledge is in us. We are the perceivers, and creators
of the this truth knowledge
-Knowledge and will fused
with personal soul, with Divine
-One with all, the environment
-Transformation of body
-The evolutionary spiritualized individual
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New Evolutionary Individual and Divine Life on Earth
now we have come to the end of the line; to the final destination of
this new evolutionary spiritual being.
Yes. We have described the two stages that lead to this point; the
necessary connection to the inner psychic, the soul, which enables one to
have an entirely different perspective of life and dramatically changes
one's internal makeup; and then the second stage where one makes the
ascent to a higher status beyond mind proper, to the planes of spiritual
mind, where one now continually receives the illuminations and intuitions
of knowledge of these higher planes one has risen to.
So if he has gotten this far, he may be ready to go one step further; to
become the new evolutionary spiritual being. If so, then it requires the
undertaking of the final stage of this ascent, the supramental
earlier stages, the psychic and the spiritual transformations, were preparations
for this stage. Without doing them, he cannot do or achieve the
supramental transformation, because this third change is so utterly
different from our normal human functioning. It would be the
equivalent if Nature had evolving a human being directly from a rodent. As
we know from evolution the rodent needed to become a primate first before
he could evolve to a human!
So let's discuss this next stage. What does we have to do get
there? According to the Growth Online charts and models we have seen it
seems like all he has to do is go one level higher from the spiritual mind
to supermind to become this new being.
Yes, beyond the spiritual mind is the supermind. But this
third stage of transformation is much more than just connecting to
the plane; it is embodying this plane in all of our nature. This
individual would embody the plane in all aspects of his being -- in his
thoughts, if indeed he even thinks in the sense that we now think; in his
feelings and emotions, which themselves have already changed considerably
in their functioning; and in his physical body. The supramental
transformation is a total change of the person from the old human
functioning into a new type of existence and functioning. Perhaps we can
say that it is into a whole new species beyond the human.
It sounds a bit like science fiction!
Yes, it does; though I don't think anyone writing science fiction could
even conjure up a character such as this, because for one being seems to
beyond even the wildest speculations I have seen in science fiction, and
two, if it were conceived by film makers it would be so very difficult to
portray such an existence. The writer might have to himself be centered in
a higher state of consciousness, or made some significant personal change
or have a special power of insight and intuition, to really have a sense
of how such a being would function and then would have to somehow try to
develop a reasonable plot around such a being reflecting what he truly is.
If anyone in the audience knows of such writings I would love to hear
problem we run into is that this change is so difficult for us to fathom.
Whereas the psychic and spiritual transformations can be understood even
if we never developed at a level above mind proper, even if we never
partook of such a change in ourselves, this supramental transformation
defies our normal thinking processes, our foundations of logic in life,
and our normal perceptions of cause and effect. It's just very difficult
to conceive in our minds.
it can only be understood when we the reader somehow move beyond mind
proper and absorb it from an inner silence; or, by letting the ideas wash
over us, or "discover us" as illuminations and intuitions. In
other words, we have to achieved a little of spiritual mind ourselves in
order to really understand the supramental plane. If an individual starts
living more of an inner life, then it will be much easier to understand.
If not, it's not very easy.
Then how was Sri Aurobindo able to explain it in the first
his personal yoga and development he had already progressed well into the
planes of spiritual mind, and so he had the solid foundation of
recognizing it and understanding it. Actually, he had also experienced the
plane of supermind itself to a considerable degree, including its
workings, nature, functioning, and processes. Thus it was without too much
difficulty that he was able to explain it to us. In his epic work The
Life Divine he explains a number of the ideas that we have discussed,
such as the triple transformation, and of course this mysterious
supramental consciousness and existence.
So if we read Life Divine, we will understand this
Only to a limited degree. Most people who read this book are in utter awe
of it, find it to be a magnificent achievement, but also find it extremely
hard to follow and understand. And that's because it was written it from a
very high plane of spiritual mind that our normal minds cannot
easily follow. Though the arguments are unbelievably logical and clear,
the long passages and density of subtle terminology often are just too
much for our minds to absorb.
thing that is clear to me however is that you cannot read this book with
the ordinary sense-bound mind. You must yourself have risen to minimal
level of subtlety to absorb these ideas. One must at least be in
the logical, rational, non sense-based mind, if not higher, to absorb
these profound arguments, resolutions, and mystic discoveries.
Unfortunately, most people who read the book, put it down after a brief
attempt; of if they do manage to read it in full, they find it mostly too
lofty, or too incomprehensible, even exhausting, because people don't have
the mental strength to follow its extensive and yet profound
metaphysical arguments. And yet the arguments, though long, are perfectly
logical, rooted in the deepest of spiritual insights. In fact, I
believe it is the most profound description of the spirit and the cosmos
ever written. It as if the Divine had written its story of creation and
evolution through the mind of Sri Aurobindo.
would advise the individual who wishes to approach this book to have
developed a minimal inner existence, to read from a silent space, and let
the words wash over him. Also, read it slowly, even if only a few passages
Fortunately we have been summarizing the
for our readers, making it much more understandable and accessible; make
it much easier for the reader to absorb the central ideas the first time
return to this great transformation: When it comes to the supramental
transformation Sri Aurobindo makes one thing obvious; to reach this
transformation to the evolutionary spiritual being, the psychic and
spiritual transformation needs to have been completed. There must be the
submission and surrender of the individual's current way of living to a
newer way of living, which he establishes in the psychic transformation;
and there must be the intervention and descent from above, from these
higher spiritual planes, as light, intuitions, etc, which we have
described in the spiritual transformation. If these are established,
then the supramental transformation can occur; perhaps even rather
review again the two stages that will enable the final emergence of the
evolutionary spiritual being. First the psychic transformation
needs to have been completed. As a result of this effort, there would be a
breakdown of the wall between our outer being and life and the inner
being. At that point we would be living predominantly from within,
influenced continually by our personal soul. This psychic being would
become our permanent guide, showing us continuously the falsehoods of our
nature, enabling us to change from the old ways to our new ways. For
example, the mind would have given up its excessive judgments and
opinions, and shed its sense-based limitations and its ideative mental
formations. The vital would have given up its excessive passions,
attachments, sensations, impulses, and wanting attitudes towards others,
life, and one's self. The physical body would have given up its
instincts, blind attachments, and some of its inertia, fixidity, rigidity,
and unwillingness to change.
There would also be the opening to and attunement with the universal
forces and powers that are there beneath the surface of life. He would be
attuned to the deep connections amongst things, and to the hidden or
occult patterns and tendencies of life. He would feel the close connection
not only with his own personal soul, his Self, but his self as extended to
the universe. Finally, he would have a continuous connection to the
we said that the spiritual transformation would also need to have
been completed for the supramental change to be possible. Initiated by the
opening of the inner being and psychic soul, the light, knowledge, and
truth of the spiritual mind planes would now continually enter the person
as descents from these higher planes of mind. He would continually
experience the world around him not as thoughts but as descents of vision,
light, illuminations, and descents of the entire object of knowledge that
he wishes to know directly into his being as intuitions. Eventually
he rises higher along the vertical scale until his being is centered
at the heights of spiritual mind. He accomplishes this even as he
continues to live deep within in his psychic being, in the depths on the
that point he has risen to be centered at the highest levels of spiritual
mind in the vertical scale of consciousness and also anchored in the
deepest depths within, in the soul being, in the horizontal scale of
So now he has the foundation for the ultimate transformation.
Yes, now these changes establish the foundation for this individual's
potential transformation into the spiritualized evolutionary being.
Eventually, if he so chooses he can rise beyond the planes of spiritual
mind to a yet higher plane, which Sri Aurobindo called Overmind, and above
that to the final goal of Supermind. At Supermind he can call in its Force
into all aspects of his being, beginning the process that enables the
final and decisive change into the future evolutionary being.
should be pointed out that earlier on, as he completes the first two
stages, he has contacts with this highest supramental plane, making the
effort to call in its powers, this Force into all aspect of his
being. In addition, at some point the supramental plane and powers descend
of themselves into his being.
there is a two-way movement, from the individual's side an ever-deepening
aspiration, will, and calling in of the Force into all aspects of the
being, and a from the heights as descending force and power that enters
him, transforming all parts of his nature into a supramental, gnostic
nature and status.
Over time the power enters him in full. When it is accomplished, he, in
essence, has reached the maximum perfection and transformation possible
for an individual. He has brought in the greatest powers of the supreme
consciousness into every part of his nature and being. In essence this
Gnostic individual would be the culmination and completion of the
But how is he really different?
discussed these a bit earlier, but since it is hard to understand, because
its qualities and attributes are not easy to fathom, let's take another
shot at summarizing some of the more compelling aspects. To take a few at