March 04, 2006

A symbol of the victory of Death

Chronicles of the Inner Chamber: 9 - The Bridge of Gnosis
In the Auroville Matrimandir the only consistency we find is the consistent lack of any higher content; added to this is the unfortunate fact that the building now standing at the heart of a township purported to be a creation of the Mother’s and the cradle of the Superman, bearing Sri Aurobindo’s name, consistently denies all that the Mother sought to capture in the temple. The Auroville Matrimandir is exactly what the community, the builders, the architects and the governing bodies desired it to be: no knowledge, no higher function and purpose, no truth-conscious unity.
Given this fact, we find a very similar situation prevailing today in the Ashram, where the central focus of the community there does not reflect the purpose and goal of the Supramental Manifestation adequately. This is precisely because the Bridge did not come into being between the two fields. Both were stranded, so to speak, on either side of a chasm of Time. We find in the Ashram, therefore, a Samadhi as the focal point of worship and meditation for disciples, devotees and pilgrims. The Divine Incarnations certainly do sanctify the locale with their remains at the place where they lived and opened the path to the new future. But in the gnostic vision of the symbol as the thing symbolised, a tomb is a tomb no matter how sanctified it may be by the enlightened substance it houses.
Certainly if we accept that the Supramental Creation and its special gnosis are unlike anything the Earth has known, then we have to admit that while a Samadhi may be acceptable in all other ashrams as the proper focus for concentration, in Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram it stands as an aberration similar to the cross of Christianity – also a symbol of the victory of Death. Surely when given deep thought the Supramental Manifestation was not destined to follow that old way. Next Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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