July 21, 2006

From Nature to Supernature

When I am having a discussion on Sri Aurobindo and am interpreting His teaching, His philosophy and spirituality and yoga, I always, without fail, without any deviation, use the words as per the definitions and meanings given by Him. If other meanings and definitions and senses are intended, obviously there will be confusion. Therefore, the solution to avoid any confusion is to adhere to the meaning and definition given by Sri Aurobindo, when the discussion is about His Teaching. When there will be discussion on the Buddha, we should adhere faithfully to the meaning of the words intended by Him. When we discuss Jesus, we must adhere to His intentions. When we discuss Ken Wilber, we should mean by a particular word what he means...
Sri Aurobindo has defined every word of importance, including Nature. He has also spoken of Supernature and Higher Nature. About the present state of Nature, which has created Man from Matter and Life, let me quote Sri Aurobindo from the Life Divine: “The transition to Supermind through Overmind is a passage from Nature as we know it into Supernature..."
If we go back to Nature, we will then go back to Ignorance : the further progress and evolution from Man to Superman will be halted and thwarted. It is seen that Sri Aurobindo views the evolution from Matter to Animals or Plants (i.e., various life-forms) and from Life to Mind and Man has been a “halting and difficult evolution operated by Nature in the past in the unconscious creatures of the Ignorance.” And even now, our effort “belongs to the inferior power of Nature; a power of the Ignorance cannot achieve by its own strength or characteristic or available methods what is beyond its own domain of Nature”
I hope the role of Nature is now clearly understood. It cannot lead us ahead in a proper and swift manner, unless there are the Descents of the Higher Powers and Forces in Nature. And this is possible - but how? Let us see what Sri Aurobindo has said in His book ‘The Mother' :
“There are two powers that alone can effect in their conjunction, the great and difficult thing that is the aim of our endeavour; a fixed and unfailing aspiration that calls from below and a supreme Grace that from above, that answers. But the supreme Grace will act only in the conditions of the Light and the Truth; it will not act in conditions laid down upon it by the Falsehood and the Ignorance. For if it were to yield to the demands of the Falsehood, it would defeat its own purpose. These are the conditions of the Light and the Truth, the sole conditions under which the very highest supramental Force descending from above and opening from below that can victoriously handle the physical Nature and annihilate its difficulties …
There must be a total and sincere surrender; there must be an exclusive self-opening to the divine Power; there must be a constant and integral choice of the Truth that is descending; a constant and integral rejection of the falsehood of the mental, vital and physical Powers and Appearances that still rule the earth-Nature.”[Sri Aurobindo :The Mother]
Here, too, we find that Sri Aurobindo has referred to the fact that the falsehood of the mental, vital and physical Powers and Appearances still rule the earth-Nature. Can we then go back to the Nature, the earth-Nature, which still ruled by the falsehood of the mental, vital and physical Powers and Appearances? 15-07-2006 Tagged with: Grace, ignorance, impulses, instinct, Intuition, Jesus, Life, Mind, Nature, Reason, Ken Wilber, Man, Supermind, Sri Aurobindo, Overmind, 'The Mother', The Life Divine, Supernature, Superman, Matter, The Visionland, the Buddha, Appearances, Powers, Higher Nature, earth-Nature, superconscient, terrestrial nature, Soul-study Add Comment posted by Barin

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