“At the relative level, neither perfect satisfaction nor perfect renunciation of desire is possible. So this is the miserable state in which humanity finds itself — neither being able to give up desire totally, nor being able to satisfy it totally at this level. The solution is to transcend desire and enter a state of consciousness in which desire is subsumed by the self-giving of the psychic being. At this level we are immersed in the Infinite where all abundance resides and nothing is scarce. Our capacity for love is no longer perverted by our animal need for survival. Thus desire quite literally vanishes. Sri Aurobindo sums it up thus: Only by perfect renunciation of desire or by perfect satisfaction of desire can the utter embrace of God be experienced; for in both ways the essential precondition is effected, — desire perishes.”
- How pray tell is this any different from the Transcendent spiritual philosophies of the past six thousand years?
- In what way can this urge to Transcendence INTEGRATE the multiple planes of our being from the Spiritual down to the Cellular consciousness?
- How, for example, can this strategy successfully integrate Being and the Becoming, Eternity and Time and the multitude of polarizations that these Old and Partial Transcendent philosophies have fostered?
To cast Sri Aurobindo’s work in this light is to dissociate the Transcendent from the Cosmic and the Individual and in so doing, discard the Supermind’s vehicle of descent. Anyone familiar with Sri Aurobindo’s, the Mother’s and Thea’s work understands that it represents a radical departure from the Old Transcendent Spiritual philosophies . In fact, the whole notion of a Life Divine is based upon a UNION of the planes of consciousness from the Spiritual to the Physical. The Mother, once wrote,
“…The whole earth and everything it contains is a kind of concentration, a condensation of something which exists in other worlds invisible to the material eye. Each thing manifest here has its principle, idea or essence somewhere in the subtler regions."
“The Supramental Yoga foresees the possibility of a material union with the Divine. It is the union of the “Earth” of the Veda with the divine Principle, an earth which is said to be above our earth, that is to say, the physical being and consciousness of which the world and the body are only images.” Sri Aurobindo, 12/31/1915 Letters to the Mother, Collected Works, Vol. 1, pp 308.