Re: Sri Aurobindo and Evolution: A Critical Perspective : 2008 (occult slippages and cultural considerations) by ned on Sat 09 Feb 2008 03:20 PM PST Profile Permanent Link
I have been discussion the whole idea of evolutionary spirituality with a Sufi friend. There is "horizontal" (biological and cultural) evolution and "vertical" evolution. When we speak of the "vertical" ascension of the soul to the Divine, I feel Sri Aurobindo is only really using "evolution" as a metaphor. Because in this process, what's happening is not really a progression in time, but a transcendence of history altogether (time emerges as the Eternal Now). So the process of Supramentalization would presumably lead to the end of history. Thoughts, anyone?
Certainly there seems to be a rupture with our present experience of history, but he does suggest a supramental time vision -trikaladristi-. So rather then being an end to history it maybe better understood as a radical discontinuity, or a transformation of history in which we -or the superman/woman- will come to experiences it not as the linear progression of time but rather in its simultaneity of past, present, future. Sri Aurobindo uses Supermind as a vehicle to reconcile history and spirit, the temporal with the eternal. Unfortunately, the complexity in such a bold vision is that in asserting that the “progressive evolution of history” through the descent of a timeless spirit, will result in the salvation of history itself, one must engage two very different interpretative schemes, one physical/historical the other mythological/metaphysical. We mortals seem to have problems reconciling those perspectives. Which means there is the same tendency in a belief system which envisages salvation trough supramentalization as prevalent among those religions whose revelation is the transformation of history through a final rapture, namely to collapse the multi-dimensionality with which it resonates in our soul life to a one dimensional literalization as historical prophecy