The Supramental Manifestation

The Supermind is in its very essence a truth-consciousness, a consciousness always free from the Ignorance which is the foundation of our present natural or evolutionary existence and from which nature in us is trying to arrive at self-knowledge and world-knowledge and a right consciousness and the right use of our existence in the universe. The Supermind, because it is a truth-consciousness, has this knowledge inherent in it and this power of true existence; its course is straight and can go direct to its aim, its field is wide and can even be made illimitable. This is because its very nature is knowledge: it has not to acquire knowledge but possesses it in its own right; its steps are not from nascence or ignorance into some imperfect light, but from truth to greater truth, from right perception to deeper perception, from intuition to intuition, from illumination to utter and boundless luminousness, from growing widenesses to the utter vasts and to very infinitude. On its summits it possesses the divine omniscience and omnipotence, but even in an evolutionary movement of its own graded self-manifestation by which it would eventually reveal its own highest heights it must be in its very nature essentially free from ignorance and error: it starts from truth and light and moves always in truth and light. As its knowledge is always true, so too its will is always true; it does not fumble in its handling of things or stumble in its paces. In the supermind feeling and emotion do not depart from their truth, make no slips or mistakes, do not swerve from the right and the real, cannot misuse beauty and delight or twist away from a divine rectitude. In the Supermind sense cannot mislead or deviate into the grossnesses which are here its natural imperfections and the cause of reproach, distrust and misuse by our ignorance. Even an incomplete statement made by the Supermind is a truth leading to a further truth, its incomplete action a step toward completeness. All the life and action and leading of the Supermind is guarded in its very nature from the falsehood and uncertainties that are our lot; it moves in safety towards its perfection. Once the truth-consciousness was established here on its own sure foundation, the evolution of divine life would be a progress in felicity, a march through light to Ananda.

Supermind is an eternal reality of the divine Being and the divine Nature. In its own plane it already and always exists and possesses its own essential law of being; it has not to be created or to emerge or evolve into existence out of involution in Matter or out of non-existence, as it might seem to the view of mind which itself seems to its own view to have so emerged from life and Matter or to have evolved out of an involution in life and Matter. The nature of supermind is always the same, a being of knowledge, proceeding from truth to truth, creating or rather manifesting what has to be manifested by the power of a pre-existent destiny, not by hazard but by a self-existent destiny in the being itself, a necessity of the thing in itself and therefore inevitable. Its manifestation of the divine life will also be inevitable; its own life on its own plane is divine and, if supermind descends upon the earth, it will bring necessarily the divine life with it and establish it here.

Supermind is the grade of existence beyond mind, life and Matter and, as mind, life and Matter have manifested on the earth, so too must Supermind in the inevitable course of things manifest in this world of Matter. In fact, a supermind is already here but it is involved, concealed behind this manifest mind, life and Matter and not yet acting overtly or in its own power: if it acts, it is through these inferior powers and modified by their characters and so not yet recognisable. It is only by the approach and arrival of the descending Supermind that it can be liberated upon earth and reveal itself in the action of our material, vital and mental parts so that these lower powers can become portions of a total divinised activity of our whole being: it is that that will bring to us a completely realised divinity or the divine life. It is indeed so that life and mind involved in Matter have realised themselves here; for only what is involved can evolve, otherwise there could be no emergence.

Sri Aurobindo
SABCL, Volume 16, p. 41-43

The First Imperative . . . a letter

…You want a response from me on the work of Z, but I am afraid that I have no direct knowledge and therefore I cannot make any comment. However, what I can discuss is something perhaps more important and relevant. It is this question of an unending stream of different techniques, methods, paths, belief systems, and all the rest that is the American experience now. Z is only one more in this stream. At this point and for the question at hand, it matters little what the teaching is. Today people flock to her, tomorrow it is to something else, the day after another method. And so on it goes.

My question is, What is it that people are really seeking? In my experience, the only thing is a desire for continuous stimulus – both for the mind and the vital. We have now reached the point where our minds and vitals have become dulled because of the constant onslaughts they have been receiving. Now more and more is needed.

Previously this was confined to the so-called materialistic lifestyle. But as of the past fifteen years it is the ‘spiritual’ world that is now experiencing this same over-stimulation. This strategy has been the most clever means to undermine the serious spiritual endeavour. It is now virtually impossible for people to realise their souls in that environment, mainly because to do so requires a one-pointed­ effort. The result is a lot of noise – but no realisation. The result is a familiarity with ‘new age’, ‘new consciousness’ jargon – but jargon does not make the man!

From ancient times it is known that the seeker must make a serious effort to first of all find his path, the one that suits his temperament and corresponds to his destiny. Sometimes many lifetimes are passed in just this quest – weeding out and seeking to hew one’s way through a jungle of mixed experiences until one comes to the way suited to the seeker. Once he finds that he must concentrate entirely on pursuing his quest along those lines. Any distraction at that point defeats the purpose of his quest.

Prior to this 15-year period which saw this undermining strategy come into being, there was little real difficulty in this. The spiritual world was not the focus of invading forces bent upon destroying any higher purpose in the seeker. Once he found his way he pursued it undisturbed, with no temptations, really speaking, from other quarters.

Not so now. It is virtually impossible in the West for a seeker to come upon his true path and be allowed to follow it until he reaches fulfilment therein. And the fact is that unless this one-pointed focus exists, any ideas about attainment, realisation, etc, are simply illusory. On top of it all, to hide this truth the modern western seeker has to keep running in the labyrinth, so to speak. He requires more and more vital and mental stimulus so that he has no time to STOP and objectively assess the trap he has been caught in. If he ever did he would see that he has been kept hopping from one guru to another, one path to another, one technique, one method to another. All of this is done to effectively keep him from true enlightenment. At the same time the illusion is nurtured that one is on the way to a new consciousness, or even in it already. But, I repeat, this is just a familiarity with the jargon. Nothing more.

What I am discussing, let us be clear, is the real thing: realisation – of whatever the chosen way, but the true attainment. For that it is indispensable that one keep one’s energies concentrated and one’s attention focussed solely on that endeavour. If the intention is, however, to fill up one’s life with something ‘spiritual’ and ‘new Agey’, then this hopping around is the way to do it. It is a new lifestyle, one among many. But it has nothing to do with true spirituality of whatever path.

People who are serious have to ask themselves what it is that they really want. Is it power – occult powers? Is it peace? Is it transformation and the establishment of a new consciousness? The questions could be numerous. But once they realise what their souls are aspiring for, then they have to attain a concentration of energy which permits them to find their way to the source that can help them to achieve the fulfilment of their aspirations. IF such serious questioning is done then one thing will be very clear: one must at all costs avoid distraction and dispersal of that precious energy.

Your case is an interesting example. Since I have known you [,?] you have been doing some wonderful hopping! You have gone from Raja Yoga to Sri Aurobindo to X and now to Z’s work – and perhaps a number of other fillers-in [fillers?] along the way. I think it would be immensely fruitful at this point for you to assess the condition of your quest. What has been effectively gained in this past year? What have been the concrete achievements, if any at all?

You see, the moment you get close to starting a serious endeavour, a ‘new technique’ catches your interest and the original concentration is lost. This effort has to be made by you. You cannot rely on an outside stimulus to consolidate this initial poise that would permit you to make real progress thereafter. That is precisely the point: You, as everyone else in America, are now accustomed to these external stimuli. Without that there is nothing but an emptiness inside. You have lost touch with that capacity to turn inward and from there to extend the consciousness outward in the process of transformation. If the external stimulus is absent, so is the quest. But for any true spiritual attainment the first indispensable ingredient is this capacity to hold inwardly to the central aspiration of the soul and let that become the centre of one’s life. This does not depend on outer stimuli or circumstances. Rather it creates its own conditions for progress and realisation. In this path we call that the Yoga Shakti, the Divine Mother who takes up the yoga from within once this contact has been made.

But hopping about will never allow this to come into being. When you were following the study circle you had the other stimulus which kept you involved. But then the end of that exercise came and I set things in motion to allow you and the others to move to another level as far as the yoga is concerned. At the end of the study circle conditions were exceptionally propitious, though not apparent to you all, for the plunge into the true inner dimension of the Work. You were offered entry into the sacred precincts of ‘the Mother’s Temple’, which is a symbol for the soul dimension – your own and the Earth’s as well. But being so accustomed to outer stimuli, once that came to an end so did the interest. The book distribution has simply been a means to observe the mechanism and see and experience the drift without masks. Whether you participate or not in book distribution, or whatever other organisational aspect of this work, is immaterial. It is just a means to see yourself and this process.

Well and good. Now where do you stand? To me it is very clear, and so I have some sound advice. It is time to stop hopping, and stop justifying this hopping by trying to see a ‘connection’ between these different stimuli being offered. Believe me, in terms of this work there is none. But that too is immaterial. The only really important matter at hand is that you find the way suited to you and that you stick to it. Allow it to develop and carry you to the point of real entry into the inner chamber of that particular work.

It seems to me that in Z’s work you may have found what you have been seeking. Just the fact that you have willingly paid for her ‘ridiculously expensive’ course is an indication that what she has to teach and the inner fibre of her being have struck a very deep chord. Therefore my advice to you is to put everything else aside and to plunge into her teachings wholeheartedly.

From your letter I gather that you are not doing this. You are approaching the whole matter diffidently, holding back, harbouring reservations about her. In this way you are preparing yourself for another hop! In my last letter I wrote you that in this sort of work you get out of it what you put in. If you go to your classes with an open heart and confident of learning what is truly necessary for your soul, you will surely attain what you appear to be seeking. You want to ‘erase the memory of the cells’ and have paid a ‘ridiculous’ amount to do so. Then you owe it to yourself to approach the task in the right poise. And you owe it to your teacher as well. She cannot enjoy teaching people who harbour reservations, who hold back, who are critical and all the rest. But this too comes as a result of over-stimulus, – a form of cynicism really. Gone is that childlike openness and joyous anticipation. The whole thing has lost its ‘wonder’. But believe me, there is no wonder greater than to learn from a realised soul. One must approach such a person with great reverence and respect, for they are very, very few. And to teach matters of the soul and spirit the only credentials that make this possible are those the true and actual Realisation grants.

So, go into your new quest with this childlike wonder in your heart. Go into it putting everything else aside and out of your mind. Go into it with one-pointed determination. Only then will you receive from your Teacher what she has to give.


Thea
June, 1987

‘It IS Therefore it Will Be’ Perspectives

From Thea’s Journal, 31.1.1987/4.2.1987:

‘It will be because it IS, not because of any reaction.

This is the difference when one is centred. There is no reaction, nothing ‘desiring’ because that implies peripheral poise. In this matter even to say something comes because one no longer desires it is wrong. That is reactionary, and life is not like that. What comes comes because IT IS. Only in our off-centred beings do things come because of ‘anything else’.

Real power is born when one remains centred. No energy is wasted, drained. Every action is true to itself. One acts not to attain something, but because it must be done because IT IS.  Only in our off-centred beings do things come because of ‘anything else’.    

The human being has always longed to know the future, what will be. He should rather have concentrated on WHAT IS. That is the vision of the Transcendent. But we are conditioned not by time and space but rather by our limited understanding of time and space. We have not known Simultaneous Time, and therefore we see the play-out linearly; therefore we feel that in order to attain a goal we must DO SOMETHING, – that the attainment relies exclusively on this action. The goal then is conditioned by our action, one way or another.

Reality is quite different though. Only what IS can ‘become’. If we centre ourselves in what IS, then there are no energies dispersed and there is the possibility of becoming the instrument for a greater destiny. One moves forward in time centred, and this is the experience of Simultaneous Time, which leads us to the Whole Time experience.

The problem in the past has been a wrong positioning: one reached out to the future. One sought to know by EXTENDING the vision. But this brought a further off-centred poise because the consciousness lost its power of concentration. The Chamber of the Mother shows us the true poise, and hence the experience of Simultaneous Time is a property of that Chamber.

Spirituality realised that a problem existed and this reaching out was condemned, – by obliterating time and space and all concern for the future. Yet that concern is, in a way, legitimate. One seeks to contain the energy somehow, by knowing what is to come. This is meant to facilitate and enhance the lived experience in the present.

But the new poise is a centering, in the present so to speak. Yet it really means a centering IN WHAT IS. That is, – in the Real, the True. Then the lived experience is a contained concentration. And this generates real Power, the new Power. This is the poise of the Sun – or the Truth-Consciousness. And then one is able to control the periphery, or the ‘extension’, because it is not a linear extension. It is spherical – which is just how life itself is, the true nature of Reality. Poised linearly we cannot appreciate the spherical reality of creation, of living. This too is what imprisons us in the belief that we can determine our destinies, that we are ‘free’, that we have ‘free will’. None of this is true, as we comprehend these matters. Freedom, in the truest sense of the word comes ONLY when one is centred in Simultaneous Time. But the word acquires a different meaning: Freedom is CONTROL. It is the generation of a power which permits a person so centred to control the peripheral activity of his/her life, – that the circumstances of life conspire to fulfil that Will at the centre.

This is the true quality of the Gnostic Being: centred in Simultaneous Time…and therefore FREE. That is, one creates one’s own conditions. One is not conditioned and limited, but creative and centred. Hence there can be no limitations in one who is ever poised centrally. One cannot condition or limit the Centre. It creates its own boundaries and controls the periphery of its destiny which is an extension of itself; its system. Not something incorporated from outside and imposed on the Centre.

The Gnostic Being generates the power to be able to create the conditions for his/her central incarnate divine Will to fulfil itself. Or else, one poises one’s consciousness in such a way as to allow the Supermind to work through us, the Truth-Consciousness, so as to control and generate the POSITIVE circumstances for its harmonious fulfilment in life.’

It is really interesting because I remembered that experience of the Mother. I had written in the Commentaries (of The Magical Carousel):

‘…on 25 April, 1961, [the Mother] described the consciousness of Absolutes, the central realisation of Capricorn and the initiation of the mountain’s inner chamber. But the experience was of such an unusual nature, so unrelated to the common spiritual experience that at the end of the talk the Mother expressed the wish to have it kept secret. The decisive aspect of the experience was the absence of movement toward a goal…’   (Page 110)

Do you remember that?

No purpose.

You see, what she meant by purpose…it isn’t in the sense that I use the word. It means: do this to attain that. Exactly what I was writing.

The whole thing of cause and effect.

Yes, that’s what she says: no cause and effect…

‘Now it is a sort of absolutism of each and every second, each movement, from the most subtle, the most spiritual, to the most material.” She says the connecting chain has disappeared, to do this in order to do that. And she asks, ‘Is this what the Supreme sees?’   (Ibid)

Here again, I had this experience a few nights back. The same kind of thing. Yes, this is the vision of the Supreme. This is the Transcendent. That is, only what IS can become. So, obviously to find out what will happen, what will become, you must only find out what is. You must only have that vision of the Supreme.

And they were going in the opposite direction. Now, she was… this was the beginning. It’s interesting. This was the beginning of that breakthrough, of reversing this whole process.

‘It is perhaps the perception, the supreme perception: an absolute. It is strange. An unnameable and perpetual absolute, simultaneous.’   (Ibid)

You see? Really these are memorable because they were the experiences that give birth to the Chamber. This was the beginning.

‘She describes how cause and effect disappear…’

That is the same thing I saw recently – again: yes, it is not like that. Life, reality is not like that. It is not a reaction. It is not a process of reaction.

It IS, therefore it will become. It will be. It is not the reverse. It is not, if I do this then only will da-da-da-dah. You see?

In other words, the goal does not at all depend… Yes, there is no cause and effect process. This is the great shift in the human being. Then that marks a before-and-after between all other spiritual and religious experiences. Because they are all based on that.

Not only that, but it completely changes ones whole conception of karma.

That’s what I mean. Because karma, at least in all Eastern religions, is the one fundamental…almost dogma.

And it is misunderstood.

Well, because the poise was wrong. As I say, by continuing to extend the vision, to reach out to the future, even if you are doing it in terms of your own life, saying ‘I will attain this in the next life’, it is the same kind of process.

For thousands of years the human being has sought to know the future. To this day; it has always been like this. It is the plague of humanity. The human being wants to know, and because he has had experiences of knowing…he’s had dreams, he’s had previsions…so, he knows that in some dimension everything is. And it can be known.

And so, instead of staying rooted in the core and seeing what is in the seed of That, he simply tried to extend into the future and find out. In consciousness, you understand? It is a poise of consciousness, that’s the difference.

This is why it is so difficult to understand, so difficult to pinpoint; because you say. How does it express itself? Yes, somebody seeking to know the future is extending… But, it is not that. It is a poise of consciousness that is reaching out. And therefore it is seeking through that Becoming rather than in what is. That is where the concentration suffers, you see. Because that is the Chamber; that is what [the Mother] meant by concentration: Learn to concentrate because you are contained in WHAT IS.

Then to see the future really all you do is extend your being, in a sense.

Well, then the problem is that you are reaching into ‘possibilities’. Then you get into another series of problems also.

But let’s leave all that aside. Let’s say, legitimate knowing. You’re still extending the consciousness outward to the periphery through the Becoming rather than in Being.

‘She describes how cause and effect disappear, belonging as they do to the world of time and space. But she has difficulty in identifying the element, and she says it cannot be called a ‘movement’, a ‘state of consciousness’, a ‘vibration’… [This latter in the original French is ‘vibration’, mistakenly written ‘revelation’ in the Commentaries.]   (Pages 110-11)

You see how she was having the same problem. How do you define this? How do you describe it?

‘So, one must say ‘thing’. Each ‘thing’ carries within itself its absolute law.”   (Ibid)

And that’s the whole key! Can you imagine – what came out of this kind of an experience! Then the Chamber became the physical manifestation of this Vision.

Here it was. And she gave this to humanity. She had this…and then she was able to describe it PHYSICALLY. In a form. It is phenomenal. Who can do that? Something that she hadn’t even fully understood yet!

‘Hereafter the Mother wishes to clarify that the experience eliminates the chained succession of events in the consciousness, of “purpose”… [You see, this is what she meant by purpose.]… In order to do this she insists that it is not a horizontal movement’… [No extension, you see.] …and to further stress the difference she makes a gesture explaining the experience which the disciple describes as: a vertical gesture that dominates and embraces at the same time. Thus the Mother seems to have clearly given her experience the symbol-shape of the Mountain, for Omanisol’s consciousness is experienced by the children as precisely dominating all and carrying everything into her protective embrace.

‘In a succinct definition that thoroughly captures the Capricorn realisation, the Mother says the experience can be translated as an “infinitesimal point, which is a physical body and all that is dependent upon it, but which is exactly equal to the Supreme Point and all that is dependent upon it.”’   (Ibid)

Isn’t this fantastic! that ‘centre’ that is everywhere. Central to every thing in creation.

‘It is a question of perception, a different vantage-point of the vision…’   (Ibid)

You see, it is exactly what I was saying. The vision is not outside but at the centre. This is the whole point.

‘…a different vantage-point of the vision which alters everything. But though she stresses the apparent immobility of the nature of the experience, – no cause and effect, no goal, no purpose…”a sort of Absolute”, she is emphatic in her insistence that it is not Nirvana, that it is far beyond Nirvana. It does not exclude the creation. It contains all, Nirvana included. And the Mother concludes by again describing the experience in the form of a vertical rise that embraces and dominates, which is obviously the shape of a triangle that in its base contains all and then rises to a peak.’ (Ibid)

This is where I was writing about the Mountain-Chamber and her vision. (Some of these things in the French are so beautiful…) ‘The normal state of consciousness is to do something in order to, or for something else…’ You see, this was so clear to me. I don’t know why it hit me. It had to do with these latest things: Skambha*, the land, the dimensions. And that energy that is wasted in an anxiety over things that… And yet, as I say, it is legitimate because if you knew what is, then you do not waste that. It’s a vicious circle because how do you come to know that then. We haven’t that kind of poise anymore. We’ve all lost that.

So, we’ve got to find the way back to that centre, actually.

[After reading in French, the dialogue continues.]

This Point, this Supreme Point that doesn’t occupy space… Incredible. All of this brought up so many different perceptions. Again this insistency all the time now to help people to perceive this ‘changed poise’, that that is the only way.

And you see, that man in Madras candidly wrote, ‘I can’t see how this work can give you a practical grip on life.’ This is the problem. Now, this man is a sincere fellow. There is something in him that would really like to do something. To bring about a change. Be it only a ‘Lonely-Hearts Club’ or whatever. And yet, you understand, that if we really do not find out what the root problem is, all of this is useless, worthless. And goes on and on and keeps the ball rolling like that…

But it is such an unusual happening. Because again, what is it? As I say, it is nothing but a vision. But that is what she is saying here: This is the Supreme’s vision.

Now, that is exactly what I am talking about. I’m saying, Let’s really bring that Transcendent’s vision here: the real thing. Not what people have imagined it is by these projections outside and beyond. But the real thing. In order to do that you have to go to the Centre; you have to find that point where one can enter into that Supreme Vision. Then you come to the Core, to the centre, to all of that….

And so, there you have the Chamber with this magnificent Vision of Simultaneous Time. This Chamber where… Naturally she would have spoken about it in terms of ‘concentration’ because what she meant was containment in what is.

It is not even the present. It is wrong to say… You know, it is a way of saying ‘in the Now’, in the present; but it is also wrong. It is misleading. It is a containment in what is. It is not even a question of past/present/future – anything of that sort. It is a containment in what is, and that is that special ‘concentration’ that she was talking about. That is where everything begins to change.

Look at what is happening now in this work as of the last two years. And this year, the work of this year is clear. Last night I really saw the movement very clearly, again with respect to the Temple; because last year I saw it was Saturn, and I knew we were extending; there was that horizontal dimension. You were extending [the floor of the Chamber]. And then the trip to America and establishing things there was clearly those pillars. And that was the Moon [USA]. To me it was so evident.

And this year? Well, this year it is Uranus, and what is the work of this year? Yet there is an enormous difference from what it has been in the past, when I was working with the Shaft, the real ‘heart’ of the thing. It is very different now. I’m not working against anything…over there. This is something completely contained here now. Whereas before, because that reversal hadn’t occurred, there were all those forces that were able to crush this thing. And you felt it, that you couldn’t really get anywhere. Very different now, as of ’83, ’84.

And then there is this process of ‘repelling’, and I could see how the ones who can’t make that ‘shift’ have to go and that you don’t even have to do anything because the System repels

But another thing is the way – as I have written in the 3rd volume [of The New Way] – the way that Point holds the whole thing together and utilises every element, negative or positive, for its own designs and ‘purpose’. For that becoming of Itself. You see?

So, it’s that Point that sustains, that repels, that attracts – but that even the negative is used…to help establish the work. But if you don’t make that ‘reversal’, there is no centre.

Okay, we understand that, because the Centre, that ‘point’ comes into being precisely when this Reversal takes place in the consciousness, in all. All right. When that happens it is only then that this ‘system’ comes into being, and this action of repelling. Otherwise, before that there is always this ‘caving in’ – a caving in.

When I review the past I can see it… In those days I didn’t have the kind of power to sustain that force. It wasn’t only a question of power (Here again, the time wasn’t right)… The problem resides in the fact that it was Knowledge separated as yet from Power. But at the same time, that is obviously all that could be done. And all of those events gradually built up to allow this very Reversal to take place.

But it’s clear that something like that [the problem The New Way faced] couldn’t really happen now. That is, those elements couldn’t really be victorious as they were at that time. Because, you see, the System simply would not allow it. I mean, it would so immediately use their negativity, you see, that it would become something entirely different; as it always has now.

And so, you get now this ‘attraction process’, and you get these elements coming in. Now remember that one of the characteristics that I said of this change that comes about – this Reversal – was that those people who were not able to make the shift and go along with it simply could not remain in the atmosphere of this ‘thing’. And remember we started out like that right away in 1984 when I was alone and then gradually all the bits…

It is like that all the time now: you go along with it, yes, but you go along in the sense that you know if something is negative it will find its solution.

And this is the difference. This is where the question of trust comes in very strongly; because, again, I can’t know by extending the vision. This is not possible for me. So, I can BE, in that Consciousness, and with the ab-so-lute certainty that that Consciousness will arrange all the circumstances. This was the dream that I had…remember? That certainty: NO, this cannot be. It will not be. I’ll never forget that dream. It was such a profound experience. The moment when I took hold of that Certainty, and said, This is it.

Well, this is what I feel has to become a very solid realisation right now. This kind of certainty. And you see, again I had to use that, I had to tap that: It is clear, Skambha IS. It has its dimensions. I mean, if it is

Now, this is the question, where the attainment of that supreme Vision comes in. But what is it? It is not a vision that you ‘acquire’. What is that vision? It is a state of being. That is what the Supreme’s Vision is: a condition of Being. It is BEING. It is Sat [Sanskrit for ‘being’]. That is what the sign of Capricorn is: SAT.

And so, one thinks of it in terms of a ‘seeing’, a ‘vision’ like that, in which… Again, it’s like looking out, projecting, you understand? This is our idea of it. But the Supreme’s Vision is a state of….

It is everywhere.

Yes, and that is how it can be everywhere, because it is a state of Being. It is Being. It is Being, not even a ‘state’.

You see how interesting? You see how everything starts shifting then…and then you realise, Well, yes, we’ve been all off. And for many thousands of years we’re off.

That is why no one can really conceive of what it is going to be like in the future. You can’t until you attain that state of being.

That ‘banal’ statement: Until you change your consciousness. But what does that mean? These are words, that’s all: the ‘new consciousness’… People haven’t a clue, – because they would have to give up so much. And it’s not giving up in terms of worldly possessions, in terms even of attachments. All that is banal. It is not that. It is giving up this precious falsehood, really, of extension beyond…of, yes, also of being lost in the Becoming.

But then even that is another trap. Separateness. That is it.

Okay, the Buddhists have seen that. You know, the scourge of the human being is this separateness. But, you see, that is the hardest – for those people it is even harder; because they’ve come close, really close to grasping that. The real thing is that BEING; and they ‘fell into’ the Void. They came very close to that, because when the Buddha says it is in the Now, or the Taoists, they are very close, – but yet, somehow, still…. Because why? The ‘centre’ had not come into existence [cosmically, in the evolution]. Because this very work, the Yoga of the Chamber had never been done. That is the only reason why they could always go around that void, and then always skirt this.

There is that secret of the Fourth that is there.

That is it. And even for myself, how far would I have gotten if I hadn’t realised that? I mean, look at the tremendous difference in this work from 1983 and ’84. And what was it? It was simply that realisation.

Now, before that, look at how much I had seen, look at how much Knowledge there was. But this power to really bring it down, that ‘power of crystallisation’, that power then of concentration…that came only then, you see. And still, without that you couldn’t do anything. You couldn’t establish anything.

Now the Centre is there. It grows from within and gradually strengthens…. So, what does that mean? It means simply that there is no caving in. This is the simplest way to explain it: there is no caving in anymore.

It is so fundamental this change. It makes all the difference in the world, – for the whole world eventually. I mean, eventually it has got to be this process. There is not going to be another process. Somehow, however it comes about for the world at large, I don’t know yet, but it is this very process…this arresting of the caving in.

So, last year it was evident what it was. Last year the [‘construction work’] was just up to the Pillars: it was Saturn, it was taking on those responsibilities which at the same time are ‘supports’ if they are done properly. And the connection, of course, with America, this ‘relay station’, as I have always called those Pillars. There it was. It all came together last year. Wonderful.

Then we go on to this year. And what is the big event of this year, apart from the fact that we are ‘extending the boundaries’ now to 24 acres [at Skambha] – and the Chamber’s diameter is 24 metres(!). The interesting element is that you come to those walls. And really I was going very deeply into this situation that has arisen in the USA which is…very serious, in the sense that you can’t take this flippantly. And why?

You know, if you go over the letter they sent, there is one thing that is very clear and that the Mother already experienced in the Temple episode, precisely at that  point of those ‘walls’. In other words, that is where the outer imposed its measure. And there was no Centre then, and it could not ‘hold’, and it succeeded, it succeeded in…. that is the only thing in the temple [in Auroville] that is totally irreparable. I mean, that destroyed that thing there: it was the fact of the measurement of those walls [24 metres]. And  I have always spoken of it in terms of this outer form crushing, pressing in…and imposing its measure, rather than the thing developing as this Yoga of the Chamber has: from the Centre. You contrast that Shaft first with the Core. And then THAT determines the Measure. It is on the basis of that.

Now, look at the letter that they’ve sent me, where the whole thing is geared to destroy that central Purpose and the central Measure. You understand?

Now, people can’t see this. You know, if they would consciously… If they would see what they are instruments of, obviously they would not be able to act like that. But, you see, nobody really realises what is going on!

But then there are these telltale lines in their letter. And the final line is phenomenal: ‘If these proposals that we are giving you’, – okay, as far as they are concerned this is legitimate: We are going to be legal; we’ve got our lawyer, he says this, that, the other thing: ‘If these proposals are not acceptable, perhaps you can come up with some suggestion that will be consonant with the legal parameters governing….’

So look at the implications. In other words, that determines what you are going to do and the measure of the Whole…. That is exactly what is in that letter. Now, it is very interesting because, as I say, this is exactly the Yoga of the Year. The kernel of it is right now…. Leave aside whether it is true or false what their lawyer has written, whether they are off or not. I’m just talking about a process right now. And I can see that this is something one has to face all along, that it is always going to be this kind of attack to crush the Centre. This is what has to be right now.

And it is going to be the old forms. They are going to try and impose the old forms on this Centre, from where the new forms have to come about.

(Pause)

What I am trying to do is something entirely different. Even amidst the old I am trying to create these new Forms that will be responsible only to that inner central Measure. You understand? This is the big thing. This is the kernel, as I say, of the whole Yoga of the Chamber of this year.

So, this thrust comes from there – and with such a power in it: determination. It is going to be like this. You are going to have to come to terms with us and with… You have to conform to the way things are run here.

Now, it is clear that this is the instrument for this year in order to make me come to terms with this Yoga of the Chamber. And that we have reached that point where… You’ve reached the walls, and as the Mother said, we learn from the first temple we build, and the second…. And there I am learning! And I say ‘Oh, isn’t this interesting. It’s exactly the same thing!’

Now, never in a thousand years could they imagine that they would be instruments and embodying that very same consciousness that the architects had, and the role that they played with the Mother then.

And you see, if I can say that what happened to The New Way in the Ashram could never happen now because of this realisation, think of the Mother, when this happened to her. There was no hope at all at that time of rescuing anything. Look at how she left it. She just had to succumb. And not only that. She succumbed to such an extent that they actually built the thing like that; and that nothing I could do could change it. With all the power of truth in the world. I mean, I had every weapon, you know, every possible means to do that. And it was useless. Completely useless. I could not, once that consciousness had established its power to determine, to crush…once that ‘void’ was there, huh? Once they had established that ‘hole’ in the centre [of the Chamber], it was the signal that there was no centre. And in fact there was none.

At the same time then this Power uses…because, as I have always said, it was precisely that ‘hole’ that allowed me to do this Yoga of the Chamber in the ‘80’s, and that filled that Void, you see.

Even so there is this power working. But, look. These people cannot imagine that there is any relation, that they are acting in the same way as those other people. Why? Because, ‘Oh, it’s two different things! This has nothing to do with the temple!’ You understand? These are legal matters, where is the relation? Yet look how absolutely exact.

(Pause)

You know, at this point, when that ‘thing’ – as the Mother said, let’s call it a ‘thing’ because you can’t call it a realisation! [Laughter] Let’s call it a ‘thing’. Okay, when that Thing is there, this changes everything. And then, you know, all your reactions… Some times I get these reactions, and then after I think, Oh my gosh, maybe that was a little bit…rash. [Laughter] Or maybe I should have been a little kinder, or… But then you realise that you too are an instrument; and, by gosh, you’re an instrument to repel also, when you have to.

And nobody can come and stay in the precincts of this work, the way it is getting established now, if they are not able to make this kind of shift. If there is not that suppleness, you know, it is really just a suppleness. It is not rigidity. I saw this last night – this rigidity.

In any case, in this work it is this suppleness where…this kind of softness. The real quality of the soul, that allows itself to be carried along into the New. And that trust….

A sort of Devic [of the Gods] quality, rather than…

That is it. That is perhaps the most important thing that the Gods have to offer, it is that softness…which, in the Puranas, in all the mythologies, was their weak point! Because they didn’t have that ‘strong will’.

And what is this now? Again it is a battle of the wills, but with a difference now. Here I am talking about the possibility of allowing the new forms to manifest and that if we are not very careful in the beginning we are going to kill….

Or create a monster!

And we are going to say, ‘Why must we begin again, again, and again!’ I’m certain that I don’t have time to waste.

(Pause)

But it is the correspondences, you see. This is what I have found: that the ordinary person cannot see how things are the same! They see the outer forms, they see this was the Temple, this was a problem of the architects, this was a problem with concrete and stone… But this here is such-and-such. And yet they can’t see that the one is the other.

In the same way that if you tried to explain to those architects their attitude at that time, they would have all sorts of similar… It wasn’t black and white.

But that’s what happened! Don’t you remember how much they ridiculed me? Saying, ‘Ha! Ha! She thinks that because we’re putting this, we’re doing it like this, it’s going to cause disaster in the world, etc.’ And the major point, their whole argument against me was that I was ‘superstitious’ and that I was imagining all these kinds of correspondences.

It is interesting, because out of that ‘imagining’, out of that ‘imagination’ look what has come. And look at it there: sterile. Just sterile. So wrapped up in themselves…

You see, this was the problem: When the vision went, when the poise was lost, then it allowed for this intensification of the ego. That was its biggest boon, you know.

(Pause)

But how much steadier thing are now. Sometimes at night I have this impression of steadiness. Well, it is almost like the Mountain. That solid mass. And I think we’ve come a long way. We’ve come a long way to be able to sit here and discuss these things in these terms. Look at the difference from the Talk I have just read of the Mother, where she had that experience but in no way, at that time, could she apply it to the work she was involved in. In no way. There was no connection. It was an experience, or a realisation. But there wasn’t the method by which you could apply it to the work.

And this is what Sri Aurobindo was talking about when he said, ‘Supermind organised for Earth use’. That this is what we have to find, that this is what we are seeking, what we are bringing down: Supermind to be organised for Earth use. This is what I mean.

This experience of the Mother is a gem! I mean, it is the seed of it.  But it wasn’t…you couldn’t apply it.

And did she know that nine years later she was going to be faced with the…results of precisely the opposite to what she had had in that experience? That the true poise which she described, the lack of which was going to create those problems in the Temple. Obviously, if she were around now she’d have no difficulty at all in understanding! But how was it possible then? There was no way to make these ‘links’ then. She didn’t have those ‘laws’.

Isn’t it something to rejoice about? Yes, there are difficulties in the work, blockages that… There is definitely a dimension that is totally closed. But there is also so much….

Many of the difficulties are developmental difficulties. They are problems on the positive side rather than the negative.

Well, the point is that you can see now a blockage, a problem, in its rightful place. In the context of the larger dimensions. Remember what the Mother said about…that she felt that in the process that she was involved in there was this ‘supreme wisdom’, these ‘laws of a supreme wisdom’ guiding it; but that she was in the middle of this arc and therefore she could not speak of it or describe it or understand it even. But that it was only after the arc was closed, let’s say, that she could.

This is what now has changed, because you see this blockage, you see this difficulty – as, for example, I’ve seen exactly what is happening in the USA, what role these people are playing. We’re right on top of it. I mean, I don’t have to wait even until the end of the year. I know what we have to work with. And isn’t that a quality of the Supermind? That is the way Sri Aurobindo was describing it; you go from truth to greater truth. Which means that in this transitional phase you are still able to proceed with a certain amount of light. That is, if sometimes I get desperate because there can’t be a breakthrough, at least I know what breakthroughs there must be! I know that in the physical dimension there is this blockage. I don’t know how to deal with it yet. But I know that this is the process, and we are in the middle of it; and while we are in the middle of it we can understand and move along with it.

This is an enormous difference. This is really when you come to the ‘third point’, when you come to the Individual. This is the quality of that…that possibility.

(Pause)

The other day I was talking about the new Power. That’s it, you know. That ‘thing’ that has the capacity to repel, to attract, to control the play of circumstances.

And this pernicious effort that one is going to have to grapple with constantly of these forces seeking to crush out of existence that Centre.

Maybe that is the idea of Skambha going down like that. It really gives the impression that at any moment it could all come tumbling down on your head! It’s an unusual landscape.

X had a dream experience like that: there was this feeling of things crashing down, but somehow it didn’t come, it didn’t happen. There was also that dream experience of yours? What was that experience of yours, of water?

You mean the one on the train coming back from Madras? Of going on crests, and then going into… Oh yes, I will never forget that. It was so impressive, those enormous waves! You know, it was like ‘slow motion’. I saw it coming…You’ve been in the ocean and you’ve had that happen to you. You know, where you are overtaken by an enormous wave. You see it coming and you can’t do a thing… And here goes!

Well, this thing coming… It was very clear water though, I remember that. Seeing it come, and then somehow I went into it – but not into the wave. Almost…I went into another dimension. And then I was carried like that on the crest. It is difficult to explain. I wasn’t really on the crest. It was like carried through but via some other dimension, or another power. And these waves kept coming but they never overtook me. Yet I saw them there, I said. ‘Oh, my gosh!’

I remember when I awoke (I was on the train coming back here) and I thought, What does this bode?! [Laughter] Because it was so powerful. It was like the one with the electrical current (after that experience). It was the same, exactly the same message in this dream. Finally I had to gather myself together and I said, ‘Well, wait a minute, what actually happened in the dream. You weren’t overcome.’ That was the whole point of the dream. It was that in fact somehow you managed to get into a ‘space’ where these could not overcome you, overtake…

And that’s probably, I would say, the key to the remaining years in this millennium. It is finding that poise, that state of consciousness which will allow us to ride through any storm, through whatever….

That is the secret of that new Power of protection, you see?

Now, it is evident that this is a very important turning point – this moving to Skambha. Evidently this is probably one of the major moments of this work, – the fact that that actually will come about. Because you know the symbol that that [that it?] has always been – of this searching for this permanent spot… And then of course coming there; and you have this ancient land, but all the forms have to be new. Nothing there. Not even the road, do you realise? You have to even do that. Find you own access, your own entry. And it’s clear that this is significant.

Oh, last night too, what was so beautiful was, again, the image of the one entry into the Room. I said, Well, how can these people… You know, how can you help people to come to this. People who are really so blocked; but at the same time you know they should find their way to this work, or whatever. Yet again, you can do nothing but hold your own poise. That is it.

But then the point is that when you come into that Room, from the moment you start coming up those 15 steps, you’re seeing that Ray. And as you move you follow that Ray… In other words, you have to have your vision always on THAT, and the Core. Otherwise there is no way to enter. And this is what keeps people out. What I was saying: that outer cannot impose its measure on it; and you can’t come in from the darkness and pretend to find your way. You really have to have it in your heart from the beginning. You have to be open to that. This is what is so difficult for people to come to terms with. And when there is not that suppleness, then the system rejects…

And it makes you wonder about this development now, because it is clear that there must be souls who have incarnated for this particular phase of the work and that at some point…let’s call it, this arousal has to happen.

Yes, and down there [Skambha] one has to have a strong physical. There is such a power down there that would just ‘break’ anything that is not…

Very powerful. But it is a ‘power point’. So it must energise.

And how does it energise? It energises by what we are all feeling, what everybody has felt. Everybody comes back from there so happy. There is that psychic joy.

So, the energising quality is that soul power – not in terms of the ‘equal rights movement’! I mean the real thing, where there is that sweet Power that sustains and that leaves you with this…happiness, this joy….


Added at the time of printing [22 March 1987]:


The Mother has provided us with a visual image of this revolutionary realisation, the realisation that will introduce a higher species on Earth. The Temple of her original plan is the method to lay the first foundations of this new way. The core is that true Centre which comes into being on the basis of a perfect axial balance, a new alignment. This is the new Axis, the higher one that the practitioner of the Integral and Supramental Yogas forges in his/her consciousness-being. A rise comes about. The pivot is shifted from the sex centre (the present pivot of the human species) to a higher position which then liberates energies by a process of integration. The practitioner becomes the Temple, is the Temple.

I would like to reproduce a footnote which the disciple who edited the dialogue of the Mother that I have referred to above added at the time of publication, in the collection he entitled L’Agenda de Mere (Volume 2, 1961). Since the Mother told him when she was describing her unusual experience that she wanted it kept secret, he was obliged to give some sort of explanation, it seems, for disregarding her request and printing this dialogue nonetheless. Thus he wrote:

‘…and this “secret” is probably part of the Secret that this entire Agenda is trying to trace. Therefore, where does one stop? And if we are indiscreet, who knows if the secret of man was not the indiscretion of some monkey?’ (Page 209)

The disciple was quite correct in appreciating that this dialogue held perhaps the key he was searching for in the Agenda. But he was unable to see that this experience was directly related to the vision of the Temple nine years later, that the Temple was the consolidation of this very experience. Indeed, he missed the ‘secret’ entirely when he saw in the architect’s vision of the temple the ‘birth of Auroville’, rather than in the Mother’s.

The ‘secret of the Temple’ is a new being perfectly centred, having brought about a shift in the bodily axis to a higher balance. This perfect centrality is what eliminates the accumulation of karma, because there is no separation, no distance: a complete integration of all parts of the being around this new and true Centre. It is then that the Being and the Becoming are harmonised because this Centre holds the extension of events to itself in an organised relatedness, in a field of oneness. It is then that the Gnostic Being stands as a Sun in the midst of a universal field. The Gnostic Being recreates in his/her own being the planetary harmony once this Sun is realised within by this new axial balance. It is a ‘centre that holds’ and a cosmos is born of the chaos.

This is the distinguishing feature of the gnostic race: there are no ‘gaps’ in the different layers of consciousness-being which allow waves to rise and obscure the consciousness, as is the case with our present race of Ignorance.

When the Centre comes into being via the new axial balance, the Truth-Consciousness is able to manifest through a new and integrated instrument. Then only is Truth our base. From that truth-conscious Base the Gnostic Being perceives Reality. This entirely new perception becomes the foundation of action in the world.


Thea

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* Sanskrit: cosmic pillar or axis mundi; the name given to the land for the Aeon Centre of Cosmology in South India.

‘All roads do not lead to Rome’

4 October, 1986

I wanted to record some things the other night, but…now that we’re on the subject of the difference between paths…

I don’t know, this work really moves farther and farther away from… It just moves farther and farther away! And then, when I read something like this, today, it gets more and more acute.

The other night something really interesting came up…the process leading to it. The process. That was the whole point, because what finally came out was another one of these radically different positions everybody takes. Because I realized that the only difference, I mean the main difference with this work, why it would really bring a change in the world, was concerning the process.

In other words, there is the idea in spirituality that ‘all roads lead to Rome’, you know. Here I saw that that is really the big fallacy, that there is only one process, really. But that when you get there that is where the multiplicity comes in. That there is only one way to get to that Core, let’s say; but once you get to that Core, that ‘seed’ of the individual – whatever – that’s when you cannot determine what it is going to be; because that is where the individual dharma, that is where the individual truth-essence manifests in any form according to that Truth.

But there is only one way to get there. And this was the remarkable thing. Because all of these people – this man from the Ramakrishna Mission – all of them will go on saying all paths lead to God; and that is their big thing. Any religion, any path, any God-realisation… And then I realized that in this it is completely different. That was what the Mother gave in the Matrimandir. This was the whole idea of that ONE STAIRWAY. The stairway is the ‘process’.

I mean, it was so remarkable because I was going into it so deeply. And I said, Okay, what is the key to this work? I mean, what is it that we are really after? Of course it is to reach that ‘seed’, that Point, that One-in-the-Core. Individually. Collectively. As a work…in whatever form.

But that inner truth of every thing, how do you get to it? This is what nobody has been able to do before. And of course, when you are going out into the periphery and you are dispersing the consciousness, then all paths do lead to that. From any point you can extend outward and the whole question is dispersal of the consciousness. So it doesn’t really matter. You can take any to get to this otherworldly stance. It doesn’t matter.

In this you really can’t because there is only one direction. That is, it is centred, no? So, I was going into this, this whole question of centering. What is the basis of it and what does it produce? Well, of course, what it produces is that that ‘point’ comes into existence, which becomes your ‘anchor’ thereafter. And there is only one way to get to that. And that is the way of the Earth. It is the direction that goes inward, into the Core.

And then there was that extraordinary vision of The Magical Carousel with this ‘mountain’ in Capricorn. [The children] go inside the mountain. They are thrust there. Then what happens? Into that Chamber from which they have no escape, you see?

Now, this is the problem, because you have no escape. And in order to get to that inner Point that is what has to happen. You cannot… That’s the concentration; that the Mother was talking about in the Temple. This remarkable thing.

What was she saying? She was saying: to concentrate; she said, to concentrate. And she stressed this.

And you know, the extraordinary thing is that it has ab-so-lute-ly NOTHING to do with meditation. I mean, nothing. Really you can sit and ‘contemplate your navel’ till doomsday and you will never get this realization, because it has nothing to do with…. You can meditate and that is fine. But the two things don’t go together.

This ‘concentration’ is the focus that keeps you in this one-pointed direction into the heart of things. And for that, I am telling you, there is only one process. You see?

But once you get in there, once you realize that inner dharma – because that is what you do finally when you come into that – that is where the multiplicity begins. Of an individual expression. Where every individual becomes…CONTRIBUTES this extraordinary wealth.

You re-enact the evolution.

That’s it.

And how remarkable that Temple is. How fantastic, with this ONE STAIRWAY. But of course, what happened when they distorted it: the first thing they came up with was a dozen stairways! You see?

 …Because it just occurred to me… Well, all right, it is interesting, I’ve come to this point: there is only one way. All the time there is this problem about…you know: You’re so tolerant, or you have to accept all of the other schools, or… Well, I have to say that more and more …so riddled with flaws. I mean, so FLAWED. It gets to be a bit embarrassing after a while, you know?!

There is this Temple. And [the Mother] was saying the same thing: there is one stairway (and it was symbolic). There’s one way to get inside it. There’s not a dozen! She said, ‘I don’t even want one stairway and you’re bringing in all of this!’

Well, isn’t it true that they should have done this, that that should have been the first point of contention…because: Let’s all be free, let’s not be confined to one process. Because unless you’re confined to the one process you cannot reach [the Core]… This is the interesting thing.

So, what was I doing in my work in 1983? This was what was so extraordinary. It was that I gave ‘the Process’. That is my real contribution. You know, I ‘made’ that stairway. I hewed that. I gave that process which is this tremendous concentration where you hold firm, you reach that centre, that point, that One-in-the-Core. And then you come to the Dharma. And that is your base in life. Your individual base.

There were a lot of things that were coming…it was quite remarkable these days. But it was this: that you really can never… Unless you really reach your own inner dharma by whichever means (if you could in any other way), you can’t do this work. It is impossible. That is really what the finality of it is because that is what is lacking in the world. That is what nobody has.

And so I saw… Who has been given the method to do this? Of course, this in conjunction with the Mother and the Temple. That was my big key, you know. And that was why there was that ‘construction process’. What was it that I constructed? I was constructing the process of this. Opening that up.

It is very interesting because when you make that breakthrough then obviously it becomes progressively easier for others. Look at our work from that time, 1983-84. Now, what had to happen? Obviously there had to be that ‘reversal’, – and that happened. Up until that point there was this ‘concentration’ that was always a caving in, this pressure, pushing in. think of The Magical Carousel  and that scene in Capricorn…almost a suffocating feeling. You know, you’re drawn to this point.

This was happening in me – but it was happening in the work. This is important. Because obviously when I reached that inner dharma… What did I reach? I reached the Dharma of the work. My individual dharma happens to be that. So, the two went hand-in-hand; and it was immediately reflected in the work.

So what happened? When you got to that point and that reversal came about, from then onward in time an increase started… And then you gather forms. You are able to build. So you consider it like a building project.

It is almost the multiplicity that starts…

That is when it starts.

Now, this [resembles] my realization in Pondicherry in September, 1972, when I was ‘silenced’, let’s say – in the Zero. But it was at that point that, in terms of the Knowledge, that same multiplicity started. And all of it was partaking of that one breakthrough, the realization I had of that Zero, you see?

Now, the same thing here. Depending on the quality of the seed, let’s say, that you reach, that is what comes out. Inevitably.

So, what happened in this work? This extraordinary increase began. And you can see it. And it started gathering about itself…

Then of course that remarkable process of repulsion and attraction: ritam. Putting everything in its place. The ordering. All of that because that Centre was filled. There was that Base, that Point – from which to work. And then progressively each year from that time we have been building on that.

It is just like in a building when you lay your first foundation-stone. From that – and you don’t even see it – from that the building arises. And then you’ve got this colossal thing that comes out. This is exactly the same.

That is the message of the Temple. There it is. And there is only one way.

Now I have this problem you see…I have to go against everybody, what they think. As I say, this idea that all roads lead to Rome. Well, they really don’t.

You know, the process is what I am talking about. I’m not saying…I mean, yours is going to be slightly different in the sense that it is determined by the conditions of your life. But there is one method and it is this convergence into that Point, – until you get there: no escape…that form of concentration that makes you hold firm until you can reach that ‘inner chamber’, that inner core. This is the important thing. So, this process is the same for…it is going to be the same for the whole world. Everything. That is why the tensions in the world are there in this way. They are doing this: confining, confining.

Then after, as I say, comes the increase. And the expression comes in a multiplicity of form; and this is what has been happening in this work because from that time, 1984, it is starting…this expansion.

But it was such a remarkable clarity of this wonderful image of the Temple, you know, that tells you absolutely everything you need to know… And that the thing is done. This was the extraordinary thing: IT IS DONE. Now, the rest is inevitable.

Mind you, that ‘seed’ is the Seed of Immortality. This is its whole quality. That is why nobody has ever been able to realize immortality of the physical; because they had never had this direction. But that is where the Seed of Immortality is, and when you get that it becomes the base. You realize that it is inevitable then that this play itself out at some point and reach that state of Immortality. On all levels. Because it is from there that it stems, you see. That is its quality: this Golden Seed, this Hiranyaretas. That Immortal One.

It has just never been done before like this. Once it is done, once the process is done…because that’s the tricky part: it is to live the process. It is the process itself that opens the path. Once you’ve laid out the process then the rest… As I say, it becomes progressively easier.

You have to realize that all of you had to go through that process with me of this Reversal. Whereas people who come into the work now don’t have to do that. They don’t have to live the process with me. They come to find their place already in a ‘system’ that is manifesting, that is growing. We were working, let’s say, in the Zero, when nothing was…and we had to bring it out from that Point. But people who come do not have this…critical…

You know, it was the halfway point of these three decades till the end of the millennium. It was exactly the halfway point. It was really the do-or-die of this work. I knew it. If it didn’t succeed I knew that you could all pack up and go off somewhere, because it was completely useless to continue. And it worked, of course. But the perception was very clear that what was happening then was the great decisive moment: creation or destruction.

I notice that it is getting so very much easier. It could be that I am expressing things more clearly; but that is part of it too, no? Obviously if you’ve lived the process then you are able to express it more clearly. But I notice that all of these people…they are grasping things quicker, that poise comes into being with less of an effort, or a strain. Because there is that ‘centre that holds’, you see.

And then you have this factor of the negative elements that get caught in the shadow universe. This is a fact. And you see how they are still bound to it, and they still have to play that out. You take X’s case, for instance. That ‘seed’, that inner truth, I know what it is. So, she can never be other than that. No matter whether it is in the shadow kingdom or the kingdom of light. It has got to be a playout determined by that.

(Pause)

And this is how you come to the harmony between the inner truth and the external forms…

That is the only way that harmony can take place.

There is never any separation.

[A discussion follows on Objective Art, and then:]

…What is this process? Connecting those planes. Now, this hadn’t happened in Sri Aurobindo’s time. And this was part of what I was going into all these days. They couldn’t realize this. I mean, they couldn’t realize that One-in-the-Core because it hadn’t come to that point. You realize that? It was all converging down, down, down – more, until you got to the Third Level. And that is the level at which it happens.

So, they could never have given this process, you know, it was impossible. Nor could they have lived it as such. They lived what they had to live for their levels…to open, to make these links: the Transcendent, the Cosmic, and then the… And that is what the Mother did. She ‘linked’ those planes and gave the cosmic plan…gave forth the Cosmic Truth. Replaced the Ignorance, the Cosmic Ignorance, and gave forth the ‘plan’ of the Cosmic Truth.

It could not be done earlier; it could not have been explained earlier. Nothing. Each had to add a portion – to come to that.

(Pause)

Nonetheless with that certitude. All the time with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother – that total certitude: That it was done and that it would be.

That is obviously the foundation, you know. And that is why not just anybody can do it. It has got to be beings born for that, because that is what gives… It is that dharma. It is like what I was saying, when I went through that process, well I got to the dharma of the work – because that is what my inner being is made of. And that’s the foundation you bring into the world. So, automatically there is a certitude underlying everything. I mean, it is there. It is your essence. You come for that purpose, to do that.

But it was so remarkable to go into all of this, to see what has really been done… You know, these years in Kodaikanal. What an extraordinary thing has happened.

And so then, of course, all the little details really become so unimportant…the little difficulties. Because, you know, you have, again, that certitude….


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The most urgent question for the Earth is the realization of the inner truth of things. By extending the consciousness outward, by stretching it beyond, we have rendered this intimate discovery, unveiling, progressively more difficult; until today we are at a complete loss as to how to proceed in order to ‘find our roots’ as it were. Or, as I would say, how to find our core and our purpose.

In that Core we find that Golden Seed – our inner Truth. And the one stairway into the Temple that the Mother sought to have incorporated in the construction represents that way of concentration. But she also described the descent and rise into the Chamber (through the floor) as being ‘symbolic’ too of this process.

Indeed, for me it represents that rise of the pivot of being, that shift to a higher pivot: in a word, the creation of a new axis of being, – individually, collectively, for the Earth herself.

This is why the single stairway of 15 steps rising into the Chamber was such an important feature of the Mother’s original plan. Like everything else in the Temple, it foretold the new way; and by her act of seeing which rent the veils that were keeping this way as yet hidden, the Mother set in motion that process.

In Volume 3 of The New Way, I describe in detail the necessity for, and the method of, shifting the axis in the human being to a higher pivot; the higher pivot consisting of the new axis that comes into being on the basis of a perfect centering, is a singular convergence of Time and Space dimensions (vertical/horizontal). Lacking this higher pivot and axis the human being orbits a void, where energies cave in, collapse. This describes the process of destruction as opposed to creation. It is the definition of death.

The modified plan of the architects is a representation of the present human condition: the perfect centering and the correct axis were lost, when the builders refused to make the diameter of the Chamber 24 meters to the walls, as the Mother has so often requested; and at the same time, the entire construction came up with a hole in the centre of the Chamber: a void. In terms of symbols in architecture this is truly a remarkable symbol-image of the human dilemma and the evolutionary impasse.


Thea
March, 1987