Mental Knowing and Supramental Knowledge

The mental awareness separates the knower, the object of knowledge, and the knowledge or act of knowing into 3 separate things. The very nature of the way we see and relate to the world in our ordinary state of awareness brings about this separation as an inevitable result. We process information this way.

The fact is that this way of knowing and experiencing things is artificial and brought about by the limiting consciousness of the mental instrument. In reality, the knower, the known and the process of knowing are all one unity, which the mind can logically understand, but which nevertheless remains beyond the reach of our normal mentality to actually experience and realize. This is very similar to the trouble we have holding in consciousness of our experience the fact that the earth revolves around the sun rather than vice versa. We may “know” the truth, but our daily experience is the opposite of that truth.

On the other hand, “Supermind sees the universe and its contents as itself in a single indivisible act of knowledge, an act which is its life, which is the very movement of its self-existence.” “This indivisibility of the comprehensive Supermind which contains all multiplicity without derogating from its own unity, is a truth upon which we have always to insist, if we are to understand the cosmos and get rid of the initial error of our analytic mentality.”

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Chapter 15, The Supreme Truth Consciousness

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