Transitional Gradations of Consciousness Between Mind and Supermind

In his description of the ascent and the potential descent of Knowledge and Power from one of the higher gradations of consciousness, Sri Aurobindo points out that the first steps are not yet at the level of the Supermind, but are in a transitional or intermediate gradation that takes on a power of knowledge no longer based in the Ignorance, but not yet partaking of the full presence and awareness to be found at the supramental level. It is a derivative or filtered luminosity rather than the direct sunlight.

This is “the needed step towards a supramental transformation; for we perceive a graduality of ascent, a communication with a more and more deep and immense light and power from above, a scale of intensities which can be regarded as so many stairs in the ascension of Mind or in a descent into Mind from that which is beyond it.” In other words, we now have a mechanism for a transition of consciousness to occur, a gradation that allows a linking and a relationship that otherwise would not be possible due to the immensity of the distance between Mind and Supermind.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Chapter 28, Supermind, Mind and the Overmind Maya

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