Nature and Supernature

Sri Aurobindo makes it clear that even the 3 steps he has outlined are not the ultimate transformation required. “But the last division to be removed is the scission between this Nature and the Supernature which is the Self-Power of the Divine Existence. Even before the dynamic Knowledge-Ignorance is removed, while it still remains as an inadequate instrumentation of the spirit, the supreme Shakti or Supernature can work through us and we can be aware of her workings; but it is then by a modification of her light and power so that it can be received and assimilated by the inferior nature of the mind, life and body. But this is not enough; there is needed an entire remoulding of what we are into a way and power of the divine Supernature. The integration of our being cannot be complete unless there is this transformation of the dynamic action; there must be an uplifting and change of the whole mode of Nature itself and not only some illumination and transmutation of the inner ways of the being. An eternal Truth-Consciousness must possess us and sublimate all our natural modes into its own modes of being, knowledge and action; a spontaneous truth-awareness, truth-will, truth-feeling, truth-movement, truth-action can then become the integral law of our nature.”

What Sri Aurobindo proposes is nothing less than a complete transformation of our current basis of being, knowing and acting as human beings. Past attempts to instill higher values, to achieve greater knowledge, to purify, to uplift, and to transform society all have their value, their real benefit and should not be undervalued. At the same time, they all suffer from similar limitations inherent in their foundation in the Ignorance and their grounding in the mind-life-body complex developed out of the Ignorance. A true evolution beyond this foundation implies a transfer to a basis of knowledge and action that is founded, not in the Ignorance of the lower 3 planes of mind-life-body, but in the Knowledge of the highest 3 planes of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda).

The present chapter is probably the longest single chapter in The Life Divine as it has taken up an enormous range of concerns to come to this conclusion. This completes our review of Book 2, Part 1 of the Life Divine and as of the next post we move to Book 2, Part 2, titled The Knowledge and the Spiritual Evolution.

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 14, The Origin and Remedy of Falsehood, Error, Wrong and Evil, pg. 632

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