We see Western scientists coming to the extreme limits of their possibilities in regard to understanding physical phenomena, and automatically beginning to recognise that the next step is the exploration of the forces of Life, Mind and Consciousness in general. When Einstein created his famous E=Mc2 formula, he was pointing out that Matter was actually a form of Energy. During the intervening years, scientists have followed up with research into the psychic and the paranormal, some of which exploded myths or superstitions, but some of which has begun to yield serious results in various ways. The use of hypnotism for management of pain is one small sign. The understanding of the benefit of “placebo” drugs is another instance of Mind affecting Matter. Cases where a mother lifts a car to free a trapped child, far beyond her normal physical capacities, shows that there remain areas of research that can fruitfully be carried out.
Sri Aurobindo discusses the question of the role of occultism: “Occultism is associated in popular idea with magic and magical formulae and a supposed mechanism of the supernatural. But this is only one side, nor is it altogether a superstition as is vainly imagined by those who have not looked deeply or at all at this covert side of secret Nature-Force or experimented with its possibilities.”
He describes the direction that occult science should take: “…the true foundation, the true aim and direction, the necessary restrictinos and precautions of this line of inquiry have to be rediscovered; its most important aim must be the discovery of the hidden truths and powers of the mind-force and the life-power and the greater forces of the concealed spirit. Occult science is, essentially, the science of the subliminal, the subliminal in ourselves and the subliminal in world-nature, and of all that is in connection with the subliminal, including the subconscient and the superconscient, and the use of it as part of self-knowledge and world-knowledge and for the right dynamisation of that knowledge.”
Modern scientists are moving in this direction with their study of Quantum Physics, the advancement of the psychological sciences, behavior sciences and the admission that is developing that just as Matter is a form of Energy, so Energy is a form of Consciousness. The implications of this revelation in the field of science are sure to open the doors of occult science as the next frontier of knowledge to be fully explored.
Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 24, “The Evolution of the Spiritual Man”