The third and final transformation of consciousness, as we have seen in the prior post, is the supramental transformation, the decisive movement of the consciousness from the mental realm, through the overmental planes, to eventually station itself in the supramental, unifying level, and the corresponding descent of the effective unifying knowledge and action of the supramental into the lower mind, life and body, with the power to transform their action. The next chapter, The Ascent Towards Supermind, therefore takes up the theme of the process and steps and indications of the progressive movement of the consciousness toward this supramental fulfillment.
As has abeen our practice, we first review the citations that Sri Aurobindo has provided from the ancient texts to understand the continuity of the spiritual seeking from the time of the Vedic sages to the present.
“Possessed of a vast inspired wisdom, creators of the Light, conscious all-knowers, growing in the Truth.” Rig Veda, X.66.1
“Beholding the higher Light beyond the darkness we came to the divine Sun in the Godhead, to the highest Light of all.” Rig Veda, I.50.10
“Masters of the Truth-Light who make the Truth grow by the Truth.” Rig Veda, I.23.5
The supramental realm is a realm of unifying Knowledge and Power which holds both the constructive, synthetic vision and knowledge of the whole, while simultaneously ordering the individual parts in their own action in fulfillment of the one Reality. It holds both unity and multiplicity in its vision. This may be understood and recognised as the “Truth-Light” of the Veda. This level of consciousness has the knowledge and the effective power to transform the lower nature of Ignorance.
Most of human spiritual seeking has been focused on the first two of the three major transformations, the psychic and the spiritual transformations. The operation and functioning of the supramental consciousness is an area not widely explored until now.
Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 26, “The Ascent Towards Supermind”