When we reflect on the impact that the evolution of mind has had on the world, the dramatic changes that humans have effected on the physical world, on the plant and animal life, and on the organisation of human affairs and societies, it becomes quite clear that the manifestation of the Supermind in the world would also bring about consequences throughout the entire creation. One would not expect to see a race of supramental beings divorced entirely and not impacting the rest of the creation. On the contrary, one must expect to see some obvious and decisive modifications to the action of each gradation of consciousness that preceded the overt supramental action in earth life.
Sri Aurobindo describes basically three major impacts:
1. The development of a supramental being and its development of its own characteristic action in the evolution.
2. The support and confirmation of the preceding levels of consciousness leading up to Supermind in their characteristic action; and
3. The impact that the gnostic evolution has on enhancing, harmonising and uplifting the preceding stages of Matter, Life and Mind.
“All life and living beings ready to rise beyond the mental ignorance, but not ready yet for the supramental height, would find in a sort of echelon or a scale with overlapping degrees their assured basis, their intermediate steps of self-formation, their expression of realised capacity of spiritual existence on the way to the supreme Reality.”
“but also the presence of the liberated and now sovereign supramental light and force at the head of evolutionary Nature might be expected to have its consequences in the whole evolution. An incidence, a decisive stress would affect the life of the lower evolutionary stages; something of the light, something of the force would penetrate downwards and awaken into a greater action the hidden Truth-Power everywhere in Nature. A dominant principle of harmony would impose itself on the life of the Ignorance; the discord, the blind seeking, the clash of struggle, the abnormal vicissitudes of exaggeration and depression and unsteady balance of the unseeing forces at work in their mixture and conflict, would feel the influence and yield place to a more orderly pace and harmonic steps of the development of being, a more revealing arrangement of progressing life and consciousness, a better life-order.”
“This intervention would not annul the evolutionary principle, for Supermind has the power of withholding or keeping in reserve its force of knowledge as well as the power of bringing it into full or partial action; but it would harmonise, steady, facilitate, tranquillise and to a great extent hedonise the difficult and afflicted process of the evolutionary emergence.”
Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 27, “The Gnostic Being”