A Truth-Consciousness of the Infinite and Universal

It is difficult, if not impossible, for the fragmented, separated and limited human consciousness to conceive of and understand what it means to embody and act from a Truth-Consciousness that is one with the Eternal and Infinite, that expresses itself in the universal, and that carries itself out in detail in the individual as part of its overall manifestation. The variance between the one and the other is like night and day. The Vedic and Upanishadic rishis in fact point out that the consciousness of the awakened seer is like day to our night, and night to our day.

Sri Aurobindo describes it thus: “A supramental consciousness must be fundamentally a Truth-Consciousness, a direct and inherent awareness of teh truth of being and the truth of things; it is a power of the Infinite knowing and working out its finites, a power of the Universal knowing and working out its oneness and detail, its cosmicity and its individualities; self-possessed of Truth, it would not have to seek for the Truth or suffer from the liability to miss it as does the mind of the Ignorance.

The gnostic individual, embodying the supramental Truth-Consciousness of the Infinite and Universal would live a life of spiritual freedom, not bound by any imposed outer constructs of action. While we associate the lack of an imposed outer order with chaos, conflict, division and separation, the gnostic being, due to his inherent Oneness with the Universal and his embodiment of the Infinite consciousness, would not in fact descend into the normal human fragmented way of seeing and acting. “There could be no strife of the members; for not only the knowledge and will consciousness but the heart consciousness and life consciousness and body consciousness, what ar in us the emotional, vital or physical parts of nature, would be included in this integrated harmony of wholeness and oneness.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 27, “The Gnostic Being”

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