The Perfect Supramental Action and the Golden Age

There is a long historical tradition that speaks of a “golden age” of the world. In the Hindu tradition, this is called the Satya Yuga, or “the Age of Truth or true existence”. During this time there exists a state of equilibrium and harmony among all elements of the creation. Sri Aurobindo’s description of the perfect supramental action fits the characterisation of the golden age, as he goes on to explain:

“For the sign of the Satya Yuga is that the Law is spontaneous and conscious in each creature and does its own works in a perfect harmony and freedom. Unity and universality, not separative division, would be the foundation of the consciousness of the race; love would be absolute; equality would be consistent with hierarchy and perfect in difference; absolute justice would be secured by the spontaneous action of the being in harmony with the truth of things and the truth of himself and others and therefore sure of true and right result; right reason, no longer mental but supramental, would be satisfied not by the observation of artificial standards but by the free automatic perception of right relations and their inevitable execution in the act. The quarrel between the individual and society or disastrous struggle between one community and another could not exist: the cosmic consciousness imbedded in embodied beings would assure a harmonious diversity in oneness.”

As mental beings, living in a world of division and limitation, it is hard to imagine how these apparently irreconcilable principles can reach a state of harmony and balance. We always limit the progress of the future by our view of the past and the present. When we look, however, at the evolutionary progression over a span of time, we can see that there is a continuous self-exceeding that brings knowledge and action that was not possible previously. Who could have imagined, for instance, in the Middle Ages in Europe, that humanity would be able to reach the moon and walk on its surface? Prior to that time, when most people thought the world was flat, the idea of sailing around the globe was unthinkable.

We can recognise that as consciousness widens, ideas or concepts that were in violent opposition can take on aspects of being complementary poles of a single truth; and it is with this understanding that we need to look upon Sri Aurobindo’s vision of a supramental action and its eventual creation of a new golden age.

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 7, Standards of Conduct and Spiritual Freedom, pg. 195