Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s Writings Series E-Book Versions for Amazon Kindle and Google Android

The regular posts that have systematically gone through the major writings of Sri Aurobindo have been compiled into book form and are available both as “print” editions and as “e-books”. Here are some links to some of the volumes in the series as available on Amazon Kindle or Google Play Android platforms.

Amazon Kindle Versions:

Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita, Vol. 1 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita, Vol. 1
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 1 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 1
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 2 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 2
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 3 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 3
Readings in the Mother by Sri Aurobindo Readings in The Mother by Sri Aurobindo
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Synthesis of Yoga, Vol. 1 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Synthesis of Yoga, Vol. 1

Google Play (Android) Versions:

Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita, Vol. 1 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita, Vol. 1
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 1 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 1
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 2 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 2
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 3 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Vol. 3
Readings in the Mother by Sri Aurobindo Readings in The Mother by Sri Aurobindo
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s Rebirth and Karma Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s Rebirth and Karma
Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Synthesis of Yoga, Vol. 1 Readings in Sri Aurobindo’s The Synthesis of Yoga, Vol. 1

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Issues for the Development of Supermind in the Human Being

The transition from Mind to Supermind is an evolutionary leap that represents a change in quality and power of consciousness that has occurred in the past, in different degrees, from Matter to the evolution of Life, and in Life to the evolution of Mind. Each of these changes brought about radical and unprecedented transformations in the nature and action of the universal creation as it brought forth the next phase of unfolding of the involved consciousness. As with each prior stage, the transformation does not occur overnight, easily or without serious issues arising and consequences to be worked out.

Sri Aurobindo notes: “He has not merely to uncover the hidden sun of the supermind in the subliminal cavern of his secret being or remove the cloud of his mental ignorance from its face in the spiritual skies so that it shall at once shine out in all its glory. His task is much more complex and difficult because he is an evolutionary being and by the evolution of Nature of which he is a part he has been constituted with an inferior kind of knowledge, and this inferior, this mental power of knowledge forms by its persistent customary action an obstacle to a new formation greater than its own nature. A limited mental intelligence enlightening a limited mind of sense and the capacity not always well used of a considerable extension of it by the use of the reason are the powers by which he is at present distinguished from all other terrestrial creatures.”

Through long experience, the human being relies on these existing powers of the mind, and has confidence, whether misplaced or not, in his ability to sort through the sense impressions, organize them and apply logic and reason to determine appropriate responses to the situations of life. It is therefore a difficult leap of faith for someone to try to shift to a different basis for knowledge and action that is essentially foreign to the normal mode of mentality to which he is accustomed.

“If the animal mind were called upon to leave consciently the safe ground of sense impulse, sense understanding and instinct for the perilous adventure of a reasoning intelligence, it might well turn back alarmed and unwilling from the effort. The human mind would here be called upon to make a still greater change and, although self-conscious and adventurous in the circle of its possibility, might well hold this to be beyond the circle and reject the adventure. In fact the change is only possible if there is first a spiritual development on our present level of consciousness and it can only be undertaken securely when the mind hsa become aware of the greater self within, enamoured of the Infinite and confident of the presence and guidance of the Divine and his Shakti.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 20, The Intuitive Mind, pp. 769-771

Sri M. P. Pandit E-Book Versions: Amazon Kindle and Google Android

Sri M. P. Pandit was a world-recognized exponent of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. He authored over 150 books. We are continually adding to our portfolio of available e-book versions, some of which are listed below with direct links to them.

M P Pandit Books Available as Amazon E-Books:

A Summary of Savitri A SUMMARY OF SAVITRI
Bases of Tantra Sadhana BASES OF TANTRA SADHANA
Commentaries on the Mother’s Ministry, Vol. 1 Commentaries on Mother’s Ministry, #1
Commentaries on the Mother’s Ministry, Vol. 2 Commentaries on Mother’s Ministry, #2
Commentaries on the Mother’s Ministry, Vol. 3 Commentaries on Mother’s Ministry, #3
Dictionary of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga Dictionary of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga
An Early Chapter in the Mother’s Life An Early Chapter in the Mother’s Life
Heart of Sadhana Heart of Sadhana
How Do I Begin? How Do I Begin?
How Do I Proceed? How Do I Proceed?
Introducing the Life Divine Introducing the Life Divine
Introducing Savitri Introducing Savitri
Kundalini Yoga Kundalini Yoga
Life Beautiful Life Beautiful
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 1 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 1
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 3 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 3
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 4 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 4
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 5 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 5
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 6 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 6
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 7 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 7
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 8 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 8
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 9 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 9
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 10 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 10
Sri Aurobindo and His Yoga Sri Aurobindo and His Yoga
Sri Aurobindo on the Tantra (compiler) SRI AUROBINDO ON THE TANTRA
Talks on the Life Divine, Vol. 1 Talks on the Life Divine, Vol. 1
The Teaching of Sri Aurobindo The Teaching of Sri Aurobindo
Vedic Symbolism (compiler) Vedic Symbolism

Books by Sri M.P. Pandit Available on Google Play as E-Books:

Google Play provides e-books for android smartphones and tablets, as well as e-readers that accept android files.

A Summary of Savitri A Summary of Savitri
Bases of Tantra Sadhana BASES OF TANTRA SADHANA
Dhyana DHYANA
Heart of Sadhana HEART OF SADHANA
How Do I Begin? How Do I Begin?
How Do I Proceed? How Do I Proceed?
Introducing the Life Divine Introducing the Life Divine
Introducing Savitri Introducing Savitri
Kundalini Yoga Kundalini Yoga
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 1 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 1
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 2 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 2
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 3 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 3
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 4 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 4
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 5 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 5
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 6 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 6
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 7 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 7
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 8 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 8
Readings in Savitri, Vol. 9 Readings in Savitri, Vol. 9
Sri Aurobindo and His Yoga Sri Aurobindo and His Yoga
Sri Aurobindo on the Tantra SRI AUROBINDO ON THE TANTRA
Talks on the Life Divine, Vol. 1 Talks on the Life Divine, Vol. 1
The Teaching of Sri Aurobindo The Teaching of Sri Aurobindo
Upanishads: Gateways of Knowledge Upanishads: Gateways of Knowledge
Wisdom of the Gita, 1st Series Wisdom of the Gita, 1st Series
Wisdom of the Gita, 2nd Series, Sri Aurobindo, compiled by Sri M P Pandit Wisdom of the Gita, 2nd Series
Wisdom of the Veda Wisdom of the Veda
Yoga of Love The Yoga of Love
Yoga of Self Perfection The Yoga of Self Perfection

Sri Aurobindo’s Writings Available as E-Books for Amazon Kindle Readers or App

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The Amazon Kindle is perhaps the most popular e-book reader in the world, and the APP works on desktop computers, laptops, android phones, tablets etc. The APP can be downloaded free from Amazon.com We are systematically making Sri Aurobindo’s writings available for the Kindle App and Readers. Here are a few of them, with more links to be provided soon:

Bhagavad Gita and Its Message Bhagavad Gita and Its Message
Dictionary of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga (compiled by M P Pandit) Dictionary of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga
Essays on the Gita Essays on the Gita
The Future Evolution of Man The Future Evolution of Man
Hidden Forces of Life (compiled by AS Dalal from writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother Hidden Forces of Life
The Human Cycle: The Psychology of Social Development The Human Cycle: The Psychology of Social Development
The Ideal of Human Unity The Ideal of Human Unity
Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo’s Teaching and Method of Practice Integral Yoga
The Life Divine The Life Divine
Looking from Within (compiled by AS Dalal from writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother Looking from Within
The Mind of Light The Mind of Light (The Supramental Manifestation on Earth)
The Mother The Mother
Our Many Selves (compiled by AS Dalal from writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother Our Many Selves
Powers Within (compiled by AS Dalal from writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother Powers Within
The Psychic Being (compiled by AS Dalal from writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother Psychic Being
Rebirth and Karma Rebirth and Karma
Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol
Secret of the Veda Secret of the Veda
Sri Aurobindo on the Tantra (compiled by M P Pandit) Sri Aurobindo on the Tantra
The Synthesis of Yoga The Synthesis of Yoga
The Upanishads The Upanishads
Vedic Symbolism (compiled by M P Pandit) Vedic Symbolism
Yoga of Sleep and Dreams (compiled by AS Dalal from writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother Yoga of Sleep and Dreams

By Sri M P Pandit:
Sri Aurobindo and His Yoga Sri Aurobindo and His Yoga
Teaching of Sri Aurobindo Teaching of Sri Aurobindo

The Nature of the Manifestation of Supermind in the Human Being

Eventually the question arises as to how the supermind actually acts when it manifests in the human individual. This requires first at least a general concept of the action of the supermind in its native status, and what changes it undergoes in its action to fit itself into the more limited forms of mind-life-body. The universal manifestation begins with a self-existent awareness, Sat-Chit-Ananda, Existence-Consciousness-Bliss in its Absolute status. When the movement towards unrolling the universal creation through Time and Space takes place, this self-existent awareness undertakes to create apparent separate forms which, while still part of one indivisible whole, take different standpoints and act from knowledge limited to those standpoints, whether as inconscient Matter, arising Life or various stages of awareness of Mind. After involving the knowledge and power of this self-existent consciousness into the depths of apparent inconscience, the evolution begins to manifest the play of forms with ever-increasing powers of awareness and self-awareness. At a certain stage, the evolution brings forth the supramental manifestation.

Sri Aurobindo observes: “The original nature of supermind is the self-conscience and all-conscience of the Infinite, of the universal Spirit and Self in things, organising on the foundation and according to the character of a direct self-knowledge its own wisdom and effective omnipotence for the unfolding and the regulated action of the universe and of all things in the universe. … As it knows itself, so too it knows all things–for all are only becomings of itself–directly, totally and from within outward, spontaneously in detail and arrangement, each thing in the truth of itself and its nature and in its relation to all other things.”

“The organising supermind of a divine being in the universe would be a delegation of this omnipotence and omniscience for the purpose and within the scope of his own action and nature and of all that comes into its province.”

“The supermind in an individual would be a similar delegation on whatever scale and within whatever province. But while in the god this would be a direct and an immediate delegation of a power illimitable in itself and limited only in action, but otherwise unaltered in operation, natural to the being and full and free always, in man any emergence of the supermind must be a gradual and at first an imperfect creation and to his customary mind the activity of an exceptional and supernormal will and knowledge.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 20, The Intuitive Mind, pg. 769

A Divine Self-Expression Through the Divinised Human Nature

The supermind has various poises, depending on which level of the manifestation it is acting upon at the moment. It can take its native poise at the highest levels of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, and it can take a poise of action through the individual soul in manifestation. In each case, the expression is modified or tempered to bring about the intended result for the role that is being played at the time. There are therefore, as Sri Aurobindo explains, various gradations or levels of supramental awareness that can be conceived, and the human individual, undertaking the evolutionary ascent, will experience successive levels of widening and heightening awareness and power of action. There is a famous sloka which expresses the sense of going from darkness to light, then from light to greater light. The levels of the supramental consciousness represent the “light to greater light” portion of this insight.

“It must be remembered that there is always a difference between the supreme Supermind of the omniscient and omnipotent Ishwara and that which can be attained by the Jiva. The human being is climbing out of the ignorance and when he ascents into the supramental nature, he will find in it grades of its ascension, and he must first form the lower grades and limited steps before he rises to higher summits. He will enjoy there the full essential light, power, Ananda of the infinite self by oneness with the Spirit, but in the dynamical expression it must determine and individualise itself according to the nature of the self-expression which the transcendent and universal Spirit seeks in the Jiva. It is God-realisation and God-expression which is the object of our Yoga and more especially of its dynamic side; it is a divine self-expression in us of the Ishwara, but under the conditions of humanity and through the divinised human nature.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 19, The Nature of the Supermind, pg. 768

The Intuitive Mind As a Transitional Step Towards the Supramental Transformation of Consciousness

If we examine closely the working of the mental functions, we can identify the reception of impulses by the senses and communication of these impulses to the brain. From that point forward, the mind undertakes a process to identify, organize, understand and act upon these impulses. Essentially this is a process of making order out of the chaos of random sense impressions that come in. Most sense impressions wind up being disregarded, as the mind chooses and attends to certain details and organizes them into patterns of understanding. These patterns are then committed to memory and become the basis for the mind’s ability to “fill in” missing information when it observes things in the future which “fit” the pattern in general.

What is not clarified in this process is how the mind actually gets the organizing principle and the understanding about the implication of the sense perceptions and thereby gains knowledge and the ability to interpret and act. There must be some informing intelligence that activates the mind for these functions. Sri Aurobindo identifies the action of supermind in the mental processes as what he would calls intuition.

“The supermind in the lower nature is present most strongly as intuition and it is therefore by a development of an intuitive mind that we can make the first step towards the self-existent spontaneous and direct supramental knowledge. All the physical, vital, emotional, psychic, dynamic nature of man is a surface seizing of suggestions which rise out of a subliminal intuitive self-being of these parts, and an attempt usually groping and often circuitous to work them out in the action of a superficial embodiment and power of the nature which is not overtly enlightened by the inner power and knowledge. An increasingly intuitive mind has the best chance of discovering what they are seeking for and leading them to the desired perfection of their self-expression. The reason itself is only a special kind of application, made by a surface regulating intelligence, of suggestions which actually come from a concealed, but sometimes partially overt and active power of the intuitive spirit. In all its action there is at the covered or half-covered point of origination something which is not the creation of the reason, but given to it either directly by the intuition or indirectly through some other part of the mind for it to shape into intellectual form and process.”

The action of intuition in the mind is not complete nor perfect. The mental process tends to veil or coat the intuitive flash with the steps of reason and the promptings of the desire-soul, so that what actually comes forth is a mixed and inadequate result, albeit still containing the seed of the inspiration that brought the formation into existence in the first place. For a more powerful action, the intuitive mind would have to take charge of the process of knowledge in the individual rather than hand off its light to the lesser functioning of rational mentality. “This can indeed only be done if we make the intuitive mind a transitional means for bringing out the secret supermind itself of which it is a mental figure and forming in our frontal consciousness a body and instrument of supermind which will make it possible for the self and spirit to display itself in its own largeness and splendour.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 19, The Nature of the Supermind, pp. 767-768