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

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