The First Character of the Supramental Change of Consciousness

A new process begins for the seeker with the development of the intuitive mentality.  This level of conscious awareness is directly in touch with the supramental consciousness and can therefore receive the promptings and intimations from that higher level on a more direct basis than occurs in the mental consciousness.  This allows also for the action to be more precise and powerful, as there is less chance for garbling the message as well as less of the mental transcription process which distorts things to a great degree.  There is however still the mental formation that develops and which tries to translate the awareness and its implications to the lower members of the being.

Sri Aurobindo observes with regard to the new role of the mental consciousness in this process:  “In doing so it no longer wholly creates its own form for the thought and will that come down to it, but still it modifies and qualifies and limits them and imposes something of its own method.  It is still the receiver and the transmitter of the thought and will,– though not formative of them now except by a subtle influence, because it provides them or at least surrounds them with a mental stuff or a mental setting and framework and atmosphere.”

The real transition occurs with the advent of the supramental consciousness as the awareness shifts to the new standpoint and acts and reacts from there.  “When however the supramental reason develops, the Purusha rises above the mental elevation and now looks down on the whole action of mind, life, sense, body from quite another light and atmosphere, sees and knows it with quite a different vision and, because he is no longer involved in the mind, with a free and true knowledge.”

This brings about a major change in both the knowledge and the action of the being:  “But after he rises to the supramental elevation, he is delivered from the nether control and, governor of his whole nature,– essentially and initially only at first and in his highest consciousness, for the rest remains still to be transformed,– but when or in proportion as that is done, he becomes a free being and master of his mind, sense, life and body.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 21, The Gradations of the Supermind, pp. 788-789

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