The Unification of Ideative Knowledge and Pragmatic Implementation of the Supermind

The mental consciousness has a gulf between the ideative action of the mind and the implementation into the world of manifestation.  The abstractions developed in the higher mental activities are rarely able to take any real form in the world, and there is thus a disconnect between thought and action.  This is one of the inherent limitations of the mental consciousness.

For the supermind, however, there is no such disconnect.  The supermind lives in oneness with the higher spiritual existence, its knowledge is therefore a knowledge by identity and its action is a precise carrying out of the intention of the Spirit in the appropriate time, space and circumstance that is required.  The limitations of the manifested activity are self-designed to present just what is required at that moment, without losing thereby the inherent awareness of both the Oneness and the role that any specific form or force or action plays in the rolling out of the universal creation through Time.

Sri Aurobindo observes:  “The result of this wholeness is that there is no division or incompatibility between the free essential ideation of the supermind corresponding to the mind’s pure ideation, free, disinterested, illimitable, and its creative, pragmatic ideation purposeful and determinative.  The infinity of being results naturally in a freedom of the harmonies of becoming.  The supermind perceives always action as a manifestation and expression of the Self and creation as a revelation of the Infinite.  All its creative and pragmatic thought is an instrument of the self’s becoming, a power of illumination for that purpose, an intermediary between the eternal identity and infinite novelty and variety of illimitable Being and its self-expression in the worlds and life.  It is this that the supermind constantly sees and embodies and while its ideative vision and thought interpret to it the illimitable unity and variety of the Infinite, which it is by a perpetual identity and in which it lives in all its power of being and becoming, there is constantly too a special creative thought, associated with an action of the infinite will, Tapas, power of being, which determines what it shall present, manifest or create out of the infinity in the course of Time, what it shall make–here and now or in any range of Time or world–of the perpetual becoming of the self in the universe.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 23, The Supramental Instruments — Thought-process , pp. 814-815