The Harmony and Flexibility of the Supramental Thought and Action

The supramental consciousness undertakes its creative process through the use of specific implementations that include the actions of mind, life and body.  When such actions are undertaken by the mind, they invariably become fixed and narrowed and treated as if they are separate from the rest of the universal manifestation, and turned into fixed routines, patterns or habits that lock in the thought and the active energy.  A key difference for the supramental creation is that even while it is undertaking a specific form of development and using the frame of mind, life and body to carry it out into the world, it is neither unaware nor confused about the larger whole and the greater truth that it is manifesting through the process.  it always maintains as its reference and foundation its connection to the Oneness of the Infinite.

Sri Aurobindo notes:  “The supramental thought, organising the harmony of manifested existence of the supramental being, founds it on eternal principles, casts it upon the right lines of the truth that is to be manifested, keeps sounding as characteristic notes the recurrence of the constant elements in the experience and the action which are necessary to constitute the harmony.  There is an order of the thought, a cycle of the will, a stability in the motion.  At the same time its freedom prevents it from being shut up by the recurrence into a groove of habitual action turning always mechanically round a limited stock of thinking.  It does not like the habitual mind refer and assimilate all new thought and experience to a fixed customary mould of thinking, taking that for its basis.  Its basis, that to which all is referred, is above…, in the largeness of the self, in the supreme foundation of the supramental truth….  Its order of thought, its cycle of will, its stable movement of action does not crystallise into a mechanism or convention, but is always alive with the spirit, does not live by exclusiveness or hostility to other coexistent or possible order and cycle, but absorbs sustenance from all that it contacts and assimilates it to its own principle.  The spiritual assimilation is practicable because all is referred to the largeness of the self and its free vision above.  The order of the supramental thought and will is constantly receiving new light and power from above and has no difficulty in accepting it into its movement:  it is, as is proper to an order of the Infinite, even in its stability of motion indescribably supple and plastic, capable of perceiving and rendering the relation of all things to each other in the One, capable of expressing always more and more of the Infinite, at its fullest of expressing in its own way all that is actually expressible of the Infinite.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 23, The Supramental Instruments — Thought-process , pp. 816-817