Knowledge by Identity Underpins the Supramental Sense Awareness

The mental consciousness relies heavily on the data provided by the senses in order to interact with the forms, forces, beings and events in the manifested universe.  The supramental consciousness does not do away with the sense awareness of the outer world.  At the same time, it is not dependent on the physical senses and their impressions in order to be in contact with the objects of those senses.  There is a direct connection between the consciousness and the “external” object based on the implicit oneness of subject and object at the supramental level of awareness.

Sri Aurobindo describes the action of the supramental sense awareness:  “All the instruments, all the activities of the mind have their corresponding powers in the action of the supramental energy and are there exalted and transfigured, but have there a reverse order of priority and necessary importance.”

“Sense is fundamentally not the action of certain physical organs, but the contact of consciousness with its objects….”

“…on the supramental plane, its primary awareness still remains of a kind native to and entirely characteristic of the self-awareness of the spirit, the self-knowledge of the one and infinite; it is a knowledge that knows all its objects, forms, and activities comprehensively by being aware of them in its own infinite self, intimately by being aware in them as their self, absolutely by being aware of them as one in self with its own being.  All its other ways of knowledge are projected from this knowledge by identity, are parts or movements of it, or at the lowest depend on it for their truth and light, are touched and supported by it even in their own separate way of action and refer back to it overtly or implicitly as their authority and origin.

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 24, The Supramental Sense , pg. 831