The Mind of Ignorance and the Intuitive Mind

The normal human mentality works on a complete different basis and foundation from the action of the intuitive mind.  The “mind of ignorance” gropes in the dark seeking light.  It gathers facts, perceptions, sensations and tries to build up a picture of truth from the patchwork of data.  Where it has gaps in its data, it tries to fill them in with speculation, imagination or from the basis of memory of past experience to provide guidance.  This methodology clearly has serious limitations.

The intuitive mind works from the basis of its own internal light and connection to the wider universal consciousness, and thus, provides a more comprehensive understanding and deeper sense of the truth of things; yet it is limited by virtue of the fact that it has to, at least initially and for quite some time of transition, work through the mentality and is thereby subject to interpolation, distortion, and mental projections that act as accretions to the intuitive insight, leading to substantial opportunity for error.

The mind works in a frenzy of activity with the development of thoughts and reactions spurred by each new input of data or perception, and this is generally quite jumbled and confusing.  The intuitive mind works in a space of silence and receptivity.  Thus, as long as the frenetic action of the mind remains the basis, it is essentially impossible to have a complete action of the intuition.  This particularly will limit therefore the ability to see the three times, that require the intuitive mind and its untrammeled activity to be brought forward.

Sri Aurobindo notes:  “It is because of this obstruction and mixture that the power of time vision, of back-sight and around-sight and foresight, which sometimes marks the illumined mind, is not only an abnormal power among others rather than part of the very texture of the mental action, but also occasional, very partial and marred often by an undetected intermixture or a self-substituting intervention of error.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 25, Towards the Supramental Time Vision , pp. 865-866

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