The Necessity of the Supermind for the Transformation of Human Nature

Most people have come to the conclusion that human nature cannot be changed.  They use the image of trying to straighten out a dog’s tail that will continually revert to its normal curved status.  In other words, there are certain rules, laws and habits built into nature that make it impervious to any kind of serious change.  They will point out that one cannot have light without dark, cannot have happiness without sadness, and make that a basic inevitable fact of existence.

It is this resistance of material and vital nature, and the fixed limitations of the mental powers that make progress so difficult.  Sri Aurobindo recognises these issues and points out that as long as we remain rooted in Matter, Life and Mind, there is no true solution or transformation of human nature possible.  It is only through the evolution of a new power of consciousness and its manifestation that real change becomes possible.  A power of consciousness rooted, not in Matter, but in pure Existence, Consciousness and Bliss, with the Power of the infinite consciousness available to modify the conditions of existence in the material world, is the direction from which change can come.

The mantric proverb, “From darkness to light, from light to greater light” epitomizes the paradigm needed.  The world and existence are currently rooted in darkness striving towards light.  Once the standpoint shifts to a consciousness based in Light and moving toward greater Light, change becomes not only possible but inevitable.

Sri Aurobindo observes in The Life Divine:  “A transformation of human nature can only be achieved when the substance of the being is so steeped in the spiritual principle that all its movements are a spontaneous dynamism and a harmonised process of the Spirit.  But even when the higher powers and their intensities enter into the substance of the Inconscience, they are met by this blind opposing Necessity and are subjected to this circumscribing and diminishing law of the nescient substance.  It opposes them with its strong titles of an established and inexorable Law, meets always the claim of life with the law of death, the demand of Light with the need of a relief of shadow and a background of darkness, the sovereignty and freedom and dynamism of the Spirit with its own force of adjustment by limitation, demarcation by incapacity, foundation of energy on the repose of an original Inertia.  There is an occult truth behind its negations which only the Supermind with its reconciliation of contraries in the original Reality can take up and so discover the pragmatic solution of the enigma.  Only the supramental Force can entirely overcome this difficulty of the fundamental Nescience; for with it enters an opposite and luminous imperative Necessity which underlies all things and is the original and final self-determining truth-force of the self-existent Infinite.  This greater luminous spiritual Necessity and its sovereign imperative alone can displace or entirely penetrate, transform into itself and so replace the blind Ananke of the Inconscience.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Future Evolution of Man, Chapter Seven, The Ascent Towards Supermind, pp. 93-94

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