The Advent of the Supramental Consciousness in the Evolutionary Movement

Sri Aurobindo describes the manifestation of the supramental consciousness as a dramatic change from the past process of evolution witnessed on earth. The evolution of life from matter and mind from life proceeded through a very long and arduous process spanning millions of years. It was punctuated by struggle and error, due to the basis of these powers in the unconsciousness and ignorance of the material basis. Eventually mind begins to experience self-awareness and the potential arises for a more conscious, directed and focused process coming into play, which, in and of itself, should speed up the evolutionary development. On top of this, however, there is the supramental consciousness itself, which is based in the reality of the truth of existence, is fully aware of the oneness and is able to create the multiplicity without loss of this awareness. This permits a much speedier and more complete process to take place in the earth-evolution than was heretofore possible. We should see, not just the full manifestation of the supermind in a being able to hold and express its powers, but also, as we saw with the power of mind to make changes to matter and life, the ability to influence, guide and change the mental, vital and physical existence on the planet.

Sri Aurobindo observes: “The full emergence of supermind may be accomplished by a sovereign manifestation, a descent into earth-consciousness and a rapid assumption of its powers and disclosing of its forms and the creation of a supramental race and a supramental life: this must indeed be the full result of its actions in Nature. But this has not been the habit of evolutionary Nature in the past upon earth and it may well be that this supramental evolution also will fix its own periods, though it cannot be at all a similar development to that of which earth has hitherto been the witness. But once it has begun, all must unavoidably and perfectly manifest and all parts of Nature must tend towards a greatest possible luminousness and perfection. It is this certainty that authorises us to believe that mind and humanity also will tend towards a realisation that will be far beyond our present dreams of perfection. A mind of light will replace the present confusion and trouble of this earthly ignorance; it is likely that even those parts of humanity which cannot reach it will yet be aware of its possibility and consciously tend towards it; not only so, but the life of humanity will be enlightened, uplifted, governed, harmonised by the luminous principle and even the body become something much less powerless, obscure and animal in its propensities and capable instead of a new and harmonised perfection. It is this possibility that we have to look at and that would mean a new humanity uplifted into Light, capable of a spiritualised being and action, open to governance by some light of the Truth-consciousness, capable even on the mental level and in its own order of something that might be called the beginning of a divinised life.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Mind of Light, Supermind in Evolution, pg. 88

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