The Journey of Perception through chakra and evolution

The sixth chakra’s association with nondual consciousness, the pineal gland is the only unpaired organ in the brain.

The Wisdom teachings tell us that there are three aspects to the mind—the lower, rational mind; the soul, our individual fragment of the divine mind; and the higher, or intuitive, mind. The lower mind, linked to our five physical senses, is the reasoning principle. We use this aspect of the mind to function in the physical world. The higher mind is the custodian of abstract ideas and universal concepts. When we tap this level of mind, we have access to the universal, or divine, mind—the great storehouse of all wisdom and knowledge. It is the soul that connects the two minds. The rational brain mind cannot make direct contact with the subtle planes. It is only through the soul that we can access to divine ideas and concepts.

When the three minds unite, we have access to all information—past, present, and future. Time and space disappear as the past, present, and future are experienced in each moment. According to the Wisdom teachings, this bridge building is the “new and true” science of the mind.

Sri Aurobindo, a twentieth-century Hindu master. Aurobindo also teaches that the next evolution in nature is our transition from human intelligence to superconscious awareness. In The Life Divine and other books, he presents his teaching on the mind. Aurobindo’s model includes four, rather than three, levels of mind. Aurobindo writes that the first step beyond the rational mind is the higher, or abstract, mind. The second is the illumined mind, which he calls “the mind of light” or “vision.” The third is the intuitive mind, and the fourth is the divine or “supermind”—the level of cosmic consciousness where “the ego-sense is subordinated, lost in the largeness of being…a wide cosmic perception and the feeling of a boundless universal self replaces it.

Above the ordinary mind are certain higher levels consciousness—Higher Mind, Illumined Mind, Intuitive Mind, and the Overmind. The Supermind is above all these levels.

The development of this faculty or “Heart Awareness” is not of the lower mind or conditioned mind but of an acutely awakened mind or super mind, which is in sync with the lotus chakra of the heart and the sixth chakra or the third eye. The lower mind cannot observe itself beyond the limits of its own accumulated conditioning; but can observe the process through “self-introspection;’ from the stillness of the heart, which awakens this faculty. This faculty of “self-introspection;’ is already embedded in our DNA or the evolutionary urges of our lower mind. This faculty slowly “awakens” the higher mind and like divine alchemy turns the “intellect” into “intelligence”.

Aurobindo’s five-stage evolution from blind matter to gnostic consciousness clearly moves far beyond what the Bhagavad-gita tells of the entry of the divine into the material world to redeem it, and spells out a visionarily systematic vision of the this-worldly workings of “the light within”. At the same time, however, he repeatedly enlists the ancient “Vedantic knowledge” to substantiate his vision — the “five degrees of our being, the material the vital, the mental, the ideal, and the spiritual/beatific” which correspond to his “subconscient”, “vital desire”, “mind”, “supermind”, and “gnostic” stages of earth evolution. These “sheaths” of existence, as they are called “in the ancient figurative language”, map the ascension towards ever more subtle and sublime forms of being and consciousness without self-other division. The master formula of “tat twan; asi” – “that art thou”, the inner equation of identity between the human and the divine across the divisions of selves – is for Aurobindo as the whole tradition the master idea of the self-revelation of God.

Our desire is based on our purpose. Every thought from our mind is a communication to the universal mind through our super-conscious mind. The universal mind is in tune with our every thought. Being in harmony is the key. Our intention has created the life we live. When our thoughts, desires, and focus are in harmony with our purpose, our depth of intention will have the power to accomplish all we desire. Its note, G, gives strength to our intentions. Raja Yoga, the “royal path” helps we to connect with The Brow Chakra as it involves all the dimensions of human interaction, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual to help us to achieve balance and harmony of all levels to attain full realization of the Self and the awakening of the energy of the universal consciousness.

The pineal gland possesses the power of the Brow Chakra. The brow, or third eye chakra, located in the center of the forehead between the eyes just above the eyebrows, is linked to the pineal gland and the pituitary gland.

This chakra strengthens imagination and increases dream activity. It serves to connect the unconscious with the conscious mind, translating our feelings into thoughts. In addition to extrasensory perception, this chakra is also the center for the spirit, intellect, clairvoyance, and telepathy. Because the pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and awakening, it represents time, awareness and light. It governs the eyes, ears, nasal passage, teeth and facial muscles.

When an individual’s third eye has been opened, the usual meaning is that the individual has had a spiritual awakening. This chakra stimulates and enhances meditation, intuition, dreams, spirituality and wisdom, integrity, abstract perceptions and concepts, and deep spiritual understanding. The Brow Chakra is associated with Indigo, the color of intuition, imagination and understanding. The Brow Chakra helps us to still our mind and improve concentration to achieve greater vision for our life.

The Sanskrit word sahasra means one thousand: sahasrara means ‘thousand petalled’. The sahasrara chakra is also called the crown chakra and is also known as Niralambapuri (`dwelling place without support’); and Brahmarandhra (The Door of God’). The sahasrara chakra, the seventh centre, strictly speaking is not actually a chakra, as it dots not belong to planes of consciousness of the mind and body. It is an extended field of consciousness that is experienced above the head as the highest centre of Purc Consciousness.

it dots not belong to planes of consciousness of the mind and body, so there must be a independent Consciousness or Mind above the physical “mind” and the fifth chakra represents “ether”, “mind” and represents duality, then the sixth chakra is what´s dissolves ego and duality.

Intuition comes when ego and duality is dissolved

The attainment of superconscious awareness of the Self as the Infinite at the sahasrara, is symbolically shown in many religious paintings as a halo of light above the crown of the head. The sahasrara lotus has one thousand nadis symbolised as petals emanating from it. The vibrations made by the nadis arc represented by Sanskrit letters.

The thousand petals of sahasrara carry the total sound-potential represented by all 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. The 50 letters are repeated 20 times. 50 in each layer (20 x 50 = 1000). Sahasrara chakra is a shining moonlike white lotus of a thousand petals and the light of a thousand suns. It lies about three inches (8 cm) above the crown of the head with its face or petals pointing downwards. This differentiates it from the other six chakras.

Thus the pineal gland and melatonin act as important parts of a person’s biological clock—the timekeeping mechanism of the body.

The pineal gland our aging clock because it is the body’s timekeeper. We age because our pineal function declines over time, and as it does it produces less melatonin. This reduction in melatonin signals to the rest of the body that it is time for it to age. But if we reset our aging clock by taking melatonin, we can reverse those signals and stave off the downward spiral. Is there merely some vague and non-specific promise of renewal?

On the contrary, as you will see in the chapters that follow, the research indicates that melatonin supplementation can forestall the very real and very destructive effects of aging, including weakened immune function, cancer, sleep disorders and heart disease. The promise of melatonin may at first strike you as miraculous but there is nothing magical or mysterious about it.

Melatonin works by restoring the function of the pineal gland, and thus is restores the balance to our body that we need to maintain the health we naturally enjoy in youth. The pineal gland is the “regulator” of the glands in our body that produce the hormones that run all our essential bodily systems.

The Pineal Gland is also known as the thousend lotus petals. If the Pineal Gland is programmed to act as a time keeper of the mortal life, it also is the way out of the this time-keeping negative effect it has for aging.

The meaning of the opening of the thousends lotus petals is; when it burst out of it time-keeping shells it goes beyond time and space and to eternal/immortality.

When one passing through the pineal gland and experience the thousends lotus petals this is the state of Nirvana

Nirvana, is the final release from the cycle of reincarnation (birth and death cycle), which is the process of aging. Then the pineal gland is the “aging clock” and the body´s timekeeper of the three dimensional world, immortality is achieved when the thousends lotus petals burst out in enlightment, the pineal gland then no longer function as a time-keeper of the cycle birth and death.

According to Tantric belief, there is a thousand-petal Lotus at the pineal gland.

Within this “dwells the force called Nirvana, whose effulgence transcends tens of millions of suns.

The Pineal Gland function is mention in Revelation 21:23 says; “The city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light.

The Sun and Moon symbolize the cycle of day and night, and the time-keeper and “aging clock”, and the cycle of birth and death.

This is the salvation from the cycle of birth and death, and one wins liberation and eternal Life, and has then overcome the “death and birth” cycle in the three dimensional world.

When this state of Consciousness is been achieved the Pineal Gland then no longer control time, aging, cycles of birth and death,

Nirvana means liberation from the birth and death cycle

He will find peace (Dhyana) in this life, and Nirvana, blessed fusion with the Absolute.

Self-Realization: And the Journey Beyond Ego

intuition gives us access to reality indirectly

Our consciousness, however, being non-material, is not limited to matter. Just as light exists independently of shadows and darkness, consciousness is independent of matter. The consciousness of each human being has the potential of going beyond the limitations of material sense perception, even beyond the limitations of the body. The awakening process is a shift of consciousness and perceptions; from to be a body with a soul to soul with a body, and it is a shift from a body/ego perception to Universal Spiritual Perception of the real Divine.

The mind perceives reality through dualism alone. Symbolically, this happens when we see reality through our physical eyes. The eyes convert reality in each moment to polarities, and feed the mind with the by-product. That is the way the mind consumes the total reality, concept by concept. One eye sees the day and the other eye sees the night; one eye sees man and the other sees woman. Each eye can only capture one side of the whole spectrum.

As we move through life we juggle between the opposing information that the mind receives through our dual eyes. In each moment we try to identify which of the two polarities will serve our survivor existence the best.

At the end of the day all the polarities we perceive fall between two main extremes; good and bad, and always from the point of view of the self. On the contrary, the third eye is the symbol for the state in which we see the whole spectrum of reality outside of the physical eyes’ dissolution. As we do so, we shift from seeing through ‘two eyes’, to seeing from ‘one eye’.

The brain is the instrument through which reality reveals itself. Perceiving reality only through our body/ego-identification requires the use of a very limited part of our brain.

When we move away from our limited self-identification, we open a wider window to our brain, and activate larger parts of it. This process of expanding the use of our brain may lead us to experience phenomena that are perceived as unusual, like knowing about events and actions before they unfold, commonly known as intuition.

Through the practice of meditation we exploit a larger portion of the unused brain. The end of this development process is when the mind realizes itself. If we utilize the full potential of our brains, we can expand our perception to its maximum. This is when we start to see reality as it is, beyond time and space. This state gives us the power to know, even before we process any empirical information. This is intuition! We tap into a spontaneous flow of events beyond logical reasoning.

The intuitive mind has access to information that lies beyond the reach of rational and logical abilities. Our intuition, or sixth sense, frees us from our thinking mind which is designed to conceptualize, analyse and interpret our experience. Learning to dowse is one way to develop intuition and connect more deeply with the gift of inner knowing.

Developing an intuition of what lies beyond opposites is the beginning of a deeper understanding. This is the shift from ego-reality to meta-reality, its a shift from the ego-lens to begin to see through a multiversal lens. Yet we do not perceive the world as through a giant magnifying lens, but through the limited ego-lens of the three dimensional world. Human consciousness is limited due to dense material of physical body. Consciousness, however, being non-material, is not limited to matter. Consciousness is independent of matter.

Following the guidance of the non-rational, intuitive wisdom of the instinct is the royal road into the realm of soul. Then the third eye intuition is non-rational and non-local it is not limited to the three dimensional world – space time reality and discover other dimension the physical realm, where the body-ego is limited through the rational brain and is limited in the local three dimensional world. So ego experience reality both rational and local, and third eye experiencing reality non-rational and non-local.

This is certainly a gift and ability of a certain spiritual maturity, re- finement. The power of Third Eye can shift the vibration of one´s energy field in ways that enchance one´s ability to act powerfully from a place of gentleness.

The third dimension forms an original element of all our space-sensations. In the eye it is subdivided by various discriminations. The more distant subdivisions are often shut out altogether, and, in being suppressed, have the effect of diminishing the absolute space-value of the total field of view.

Spiritual empowerment is the personal awakening to its power. We have all the opportunity to awaken to the reality that we are spiritual beings in a biological body. Humans is a soul with a body, not a body with a soul. The body likes to be in control (through five senses) and the spirit has to be awakened to its power. That is the process of becoming aware that we are more than humans with bodies. Once we become aware, we start a process of transformation that requires us to set up our sights on the intention of heightened awareness.

The fifth dimension has a higher vibration. It is two octaves higher than where we are in now When humanity reaches the fifth dimension, will be on the first level of this dimension and will be preparing to start on this level. Consequently, in order to live in this higher dimension, we must also vibrate at a higher level of being. This means our physical bodies need to lose their third dimensional denseness, and become much lighter than they are at present. Some spiritual teachers say, “Although we still live in the third dimension, we can start to prepare for the fifth dimension now.” This means, because we are beings from another dimension, living in a third dimensional reality, we must relearn to become light beings again, by striving to live our lives from a higher octave.

There are three levels of perception. The first is the field of energy we call physical existence. This is called Material Reality. This is where we see, hear, smell, touch and experience life from the biological standpoint.

Material Reality appears to be bound by time and space, cause and effect, and change. It is where most people seem to live and experience life on a biological level controlled by bodily functions and human relationships.

The second field is called the Virtual Domain. This is the energy field of the mind that allows us to think, reason, imagine, dream, and process information. The energy of the mind and nervous system is invisible to the naked eye, but it is still real and powerful.

The third field is the Quantum Domain. This is the energy field of the spirit where there is no time or limitation. Wholeness exists at every point. It is without boundaries, and is beyond birth and death. It is infinity.

Intuition is a divine faculty, the nudge of Soul guided by Holy Spirit.

Finally, intuition may provide a sense of illumination, or self-realization, that raises one’s level of awareness.

Evolution of mind proceeds from perception to conception, Intuition, and Illumination. … The meditation is the route to the highest knowledge (Illumination), when selfrealization,

Expanding the Gates of Perception and open the portal and gateway to higher consciousness through the Third Eye. One aim of the esoteric disciplines is to remove “blindness” or the “illusion,” to “awaken” a “fresh” perception. The third eye is only a symbol of a whole set of extrasensory faculties which come to a person through the grace of Divine. This opening the door of the heart to let in Divine grace. It removes the screen of illusions and veil of ignorance, as it were, off the mind and the person develops deep insights and clarity of perception. The new state of awareness, which belongs to the accomplished Spiritual Man. The dormant centre in the’ brain has been activated leading to the opening of a new super- sensory channel of perception, that is the Third Eye or the Tenth Door.

Now, what happens when dormant centers of the brain open? A new mode of cognition, of perception is developed. To be able to hear is to open the doors of the soul.

We bring our consciousness up to what we call the spiritual eye, the third eye, the tenth doorway, the tisra til. That’s usually where the Soul will reside in the physical body: between the eyes, about two inches straight back. The Third Eye is the Supersensory channel to Divine Consciousness and Divine wisdom.

The Third Eye is the threshold within Man that leads to the inner Spiritual regions. Placed in the mystic Centre of the cosmos, it is the bridge or ladder by means of which the soul may reach God. Known as the Tenth Door, The Third Eye is the door that intuitionally links one to the Divine State of Consciousness. Third Eye is represents through intuition. This chakra is also called your perception centre, so this is where your intuition and connection to higher realms manifests itself.

The existence of a Supermind would explain many phenomena like trance-readings, prophesies, intuitions, miracles and … The subject would not need supernatural abilities to allow the ‘conductor’ to access information from any place or time.

According to Sri Aurobindo, the mind has several planes: in ascending order after mind, is the Higher mind, then the Illumined mind, and then Intuition, (also considered as a plane of mind). After this there is Over mind and finally the Supermind which ushers in the descent of the “supramental consciousness.” Each level of mind possesses a different level of consciousness in this ascending order. In the Higher mind, which transcends to a great extent the pulling of the half-light or half-consciousness, its activity is dominated by thought. It is a first step towards the Supermind and it prepares the mind for the transformation of consciousness. After this one achieves the Illumined Mind which is, “A Mind no longer of higher Thought but of spiritual light.” The next is Intuition, a plane of the mind which is not only a step higher but also one that advances the senses. This stage is part of the Supramental light, but it is also a stage in which the spiritual evolution is still in progress. It is at this point that the transformation has begun, but it has not achieved stability, because one’s highest level of consciousness or intuition is blocked from the inconscience. The next plane, the Overmind, helps one to conquer one’s ego; in this phase one’s psychic being starts to establish a connection with the Cosmic self. Now the ego enters a process of dissolution, but this is still not adequate to obtain the total psychic transformation and the achievement of a Supramental level of consciousness. Instead, what is needed is the descent of the Supermind. To quote from Sri Aurobindo’s chapter, “The Ascent Towards Supermind,” in The Life Divine, a book which empha-sizes the importance of the consciousness of the Supermind and total transformation of one’s being:

This supermind, the supermind consciousness has three poises. For our human mind, only one status is possible at a time. Either we are active or we are not active, we cannot normally be both active and inactive, we cannot normally be both sitting and standing but for the supermind Consciousness, the divine Being in its multiple status, it is possible to take any number of statuses and still be the same. Thus the supermind has three broad statuses: As it gathers, organises and becomes ready for the manifestation, it takes the first status when it spreads out into a number of truths securely founded on an inalienable unity of things. There is a comprehensive regard holding all in one, in unity; wherever it looks, wherever it moves it is this fact of unity that is dominant. From the inherent concentrated unity it has come into a status of diffused unity; it is a self-organised self-manifest unity, self-distributed but always one.

The Concept of Super Mind

Introduction The Supermind is a specific term devised by Sri Aurobindo to denote the highest spiritual consciousness to be attained. It is the vast self-extension of the Absolute that contains and develops in Space and Time. Lying beyond the human consciousness, it is not the mind raised to its highest degree. It differs from the mind in quality and is a unique form of divine knowledge and power. Sri Aurobindo reveals hierarchical structure of different forms of spiritual mind to locate and signify the status of Supermind.

Above the ordinary mind are certain higher levels consciousness—Higher Mind, Illumined Mind, Intuitive Mind, and the Overmind. The Supermind is above all these levels.

Sri Aurobindo points out that there is no gulf between any of these consciousness. These are the gradations of consciousness from the lowest to the highest. Freed from ignorance and inconscience, the supermind is the highest principle of knowledge and power of the Absolute. It is above the triple cosmic principle of mind, life and matter and below the triune principle of Sat, Chit and Anand. Hence it is realised as the intermediary principle that stands between the Absolute ( Sat, Chit and Anand) and the world which is full of ignorance. In other words, the Supermind is the link between Sachchidanand and the world which is full of limitations.

The mind has certain fundamental limitations which render itself unfit to serve as a link between God and the world. Therefore, the link has to be something higher than mind and it is the Supermind. According to Sri Aurobindo, the Supermind is the fourth power of the Absolute in addition to the triune principle of Sachchidanand. It is the creator or God of the cosmos. The Absolute in its transcendence is Sat-Chit-Anand and in its immanence it is Supermind. For Aurobindo, the Supermind is not a mere creator, controller and guide of the world movements but a special power that descends in the world in order to divinize it, i.e. to eliminate all

the Supermind is the fourth power of the Absolute

The Supermind and Intuition

In Sri Aurobindo’s view, there is a vast gulf between mind and Supermind. Though intuition cannot serve as an intermediary between Supermind and mind, Sri Aurobindo looks upon intuition as a communication to the mind from above. It brings to man those brilliant messages from the Unknown which are the beginning of his higher knowledge. He describes it: A projection of the characteristic action of these higher grades into the mind of Ignorance (The Life Divine) Intuition is of great value, for it establishes a connection between mind and what it is above it.

Pure intuition is a very rare occurrence in mental activity because very often the flash of intuition is quickly replaced or intercepted by a rapid imitative mental movement. Intuition, thus, being crowded with mental stuff and its flow being frequently obstructed by mental suggestion, cannot be an instrument of integral knowledge which alone reveals the ultimate truth. In other words, human intuition is always more or less under such influence and control and can therefore never be the same as the pure truth-consciousness or supramental consciousness.

However, Sri Aurobindo never rules out the possibility of an intuition which is free from all mental action and a means of revelation of the ultimate truth. In such a case, it is called the supreme intuition.

Intuition opens the gate of spiritual life. This divine intuition is the gateway through which the inspiration of the Almighty enters the mind.

The two partitions within the brain (Corpus Callosum)

The veil of ignorance holds rigid structure in place that does not allow the DNA software programming and the coding structure of the DNA to actively integrate into the higher-dimensional chakra system necessary to activate aspects of the hypothalamus, medulla oblongata and pineal gland. These aspects are limited by this veil or partition. This partition is also what holds you in third-dimensional linear time (time as a past—present—future loop) and creates major restrictions to knowing yourself.

There are two partitions within the brain. The first partition is the corpus callosum, a coarse tissue that separates the right and left hemispheres. The original purpose of this tissue was to assist both sides of the brain to communicate with each other. With the Fall of Consciousness and aeons of living in the dense third dimension, this capacity has become significantly restricted.

The second is a vertical nonphysical partition that is perpendicular to the corpus callosum and located between the temples on either side of the head. This partition minimizes the function of the hypothalamus, medulla oblongata and pineal gland and it significantly limits the performance of the seventh and eight chakras in the physical experience. This nonphysical partition, or veil, holds each of us in a narrow field of logic, duality and rigid rules.

Therfore, the order of evolution can be sketched as; Matter, Life, Phyche, Mind, and Supermind, Bliss, Consciousness-Force, Existence. The first four constitute the lower hemisphere and the last four, the upper hemisphere”

But there is veil between Mind and Supermind where they meet.

The knot of the two, the higher and the lower hemisphere, is where mind and supermind meet with a veil between them

The overmind and supermind states are something yet higher than this; but before one can understand them, one must first have the self-realisation, the full action of the spiritualised mind and heart, the psychic awakening, the liberation of the imprisoned consciousness, the purification and entire opening of the Adhar.

The development of this faculty or “Heart Awareness” is not of the lower mind or conditioned mind but of an acutely awakened mind or super mind, which is in sync with the lotus chakra of the heart and the sixth chakra or the third eye. The lower mind cannot observe itself beyond the limits of its own accumulated conditioning; but can observe the process through “self-introspection;’ from the stillness of the heart, which awakens this faculty. This faculty of “self-introspection;’ is already embedded in our DNA or the evolutionary urges of our lower mind. This faculty slowly “awakens” the higher mind and like divine alchemy turns the “intellect” into “intelligence”.

The two consciousnesses

There are always two different consciousnesses in the human being, one outward in which he ordinarily lives, the other inward and concealed of which he knows nothing.

When one does sadhana, the inner consciousness begins to open and one is able to go inside and have all kinds of experiences there. As the sadhana progresses, one begins to live more and more in this inner being and the outer becomes more and more superficial. At first the inner consciousness seems to be the dream and the outer the waking reality. Afterwards the inner consciousness becomes the reality and the outer is felt by many as a dream or delusion, or else as something superficial and external. The inner consciousness begins to be a place of deep peace, light, happiness, love, closeness to the Divine or the presence of the Divine. One is then aware of two consciousnesses, the inner one and the outer which has to be changed into its counterpart and instrument.

The Double Soul

Sri Aurobindo speaks of the double soul in man. The surface soul is called the desire soul which is expressed in emotions, cravings, urges, pleasures and happiness. The desire soul forms the egoistic existence which is a big hindrance in the spiritual realization. Behind the desire soul lies the true soul or the psychic being which is light, pure love, joy and the essence of existence.

According to Sri Aurobindo, the soul or psychic being is not life or mind or matter but it is the opening and flowering of the essence of all these to their own peculiar delight of self, to light, to love, to joy and beauty and to a refined purity of being. It is that term of being through which the divine principle of bliss acts in life, the divine principle of Supermind operates through mind and the divine principle of pure existence manifests through matter.

The desire soul obstructs the realization of the true soul life. That is why, Sri Aurobindo lays the greatest stress upon the awakening this psychic being. It is the misfortune of the individual that he cannot find his real soul. To find the real soul is the first step towards the attainment of the true spiritual life.

The Central Being and the Psychic Being Sri Aurobindo has explained the nature of the psychic being very fully in his Lights On Yoga. There he has divided the central being of man into two layers—the Upper and the Lower.

The upper, which he calls the Jivatman, is a spark of divinity, a potion of the Divine self [Paramatman); it is a transcendent principle which is above the manifestation in individual life and presides over it.

The Lower, which is called the psychic being, Is Immanent principle, the deputy of lineman. It stands behind the manifestation in individual life and supports it. If the Jivatman is called a Divine spark, then the psychic being is this spark which grows into a fire because Its function Is to kindle the spark into a flame.

Therfore, the order of evolution can be sketched as; Matter, Life, Phyche, Mind, Supermind, Bliss, Consciousness-Force, Existence. The first four constitute the lower hemisphere and the last four, the upper hemisphere”

But there is veil between Mind and Supermind where they meet.

Mind is not matter or brain, it is consciousness, a process. Behind mind are hidden Forces and occult operations. Mind has different planes-ordinary mind, higher mind, illumined mind, intuitive mind, overmind and supermind.

The mind has also four layers, the citta or the reservoir of past mental impressions or memory, the manas or the mind proper receiving the images of things and translating them into mental images, buddhi or intelligence including the faculties of comprehension, creativity, synthesis, judgement, imagination, observation, etc. and the last layer revealed through the phenom-ena of genius.

Psychic Mind is deep behind the surface mind and gives man the sense of his being something other than body, life and mind and when brought to surface controls the activities of the aspects of the surface or outer personality.

Spiritual Mind is the term used for all the planes of mind above the ordinary and includes the higher mind, the illumined mind, the intuitive mind, the overmind and the supermind. The Higher Mind brings in a downpour of Truth-thought.

Illumined Mind opens the doors of Truth-Vision or an outpouring of massive lightening of flaming sun-stuff. Intuitive Mind pro-vides knowledge by identity with the Reality. It includes truth-thought, truth-vision, truth-hearing and truth-touch and brings brilliant messages from the Unknown.

The Overmind is the highest stage of the evolving mind in the lower hemisphere, aparardha. It is a global consciousness which holds all the dichotomies and differences within itself, not as contradictions but as complementaries. It is a world of harmony and universal consciousness, a consciousness of One-in-All and All-in-One.

The Supermind is not a stage of the mind, it is the Truth-Consciousness, the Creative Principle of the Supreme and finds its expression in the mind. At this level of consciousness the three aspects of Saccidananda-Existence, Conscious-Force, Delight-are held as a triune principle.

The silencing of the mind, communing with the inner centre, lifting our centre of thought and action above the head—these are three difficult processes. But there is a fourth process open to the seeker which is not that difficult and that is to develop the intellect, to deve-lop the mind as it is, upwards: not to accept its present working as the only possible way, but to recognise that the mind can be developed, the processes which are familiar can be toned up, changed in their character, extended in their range, uplifted, subjected to a trans-forming change.

The transformation of the intelligent will so that it does not depend only upon the sense data or the data given by the reasoning mind, but recognises a different range of phenomena which also demand acceptance. And it is here, in this process of developing the mind with all its different faculties into something superior to itself, something above it of which there is daily evidence—the mind itself doesn’t need any proof of it—that the intervention of the supermind becomes imperative.

Where the upward effort of the mind is to be done and in what area the descending action of the supermind is to be encouraged, promoted—this is beyond the human intelligence; it is left trustfully to the discretion of the Divine Shakti.

The Divine Shakti, when it is left to operate in its full freedom without interference by our arrogant mind and its egoistic claims, takes up all the four methods depending upon cases, depending on which part is strong in the individual. It is indispensable, whatever the path, whether the path is that of devotion or work or knowledge, to silence the mind in a spiritual consciousness, quiet it so that it may be suffused with a spiritual vibration, calm it so that it may reflect the image of the superconscient truths.

There is also the awakening to the intuitive being within at all levels. Intuition does not operate only in the head. There is an intuition in the heart, an intuition in the body; everywhere there is the divine consciousness as intuition. We may or may not be aware of it, we may or may not perceive its action directly, but whether in the form of instinct—what we call hunch– or a sort of a premonitory feeling, it makes itself active, awakening us to the action of the intuitive being within us.

All this threefold upward action evokes the descent of the supramental energies which descent alone can give completion and permanence to spiritual silence, intuitive guidance and the elevation of mental workings to the higher spiritual workings.

Man A Transitional Being

MAN is a transitional being; he is not final. For in man and high beyond him ascend the radiant degrees that climb to a divine supermanhood. There lies our destiny and the liberating key to our aspiring but troubled and limited mundane existence. We mean by man mind imprisoned in a living body. But mind is not the highest possible power of consciousness; for mind is not in possession of Truth, but only its ignorant seeker.

Beyond mind is a supramental or gnostic power of consciousness that is in eternal possession of Truth. This supermind is at its source the dynamic consciousness, in its nature at once and inseparably infinite wisdom and infinite will of the divine Knower and Creator. Supermind is superman; a gnostic supermanhood is the next distinct and triumphant evolutionary step to be reached by earthly nature. The step from man to superman is the next approaching achievement in the earth’s evolution. It is inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner Spirit and the logic of Nature’s process.

The appearance of a human possibility in a material and animal world was the first glint of some coming divine Light, the first far-off promise of a godhead to be born out of Matter. The appearance of the superman in the human world will be the fulfilment of this divine promise. Out of the material consciousness in which our mind works as a chained slave is emerging the disk of a secret sun of Power and Joy and Knowledge.

The supermind will be the formed body of that radiant effulgence. Supermanhood is not man climbed to his own natural zenith, not a superior degree of human greatness, knowledge, power, intelligence, will, character, genius, dynamic force, saintliness, love, purity or perfection. Supermind is something beyond mental man and his limits; it is a greater consciousness than the highest consciousness proper to human nature.

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