July 18, 2003
All that we know to be good today is the creation of Mind.
Mind has its ranges. It is better for us to know MIND
The capacity of Mind to create illusions is the philosophy
of Shankara who is hailed as a greater intellect than Buddha. The film The Matrix
depicts forcefully the physical aspect of Mind.
Mind is not defined by Man as he is NOT outside it.
He is inside Mind, part of it. He is a function of Mind. He is really
identified with his Mind.
To understand Mind, one needs to be outside of it, having
given up his identification with it. The first step is to know he is identified
All philosophies are the exertions of human Mind.
Sri Aurobindo has given us a description of the constitution
of Mind, its origin as well as the process by which it is constituted.
Even to appreciate that description one needs to be outside
Mind, HE says, is an instrument of division. Whenever
an object is presented to it, it looks at one part of it and dissects that part
out of the whole and entirely confines itself to the part, considering that
part to be the whole.
When we go to a shop, we severely restrict ourselves to
buying what we want and never go beyond to know the whole of the shop. A friend
of several years standing is to us what he is to us and only that. Even our own
self is known by us only in the functional part. We scarcely go behind it to
The Moment we see this limitation and want to outgrow
that, as Neo in The Matrix, we discover the Truth and capacities to deflect
bullets arises. Doing that, one does what Shankara could not do. Shankara's
Maya – illusion -- is then seen not as illusion, but Ignorance. Evolution is to
let knowledge evolve out of Ignorance. That is a moment of evolutionary
awakening, a moment that tastes the JOY Brahman has set out seeking. It
is a MOMENT of TRUTH. One steps into the Hour of God. It may be a
fleeting second but a precious second. With that moment being there, every
further argument becomes live, full and rich. Without that, they reduce to
intellectuality, dry and insipid. Quickly we see we do not follow the argument.
Assuming that moment is there or at least we are seeking
that moment, every argument will be in place. Non-egoistic understanding gives
us that opening.
While Mind has not been described so far, Sri Aurobindo has
explained Mind and its origin Supermind and Spirit. He has also explained life
and Matter that issue out of it. To know all those definitions is to
essentially complete our knowledge. To briefly state,
Spirit is the subjective experience of Sat.
Supermind is the nature of Sachchidananda where Truth
acquires consciousness of the comprehensive vast rhythm of existence.
Mind is born when Supermind splits into Time and Timeless
planes between them.
The knowledge and will into which Mind divides itself
enables knowledge to work on will releasing a plane of energy which is life.
In the process of knowledge working on will, a little of
that knowledge is lost. When all the knowledge is lost, life becomes Matter.
Mind is of Supermind which has the vision of the whole. Mind
being a part of it has the ability to see one part of the whole at one time and
can see the other part if it chooses. This is the original capacity of Mind.
When it refuses to see the other side, Ignorance is born which is more and more
organised as below.
Mind's identifying with itself is to make the Ignorance
It can identify itself with its workings at a further stage.
The identification can be extended to life and Matter where
Ignorance is full.
The liberation of the Mind is a reverse process which can
start at the mental plane.
Withdrawal from the identification of thoughts – Silence.
Withdrawal from sense identification – Pure faculties of
Withdrawal from Mind, life, Matter are the further stages.
Thinking is to indulge thought. So silence is sought.
Mind has two parts -- Buddhi, Pure Mind and Manas, Sense
Withdrawing from the sense mind, one goes to pure Mind which
can see, hear, etc without the aid of senses.
Capacity of the Mind to accomplish arises from a clear, well-formulated
thought accepted by the vital and executed by the action of the body. This is the
process the world follows. This can be raised in effectivity and its time
requirement can be abridged to the point of abolition.
To raise the level of Mind.
One should resort to the whole of the Mind from its part.
Higher faculties of Mind make it more efficient.
Withdraw of identification with the Mind is the most
powerful method as it is endless.
Let us start with a work the Mind set out to do. Let it be
of a duration of 10 or 20 years when it is efficiently executed.
I skip the efficiency part of it as it is before we start.
When fully formulated the work is and exists as an IDEA.
Withdrawing from the IDEA, we see the work exists as
vital energy or feeling.
Continuing the withdrawal, the work is seen as the SENSATION
of the bodily substance. Further withdrawal precipitates the WORK at
Instead of withdrawing from the IDEA, one can
surrender the Idea.
Withdrawal is part of surrender.
What then is surrender and how does surrender become that
Creation is along the line Absolute – Sat – Supermind – Mind
– Life – Matter.
As we are in the plane of Mind, accomplishment effectuates
itself accomplishing through causality.
Surrender enables us to withdraw from thought and then Mind.
It is capable of withdrawing further until the I becomes the
Soul and the evolving soul, the Psychic Being.
Moving thus, one moves from Time to Supramental Time – the simultaneous
integrality of Time Eternity and Timeless Eternity. I call it the third
dimension of Time.
When Mind become Pure, it accomplishes its work which needs
to reach the act of the body, instantaneously.
In the chapter on 'Mind and Supermind' in The Life Divine
He explained this, especially on pages 163 and 164.
This is of
capital importance in understanding HIM.
In an affectionately family where all relate to all others
in emotions and share thoughts, the house is a single emotional unit. We see in
Pride and Prejudice the whole family comes out of the house each time to
receive or see off someone.
There are families where each lives to himself. There is
little sympathy in anyone for others and no sharing of information.
conscious choice, a whole family of expansive joy becomes a lone individual of
I hesitate to extend this analogy to the life choices we
make lest I should sound unrealistic. In a world of abundance, this choice
makes us poor.
At school there are two things that can be done.
1. To give
the child this perspective of the whole that is rich and abundant.
2. To lead him to possess it as his own from inside.
Teamwork achieves more. But to make the child SEE the difference between teamwork and
non-co-operation, preferably silently, is not easy.
Teamwork is physical. At the next level, an attitude of
cooperation with others, with everyone will make a child's capacity rise in
To extend these experiences to mind and let the mind see
that it has endless potentials if only it is not enamoured of its opinions is a
work that involves thinking and feeling on a vast scale. There is more.
In our two schools, a lot of psychological foundation is
laid for these achievements. But to actually achieve it is another thing.
The films 'The Matrix' and 'Contact' have made great
impressions on the western mind.
To know what mind is from this chapter – 'Mind and Supermind'
- and to practise it successfully on ourselves or on a young mind that is
flowering at the age of 14 is a great psychological feat.
To be able to present to an intelligent audience the theme,
"Mind sees the whole as a part" through any medium requires a
Should we be able to place before the world the ideas ''Mind
is a dividing instrument", "It sees parts as a whole", "It
is incapable of conceiving the whole", will be a great spiritual progress
in our mental field.