There is a Supreme Divine Consciousness. We want to manifest this Divine Consciousness in the physical life.
The goal is not to lose oneself in the Divine Consciousness. The goal is to let the Divine Consciousness penetrate into Matter and transform it
The Divine Consciousness is at work to transform you and you must open to it in order to let it work freely in you.
17 October 1937
Of all things the most difficult is to bring down the Divine Consciousness into the material world; must the endeavour be abandoned on that account? Surely not.
2 July 1955
You belong to this stage of spirituality that needs to reject matter and wants to escape from it. The spirituality of tomorrow will take up matter and transform it.
30 July 1965
True spirituality transforms life
After one year's experience of the shallowness and inefficiency of human ways, it is time to start climbing on the steep way leading to the true goal, transformation
Transformation: the goal of creation
The new world: the result of transformation
A work that has terrestrial progress as its goal cannot be started unless it has the sanction and help of the Divine.
It cannot endure unless there is a constant material growth which satisfies the will of Nature.86
It cannot be destroyed prematurely except by human ill-will, which then serves as an instrument of forces hostile to the Divine, which are striving to delay as much as possible His manifestation and the transformation of the earth
One thing you must know and never forget: in the work of transformation all that is true and sincere will always be kept; only what is false and insincere will disappear
Obscurity will disappear more and more as the transformation progresses
Each one of you represents one of the difficulties that have to be surmounted for the transformation
Unless one has an endless patience and an unshakable perseverance, it is better not to start on the way of transformation
Let each suffering pave the way to transformation.
3 July 1954
Be quiet and gather strength and force not only to do work but also to achieve the transformation.
28 July 1955
Perfect integral balance: one is ready for transformation
The constant remembrance of the Divine is indispensable for transformation
Be simply sincere in your obedience to the Divine—this will take you far on the way to transformation
Silence all outside noise, aspire for the Divine's help; open integrally to it when it comes and surrender to its action, and it will effectively bring about your transformation
With the Divine Love is the supreme power of Transformation
With the Divine's Love is the power of Transformation. It has this power because it is for the sake of Transformation that it has given itself to the world and manifested everywhere. Not only into man but into all the atoms of Matter has it infused itself in order to bring the world back to the original Truth. The moment you open to it, you receive also its power of Transformation. But it is not in terms of quantity that you can measure it—what is essential is the true contact; for you will find that the true contact with it is sufficient to fill at once the whole of your being
And when the day will come for the manifestation of the supreme Love, for the crystallised, concentrated descent of the supreme Love, that will indeed be the moment of Transformation. Because nothing will be able to resist That
Transformation and the parts of the being
Transformation demands a total and integral consecration. But isn't this the aspiration of all sincere sadhaks?
Total means vertically in all the states of being, from the most material to the most subtle.
Integral means horizontally in all the different and often contradictory parts which constitute the outer being, physical, vital and mental
The being organised around the psychic: the first stage of transformation
Mental opening: the first step of the mind towards transformation
Mental prayer: spontaneous in a mind aspiring for transformation
Thirst to understand: very useful for transformation
Honesty in the physical mind: preliminary indispensable condition for transformation
Integral offering of the vital: an important stage towards transformation
Renunciation of emotional desires: indispensable for transformation
Not only the mind and the vital, but the body also in all its cells must aspire for the divine transformation
Physical plasticity: one of the important conditions of the transformation
Let the physical offer itself sincerely to the Divine and it will be transformed. This is proof of the resolution to liberate oneself from the ego
Humility before the Divine in the physical nature: first attitude needed for transformation
Psychic light in the physical movements: the first step towards the transformation of the physical
Psychic light in the material movements: essential condition for transformation
Psychic awakening in matter: matter open to spiritual life
Matter under the supramental guidance: the condition required for its transformation
Supramental light in the subconscient: essential condition for transformation
Supramental influence in the subconscient: under its modest appearance it is a great force for transformation
Transformation is the change by which all the elements, and all the movements of the being become ready to manifest the supramental Truth
Realisation: the establishment of the supramental Truth upon earth
In the supramental Truth all falsehoods will be dissolved
The supramental is not only Truth itself, but also the very negation of falsehood. The supramental will never come down, settle and manifest in a consciousness harbouring falsehood.
Naturally the first condition for conquering falsehood is to stop telling lies, though this is only a preliminary step. An absolute, integral sincerity must finally be established in the being and all its movements if the goal is at all to be attained.
18 April 1932
No quarrels: a very important condition to fulfil in order to facilitate the advent of the Supramental
A consciousness luminous without obscurity, turned towards the supramental light and full of a supramentalised plasticity are the conditions for the manifestation of the supramental light upon earth
We must never forget that our goal is to manifest the Supramental Reality.
25 May 1954
The Force is there waiting to be manifested, we must discover the new forms through which It can manifest.
12 June 1954
New forms are needed for the manifestation of a new Force.
26 June 1954
The Supramental Force is ready for manifestation, let us get ready also and it will manifest.
7 July 1954
When the Supramental manifests, an unequalled joy spreads over the earth.
8 July 1954
Drop all fear, all strife, all quarrels, open your eyes and your hearts—the Supramental Force is there.
9 July 1954
With patience, strength, courage and a calm and indomitable energy we shall prepare ourselves to receive the Supramental Force.
10 July 1954
New words are needed to express new ideas, new forms are necessary to manifest new forces.
1 August 1954
We must never forget that we are here to serve the Supramental Truth and Light and to prepare its manifestation in ourselves and upon the earth.
13 August 1954
Each new progress in the universal expression means the possibility of a new manifestation.
21 August 1954
So much obscurity has fallen upon earth that only the supramental manifestation can dissolve it.
26 August 1954
Let us advance always, without stopping, towards an always more complete manifestation, an always more complete and higher consciousness.
31 August 1954
The supramental force has the power to transform even the darkest hate into luminous peace.
11 October 1954
We aspire to be liberated from all ignorance, liberated from our ego so that we may open wide the doors of the Supramental's glorious manifestation.
23 October 1954
All our life, all our work must be a constant aspiration towards the supramental perfection.
24 October 1954
The serene and immobile consciousness watches at the boundaries of the world as a Sphinx of eternity and yet to some it gives out its secret.
We have, therefore, the certitude that what has to be done will be done, and that our present individual being is really called upon to collaborate in this glorious victory, in this new manifestation.
11-12 November 1954
All barriers must be thrown down one after the other, for the being to put on the integral amplitude of all the possibilities of manifestation.
14 December 1954
A new light shall break upon earth, a light of Truth and Harmony.
24 December 1954
Supramental manifestation: it will be welcome
How can these questions be answered before the supramental is manifested upon earth? It is only after that manifestation that we may know how it came and how it manifests
The Supramental Manifestation Upon Earth
29 February 1956
During the common meditation on Wednesday
This evening the Divine Presence, concrete and material, was there present amongst you. I had a form of living gold, bigger than the universe, and I was facing a huge and massive golden door which separated the world from the Divine.
As I looked at the door, I knew and willed, in a single movement of consciousness, that “the time has come”, and lifting with both hands a mighty golden hammer I struck one blow, one single blow on the door and the door was shattered to pieces.
Then the supramental Light and Force and Consciousness rushed down upon earth in an uninterrupted flow.fnWritten in the leap year 1956, this statement was first publicly distributed as the message for 29 February 1960, the first “anniversary” of the Supramental Manifestation upon earth.95
29 février—29 mars
29 February—29 March
24th April 1956
The manifestation of the Supramental upon earth is no more a promise but a living fact, a reality.
It is at work here, and one day will come when the most blind, the most unconscious, even the most unwilling shall be obliged to recognise it
I am speaking of a supramental manifestation evident to all, even the most ignorant—as the human manifestation was evident to all when it happened
To all those who aspire
Open yourself to the new Force. Let it do in you its work of Transformation.
Open yourself to the new Light that has dawned upon earth and a luminous path will spread in front of you.
28 May 1956
Without care for time, without fear for space, surging out purified from the flames of the ordeal, we shall fly without stop towards the realisation of our goal, the supramental victory.
24 April 1956
Let the new Light be spread upon earth and change the condition of human life.
6 January 1957
Beyond all question it is the supramental light.
Do not tense yourself, be open, passively allow it to penetrate your body. It has the power to restore you to strength and health
A new world is born—all those who want to have a place in it must sincerely prepare themselves for it.
15 August 1957
Heralding the birth of a new world, we invite all those who want to have a place in it to prepare themselves sincerely for it.
15 August 1957
Last night I had a vision of what the supramental world would be like if people were not sufficiently prepared. The confusion that now exists on earth is nothing in comparison with what might happen. Just imagine an extremely powerful will with the capacity to transform matter according to its liking! If the sense of collective unity did not grow in proportion to the growth of power, the resulting conflict would be even more acute and chaotic than all our material conflicts.
15 February 1958
To celebrate the birth of a transitory body can satisfy some faithful feelings.
To celebrate the manifestation of the eternal Consciousness can be done at every moment of the universal history.
But to celebrate the advent of a new world, the supramental world, is a marvellous and exceptional privilege.
21 February 1958
By whatever name it is called, the Supramental is a truth and a fact and its reign is certain.
27 March 1959
The advent of a new world is an ineluctable fact and whatever name is given to it, its victory is certain
The supramental influence liberates man from all that holds him back to the animal
Supramental action: an action which is not exclusive but total
Supramental knowledge: an infallible vision of all problems
Supramental consciousness: gloriously awake and powerful, it is luminous, sure of itself, infallible in its movements
To become the builders of a better future in the light of the supramental consciousness
[Message for the first anniversary of the Supramental Manifestation upon earthfnThe other message for the first anniversary appears on page 94 of this volume. The message for the second anniversary is a quotation from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and therefore has not been included.]
The Golden Day
Henceforth the 29th February will be the day of the Lord.
I never intended to give Sri Aurobindo's symbol.
The design on the medal signifies—100
the twelve rays of the new creation issued from the manifestation of the Avatar:
12 rays—new creation
In Your talk entitled “The True Adventure” in the November 1957 issue of the Bulletin (page 2), You have said:
“Last year when I announced to you the manifestation of the supramental consciousness and light and force, I should have added that it was an event forerunner of the birth of a new world.”
This means that the new world was born after the supramental consciousness manifested. You have fixed the 29th February 1956 as the date of the supramental manifestation. Which date after that should be taken as the date of the birth of the new world?
Half an hour later.
In the November 1958 issue of the Bulletin (page 97), in Your answer entitled “The New Birth”, You have said as follows:
“To comfort you I may say that by the very fact that you live upon earth at this moment… you absorb with the air that you breathe this new supramental substance which is spreading in earth's atmosphere and it is preparing in you things you will manifest all of a sudden, as soon as you have taken the decisive step.
“Whether that will help you or not to take this decisive step is another question which has to be studied, because the experiences that are happening and will now happen more and more being of a quite new character, one cannot know beforehand what will come to pass; 101one must study and after a close study one would be able to say with certainty whether this supramental substance will make the work of the new birth easy or not. I shall tell you about it a little later on. For the moment it is better not to count on these things, but simply to take to the way for the birth into the spiritual life.”
Can You now say with certainty whether this supramental substance will help decisively to realise this new birth?
26 March 1960
Yes, the Sadhana has undergone a great change, because it is now in the physical itself that you have to do it.
Concentrate on the physical transformation; by physical I mean the mental, vital and body consciousness.
You are trying to get the experience in your mind, but it is not the mind that can get it. Come out of your mind and you will understand what I mean
Man must understand that in spite of all his intellectual achievements he is as incapable of perceiving the supramental vibrations as the animal was incapable of perceiving the mental vibrations 102when they pervaded the earth before the appearance of the human species
Two irrefutable signs prove that one is in relation with the supramental:
1. a perfect and constant equality,
2. an absolute certainty in the knowledge.
To be perfect, the equality must be invariable and spontaneous, effortless, towards all circumstances, all happenings, all contacts, material or psychological, irrespective of their character and impact.
The absolute and indisputable certainty of an infallible knowledge through identity.
A perfect equality towards all circumstances, material or psychological, and an absoluteness in the knowledge—a knowledge that comes not through the mind but through identity. The person who is in contact with the supramental possesses these two qualities.
You cannot understand unless you have the experience.
23 February 1961
It is certainly the first time that the Supramental has come down as a general force of transformation for the whole earth. It is a new starting-point in the terrestrial creation.
But it may be that once before the supramental force has manifested partially and momentarily in an individual as a promise and an example.
26 October 1964
In 1956 You said: “The supramental Light, Consciousness and Force have manifested. The supramental Ananda has not come yet.”
4. 5. 67 is considered to be a very important date when something exceptional is expected to happen. Will You please say if it is the supramental Ananda that will manifest on that date?
The anniversary of the first Supramental descent comes every four years (the leap year). I do not see what the number 7 has to do in the matter. This year 1964 (leap year) was the second anniversary of the first descent. The next one will take place on 104the 29th February 1968—and it will be exactly 12 years after the first descent and we shall see then what happens.
14 November 1964
Message for 4. 5. 67
“Earth-life is the self-chosen habitation of a great Divinity and his aeonic will is to change it from a blind prison into his splendid mansion and high heaven-reaching temple.”
The Divinity mentioned by Sri Aurobindo is not a person but a condition that will be shared by all those who have prepared themselves to receive it.
For Sri Aurobindo “coincidences” do not exist. All that happens is the result of the action of the Divine Consciousness. The Force which is at work at this moment is a Force of harmony that makes for unity—the unification of all the symbols that express the Divine Truth.
5 May 1967
Acting decisively on the mind of men and the course of events.105
We can wait with a little patience and we shall see.
Since a few months the children born, amongst our people mostly, are of a very special kind
[Message for the third anniversary of the Supramental Manifestation upon earth]
Truth alone can give to the world the power of receiving and manifesting the Divine's Love.
29 February 1968
The New ConsciousnessfnThe new consciousness manifested upon earth on 1 January 1969. Its characteristics are described in several talks of January 1969, where the Mother called it the superman consciousness (la conscience du surhomme). These talks appear in Notes on the Way, Volume 11 of the Collected Works of the Mother.
To be able to receive the new consciousness without deforming it:
One must be able to stand in the light of the Supreme Consciousness without casting a shadow.
16 April 1969
There is only one new fact—from the beginning of this year a new consciousness has manifested and is working energetically to prepare the earth for the new creation.
17 April 1969
Of late, I am constantly feeling, flowing in my system from above, a Force which I concretely experience like a sweet fluid. It flows continuously in my whole system and, from time to time, I feel completely drenched and saturated with it. It gives a very pleasant and soothing sensation. It is as if some sort of Ananda is flowing in me from above. It gives a sweet taste in the mouth.
I do not know what exactly this experience means. Is it the New Consciousness which You have said came on the 1st January this year? Or is it some new descent which has recently occurred? Or is it something personal to me only?
It is the Consciousness that is at work since January. But its action has become much more intense.
26 November 1969
It will continue until the world is ready and willing to receive the new creation; the consciousness of this new creation is already at work upon earth since the beginning of this year. If instead of resisting, people were collaborating, it would be quicker.
But stupidity and ignorance are very obstinate!
29 November 1969
This great change is the appearance upon earth of a new race which will be for man what man is for the animal. The consciousness of this new race is already at work upon earth to enlighten all who are able to receive it and heed it.
To concentrate and open to receive the new progressive consciousness, to receive the new things which are coming down.
3 March 1970
The change does not need our help to come, but we need to open ourselves to the consciousness so that its coming is not in vain for us
1) Be receptive
2) Be plastic
The first indispensable condition to prepare ourselves to receive the new consciousness is a true and spontaneous humility which makes us feel deeply that we know nothing and are nothing in the face of the marvellous things we have to acquire
The Supramental and the New Being
Let us prepare, as best we can, the coming of the New Being.
The mind must be silenced and replaced by the Truth-Consciousness—a consciousness of the whole harmonised with a consciousness of detail
The mind must be silent to allow the Supramental Consciousness to take its place
The Truth-Consciousness must pervade all the being, dominate all the movements and quiet the restless physical mind. These are the preliminary conditions for the manifestation
Wisdom in the physical mind: a first step towards the supramental manifestation upon earth
[Message for the fourth anniversary of the Supramental Manifestation upon earth]
It is only when the Supramental manifests in the body-mind that its presence can be permanent.
29 February 1972
It is indispensable that each one finds his psychic and unites with it definitively. It is through the psychic that the supramental will manifest itself.
24 June 1972
The Truth-Consciousness can manifest only in those who are rid of the ego
Man and the mind are not the last term of creation. A supramental being is in preparation.
25 December 1972
The mind does not know truly; aspire sincerely to the supermind.
Superhumanity: the aim of our aspirations
Man is the intermediary being between what is and what is to be realised.
30 August 1954
Man is a transitional being upon earth and hence, in the course of his evolution, he has had several successive natures which have followed an ascending curve and will continue to do so till he reaches the threshold of the supramental nature and is transformed into superman. This curve is the spiral of mental development. We tend to call “natural” any spontaneous manifestation which is not the result of a choice or a premeditated decision, that is to say, which is without the intrusion of mental action. That is why, when a man has a vital spontaneity which is not 110very mentalised, he seems to us more “natural” in his simplicity. But it is a naturalness which is much like that of the animal and is at the very bottom of the human evolutionary scale
You must never forget that the outer person is only the form and the symbol of an eternal Reality, and that, passing through the physical appearance, it is to this higher Reality that you must turn. The physical being cannot become truly expressive of the Eternal Reality until it is completely transformed by the supramental manifestation. And until then, it is by passing through it that you must find the Truth
It is difficult to reply without seeing the context. Which “supreme faculties” does it refer to? Those of man on the way to becoming superman, or those which the supramental being will possess when he appears on earth?
In the first case, they are faculties that develop in man as he opens to the higher mind and overmind and through them receives the light of Truth. These faculties are not a direct expression of the supreme Truth but a transcription, an indirect reflection of it. They include intuition, foreknowledge, knowledge by identity, and certain powers such as those of healing and of acting upon circumstances to a certain extent.
If it refers to the supreme faculties of the supramental being, we cannot say much about them, for all we can say at the moment belongs more to the realm of imagination than to the realm of knowledge, since this being has not yet manifested on earth.
23 April 1960
The following interesting question arises: “With the 111descent of the Supramental into matter, and presuming that new laws and processes will be in effect, may we envisage beings whose control in the body may enable them to neutralize or absorb radioactivity or over-exposure to cosmic rays?”
A learned man in the Ashram said that immunisation to radiation is “impossible” because physical matter is controlled by lower nature. I expect you to tell me that, for us, nothing is “impossible”.
Both statements are true.
(1) So long as matter remains what it is, it cannot be made immune. But (2) the supramental force is expected to transform the material body also (in the long run) and when that is done then everything becomes possible or rather nothing is impossible.
26 August 1961
All these are mental speculations and once you enter the domains of mental imaginations there is no end to the problems and to their solutions. But all that does not bring you one step closer to the truth.
The safest and most healthy attitude of the mind is like this one: We have been told in a positive and definite way that the supramental creation will follow the present one, so, whatever is in preparation for the future must be the circumstances needed for this advent whatever they are. And as we are unable to 112foresee correctly what these circumstances are, it is better to keep silent about them
To anticipate difficulties is to help them happen.
Always to foresee the best with a total trust in the Divine Grace is to collaborate effectively in the supramental work upon earth
This morning in my meditation I saw so many things which were logically unrelated but which definitely produced the impression that something extraordinary is about to happen. This is the first time, perhaps, that I have had such a presentiment, lasting almost an hour.
I want to know whether there is any truth in it and how we should prepare for it.
Last night, we (you and I and a few others) were together for quite a long time in Sri Aurobindo's permanent dwelling-place in the subtle physical (what Sri Aurobindo called the true physical). Everything that took place there (far too long and complicated to relate) was organised, so to say, to express concretely the rapidity of the present movement of transformation. And with a smile, Sri Aurobindo told you something like this: “Do you believe now?” It was as if he were evoking the three lines from Savitri:
“God shall grow up while the wise men talk and sleep,
For man shall not know the coming till its hour
And belief shall be not till the work is done.”
I think that this is a sufficient explanation of the meditation you refer to.
1 February 1963
Somebody asked me,—
“In the work of Transformation, who is the slowest to do his part, man or God?”
Man finds that God is too slow to answer his prayers.
God finds that man is too slow to receive His influence.
But for the Truth-Consciousness all is going on as it ought to go
The Lord is Eternal and Infinite.
Even when the supramental will be fully realised upon earth the Lord will infinitely exceed this realisation which will be followed by other manifestations of the Lord ad infinitum
Those who are ready for the transformation can do it anywhere. And those who are not ready cannot do it wherever they are.
12 November 1971
The supramental transformation is hard labour and needs a strong body. For some time more, probably more than a hundred years, the physical body will need to eat in order to keep its strength; and we have to comply with this necessity.
Eternal youth: it is a gift the Divine gives us when we unite ourselves with Him
Forms are in perpetual transformation; identify yourself with the Immortal Consciousness and you will become It
Immortality is not a goal, it is not even a means. It will proceed naturally from the fact of living the Truth
Integral immortality: it is a promise. When will it be a material fact?
Supramental immortality: it is an established fact, but few human beings have experienced it
Supramental immortality upon earth: this remains to be realised
Vital immortality: in its own field it exists but conditioned by surrender to the Divine
Aspiration for immortality: pure, aspiring, trusting
Physical aspiration for immortality: intense aspiration but ignorant of the means
Aspiration for integral immortality: an organised, tenacious and methodical development of consciousness
Attempt towards immortality: persistent and co-ordinated
The New Creation
Action is a narrowing of the consciousness in order to achieve a particular object. The creation of a new world is no exception to this rule
Realisation of the new creation: it is for this that we must prepare ourselves
Anything and everything can be an instrument for the Supreme Wisdom to prepare the earth in view of the new creation!
Matter prepares itself to receive the supramental: matter tries to liberate itself from old habits to prepare for the new creation
Ideal of the new creation: the ideal must be progressive in order to realise itself in the future
Manifold power of the new creation: the new creation will be rich in possibilities
Charm of the new creation: the new creation is attractive for all those who want to progress
Beauty of the new creation: the new creation tries better to manifest the Divine
Usefulness of the new creation: a creation which aims at teaching men to surpass themselves.