Supermind in Integral Yoga - Problem of Ignorance Bondage, Liberation and Perfection

Introduction

 

The new synthesis of the Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother has come to be known as the Integral Yoga1. This yoga has, as its first basis, the Vedantic realization of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss (Sachchidananda) as the ultimate reality and the ultimate foundation of the universe and all that is in the universe. However, the world that we see is the world of divided mentality which does not appear to be a direct manifestation of Sachchidananda. The divided mentality and the life and body, in which we exist on the earth, and the material existence which is governed by the divided mentality, must be, therefore, a development from that which originally manifests directly from the Sachchidananda. There must be an intermediate link between the Sachchidananda, on the one hand, and the divided mentality, on the other, and this link must be able to explain the relationship of each other and establish between them such a relation as will make it possible for us to realize the one Existence, Consciousness, Delight in the mould of the mind, life and body. Such an intermediate link must be found, if the ultimate reality is Sat-Chit-Ananda, one without the second2.

According to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, that intermediate link exists, and that link is evidenced by the loftiest experience and realization of the Ultimate Reality, eternal and infinite and indeterminable. That intermediate link is the Supermind, and Sri Aurobindo calls it the Truth-Consciousness, because it is a principle superior to mentality

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