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

PART FIVE

Discovery of the Psychic Entity

But even deeper than the subliminal, there is in us an inmost being, which Sri Aurobindo calls psychic entity or soul and which the Katha Upanishad describes as "the Purusha that is no larger than the thumb of a man and who is seated in the midst of our self (angustamātrah puruso madhye atmani tistati)?5 The psychic entity supports the submental, the subconscious, the conscious, and the subliminal. The discovery of the psychic entity is of capital importance in our journey of self-knowledge. It is the source of true individuality, entirely distinct from the ego-sense, and it is that entity which represents in our evolutionary movement the individual Divine which is known in the Indian system of yoga as Jivatman, and which, as Sri Aurobindo has explained, is the Supreme Himself in His individuation which takes place in the second poise of the supermind. It is that Jivatman which has been described in Katha Upanishad as the eater of sweetness, and about which the following has been stated in that Upanishad:

"He that has known from the very close this Eater of sweetness, the Jiva, the self within that is lord of what was and what shall be, shrinks not thereafter from aught nor abhors any. This is That thou seekest".36

Again, it is the Jivatman that has been described in the Gita as the eternal portion of the Supreme, mamaivāmśo jiva-loke jīvabhūtāh sanatanah,31 and which is also described

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