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

PART ONE

The Veda and the Supermind

It is instructive to observe that in the early stages of Sri Aurobindo's own yogic development, an ascent to the supermind was effected; during that stage of development certain lines of his self-development were spontaneously converging towards the ancient and now unfrequented paths followed by the Vedic Rishis. At that time, there had begun to arise in his consciousness an arrangement of symbolic names attached to certain psychological experiences which had begun to regularize themselves; among them there were experiences of the faculties which the Vedic Rishis had described as supramental in character6. Sri Aurobindo, therefore, in order to arrive at a subsidiary description of the supermind, which could serve more accurately to provide precision to its significance, refers to these faculties, and the words connected with those faculties, such as "rta-chit (Truth-Consciousness), "satyam" (Truth), "rtam" (Right), "brhat" (Vast), and "kavi kratu"(Knowledge-Will), were adopted by Sri Aurobindo as expressive of the conception of the Supermind. As a result, Sri Aurobindo describes Supermind "as a vastness beyond the ordinary firmaments of our consciousness in which truth of being is luminously one with all that expresses it and assures inevitably truth of vision, formulation, arrangement, word, act and movement and therefore truth also of result of movement, result of action and expression, infallible ordinance or law".7 The essential terms of the Vedic description of the supermind are:

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