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

PART SIX

Review of the Gains of the Earlier Systems of Yoga

Against this background, there was a need to review the entire fund of knowledge pertaining to the nature of liberation and perfection as also to the Spirit, Supermind, Mind, Life and Matter. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, as a result of a vast research, the dimensions of which covered all the planes of existence and intricate secrets of psychology, occultism and spirituality, have provided new answers regarding the issue of the ideals of liberation and perfection. Some of the important points that emerged from this great research work, and which are relevant to our immediate purpose here can be summed up as follows:

Victory of the Vedic Rishis

In the history of Indian yoga, the richest treasure of knowledge can be found in the Veda, particularly in regard to the integral vision of the ultimate reality and in regard to the discovery of supermind, which was termed as rta at or Truth-Consciousness. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother had, on their own, discovered the supermind, and because of that discovery, they were able to decipher the Vedic symbolism and discover the golden knowledge of the supermind in various hymns of the Veda. The question was the method that was adopted by the Vedic Rishis and the extent to which the discovery of the supermind was developed and applied. According to Sri Aurobindo, the Vedic Rishis or their forefathers had individual attainment, and although they

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