The Ascent towards Supermind, Part II, Chapter XXVI - The Ascent towards Supermind 402

Then is the plane of the pure mind. Our normal ordinary mind is usually clogged down to physical mind and vital mind. It is by a great effort that pure mind gets developed and one of the objects of education must be to develop at least the pure mind. This does not happen normally but this should be one of the basic elements of education. So, the children are lead to form an idea as to what is pure mind and to be able to exercise the pure mind. Even if many elements of pure mind are presented to the children, we do not make the child conscious of as to what exactly is the nature of pure mind. The specialty of pure mind is, − it sees something that is not physical. It sees, in other words the pure mind is actually a mind of sight but not physical sight. We are not normally aware even if we see mentally, we are not aware that it’s a kind of a sight. I usually give the following example just to give an experience of how the pure mind sees. I told you earlier this example but I can repeat in this present circumstance.

There was a lecture being given by a priest where group of people and he said that when he became priest, the first person who came to confess to him said that he was a murderer that is the confession that he made. Then he went on lecturing in the meantime one man entered the room. He saluted the whole audience, asked for pardon for intruding and coming late. He said that, ‘I have taken liberty of coming late because I am very intimate with this priest because for him I was the first repentant. I don’t know if you can see something, if you really see. If it was not told physically but you can see that he was a murderer. Two propositions can be made one after the other, at no stage you are told that he is a murderer, but now few statements are made. First statement says, which is told by the priest that when he became the priest the first person who came to him confessed that he was a murderer. This man comes and says that for him, he was the first person to confess. Here there is no physical mind involved, no vital mind involved, two propositions are made quite impartially. You are impartial, there is no involvement of your wish in it, you don’t want to wish that this man should be a murderer. You are absolutely impartial, your mind is absolutely pure, it has no bias, no prejudice, no favorable attitude, nothing. Simply two prepositions are made before you and the two propositions lead you to awake, which concludes that this man is a murderer. You perceive now, you have seen not physically, but you have seen, your sight is awakened and you see that he is a murder. So the fact is that our mind is actually a faculty of seeing and normally this we do not know. We only think that mind is something by which we think, we feel. Ordinarily we do not know as to what mind is. But first condition of the pure mind is, it is a sight, but not a physical sight and yet it is a sight. Every sight is light or requires light. Normally when we see this is only the light physically and we do not think that mind is also light. But it is only when we experience that mind can see and when you know that seeing requires light that we can awaken to a light which is not physical but a light which is invisible and yet it is light nonetheless, without the light you cannot perceive. It is what is called mental light or light of the reason.

Usually, we are aware of ideas which are floating in our mind, but we do not know that there are ideas which are luminous, which are really light, not all ideas are luminous there maybe physical ideas, vital ideas. They also have some kind of luminosity but very opaque. So in the realm of ideas there are various degrees – opaque light, diffused light, fluorescent light, transparent light. There are various kinds of lights in the mind of which you are not normally aware, but if it reflects clearly you will find these qualities of the light. There are certain ideas, which you when you begin to reflect upon they become clearer and clearer and you will find that when ideas are confused, there is a web of darkness. As you begin to clarify this web of darkness, you find that this web of darkness was on account of errors. The greater the illusion and greater is the error. The greater is the confusion in the thought and when you arrive at real clarity, you find that error has been eliminated and what is grasped is true. There is a great connection between clarity and truth.

In fact there was a great philosopher called Descartes in Europe, a French philosopher and he saw so much of connection between clarity and truth that he gave the definition of truth in terms of clarity, he said: “The idea which is distinct and clear is necessarily true”. If you want to know whether it’s truth or not, you just examine whether the idea is distinct and clear. it is true that he who lives in truth you will find the special quality in him that his ideas are normally very clear, free from confusions, distinct, free from errors, conclusions and biases. It’s a pure austerity, transparency, precision, distinctness. Even when complexity of ideas are present they are like the rays of light put together in which each ray is straight ray of light and distinct from the other.