The Synthesis of Yoga - Super school Auroville - The Synthesis of Yoga 802

We ourselves are cabined into this terrestrial; we are as it were put into a box. Originally we are not in a box. Our origin or whatever we are is exactly here in the transcendental. We you ask the question: “What am I, and where am I?” the answer is: “I am a portion of the transcendental and I am in the transcendental.” This the true answer to that question. Even when we don’t experience this because we are imprisoned, we are only seeing this world as it is and seeing only this portion but if you can expand the consciousness then you can live simultaneously in all these planes. Sri Aurobindo and Mother walked on the earth with this total consciousness. They were simultaneously aware of this and were working on all the planes. Just as our work is confined only to this little thing once you become more and more aware you are admitted into all these planes because we already belong there -- only we become aware. You become aware that you are with all these

Take for example, even now, we are cabined in this little space, and if I ask the question: “In this space where are your thoughts? What space is occupied by your thoughts?” In this space your body is certainly located, in a place where no other body can sit. But when you say to yourself: “I wrote a long essay.” Long means space isn’t it? You can say that “I wrote a long essay” means that you have a long piece of paper on which you wrote. So only your words occupy that space of a long piece of paper. But what you wrote, the meaning of what you wrote which space does it occupy? When you say: “Now my ideas have become very wide.” What do you mean by wide ideas? Does it mean that you have now become ten feet larger in space? No! Where does this largeness exist? There is a space which is not physical space. We are aware only of terrestrial space but to understand your own ideas you know that your mind is narrow or larger or wider but it is surely not in this terrestrial space. It is mental space. There is a space of the mind. This is only physical space but there is also mind space.

Similarly, there is life space. Alexander the Great conquered a large area of space in the physical world. If you were to ask him the question: “When you say, I have conquered all this space and I am very happy, what it does really mean? The space that you conquered already existed.” But he says: “I have conquered.” What does it mean? Does it means that he lives in the whole space, physically? Not at all! He occupied this large space in his life space, not in physical space. It is in his life feeling, in his vital desire that he wanted to conquer, he wanted domination of a wide space, and he felt that he was able to dominate, that he can command something to be done which will be obeyed everywhere in that space. Where is the space in which he commanded because actually that space already existed? Thus, this space which he commanded, surely cannot be this physical space, therefore it is the vital space. All our desires live in the vital space. All our ambitions belong to the vital space. Just as all our thoughts belong to the mind space. And these spaces are much larger than the physical space. Even to imagine the physical space is such a huge thing. It is unimaginable for us, if you consider the galaxies and the wide spaces between one star and the other, if you consider how many millions of light years it takes for light to move from one star and to come from there to here. That is the reason why Mother said, if you want to be very-very wide if you want to come out of the narrow prison of your present consciousness, try an exercise: think of yourself in a small space; then think of your country which is comparatively a very large space; think next of all the continents of the world; and then think of the sun and stars which are not very distant from us; and then think of the many other stars each even bigger than the sun, and all the systems or galaxies in which they are located, billions and billions of them and finally, consider how much space is involved as compared to that which you are and the space you occupy! And when you are troubled by the little things in the world you think of such a huge space, these little things will disappear. The little grumblings and grudges! Thoughts such as: ‘This is not done to me, I am entitled to this, I am entitled to that, why don’t people look at me’ and you will find there is so much space to look at…

And this is only physical space. Life space and mind space are even vaster. And when you come the higher mind, to the illumined mind, intuitive mind, over mind and supermind -- because the word supermind is very common among us we do not consider what supermind really is. And what will be the vastness of supermind! And then if you come to the Transcendental, to the Supreme Purusha…

The word purusha has to be understood first. Purusha is a status of consciousness in which one feels oneself to be the originator. Any status of consciousness in which you find or you experience yourself to be the originator, that status can be called purusha. Whenever you can see yourself as the originator you will find yourself to be superior to what is originated. It is the speciality of the purusha consciousness. Because of the status of consciousness in which one finds oneself to be the originator one feels oneself to be superior to that which is originated. When you produce a beautiful picture, you paint it, then with regard to your painting, when you see it, since you have originated it, the status in which you are in regard to the picture is the purusha consciousness. Purusha is always a status of consciousness. It can exist with regard to anything that is presented to you as that which is originated by you. If you conquer the whole world and you perceive the world as yours then you have a status of purusha in regard to what you have conquered. You feel superior to the whole world and the master of all that is ? that is the Purusha consciousness. Therefore, every individual has a kind of Purusha consciousness with regard to his activity, which seem to be originated by him. Each individual can be said to be individual purusha.

Then there can be cosmic purusha. All the terrestrial and the supra terrestrial existences, if you stand behind and you see all this originating from you, then you can be a cosmic purusha. You are in this consciousness the cosmic purusha. And if the whole world is transcended and you stand above everything then you have purushottama; uttama purusha, the Supreme Purusha, everything in world is seen to be originating from you. “Be thou as perfect as thy father in heaven is perfect.” Means to be one with the Purushattama. And you don’t need to fabricate it. You are already that. It is only that we are not conscious of it. We have cabined ourselves in a small status. Only a little thing we see and we feel that we are originators only of that little thing. But if you begin to expand yourself in consciousness then you discover that you are already purushottama. It is not that you have to fabricate it. You don’t have to become purushottama. You are purushottama. That is why the word which is used is: you realise. It is called realisation. You realise you are purushottama. In the Upanishads we have a very short sentence of knowledge: “That art thou.” That is the Transcendent. This is supposed to be the formula of the supreme knowledge. Three words in which the supreme knowledge is contained. In Sanskrit: “Tat twam asi.” The Upanishads are very famous for brevity -- very brief, but packed. “Thou art that.” Realise that thou art that. Don’t become, thou art that. It does not say that thou should be that. Already you are that. You only realise it. At present you have forgotten it, you only realise, remember that you are That.