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Chapter I
Chapter II - Part 1
Chapter II - Part 2
Chapter II - Part 3
Chapter II - Part 4
Chapter III - Part 1
Chapter III - Part 2
Chapter III - Part 3
Chapter III - Part 4
Chapter III - Part 5
Chapter III - Part 6
Chapter IV - Part 1
Chapter IV - Part 2
Chapter IV - Part 3
Chapter IV - Part 4
Chapter V-Part 1
Chapter V - Part 2
Chapter V - Part 3
Chapter V - Part 4
Chapter V - Part 5
Chapter VI - Part 1
Chapter VI - Part 2
Chapter VI - Part 3
Chapter VI - Part 4
Chapter VI - Part 5
Chapter VII - Part 1
Chapter VII - Part 2
Chapter VII - Part 3
Chapter VII - Part 4
Chapter VII - Part 5
Chapter VIII - Part 1
Chapter VIII - Part 2
Chapter VIII - Part 3
Chapter VIII - Part 4
Chapter IX - Part 1
Chapter IX - Part 2
Chapter X - Part 1
Chapter X - Part 2
Chapter X - Part 3
Chapter X - Part 4
Chapter X - Part 5
Chapter X - Part 6
Chapter XI - Part 1
Chapter XI - Part 2
Chapter XI - Part 3
Chapter XI - Part 4
Chapter XII - Part 1
Chapter XII - Part 2
Chapter XII - Part 3
Chapter XII - Part 4
Chapter XII - Part 5
Chapter XIII - Part 1
Chapter XIII - Part 2
Chapter XIV - Part 1
Chapter XIV - Part 2
Chapter XIV - Part 3
Chapter XIV - Part 4
Chapter XIV - Part 5
Chapter XV - Part 1
Chapter XV - Part 2
Chapter XV - Part 3
Chapter XV - Part 4
Chapter XV - Part 5
Chapter XV - Part 6
Chapter XV - Part 7
Chapter XV - Part 8
Chapter XV - Part 9
Chapter XVI - Part 1
Chapter XVI - Part 2
Chapter XVI - Part 3
Chapter XVI - Part 4
Chapter XVI - Part 5
Chapter XVI - Part 6
Chapter XVI - Part 7
Chapter XVI - Part 8
Chapter XVI - Part 9
Chapter XVI - Part 10
Chapter XVI - Part 11
Chapter XVI - Part 12
Chapter XVI - Part 13
Chapter XVII - Part 1
Chapter XVII - Part 2
Chapter XVII - Part 3
Chapter XVII - Part 4
Chapter XVIII - Part 1
Chapter XVIII - Part 2
Chapter XVIII - Part 3
Chapter XVIII - Part 4
Chapter XVIII - Part 5
Chapter XVIII - Part 6
Chapter XVIII - Part 7
Chapter XVIII - Part 8
Chapter XVIII - Part 9
Chapter XVIII - Part 10
Chapter XIX - Part 1
Chapter XIX - Part 2
Chapter XIX - Part 3
Chapter XIX - Part 4
Chapter XIX - Part 5
Chapter XIX - Part 6
Chapter XIX - Part 7
Chapter XX - Part 1
Chapter XX - Part 2
Chapter XX - Part 3
Chapter XX - Part 4
Chapter XX - Part 4
Chapter XXI - Part 1
Chapter XXI - Part 2
Chapter XXI - Part 3
Chapter XXI - Part 4
Chapter XXII - Part 1
Chapter XXII - Part 2
Chapter XXII - Part 3
Chapter XXII - Part 4
Chapter XXII - Part 5
Chapter XXII - Part 6
Chapter XXIII Part 1
Chapter XXIII Part 2
Chapter XXIII Part 3
Chapter XXIII Part 4
Chapter XXIII Part 5
Chapter XXIII Part 6
Chapter XXIII Part 7
Chapter XXIV Part 1
Chapter XXIV Part 2
Chapter XXIV Part 3
Chapter XXIV Part 4
Chapter XXIV Part 5
Chapter XXV Part 1
Chapter XXV Part 2
Chapter XXV Part 3
Chapter XXVI Part 1
Chapter XXVI Part 2
Chapter XXVI Part 3
Chapter XXVII Part 1
Chapter XXVII Part 2
Chapter XXVII Part 3
Chapter XXVIII Part 1
Chapter XXVIII Part 2
Chapter XXVIII Part 3
Chapter XXVIII Part 4
Chapter XXVIII Part 5
Chapter XXVIII Part 6
Chapter XXVIII Part 7
Chapter XXVIII Part 8
Book II, Chapter 1, Part I
Book II, Chapter 1, Part II
Book II, Chapter 1, Part III
Book II, Chapter 1, Part IV
Book II, Chapter 1, Part V
Book II, Chapter 2, Part I
Book II, Chapter 2, Part II
Book II, Chapter 2, Part III
Book II, Chapter 2, Part IV
Book II, Chapter 2, Part V
Book II, Chapter 2, Part VI
Book II, Chapter 2, Part VII
Book II, Chapter 2, Part VIII
Book II, Chapter 3, Part I
Book II, Chapter 3, Part II
Book II, Chapter 3, Part III
Book II, Chapter 3, Part IV
Book II, Chapter 3, Part V
Book II, Chapter 4, Part I
Book II, Chapter 4, Part II

A Psychological Approach to Sri Aurobindo's

The Life Divine

Chapter XVI Part 2

The Triple Status of Supermind

Linking the One and Many: The Primary poise of the Supermind

Sri Aurobindo links the Transcendental Oneness and the multiplicity by positing an intermediary Creative Consciousness which he names as the Supermind. The Supermind has to subserve simultaneously the Spaceless and Timeless infinite beyond the manifestation as well as the manifestation bound by Space and Time. This is achieved through a triple poise of the Supermind: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary, a phenomenon that is intuitively referred to in the famous Rig Veda verse that Sri Aurobindo quotes at the beginning of this chapter: ‘Three powers of Light uphold three luminous worlds divine’(The Life Divine, pg 154)

The Primary Poise of the Supermind

The primary poise of the Supermind is fundamentally based on 'the inalienable unity of things' (Ibid,pg 158). In fact, this poise holds the very idea of creation as a creative essence which is like an inbuilt program existing in the womb of what is initially an indivisible and unitary consciousness. This poise represents the comprehending principle of the Supermind.

The Yogic narrative of the experiential contact with the primary poise

The comprehensive state of the Supermind that characterizes its primary poise has no place for individualization and an experiential contact needs the exceeding of the ego. However this experience is also similar to that of the Yogi who has come into experiential contact with the Transcendent beyond Space and Time for the ego does not exist there too.

There is of course a gulf of difference between the experiential contact with the Transcendental Infinite and that with the comprehending Supermind.

The Oneness of the Transcendental Infinite is experienced by rejecting, surpassing or dissolving the multiplicity. It is an infinitely blank oneness that negates all multiplicity. It represents a pure Unitarian consciousness that is bland, without attributes and without qualities. The Transcendental Infinite is actually'a timeless and spaceless concentration of Sachchidananda in itself, in which Conscious Force does not cast itself out into any kind of extension and, if it contains the universe at all, contains it in eternal potentiality and not in temporal actuality' (Ibid). In contrast, the comprehensive Supermind is experienced through an equal self-extension of the 'oneness' in all manifestation - all-comprehending, all-possessing, all-constituting. It is an oneness that holds in its bosom the essence of multiplicity. It is therefore a unity that is totipotent, vibrant and dynamic.

While in the Transcendental Infinite, the 'ALL' does not exist at all, in the comprehensive Supermind, 'all is one, not many', though there is no individualization (Ibid). 'It is when the reflection of this Supermind falls upon our still and purified self that we lose all sense of individuality; for there is no concentration of consciousness there to support an individual development. All is developed in unity and as one; all is held by this Divine Consciousness as forms of its existence, not as in any degree separate existences. Somewhat as the thoughts and images that occur in our mind are not separate existences to us, but forms taken by our consciousness, so are all names and forms to this primary Supermind. It is the pure divine ideation and formation in the Infinite, -- only an ideation and formation that is organized not as an unreal play of mental thought, but as a real play of conscious being. The divine soul in this poise would make no difference between Conscious-Soul and Force-Soul, for all force would be action of consciousness, not between Matter and Spirit since all mould would be simply form of Spirit' (Ibid).

My self is that which supports all beings and constitutes their existence...I am the self which abides within all beings. (Gita verse quoted in beginning of Chapter XVI, Ibid, pg 154)


Date of Update: 20-Feb-15   

- By Dr. Soumitra Basu


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