Devoted to the Mother of Wisdom

 

Heaven in its rapture dreams of perfect earth.  

Earth in its sorrow dreams of perfect heaven.   

They are kept from their oneness by enchanted fears.

Sri Aurobindo

 

Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) was one of the greatest spiritual scientists of all times.  Although beginning in India, as a political revolutionary, he ended up one the world’s greatest spiritual revolutionaries. Aurobindo Ghose was no mere intellectual, philosopher or theoretician.  He wrote from pure experience of Truth, in the highest states of consciouness.  Aurobindo’search was for the key to a true life on earth.  “You can go on changing human institutions infinitely, he wrote, and yet the imperfections will break through all your institutions…” 

Aurobindo saw humanity as, at a crossroads in its evolution: “If a spiritual unfolding on earth is the hidden truth of our birth into matter, if it is fundamentally an evolution of consciousness that has been taking place in Nature, then man as he is cannot be the last term of that evolution; he is too imperfect an expression of the spirit, mind itself is too limited a form and instrumentation; mind is only a middle term of consciousness, the mental being can only be a transitional being. If, then, man is incapable of exceeding mentality, he must be surpassed and supermind and supermen must manifest and take the lead of the creation. But if his mind is capable of opening to what exceeds it, then there is no reason why man himself should not arrive at supermind or at least lend his mentality, life and body to an evolution of that greater term of the Spirit manifesting in Nature.”  – from, The Divine Life.

Sri Aurobindo realized that the limitations of the human mind along with its emotional and physical nature, were too great for man’s raw nature to naturally evolve and crystallize into pure, intelligence and compassion.  He knew that even though pure intelligence (overmind) was by its very structure the original source of man’s ordinary mind and nature,  it was so fragmented in its descent into the lower mental planes, that normally, it would not reveal itself. 

 Aurobindo wrote that the “true “Secret” of  transformation is that the consciousness above is the consciousness below, but this consciousness must enter into the last finite if it is to reach the infinite.”  To reveal heaven on earth is the truth of the spirit and heavens, a Power of Truth, which resists the downward, divisive power to which human nature is subject.  If man could live without all falsehood, he would live in Truth and wisdom.

Evolution of the human being would be possible, Aurobindo said, with the dissolution or transformation of individual egoism and the deep understanding and experience of the connectedness and interdependence between all beings. For physical and cellular consciousness to enlarge and universalize itself, mental silence, vital peace and cosmic consciousness are absolutes. One must come to the awareness that “the body is everywhere” and that complete transformation is not possible for the individual unless there is a minimum transformation by all.

The work required of mankind for the sake of evolution would proceed through three distinct phases. First stage is a bright phase of conscious collaboration in personal growth and evolution of spirit, through self-study, self-discovery, awareness and purification of one’s conditioning and a widening of the cooperative spirit.  A minimum transformation by the many.   The second phase would demand that Awareness,  Silence, an absolute living silence, overflowing with divinity descend into the physical being of those many individuals.  The third phase would encompass the whole of inner work for humanity and the world.

 The first and second phases are to this day being practiced by a limited number of individuals who have recognized their true essence, who understand the nature of the mind and in whom the nature of all things is not obscured.  There are many, but not enough to create critical mass.

 THE CRISIS OF TRANSFORMATION

If a call for transformation were made how would you as an individual respond?  If mass transformation was not possible, but you had the potential… what would you do?

At least you can ask the question.  Can human beings be conscious collaborators in their own evolution?  Can one move beyond the limitations of the human mind and self-centered vital and physical nature? 

Surely, as we observe the world it is rational to say that we are too imperfect an expression of a spirit; so attached are we to the physical body, the conditioning of the mind, to our beliefs and emotional makeup.

So ask yourself… Could you drop the heavy weight you are carrying to achieve true transformation in your mental emotional makeup and be free to be yourself?

And, if you say yes, then, contemplate the idea that if you could correct your mental/emotional makeup and be free to be yourself, are you holding onto any fear about what you would have to give up?      If your mind were capable of opening to what exceeds it, a higher intelligence, and you were able to live a life greater then what is available to you now, would you want it?   What do you have to lose? … stress, addictions, neurosis, anxiety, fear, hatred, greed, self-centered perspectives, judgments, opinions, aversions, preferences. 

The Minerva Institute www.minervainstitute.org is a new non-profit in Orlando Florida with the mission to cultivate inner peace and wisdom in the community, person to person.   Minerva (the Roman goddess of Wisdom) was founded to sustain a heart-centered, learning community that values self-discovery.   It will maintain an on-line and events centered learning community. 

Minerva will sponsor events to the community that truly offer accessible and deep, proven practices to strengthen and heal body and mind, open the heart, and gently push one into the realm of the Possible and Potential.

The message of  Minerva is  join with others in your community in a spirit of cooperation to establish your town as a Blue Zone, http://www.bluezones.com  , a place of peace and a place of learning for living long, happy lives.   

The success of such an endeavour will require the participation of a  large number of like-minded people who will be willing to step forward to support it in a variety of ways.  I am pleased to be a working board member of Minerva in Orlando and am dedicated to her vision.  

  1. What a great Aurobindo quote.

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