Category Archives: Sri Aurobindo
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto XIII, In The Self Of Mind, Pages 283 - 288
King Aswapathy reaches the silent Self of Mind at the summit of the mental worlds and feels that he has arrived at his goal. But a ray of light falls upon all things seen or touched or heard or felt, and showed his mind that nothing could be known. He must reach "That", the true source of all knowledge. Sri Aurobindo poetically describes and destroys all the value of the planes of Mind which the traveler has been through so far, and the immortal spirit of the king is imprisoned in a world where all must die to live and live to die.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveler Of The Worlds, Canto XI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Mind, Part 2, Pages 264 - 271
Sri Aurobindo describes the ascent into Greater Mind, starting with the first two levels of what he calls "a triple realm of ordered thought". He describes the wardens who meet the heaven-bound soul, interpreters between man's mind and God's mind, and the Masters of Things Actual whose thoughts give form to Natures moods; the are the creators of matter by hid stress of mind; the beings who fill life with Thought's immensities. Then he describes the subtle archangel race who live in the mind and know truth from within. Still, no mental power can receive the whole Truth of the Mighty Mother's vast work of the creation of our universe.
Beginning on page 144 The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 1 continues through page 150. In this section, Sri Aurobindo states : "... This then is the true relation between divine and human knowledge; it is not a separation into disparate fields, sacred and profane ...but the character of the consciousness behind the working." He continues further: " ... It is one of the decisive moments of the integral Yoga when the psychic being, liberated, brought out from the veil to the front, can pour the full flood of its divinations, seeings and impulsions on the mind, life and body of man and begins to prepare the upbuilding of divinity in the earthly nature."
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Little Life, Part 2
The Traveller experiences the mental planes which are open to man. He follows the work of the Divine Shakti, the great Puissance, as she creates mind's evolution in life in matter. He experiences two different ways that our surface mind functions. The first one shows the ways of thought which want to keep everything the same. This type of thought moves around and around in the same time-worn grooves. The second mode of thought is unstable, passionate and irrational. The burning vision of desire moves these thoughts to flame to the heights and sink to the depths and to waste life energy in pursuit of unreal dreams.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto XII, The Heavens Of The Ideal
The Traveller enters the first world of spiritual higher mind. Although the great godheads and great thoughts at this level are a powerful part of the whole cosmic scheme, they are not the final goal. Sri Aurobindo writes that although the power of the spiritual higher mind isn't enough to completely purify us, still it can make a first change in us. On either side of the ascending stairs of the World Stair at this level rise the two kingdoms of this plane of consciousness; the mighty kingdoms of the Deathless Rose and the mighty kingdoms of the Deathless Flame Each one gives the seeker something which helps along the way.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveler Of The Worlds, Canto XI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Mind, Part 1, P. 260 - 264
We travel with the King through a place of greater levels of universal thought than our little mind can receive from. Some additional writings of Sri Aurobindo and Mother tell us what our mind is and exactly what "our" thoughts are. This part of Canto XI is a general description that introduces the planes of consciousness where the universal thoughts are. The great Thinker has regained his privilege of shadowless sight and has entered the Immortal's air, and he drinks again his pure and mighty source.
Once more Aryamani and an actors ensemble had worked on a selection from Sri Aurobindos Savitri, trying to evoke, to bring close to us, its vastness, infinity, its mantric power. Through voice, sounds and movements. It is an exploration and an ongoing search. It is a prayer and a call.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto XI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 3
The Traveller is reaching the summit of the triple stairs of the Greater Mind. He sees the sovereign Kings of Thought whose thoughts are partners in the vast control of the commanding thoughts of the creator Self. With their abstract purity of godless sight they brought to mind what mind could never reach. This was the play of the bright gods of Thought, attracting into time the timeless Light. They have planned to snare the feet of Truth and keep her captive for the thinker's joy. Sri Aurobindo shows us how each of us relates to Truth and how we each use Truth for our own purposes, but Truth is greater than her forms. She remains herself and infinite.
Savitri, Book II, The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms and Godheads Of The Little Mind, Part 4, Pages 253 - 259
The great Yogi-King is at the end of his journey through the little mind. Sri Aurobindo shows us how reason, the last and greatest process of our little mind, cannot see the whole Truth. "For nothing is known while aught remains concealed; the Truth is known only when all is seen." He shows what happens can when science, which is based on reasoning thought and observation of material things, can no longer rely on the thinking processes of the little mind. He speaks of the destruction that occurs when man uses only reason to control others by the mis-use of dangerous scientific discoveries.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto X, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Little Mind, Part 3
The Traveller has come to the third and greatest of the functions of our mind at the level of the mind which is limited to the information given to it by our senses. It is Reason, a mental process which we have always valued very highly. Sri Aurobindo shows us Reason's limitations. For a world seen, Reason weaves a world conceived. Reason tries to harmonize all life by controlling it with thought, but the real source of harmony is beyond the senses. If we use only reason to define our world, we end up in a reality where there is no place for soul or spirit because Reason can not experience things which are not brought to it by the senses.