18th November Revisited… And Translation of Previous Post

Well, yesterday, the 17th November, was the official date regarding the Mother’s so called “Passing” in 1973… but it is today, forty-two years ago, the 18th November, that has been for me personally the really, truly meaningful and eventful day, a veritable ‘Darshan Day’… and even doubly so!!!
Not surprising then that for all these years passed since then, it has been the 18th that I have celebrated inwardly, and sometimes outwardly too.
But yesterday for the first time was different, and I felt like somehow “being with Mother” at the end of the afternoon, after awakening from an unusually late nap.
And suddenly I needed to speak to Her, to write to Her on my laptop, and a poem started writing itself, addressed to Her. It became yesterday’s post for Her.
It came directly in French, my mother-tongue, so I owed it to my non French-speaking visitors to translate it for them at the earliest…
Here is the translation, done first thing this morning:

Little Mother whom I love… Already forty-two years…
But that memory remains so strong nevertheless…
We in Auroville didn’t know yet,
But that evening you were fighting for your body,
Struggling to keep your legs from giving up…
And it has been your heart that in the end gave up
It went out, quite simply,
After a last beat.
Since then, every 17th November
I imagine you in your room,
Half-lying half-sitting,
Your back against the mountain
Of piled up pillows.
You were giving your last fight.
As always, you were refusing
To give up, to abandon your task…
Without anyone knowing
But the Divine and you, our Divine Mother,
Something happened then, not what could be guessed
But Something Else: a pod opening up,
The True Body replacing the one covering it,
A last breath exhaled,
A last beat of the heart. Pale
On its ‘deathbed’
Your old body remained
The one that could be seen
And photographed even.
Around this pale image
Stood, invisible but to the true sight,
A true body, its shape imprecise and unclear,
An orange mist, fire-fog of a myriad droplets
Seemingly condensing only very slowly
But full of a Power huge, inconceivable,
An eternal, immutable Presence.
This is What Was, still in the next morning,
When after an almost interminable queue
I found myself in front of your bed, your body.
This is What Was, still that fire-orange mist,
Only Reality of Thee that I could see,
Sole Nectar of Presence my body too could drink.
It drank it in, it drank it and drank it,
Until it was so full it couldn’t drink further.
Mother, Mighty Mother, “death” is no more a must:
Our bodies bathed in the slow blissful Wave
To the almighty rhythm of the Supreme Lord’s Wings,
Our cells as well now are learning Happiness!…

Pour Mere, en ce 17 Novembre revenu

Petite Mere que j’aime… Deja quarante-deux ans…
Mais ce souvenir-la reste si fort pourtant…
Nous autres, a Auroville, ne savions pas encore,
Mais ce soir-la tu livrais bataille pour ton corps,
Luttant pour que tes jambes ne declarent pas forfait…
Et c’est ton coeur a la fin qui l’a fait.
Il s’est eteint, tout simplement,
Apres un dernier battement.
Depuis, chaque 17 Novembre,
Je t’imagine dans ta chambre,
Mi-allongee mi-assise sur ton lit,
Adossee a la montagne multiplis
D’enormes oreillers empiles.
Tu livrais ton dernier combat.
Comme toujours, tu ne voulais pas
Ceder, abandonner ta tache…
Sans que personne ne le sache,
Que le Divin et toi, notre Mere Divine,
Il s’est alors produit, pas ce que l’on devine
Mais Autre Chose: une cosse qui s’ouvre,
Le Vrai Corps remplacant celui qui le recouvre,
Un dernier souffle qui s’exhale,
Un dernier battement de coeur. Pale
Sur ton lit de “mort”
Gisait ton ancien corps,
Celui qu’on pouvait voir
Et photographier meme;
Autour de ce corps bleme
Se tenait, invisible hormis au vrai regard,
Un vrai corps, aux contours imprecis et bizarres,
Une brume orangee telle un brouillard de feu
Semblant se constituer seulement peu a peu
Mais pleine d’un Pouvoir enorme, inconcevable,
Vibrant d’une Presence eternelle immuable.
C’est Cela qui Etait, le lendemain matin,
Lorsqu’apres une queue sans fin
Je me suis retrouvee devant ton lit, ton corps.
C’est Cela qui Etait, brume orangee encore,
Seule Realite de Toi que je puisse voir,
Seul Nectar de Presence qu’aussi mon corps puisse boire.
Il a bu a longs traits, il a bu, il a bu,
Jusqu’a ce qu’il soit bien plein et qu’il ne puisse plus.
O Mere, Puissante Mere, la “mort” n’est plus obligatoire:
Nos corps baignent en l’immense Mouvement Ondulatoire
Au rythme souverain des Ailes du Seigneur…
Nos cellules aussi apprennent le Bonheur!…

Ayudha Pooja Day



Today, October 2nd 2014, happens to be this year the “Ayudha Pooja” day.

An Aurovilian lady, Mauna, oldtimer like me, and taking care of some aspects of the needed communication with many people all around the world related to Auroville, plus also some people in Auroville itself, sent today an email explaining about this very popular yearly festival. As I liked her email, here is what I wrote back to her:

Dear Mauna,

thank you for writing this little explanation of today’s celebration in the traditional Indian culture, one that many of us Aurovilians, although not “Hinduists” in any religious way, have come to like and observe yearly too, as it is indeed a very original and nice festival, the equivalent of which I have not heard of in any other country.
If you don’t mind, I would like to post your little write-up on my Research Blog especially for today.



As Mauna didn’t mind, I am glad to share with all my visitors what is a little of our life here in Auroville, being located as we are in the midst of rapidly urbanized but still quite rural South India – and I think that could be said about India as a whole too:

On 10/2/2014 10:27 AM, Mauna wrote:

Dear friends,

For those of you who have lived here and learned to appreciate and enjoy the ways of the land.., I come to remind you that today we observe Saraswati pooja, – do you remember? It’s also called Ayudha pooja – when we honour the tools of our work in the name of Ma Saraswati, the Mother’s power of perfection. To give you an idea, gardeners and foresters honour their mumpties and crowbars, road workers their JCBs, business units and folks of all trades their various media of work, students their books and computers, and artists their musical instruments, as Saraswati is also the patron of knowledge and the arts.

Rosa, one of my neighbours in Grace, concocted this image and I thought of sharing it with you… (see on top of the post)

So perhaps you’ll burn a little incense or put a flower near the tool through which your working relation with Life expresses itself most, – and, as it’s also the birthday anniversary of Gandhi: happy Gandhi Jayanti to all.

With love from a cool and fresh Auroville,



What Mauna is alluding to, the aspect of ‘Perfection’, is one of the Four main Powers that the Divine Mother uses constantly for creating and keeping together everything there is in the ever increasing manifestation of the Divine, including this evolving planet Earth and all the beings it harbors. All the people Mauna writes those emails to would know what she is talking about, as it is a very important part of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo:

A higher and vaster Power, that he calls ‘Mahasaraswati’, is what stands behind the popular deity that contemporary Hinduism reveres as Saraswati, among many other deities of greater or lesser importance that are part of today’s common person religion in India. The truer reality behind all those various deities, and particularly the Four Powers of the Mother as described by Sri Aurobindo, is usually not perceived or even known by the common person, but it is of course what Sri Aurobindo recommended to relate to inwardly in the spiritual approach, called the Integral Yoga, that he proposed. The three other Powers that come before Perfection are Maheshwari (Wisdom), Mahakali (Strength), and Mahalakshmi (Harmony), as all have to play their part for the Vision and then the realization of what needs to be done. Perfection comes last to add her finishing touch and stability to what the other three Powers have previously realized, each one in the way magnificently evoked by Sri Aurobindo in a few letters of 1927, put together as the very famous booklet titled simply ‘The Mother’.

It is of extreme significance and import that simultaneously with his own embodiment (in India), an embodiment of that Divine Mother took place as well (in France), and that the two of them met in 1914 in French Pondicherry, being able then  from 1920 on to continue there together the evolutive work for the Earth that both of them were already engaged in separately before. Sri Aurobindo made it always very clear that she wasn’t his disciple, but his spiritual equal, the complementary expression of the Feminine Divine that was also needed if the new step in terrestrial evolution was to be achieved. It is together, he pointed out, that they created the Integral Yoga that is usually spoken of as Sri Aurobindo’s.

To rely as constantly as possible upon the inner help of the Divine Mother still is what can best lead us to the needed integral transformation of our being, as Sri Aurobindo explained many times. But I will go more deeply into this in some future post, as it is such an important point for all those interested in Conscious Evolution.


Centenary of the ‘ARYA’: Hundred years Later, What is the Earth At?


For this just past August 15th, among many other events organized in Auroville to commemorate Sri Aurobindo’s Birth Anniversary, a small Exhibition has been realized by the ‘Research’ team of the Laboratory of Evolution, which I am looking after, to celebrate more precisely the Centenary of the ‘ARYA’, the monthly magazine through which during seven years, from 1914 to 1921, Sri Aurobindo wrote and published, chapter after chapter, all the great big books that made him famous and  poured over the world the vision, actually revolutionary, that he had of Life upon Earth:  a Life that was evolving of course, but with a divine origin and purpose, the next step of which was about to start, in order to  lead us beyond the mental way of functioning that is the present summit of that evolution.

In those first ‘ARYA’ writings, Sri Aurobindo,  establishing this overall perspective, had clarified the real meaning of the word ‘Aryan’: this word didn’t refer to any specific, supposedly superior race, but to anyone keen on overcoming himself/herself, overcoming one’s own ordinary human nature by gradually replacing it with the divine nature that is secretly and originally ours, and that we are here to reconquer, precisely through this immense terrestrial Evolutive Adventure.

Nevertheless as things went, it is the twisted meaning of the word, the racist perspective promulgated and practiced so horribly by Nazism, that made the word sadly famous. It is time to give it back its true meaning, so that it doesn’t any more nourish theories that are totally arbitrary and contrary to reality. Nazism as such is no more a concrete threat for the Earth, but the erroneous essence of it still continues to exist and to multiply under all the various forms of fanaticism and fundamentalism that continue to inflame human brains, always of course in the name of Truth.

Will there be then no end ever to those extremisms that make humanity suffer so much? Happily, there will be: we are coming closer at last to the gradual extinction of extremism in general. Here is why:

Since the first issue of the ‘ARYA’ on August 15th 1914, a hundred years ago, a major change has happened upon Earth: in 1956, the new evolutive step announced in the ‘ARYA’ has effectively started; we are now in the ‘Supramental’ Era, in which this vibratory frequency of a Consciousness and a Power greater than that of the Mind, finally activated upon Earth, is replacing as fast as possible the way of functioning, until now predominantly mental, of human beings.

The only thing that limits and slows down the liberating action of this New Consciousness upon the Earth as a whole is our own incapacity to change faster… and of course also the fierce resistance from those whose present power depends on the continuation of the multiform Falsehood engendering everywhere the dehumanized society that we are forced to live in.

So if you are sincerely trying to discover and to serve the Truth, don’t try to ‘be right’, and even less to ‘have the last word’: all this is only the games of the mental ego, whose perception is inevitably limited and divisive, but which takes its little isolated point of view for the Absolute Truth and then wants to impose it as such on everybody, through violence if necessary.

The mental perception of everything that we the terrestrial Humans have had until now is not only false, but on top of it it is by its very nature, its mode of functioning inherent to the Mind, incapable of arriving at the true, full and complete Truth. This is exactly why it is time to switch over to a vaster mode of functioning, able to contain at last the entire real Truth, for it is a Totality that includes all points of view, each one in its appropriate place at each instant. This major change of consciousness is happening in more and more human beings, but not yet in all, far from it.

This is why, as was said by the Mother, collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and founder of Auroville, the problem in fact the most important for the world nowadays, the one that humanity everywhere must get rid of most urgently, is the tendency of the Mind to fall into fanaticism about just anything, each point of view trying to negate or eliminate all the others and claiming the statute of Unique and Absolute Truth in front of which all else must bow. Well yes, fanaticism is nothing but one of the many defects in the functioning of the Mind, one must realize that if one is to see through its supposed glory.

One could, like the Mother did, call ‘Exclusivism’ this kind of particularly dangerous mental disease, as it wants to exclude all that is not the Unique Idea it has selected and seeks to put as Exclusive Truth on the throne of the world.

So, it doesn’t matter where and on which side, all fanaticisms are part of the past: they have become public dangers for Humanity as a whole. To ensure the disappearance of this scourge, in each country education will have to show through concrete examples that Exclusivism proves nothing but the incapacity of the ordinary intellect to admit more than the narrow point of view that it is able to perceive.

A vaster and more inclusive development of each individual’s consciousness will be from the start deliberately sought, for that will be the type of development enabling each one to appreciate and honor at the same time  the various truths discovered by his/her own culture, and the other complementary truths discovered by other cultures.

This mutual appreciation between all the peoples will be the best way to ensure a durable peace between them in a human world where nationalistic supremacy will soon be as outdated as is today a ten year old computer.

In a place like Auroville, dedicated to the human future, there are no ‘-isms’ :

‘Auroville – at last a place where nothing will have the right to impose itself as the exclusive truth.’

The real problem today, in August 2014, is neither Palestine, nor Israel, nor the USA, and also neither Ukraine, nor Russia, nor Europe: it is all the groups of fanatic people on all sides in those countries. And it is the same in all other countries. It is a whole mentality to transform, among the politicians and the economists, just as among the military and the religious.
It is high time this transformation started.

A wonderful thing that now there is also the Supramental Energy in the picture, a powerful help for widening the consciousness of all the simple people of good will, who are the vast majority everywhere.

And this is where the younger generations could have a decisive action:

If instead of putting themselves at the service of the various fanaticisms fighting each other, the youth everywhere rose, would put themselves with the same enthusiasm at the service of Humanity as a whole, and of the progress of its consciousness towards this vaster Truth that includes all other truths, the specific solutions required for each place and each individual would soon be found – if they are aren’t already, but suppressed just as soon – and utilized for the good of all.

In Auroville itself, so that people grow in that direction, not only is there the intense multicultural mix between Aurovilians from all origins, but there is also on top of that the International Zone, where each great culture of the world is or will be presented and accessible in a living and deep manner in the very essence of its particular way of being, which happens to be at the same time the unique contribution that culture brings to Humanity as a whole. In such a new context, the concept of which is revolutionary, the usual superficial and artificial nationalism gives way at last to each country’s deep soul, within a Humankind enriched by all those peoples, through their very diversity, just like the many musicians in an immense planetary orchestra.

This, is the evolutive future of the Earth: a future that Auroville invites the youth of the world to make their own, with all the intensity and fervor that they are capable of.

For the Earth.

The time has come for that.

Centenaire de l’”ARYA”: Cent Ans Apres, Ou en Est la Terre?…

Pour le 15 aout dernier, parmi beaucoup d’autres evenements organises a Auroville pour commemorer l’anniversaire de la naissance de Sri Aurobindo, une petite Exposition a ete realisee par l’equipe “Recherche” du Laboratoire de l’Evolution, dont je m’occupe, pour celebrer plus precisement le Centenaire de l’”ARYA”, magazine mensuel a travers lequel pendant sept ans, de 1914 a 1921, Sri Aurobindo a ecrit et publie, chapitre apres chapitre, tous les grands livres qui l’ont rendu celebre et ont deverse sur le monde la vision en fait revolutionnaire qu’il avait de la Vie sur Terre: une Vie evolutive certes, mais d’origine divine et de but divin, et dont la prochaine etape allait bientot commencer, pour nous conduire au-dela du fonctionnement mental qui est le present sommet de cette evolution.

Des ces premiers ecrits, Sri Aurobindo, etablissant cette perspective d’ensemble, avait clarifie le sens veritable du mot “Aryen”: ce mot ne designait aucune race speciale supposee superieure, mais n’importe quel etre humain cherchant a se depasser lui-meme, a depasser sa nature humaine ordinaire pour la remplacer peu a peu par la nature divine qui est secretement et originellement la notre, et que nous sommes ici pour reconquerir peu a peu, precisement a travers cette immense Aventure Evolutive terrestre.

Neanmoins par la suite, c’est le sens deforme du mot, la perspective raciste promulguee et pratiquee horriblement par le Nazisme, qui ont rendu ce mot tristement celebre. Il est temps de faire connaitre a nouveau son vrai sens, pour qu’il ne nourrisse plus des theories totalement arbitraires et contraires a la realite. Le Nazisme en tant que tel n’est plus une menace concrete pour la Terre, mais son essence erronee continue a exister et a se multiplier sous toutes les formes de fanatisme et de fondamentalisme qui continuent a enflammer les cerveaux humains, toujours bien sur au nom de la Verite.

N’y aura-t-il donc jamais de fin a ces extremismes dont souffre tant l’humanite? Heureusement, si: evolutivement, nous approchons enfin de la disparition graduelle de l’extremisme en general. Voici pourquoi:

Depuis le premier numero de l”’ARYA’ le 15 aout 1914, il y a cent ans, un changement capital s’est produit sur la Terre: en 1956, le nouveau pas evolutif terrestre qu’annoncait l’”ARYA” a effectivement commence; nous sommes maintenant au debut de l’Ere “Supramentale”, ou cette frequence vibratoire de Conscience et de Puissance superieures au Mental, enfin activee sur la Terre, est en train de remplacer aussi vite que possible le fonctionnement jusqu’ici a predominance mentale des etres humains.
La seule chose qui limite et freine l’action liberatrice de cette Nouvelle Conscience sur toute la Terre, c’est notre incapacite a changer plus vite… et aussi, bien sur, la resistance feroce de ceux dont le pouvoir present depend de la continuation du Mensonge multi-forme qui engendre partout la societe deshumanisee dans laquelle nous sommes forces de vivre.
Alors si vous cherchez sincerement a decouvrir et a servir la Verite, ne cherchez pas a “avoir raison”, et encore moins a “avoir le dernier mot”: tout cela est du domaine de l’ego mental, dont la perception est inevitablement limitee et divisive, mais qui prend son petit point de vue isole pour la Verite Absolue et veut donc l’imposer comme telle a tout le monde, par la violence si necessaire.
La perception mentale de tout que nous les Humains terrestres avons eue jusqu’a present est non seulement fausse, mais elle est par nature, par mode de fonctionnement inherent au Mental, incapable d’arriver a la Verite vraie, pleine et entiere. C’est bien pour cela qu’il faut passer a un mode de fonctionnement plus vaste, capable de contenir enfin toute la Verite reelle, car elle est une Totalite incluant tous les points de vue, chacun a la place necessaire a chaque instant. Ce changement majeur de conscience est en train de se produire en de plus en plus d’etres humains partout, mais pas encore en tous, loin de la.
C’est pourquoi, ainsi que le disait la Mere, collaboratrice de Sri Aurobindo et fondatrice d’Auroville, le probleme en fait le plus dangereux pour le monde desormais, celui dont l’Humanite partout doit se debarrasser de toute urgence, est la tendance du Mental a tomber dans le fanatisme a propos de tout et de rien, chaque point de vue cherchant a nier ou a eliminer tous les autres et revendiquant le statut de Verite Unique et Absolue devant laquelle tout le reste doit s’incliner. He oui, le fanatisme n’est rien d’autre qu’un des nombreux vices de fontionnement du Mental, il est essentiel de s’en rendre compte pour le depouiller de sa gloire factice.
On pourrait comme la Mere appeler “Exclusivisme” cette sorte particulierement dangereuse de maladie mentale, qui veut exclure tout ce qui n’est pas l’Idee Unique qu’elle a choisie et qu’elle cherche a mettre comme Verite Exclusive sur le trone du monde.
Donc peu importe ou et de quel bord, tous les fanatismes ont fait leur temps: ils sont tous devenus des dangers publics pour l’Humanite dans son ensemble. Pour assurer la disparition de ce fleau, dans chaque pays l’education aura a montrer des l’enfance par des exemples concrets que l’Exclusivisme ne traduit en fait que l’incapacite de l’intellect ordinaire a admettre plus que l’unique point de vue etrique qu’il est capable de percevoir. Un developpement d’emblee plus vaste et plus inclusif de la conscience de chaque individu sera deliberement recherche, car ce sera le type de developpement qui permettra a chacun d’apprecier et d’honorer a la fois les verites decouvertes par sa propre culture, et les autres verites complementaires decouvertes par les autres cultures.
Cette appreciation mutuelle entre tous les peuples sera le meilleur moyen d’assurer une paix durable entre eux dans un monde humain ou les suprematies nationalistes seront bientot aussi depassees que l’est aujourd’hui le computer d’il y a dix ans.
Dans un lieu du futur humain comme Auroville, il n’y a aucun “-isme”:
“Auroville – Enfin un endroit ou rien n’aura le droit de s’imposer comme la verite exclusive.”
Le probleme aujourd’hui, en aout 2014, n’est ni la Palestine, ni Israel, ni les USA, et ni l’Ukraine, ni la Russie, ni l’Europe; le probleme, ce sont tous les groupes de fanatiques de tout poil dans ces pays-la. Et c’est pareil dans tous les autres pays. C’est toute une mentalite a changer, chez les politiques et les economistes comme chez les militaires et les religieux.
Il est grand temps qu’on commence.
Heureusement qu’il y a le Pouvoir Supramental maintenant aussi dans le tableau, aide puissante pour elargir les consciences de tous les simples gens de bonne volonte, qui sont l’enorme majorite partout.

Et c’est la que les jeunes generations pourraient avoir une influence decisive:
Si au lieu de se mettre au service des divers fanatismes qui se battent, les jeunes partout se soulevaient, se mettaient avec le meme enthousiasme au service de l’Humanite entiere et du progres de sa conscience vers cette plus vaste Verite qui inclut toutes les autres, les solutions specifiques necessaires pour chaque lieu et chaque individu seraient vite decouvertes – si elles ne le sont deja, mais aussitot supprimees – et mises en oeuvre pour le bien de tous.
A Auroville meme,  pour grandir dans cette direction, il y a non seulement l’intense melange multi-culturel inevitable entre gens de toutes origines, mais il y a parallelement la Zone Internationale, ou chaque grande culture du monde est ou sera presentee et accessible de maniere vivante et profonde dans l’essence de sa maniere d’etre particuliere, qui se trouve etre en meme temps la contribution unique que cette culture apporte a l’Humanite dans son ensemble. Dans ce contexte nouveau, de concept revolutionnaire, l’habituel nationalisme superficiel et artificiel laisse enfin la place a l’ame profonde de chaque peuple, au sein d’une Humanite enrichie par tous ces peuples, de par leur diversite meme, comme les divers musiciens d’un immense orchestre planetaire.
C’et cela, le Futur evolutif de la Terre : un Futur qu’Auroville invite les jeunes du monde a faire le leur, de toute l’ardeur et la ferveur dont ils sont capables.

Pour la Terre.

Le temps est venu pour cela.

Spirituel et Supramental Ne Sont Pas la Meme Chose


Sri Aurobindo a mauvaise reputation: la reputation d’etre trop difficile a comprendre pour le commun des mortels. Ce n’est pas forcement vrai, mais le fait est que les livres les plus celebres ecrits par lui etaient destines aux grosses tetes philosophiques et spirituelles de l’epoque,  pour leur presenter sous tous les angles voulus une vision de tout en fait revolutionnaire; le volume impressionnant de meme un seul de ces livres peut decourager.
De plus, ceux qui s’interessent a la “spiritualite indienne” et parcourent en tous sens l’Inde et ses innombrables ashrams se simplifient souvent la vie en mettant tout dans le meme sac: c’est tout plus ou moins la meme chose, pensent-ils; donc pourquoi le Yoga Integral de Sri Aurobindo ferait-il exception? Pour peu que l’arrogance mentale s’ajoute a l’ignorance, on entend dire le plus serieusement du monde les aneries les plus monumentales a propos de Sri Aurobindo en general et du Supramental en particulier.
De nombreuses personnes lisant pour la premiere fois un texte de Sri Aurobindo mentionnant le “Supramental”, ont tendance a s’imaginer que ce qu’il appelle ainsi, c’est tout bonnement ce qu’on appelle habituellement le Spirituel, simplement revetu d’un autre nom. Rien ne pourrait etre plus faux.
Si ces personnes veulent comprendre ce dont parle reellement Sri Aurobindo, qu’elles lisent ce qu’il a precise lui-meme abondamment a propos de ce “Supramental” et de ce qu’il designait exactement par ce nom. Par exemple dans la lettre suivante:

“Si spirituel et supramental étaient la même chose, comme, selon vous,

l’imaginent mes lecteurs, alors tous les sages, dévots, yogi, sâdhak à travers les âges auraient été des êtres supramentaux et tout ce que j’ai écrit sur le supramental ne serait qu’un fatras superflu, oiseux et sans objet. Quiconque ayant eu des expériences spirituelles serait un être supramental; l’Ashram serait bondé d’êtres supramentaux et tous les autres Ashram de l’Inde aussi. Les expériences spirituelles peuvent se fixer dans la conscience intérieure et la changer, la transformer si vous voulez: on peut réaliser le Divin partout, le Moi en tous et tous en le Moi, la Shakti universelle faisant toutes choses; on peut se sentir fondu dans le Moi cosmique, ou plein de bhakti extatique ou d’Ânanda. Mais on peut, et habituellement c’est ce que l’on fait, continuer dans les autres parties de la nature à penser avec l’intellect ou, au mieux, avec le mental intuitif, à vouloir avec une volonté mentale, à ressentir la joie et la peine à la surface du vital, à subir des atteintes physiques et à souffrir du combat de la vie dans le corps contre la mort et la maladie. Le seul changement alors sera que le moi intérieur regardera tout cela sans être troublé ni déconcerté, avec une parfaite égalité, l’acceptant comme une partie inévitable de la Nature, inévitable tant que l’on ne se retire pas dans le Moi hors de la Nature. Ce n’est pas cette transformation que j’ai en vue. C’est un tout autre pouvoir de connaissance, une autre sorte de volonté, une autre nature lumineuse d’émotion et d’esthétique, une autre organisation de la conscience physique qui doit apparaître par le changement supramental.” (Lettres sur le Yoga, I, L’Evolution Supramentale)

Voila qui eclaire considerablement – et vigoureusement – le sujet!…

Spiritual and Supramental Aren’t the Same

Sri Aurobindo has a bad reputation: the reputation of being too difficult to understand for ordinary people. This is not necessarily true, but the fact is that the most famous books by him were destined to the big philosophical and spiritual heads of that time, for presenting to them from all necessary angles a vision of everything that was revolutionary; the impressive volume of even one of those books can be discouraging.
Moreover, people who are interested in ‘Indian spirituality’ and go around exploring India’s innumerable ashrams, often simplify the task for themselves: it’s all more or less the same thing, they think, so why should the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo be any different?
If any mental arrogance adds itself to their ignorance, they can be heard saying with utter seriousness the stupidest blunders about Sri Aurobindo in general and the Supramental in particular.
Many people, reading for the first time a text in which Sri Aurobindo mentions the ‘Supramental’, tend to imagine that what he calls thus must be what is usually called the ‘Spiritual’, simply clad in a different name. Nothing could be further from the truth.
If those people want to understand what Sri Aurobindo is really talking about, let them read what he has himself written about this ‘Supramental’ and exactly what he meant by that word. For example in the following letter:

‘If spiritual and supramental were the same thing, as you say my readers imagine, then

 all the sages and devotees and yogis and sadhaks throughout the ages would have been supramental beings and all I have written about the supermind would be so much superfluous stuff, useless and otiose. Anybody who had spiritual experiences would then be a supramental being; the Ashram would be chock-full of supramental beings and every other Ashram in India also. Spiritual experiences can fix themselves in the inner consciousness and alter it, transform it, if you like; one can realise the Divine everywhere, the Self in all and all in the Self, the universal Shakti doing all things; one can feel merged in the Cosmic Self or full of ecstatic bhakti or Ananda. But one may and usually does still go on in the outer parts of Nature thinking with the intellect or at best the intuitive mind, willing with a mental will, feeling joy and sorrow on the vital surface, undergoing physical afflictions and suffering from the struggle of life in the body with death and disease. The change then only will be that the inner self will watch all that without getting disturbed or bewildered, with a perfect equality, taking it as an inevitable part of Nature, inevitable at least so long as one does not withdraw to the Self out of Nature. That is not the transformation I envisage. It is quite another power of knowledge, another kind of will, another luminous nature of emotion and aesthesis, another constitution of the physical consciousness that must come in by the supramental change.’
 (Letters on Yoga, I, The Supramental Evolution)

There! A square and vigorous clarification of the topic.

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