On physical transformation

The human consciousness must be sublimated, transformed and replaced by the spiritual and divine consciousness. The suffering is an inseparable intrinsic attribute and substance of the normal human consciousness. That is to say, as long as we are human with the human consciousness, the suffering is inevitable. True happiness, delight, ananda is an attribute, an intrinsic dynamic principle and substance of the spiritual and divine consciousness. Unconditional, unalloyed, ever present, luminous joy is inherent in the spiritual and divine consciousness, its very substance. It is only by the discovery of the divine consciousness and by the gradual and increasing union with the Divine that we become ultimately free from suffering once for all. The suffering is the inevitable result and consequence of all our inferior human attributes, qualities and actions and of unillumined movements of mental and vital consciousness. Desires, search and satisfaction of pleasures, greed, jealousy, ambition, search for power, position and name, falsehood, self assertion, anger, cruelty, violence, all these elements are natural attributes of the human consciousness and they cannot be eliminated or suppressed, controlled by the mental vital effort alone. By high spiritual powers, high spiritual consciousness, they are refined, controlled but not eliminated. Only the grace of the Mother Divine, the supramental consciousness, the divine consciousness, gnosis has the absolute power of transmuting them into its own substance of force, delight and consciousness, its inalienable unity and oneness.

Man must become divine in order to be entirely free from the mental, vital consciousness and its natural attributes and qualities. That means, to be entirely divine, his mind, life and the body too must be divinised. Even if we attain spiritual peace and calm and other higher realizations our body remains subject to pain, thirst, hunger, disease, decomposition and death. Even in the Vedas, we find recorded such facts. So, to be truly happy, we must have a body free from pain, thirst and hunger, fatigue and disease, degeneration and if possible death, at least, accidental death, that is to say forced or unwilling exit from life. Death too must become a willful act of the soul, not imposed on us. It is here that the yoga of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo is fundamentally different from the traditional spirituality in India and elsewhere. Because a real way of divinising mind, life and especially the body could not be found, the  solution of illusionism was adopted, which completely paralysed life and eventually all spiritual  endeavour. To be really happy, we must have a divine body, transformed radically in its form and function, in its very substance and constitution. Up till now some yogas have attempted to achieve the physical immortality. In ancient Egypt the attempt was made over thousands of years to find the secret of physical immortality, which they achieved but in a sad way, through mummification of dead bodies. In Greece, there was an attempt to find physical perfection and beauty and harmony.  In ancient China, Japan, there have been various attempts of prolonging the life of the body through physical and spiritual means, specially by bringing a universal calm and tranquility and peace in their mind, life and body.   Though man has always dreamed of an immortal glorious body, in actual practice in all these attempts, we find that there is no conception of transforming the actual body and its functionings, but only an attempt of prolonging the life of this body as it is, probably with a little refining of its actions, reactions and functions.  The Mother and Sri Aurobindo tell us that if we can get in contact with the divine consciousness beyond mind, the supramental truth consciousness and open ourselves to the supramental divine Shakti, then she will gradually transform our mind, life and finally the body into a divine mind, a divine life and a divine body. Through much experience it has been found that the body of an aspirant, though animal in its character and origin, can open and receive the divine Shakti far more easily and with greater positive consequences and effecti vity than the mind and the vital part in an ordinary man can do.  Since we are primarily embodied souls, that is to say, our soul, mind consciousness, vital consciousness are expressed or manifested through the body, the body itself is the expression of the soul and the mental and the vital consciousness in evolution. So, if we can open the body directly to the influence and power of the divine consciousness, the body will necessarily be transformed though gradually and extremely slowly by the descent of the higher consciousness into the body. The mental and the vital powers and faculties can be considered as attributes of the present body and if the transforming divine Shakti comes in the body, they too will be necessarily transformed. The mental and the vital consciousness in man being nearer to the subtle substance of the divine consciousness can and will undergo a relatively quick transformation. The body though it is more receptive has been built on such a solid and stable basis, that transformation may take centuries. Though once started the process will lead to the final result inevitably, if that be the intention and destiny of the individual soul.

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Niranjan Guha Roy

 

Action of the transforming force 3

The Power worked in the body as if hundreds of needles were being pushed into the body, extremely painful. When this Force was working between 5 and 6 a.m., it wiped out all darkness forever. There was nothing but an ocean of light and an intense powerful gratitude rose from my whole being to the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. It was too much for my little body – it gave the impression of being literally burnt inside, there was no pain but an unbearable pressure of power, I didn’t have a second of peace. I talked for two days and two nights almost non-stop, because I found that when I talked the pressure was released. I talked about the tremendous divine presence, how everything was utterly divine, each one, each being, each thing was that magnificent spiritual Reality, a living symbol of God, and I saw the same all the time. Mother, please Mother give me a little more time, so that I can love You, adore You in all things and beings, because there was nothing else, no one else but the supreme peaceful Mother. This state has become the very foundation of my consciousness. The love for the Mother has become the entire life. When the power was coming down I cupped my eyes with my hands, as if there was a beautiful night sky with twinkling stars. Sometimes it seemed that they were falling into me. Everything is like a vast desert. The earth that I had known was as if gone forever. It is not an arid desert, but a huge boundless land where the new crop, the new creation will gradually manifest. So there is no planning, no project, no writing, no birth or death. Gradually what has to manifest will manifest, effortlessly, spontaneously.

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Action of the transforming force 2

I felt as if a train was in my body, a huge powerful flow of divine felicity, too strong for my body. Then I sat at the organ. As I was playing I heard a sound as if a thousand organs were playing, filling up the whole world or universe. I had never heard anything like that in my life, so powerful, penetratingly ravishing, intolerable ecstasy. I had to stop playing. Then I realised fully, entirely, more deeply than ever that the Mother and Sri Aurobindo are the Supreme, who came down on the earth behind a thick veil, almost impenetrable of humanity. Now they are constantly present – there is nothing to worry about – the world is utterly divine. Whatever shadows we see will disappear. Each one is the Divine Himself, not less, absolute, no one else but the Divine, nothing to be done, just the Divine manifesting Himself in his utter glory. There is still in my consciousness the awareness of our human life and society. It is an old habit and utter ignorance. Still the old world comes back from time to time, but it has no reality. There is only the Supreme Mother, love, delight. My soul, my whole body enters into a state of gratitude, utter self-giving. Now when I look around I do not see human beings. Behind the thin veil stands the splendour of the supreme glory. When I play music, it becomes a hundred times more intense. The body can hardly sleep, but now it will be stabilized, peace is coming. It is not an ordinary peace – but the peace of the himalayan mountains, in order not to be blown out of existence. There is far more in that experience, far more, too long, too deep, too difficult to be expressed in words.

Om namo Bhagavate. Om Sri Aurobindo, Om Douce Mère. All mantras will not be able to express their love and compassion for all, for each one. Thy Will Be Done.

La Grande Musicienne

Niranjan Guha Roy

Action of the transforming force

luminous fire

Some experience with the transforming force

The body was flooded with felicity and delight. I entered into a world of absolute presence of the Divine, His love and delight, extremely powerful.
The Force was working in the whole body as if it was burning. It subsided. The vision was overwhelming, it seemed as if the whole body had become a power generating dynamo, an extremely powerful vibration. The vibration seemed absolutely immobile. The presence of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo filled the whole space. I could almost see their physical presence, huge, most reassuring, as if all their support was with me. The energy flowed, I couldn’t contain it. The body was shattered. The whole body was like a powerful dynamo. I thought I would blow up, but gradually things subsided, energy was always there, light, light, everywhere. The power sometimes receded, then came back, almost with an explosive violence. I felt as if all the cells were burnt out, but relieved. I felt I had crossed the bar and been admitted in the supreme spiritual Reality, everything, everyone, anything in my mind became ravishingly divine. The whole world, all the beings were only the Divine in His splendour. In that light, intolerable ecstasy going through the body like a gigantic generator, the inner being has been crushed out of existence as if it has passed through a massive sugarcane crushing machine, nothing is left of the personality, everything has been scattered into the infinity of God, into the vast boundless, vibrating ocean of love, the Mother. There is nothing but the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, They are one supreme Being, everywhere in everything, staggeringly powerful, devastating presence.
Our human body, even our inner being, all taken together is extremely weak, and at the mere touch of the divine force, or with a drop of that golden liquid, all the being can end up in an explosion – it will take centuries to prepare bodies which can safely hold the sacred fire. The evolution will proceed by slow steps, very slow steps, otherwise it will collapse. From then onwards there was a fundamental change in my vision. There is no longer any human living being, each one is utterly eternally divine.

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Niranjan Guha Roy 1999

Limitations of the mind

Lately I have seen very clearly the greatest opposition to the emergence of the spiritual being in man and in humanity. Whatever we have achieved up until now, that is best, the noblest and the most sublime in the field of art and culture, in commerce, science and technology, in ethics and in religion, even in spirituality is the accomplishment of mind, the mental man or the fundamental man. This mind has an ultimate faith in itself and its powers and capacities and vast latent potentialities. Along with that, it has an abysmal arrogance and an absolute refusal to recognise and even admit the remote possibility that there might be unknown or little known superior ranges of consciousness with an altogether different dimension and dynamics. Continue reading

The Soul

The Soul

The Soul

The soul is neither Indian, nor French, nor dark, nor yellow
It is divine, has no country, no nationality, no religion, no colour.
It is an immortal portion of the Divine taking part in a world – play.
At every new birth, it puts on a new costume and plays its new role.
Forgetting its past, it acts as if it had always been the same person –
The present role for it, is the ultimate reality – such is the yoga-maya.
The soul retains the souvenir in its depths but man is unaware of it. Continue reading

Pranam

Pranam

All the walls and barriers of separation, limitation are down.
An Infinity vibrant, conscious, eternal stretches out beyond reach.
Nothing is fixed, no two twigs are bound for long in that swirl and spin,
Yet nothing is outside the measureless Self, all are in my Self.
The broken segments of time, past, present and unborn distant future
Are all present, all the time in this fleeting free runaway second.
No one is far away, gone forever, never to be met again in time or space. Continue reading