Sri Aurobindo, an early 1900’s mystic and great devotee of Swami Vivekananda, proposed the concept of the “Supermind,” a consciousness that resides between the “upper hemisphere” of pure being and consciousness, and the “lower hemisphere” of life in the universe (mind, life, and matter). Supermind is, in a way, a contradiction to normal reality.
“Beholding the higher light beyond the darkness we came to the divine light Sun in the Godhead, to the highest light of all.” Rig Veda
According to Aurobindo in the Life Divine, the Supermind is the plane of consciousness that enables the real ideas of the Supreme to manifest as forms of that force in creation. It’s the “power that enables creation; that divides the Force into the forms, forces, and powers, seen and unseen, experienced in the universe.” It is a plane of perfect knowledge that lies just outside our realm of material consciousness, where the truth of anything can be known and man can rise above his current limited mentality to a state of perfect understanding in an evolutionary consciousness.
Aurobindo envisioned a new race of humans who, because they are able to open to the supramental power and knowledge of the Supermind, are transformed in all planes of their being, mental, vital, and spiritual, ushering in what he calls the “Gnostic, supramental individual who will be the basis of a new divine life on earth.”
In Supermind or the state of Truth-Consciousness, personality falls away to reveal pure consciousness, a state we all have flashes of but fail to recognize it for what it is because material consciousness swoops in to fill the gap.
Aurobindo adds that once a person reaches a state of nirvana or Non-Being, the Void, there are two paths clearly defined: positive and negative, good and evil, where the path of the affirmative will lead to the Supermind.
Aurobindo authored the poem, Savitri that prophetically describes the “transcendence of man as the consummation of terrestrial evolution and the emergence of an immortal supramental Gnostic race upon earth.”
His relationship with Mother Alfassa Mira, cannot be overstated as he considered her “the decent of light and truth upon the earth.” He considered her the first being to be “supramentalized” since the Supermind had descended to earth and is working her magic unbeknownst to us. According to Aurobindo, The Mother or Divine Shakti, transforms life on earth and at the same time, identifies with all aspects of divine consciousness and, in a sense, represents the manifestation of God in matter.
Supermind represents a general evolutionary progression toward peace and self-existent bliss beyond the stress of transitory satisfaction. It appears that Sri Aurobindo and The Mother could see the divine in every object, every being.
“The Divine Truth is greater than any religion or creed or scripture or idea or philosophy.”