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The lnconscient

...in its actual cosmic manifestation the Supreme, being the Infinite and not bound by any limitation, can manifest in Itself, in its consciousness of innumerable possibilities, something that seems to be the opposite of itself, something in which there can be Darkness, Incon- science, Inertia, Insensibility , Disharmony and Disintegration. It is this that we see at the basis of the material world and speak of nowadays as the Inconscient -the Inconscient Ocean of the Rigveda in which the One was hidden and arose in the form of this universe -or, as it is sometimes called, the non-being, Asat. The Ignorance which is the characteristic of our mind and life is the result of this origin in the Inconscience. Moreover, in the evolution out of inconscient existence there rise up naturally powers and beings which are interested in the maintenance of all negations of the Divine, error and unconsciousness, pain, suffering, obscurity , death, weakness, illness, disharmony, evil. Hence the perversion of the manifestation here, its inability to reveal the true essence of the Divine. Yet in this very base of this evolution all that is divine is there involved and pressing to evolve, Light, Consciousness, Power, Perfection, Beauty , Love. For in the Inconscient itself and behind the perversions of the Ignorance the Divine Consciousness lies concealed and works and must more and more appear, throwing off in the end its disguises. That is why it is said that the world is called to express the Divine.

Vol 22 page 9

The Inconscience is an inverse reproduction of the supreme superconscience: it has the same absoluteness of being and automatic action, but in a vast involved trance; it is being lost in itself, plunged in its own abyss of infinity. Instead of a luminous absorption in self- existence there is a tenebrous involution in it, the darkness veiled within darkness of the 'Rig Veda, tama asit tamasa guham, which makes it look like Non- Existence; instead of a luminous inherent self-awareness there is a consciousness plunged into an abyss of self- oblivion, inherent in being but not awake in being. Yet is this involved consciousness still a concealed knowledge by identity; it carries in it the awareness of all the truths of existence hidden in its dark infinite and, when it acts and creates, -but it acts first as Energy and not as Consciousness, -everything is arranged with the precision and perfection of an intrinsic knowledge. In all material things reside a mute and involved Real-Idea, a substantial and self-effective intuition, an eyeless exact perception, an automatic intelligence working out its unexpressed and unthought conceptions, a blindly seeing sureness of sight, a dumb infallible sureness of suppressed feeling coated in insensibility , which effectuate all that has to be effected. All this state and action of the Inconscient corresponds very evidently with the same state and action of the pure Superconscience, but translated into terms of self-darkness in place of the original self-light. Intrinsic in the material form, these powers are not possessed by the form, but yet work in its mute subconscience.

Vol 18 page 550

The first emergence from the Inconscient is Matter...

Vol 18 page 606

Balance of nature in love for Divine
Balance of nature in love for Divine
(Significance given by The Mother )

Sri Aurobindo does not belong to a country but to the whole earth. His teaching leads us towards a better future.

- The Mother
1 January 1972

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