Humanity walks to turmoil?

Nature is not in a hurry. It breaks its imperfect and still unshaped vessels a hundred times for perfection and there are retreats many a time but always a forward movement in general in cosmic evolutionary march. It does not matter whether we call and understand this Nature as inanimate lump of dead matter in constant change under its own universal  laws or we call and understand it as God with a Supreme Will.

  The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram says in her conversations to her disciples: “One thing seems clear: humanity has reached such a generalized state of tension – tension in effort, tension in action, tension even in daily life – with such an excessive hyperactivity, such an overall restlessness, that the species as a whole seems to have reached a point where it must either burst through the resistance and surge forth into a new consciousness, or else sink back into an abysm of obscurity and inertia. This tension is so total and so generalized that obviously something must break. It cannot go on like this. Yet all this is a sure sign that a new principle of force, consciousness and power has been infused into matter and by its very pressure has produced this acute state. Outwardly, we might expect to see the old habitual means used by Nature whenever she wants to bring about an upheaval; but here there is a new phenomenon, which is evidently visible only in a select few, although even these few wide-spread enough – this phenomenon is not localized in one point or one place in the world, for the signs are to be found in every country all over the earth: the will to find a new, a higher, an ascending solution, an effort to surge forth into a vaster, more encompassing perfection. Certain ideas of a more general, more extensive, more collective nature, as it were, are being worked out and are at work in the world. And the two go together: a greater and more total possibility of destruction and an inventiveness that restrainedly increases the possibility of catastrophe, a catastrophe that would be much more massive than it has ever been; and at the same time, the birth, or rather the manifestation, of much higher and more comprehensive ideas and wills which, when heard, will bring a vaster, more extensive, more complete and more perfect solution than before. This struggle, this conflict between the constructive forces of an ascending evolution, of an increasingly perfect and divine realization, and the more and more destructive forces – powerfully destructive, forces of an uncontrollable madness – is becoming more obvious, unmistakably visible, and it is a kind of race or battle as to which will be first to reach its goal. All the hostile, anti-divine forces, these forces of the vital world, seem to have descended upon earth and are using it as their field of action; and at the same time, a new, higher, more powerful spiritual force has also descended upon earth to bring a new life to it. This renders the battle more bitter, violent and visible, but apparently more decisive, too, which is why we may hope to arrive at an early solution.”

  Here we may refer to an ominous prediction about the future of mankind on Earth, which is narrated in chilling words by an evolved soul dwelling on a higher plane of consciousness (who would believe such a thing? But it is interesting, so let us narrate it). Dr. Brian Weiss, a psychiatrist by profession, had a marvelous experiment while treating her patient Catherine for suffering an unknown fear of chocking to death. Dr. Brian Weiss is modern man professionally trained in a well established branch of modern medical science and does not believe in hanky-panky things.

  He used the well-known medical tool of hypnosis to take Catherine to her unconscious mind. After a while, she began to regress, while Dr. Brian asked her to recall memories of progressively earlier ages. While maintaining a deep level of hypnosis, she was able to talk and answer all the questions put to her by the psychiatrist. Suddenly, she started recalling her past lives, moments of her deaths in those earlier lives. Not only this, she narrated seeing bright soothing and assuring conscious Lights protecting and talking to her. She met many spirits who were no longer humans in physical form living there in that world of a totally different dimension of life.

  There, she met many spiritually evolved spirits or souls (or, Psychic Beings in the terminology of Sri Aurobindo), which are nick named by Dr. Brian as poet Master, philosopher Master etc in his book ‘Many Lives Many Masters.’ These evolved Psychic Beings dwelling on the higher plane of consciousness are able to see events that take time to manifest them on Earth in physical form and therefore are predictions for humans living on Earth. It is interesting to reproduce here what one such great soul says about the future of mankind on Earth. The words quoted here are that of one such evolved soul (referred to by Dr. Brian as the Master Poet; and the questions within brackets are that of Dr. Brian):

 “Coexistence and harmony … yes. Everything must be balanced. Nature is balanced. The beasts live in harmony. Humans have not learnt to do that. They continue to destroy themselves. There is no harmony, no plan to what they do. It’s so different in nature. Nature is balanced. Nature is energy and life … and restoration. And humans just destroy. They destroy Nature. They destroy other humans. They will eventually destroy themselves. …… It will happen sooner than they think. Nature will survive. Plants will survive. But we will not. (Can we do anything to prevent this destruction?) No. everything must be balanced. (Will this destruction happen in our lifetime? Can we avert it?) It will not happen in our lifetime. We will be on another plane, another dimension, when it happens, but we will see it. (How to reach people to tell them this thing? Is there any way to avert the thing? Or people have to learn this for themselves?) You cannot reach everyone. In order to stop the destruction you must reach everyone, and you cannot. It cannot be stopped. They will learn. When they progress, they will learn. There will be peace, but not here, not here in this dimension. (Can I write something to help these people? Is there some way?) You know the way. We do not have to tell you. It will all be to no avail, for we will all reach the level, and they will see. We are all the same. One is no greater than the next. And all this is just lessons … and punishments.”

  We humans are all the same but we have our separate individual personality. We work our forward movement in our own personal way. And, it is not we humans alone that do so; even nations – the collective humans – also have their private personality and move forward in their own way. Sri Aurobindo says:  “Nations too, like human beings, have their individual personalities. Like human beings, in their collective psyche they carry their cherished living aspirations, inner thoughts and, hidden behind those inner thoughts, a personalized living soul. Ordinarily, major portion of the individual’s personality in grains an element of this collective national consciousness or the national soul. It is a light received from this source that justifies and supports him as a part of the whole – justifies and supports him in his mind and heart. Generally, it is supposed that a country is a mass of land and a nation is a feeling of her people. It is a mistaken belief. To know the secret – the truth – of what lies behind human being, and the life itself, and nation and her soul, one has to go behind the appearance to reach the Essence – Divine – the source of all appearances.”

  Sri Aurobindo further says:   “India is not a piece of earth; she is a power, for all nations have such a Devi supporting their separate existence and keeping it in being. Such beings are as real as and more permanently real than the men they influence, but they belong to a higher plane, as part of the cosmic consciousness and being and act here on earth by shaping the human consciousness on which they exercise their influence. India is not the earth, rivers and mountains of this land; neither is it a collective name for the inhabitants of this country. India is a living being, as much living as, say, Shiva. India is a goddess as Shiva is a God. If she likes, she can manifest in human form.”

  Sri Aurobindo is not motivated by ordinary human impulse of nationalism when he says that India is a living soul. He is equally prophetic and clear about other nations on earth. He says: “Each nation on earth has a living power, a Godhead that supports its separate existence and keeps it in being. These Godheads are real beings and influence the men of their nations. Such powers belong to a higher plane, are part of the cosmic consciousness and being. These Godheads act here on earth by shaping the human consciousness on which they exercise their influence. Each nation has a Shakti or power of the evolving spirit in humanity and lives by the principle it embodies. India has her Godhead, her living power that has acted, since time immemorial, here on earth by shaping the consciousness of the people of Indian nation.”

  He says: “Over the ages by flux of time or force of circumstances or even by a conscious design, the psyche of nations, and more often than that of individuals, may change its character though by nature the psyche, be it of nations or individuals, are too stubborn to allow a change. The soul of a nation has resilience that enables the nation endure in the face of onslaughts of foreign sapping elements. It is a mechanism of universal movement of expansion, absorption and development where there is no rational scope for moral judgment.”

  India’s soul is under ceaseless attack. Sri Aurobindo says:  “Human history has seen many ancient nations faced with such sapping onslaughts struggling to survive and, at the end of it, more often collapsing and rarely surviving and always it was the resilience of the nation’s soul that determined the end result. India is almost the single nation on earth whose soul had the amazing resilience and who has survived amidst all sorts of oppositions – doubt, ridicule, denial, suppression, extermination. Even today, her soul’s energy is pitted against formidable obstacles, perhaps more than ever, of the western materialist thoughts’ power – and accompanying dazzling material victories over Nature – that seeks to deny her spiritual sustenance from her worthy sons and daughters.”

  Modern man may have his doubts, serious doubts, about all these things and that is quite natural for he does not experience consciousness beyond mind. For him mind is the limit of consciousness. He is cacophony of his thoughts of mind, desires of vital and sensations of physical body, and he takes them all as the entire spectrum of consciousness. He is wrong there. Spectrum of consciousness is much wider than that.

  To learn this secret modern man has to unlearn many things. He has to quiet his thoughts, desires and sensations. He has to go behind them, deep in his heart, to the centre of his real self in order to take his first step towards the consciousness that is beyond the grasp of mind. It is a science, no less a science than modern Quantum Mechanics and India has over the ages mastered it, for her own sake and for the good of mankind.

  The Indian Godhead, the soul of India, throughout ages, has been exercising her influence over her people and shaping their consciousness. We can notice this influence, from the earliest time in remote past to the modern times, expressed in their life and conduct.

   Also before entering controversies like Buddha did not believe in God, Shankaracharya was against Buddhism, Hazarat Nizamuddin did not believe in Hindu rebirth etc., let us remember that it is not for anybody and everybody, however learned in books one may be, to pass judgments on such matters. One has to earn the qualifications and competence of these great people to understand what they mean.

  The Divine existence is a reality. It exists. It alone exists and behind every appearance of existence in the universe it is He alone who makes the manifestation possible. He is Sat- Truth. And It is not an inanimate Power. He is living and conscious. He is Chit. He is infinitely more living and conscious than the life on earth. He is bliss Ananda. One who meets Him knows the Truth behind all appearances, what the life and death are and bliss the mother of all pleasures on earth. He does not mean here a male he alone; He is equally She. It is beyond He and She of humans’ conception.

  Rising towards that higher consciousness is the purpose of all life. All life is Yoga. It is the evolutionary aim of life to rise to ever-higher planes of consciousness. And the man is at the apex of this evolutionary march. However, he is not the final product of evolution but merely an evolving life at an intermediary stage. All life is Yoga because life in all its forms on Earth, unconsciously under the force of Nature, is marching towards the next higher plane of consciousness. Conscious yoga, undertaken individually by a person and collectively by the society, is the guided shortcut march of life towards the next higher plane of consciousness.

  Yoga is the discipline of consciousness. It is above all religions. It commences where religions end. Every religion prepares its followers to be ready to commence his journey of consciousness towards Divine.

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