News & Notes 659:Meaning & Importance for the World & Its Youth, Of Auroville
Meaning & Importance for the World & Its Youth, Of Auroville
- (This was written on my blog for the 15th August two years ago, under the title 'Centenary of the ARYA: Hundred Years Later, What Is the Earth At?'. It is meant also for outside AV.)
For August 15th 2014, among many other events organized in Auroville to commemorate Sri Aurobindo’s Birth Anniversary, a small Exhibition has been realized to celebrate more precisely the Centenary of ‘ARYA’, the monthly magazine through which during seven years, from 1914 to 1921, Sri Aurobindo wrote, chapter after chapter, most of the great books that made him famous, pouring 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, for leading us beyond the mental way of functioning that is the present summit of that evolution.
In those first ‘ARYA’ writings, Sri Aurobindo, establishing this new overall perspective, clarified the meaning of the word ‘Aryan’: this word didn’t refer to any specific, supposedly superior, race, but to anyone keen on 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.
Later on, it is the twisted meaning of the word, the totally wrong racist perspective added to it by Nazism, that made the word sadly famous, but its true meaning cannot be erased. Nazism as such is no more a concrete threat for the Earth, but the erroneous essence of it still exists, as 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 all 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 ‘ARYA’ on August 15th 1914, a hundred years ago, a major change has happened upon Earth: in 1956, the new evolutive step announced in ‘ARYA’ has effectively started; we are now in the ‘Supramental’ Era, in which, finally activated upon Earth, this vibratory frequency of a Consciousness and a Power greater than that of the Mind 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 we are forced to live in.
The Mental perception is inevitably limited and divisive, as it 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. By its very nature – its mode of functioning, inherent to the Mind Power – it is incapable of arriving at the true, full and complete Truth. This is exactly why it is time to switch over to the Supramental's vaster mode of perception, able to contain at last the entire real Truth, a Totality that includes all points of view, each one in its appropriate place at each instant. This major change of consciousness is starting in more and more human beings, but not yet in all, far from it.
As was said by the Mother, collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and founder of Auroville, the problem in fact the most important for the world today, what Humanity everywhere must get rid of most urgently, is this tendency of the Mind to fall into fanaticism about just anything. 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 the fallacy of its supposed glory. The Mother called ‘Exclusivism’ this kind of particularly dangerous mental disease: 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. In a place like Auroville, dedicated to human evolution, there are no ‘-isms’: ‘Auroville – at last a place where nothing will have the right to impose itself as the exclusive truth.’ the Mother said on Auroville's Foundation Day, February 28th 1968.
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 show through concrete examples that Exclusivism proves nothing but the incapacity of the intellect to admit more than the narrow point of view that it is able to perceive.
A vaster, more inclusive development of each individual’s consciousness will be from the start deliberately sought, 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 make sure a durable peace grows between them in a human world where nationalistic supremacy will soon be as outdated as is today a computer from ten years ago.
The real problem is neither this country nor that country, and yet it is all of them to some extent: it is all the groups of fanatic people of all allegiances in every country, and in all countries. It is a whole mentality to transform, among the politicians and the economists, just as among the military and the religious people. It is high time this transformation started.
A wonderful thing is 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 here is the way 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 would rise, would put themselves with the same enthusiasm at the service of Humanity as a whole, for 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 quickly be found – if they are aren’t already, but suppressed just as soon – and utilized for the good of all.
In Auroville itself, not only is there in daily life an automatic, intense multicultural mixing between Aurovilians from all origins, but there is also the International Zone, where each great culture of the world is or will be presented, accessible in a living and deep manner as the very essence of its particular way of being, the unique contribution that this specific culture brings to Humanity. In such a new context, the usual superficial and artificial nationalism gives way at last to the very revolutionary concept of each country’s deep soul, within a humankind enriched by all those cultures 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 particularly the Youth of the world to make their own, with all the intensity and fervor that they are so capable of.
For the Earth.
The time has come for that.