News & Notes 724:House of Mother's Agenda
The truth, which man has vainly sought to know, will be the privilege
of the new race, the race of tomorrow, the superman... [source?]
- But what's mysterious is the transition from one to the other.
Yes — how?
But it's the same mystery as the transition from chimpanzee to man.
- Oh, no, Mother! It's more colossal than that! It's more colossal for, after all, there isn't that much difference between a chimpanzee and a man.
But there wasn't such a difference in the appearance either (Mother draws a form in the air): there were shoulders, arms, legs, a body, a waist. Similar to ours. There was only....
- Yes, but I mean the way a chimpanzee functions and the way a man functions are the same.
They are the same.
- Well, yes! They digest the same, breathe the same.... Whereas here....
No, but here too there must have been breathing. The shoulders were strikingly broad (gesture), in contrast. That's important. But the chest was neither feminine nor even masculine: only reminiscent of it. And all that — stomach, abdomen and the rest — was simply an outline, a very slender and harmonious form, which certainly wasn't used for the purpose we now use our bodies.
The two different things — totally different — were procreation, which was no longer possible, and food. Though even our present food is manifestly not the same as that of chimpanzees or even the first humans; it's quite different. So now, it seems we have to find a food that doesn't require all this digesting.... Not exactly liquid, but not solid either. And there's also the question of the mouth — I don't know about that — and the teeth? Naturally, chewing should no longer be necessary, and therefore teeth wouldn't be either.... But there has to be something to replace them. I haven't the slightest idea what the face looked like. But it didn't seem too, too unlike what it is now.
What will change a great deal, of course — it had acquired a prominent role — is breathing. That being depended much on it.
- Yes, he probably absorbs energies directly.
Yes. There will probably be intermediary beings who won't last, you see, just as there were intermediary beings between the chimpanzee and man.
But I don't know, something has to happen that has never before happened.
- Sometimes I have a sort of feeling that the time of realization is very close.
Yes, but how?
- Yes, how — we don't know.
Is this (Mother points to her body) going to change? It either has to change or else follow the old, ordinary pattern of coming undone and then being redone again.... I don't know. True, life can be greatly prolonged, there have been examples, but.... I don't know.
I don't know.
- Several times I felt that instead of a transformation, there will be a concretization of the other body.
Ahh! ... But how?
- We don't know the process either. But instead of this body becoming the other, the other body will take the place of this one.
Yes, but how?
- How, I don't know.
(after a silence)
Yes, understandably, if the body I had two nights ago were to materialize.... But how? Do you want to meditate?
(Mother goes into contemplation)
We know nothing! It's amazing how we know NOTHING.
(Satprem prepares to leave,
Sujata draws near to Mother)
- (Sujata:) You know, Mother, in his poem “Transformation”, Sri Aurobindo's opening lines are:
- “My breath runs in a subtle rhythmic stream
- It fills my members with a might divine ...”
Breathing, yes, that's important. “A might”?
- “Might”, yes, Mother.
(Mother caresses Sujata's cheeks)
Agenda, 25 March 1972
|The Ponder Corner:||“When the consciousness is narrow and personal or shut in the body, it is difficult to receive from the Divine — the wider it expands, the more it can receive.”|
Letters on Yoga - III, p.274