Cosmology

The place where you were (in your dreams) is as much a world of fact and reality as is the material world and its happenings have sometimes a great effect on this world. What an ignorant lot of disciples you all are! Too much modernisation and Europeanisation by half!

-Sri Aurobindo.  Letters on Yoga, p1031

This is a synopsis of the Cosmology of the Universe based on various statements made by Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Note: This description should be used only for intuitive understanding and not as a fixed belief of what exists out there.  When you develop occult insight, you will know for certain.

A Universe with many worlds (a Multiverse)

We see the world before our eyes, a world with its stars and galaxies and assume that this is the only world which exists. In reality, there also exist many occult worlds of varying gradations of consciousness which are invisible to our physical senses as well as our scientific instruments. A “world” in occult terminology is akin to an energy formation or a formation of consciousness, somewhat like a virtual world populated by beings of its own kind, where the laws of physics are more flexible and where the orders of Time and Space are unlike ours.

Our dreams are transcriptions of travels and interactions in these occult worlds. After death, we cast off our physical body and withdraw into these occult worlds where we reside until the next incarnation. A Yogi who gains occult insight is able to see this vast structure of the Universe. It is precisely this vision which has been described in Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita.

The Planes of the Universe

Higher worlds Sachchidananda The triple worlds which embody the principles of Existence(Sat), Consciousness(Chit), Ananda(Bliss)
Supramental world The power which creates and upholds manifestation.
Dividing Line Golden Lid This is the dividing line, the golden lid, between the Higher worlds and the Lower worlds.
Lower worlds Overmental World The world of the Cosmic Powers (Gods), all aspects of the Divine.
Mental Worlds The Universal Mind which is the channel for telepathy, the storehouse of our thoughts, the record of world history.
Vital Worlds The region which influences our creative endeavours as well as our lusts and desires.
Physical worlds Example is the Earth, a place for evolution.
Subconscient Repository of all dead thoughts and formations.
Inconscient Region of inconscience

Note: These worlds shown below are not layered as shown but actually in a different dimension.

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The Mother on the nature of the Universe

Question: What are the “invisible worlds”?

Mother: You have heard and read that we are made up of various states of being: physical, vital, mental, psychic, spiritual, etc. Well, all these inner states of being correspond to invisible worlds. There is a physical world, a vital world, a mental world, a psychic world, and many spiritual worlds, a whole range of more and more subtle worlds approaching nearer and nearer to the Supreme. So, since you carry within yourself a corresponding range, by studying and becoming aware of your inner being you gradually make yourself capable of becoming aware also of these invisible worlds. For example, the mind: if the mind is conscious, coordinated, well controlled, it can move about it in the mental world just as the body does in the physical world and see what this mental world is like, what is going on there, what are its characteristics and so on. These things are not invisible in themselves − they are invisible to the physical consciousness and the physical senses, but not to the corresponding inner states of consciousness or the corresponding inner senses. For, by a systematic development one can acquire senses in these worlds and one can then live a similar life with different characteristics. I mean that one can live an objective life in these worlds if one is sufficiently developed oneself. Otherwise, they wouldn’t exist for us. If we did not carry in ourselves something corresponding to all that exists in the universe, this universe wouldn’t exist for us. And it is only a matter of systematic and methodical development. Some people have it spontaneously for various reasons, usually as a result of a long preparation in previous lives, sometimes because of specially favourable circumstances − they are born in a certain environment, of parents who had developed these faculties, and they were helped to develop them from childhood. Other people have to acquire them systematically by inner discipline; it takes time, a long time, but after all it doesn’t take much longer than for the brain of a child to grasp abstract mathematics. That takes years.

Question: Do these invisible worlds exist in a fixed place in the universe?

Mother: They form part of the universe, of course. Yes, one can say that they exist in a fixed place. But to understand that, to understand these things requires a mind capable of understanding that there are other dimensions than the purely material dimensions. For when you are told that your psychic being is in your body, that doesn’t mean that if you open up your body you will find your psychic being inside. You will find your heart, your stomach and the rest, but not your psychic being. And yet it is correct to say that it is within you. It extends beyond you too, but it is in another dimension. And one can say that there are as many dimensions as there are different worlds. Certainly all these invisible worlds − so-called invisible worlds − are contained, so to say, in the material universe. But they don’t occupy the place of other things. To make an imperfect comparison − it is valid only as a comparison − you can hold countless ideas in your brain and you certainly don’t have the feeling that you have to drive one out so that another one can come in, do you? They don’t occupy any space in that sense.

(Collected Works of the Mother, Vol 15, 30 january 1951)

Mother: The occult world is not one single region…but a gradation of regions, one could perhaps say, of more and more etherial or subtle regions, anyway, those farther and farther removed in their nature from the physical materiality we ordinarily see. And each one of these domains is a world in itself, having its forms and inhabited by beings with a density, one might say, analogous to that of the domain in which they live. Just as in the physical world we are of the same materiality as the physical world, so in the vital world, in the mental world, in the overmind world and in the supramental world – and in many others, infinite others – there are beings which have a form whose substance is similar to the one of that world. This means that if you are able to enter consciously into that world with the part of your being which corresponds to that domain, you can move there quite objectively, as in the material world.

(Collected Works of the Mother,  vol 8, 11 July 1956)

Time and Space in the Universe

See Spacetime


Existence-Consciousness-Bliss (Sachchidananda)

These three worlds are one in essence and are hence called triune. They embody the principles of Sat(Existence), Chit (Consciousness) and Ananda (Bliss). They are also referred to as the Satyaloka, Tapoloka and Janaloka.


Supramental world

Other names for the Supermind:

  • Maharloka in the Vedas.
  • Vijnana world in the Upanishads.
  • rendered as Truth-Consciousness in English by Sri Aurobindo.

The Supermind is the Creator of the phenomenal universe, of the lower worlds of Mind, Life and Matter. It is the medium for self-manifestation of the Supreme or Absolute. It applies some fixed truths, some limiting principles to shape the lower worlds out of an Infinite Consciousness. It creates multiplicity out of unity, differentiation and separation out of pure being.

Three poises of the Supermind

The Supermind has three poises which together result in the creation of Maya (Illusion) in the lower worlds:

Comprehending consciousness(Vijnana) : It holds creation in Unity. This can also be described as the causal state (Karana Avastha)

Apprehending consciousness(Prajnana) : The process of differentiation begins in this poise; it brings about the One in Many and the Many in One. There is separation between Purusha and Prakriti, subject and object, self and not-self but all are still parts of the one. This may also be called the state of expression (Karya Avastha )

Projecting consciousness (Avidya) : Further modification of the second poise so as to support evolution of a diversified individuality. Multiplicity in creation is now fully expressed. This may be called the state of full manifestation (Purna Vyakta Avastha)



Overmental world

The Overmind is the domain of the Gods, and the origin of all revelations and the highest artistic creations. It is the line between the Higher Worlds (Para Prakriti) and the Lower Worlds (Lower Prakriti). In the words of the Upanishad, “The face of Truth is covered by a golden lid.”

Mother: Gods can be said to be Cosmic Powers, the beings of divine origin who have been charged with supervising, directing and organising the evolution of the universe; and more specifically, since the formation of the earth they have served as messengers and intermediaries to bring to the earth the aid of the higher regions and to preside over the formation of the mind and its progressive ascension. It is usually to the gods of the overmind that the prayers of the various religions are addressed. These religions most often choose, for various reasons, one of these gods and transform him for their personal use into the supreme God.

(Collected Works of the Mother, Volume 16,  27 November 1959)

Psychic world

The psychic world is the home of the souls, where they go to rest between incarnations.

Mother: The psychic world or plane of consciousness is that part of the world, the psychic being is that part of the being which is directly under the influence of the Divine Consciousness; the hostile forces cannot have even the remotest action upon it. It is a world of harmony, and everything moves in it from light to light and from progress to progress. It is the seat of the Divine Consciousness, the Divine Self in the individual being. It is a centre of light and truth and knowledge and beauty and harmony which the Divine Self in each of you creates by his presence, little by little; it is influenced, formed and moved by the Divine Consciousness of which it is a part and parcel. It is in each of you the deep inner being which you have to find in order that you may come in contact with the Divine in you. It is the intermediary between the Divine Consciousness and your external consciousness; it is the builder of the inner life, it is that which manifests in the outer nature the order and rule of the Divine Will. If you become aware in your outer consciousness of the psychic being within you and unite with it, you can find the pure Eternal Consciousness and live in it; instead of being moved by the Ignorance as the human being constantly is, you grow aware of the presence of an eternal light and knowledge within you, and to it you surrender and are integrally consecrated to it and moved by it in all things.

(Collected Works of the Mother, Vol 3, 26 May 1929)


Mental world

Nolini Kanta Gupta: The mental world, the world of thoughts, is a world in itself. It is autonomous. It moves in its own way with its own laws. We human beings, we believe that it is we who think, that is, produce or create our thoughts. We are the makers of our notions and ideas. But in reality it is not so. Thoughts, ideas, notions, all movements of the mind are self-existent realities. They go about or flow on like the waves of a vast sea. Human beings are mere instruments, receptacles that capture or seize some undulations of this vast ocean. Man is man, that is to say, a mental being, because in him the brain has developed to such an extent and in such a manner that it serves as antennae or as an aerial to receive vibrations from the mental world. Indeed the ordinary human mind is a sort of crossroads where all kinds of thoughts from all places meet, cross one another and make an ideal market place. In fact, an individual does not possess any thought-movement which can be called his own. He only catches a contagion. And like a contagion thought-movements pass from one person to another although one may think or feel that the movement is one’s own.

(Nolini Kanta Gupta. Collected Works, Vol 4, Mind and the Mental Way)

Interpenetrating planes of the Mind

Mother: Mind is one movement, but there are many varieties of the movement, many strata, that touch and even press into each other. At the same time the movement we call mind penetrates into other planes. In the mental world itself there are many levels. All these mind-planes and mind-forces are interdependent; but yet there is a difference in the quality of their movements and for facility of expression we have to separate them from one another. Thus we can speak of a higher mind, an intermediary mind, a physical and even a quite material mind; and there are many other distinctions that can be made.

Now, there are mental planes that stand high above the vital world and escape its influence; there are no hostile forces or beings there. But there are others – and they are many – that can be touched or penetrated by the vital forces. The mind-plane that belongs to the physical world, the physical mind, as we usually call it, is more material in its structure and movement than the true mind and it is very much under the sway of the vital world and the hostile forces. This physical mind is usually in a kind of alliance with the lower vital consciousness and its movements; when the lower vital manifests certain desires and impulses, this more material mind comes to its aid and justifies and supports them with specious explanations and reasonings and excuses. It is this layer of mind that is most open to suggestions from the vital world and most often invaded by its forces.

(Collected Works of the Mother, Vol 3, 26 May 1929)

Beings of the Mental worlds

Question: Are there beings in the mental worlds?

Mother: Yes, many. They are completely independent; they have their own life, their own relations among themselves, as in other worlds. Only for a physical consciousness, time and space are not the same in the vital or the mental worlds as in the physical world. For example, those who are in the physical consciousness have the impression that shiftings in the mind are instantaneous – compared with the higher consciousness they are not instantaneous, but compared with the physical consciousness, they are instantaneous, of an extreme rapidity.

The beings of the mental world also have an individuality of their own, even a form that can be permanent if they choose to keep one. Their form is the expression of their thought and is sufficiently plastic to be able to change with their thought, yet has a sufficient continuity to enable one to recognise them. If you go out of your body and enter the mental world, you can meet these beings, speak to them, even make an appointment with them for the next time !

Question: Can they exercise their influence on a human being, as the beings of the vital worlds do ?

Mother: Many mental formations try to realise themselves upon earth, but these are generally created by human beings; they then continue to work in the mental world with the intention of influencing the mind of human beings. But the beings of the mental plane proper are generally creators, and because they are creators of form, they are not much concerned with influencing other forms – they are satisfied with expressing themselves through the forms they have made.

(Collected Works of the Mother, Vol 4, 19th Mar 1951)

The record of world history is kept in the mental world

Mother: In the mental world, for instance, there is a domain of the physical mind which is related to physical things and keeps the memory of physical happenings upon earth. It is as though you were entering into innumerable vaults, one following another indefinitely, and these vaults are filled with small pigeon-holes, one above another, one above another, with tiny doors. Then if you want to know something and if you are conscious, you look, and you see something like a small point – a shining point; you find that this is what you wish to know and you have only to concentrate there and it opens; and when it opens, there is a sort of an unrolling of something like extremely subtle manuscripts, but if your concentration is sufficiently strong you begin to read as though from a book. And you have the whole story in all its details. There are thousands of these little holes, you know; when you go for a walk there, it is as though you were walking in infinity. And in this way you can find the exact facts about whatever you want to know. But I must tell you that what you find is never what has been reported in history – histories are always planned out; I have never come across a single “historical” fact which is like history. This is not to discourage you from learning history, but things are like that. Events have been quite different from the way in which they have been reported, and for a very simple reason: the human brain is not capable of recording things with exactitude; history is built upon memories and memories are always vague.

(Collected Works of the Mother, Vol 4, 15 Feb 1951)

Nolini Kanta Gupta: All that has happened upon earth, everything from the beginning of creation till now, everything without exception has been recorded somewhere in some particular world or region of consciousness. All that man has thought, his researches and discoveries, his findings and conclusions are kept intact, carefully stored. If you want to know anything of the past history of the earth, the happening at a particular time and place, you have simply to transplant yourself into that world and look into the records.

It is a very curious place, something like a vast library. It consists of an infinite number of cells, as it were, each containing all information on a particular subject. They seem to be squares in shape and they remain closed normally. If you have to consult a particular square, you press a button and it opens and out of it comes a roll of written matter. You unroll it and find out what you want. There are millions and millions and millions of these cells and rolls, around, above, every-where. Fortunately in the mental world you can move any-where as you like, you do not require lifts and ladders to go up.

The point, however, is how to go there at all. Well, the first thing is that you must completely silence your mind. Mental cogitations, agitations you must leave behind, no thoughts must enter your consciousness, it must be tranquil and still, like a tram parent sheet of water or smooth and polished like a mirror. The description I have given of a library is only an image, the real thing is something different. However, you have in this way some idea to go upon. In the silent mind you form a point of consciousness and send it out as an emissary to gather the required information. This point of conscious-ness must be absolutely detached and free to go as it likes; for if it were in any way kept tied to the normal movements of your own mind, then you will not go further than what is in your head. You must be able to make your brain a blank, you must have no preconceived notion, no idea that the solution of your problem might lie in this way or that. As I say, your mind has to be a thoroughly blank page, a clean slate, with nothing written on it, no mark even. There should’ be instead a sincere aspiration to know the truth, without postulating beforehand what kind of truth it might be; other-wise you will meet your own formation in the brain.

(Nolini Kanta Gupta, Collected Works, Vol 3, Record of World History)

Record of history described in Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem Savitri:


There in a hidden chamber closed and mute
Are kept the record graphs of the cosmic scribe,
And there the tables of the sacred Law,
There is the Book of Being’s index page;
The text and glossary of the Vedic truth
Are there; the rhythms and metres of the stars
Significant of the movements of our fate:
The symbol powers of number and of form,
And the secret code of the history of the world
And Nature’s correspondence with the soul
Are written in the mystic heart of Life.

(Savitri by Sri Aurobindo. Book 1, Canto 5, Yoga of the King, p 74)


Vital world

The forces and beings of the vital world have a great influence on human beings. There are two parts of the vital world – Higher and Lower.

  • The Higher Vital is a world of beauty − the poet, artist, musician are in close contact with it and gain their inspirations from it.
  • The Lower Vital is a world of powers and passions, lusts and desires, − our own lusts and desires, and passions and ambitions can put us into connection with the vital worlds and their forces and beings. It is a world of things dark, dangerous and horrible. Nightmares are contacts with this side of the vital plane. Its influences are also the source of much in men that is demoniac, dirty, cruel and base.

(Sri Aurobindo, SABCL vol 24, Letters on Yoga, Page 1500)

Higher vital

Mother: It is a world peopled by beings of the vital proper, beings of great power and even great beauty. Most people who dabble in occultism without having a deep enough spiritual life are immediately deluded by them – some even take them as the supreme God and worship them. That’s generally how religions are created. They are a great success. They are the supreme God of many a religion – they are beings of the vital world, and can assume an appearance of overwhelming beauty. They are the biggest impostors in the world, and dangerous at that; it takes the spiritual instinct, the instinct of true spiritual purity, not to be deceived by them.

(Mother’s Agenda, March 11, 1962)

Lower vital

Mother: It is a world of all the desires and impulses and passions and of movements of violence and greed and cunning and every kind of ignorance; but all the dynamisms too are there, all the life-energies and all the powers.

The beings of this world have by their nature a strange grip over the material world and can exercise upon it a sinister influence. Some of them are formed out of the remains of the human being that persist after death in the vital atmosphere near to the earth-plane. His desires and hungers still float there and remain in form even after the dissolution of the body; often they are moved to go on manifesting and satisfying themselves and the birth of these creatures of the vital world is the consequence. But these are minor beings and, if they can be very troublesome, it is yet not impossible to deal with them. There are others, far more dangerous, who have never been in human form; never were they born into a human body upon earth, for most often they refuse to accept this way of birth because it is slavery to matter and they prefer to remain in their own world, powerful and mischievous, and to control earthly beings from there. For, if they do not want to be born on earth, they do want to be in contact with the physical nature, but without being bound by it. Their method is to try first to cast their influence upon a man; then they enter slowly into his atmosphere and in the end may get complete possession of him, driving out entirely the real human soul and personality. These creatures, when in possession of an earthly body, may have the human appearance but theyhave not a human nature. Their habit is to draw upon the life-force of human beings; they attack and capture vital power wherever they can and feed upon it. If they come into your atmosphere, you suddenly feel depressed and exhausted; if you are near them for some time you fall sick; if you live with one of them, it may kill you.

(Collected Works of the Mother, Vol 3, 12th May 1929)

Worlds created by mental formations (i.e. imagination)

Human imagination is very powerful and can create a world of its own (i.e. a mental formation) in the vast Universe.

Mother: In these invisible worlds there are also regions which are the result of human mental formations (i.e. imagination). One can find there all one wants. In fact, one very often finds there exactly what one expects to find. There are hells, there are paradises, there are purgatories. There are all sorts of things in accordance with the different religions and their conceptions. These things have only a very relative existence, but with a relativity similar to that of material things here; that is to say, for someone who finds himself there, they are entirely real and their effects quite tangible. human beings here are mostly convinced that the only reality is the physical reality – the reality of what one can touch, can see – and for them, all that cannot be seen, cannot be touched, cannot be felt, is after all, problematical; well, what happens there is an identical phenomenon. People who at the moment of death are convinced, for one reason or another, that they are going to paradise or maybe to hell, do find themselves there after their death; and for them it is truly a paradise or a hell. And it is extremely difficult to make them come out of it and go to a place which is more true, more real.

(Collected Works of the Mother,  vol 8, 11 July 1956)

Does Paradise (Heaven) and eternal Hell exist?

Mother responds to a question regarding the existence of a Heaven where good people go and Hell where sinners land:

Mother: It is generally what religious priests say to the faithful to encourage them to do good. For it is a notorious fact that life is not more easy for the good than for the wicked; usually it is the contrary: the wicked succeed better than the good! So people who are not very spiritual say to themselves: “Why should I take the trouble of being good? It is better to be wicked and have an easy life.” It is very difficult to make them understand that there are many kinds of good and that sometimes it is worth the trouble perhaps to make an effort to be good. So to make this intelligible to the least intelligent, they are told: “There, it is very simple. If you are quite obedient, quite nice, quite unselfish, if you always do good deeds, and if you believe in the dogmas we teach, well, when you die, God will send you to Paradise. If you have sometimes good will, sometimes bad, if, sometimes you do good, sometimes you don’t and if you think very much of yourself and very little of others, then when you die, you will be sent to Purgatory for another experience. And then if you are thoroughly wicked, if you are always doing harm to others, doing all kinds of bad things and you do not care about the good of anyone and particularly if you do not believe in the dogma that we teach you, then you will go straight to Hell and for eternity.”

This is one of the prettiest inventions I have ever heard of: they have invented eternal hell. That is to say, once you are in hell, it is for eternity You understand what that means, for eternity? You will be tortured and burnt (in the hot countries you are burnt, in the cold countries you are frozen), and that for eternity. That is it. So I do not know who taught you those pretty things; but they are simply inventions to make people obey, to keep them under control.

There are teachings which are not like that. There are religions which are not like that. But still one can, in a poetic, picturesque, descriptive manner speak of a paradise; because this paradise means a wonderful place where there is utmost joy and happiness and comfort… And yet that depends upon the religion to which you belong. For there are heavens where you pass your time singing praises to God, you do nothing else – but in the end that must be somewhat wearisome; however, there you pass your time playing music and singing the praises of God. There are other heavens, on the contrary, where you enjoy all possible pleasures, all that you desired to have during your life, you have in heaven. There are heavens where you are constantly in blissful meditation but – for people who are not keen on meditating, that must be rather tiresome. However, that depends, you know: they have invented all kinds of things so that people may really want to be wise and obey the laws given to them.

(Collected Works of the Mother, vol. 5, p 131)

Beings of the Vital worlds

Sri Aurobindo: These are the forces and beings that are interested in maintaining the falsehoods they have created in the world of the Ignorance and in putting them forward as the Truth which men must follow. In India they are termed Asuras, Rakshasas, Pishachas (beings respectively of the mentalised vital, middle vital and lower vital planes) who are in opposition to the Gods, the Powers of Light. These too are Powers, for they too have their cosmic field in which they exercise their function and authority and some of them were once divine Powers (the former gods, purve devah, as they are called somewhere in the Mahabharata) who have fallen towards the darkness by revolt against the divine Will behind the cosmos. The word “appearances” refers to the forms they take in order to rule the world, forms often false and always incarnating falsehood, sometimes pseudo-divine.

(Sri Aurobindo. The Mother, SABCL vol. 25, p 62)

Amal Kiran: In addition, there are three other kinds of beings dwell in the hideous harmony of the vital worlds. The Indian terms are Asura, Rakshasa, Pishacha. In English they may be translated Titan, Giant, Demon. Each has his special function.

  • The Asura is a being who comes with great powers of thought, not a beautiful and systematic turn but a formidable vehemence of it. He has also great “moral” powers, he can be self-controlled, ascetic and chaste in his own life, a sort of inverted Yogi, but all his gifts of tapasyā he uses for selfish and violent ends. His aim is to pluck civilisation from the roots, destroy all humane and progressive impulse, regiment the spontaneous diversity of life into a ruthless movement of robots, drink the exultation of triumph by breaking with an iron heel the dreaming heart of man.
  • The Rakshasa is a devourer without brains, the ravager who builds nothing save a pyramid of skulls. He ploughs up the world into a myriad graves and leaves it a chaos of corpses. He is pure greed run amok.
  • The Pishacha or Pramatha fouls and pollutes all things, he is the wallower in dirt and the necrophage, the inventor of obscene tortures, the mutilating maniac.

The Asura is the General, the Fuhrer of the army of darkness; the Rakshasa is the lieutenant, the henchman; the Pishacha is the private, the storm-trooper.

(K.D.Sethna, Vision and Work of Sri Aurobindo)


Subtle physical

Sri Aurobindo: The subtle physical is closest to the physical, and most like it. But yet the conditions are different and the thing too different. For instance, the subtle physical has a freedom, plasticity, intensity, power, colour, wide and manifold play (there are thousands of things there that are not here) of which, as yet, we have no possibility on earth.

(Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, Planes & Parts)

Sri Aurobindo:In the subtle physical plane there are, not one, but many layers of consciousness and each moves in its own being, that is to say, in its own space. I have said that each subtle plane is a conglomeration or series of worlds. Each space may at any point meet, penetrate or coincide with another; accordingly at one point of meeting or coincidence there might be several subtle objects occupying what we might rather arbitrarily call the same space, and yet they may not be in any actual relation with each other. If there is a relation created, it is the multiple consciousness of the seer in which the meeting-place becomes apparent that creates it. On the other hand, there may be a relation between objects in different regions of space correlated to each other as in the case of the gross physical object and its subtle counterpart. There you can more easily reason of relations between one space and another.

(Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, Reason Science and Yoga)

Beings on the physical planes

Sri Aurobindo: On the physical plane the corresponding forces are obscure beings, more forces than beings, what the Theosophists call the elementals. They are not strongly individualised beings like the Rakshasas and Asuras, but ignorant and obscure forces working in the subtle physical plane. What we in Sanskrit call the Bhutasmostly come under this class. But there are two kinds of elementals, the one mischievous and the other not.

(Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, The Divine and the Hostile Powers)

Physical world

This is the world we see before our eyes, the world studied by science and explored by astronomy, the world where Einstein discovered his laws of relativity.


 

Subconscient

The subconscient lies between the Inconscient and the Lower Triple worlds (Mind, Vital, Physical). It contains the potentiality of all the primitive reactions to life which struggle out to the surface from the dull and inert strands of Matter and form by a constant development a slowly evolving and self-formulating consciousness; it contains them not as ideas, perceptions or conscious reactions but as the fluid substance of these things. But also all that is consciously experienced sinks down into the subconscient, not as precise though submerged memories but as obscure yet obstinate impressions of experience, and these can come up at any time as dreams, as mechanical repetitions of past thought, feelings, action, etc., as “complexes” exploding into action and event, etc., etc. The subconscient is the main cause why all things repeat themselves and nothing ever gets changed except in appearance. It is the cause why people say character cannot be changed, the cause also of the constant return of things one hoped to have got rid of for ever. All seeds are there and all Sanskaras of the mind, vital and body,—it is the main support of death and disease and the last fortress (seemingly impregnable) of the Ignorance. All too that is suppressed without being wholly got rid of sinks down there and remains as seed ready to surge up or sprout up at any moment.

(Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, Planes and Parts of the Being)

See also: Subconscient


Inconscient

The Inconscient is roughly equivalent to the Patala (underworld) defined in the Hindu scriptures.

Rishabchand: The Inconscient is the origin of the evolutionary creation. It is an apparent negation of the superconscient, an infinite abyss of absolute darkness in which the transcendent omnipresent Reality gets involved for playing at self-loss and self-finding, for the delight of a plunge and a subsequent emergence, a progressive evolution into multiple forms and a manifold self-expression. The engulfing darkness of the Inconscient turns the eternal effulgent substance of Reality into Matter, the dense and obscure primal substrate. In this fathomless night of existence or apparent non-existence, there is no stirring of life or mind, only a blind mighty Energy weaving stupendous systems of worlds and suns and moons and star-clusters and planets, as if in a dumb, creative sleep.

(Rishabchand, In the Mother’s Light, Subconscient and Inconscient)

Beings of the occult worlds

Distinction between evolutionary and typal beings

Amal Kiran: The characteristic mark of all these denizens of the vital plane is that the force they express is “typal” and not, like the earth’s “evolutionary”. The sign of a typal force is a drive towards mechanical uniformity, rigid regimentation, strict conformity to one type alone — a drive contrary to the many-sided, flexible and free movement of the evolving human soul striving, by means of trial, error, self-correction and through a thousand truths and innumerable impulses, to live and let live more and more abundantly, more and more profoundly.

[K.D. Sethna, Our Light and Delight]

Gods

Sri Aurobindo: There are Gods everywhere on all the planes. The Gods are Personalities and Powers of the dynamic Divine. You speak as if the evolution were the sole creation; the creation or manifestation is very vast and contains many planes and worlds that existed before the evolution, all different in character and with different kinds of beings. The fact of being prior to the evolution does not make them undifferentiated. The world of the Asuras is prior to the evolution, so are the worlds of the mental, vital or subtle physical Devas – but these beings are all different from each other. The great Gods belong to the overmind plane; in the supermind they are unified as aspects of the Divine, in the overmind they appear as separate personalities. Any godhead can descend by emanation to the physical plane and associate himself with the evolution of a human being with whose line of manifestation he is in affinity.

The Devas and Asuras are not evolved in Matter; for the typal being only a Purusha with its Prakriti is necessary – this Purusha may put out a mental and vital Purusha to represent it and according as it is centred in one or another it belongs to the mental or vital world. That is all.

While the Gods cannot be transformed, for they are typal and not evolutionary beings, they can come for conversion – that is to say, to give up their own ideas and outlook on things and conform themselves to the higher Will and supramental Truth of the Divine.

As to the gods, man can build forms which they will accept but these forms too are inspired into man’s mind from the planes to which the god belongs. All creation has the two sides, the formed and the formless, – the gods too are formless and yet have forms, but a godhead can take many forms, here Maheshwari, there Pallas Athene. Maheshwari herself has many forms in her lesser manifestation, Durga, Uma, Parvati, Chandi, etc. The gods are not limited to human forms – man also has not always seen them in human forms only.

(Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, p 385)

Summary of beings of various planes

Typal world Being
Overmind Overmental Gods
Mentalised Vital Titan/Asura
Middle Vital Giant/Rakshsa
Lower Vital Demon/Pishachcha
Vital Gandharvas (Gods)
Subtle Physical Elementals/Bhutas/Gnomes

Well, the occult world is not one single region where everything is mixed, which only becomes occult because we can’t see it. The occult world is a gradation of regions, one could perhaps say, of more and more etherial or subtle regions, anyway, those farther and farther removed in their nature from the physical materiality we ordinarily see. And each one of these domains is a world in itself, having its forms and inhabited by beings with a density, one might say, analogous to that of the domain in which they live. Just as in the physical world we are of the same materiality as the physical world, so in the vital world, in the mental world, in the overmind world and in the supramental world – and in many others, infinite others – there are beings which have a form whose substance is similar to the one of that world. This means that if you are able to enter consciously into that world with the part of your being which corresponds to that domain, you can move there quite objectively, as in the material world.

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  3. Sandeep Post author

    A poem by Henry Vaughan (1621 − 1695), Welsh physician and mystic poet.

    I saw Eternity the other night,
    Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
    All calm, as it was bright;
    And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,
    Driv’n by the spheres
    Like a vast shadow mov’d; in which the world
    And all her train were hurl’d.

    (this is the beginning of the poem)

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  5. K

    Dear Sandeep
    Thanks for providing a detailed explanation of the worlds, beings and their characteristics.
    The physical system itself is enormous and can’t be grasped by mind, the other worlds are vast and infinite and difficult to be imagined by ordinary mind

    While reading the cosmology above I was specifically looking for the concepts of heaven and hell as described by the religions and surprisingly it doesn’t exist as per the above descriptions.It gives a comfort when Mother pointer out that these were relative and exist on imagination of the man.

    The puranas describe the places as if describing about England or India as something actually existing.These descriptions are full of horror, they explain different types of Hells for various different types of sins committed and they also name the tortures which the being has to undergo after death.I don’t know from where the authors of the puranas got these concepts, probably from Buddhism I guess. Whatever may be the moral reasons the author of the puranas had felt in creating the horror stories, its simply disgusting, cruel and degrading the divine.

    Swamy vivekananda says that Heaven and Hell are simply states of Mind.Theospohists give a different description. Though the mind does not accept the existence of the Torture worlds of hell, one gets confused when saints acknowledge the after life suffering as a sort of punishment.

    I would like to know if SA and Mother explained these things in detail somewhere.

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      I am going to update the page with more information on Heaven and Hell.

      There are do exist worlds “below” the physical which have been referred to as Subconscient and Inconscient above. In some Hindu scriptures, they are called Naraka or Patala, but we don’t go there when we die.

      What happens is that we vacate the physical body, and then enter the vital worlds, then the mental worlds and finally the psychic world. In each of these worlds, the corresponding sheath of our body is gradually separated from our psychic being. When everything has been dissolved and detached from the psychic being, then we go to rest in the psychic world until the next incarnation.

      Not everyone goes through the same process. The more evolved you are, the higher you rise and the longer the time between rebirths. Some people are so attached to petty earthly desires that they are reborn quickly.

      The suffering in after-life occurs during our passage through the vital worlds. The vital sheath contains deposits of our earthly desires, and these desires attract the attention of vital spirits who wish to satiate themselves. It is because of this interaction that we suffer for a time until the vital sheath finally detaches itself from the psychic being. If you have reached Enlightenment in this life or if you are protected by a greater Being, then you can pass through the vital worlds unmolested and without any suffering.

      The notion of eternal Heaven where you frolic with maidens or eternal Hell where you are roasted by some Satan has no relevance in Hinduism.

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    2. Sandeep Post author

      K said : I would like to know if SA and Mother explained these things in detail somewhere.

      Sri Aurobindo discusses that in
      1) The Life Divine chapter on “Rebirth and Other worlds
      2) The section on Rebirth in the “Letters on Yoga”.
      and may be a few other places.

      The Mother discusses it in the Collected Works of the Mother (vol. 5, p 131; vol 10, p 64; vol 3:199; vol 4:325 ; vol 8:218-19; vol 16:388-89, vol 17:106)

      See also the posts :

      On death, burials, cremations, funerals and resurrection

      On suicide, euthanasia, and capital punishment

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  6. K

    NAshwin
    Yes I am.Like to have a better understanding about the different worlds, planes, dimensions.Athis time I can’t experience these as that needs extraordinarily developed occult faculties but can understand the same when explained by mystics

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    1. NAshwin

      Brother Sandeep,
      I came to know about the horror models of hell written in Garuda purana from a tamil movie named “Anniyan“.I guessed that brother K must be referring to garuda purana when he mentioned about the horror models of hell.
      Brother K,
      Is my assumption true?

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  7. K

    The wikipedia link on naraka provide by sandeep is the one made me reflect on these ideas.I haven’t read the puranas but the graphic description on this wiki page alone is enough to create the horror in one’s mind.
    If take in to account the claims of people who have entered in to subterranean worlds in the modern tome then the patala as a physical reality described in the scriptures may have some elements of truth in it.But the concept of naraka and torture is entirely different and I think it does not fit in to subterranean model of earth.

    I am eagerly waiting for sandeep’s update regarding this topic in this page.

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      I have updated the page. See the new section “Does Paradise (Heaven) and eternal Hell exist?

      K said: But the concept of naraka and torture is entirely different and I think it does not fit in to subterranean model of earth.

      No, torture and eternal Hell does not exist.

      K said: If take in to account the claims of people who have entered in to subterranean worlds in the modern tome

      Not sure what claims you are referring to here, but the lower seven worlds (Patala) do exist. In fact, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother deliberately descended into those worlds to purge the Earth of the tenebrous subconscious formations which hold mankind captive and prevent the human mind from rising above it subconscious habits.

      According to the Rig Veda, the lower worlds conceal the eighth sun (Aditya) of consciousness called Martanda who has to be liberated.

      Some verses from Sri Aurobindo’s poem Savitri on the topic:

      Into the abysmal secrecy he came
      Where darkness peers from her mattress, grey and nude,
      And stood on the last locked subconscient’s floor,
      Where Being slept unconscious of its thoughts
      And built the world not knowing what it built.
      There waiting its hour the future lay unknown,
      There is the record of the vanished stars.
      There in the slumber of the cosmic Will
      He saw the secret key of Nature’s change.
      A light was with him, an invisible hand
      Was laid upon the error and the pain
      Till it became a quivering ecstasy,
      The shock of sweetness of an arm’s embrace.
      He saw in Night the Eternal’s shadowy veil,
      Knew death for a cellar of the house of life,
      In destruction felt creation’s hasty pace.

      (Savitri, Book II, Canto VIII)

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  8. K

    //if you are protected by a greater Being, then you can pass through the vital worlds unmolested and without any suffering.//

    I remember reading somewhere here that Mother have created a safe passage for the departed souls even before she met SA.This means that the reality systems are not developed already, but being developed, built by Advanced beings out of their compassion towards the Human beings.

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      Yes, you seem well read. She says so in the Agenda June 24, 1961

      “As soon as I came upon Theon’s teaching (even before meeting him personally), and read and understood all kinds of things which I hadn’t known before, I began to work quite systematically. Every night, at the same hour, I was working to construct – between the purely terrestrial atmosphere and the psychic atmosphere – a path of protection across the vital, so that people wouldn’t have to pass through it (for those who are conscious but without knowledge it’s a very difficult passage – infernal.) I was preparing this path, doing this work (it must have been around 1903 or 1904, I don’t remember exactly) for months and months and months. All sorts of extraordinary things happened during that time – extraordinary. I could tell long stories…. “

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  9. K

    Dear Sandeep,
    Thanks for the updation.Regarding the Patala, I referred to these stories provided by researchers like Admiral Byrd going in to the inner world through North Pole, Existence of divinecity called shambala and it’s opening in Tibet, artificial tunnels going deep in to the earth UFO logists claiming the presence alien bases inside etc.I do not know whether elements of truth in it or just fancy, conspiracy theories.In Hindu Mythology Maha Bali reigns over these subterranean worlds.

    I understand from you now that the 7 layers of patal exist and this affects humans subconsciously, besides now some of the verses of saints which mentions these worlds gives a different interpretation to me.Yes it is the subsconscient they are referring.Tanks for clarifying

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      I want to add one rule of thumb. There are two types of scriptures in Hinduism : Smriti (tradition) and Sruti (revelation). The Puranas and Brahmanas are Smriti (tradition) and need not be swallowed in their entirety because they also contain description of ancient kings and what not. The spiritual seeker must focus on the Rig Veda and Upanishads which are Sruti (revelation).

      The subterranean worlds (of Admiral Byrd and others) are not the same as the Patala(Subconscient and Inconscient). You cannot descend physically into Patala. You have to enter there via a transfer of consciousness just as you enter vital worlds in a dream.

      As for Shambala, see the last section of a previous post
      https://auromere.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/history-of-yoga-part-2/

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      1. NAshwin

        Brother Sandeep,
        I wish to correct a little bit about the classification of scriptures.I hope you don’t mind.
        1)Shruti(primary) meaning that which is heard,encompasses Vedas,Brahmanas,Aranyakas and Upanishads.Vedas are considered apaurusheya and the remaining 3 are commentaries on Vedas which were writtten by exalted ones.
        2)Smriti(secondary) meaning that which is remembered,encompasses Itihasa,puranas,dharshana shastras etc.

      2. Sandeep Post author

        No, I don’t have a problem with being corrected 🙂

        I included the Brahmanas under Smriti(secondary) because I read through a few of them and found that they contain arcane rituals. See the summary of Aitareya Brahmana.

        I excluded texts such as Aranyakas and other Vedas from my comment because I have yet to read them.
        Some day I hope to understand the real significance of all these scriptures!

  10. Kai

    //The Overmind is the domain of the Gods, and the origin of all revelations and the highest artistic creations//

    Dear Sandeep,
    I am wondering if the Supermind domain have Beings of supramental nature which are unknown to the existing religions.If the exist, do their interaction with us is similar to that of the Overmind Gods.

    Did Mother or SA spoke about them.

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      Off the cuff, there are not supposed to be any beings in the Supramental world itself, because it is the creator of the lower worlds. The Supramental is above manifestation.

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      1. vigneshwar

        Dear Sandeep,
        thank you so much for the blog you are maintaining!! Awesome!!! My doubt is: mother has said that “there is a supramental world and I have a permanent supramental body there”. If we could use the same and say that we could
        also be having a counterpart or equivalent in supramental…to which we can pray or aspire to manifest

      2. Sandeep Post author

        Some quotes from Sri Aurobindo:

        …this causal body is, as we say, little developed in the majority of men and to live in it or to ascend to the supramental planes, as distinguished from corresponding sub-planes in the mental being, or still more to dwell consciously upon them is the most difficult thing of all for the human being. It can be done in the trance of Samadhi, but otherwise only by a new evolution of the capacities of the individual Purusha of which few are even willing to conceive.

        (Sri Aurobindo. Synthesis of Yoga , The Planes of our Existence)

        None in ordinary times go beyond the ānanda in the waking state, for the cit and sat are only attainable in suṣupti, because only the first five sheaths or pañcakoṣas are yet sufficiently developed to be visible except to the men of the Satya Yuga and even by them the two others are not perfectly seen.

        (Sri Aurobindo. Hymns to the Mystic Fire)

  11. Tina

    Sandeep,

    I love your blog… and the way you’ve organized and documented Aurobindo’s thoughts and visions. Was just wondering— does the website ‘http://sandeepweb.com‘ – the rediscovery of india- also belong to you?

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  12. Tina

    Anyway I do find your blog to be one of the best online sources for information on Aurobindo’s work and consequently a great source for ancient Vedic knowledge. Thank you so much, Sandeep, for all this integration and effort.

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      Every time someone leaves a complimentary comment, I find myself at a loss for words 🙂

      Anyway, let me know if there are any additions which can be made.

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  15. hari

    I find it hard to understand no matter how many times I read. Could someone explain in simple terms? Do gods already exist (no evolution in their case) in the overmind? How do we interact with them, then? If the supermind is above overmind, does it mean supermind is just one uniform consciousness without any separate beings like men, gods etc.? Is it the brahman of advaita?

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      Don’t worry if you don’t understand whats written on this page. Whether the Gods exist or not is of no relevance to the novice. As you develop deeper understanding of your inner movements, you will begin to understand everything else. Spiritual development is like an growing and ascending spiral, which starts from a bright point and gradually envelopes and illumines the surrounding areas.

      In the beginning, one must focus on psychology (how should I live?) rather than ontology (what exists out there?). You have to read literature which motivates you to live better, which awakens introspection as well as the Atman within. If you have an affinity for Sri Aurobindo, start reading his works such as Savitri, Essays on the Gita, Life Divine, Synthesis of Yoga or the Letters on Yoga. It may take a few readings to grasp his texts but keep trying because its worth it.

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  17. mike

    “artificial tunnels going deep in to the earth UFO logists claiming the presence alien bases inside etc”

    l was reading today that M and another sadhak (udar pinto) actually saw a UFO , described as a flying saucer by M, in pondicherry (around ’55 l believe). She said it came out of he ocean and flew past the ashram. She also said She would have liked to have met one of those beings. At first She thought it was a vision until other ppl said they saw it too.

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  18. mike

    Yes, mark. ln new york 1974, l believe. He saw it on the balcony with his secretary, l think. She said he became quite obsessed and couldn’t stop talking about it – he even put it in a couple of songs. Of course, there’s a world of difference between a drug-addicted beatle seeing a UFO, and M seeing one.

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    1. mwb6119

      My comment was regarding ufo sightings rather than who saw what. After your post, for the first time, I imagined (quite vividly) ufos being a higher form of (human) consciousness.

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  19. mike

    “I imagined (quite vividly) ufos being a higher form of (human) consciousness”

    l’m not quite sure what you mean, but l assume your referring a higher astral or mental entity (human) manifesting a UFO at the physical level, something like the projection of a hologram. lf this what you mean, l’m inclined to believe it.
    l think a lot of sightings would support this theory. Look at how fast some of them vanish from the sky.
    ln a book l was reading recently by a man who has been astral travelling for about 40 years, he describes seeing alien spacecraft in some astral world and also that ppl there could shape-shift into anything they like. Some were changing into aliens. Anything’s possible from those worlds, apparently.
    Here a description by him (sorry if l’ve gone way off track, but in line with what your saying, l believe quite a bit of UFO activity can be tied in to otherdimensional interference – especially from the abduction angle).

    “One of the things which can lead you into thinking that your OBE may be no more than a dream are the incredible surreal transformations that can take place right in front of your own eyes.
    When I first came across this phenomena I began to doubt the evidence of my own eyes, but looking at it more logically it began to make sense: The ability of inhabitants to transform their outer appearance.
    Multidimensional Man Page 163:
    “Whereas on the physical world costume is all we can muster to express our individuality, imagination here had become physical reality, and despite the diversity everything was in complete harmony.
    I was prompted to laugh out loud when observing parts of the display: some were uninhibitedly erotic, with a whole group of attractive women and men, half morphed into fantasy leopards, blatantly displaying their desires whilst indulging in a sexual dance routine. Others had transformed into Gods and Goddesses projecting sparks and bolts of lightning into the sky using just powerful gestures.
    Inevitably every carnival has people on stilts, but these people had genuine long legs and arms, allowing for more exuberant expressions of their dance movements. There were dancing fantasy shapes, continuously changing, totally abstract and bearing little resemblance to the people who had transmuted into them. There were attractive alien creatures, white lights bursting from their insides though their metallic scales, illuminating the crowd around them.”
    This was not the only time I had observed this when out of the body. I had witnessed the transformation of my mother from and old woman into a young trendy teenager. On the lower levels I had seen people transformed into hideous gargoyles simply as a result of their hideous inner natures. Eventually I began to accept that people were able to morph also as a result of their intent as well as a result of their inner character. We can to a degree even witness this in physical life, if not quite to such dramatic effect. When we see a happy person they appear younger and more youthful. The same person being depressed and unhappy visibly ages.
    Out of body travellers might as well accept that the worlds they enter, follow completely new laws. Laws, which when looked at with the rationality of our sane physical senses, appear plainly absurd. But if we confront the next dimensions with an open, unconditioned and analytical mind we can draw from the text books of psychology a better understanding of such phenomena.”.

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    1. mwb6119

      “l’m not quite sure what you mean” Yes, what you shared is close to what I meant, or rather helped me better understand what I meant. 🙂 …Sometimes I just see images without the lengthy encyclopedic descriptions so they are rather abstract initially, especially if I had not taken time to sit and ponder them. 🙂 But I did think, rather, that somehow they may be related to the human somehow, i.e., all sightings are not alien by nature. … It was interesting learning that M had one such experience. I’ve never seen one … yet. I remember a few years ago of a sighting over Manhattan in broad daylight, a whole cluster of them caught on film. It made the news. And then there was a group of people [Heaven’s Gate] in San Diego area (this is a little different from a mere sighting and what we are talking about, but on-topic of ufo’s) all committing suicide to meet with a vessel hidden behind a passing comet. Anyways, all very interesting … and thanks for the Jurgen Ziewe quotes!

      The quotes make very good sense.

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  20. mike

    “Sometimes I just see images without the lengthy encyclopedic descriptions”

    Yes, mark, one picture can be worth a thousand words, as they say lol..
    l’ve never seen a UFO myself, and from what l’ve read about abductee’s and the manipulation that’s going on, l think l’m grateful.. Most of the new-age types think their all beings of light, but that’s not what my research has revealed. As you suggest, most are interdimensional (astral visitations), then we might need to keep a wary eye on them.
    l think the one M saw was probably of physical origin, as it came out of the ocean – but who knows ,perhaps their using astral/vital portals or gateways into this world..
    l remember the heaven’s gate guy. The one with the psycho stare, right. lol.

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    1. mwb6119

      Are you actually a researcher Mike? I do not have the faculty as such. More of an artist type. I learn a lot by following the discussions here, that’s why I hang out. 🙂

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  21. mike

    Not professionally. lt’s more like personal resêarch to satisfy my insatiable curiosity, lol. What l’ve learned most, with the internet especially, is how important discrimination is. Always looking for answers, though, t least until l find my Psychic Being, that is..
    Yes, l’ve learn’t a lot here too. Sandeep’s blog is (almost) a bottomless pit of information..😁

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    1. mwb6119

      Yes, I think I have read all the blogs here at least three times each. lol! I have the tendency to let the blogs speak to me, when I am ready. Teachers, people, circumstances all seem to come when needed. …Well, I learn a lot from your insatiable curiosity, for instance, today, how not everyone has a psychic being – news to me – until now I had been convinced that everyone had one, only deeply buried. Anyways, thank you!

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  22. mike

    Yes, you’ve probably read what M has said about the chinese being of Lunar origin, and without a psychic being, (although She does say below they might have picked one up since they’ve been here.

    “I have come to understand that the Chinese are a lunar race – their origin is the moon. They came to
    earth when the moon got too cold and they could no longer exist there. This is something I saw at the
    beginning of the century and my impression was further intensified when I went to China.201 They are a
    lunar race. And they gave me the feeling of people who lack a psychic being: they are cold, ice-cold.
    But wonderfully intellectual!
    I met another Chinese a few years ago, a man with a spiritual life. He came to meet me and talked
    for an hour about China. It made me understand China externally as if I had been born and lived my
    whole life there. I saw they were people who have attained the summit of the intellect, and who have a
    creative power – inventors. He told me, “No people in the world could understand Sri Aurobindo
    intellectually as well as the Chinese.” And it was luminously true. The highest intellectual
    comprehension, really at its peak.
    It’s another story when it comes to doing yoga…. Although that must depend entirely on the
    individual. The Chinese don’t have the same spiritual intensity you find rooted in the Indian character –
    it’s something completely different. Here, spiritual life is real, concrete, tangible – totally real. For the
    Chinese it all happens at the top of the head.
    They’re not going to come here, are they?
    I hope not!
    They are people with no feelings. I don’t know if they’ve picked up a psychic being since they’ve
    been on earth (there are all kinds of mixtures, you see; there’s no such thing as a pure race any more),
    but they are still ice-cold. Difficult.
    They could come into contact with Sri Aurobindo’s thought – but not their troops! I don’t know
    whether the new Chinese are much interested in philosophy…. It’s better they don’t come!”

    As for aliens:

    “Have the beings of the other worlds and planets a psychic
    being?

    No, it is a purely terrestrial phenomenon. Only, there is nothing
    against the idea that psychic beings may go to the other worlds
    if it so pleases them. There is no reason to think that one cannot,
    if one went to another planet, meet psychic beings; it is not impossible;
    but these would be psychic beings formed upon earth
    who have become free in their movement, going here and there
    at will for some reason or other. All knowledge in all traditions,
    from every part of the earth, says that the psychic formation
    is a terrestrial formation and that the growth of the psychic
    being is something that takes place upon earth. But once they
    are formed and free in their movement, they can go anywhere in
    the universe, they are not limited in their movement; but their
    formation and growth belong to the terrestrial life, for reasons
    of concentration.”

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    1. mwb6119

      Actually, I have not read either of these quotations before – I was referring to the recent postings at the “On Suicide…” blog, the topic of people not having a psychic was raised there. Yes, both these quotes are new insights for me. I had never heard any of this before. Thanks Mike.

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  23. arpanrox

    What does SA mean when he say that psychic being is absent in certain beings like vital beings, vampires etc ? Does it mean that the psychic being is not “developed” in them but the essential psychic entity or tge spark soul is present ? Or does it mean that they donot have any psychic entity in them at all ?
    In case such beings are compeletly devoid of the psychic then what is their essential nature? Is it the vital purush in them ? If so aren’t they more or less automatons driven by the determinisms of the vital plane ?

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  24. mike

    ” Does it mean that the psychic being is not “developed” in them but the essential psychic entity or the spark soul is present ? Or does it mean that they donot have any psychic entity in them at all ?”

    Hi arpanrox, as far as l understand, M says these beings aren’t ‘human’, so it would follow, l think, that they definitely don’t have a psychic being – just as Angels, Gods, asuras, demons etc. don’t have one. Also, it would seem that they don’t even have a psychic presence (the psychic being is developed out of the psychic presence, l believe). Also, the Divine Spark is not the Psychic Being according to M.
    ln addition to these, there are many thought-forms or elementals created by people.

    M explains it below. You’ve probably read this before, but She makes it clear.

    ” There are some human beings who are like vampires.
    What are they and why are they like that?

    They are not human; there is only a human form or appearance.
    They are incarnations of beings from the world that is just next
    to the physical, beings who live on the plane which we call the
    vital world. It is a world of all the desires and impulses and
    passions and of movements of violence and greed and cunning
    and every kind of ignorance; but all the dynamisms too are
    there, all the life-energies and all the powers. The beings of
    this world have by their nature a strange grip over the material
    world and can exercise upon it a sinister influence. Some of them
    are formed out of the remains of the human being that persist
    after death in the vital atmosphere near to the earth-plane. His
    desires and hungers still float there and remain in form even
    after the dissolution of the body; often they are moved to go
    on manifesting and satisfying themselves and the birth of these
    creatures of the vital world is the consequence. But these are
    minor beings and, if they can be very troublesome, it is yet
    not impossible to deal with them. There are others, far more
    dangerous, who have never been in human form; never were
    they born into a human body upon earth, for most often they
    refuse to accept this way of birth because it is slavery to matter
    and they prefer to remain in their own world, powerful and
    mischievous, and to control earthly beings from there. For, if
    they do not want to be born on earth, they do want to be in
    contact with the physical nature, but without being bound by it.
    Their method is to try first to cast their influence upon a man;
    then they enter slowly into his atmosphere and in the end may get
    complete possession of him, driving out entirely the real human
    soul and personality. These creatures, when in possession of an earthly body, may have the human appearance but they have
    not a human nature. Their habit is to draw upon the life-force
    of human beings; they attack and capture vital power wherever
    they can and feed upon it. If they come into your atmosphere,
    you suddenly feel depressed and exhausted; if you are near them
    for some time you fall sick; if you live with one of them, it may
    kill you.”

    “But how is one to get such creatures out of one’s environment
    when they are once there?
    The vital power incarnated in these beings is of a very material
    kind and it is effective only within a short distance. Ordinarily,
    if you do not live in the same house or if you are not in the same
    company with them, you do not come within their influence.
    But if you open some channel of connection or communication,
    through letters, for example, then you make possible an interchange
    of forces and are liable to be influenced by them even
    from a far distance. The wisest way with these beings is to cut
    off all connection and have nothing to do with them—unless
    indeed you have great occult knowledge and power and have
    learned how to cover and protect yourself—but even then it is
    always a dangerous thing to move about with them. To hope to
    transform them, as some people do, is a vain illusion; for they do
    not want to be transformed. They have no intention of allowing
    any transformation and all effort in that direction is useless.
    These beings, when in the human body, are not often conscious
    of what they really are. Sometimes they have a vague
    feeling that they are not quite human in the ordinary way. But
    still there are cases where they are conscious and very conscious;
    not only do they know that they do not belong to humanity but
    they know what they are, act in that knowledge and deliberately
    pursue their ends. The beings of the vital world are powerful by
    their very nature; when to their power they add knowledge,
    they become doubly dangerous. There is nothing to be done with these creatures; you should avoid having any dealings with
    them unless you have the power to crush and destroy them. If
    you are forced into contact with them, beware of the spell they
    can cast. These vital beings, when they manifest on the physical
    plane, have always a great hypnotic power; for the centre of their
    consciousness is in the vital world and not in the material and
    they are not veiled and dwarfed by the material consciousness
    as human beings are.”

    “In case such beings are compeletly devoid of the psychic then what is their essential nature? Is it the vital purush in them ? If so aren’t they more or less automatons driven by the determinisms of the vital plane ?”

    Things like thought-forms, which exist all around us and constantly influence ppl, would act like automatons, l believe..and would be driven by the vital impulses of humanity at large..

    l’d say your right. All their actions are determined by vital forces or impulses. Each plane has it’s own determinisms. Of course, the more powerful asuras (the masters of these lesser vital beings) belong to the mental planes, l believe, and, as SA says, are behind world movements, like theosophy. Someof these have actually been ‘transformed’ according to M (Her own occult mentor Max Theon was one), but these lesser vital beings seem to have no inclination for it. M says that the the time is coming when these beings will disappear and also a large portion of humanity that follows them.

    “I must tell you that the origin of these beings is prior to that of the gods;
    they are the first emanations, the first individual beings of the
    universe; so they cannot be got rid of so easily, by winning one war.
    As long as they are necessary for the universal evolution they
    will exist. The day they lose their utility, they will be converted
    or will disappear.
    Besides, they know that they are nearing their last hour and
    that is why they are doing as much damage as they can.”

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    1. arpanrox

      Hey Mike, thanks for the elaborate response :-). (Btw u may call me Arpan)
      What I understand by the Spark soul is the essential psychic presence that eventually develops a psychic being/personality for itself. In my question I did not specifically mean vital beings/vampires only, i meant them as examples for the whole pantheon of beings w/o psychic tht u mentioned: devas, asuras, elementals.
      What did M mean by “conversion” of such beings ? what is them that could ever attain “liberation”? Does it mean that they would be “bestowed” with a psychic being by Divine Grace ?
      Also, I donot clearly grasp what SA means(in letters on yoga) by incarnation of a “fragment of a dead person’s vital” ? What kinda connection would such a dead person’s psychic being have with the newly born person ? Would the new born have his own psychic with no relation of any import with the deceased person except that he has got a part of the dead man’s vital(with associated desires and impulses) in his own vital ?

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  25. mike

    “What I understand by the Spark soul is the essential psychic presence that eventually develops a psychic being/personality for itself.”

    Yes arpan, that would be in line with SA and M:

    “With regard to the evolution upwards, it is more correct to
    speak of the psychic presence than the psychic being. For it is
    the psychic presence which little by little becomes the psychic
    being. In each evolving form there is this presence, but it is not
    individualised. It is something which is capable of growth and
    follows the movement of the evolution. It is not a descent of
    the involution from above. It is formed progressively round the
    spark of Divine Consciousness which is meant to be the centre
    of a growing being which becomes the psychic being when it
    is at last individualised. It is this spark that is permanent and
    gathers round itself all sorts of elements for the formation of
    that individuality; the true psychic being is formed only when
    the psychic personality is fully grown, fully built up, round the
    eternal divine spark; it attains its culmination, its total fulfilment
    if and when it unites with a being or personality from above.
    The Mother”

    ln the letter below SA explains the essential differences between Jivatman, Soul (Divine Spark – although, ln other letters He does call the Psychic Being a spark of the Divine), and Psychic Being. You’ll notice that He says that every living thing, from Highest to Lowest has a Divine Spark (l suppose nothing could really exist without that, no matter how deformed it is). So, apparently, even the vital beings must have a spark of divinity somewhere.

    “The Jivatman or spirit is self-existent above the manifested
    or instrumental being—it is superior to birth and death, always
    the same; it is the individual self or Atman, the eternal true being
    of the individual.
    The soul is a spark of the Divine in the heart of the living
    creatures of Nature. It is not seated above the manifested being;
    it enters into the manifestation of the self, consents to be a
    part of its natural phenomenal becoming, supports its evolution
    in the world of material Nature. It carries with it at first an
    undifferentiated power of the divine consciousness, containing
    all possibilities, but at first unevolved possibilities, which have
    not yet taken form but to which it is the function of evolution to
    give form. This spark of Divinity is there in all terrestrial living
    beings from the earth’s highest to its lowest creatures.
    The psychic being is a spiritual personality put forward by
    the soul in its evolution; its growth marks the stage which the
    spiritual evolution of the individual has reached and its immediate
    possibilities for the future. It stands behind the mental,
    the vital, the physical nature, grows by their experiences, carries
    the consciousness from life to life. It is the psychic Person, caitya
    purus.a. At first it is veiled by the mental, vital and physical parts,
    limited by them in its self-expression by their limitations, bound
    to the reactions of Nature, but, as it grows, it becomes capable of
    coming forward and dominating the mind, life and body. In the
    ordinary man it still depends on them for expression and is not
    able to take them up and freely use them. The life of the being
    is animal and human, not divine. When the psychic being can
    by sadhana become dominant and freely use its instruments,
    then the impulse towards the Divine becomes complete and
    the transformation of mind, vital and body, not merely their
    liberation, becomes possible.
    As the Self or Atman is free and superior to birth and death,
    the experience of the Jivatman and its unity with the supreme
    or universal Self is sufficient to bring the sense of liberation; but
    for the transformation of the life and nature the full awareness
    and awakening of our psychic being also is indispensable.
    The psychic being realises at this stage its oneness with
    the true being, the Self, but it does not disappear or change
    into it; it remains as its instrument for psychic and spiritual
    self-expression, a divine manifestation in Nature.”

    “What did M mean by “conversion” of such beings ? what is them that could ever attain “liberation”? Does it mean that they would be “bestowed” with a psychic being by Divine Grace ?”

    By ‘Conversion’ l believe She means that they would have to be born here and go through the terrestrial evolution like the rest of us. ln doing that they would develop a Psychic Being in the process, l suppose. She clarifies it a bit in the quote below. They will need to turn to the Divine. Again, l can only assume there is the possibility of developing a psychic being (just as She says the chinese can). lt seems that just by being born here affords us that opportunity. The Grace can achieve anything. l imagine. She also indicates that just by coming into ontact with a Spiritual seeker thay have a chance for ‘liberation’.

    “Is it not a fact that these creatures are drawn by some
    peculiar fascination towards the spiritual life?
    Yes, because they feel they do not belong to this earth but come
    from somewhere else; and they feel too that they have powers
    they have half lost and they are eager to win them back. So
    whenever they meet anyone who can give them some knowledge
    of the invisible world, they rush to him. But they mistake the
    vital for the spiritual world and in their seeking follow vital and
    not spiritual ends. Or perhaps they deliberately seek to corrupt
    spirituality and build up an imitation of it in the mould of their
    own nature. Even then it is a kind of homage they pay, or a
    sort of amends they make, in their own way, to the spiritual
    life. And there is too some kind of attraction that compels them;
    they have revolted against the Divine rule, but in spite of their
    revolt or perhaps because of it, they feel somehow bound and
    are powerfully attracted by its presence.
    This is how it happens that you see them sometimes used
    as instruments to bring into connection with each other those
    who are to realise the spiritual life upon earth. They do not
    purposely serve this use, but are compelled to it. It is a kind of
    compensation that they pay. For they feel the pressure of the
    descending Light, they sense that the time has come or is soon
    coming when they must choose between conversion or dissolution,
    choose either to surrender to the Divine Will and take their
    part in the Great Plan or to sink into unconsciousness and cease. The contact with a seeker of Truth gives such a being his chance to change. All depends upon how he utilises his chance.
    Taken rightly, it may open his way to liberation from falsehood
    and obscurity and misery, which is the stuff out of which these
    vital creatures are made, and bring him to Regeneration and to
    Life.”

    “Also, I do not clearly grasp what SA means(in letters on yoga) by incarnation of a “fragment of a dead person’s vital” ? What kinda connection would such a dead person’s psychic being have with the newly born person ? Would the new born have his own psychic with no relation of any import with the deceased person except that he has got a part of the dead man’s vital(with associated desires and impulses) in his own vital ?”

    By the above, l suppose you mean the letters below: The vital/astral fragments, as far as l know, are what is commonly called thought-forms by occultists. l think your right in saying that the new-born has it’s own Psychic. These remnants from dead ppl just attach themselves to compatible victims or hosts. Also, l believe we bring over a lot of these past-life attachments (thought-forms) ourselves. There are even people we’ve known from past lives (sometimes called blind-guides), who can follow us through many incarnations. There is a lot of this written about today, called Spirit-Release therapy. But, no, l don’t think the dead persons psychic being has any direct involvement in the actions of these fragments – their just shells left behind from his lower nature. But, l’m obviously no expert..

    “Fragments of a Dead Person that Reincarnate.

    All human incarnations or births have naturally a psychic being.
    It is only other types like the vital beings that have not, and
    that is precisely the reason why they want to possess men and
    enjoy physical life without being themselves born here, for so
    they escape the psychic law of evolution and spiritual progress
    and change. But these formations [the vital fragments of a dead
    person] are different, they are things that do not leave the earth
    and do not possess but simply attach themselves to some human
    rebirth (of course with a psychic in it) which has some affinity
    and therefore does not object to or resist their inclusion.
    *
    The fragments [of a dead person] are not of the inner being
    (who goes on his way to the psychic world) but of his vital
    sheath which falls away after death. These can join for birth the
    vital of some other Jiva who is being born or they can be used
    by a vital being to enter a body in process of birth and partly
    possess it for the satisfaction of its propensities. The junction
    can also take place after birth.”.

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    1. arpanrox

      Hey Mike, thanks..I am more or less satisfied. I understand the limitations of mere mental discourse, but I trust you more experienced than me in IY so could provide a better insight . I might trouble you again after looking into somethings you mentioned, myself in some detail.

      Yeah you understood my refeence about “fragments” correctly.
      You mention at one place: You’ll notice that he says that Psychic being is present in all living beings from the highest to lowest. But in the reference you gave SA mentions that psychic being is present in all TERRESTRIAL living beings from EARTH’S highest to the lowest. As far as I understand vital beings, gods etc are not terrestrial beings. I understand your view that nothing could exist w/o it, I myself thought so, anything else is counter-intuitive. Could you shed some light ?

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  26. mike

    “But in the reference you gave SA mentions that psychic being is present in all TERRESTRIAL living beings from EARTH’S highest to the lowest”

    Hi arpan, when SA said in the quote above ‘This spark of Divinity is there in all terrestrial living beings from the earth’s highest to its lowest creatures’, l think He was referring the ‘Psychic Presence’, not the psychic being per se – we discussed the essential difference earlier. lt might have got mixed up with another paragraph. Anyway, as you say, they’re not terrestrial beings, at least not until they enter the terrestrial evolution here, by accepting to be ‘converted’, like the rest of humanity. Whether they succeed is another matter..

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  27. S

    Higher vital

    Mother: It is a world peopled by beings of the vital proper, beings of great power and even great beauty. Most people who dabble in occultism without having a deep enough spiritual life are immediately deluded by them – some even take them as the supreme God and worship them. That’s generally how religions are created. They are a great success. They are the supreme God of many a religion – they are beings of the vital world, and can assume an appearance of overwhelming beauty. They are the biggest impostors in the world, and dangerous at that; it takes the spiritual instinct, the instinct of true spiritual purity, not to be deceived by them.

    Beings belonging to the higher vital r spiritually evolved if i am not mistaken? biggest imposters in the world? that’s how religions r created? why would they pretend to be the Supreme God of many a religion? I mean, we know that Christianity was created by Christ … so does that mean …??
    I simply did not get it ..?! Is it possible to give any examples / names of such beings of the Higher vital?

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  28. john

    “I mean, we know that Christianity was created by Christ … so does that mean …??”

    What you see today in christianity [churchianity and all it’s different sects] is not what Christ originally taught – it’s an exoteric corruption. Even Buddhism, Hinduism etc.. is like that.
    Most major [and minor] religions have been hijacked by these astral/vital beings. Do you really think the catholic church is imitating Christ? l think that’s what the Mother means.

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      Christianity was corrupted/institutionalized by the council in Nicea in the fourth century

      No such thing has happened with Buddhism or Hinduism. There are plenty of Gurus who teach their own flavour on how to attain Self-realization

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  29. john

    Also, the Mother says ‘Generally’ – there are many religious sects today.

    “That’s generally how religions are created. They are a great success. They are the supreme God of many a religion”

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  30. S

    so Sri Aurobindo and the Mother came from or belonged to the highest dimensions …. the Supramental or the Sachidananda?

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    1. Sandeep Post author

      I prefer not to dwell on the question of “who they were or how great they were” because it leads to speculation, cynicism, blind faith, etc.

      If you understand and appreciate the teaching, then question it, imbibe it and grow through it. Thats what matters ultimately.

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