“The Supermind is the divine Gnosis which creates, governs and upholds the worlds: it is the secret Wisdom which upholds both our Knowledge and our Ignorance.”The Life Divine

“The spiritual life will draw its sustenance not from desire but from a pure and selfless spiritual delight of essential existence.”The Synthesis of Yoga

Creating one of these darshan pages is like jumping into the unbounded ocean of being qualified by the specific dramatic visions and undertakings of great souls who have walked among us, or who are still spreading their divine natures to all who wish to live an awakened life. Sri Aurobindo, who lived from 1872-1950, was a political revolutionary activist early in his life and a revolutionary thinker and spiritual visionary for the greater part his adult life. He grew up and was educated in England but when he returned to Calcutta, he took up violent opposition to the British occupation of India. He spent a year in jail, where he had life-transforming visions of God. When he was released from prison, he fled south to Pondicherry, which at the time was a French enclave, with the intent to continue his political activity. It did not turn out that way. Most of his adulthood until he died in 1950 was spent in seclusion with a small group of devoted disciples as he managed his experiences of higher dimensions of reality, God-realization (in the form of Krishna), God union, and ongoing cognitions of reality beyond human consciousness, as well as the influx of divine consciousness into humanity as part of the evolution of spirit, all of which in its totality he called Integral Yoga. He wrote books, many books, which probably constitute the most inclusive model of reality around, a model which, by the way, is devoid of influence of western religion, which he knew about intimately, but which chose not to include in his written expression.

“Good grief!” as Charlie Brown used to say. I am embarrassed to have tried such a simplistic verbalization of Aurobindo’s work, but my job at the moment is just to provide a match for the reader to strike on whatever ground he or she wishes. Many grounds are provided on this page. Besides, as I move deeper into Sri Aurobindo’s consciousness, I anticipate making more precise statements. This is just for starters.

Sri Aurobindo made two major revisions to Indian spiritual thinking. First was his emphasis on the “Supermind,” which he described as the link between cosmic intelligence (sachchidananda) and human existence; it functions as the active evolutionary intelligence of all reality (I hope I got that right), as opposed to the indefinable Brahman, which is beyond being and doing. His second contribution was to reject the Indian depiction of reality as an eternal repetition of cycles of eons called yugas; he depicts human existence as part of an ever-expanding evolution of consciousness into a beyond still yet to be discovered. He wrote profound and densely packed expositions of these realities.

His companion, The Mother, became the translator of his experience and knowledge into a practical landscape, which included teaching and giving darshan, and the creation and maintenance of an Ashram in Pondicherry in southern India until her death in 1973. The Supermind is said to have “downloaded” into her in 1959. She also was the inspiration for the small, dedicated community of Auroville outside of Pondicherry which draws many visitors and seekers who come to bathe in this knowledge.

The videos below are all extraordinary. The first three are a discussion of Sri Aurobindo’s life and cosmic vision, which is delivered by a wonderfully articulate Dr. Debashish Banerjee. They are well worth a listen and will be sufficient for those who wish to take a quick dip into Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual energy and teachings.

The two videos that follow are dynamic animations of Sri Aurobindo’s cosmic vision. The visuals, music, and descriptions of these realities are a powerful immersion into Aurobindo’s full vision in a very short time. Don’t be surprised if your intuition starts flashing insights. If you want to cut to the chase and go big, go directly to “Evolution Fast Forward Part 2.” If you want to see the multi-dimensional reality of the human being and our connection to higher planes of existence, go to “Evolution Fast Forward Part 3.” One should prepare for a shift in consciousness while watching these videos. The analytical mind will not fare well.

After imbedding oneself in Sri Aurobindo’s massive cosmology, one has to ask: Is there any more the mind can do in addressing the evolution of humanity? and What does it say about the state of one’s personal evolution, if one simply passes Sri Aurobindo by? Not a light undertaking. Simple truth is: It’s not just the information or the intellectual vision. Things change inside by exposing oneself to this material. It’s so inclusive. Doors open. Consciousness seeps out of its personal boundaries into an unfamiliar vastness. Higher this or that?  It doesn’t matter. These doors don’t close. That’s all you need to know. 
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My most life-altering experience of Sri Aurobindo has come in reading his major work The Life Divine. This book does not open up to the faint of heart, and those readers who approach it with no background in Indian spirituality would probably find it too daunting to undertake. Naturally, when I became aware of its challenging qualities, I dove right in thumping my chest. Things did not turn out the way I thought.

Lesson: you must learn to use the mind in a different way reading this book; you use it as a launching platform rather than as a thought processor. Think of a Saturn V rocket on the way to the moon. As you read, you find yourself drawn into a higher cognitive function where the abstract conditions, which are the characters in this life divine drama, become as real as the person sitting next to you at dinner. One’s consciousness is the life divine active within itself.

Originally, my intent was to read it beginning to end as was my predilection with books. After reading through nearly half of it in that fashion, my intent broke down. I was devastated to find that it was so hard to manage. Understanding was not a problem. It was the fact that each sentence required deep attention. Imagine a swimmer diving deep into the ocean; he can get where he wants to go but cannot stay long. In reading this book, I had to revise what it meant to “understand” something. I had to learn to dive deeper and to stay longer. Takes practice.

One morning while reading I was hit by a flash of psychic lightening which cracked open my mind as if it were a walnut, and suddenly I knew things the human mind was not structured to know. Alas, I knew them for only as long as it takes lightning to strike. After spending weeks cultivating these intuitional lightning strikes in short bursts of random reading, and having great experiences, I put The Life Divine on my bookshelf, where it rests just to my right. After all, where to go with this? Did these experiences have anything to Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga? Look at the image below. From which gradation of mind do we experience life energy, including language arising out of reading?

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Approaching Sri Aurobindo and The Mother requires a willingness to submit yourself to the cosmic mind, or the “Supermind,” as they called it. It is not a warm invitation. The outer cosmos is a real place, but it is not a warm place. Once your psyche breaks through to this level of existence, all pretenses of personal spiritual accomplishment evaporate. I heard Osho say once that Sri Aurobindo wrote great books but that he was not enlightened. One crack of lightning from the Supermind into one’s small personal existence will make such a comment irrelevant and, indeed, any pretenses about enlightenment as a personal goal seem trivial, at least for as long as one is in contact with that higher consciousness space.

A day devoted to viewing the two “Evolution Fast Forward” videos and reading a chapter or two from this book can be life transforming. Be with it and things will change.

I love walking through doors through which there is no return!

All of Sri Aurobindo’s books are available as PDF files at this site:

Don’t forget to scroll down past the videos to the photo gallery.

 

 

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Imagine what it would be like to come to a vast clear space in your life where the most fundamental questions about life come out of the fog of the mass consciousness and assail your thinking until you are willing to take them on for real! Is there a God? Is there life after death? Does love endure? Who am I? What am I doing here? All of these questions and many more are buried in the insanity we call life on planet earth and await our discovery of them. These questions open doors, they beg for us to awaken into the truth of our existence, never mind the allure of the world and the lies we tell when we cannot accept our addiction to it. Earth, the universe, spirit, and the unknown. If we try to put it all together in the mind, we fail; but listen to the longings that urgently inform the heart that revelations are available, then much is possible. Listen here to two versions of enlightenment: one from Paramahansa Yogananda; the other from Franklin Merrell-Wolff. This episode is about arousing that desire to exist for real. Without that longing that will not be assuaged by anything but truth, the body bag at the end might as well be good enough.

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This episode engages us in time travel. We journey back to the early 70s and stand before the wide portals to infinity that were open to those coming out of the 60s with their minds blasted by the excesses of those times. We see the choices they had to make. We experience that reality by looking at our choices now. For a fuller appreciation of time travel, read the essay blow the image; enjoy a trip into the alternate reality of Carlos Castaneda; try out the view from a mind not bound by rational thinking. Commit a couple of hours to take that journey yourself. Set up a longer journey, if all of this looks back at you with the unrelenting eyes of infinity. It’s for real if you catch on to what it means to travel in time.

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Letter to Listeners: Time Travel to the Early 70s for Exploring Choices

Yesterday I sat in my doctor’s office reading Carlos Castaneda’s Journey to Ixtlan for the umpteenth time while I awaited his arrival. Tick tock. Time passes in startling ways when you are waiting with magical doorways open in your lap. The doctor’s eyes widened when he saw what I was reading. I asked him whether he had read it. “In the time,” he said,” back in the early 70s. I read all of them.” “Yes,” I responded. “The 70s were as remarkable as the 60s, especially in the choices we made.” By that time his shields had come up. “You know all that has been debunked,” he said turning his eyes to his computer. “Not to those who can still feel the magic,” I replied.

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He had moved on big time, though. A wonderful chance to communicate from outside the rational mind had vanished in the blink of an eye. He saw on his computer screen that the numbers on my glucose, A1C, and weight had dropped dramatically, and he did not even make a comment. Awake physicians usually do. Progress, you know, and assessing those numbers was why I was there. But my doctor was busy time travelling back to the early 70s when he decided to go the route of the rational mind. Too late to revisit that, he must have thought. He just shored up the shielding around the choosing, made sure it wouldn’t bother him later when there was no computer screen to stare into. Never happened. It wasn’t true anyway.

So many choices to be made back then. Coming off the psychedelic haze, many of us looked around at the same crossroads Tom Hanks faced at the end of Castaway. He made choice #4 explained below. See this 30 second clip:

Laid out in inadequate language, those choices looked something like this: 1) live the traditional life of family, children and grandchildren, no questions asked, following the broad path; 2) stake out navigable territory with the rational mind (the scientist), only certain questions allowed to be asked when laying out the broad strokes; 3) lasso a personal dream from out of the infinite and live it as best you can, exploring fascinating questions as they arise; 4) take the deep inward turn to find the truth of your existence in whatever form the mysterious powers of the universe provide you, when the eyes of anyone, family or friend, might look back at you with the cold, unrelenting eyes of the infinite. I have friends who made each of these choices and are living wonderful lives all.

Most people in the 70s were never faced with these decisions. They continued sleepwalking through life as most people in all ages have done. Choices made by awakened people in any era have powerful spiritual value because their influence extends throughout all time. In time travelling back to the early 70s, we can revisit those choices made by many at that time by placing ourselves with Tom Hanks at that crossroads. Even if you were not alive in the early 70s, you can time travel to the portals that were open to infinity then, which apparently were open much wider than they are today. Time travel is the impetus of this episode of The Invisible Room Search for Enlightenment Podcast.

There is no hurry to discover infinite things unless the growl of the universe already has you by the throat, as it does me. My doctor chose to live out of the rational mind; he became a scientist, dedicated his life to helping others, like me, live a healthier life. No harm, no foul; but no magical thinking; no journeys back to the 70s to reassess. Maybe it’s too late anyway. Smash the time machine.

No, not too late, but why switch paths before the treasures of our choices are fully lived. Each of these choices leads to lives to be cherished. Imagine infinity as a clean chalkboard where we each sketch out our beliefs and desires; this but not that; earthplanet operating system imbedded in the board. And so it goes.

Infinity never goes away regardless of our choices. Where would it go? It patiently waits to step in, this lifetime or another, at just the right time to break the spell and pull you down the rabbit hole where others who made the inward turn have left a few magical clues to help you find a way into the unknown.

It’s just that the early 70s were a point in time that had so many doorways open for the fortunate few who were poised to awaken. Even if just for that moment to choose.

If you wish to continue this journey beyond listening to the podcast episode, strap in for the last Carlos Castaneda book The Active Side of Infinity (1998). Listening time 2:40. I had in mind just the last hour; that would be enough to support this podcast experience. You can find that last hour by scrubbing forward to 1:40. Listening to the whole book is, of course, more.

“If the universe is composed of aware energy and holds a multitude of assemblage points where perception can be assembled into many worlds, then our partial mastery of our onr known world is just a tiny island in a vast unknown and inconceivable universe, then the only worthy activity for us is to organize our island as our launch pad from which we explore the vast unknown.” –Peter Luce, Getting Castaneda: Understanding Car

For those truly ready to fly into the unknown with Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan is a beautiful and unforgettable journey. There are many angles one might take when entering this world. Caution is recommended. In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, there were many readers who confused the reality of infinity with the reality of the concrete mind. They tucked the books under their arms and headed for Mexico to find Don Juan. They projected events in the stories outside their personal psyches into the world, where those events became for many lies and deception. In my experience of Castaneda, events in his stories refer not to events in the world but only to each other; they are exclusively about transforming one’s inner landscape. For me all of Castaneda is a self-contained narrative whose primary purpose is to radically disrupt the narrative we are locked into when we are born, which from the viewpoint of the invisible room is a lie. The most fantastic advantage for immersing oneself into these stories, however, is that they become in toto a discrete, quantum event in the psyche with distinct boundaries drawn around it, which can be apperceived as mystical revelation from the clear, unbounded space of infinity. It is your creation in your psyche; it is not the Self. This material, however, is very powerful magic if you are awake enough to transcend its mental allure! No tickets available for the rational mind or the foolhardy.

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Only Castaneda knew Castaneda. He led a very strange and reclusive life. His truth was a sorcerer’s truth, and he invited no one in to share it. How could one expect otherwise? For a deeper plunge into this rabbit hole, read The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Amy Wallace.  It is a space with many mirrors and many more rabbit holes to dive into. And many opportunities to feel yourself a fool. If you get this far, there really is no return.

My invitation to experience the reality of Carlos Castaneda is to assist anyone wanting to unhook from the dark narrative of the world we live in so as to take that inward turn. What occurs on this page is a gust of wind in the right direction, a friend and ally from the mountains and deserts of Mexico for your journey into the unknown. Adjust your sails and let go.

 

 

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It is a mysterious trek through life that impels us to remain imbedded in the mass consciousness and at the same time be ready to heed a mysterious call from some unknown source which if ignored will default us into laying down our lives without any notion of the astonishing realities that lie outside the thinking mind. Deep inside we can feel a clock ticking its way to the end of things. Stepping outside the door of our personal existence onto a pathway leading away from earth consciousness is daunting. Once we know that the door to the outside is open and that the unending journey to the “far north” is the real journey, we face a challenge of making our personal lives work while dancing on the inside to a music that does not have death as a boundary.

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The only thing that separates us from the fires of infinity is God. Our personal lives go on day after day just outside the veils that define our living and separate us from the naked space where infinity churns out creation in the grand wholeness of it all, and in you in particular, a soul specifically crafted with an array of veils that define what you are to do. Alone and afraid you might be all wrapped up in those veils, looking at a fearsome world with so many urges to command that you just might cry out to God to free you from your human confusions. And God just may do that; He may send you to some sacred site where silence has been cultivated for millennia; he may send you into a little room with a picture of a divine saint who imparts to your heart waves and waves of sacredness. Maybe. If not, so be it. The simple truth of you is that you are going on in infinity, clinging to all those veils even as you quietly prepare for a possible eruption of the dragon into your personal existence. Everyday the veils get thinner. Easy going is what I say.

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How many more questions does humanity have about the world, the universe, and the invisible microscopic realms inside the atom; or about love and work and how to get ahead and be happy; or what happened in the past; or who is right and who is wrong? Have all the questions been asked? Then something happens here and there, and for some reason this person and that person take an inward turn, and suddenly something like truth dawns for them, and life becomes this multidimensional ride into eternity riding on the back of the fact of I. Wow! How did that happen? What to do now? A million questions suddenly become one. Not to worry. The universe has taken note of your passage into the unknown carrying with you the thing that you know.

 

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The Invisible Room Deep Mystery Podcast has always been about one thing: the reality of the divine self, of God, the invisible room. No how to, just accepting that. That reality has always been that reality even before the earth formed out of the solar dust that came from the galactic nebula that was the nursery for our star. Even before that and before the universe. That underlying reality is who we are at our core. Everything comes from that. Nothing will ever change that. No successes in life will change the ground state reality that is seeking entry into our personal lives in order to fulfill the divine purpose that is playing out throughout all creation. To have reality unfolding in you, or continue the endless rounds of lives on the wheel of birth and death for accepting as totally real the personal story. Ask your soul; it knows. Can you feel the resistance inside you as your personal story tugs at your knowing. Yes, it feels like a struggle because forces in the world seek to keep us bound to the fears and desires that no manner of philosophizing about will ever change. Want to escape? Bring in the light.