The Way for Mankind
Book 2, Philosophical Intimations on Political and Cultural Issues
Chapter 14. The Law of Energy Response
The qualities of the universe emanate from its spiritual nature. Our spiritual nature is the same as that of the universe. The values of beauty, good, truth and the sacred are already a part of the creative force which generates the world. It is not we who put them there – it is we who receive them.
These connections are neither emotional nor sentimental; sentimentality belongs to the human realm alone. Heaven and Earth are not sentimental.
These connections are as real on the mental level as they are on the physical level; they react to our acts and thoughts.
This truth is called the subtle law of energy response.
The law of energy response (or attraction)
The subtle law of energy response is a universal spiritual principle that says that any energy attracts an identical energy.
This means that positive behavior attracts good friends and good quality of life; negative behavior, on the other hand, attracts hostile relationships and danger.
All the energy we carry has a specific vibratory frequency that reacts to energies of the same frequency and attracts them. This is the law of cause and effect, carefully explained in certain traditions under the name of karma. (1)
We do not depend on a personal God with particular preferences. There is no vengeful or wrathful deity. Original energy is neutral; its reactions are therefore absolutely impartial. The energy that governs the universe does not intervene in human affairs—it merely transmits the movements that flow through it. It is more like a natural reaction, much like the harmonics which accompany a musical sound, or the reply of an echo in the mountains. (3) This law of energy response is not linked to any social moral code.
Chapter 15. Mysticism
The world’s problems are the external projection of our individual inner tendencies. Were we more evolved – if we thought in a more universal way – the world’s problems would not exist; nor would our inner problems, such as anxiety, dissatisfaction, excessive ambition or ignorance that is unaware of its own existence.
Our problems stem from our own lack of spiritual development. We create these problems because we live like intelligent animals that have learned to use all the advantages for their own benefit, even if it means depriving others or destroying our habitat. This self-centeredness is indeed the mark of an intelligent animal who knows how to manage all he does to his own benefit, with little or no thought to the consequences of his actions.
Quelle sorte d’animal sommes-nous ?
What kind of animal are we?
An intelligent one, no doubt, though rather destructive, limited in our awareness and incapable of seeing any meaning to our life and destiny. That’s about all we know about ourselves.
Evolving beyond the state of intelligent animal is no longer just an entertaining option—it is a necessity.
In addition, relying exclusively on the rational mode of thinking restricts the sciences’ field of exploration to the rational domain, while our need to understand greatly exceeds this closed arena.
“But reason cannot arrive at any final truth because it can neither get to the root of things nor embrace their totality. It deals with the finite, the separate and has no measure for the all and the infinite.” Sri Aurobindo (1)
Objective thought! But it is precisely by being objective that it finds itself limited to describing objects. It stands apart from its object, isolates it, cuts itself off from it and is therefore unable to get an in-depth understanding its object. This is like trying to understand and explain everything about garlic without actually tasting it.
We need a broader way of thinking, one that does not stand outside the object but instead penetrates its essence. This is intuitive thought.
Chapter 16. Finding the Path
The mysticism we are talking about here has nothing to do with trances or frenzied raptures, nor is it about seeking out revelations, visions or hallucinations and neither is it a question of projecting our own personal spiritual impulsions or imaginings on spirituality itself. Those who devote long hours to meditation may sometimes experience visions, but the teachings tell us not to pay any attention to them as they, as we well know, are merely images from our subconscious.
Physical matter is energy, life is energy and spirit is energy. There is nothing else in the universe.
The answer, then, is obvious. The three orders are a continuum created by a single energy that takes on different aspects according its function but which is the same, and so the solution is to follow our energy. We must develop ourselves from within without losing ourselves in external beliefs. When we build a house we start with the foundations, not the roof.
A quiet, unoccupied mind
Practising quietude, serenity and mental peace can become an excellent habit.
Emptying the mind is a way of cleaning it. It happens when we meditate, but on various occasions throughout the day we all try to clear our minds. We can also try keeping an unoccupied mind in a more methodical way, unlike our normal habit of letting our minds chase endlessly after every passing thought. An unoccupied mind is receptive and will be able to provide faster, more precise answers when called upon to do so.
Chapter 17. Meditation
When our primate ancestors became superintelligent human animals, they received an extra share of spirit, in other words, awareness. The main part of their existence shifted from a biological, instinctual level to the rational human level. It is now our turn to take a similar leap and move forward from our human domain to a more spiritual sphere. We still need awareness; this time, however, it seems that it is up to us to procure this extra share of spirit for ourselves. It is a decision that depends entirely on us.
The paths of mysticism in the world: integral development
Every religion has a mystic branch that practises meditation with the aim of total self-realization and direct contact with the divine.
What is particularly remarkable is that beyond their seemingly distinct appearances, the methods are exactly the same: the suspension of mental activity and contemplation in vacuity.
This emptiness is the absolute; it is the original, neutral energy of the primal Oneness that comes before any manifestation.
This emptiness that is everywhere, even right under our noses, is energy. It is the universal energy.
Zero stimulation point is when we stop looking for anything. We are aware and vigilant but seek nothing as we stay in the pure mind. Once we free ourselves from preoccupation, we leave our world behind, and with it the circumstances where everything is relative—a bit more this, a little less that. We abandon the outer self.
Point zero is the original One, the everything where there is nothing.
Sri Aurobindo describes it this way:
“So too at first soul in man does not appear as something quite distinct from mind and from mentalised life; its movements are involved in the mind movements, its operations seem to be mental and emotional activities; the mental human being is not aware of a soul in him standing back from the mind and life and body, detaching itself, seeing and controlling and moulding their action and formation: but, as the inner evolution proceeds, this is precisely what can, must and does happen,–it is the long-delayed but inevitable next step in our evolutionary destiny.” (3)
Humanity’s Evolution – How to Stop Ourselves Drifting off Course
Excessive use of the rational mind cannot but lock us into materialism. We limit ourselves to thinking about objects. And yet, these objects—which also include abstract concepts—belong to the realm of things that have a form; they are linked to matter.
We are objective; we now only think with regard to the object and this disconnects us, making us believe that we are some kind of overlords, free to act as we wish. In truth, once we are no longer connected to the whole, we are overcome and consumed by our ideas and passions. What we call “progress” in knowledge is merely the one-way engorgement of rational learning if it is not combined with intuitive, holistic thought.
The wisdom that comes from personal development spontaneously brings with it the virtues needed to help the world progress.
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