May 6, 1972 (A stupendous Power PRESSING down on the world.)
(Mother sits “looking”)
What do you see?
I think I already told you, there's a kind of golden Force pressing down (gesture); it has no material substantiality, and yet it feels terribly heavy....
...it presses down on Matter, to force it, to compel it to turn INWARDLY to the Divine – not an external flight (pointing above) but inwardly turning to the Divine. And the apparent outcome seems to be inevitable catastrophes. But along with this sense of inevitable catastrophe, there come solutions to situations or events that look simply miraculous.
As if both extremes were becoming more extreme: the good getting better and the bad worse. Like that. And a stupendous Power PRESSING down on the world. Such is my impression.
Yes, it's very perceptible.
Yes, it's as tangible as this (Mother feels the air between her fingers). And even in life circumstances, many things otherwise indifferent are becoming suddenly acute – acute situations, acute differences, acute ill wills – and at the same time, singular miracles. Singular. People on the verge of death are saved, inextricable situations are suddenly untangled.
And the same for individuals too.
Those who know how to turn to... (how shall I put it?) who SINCERELY call upon the Divine, who feel it's the only salvation, the only way out, and who sincerely offer themselves, then... (gesture of bursting open) within a few minutes, it becomes a wonder – for the least little thing: there's no big or small, important or unimportant, it's all the same.
The whole scale of values changes.
The vision of the world is as though changed.
This gives an idea of the change brought about in the world by the supramental Descent. Things that were insignificant are becoming quite categorical: a small mistake becomes categorical in its consequences while a little sincerity, a true little aspiration becomes miraculous in its results. The values are intensified in people. Even materially, the least little error has huge consequences, while the slightest sincerity of aspiration has extraordinary results.
The values are intensified, they stand out more.
Mother, you speak of mistake, of error – I don't know, maybe it's a fallacy, but I have a stronger and stronger notion that mistakes, errors are unreal. It doesn't work that way. They're only a means, as it were. Yes, a means of broadening the scope of our aspiration.
Yes, that's perfectly correct.
They cause pain – mistakes, errors are basically pain, which is the means of awakening some aspiration in the deeper recesses of our being.
Yes, quite true. The overall perception is that everything is... everything is meant to lead to the conscious ascent of the world. It is consciousness evolving towards divinity. And perfectly true at that: what we perceive as mistakes stems entirely from an ordinary human conception – wholly and entirely.
The only mistake – if it exists at all – is in not wanting something else. But when you start wanting something else....
Well, that's not a mistake, it's plain stupid!
Yes, exactly, stupid. But it seems to me, the moment you want something else, each error or mistake – everything – serves a purpose.
Yes, yes. Perfectly so. Really, it's very simple: the whole creation must want nothing but the Divine, want nothing but to manifest the Divine; all its actions (including its so-called mistakes) are a means to make it inevitable for the whole creation to manifest the Divine – but not a “Divine” as man usually conceives of, with all kinds of limitations and restrictions: a TOTALITY of tremendous power and light.
Truly the Power is IN the world, a new and stupendous Power which has come into the world to manifest the divine Almightiness and make it “manifestable,” so to say.
Through careful observation and attention, I have come to this conclusion: I have seen that what we call the “Supramental,” for lack of a better word, is actually making the creation more susceptible to the higher Power, which we call “divine” because we... (it is divine compared to what we are, but...). It's something (gesture of descent and pressure) that will make Matter more susceptible and responsive to the Force. How can I explain it?... At present, whatever is invisible or imperceptible is unreal to us (I mean to human beings in general); we say that some things are “concrete” and others are not. But this Power, this Might, which is NOT MATERIAL, is becoming more concretely effective on earth than earthly material things. That's it.
And that is how the supramental beings will protect and defend themselves. In its appearance it won't be material but OVER MATTER its power will be greater than material things. Day by day, hour by hour this is getting truer and truer. The feeling that when this Force is guided by what we call the “Divine,” it has POWER, a real power – the power to move Matter, you understand; it can cause a MATERIAL accident, or save you from a wholly material accident, it can cancel the consequences of an absolutely material event – it is stronger than Matter. This is the totally new and incomprehensible fact. But it... (fluttering gesture in the atmosphere), it creates a sort of panic in the ordinary human consciousness.
That's it. It seems that... things are no longer what they were. There's really something new – things are NO LONGER what they were.
All our common sense, our human logic, our practical sense – collapsed, finished! No longer effective. No longer realistic. They are no longer relevant.
A new world, really.
And in the body, whatever has trouble adjusting to this new Power creates difficulties, disorders and illnesses. Yet in a flash you sense that if you were totally receptive, you would become formidable. That's the sensation. That's more and more my sensation: that if the entire consciousness, the entire most material consciousness – the most material – were receptive to this new Power... one would become for-mi-dable.
(Mother closes her eyes)
But there is one essential condition: the ego's reign must come to an end. The ego is now the obstacle. The ego must be replaced by the divine consciousness – what personally I call divine consciousness. Sri Aurobindo called it “supramental,” so we can call it supramental to avoid confusion, because as soon as you say “Divine,” people start thinking of a “God,” and that spoils everything. It isn't like that. Not like that, it is the descent of the supramental world (Mother slowly lowers her fists), which is not mere imagination (pointing above): it is an ABSOLUTELY material Power. But (smilingly) with no need for any material means.
A world is trying to be born into this world.
On several occasions, my body felt a sort of new discomfort, an anxiety; and something, not exactly a voice but it became words in my consciousness, said, “Why are you afraid? This is the new consciousness.” It happened several times. Then I understood.
You see, what in terms of human common sense says, “This is impossible, it's never been before,” that's what is finished. This idiocy is over. It's become a stupidity. Now we could say: it's possible BECAUSE it has never been before. This is the new world and this is the new consciousness and this is the new Power; it is possible, and it is, and will be more and more manifest BECAUSE it is the new world, because it has never been before.
It will be because it has never been before.
It's lovely: it will be because it has never been before – BECAUSE it has never been.
(Mother looks up as if about to say something,
then goes into meditation)
It is active – in you too.
Not material and yet more concrete than Matter!
Yes, almost crushing.
Crushing, yes, just so.... Oh, it's....
Whatever isn't receptive feels crushed, but all that is receptive on the contrary feels a sort of... extraordinary expansion.
Yes. But that's what's so odd, there's both!
Yes, both together.
You feel so expanded, as if everything in you would blow up, but at the same time there's a sensation of being crushed ...
Yes, but what feels crushed is what resists, what is unreceptive. One has only to open oneself. Then it becomes like a... a for-mi-dable thing. Fabulous! It's our centuries-old habits that resist and give us that feeling, you know, but whatever can open up.... You feel as if you were becoming larger and larger and larger.... Magnificent. Oh, that's it!...