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a prefix meaning “above, over” (supraorbital) or “beyond the limits of, outside of” (supramolecular; suprasegmental).

Western psychology has generally delved extensively into the subconscious ranges of awareness, starting with Freud and Jung, and continuing into the modern day. The entire field of psychoanalysis is based on opening up and making conscious these realms of apparent unconsciousness in our psychological makeup. Much less effort has been made in the West, however, to explore and develop the superconscious poises of consciousness, those planes where new powers of knowledge, light and understanding are native and immediate. This field of superconscious awareness has been the primary subject and focus for those who practice Yoga.

We see people who are obviously brilliant in their understanding, who have a developed intuitive capacity, and are inspired in their vision, and we believe this is simply a manifestation of some type of purely mental capacity. However, it soon becomes obvious to the practitioner of Yoga that these powers actually represent another level of conscious existence and when they filter into our mental framework, they illuminate, guide and inspire. At the same time, the mental capacity is limited and thus, tends to water down the inspiration or try to fit it into a pre-determined mental mould, and thus, much of the power is lost. These are issues that Yoga seeks to clarify and sort out.

Sri Aurobindo explains: “There is above the mind, as the old Vedic sages discovered, a Truth-plane, a plane of self-luminous, self-effective Idea, which can be turned in light and force upon our mind, reason, sentiments, impulses, sensations and use and control them in the sense of the real Truth of things just as we turn our mental reason and will upon our sense-experience and animal nature to use and control them in the sense of our rational and moral perceptions.”

The initial levels above the mind are characterized by the ability to unite and illuminate without strain, as opposed to the mental level which tends to divide, confuse and fragment. Because there are a series of planes, the consciousness active on each plane becomes successively more powerful and unified, until the seeker attains the level of pure consciousness, Chit, “…the elemental origin and primal completeness of all this varied consciousness which is here used for various formation and experience. There will and knowledge and sensation and all the rest of our faculties, powers, modes of experience are not merely harmonious, concomitant, unifed, but are one being of consciousness and one power of consciousness. It is this Chit which modifies itself so as to become on the Truth-plane the supermind, on the mental plane the mental reason, will, emotion, sensation, on the lower planes the vital or physical instincts, impulses, habits of an obscure force not in superficially conscious possession of itself. All is Chit because all is Sat; all is various movement of the original Consciousness because all is various movement of the original Being.”

Supermind, in Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy of Integral yoga, is the dynamic manifestation of the Absolute, and the intermediary between Spirit and the manifest world, which enables the transformation of common being into Divine being.

By ‘Supermind,’ Sri Aurobindo means several things:

  1. Supermind is a plane between the “upper hemisphere” of pure being-consciousness, and the “lower hemisphere” of life in the universe (mind, life, and matter). This plane enables the Real Ideas of the Supreme to manifest as forms of that force in creation. It is the power that enables creation, by dividing the Force into the forms, forces, and powers in the universe.
  2. Supermind is a plane of perfect knowledge, that has the full, integral truth of anything. It is a plane that Man can rise to, above his current limited mentality, and have perfect understanding through revelations of that truth.
  3. Supermind is a force and power that is leaning down on the earth’s consciousness. We can open to it, in order to transform the various aspects of our being, as well as set right the conditions of life, creating sudden good fortune (“instantaneous miraculousness”) for the person opening to it.

According to Sri Aurobindo, full yogic development consists of two parts: the standard yogic goal of ascent into a formless and timeless self, and the descent and establishment of the supramental consciousness into Earthly life. Through integral yoga one actualises the Supermind. The Supramental consciousness transforms the entire being, and leads to the divinisation of the material world.

This supramental transformation gives rise to a new individual, the Gnostic being,[1] which is fully formed by the supramental power. Division and ignorance are overcome, and replaced with a unity of consciousness. The physical body will be transformed and divinised. The gnostic being sees the spirit everywhere in the world, and in every other person. This awareness eliminates the usual separation between man and life, and between people. One sees that all existences are various forms of the divine Reality. Every individual existence in life plays a role in the unfolding of existence. The Gnostic beings can work together to create a new common life. This new life is superior to the present way of being. A critical mass of such “gnostic individuals” can create the foundation of a new social life and order. This will lead to a greater unity, mutuality, and harmony.

On February 29, 1956, Sri Aurobindo’s co-worker the Mother, announced, “The manifestation of the Supramental upon earth is no more a promise but a living fact, a reality. It is at work here, and one day will come when the most blind, the most unconscious, even the most unwilling shall be obliged to recognize it.”

On January 1, 1969, the Mother (at age 90) announced the ‘arrival’ of the ‘superman consciousness’ – ‘the intermediary between man and the supramental being’.


The Essential Dialectic of Onticconscious is:

{Weltsein-Bewusstein ⇆ Bewusstsein-Weltsein ⇅ Weltsein-Weltsein} ↻ Bewusstein-Bewusstsein


The Complete Dialectic of Onticconscious is:

{Bewusstsein ⇆ Weltsein ⇅ Dasein} ↻ Seinsein



The Equivalency Dialectic of Onticconscious is:

{Unconscious ⇆ Uniconscious ⇅ Metaconscious} ↻ Onticconscious