reinstatement of the Mother’s true Vedic seeing is fought
against at every step of the way by a dying world, a world that is
desperately attempting to suppress the inevitable rise of the new way.
And in Auroville the result of this struggle is self-evident. The old
has been victorious. The symbol at the centre of the township is, we
repeat, a hymn to mortality and the disintegrating old
victory of the old consciousness is only apparent, not actual.
When a new model of the universe such as the Mother’s Vision is made
available to seekers, nothing stands OUTSIDE the newly integrated
cosmos. The moment that she rent the veils allowing the Vision to
descend into our world of time and space, the fate of the Earth was
sealed. The ‘birth’ then took place to fill the Void. The
binary mortal creation could continue resisting in order to preserve
itself, but it could do so only NEGATIVELY. That has been its
only available ‘choice’: to serve the Divine Mother positively or
via the negative. By building the inner chamber ‘in man’s image’,
the choice of the negative instrumentation is exposed.
How does this work? As demonstrated earlier, the
mortal creation is
legitimised only on the basis of measuring it up to the Mother’s
Vision, the Divine Maya. The members of such a community are thus
confronted with the same choice the architect made for the entire
community several decades ago and reinforced time and again: the
Mother’s luminous vision of Fullness, or the dazzling physical
construction as a negative model, a constant reminder of who we
are, our alluring sexuality with its consequent mortality, and our
divisive, separative consciousness displayed before the world.
Let it be
known, however, that in such matters individuals are
incapable of arresting the evolution of the species to a higher poise.
The individual has but one choice: negative or positive. The new way is
spherical and whole and each thing is in its place, negative AND
positive. All serve the purposes of the One.
There is no
question of compromise in this new world. There is simply
the realisation of ‘each thing in its rightful place’ within the
circular wholeness of gnostic time. Compromise is the old way of
seeking solutions to preserve the reign of falsehood. Such linear
processes inevitably result in collapse; and from that point of
disintegration one seeks to rebuild, to ‘begin again, again, again’, as
the Mother warned (17.1.1970). This is the fate of Auroville today.
Owned as it is by an elected government, spherical processes
are impossible. Rule is enforced because there is no
infrastructure for a higher process. The entire exercise is determined
by what stands at the heart of the project. Being what it is, the
ownership by the Government of India makes the Mother’s warning
prophetic. One can only ‘begin again’.
But is that to
be a repetition of the same cacophony? That is, a
beguiling darkness in the core, at the outset once again? If so the
same fate will ensue – and then another beginning. But given the
condition of the world there is no ‘time’ left. And India has reached
the outer rim of her time. One more step and the Dharma will exceed
this temporal/spatial boundary of 23 and the ancient civilisation will
definitively step over the edge of Time and into the cosmic abyss. She
carries the whole Earth with her in this moment of truth because she
holds the secrets of the soul in her bosom.
The Great Secret
The ‘symbol of the
future realisation’, as the Mother described the core of her temple’s
inner chamber, not only speaks of the things to come but carries us to
a past now almost totally forgotten. Hints of this ancient realisation
are found in the Rig Veda and we will discuss these key passages
further on along with Sri Aurobindo’s commentaries.
There are two measures in the Chamber which together
form the axial balance of the room. One is horizontal – the measure
of 12; the other is the vertical whose measure is 9.