The new symbol with respect to the old discloses the supramental process he
experienced during those occulted 13 years. The same revelation is
‘written in the temple’, in the sacred Pedestal where this symbol is
The official symbol
Vertical and horizontal in the Avatar’s Lotus
Perhaps the most recondite revelation in
the Symbol is its vertical and horizontal properties. If one did not
know the action of Supermind that utilises precisely these cosmic
directions, this distinguishing feature of Sri Aurobindo’s symbol would
go unnoticed. But it is obvious once the veils are removed via the lived
experience in Earth time.
help the seeker understand it must be borne in mind that the single
most essential characteristic of Supermind is dynamism. This is what it
brings to creation, and because of which it can divinise the Earth
according to its ‘formula’. Sri Aurobindo made this abundantly clear in
his numerous letters to disciples. And to ‘see’ this dynamism, to
remove abstraction from the exercise, we need to set the formula
rolling as it were. We need to add the ingredient of motion.
This is accomplished with the aid of Time – for which reason Sri
Aurobindo listed Time as the fourth and final aid in the yoga (see The
Synthesis of Yoga, Part I, ‘The Four Aids’), without which
the others would be ineffective.
our work with numbers, we must also bring them alive and we do so by
adding the same ingredient – motion; and the same aid – Time. The
numbers are then ‘living things’, as the Mother reported of her
experience on 5.2.1969. By the same process we can bring alive Sri Aurobindo’s symbol so that with Time’s aid its details suddenly spring
to life, full of meaning and purpose and dynamism, - above all the
dynamics of Supermind’s formula for divinising the Earth.
the official drawing the Mother has designed the Lotus by a descending
series of petals: 9 and 6 in number; and then there are 3 leaves
resting on the waters. To be noted is that the 9 and 6 petals are
joined. The leaves, three in number, are set apart. And so it has been:
the 9 and the 6, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, were joint members of
the Solar Line. The Third is set apart (in time and space). The formula
is applied as follows:
In the first editions of Sri
Aurobindo’s centenary collection, printed at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Press in Pondicherry, his symbol is drawn incorrectly. There are SEVEN
petals instead of six. The problem was later corrected when the mistake
was pointed out by MAC’s convenor.