Over-Development of Matter
Evolution scientists tell us that that the birth and growth of man, the Home Sapiens, marked the completion of the evolutionary cycle of life on earth that took place in various stages over millions of years. Man is the only creature among millions of species on earth, who can think intelligently and synthesize thoughts. Because of man's power of intelligent reasoning, scientists have put him at the zenith of the evolutionary spiral.
Man has made great strides in science and technology. This is often mistaken as the evidence of man having reached the pinnacle of the evolutionary glory. A closer look at this phenomenon tells us that the growth of human mind has so far been limited to exploiting the potential of matter. This is reflected in the spectacular growth of physical science that has put man in space and begun unlocking the mysteries of human body through research in areas such as genome mapping, cellular biology and stem cells.
However, human endeavor to look into the potential of spirit has not gone beyond the realm of psycho-physical research. In fact, research into deeper aspects of human mind always invariably ends with scientists probing the brain. This is because modern science cannot believe or perceive that human body and mind could be linked to another state of consciousness that exists beyond the limits of our physical world. The result is that the potential possibilities of spirit, vis-à-vis matter, have been left to the interpreters of religion and spirituality. This has caused a neat division between scientists and religious leaders, making them look at each with a degree of suspicion and even hostility.
The West's excessive emphasis on exploiting the physical world has resulted in the near total neglect of the great potential of the spirit world with which human body and mind are closely linked, and are therefore deeply impacted by it. The progress in science and technology has therefore led to greater physical comforts but not to peace of mind. If anything, material progress stemming from new scientific discoveries has only led to competition, conflict, discord and internecine struggle in human society.
Sri Aurobindo, one of 20th century's greatest spiritual masters and seers, had accurately diagnosed the current crisis in human society as the result of the imbalance in man's treatment of matter and spirit. He argued that mankind would not be at peace with itself unless it achieved a correct balance in exploring the potential of spirit and matter and linking them together. Man, he said, is not at the pinnacle of life's evolutionary cycle on earth. Man is only a ‘transitional being'. He is yet to evolve further in the realm of spirit. It is only when man evolves higher into the remaining stages of consciousness that he will have reached the zenith of life's evolution on our planet.
Union of Matter and Spirit
Vedic texts mention that the human body is only the physical abode of soul. The physical body is composed of seven kosha (sheaths), and the atman soul pervades all seven sheaths: Annamaya Kosha (food-apparent sheath), Pranamaya Kosha (air-apparent sheath), Manomaya Kosha (mind-stuff-apparent sheath), Vigyanamaya Kosha (wisdom-apparent-sheath), Anandmaya Kosha (bliss-apparent sheath), Chitta Kosha (Becoming) and Sat Kosha (Being). Development of all the seven sheaths fully is necessary for man's complete spiritual evolution.
Sri Aurobindo and his French disciple known as the Mother realized during their meditative states that the final evolution could happen only if the cosmic consciousness (described as Krishna's supramental force) descended on earth. On November 24, 1926, the Mother announced to a small group of Sri Aurobindo's disciples that Krishna's supramental force had descended on earth and assumed a human form. It was the day on which Guru Siyag was born.
Both Sri Aurobindo and Mother were convinced that the person, who was thus chosen for the manifestation of the Krishna consciousness in the physical world, would himself undergo the last three stages of ‘Anand', ‘Chit' and ‘Sat'. The chosen one's mission would be to bring about the kind of spiritual evolution that he has undergone himself among others. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were also convinced that if one man on earth underwent complete spiritual revolution, it was practically possible for millions of others to experience this divine transformation if they followed the same path as the Chosen One.
They knew that eventually the chosen one would be made fully conscious of his real mission on earth. This happened in 1969 when Guru Siyag achieved the Gayatri Siddhi in the wee hours of a winter morning in a Rajasthan town. In the town of Pondichery in southern India, Mother, who was always connected with cosmic consciousness, instantly received the vibrations of this momentous happening. She simply said her own mission was complete, as Krishna's supramental force had become active that day. Given below is an excerpt from Mother's writings of the vision she saw:
"November 26/27, 1968: Powerful and prolonged infiltration of supramental forces into the "body" everywhere at the same time, as though the whole body "bathed" in the forces that entered everywhere at the same time with a slight friction, the head down to the neck was the last receptive region.
1969: On the 1st January 1969 at two o'clock in the morning a consciousness descended into the earth's atmosphere and "settled" there. It was a most marvelous descent, full of light, force, power, joy and peace and suffused the ‘whole' earth."
In speaking of this episode, Guru Siyag says that he was able to experience the final three Kosha of Ananda, Chitta and Sat (For more, read "About Guru Siyag"). He also says that from that day onwards he experienced a transformation in his very being. In subsequent communications with his Guru Gangainathji from the plane of the spirit, Guru Siyag was told that it was his mission to bring about a spiritual revolution by becoming the medium for the Divine Transformation of all mankind. West is the leader of the world's material progress. So Guru Siyag is keen to take GSSY to the West to begin a spiritual movement based on cosmic consciousness. He believes that only such a movement will eventually bring about a union of East's spiritualism and West's materialism to usher in a true spiritual revolution in mankind.