of the Inner Chamber
5 – Inner and Outer: the One and
The Mother was very
clear: ‘I did not see the
outside…only the inside…’ Further, she indicated that she was open
to suggestions. In the Matrimandir Talks, 17 January 1970,
there is even some discussion on the subject, and a sketch as well.
What begins to emerge is the temple’s outer shape, the Vishnu
Shalagrama, one of the most sacred forms in Vedic culture.
was to be the collectivity’s contribution to the Mother’s temple. The
cosmic/yogic principles involved are the One and the Many; or else,
the Unity and the Multiplicity; or the Point and the Circle; or the
Centre and the Periphery. These are different ways of expressing a key
aspect of the Supermind. That is, when we have a ‘supramental
manifestation’, we know that in some way these two seemingly opposing
positions or principles must be reconciled.
India has grappled yogically with this conundrum for two thousand years
- and has been seemingly unsuccessful. From the time of Gautam the
Buddha to the present, we observe how slowly and steadily the issue has been
shelved; no such reconciliation was possible. The only
‘solution’ was to escape, to ignore the problem, to undermine
its very existence by describing the components involved as ‘illusion’.
The direction of the quest was changed and consequently the goal; Sri
Aurobindo has elaborated on the matter in his Letters on Yoga.
was the fate of the Vedic Divine Maya. UP THERE she was allowed her
‘space’. When a split in the yogic perceptive capacity arose ‘down
here’, she was simply Maya, devoid of any divine attributes. The
yogic spirit of India succumbed to the same disease which afflicted the
entire globe at the end of the 8th Manifestation of Sri
Krishna when realms BEYOND became the goal of the quest, unlike
pre-Buddhist Vedic India. Some described it as the onset of a Kaliyuga.