Nirvana vs Dynamic Descent
"But once this entry into the inner being is accomplished, the inner Self is found to be capable of an opening, an ascent upwards into things beyond our
present mental level; that is the second spiritual possibility in us.
(1) The first most ordinary result is a discovery of a vast static and silent Self which we
feel to be our real or our basic existence, the foundation of all else that we
There may be even an extinction, a Nirvana both of our active being and of
the sense of self into a Reality that is indefinable and inexpressible.
But also we can realise that this self is not only our own spiritual being but the true
self of all others; it presents itself then as the underlying truth of cosmic
It is possible to
remain in a Nirvana of all individuality, to stop at a static realisation
or, regarding the cosmic movement as a superficial play
or illusion imposed on the silent Self, to pass into some supreme immobile and
immutable status beyond the universe.
(2) But another less negative line of supernormal experience also offers itself; for there takes place a large dynamic descent of light, knowledge, power, bliss or other supernormal energies into our
self of silence, and we can ascend too into higher regions of the Spirit where
its immobile status is the foundation of those great and luminous energies. It
is evident in either case that we have risen beyond the mind of Ignorance into a
spiritual state; but, in the dynamic movement, the resultant greater action of
Consciousness-Force may present itself either
simply as a pure spiritual dynamis
not otherwise determinate in its character
or it may reveal a spiritual mind-range
where mind is no longer ignorant of the Reality, -- not yet a
level, but deriving from the supramental Truth-Consciousness and still
luminous with something of its knowledge.
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