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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 are.
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 existence.


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 supermind level, but deriving from the supramental Truth-Consciousness and still luminous with something of its knowledge.
"
The Life Divine pp. 276-277




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