Lesson 54: Sat Chit Ananda
It is sometimes helpful to express in mundane terms (horizontal / linear) what the extraordinary (vertical / non-linear) is. So, let’s look at consciousness.
Consciousness can be viewed by three categories: consciousness, existence and bliss. The Sanskrit term that is often used to describe consciousness is Sat-Chit-Ananda. Consciousness is energy (vertical). Matter (horizontal) is condensed consciousness or energy (vertical.)
Consciousness (vertical) in the realm of duality (horizontal) can be viewed as truth (vertical) or illusion (horizontal). The unique, individual responses to what either truth or illusion mean are infinite, resulting in ignorance.
Existence (vertical) in the realm of duality (horizontal) can be viewed as life (vertical) or death (horizontal). The unique, individual responses to what either life or death mean are infinite, resulting in ignorance.
Bliss (vertical) in the realm of duality (horizontal) can be viewed as joy (vertical) or pain (horizontal). The unique, individual responses to what either joy or pain mean are infinite, resulting in ignorance.
The bookends of Time are essentially Ignorance (horizontal) on one end and Truth (vertical) on the other. Ignorance must ascend to Truth (vertical) and then Truth descends to daily life (horizontal), transforming Ignorance into Truth which is the equivalent of hell into heaven on earth. The amount of distance that exists between them is the secret formula by which you live your life through either illusion, death and pain or truth, life and joy. The amount of Time it takes you to understand this and wake up is your evolutionary process. Ten lifetimes. A hundred lifetimes. A thousand lifetimes. Ten thousand lifetimes. Consciousness knows what it is doing. You don’t.
That is why there will be certain beings who take birth whose sole purpose is to help us along the way. Over the eons of Time, although these beings are few in number, theirs is not for them alone but for mankind. Aurobindo is one of them and Savitri is one of them. To God, Savitri speaks:
“In vain thou temptst with solitary bliss
Two spirits saved out of a suffering world;
My soul and his indissolubly linked
In the one task for which our lives were born,
To raise the world to God in deathless Light,
To bring God down to the world on earth we came
To change the earthly life to life divine.
I keep my will to save the world and man;
Thy embrace, O Lord, to seize on woman and man,
To take all things and creatures in their grief
And gather them into a mother's arms.
Thy embrace which rends the living knot of pain,
Thy joy, O Lord, in which all creatures breathe,
Thy magic flowing waters of deep love,
Thy sweetness give to me for earth and men.”
Solitary consciousness, existence and bliss (sat-chit-ananda) is not enough for Savitri. The grander task is the divinization of life on earth. All of the lessons leading up this point have been about her ascent into the formless and now, we witness the descent of Sat Chit Ananda into matter itself, the movement of consciousness into the physical world, the descent of heaven on earth.