After a short political career in which he became one of the
leaders of the early movement for the freedom of India from British rule, Sri Aurobindo turned to the development
and practice of a new spiritual path which he called the
"integral yoga," the aim of which was to further the
evolution of life on earth by establishing a high level of
spiritual consciousness which he called the Supermind
that would represent a divine life.
in English on his
and practice, on social and political development,
on Indian culture including
extensive commentaries and translations of ancient Indian scriptures,
on literature and poetry
including the writing of much spiritual poetry.
Sri Aurobindo's vision of the future
included the appearance of what we may a call a new species,
the supramental being,
a divine being which would be as different and superior to present humanity as humanity is to the animal. It would have a consciousness different in kind than the mind of the human
, a different status and quality and functioning. Even the physical form of this being would be different, more luminous and flexible and adaptable, entirely conscious and harmonious. Between this supramental being and humanity, there would be transitional beings, who would be human in birth and form, but whose consciousness would approach that of the supramental being. These transitional beings
would appear prior to that of the full supramental being, and would constitute an intermediate stage in the earth evolution, through which the soul would pass in its growth towards its divine manifestation as the supramental being in the earth nature.