There is an ascending evolution in nature which goes from the stone to the plant, from the plant to the animal, from the animal to man. Because man is, for the moment, the last rung at the summit of the ascending evolution, he considers himself as the final stage in this ascension and believes there can be nothing on earth superior to him. In that he is mistaken. In his physical nature he is yet almost wholly an animal, a thinking and speaking animal, but still an animal in his material habits and instincts.
Undoubtedly, nature cannot be satisfied with such an imperfect result. SHE endeavours to bring out a being who will be to man what man is to the animal, a being who will remain a man in its external form and yet whose consciousness will rise far above the mental and its slavery to ignorance.
Sri Aurobindo came upon earth to teach this truth to men. He told them that man is only a transitional being living in a mental consciousness, but with the possibility of acquiring a new consciousness, the Truth-consciousness and capable of living a life perfectly harmonious, good and beautiful, happy and fully conscious. During the whole of his life upon earth, Sri Aurobindo gave all his time to establish in himself this consciousness he called supramental and to help those gathered around him to realise it.
You have the immense privilege of having come quite young to the Ashram, that
is to say still plastic and capable of being moulded according to this new ideal and
thus become the representatives of the new race. Here, in the Ashram, you are in the
most favourable conditions with regard to the environment, the influence, the teaching and the example, to awaken in you this supramental consciousness and to grow according to its law.
Now, all depends on your will and your sincerity. If you have the will no more to belong to ordinary humanity, no more to be merely evolved animals. If your will is to become men of the new race realizing Sri Aurobindo's supramental ideal, living a new and higher life upon a new earth, you will find here all the necessary help to achieve your purpose, you will profit fully by your stay in the Ashram and eventually become living examples for the world.
SRI AUROBINDO INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF EDUCATION
Sri Aurobindo is present in our midst and with all the power of his creative genius he presides over the formation of the university centre which for years he considered as one of the best means of preparing the future humanity to receive the supramental light that will transform the elite of today into a new race manifesting upon earth the new light and force and life.
In his name I open today this convention meeting here with the purpose of realising one of his most cherished ideals.
PRAYER OF THE STUDENTS
Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born against the past that seeks to endure. So that the new things may manifest and we be ready to receive them.
CALL TO VICTORY
I salute you, my brave little soldiers, I give you my call to the rendezvous with Victory.