Sri Chinmoy – The Golden Boat

Did Sri Chinmoy take the concept of The Golden Boat from an
experience-vision the Mother had in India in 1958?

It seems Chinmoy has copied Aurobindo's Boat
(or the Overmind's Boat) that he established upon the
world in 1926.

judge for yourselves…

Supramental Ship
(Experience of February 3, 1958)
Between the beings of the supramental world and men, almost the same
separation exists as between men and animals. Some time ago life, and
it is a fact that animals do not understand us; their consciousness
is so constructed that we elude them almost entirely. And yet I have
known pet animals—cats and dogs, but especially cats—that used to
make an almost yogic effort of consciousness to reach us. But
usually, when they see us as we live and act, they do not understand,
they do not see us as we are and they suffer because of us. We are a
constant enigma to them. Only a very tiny part of their consciousness
has a link with us. And it is the same thing for us when we try to
look at the supramental world. Only when the link of consciousness is
established shall we see it—and even then only the part of our being
which has undergone transformation in this way will be able to see it
as it is—otherwise the two worlds would remain apart like the animal
and human worlds.
The experience I had on the third of February is a proof of this.
Before that I had had an individual subjective contact with
supramental world, whereas on the third of February I moved in it
concretely, as concretely as I once used to walk in Paris, in a world
that exists in itself, outside all subjectivity.
It is like a bridge being thrown between the two worlds. Here is the
experience as I dictated it immediately afterwards.
The supramental world exists permanently and I am there permanently
in a supramental body. I had the proof of this even today when my
earth-consciousness went there and remained there consciously between
two and three o'clock in the afternoon. Now, I know that what is
lacking for the two worlds to unite in a constant and conscious
relation, is an intermediate zone between the physical world as it is
and the supramental world as it is. This zone remains to be built,
both in the individual consciousness and the objective world, and it
is being built. When I used to speak of the new world which is being
created, it was of this intermediary zone that I was speaking. And
similarly, when I am on this side, that is, in the field of the
physical consciousness, and I see the supramental power, the
supramental light and substance constantly penetrating matter, it is
the construction of this zone which I see and in which I participate.
I was on a huge boat which was a symbolic representation of the place
where this work is going on. This boat, as large as a city, is fully
organised, and it had certainly already been functioning for some
time, for its organisation was complete. It is the place where people
who are destined for the supramental life are trained. These people -
or at least a part of their being—had already undergone a supramental
transformation, for the boat itself and everything on board was
neither material nor subtle-physical nor vital nor mental—it was a
supramental, the supramental substance which is closest to the
physical world, the first to manifest. The light was a mixture of
gold and red, forming a uniform substance of a luminous orange.
Everything was like that—the light was like that, the people were
like that—everything had that colour, although with various shades
which made it possibly to distinguish things from each other. The
general impression was of a world without shadows; there were shades
but no shadows. The atmosphere was full of joy, calm, order;
everything wet on regularly and in silence. And at the same time one
could see all the details of an education, a training in all fields,
by which the people on board were being prepared.
This immense ship had just reached the shore of the supramental world
and a first group of people who were destined to become the future
inhabitants of this supramental world were to disembark. Everything
had been arranged for this first landing. At the wharf several very
tall beings were posted. They had been delegated from above and
posted there to control and supervise the landing. I was in charge of
the whole thing from the beginning all the time. I had prepared all
the groups myself. I stood on the boat at the head of the gangway,
calling the groups one by one and sending them down to the shore. The
tall beings who were posted there were inspecting, so to say, those
who were landing, authorising those who were ready and sending back
those who were not and who had to continue their on board the ship.
While I was there looking at everybody, the part of my consciousness
which came from here became extremely interested; it wanted to see
and recognise all the people, see how they had changed and check
which ones were taken immediately and which ones had to remain to
continue their training. After a while, as I stood there observing, I
wake up—a consciousness or a person here - and in my consciousness I
protested, "No, no, not yet, not yet! I want to see the people!" I
was seeing and noting everything with intense interest… Things
continued in this way until suddenly the clock here began to strike
three, and this brought me back violently. There was a sensation of
suddenly falling into my body. I came back with a shock because I had
been called back very suddenly, but with all my memory. I remained
quiet, without moving, until I could recollect the whole experience
and keep it.
On the boat the nature of objects was not the one we know on earth;
for instance, clothes were not made of cloth and what looked like
cloth was not manufactured: it formed a part of the body, it was made
of the same substance which took different forms. It had a kind of
plasticity. When a change had to be made, it took place, not by any
artificial and external means but by an inner operation, an operation
of consciousness which gave form or appearance to the substance. Life
created its own forms. There was one single substance in everything;
it changed the quality of its vibration according to need and use.
Those who were sent back for fresh training were not of a uniform
colour, it was as if their body had greyish, opaque patches of a
substance resembling earthly substance; they were dull, as if they
had not been entirely permeated with light, not transformed. They
were not like that everywhere, only in places.
The tall beings on the shore were not of the same colour, at least
they did not have that orange tint; they were paler, more
transparent. Except for one part of their body, one could only see
the outline of their form. They were very tall; they seemed not to
have any bones and could take any form according to their need. Only
from the waist down had they a permanent density, which was not
perceptibly in the rest of their body. Their colour was much lighter,
with very little red; it was more golden or even white. The parts of
whitish light were translucent; they were not positively transparent
but less dense, more subtle than the orange substance.
When I was called back and while I was saying "Not yet", each time I
had a brief glimpse of myself, that is, of my form in the supramental
world. I was a mixture of the tall beings and the beings abroad the
ship. My upper part, particularly the head, was only a silhouette
whose contents were white with an orange fringe. Going down towards
the feet, the colour became more like that of the people on the boat,
that is, orange; going upwards, it was more translucent and white and
the red grew less. The head was only a silhouette with a sun shining
within it; rays of light came from it which were the action of the
As for the people I saw on board the ship, I recognised them all.
Some were from here, from the Ashram, some came from elsewhere, but I
know them too. I saw everybody but as I knew that I would not
remember them all when I returned, I decided not to give any names.
Besides, it is not necessary. Three or four faces were very clearly
visible, and when I saw them, I understood the feeling I had here on
earth when looking into their eyes: there was such an extraordinary
joy… People were mostly young, there were very few children and they
were about fourteen or fifteen, certainly not below ten or twelve—I
did not remain long enough to see all the details. There weren't any
very old people, apart from a few exceptions. Most of the people who
went ashore were middle-aged, except a few. Already, before this
experience, some individual cases had been examined several times at
a place where people capable of being supramentalised were examined;
I had a few surprises and noted them; I even told some people about
it. But the ones whom I put ashore today, I saw very distinctly; they
were middle-aged, neither young children nor old people, apart from a
few rare exceptions, and that corresponded fairly well with what I
expected. I decided not to say anything, not give any names. As I did
not remain until the end, it was not possible for me to get an exact
picture. I do not want to say things to some and not to others.
What I can say is that the point of view, the judgement, was based
exclusively on the substance of which the people were made, that is,
whether they belonged completely to the supramental world, whether
they were made of that very special substance. The standpoint taken
is neither moral nor psychological. It is probable that the substance
their bodies were made of was the result of an inner law or inner
movement which at that time was not in question. At least it is quite
clear that the values are different.
When I came back, simultaneously with the recollection of the
experience I knew that the supramental world is permanent, that my
presence there is permanent, and that only a missing link was
necessary for the connection to be made in the consciousness and the
substance, and it is this link which is now being forged. I had the
impression—an impression which remained for quite a long time, almost
a whole day—of an extreme relativity—no, not exactly that: the
impression that the relation between this world and the other
completely changed the standpoint from which things should be
evaluated or appraised. This standpoint had nothing mental about it
and it gave a strange inner feeling that lots of things we consider
good or bad are nor really so. It was very clear that everything
depended on the capacity of things, on their aptitude in expressing
the supramental world or being in relation with it. It was so
completely different, sometimes even altogether contrary to our
ordinary appraisal. I recollect one little thing which we usually
consider to be bad; how strange it was to see that in truth it was
something excellent! And other things we consider to be important
have in fact absolutely no importance at all: whether a thing is like
this or like that is not at all important. What is very obvious is
that our appraisal of what is divine or undivine is not right. I even
laughed to see certain things…. Our usual feeling of what is anti-
divine seems artificial, seems based on something that is not true,
not living—besides, what we call life here did not seem living to me
compared with that world—anyway, this feeling should be founded on
our relation between the two worlds and on how things make the
relation between them easier or more difficult. This would make a
great difference in our appraisal of what brings us nearer to the
Divine or what separates us from Him. In people too I saw that what
helps them to become supramental or hinders them from it, is very
different from what our usual moral notions imagine. I felt how…
ridiculous we are.
The Mother

Ghose in a golden boat …

The Golden Boat, part 1 by Sri Chinmoy

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