Question: Is there an ultimate consciousness or can consciousness always be transcended?

Sri Chinmoy: From the strict spiritual point of view nothing is ultimate. Everything is transcending. We call something ultimate according to the realisation of our goal. The Supreme Himself is constantly transcending His highest Height. The Supreme is He who is singing the song of self-transcendence all the time.

What is ultimate today need not be and cannot be ultimate tomorrow. Today’s goal is tomorrow’s starting point. There is no ultimate reality. The ultimate reality is for today, for today’s present achievement. But tomorrow we can climb up and stand on top of the reality which we yesterday considered as the ultimate and perfect it. Today’s ultimate consciousness has to be transcended by tomorrow’s more intense aspiration.

Sri Chinmoy, Consciousness: God-Journey to man, man-journey to God.First published by Agni Press in 1974.

This is the 184th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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