Let us recall the pupils of the Social Contract of JJ Rousseau, the British soldier looking at Union Jack waving in the winds of the Empire or the Wehrmacht soldier at the Nuremberg parade. Do they have anything in common?
They shared in a major emotion, a grand experiment: how to mobilize energies and masses by forging a common purpose.
Some provinces of political philosophy deal with the attempts to form a convergence in the minds of the multitude, giving to a group, thus refocused, a higher strength of solidarity and integration. Proponents of the towering ideologies of the twentieth century, Marxism, Fascism, Nazism brought this trend to its ugly political extreme.
The psychosomatic reward of mass convergence is powerful. For instance, modern mainstreamers experience the exhilarating sensation of the many melting into one through the rituals of pop concerts, rave parties or soccer matches or, even, any televised event stirring world wide enthusiasm or emotions.
But there is another dimension. A survey of the literature will tell us that mystics, science fiction writers or neuro scientists investigating cognitive processes have shared a powerful intuition: they suspect that the next step in the evolution of the race would be crossing the frontier between the individual and the collective consciousness.
And yet, shaping a unified opinion, projecting a common goal or sharing a collective sensation or emotion does not merge our attention into collective consciousness. It does not bring the breakthrough, to the other side of the limit, where there is no other. We need to take it from a higher angle, which is found in the tenets of the Vedanta philosophy, demonstrated by the praxis of Sahaja Yoga.
What we move towards is different from the order of a beehive, the chemical networking of an ant colony, the mass parades of totalitarian regimes or a great rock concert in central Park.
The core message of the Vivekachudamani of Adi Shankaracharya is this : what we are at our core (Atma, Self, Spirit) is an integral part of a larger Whole ( Paramatma, the Cosmic Being, Divinity). So, if the Infinite flew into the Finite, the Finite can reach back to Infinity. The one in which this u turn happens is called a twice born or a yogi. First we find the Self. Then we find oneness with those who found the Self.
On that trajectory, collective consciousness is a major evolutionary step on the way back to where man comes from. Collective Consciousness is the gift of Shri Krishna, brought to yoginis and yogis by the Avatar who opened the third millennium. It is the very expression of the Universal Unconscious, the Mind of God, within the human race.
Perhaps the vector of evolution at the level of the tenth Incarnation of Shri Vishnu will be activated when a greater number of realized souls enter and stay in thoughtless awareness at the level of the seventh chakra (Sahasrara); or when a certain number achieve the require level of depth and connectivity.
The lid on the top of our cranial box is open, our consciousness expands in a new dimension. This is what we achieve notably through the heart (devotion, worship ) and the brain (introspection, witnessing). We are connected, we are wired. Then the Infinite in the Paramchaitanya form, crosses into the realm of its manifestation and interacts with the finite human brains.
Collective Consciousness, Shri Mataji confirmed it in London, is the horse of Shri Kalki. If we know the owner, would we wish to be the horse thief? Trying to influence the collective mind of the yogis (for instance: through opinion campaigns, specific agendas, disinformation) is not respecting the protocol of Collective Consciousness as it is distracting the mind from thoughtless awareness through the pursuit of delusive objects. Let us avoid a misunderstanding. Collective consciousness is not public opinion: it cannot be fashioned; it must be achieved. Reality has its own ways of expression. When it acts, “it” happens, under the control of none.