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Summary Version of the Theory of Development


May 30, 1999

   The social collective is a living entity, a real Being. Its existence is governed by principles and its functioning is the expression of the powers of that being. By its aspiration to grow, develop and evolve, it is capable of releasing all the social energy this growth needs. It has a well-marked will that directs that energy into predetermined channels of growth so that it may become the social force. This force moves the collective and its individuals into countless activities, which by their interaction create patterns of behaviour. These patterns emerge as social organisations, which mature in time as social institutions and social culture, thus shifting the centre of action from the collective to the individuals. The individual, acquiring the appropriate skills, secures the results he seeks from the power available from this organisation.

   The collective is a single organism of a unitarian consciousness. The millions of its individuals are its transitory points through which it expresses its subconscious urge as conscious initiatives. What matters to the collectivity is itself, not individuals, however distinguished they are in their time. The collective fulfils itself in the individuals. The individuals are no more than conscious occasions or outlets for itself. When all the individuals become conscious, the individuals disappear from the scene leaving the erstwhile subconscious collectivity now conscious. Thus, the only part the apparent individuals play in the life of the collective is to raise it from subconscious existence to conscious living. If necessary, when the individual does not play the part expected of him, the collective will have no compunction to exterminate him.

   The progress the society aims at passes through the stages known as physical, vital,  mental, spiritual and Supramental. It seeks greater security and comfort in the physical, expansive enjoyment in the vital, widening comprehension in the mental, silent accomplishment at the spiritual stage. Reaching the supramental stage, the society sheds the alternative of failure.

   It is a pronounced aim of the society that all these accomplishments must be through the instrumentation of enjoyment. The goal of accomplishment and the means of enjoyment are interchangeable and they unite at the end in an indistinguishable unity.

   Social existence has the act of the individual for its unit. This ACT is itself a complex whole, a miniature of the collective and is structured as the macrocosm of the society and admits of the entire progress of the collectivity up to the Supramental level. Thus, it can act as a subtle key to expedite the progress of the individual or the society.

   The Being of the collective has its own principles and powers. The principle is, the collective is a self-conscious being, capable of self-determination and self-conception. Its powers emerge as it begins to function through its instruments -- individuals and organisations. Their interactions bring out the latent powers. In the phase of unconscious development social energy is released by physical instinct and turns it into the power to accomplish. In the conscious phase, the conscious individual, through the right strategy releases the social power and accomplishes many times. About 300 of such laws that can become right strategies are now known.

   A planner in an organisation or a nation or for that matter, in his individual life, can erect this wide framework of development and fit the existing conditions into it. It will reveal the innumerable points at which the practice and right strategy vary. Setting them right, the development of that organisation can be ushered into an unimaginable speed as the effort changes the unconscious functioning into one of conscious working.

story | by Dr. Radut