God and Salvation

We generally conceive of God as being outside and superior to the creation and the universe, some kind of personified external creator independent and separate from the creation. This is more or less a raising up of the transcendent term of creation and a belittling of the individual and cosmic terms. This eventually will lead to the affirmation of the ascetic or otherworldly seeker and a denial of life and the cosmos.

Salvation of the individual then becomes an effort to remove oneself from life and achieve a realization or dissolution in that other-world. When we recognize however the integral nature and oneness of all 3 terms, it becomes clear that it is possible to realize God the transcendent while not denying reality or value to the cosmic and individual terms of existence.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Chapter 5, The Destiny of the Individual

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