Sat-Chit-Ananda is the Source of the Manifested Universe

It is one thing to recognize that there is a goal and a significance to life in principle. It is quite another to take this possibility and recognize it as a real and effective potentiality, and therefrom to see the process, the plan and the effective action that brings it about.

Sri Aurobindo takes this next step as he discusses the order and plan of the manifestation:

“The higher Trinity is the source and basis of all existence and play of existence, and all cosmos must be an expression and action of its essential reality.” Just as humans tend to look at the solar system and say that the sun moves around the earth, even though it is quite the opposite in reality, we also tend to look at the meaning of our lives in a similar sense. Sri Aurobindo corrects this notion by making it clear that the source of our existence, and its meaning, comes from Sat-Chit-Ananda and not from Matter-Life-Mind where we tend to root ourselves.

It is not possible nor feasible for the manifested universe to have sprung up from nothing, with no form, no plan, no conscious intention, and no substance or foundation, existing in some kind of void.

Sri Aurobindo therefore indicates “It must be either a figure of existence within the infinite Existence who is beyond all figure or it must be itself the All-Existence.” In other words, it obtains its form and existence because it is either a created expression of the Infinite, or indeed, itself that Infinite Existence. As we widen our consciousness to partake of the cosmic being, we find that both of these statements appear to be true. Quantum mechanics has begun to reconcile us to holding two apparently competing concepts as real at the same time when we see that light can be both a wave and a particle apparently simultaneously. Similarly, the universe is both a creation of the Infinite and itself the Infinite Existence, simultaneously and without conflict or contradiction.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Chapter 27, The Sevenfold Chord of Being

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