Sat-Chit-Ananda Cause and Pervade the Universal Manifestation

The cosmic action can only take place through the existence of an infinite Force. This force in turn depends on the existence of an infinite Consciousness. The order and systematic existence, processes and sequential actions that occur in the Universe presuppose a cosmic all-sustaining, all-developing Consciousness and Will-Force (Chit-Shakti). Once again, we must overcome our normal standpoint of separation and fragmentation and understand that the complexity, the order, the magnitude, the energy and the obvious intelligent inter-relation of all things to one another could not occur randomly and without cause or conscious awareness. We come face to face with the Universal Consciousness as we contemplate the wonders of the manifested universal action of which the world of matter-life-mind is such a small but integrated part.

We then have to accept that this Consciousness is both omniscient and omnipotent, even if we are not consciously aware of this in our fragmented and divided consciousness. This universal existent consciousness has the nature of bliss or delight. The Taittiriya Upanishad describes this as follows “If there were not this all-encompassing ether of Delight of existence in which we dwell, if that delight were not our ether, then none could breathe, none could live.” Even when this ether of bliss is subconscient and unrecognized, it is the force that both holds together the universal manifestation and permits its evolution and development. “Joy of being, delight of realisation by knowledge, rapture of possession by will and power or creative force, ecstasy of union in love and joy are the highest terms of expanding life becasue they are the essence of existence itself in the hidden roots as on its yet unseen heights.”

We thus are able to conclude that Sat (Existence), Chit (Consciousness) and Ananda (Delight or Bliss) are the source, support and cause of all manifested existence and they pervade all that is.

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

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