The Creation of the Universe and Its Meaning Explored

Perhaps as long as humans have existed they have pondered questions of where the universe comes from, how did the world and life manifest and what is our purpose in life. These are considered “ultimate” questions for which we have no fixed answers. We reach a boundary line over which we cannot peer. We reach a logical place where we cannot either affix a border nor affirm ongoing continuity.

Western scientists today continue to debate these questions and undertake various measurements and experiments to validate their theoretical understanding. The primary theory that has held sway in the West for much of the last century is known as the “big bang” theory. This theory essentially holds that the universe was created out of a virtually infiinite density called a “singularity” which then expanded from there in a burst of energy.

None of this however fully addresses things such as ‘what was there before the big bang’ and ‘how did it get there’ and ‘is it cyclical in nature’ (implying that universes are created and destroyed through cycles with some kind of universal seed that bursts forth energy repeatedly through these cycles.

Some theories hold that there are multiple dimensions that each interact and vibrate to create the pattern of the universe, and quantum physics advances on some of these theories to point out that both distinct points and waves both exist simultaneously in what is something of a logical paradox.

It is these type of questions which Sri Aurobindo takes up in the chapter we are beginning, Indeterminates, Cosmic Determinations and the Indeterminable. The cosmic determinations, representing those specific possibilities of existence that have taken form and act within the framework of this universe, are nevertheless unexplained at the point that we reach limits beyond which we cannot see, even if we posit the existence of further infinite reality. These are the Indeterminates, which may or may not actually be possible for us to comprehend and thus, may remain Indeterminable.

The exploration of these questions is an extensive one but is necessary if we are to develop an understanding of our role and potential action in this universal existence.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 1, Indeterminates, Cosmic Determinations and the Indeterminable

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Overview and Outline of The Life Divine

We have completed our review of book 1 of the Life Divine, “Omnipresent Reality and the Universe”. This first book provides the overview and presents us with the vast sweep of the process of involution of consciousness and the subsequent evolution. It provides us a view of the gradations of consciousness and how they inter-relate to one another; and it provides us with the understanding of the necessity of the world of dualities as a result of the exclusive concentration that permits each potentiality to work itself out as if independent of all other possibilities.

Book 2 of the Life Divine is divided into two sections. Book 2, Part 1, “The Infinite Consciousness and the Ignorance” goes into detail to provide precise knowledge that we can utilize to consciously begin to participate in the evolutionary action. We might consider this section to be an advanced text in spiritual psychology as it examines the individual consciousness, the development of memory, ego, self-awareness, and the relation between the Eternal and the Individual.

Book 2, Part 2, “The Knowledge and the Spiritual Evolution” builds upon the broad overview of Book 1, and the detailed psychological understanding brought to bear in Book 2, Part 1 to now guide us to the conscious role we can play in participating with knowledge in the spiritual evolution. This section leads us systematically to the greater role and purpose that the individual can lay as the lynch-pin of a spiritual evolutionary action that eventually can bring about the transformation of our life in the Ignorance to the development of a life based on Knowledge, what Sri Aurobindo calls The Life Divine.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 1, Indeterminates, Cosmic Determinations and the Indeterminable