The Prolific Manifestation of Different Forms of Life

Sri Aurobindo continues “we see the original indeterminate Energy throwing out general determinates of itself,–…with their appropriate states of substance and determined forms of that substance: the latter are numerous, sometimes innumerable variations on the substance-energy which is their base: but none of these variations seems to be predetermined by anything in the nature of the general indeterminate.” We see here that there is a more or less “generic” form of Energy or Substance that underlies all created manifestation, but that this yields a virtually limitless variation on the theme in actual fact of manifestation. By the time we get to life energy, we see literally millions of forms of living beings, some of them having only minute differences from other living forms, all of them sharing the basic essence of the life energy. “Throughout there is the constant rule of a general sameness in the original determinate and, subject to this substantial sameness of the basic substance and nature, a profuse variation in the generic and individual determinates; an identical law obtains of sameness or similarity in the genus or species with numerous variations often meticulously minute in the individual.”

“A necessity of immutable sameness at the base, of free and unaccountable variations on the surface seems to be the law; but who or what necessitates or determines?”

Through all of this amazingly complex and detailed manifestation, we continue to seek for a meaning, a purpose, a rationale that can explain or justify the necessity or at least the purpose of this wild abandon of Nature creating forms upon forms.

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

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