Consciousness Organises the Universe in its Manifestation

If we find that we cannot reconcile “the double contradiction of consciousness emerging from a fundamental Inconscience and of a Mind of order and reason manifesting as the brilliant final consequence of a world created by inconscient Chance”, we need to explore other explanations for how the universe has come to exist, to manifest innumerable forms according to fixed laws of action, and to develop consciousness out of an apparently inconscient starting point.

At this point, Consciousness becomes the central point that provides the organising principle for everything we see. The Inconscience we see in the world of matter and energy actually is acting under the will of an organising consciousness, which has involved itself deeply into the material form and therefore can systematically manifest through sequential evolution of ever higher grades of conscious awareness.

From this standpoint we can still take several different lines of approach. One of these sees the entire creation as the manifestation of the Will of an extra-cosmic divinity. “All these things we see around us are then the thoughts of an extracosmic Divinity, a Being with an omnipotent and omniscient Mind and Will, who is responsible for the mathematical law of the physical universe, for its artistry of beauty, for its strange play of samenesses and variations, of concordances and discords, of combining and intermingling opposites, for the drama of consciousness struggling to exist and seeking to affirm itself in an inconscient universal order.”

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

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