Reconciling God and Evolution

As a result of this somewhat extended review of this chapter of Sri Aurobindo’s Life Divine, we can see that “the conception of a divine Mind and Will creating the cosmos becomes justifiable, while at the same time the perplexing elements in it which our reasoning mentality refuses to ascribe to an arbitrary fiat of the Creator, find their explanation as inevitable phenomena of a Consciousness emerging with difficulty out of its opposite–but with the mission to override these contrary phenomena and manifest by a slow and difficult evolution its greater reality and true nature.”

It is thus at this point that we begin to see a way out of the predicament raised earlier about why God permits evil, pain or suffering; and alternatively how such can occur with an all-knowing, all-powerful Creator manifesting the universe.

Obviously starting from the Inconscience and evolving successively the powers of the life energy and then the mind, we experience limitations on what we can actually truly grasp, and thus, this seems like speculation so long as it is based on mental computations and analysis. The only true solution is to “follow the curve of evolving consciousness until it arrives at a height and largeness of self-enlightenment in which the primal secret is self-discovered…”

This will bring us to the action of the mind as it evolves, its powers, its limitations, and its possibilities, which we will take up in successive posts.

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

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