The Silence and the Sounds of Manifestation

Just as we can reconcile the One and the Many, it is also necessary to take up and reconcile the other “contradictions” that human logic places in the way of the “logic of the Infinite”. One of the premier experiences of the spiritual path is the overwhelming impact of the immutable, immobile “silence of the Spirit.” In fact, this experience is so overwhelming that those who have it frequently find it impossible to reconcile it with the movement, the noise and the dynamic energies of the manifested world. It is no wonder that the spiritual ascetic, the desert-dweller, the hermit have determined to abandon the life of commotion in the world and dedicate themselves to this pure silent status of Being.

Sri Aurobindo shows us however the fallacy in our logic when he indicates “A solely silent and static Infinite, an Infinite without an infinite power and dynamis and energy is inadmissible except as the perception of an aspect; a powerless Absolute, an impotent Spirit is unthinkable: an infinite energy must be the dynamis of the Infinite, an all-power must be the potency of the Absolute, an illimitable force must be the force of the Spirit.”

The silence is the foundation upon which the dynamic action takes place. Rather than being opposites that are irreconcilable, the silence and the dynamism are complementary energies that exist together and belong to each other, the one supporting the other. The silence is not disturbed by the manifestation; and the manifestation does not contradict the silence. The logic of the Infinite once again overcomes our human logic.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 2, Brahman, Purusha, Ishwara–Maya, Prakriti, Shakti, pp. 336-337

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