The Divine Law Of The Universe

One issue that arises when we accept the idea of a Divine Being or Existent of the universe, is that we impute our own limited concepts of governance upon that Supreme Being. We more or less image the ruler sitting on some kind of figurative throne and making somewhat arbitrary decisions based on the omnipotence s(he) possesses. We impute our limited mental framework of laws and rules on the omnipotent and omniscient Being. Sri Aurobindo points out the limitation in this viewpoint when he states: “The Divine is free and not bound by laws of any making, but still he acts by laws and processes because they are the expression of the truth of things,–not their mechanical, mathematical or other outward truth alone, but the spiritual reality of what they are, what they have become and have yet to become, what they have it within themselves to realise.”

He explains the relationship of the freedom of the Spirit to the laws of Nature thus: “The mechanical, mathematical, automatic law of things is a fact, but within it there is a spiritual law of consciousness at work which gives to the mechanical steps of Nature’s forces an inner turn and value, a significant rightness and a secretly conscious necessity, and above it there is a spiritual freedom that knows and acts in the supreme and universal truth of the Spirit. Our view of the divine government of the world or of the secret of its action is either incurably antrhopomorphic or else incurably mechanical; both the anthropomorphism and mechanism have their elements of truth, but they are only a side, an aspect, and the real truth is that the world is governed by the One in all and over all who is infinite in his consciousness and it is according to the law and logic of an infinite consciousness that we ought to understand the significance and building and movement of the universe.”
reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 2, Brahman, Purusha, Ishwara–Maya, Prakriti, Shakti, pp. 353-354

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