Tathastu–Let It Be So

The relationship between the Self-Existent and the Consciousness-Force that creates and manifests the world is sometimes viewed as one of imposition of that dynamic action of Nature, sometimes called Maya or an Illusion, upon the ever-moving, silent all-aware Being who does not participate or get involved in the actions of Nature. Nature appears to act “on its own” to turn the substance of existence into the manifold forms that populate the creation and interact with one another. And while some may consider this manifestation to be an illusion, it nevertheless must have some essential reality or it could not exist.

Sri Aurobindo points out that in fact the action of Nature, in the form of Consciousness-Force, Maya or Shakti, is upheld, supported, consented to, and eventually controlled by the Self-Existent. “But when we step back from the outer dynamic appearances of things, we see him doing everything in his own sovereignty as the creator and ruler of his own manifestation; or, if he stands back and allows freedom of action to the forces of Nature and her creatures, his sovereignty is still innate in the permission, at every step his tacit sanction, “Let it be so”, tathastu, is there implicit; for otherwise nothing could be done or happen. Being and its Consciousness-Force, Spirit and Nature cannot be fundamentally dual: what Nature does, is really done by the Spirit.”

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 2, Brahman, Purusha, Ishwara–Maya, Prakriti, Shakti, pp. 354-355


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