A Divine Dissatisfaction Leads to a Divine Aspiration

If we do not close our eyes to the imperfections and suffering by simply creating a dogmatic approach that claims everything to be “perfect” even if we cannot understand it; and if we recognize that the power of human intelligence, and its reaction to these imperfections is a part of the process of the evolutionary manifestation, then we can recognize that the human being has the potential, occuping a key position in the manifestation, to become aware of needed changes, to focus energy on them, and to catalyse those changes.

Sri Aurobindo discusses this point: “Our soul’s dissatisfaction with imperfection as a law of life upon earth, its aspiration towards the elimination of all imperfections from our nature, not only in a heaven beyond where it would be automatically impossible to be imperfect, but here and now in a life where perfection has to be conquered by evolution and struggle, are as much a law of our being as that against which they revolt; they too are divine,–a divine dissatisfaction, a divine aspiration. In them is the inherent light of a power within which maintains them in us so that the Divine may not only be there as a hidden Reality in our spiritual secrecies but unfold itself in the evolution of Nature.”

The existence of this human power of self-awareness and the soul’s aspiration for perfection, light, harmony, love and joy, is the key that helps us define the purpose, destiny and meaning of human existence.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 4, The Divine and the Undivine, pp. 395-396


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