The Divine Governance of the Universe

As a consequence and corrollary of the understanding that there is an Omnipresent Divine Reality, it becomes necessary to accept a Divine governance, as clearly the system and order of the universe is attributable this Sole Existent.

The next conclusion is then developed by Sri Aurobindo: “Once we admit a divine government of the universe, we must conclude that the power to govern is complete and absolute; for otherwise we are obliged to suppose that a being and consciousness infinite and absolute has a knowledge and will limited in their control of things or hampered in their power of working.”

Sri Aurobindo does point out that this governance may be “delegated” in some fashion to “something that has come into being in his perfection but is itself imperfect and the cause of imperfection, to an ignorant or inconscient Nature, to the action of the human mind and will, even to a conscious Power or Forces of darkness and evil that take their stand upn the reign of a basic Inconscience.”

He does point out that none of these of course are independent of that Divine governance and thus, all actions are both relative and delegated. These forms, forces and actions are part and parcel of the divine Oneness and not something other than or separate from it. “It may be conceded that forces set in motino are allowed to work themselves out according to the law of their movement; but what divine Omniscience and Omnipotence has allowed to arise and act in Its omnipresence, Its all-existence, we must consider It to have originated and decreed, since without the fiat of the Being they could not have been, could not remain in existence.”

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 4, The Divine and the Undivine, pp. 400-401


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