A Divine Play?

If we are unwilling to accept the idea that we are trapped in an unchanging circumstance based on some kind of original sin, a sin in fact which is outside our control and unable to be amended, a sin that we simply needs must suffer, there is another line of understanding that can be looked at to help explain the undivine aspects, as we see it, of the world we live in.

Sri Aurobindo describes it thus: “In that case, the only reasonable explanation of such a paradoxical manifestation or creation is that it is a cosmic game, a Lila, a play, an amusement of the Divine Being. It may be he pretends to be undivine, wears that appearance like the mask or make-up of an actor for the sole pleasure of the pretense or the drama. Or else he has created the undivine, created ignorance, sin and suffering just for the joy of a manifold creation. Or perhaps, as some religions curiously suppose, he has done this so that there may be inferior creatures who will praise and glorify Him for his eternal goodness, wisdom, bliss and omnipotence and try feebly to come an inch nearer to the goodness in order to share the bliss, on pain of punishment,–by some supposed eternal,–if, as the vast majority must by their very imperfection, they fail in their endeavor.”

Of course, we are left with the paradoxical situation of an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-blissful Creator God who somehow condones and potentially even enjoys the suffering of his creatures based on imperfections and faults that he created them to have. We rightfully object to such a conclusion, which would offend our sense of Right, Justice and Morality.

There are however, ways to resolve this dilemma, which we will discuss in the next session.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 4, The Divine and the Undivine, pp. 408-409

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