Mind and Maya, Part 2

Sri Aurobindo describes further the nature of mind: “Our mind works best and with a firm confidence when it is given a substance to work on or at least to use as a basis for its operations, or when it can handle a cosmic force of which it has acquired the knowledge,–it is sure of its steps when it has to deal with actualities; this rule of dealing with objectivised or discovered actualities and proceeding from them for creation is the reason of the enormous success of physical Science.”

Once again, however, we must note that mind is not creating anything out of “nothing” and is certainly not building illusions. It is basing its knowledge and action on a reality and even when it receives inspirations or intuitions of new possibilities not yet actualised, yet these can only be realised and manifested to the extent that they are grounded in the reality.

By definition, Maya is a dealer in illusion or creation of “something out of nothing”, an “imposition” on the one, unmoving, undifferentiated, undefined and indefinable Reality, and thus, is a prime creator of forms not based on an underlying reality. Clearly this distinguishes mind and Maya quite clearly from one another and we cannot extrapolate from the one to the other.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 5, The Cosmic Illusion; Mind, Dream and Hallucination, pg. 434

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