Untying the Knot of the Meaning of Life

Sri Aurobindo continues to explore the significance of the position that the world is an illusion. “An uncompromising theory of Illusion solves no problem of our existence; it only cuts the problem out for the individual by showing him a way of exit: in its extreme form and effect, our being and its action become null and without sanction, its experience, aspiration, endeavor lose their significance; all, the one incommunicable relationless Truth excepted and the turning away to it, become equated with illusion of being, are part of a universal Illusion and themselves illusions. God and ourselves and the universe become myths of Maya; for God is only a reflection of Brahman in Maya, ourselves are only a reflection of Brahman in illusory individuality, the world is only an imposition on the Brahman’s incommunicable self-existence.”

After reflection on the difficulty that this position puts us in, Sri Aurobindo states: “A real solution of existence can only stand upon a truth that accounts for our existence and world-existence, reconciles their truth, their right relation and the truth of their relation to whatever transcendent Reality is the source of everything. But this implies some reality of individual and cosmos, some true relation of the One Existence and all existences, of relative experience and of the Absolute.”

The understanding we bring to this has ultimately major significance to the direction, focus and effort we make in our lives. Whether we choose to abandon the life of the world as being meaningless and transitory; or whether we see it as part of an unfolding evolving Reality of which we, and the world are elements, thereby providing significance and meaning to our lives, our experiences and our aspirations.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 6, Reality and the Cosmic Illusion, pp. 467-468

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