The Mind Creates the Illusory Sense of Illusion

An objection is raised at this point, however, that everything we have described is the cosmic manifestation and this is limited…There is still the Transcendent, which is unlimited, eternal, absolute; thus, the cosmic action is an illusion regardless.

Sri Aurobindo responds to this, by agreeing that the Transcendent, the Eternal, the Absolute cannot be limited, but he draws the opposite conclusion from this fact: “It is self-evident indeed that the Absolute cannot be limited; it can be limited neither by formlessness nor by form, neither by unity nor by multiplicity, neither by immobile status nor by dynamic mobility. If it manifests form, form cannot limit it; if it manifests multiplicity, multiplicity cannot divide it; if it manifests motion and becoming, motion cannot perturb nor becoming change it: it cannot be limited any more than it can be exhausted by self-creation. Even material things have this superiority to their manifestation; earth is not limited by the vessels made from it, nor air by the winds that move in it, nor the sea by the waves that rise on its surface. This impression of limitation belongs only to the mind and sense which see the finite as if it were an independent entity separating itself from the Infinite or something cut out of it by limitation: it is this impression that is illusory, but neither the infinite nor the finite is an illusion; for neither exists by the impressions of the sense or the mind, they depend for their existence on on the Absolute.”

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 6, Reality and the Cosmic Illusion, pp. 475-476

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