The Knowledge of the Inconscience

Sri Aurobindo points out that the Inconscience carries within itself a type of Knowledge by Identity, but it is dark and functions as an automatic perfection of the action of energy. “it is being lost in itself, plunged in its own abyss of infinity. Instead of a luminous absorption in self-existence there is a tenebrous involution in it, the darkness veiled within darkness of the Rig Veda,…,which makes it look like Non-Existence; instead of a luminous inherent self-awareness there is a consciousness plunged into an abyss of self-oblivion, inherent in being but not awake in being. Yet is this involved consciousness still a concealed knowledge by identity; it carries in it the awareness of all the truths of existence hidden in its dark infinite and, when it acts and creates,–but it acts first as Energy and not as Consciousness,–everything is arranged with the precision and perfection of an intrinsic knowledge.”

We need only gaze at the perfect ordering and incredibly precise action of atoms and energy, creating and forming material forms, of solar systems, galaxies and the universe with an order and mathematical sequencing that clearly is a work of involved knowledge; not to speak of the diversity of life and the web of life, the inter-relations between all the beings that live together in one eco-sphere and bio-sphere here in this microcosm we call the earth, to see that there is clearly an action of involved knowledge at work here, not “self-aware” in the sense of what we describe in the superconscient planes of awareness, but clearly under strict control of a master intelligence.

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 10, Knowledge by Identity and Separative Knowledge, pg. 550

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