The Universe Has a Real Existence Independent of Mind

Sri Aurobindo continues his discussion of the concept that essentially says that the universe is a figment of our minds and that we know nothing else and can know nothing else than what our mind creates. He points out that the very nature of Mind and our experience of it makes it clear that it is not a primary creator but a derivative force that is ignorant and seeking for knowledge. Thus, mind cannot be the primary cause or creator of the universe; there must be some other and inclusive consciousness which is the creator.

Sri Aurobindo describes this further consciousness “A consciousness possessing the essential and integral knowledgge, proceeding from the essence to the whole and from the whole to the parts, would be no longer Mind, but a perfect Truth-Consciousness automatically possessed of inherent self-knowledge and world-knowledge. It is from this basis that we have to look at the subjective view of reality. It is true that there is no such thing as an objective reality independent of consciousness; but at the same time there is a truth in objectivity and it is this, that the reality of things resides in something that is within them and is independent of the interpretation our mind gives to them and of the structures it builds upon its observation. These structures constitute the mind’s subjective image or figure of the universe, but the universe and its objects are not a mere image or figure. They are in essence creations of consciousness, but of a consciousness that is one with being, whose substance is the substance of Being and whose creations too are of that substance, therefore real. In this view the world cannot be a purely subjective creation of Consciousness; the subjective and the objective truth of things are both real, they are two sides of the same reality.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 15, Reality and the Integral Knowledge