Spiritual Significance of the Universe

Sri Aurobindo starts from the essential Being, the Absolute to affirm the truth of that Absolute beyond any specific formulation or limitation of any specific form of manifestation. This Absolute is the basis upon which the philosophies that believe the world is an illusion are founded. In their case, they simply deny the validity of the forms, but focus on the reality of the Existence beyond the forms. And in order to achieve the realisation of this Absolute, human seekers tend to have to separate themselves completely from the life of the world and focus solely on That. Nevertheless, Sri Aurobindo does not accept this as a complete resolution of the significance of life. “since the Becoming is real and is inevitable in the very self-power of the Infinite and Eternal, this too is not a complete philosophy of existence. It is possible for the soul in the Becoming to know itself as the Being and possess the Becoming, to know itself as the Infinite in essence but also as the Infinite self-expressed in the finite, the timeless Eternal regarding itself and its works in the founding status and the developing motion of Time-eternity. This realisation is the culmination of the Becoming; it is the fulfillment of the Being in its dynamic reality. This too then must be part of the total truth of things, for it alone gives a full spiritual significance to the universe and justifies the soul in manifestation; an explanation of things that deprives cosmic and individual existence of all significance cannot be the whole explanation or the solution it proposes the sole true issue.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 16, The Integral Knowledge and the Aim of Life; Four Theories of Existence

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