The Children of Immortality

Sri Aurobindo acknowledges the drive that man has to “affirm himself in the universe” and he does not demean that drive. As he points out “that is his first business, but also to evolve and finally to exceed himself: he has to enlarge his partial being into a complete being, his partial consciousness into an integral consciousness; he has to achieve mastery of his environment but also world-union and world-harmony; he has to realise his individuality but also to enlarge it into a cosmic self and a universal and spiritual delight of existence.”

There is an ever-present drive to exceed himself, to grow, to learn, to expand horizons, to transform that is the sign of the underlying creative Energy that manifests through man. “But this can only be accomplished by his growing into a larger being and a larger consciousness: self-enlargement, self-fulfilment, self-evolution from what he partially and temporarily is in his actual and apparent nature to what he completely is in his secret self and spirit and therefore can become even in his manifest existence, is the object of his creation. This hope is the justification of his life upon earth amidst the phenomena of the cosmos.”

The goal here is nothing less than the transformation of the consciousness and then the life-action of man: “The outer apparent man, an ephemeral being subject to the constraints of his material embodiment and imprisoned in a limited mentality, has to become the inner real Man, master of himself and his environment and universal in his being. In a more vivid and less metaphysical language, the natural man ahs to evolve himself into the divine Man; the sons of Death have to know themselves as the children of Immortality. it is on this account that the human birth can be described as the turning-point in the evolution, the critical stage in earth-nature.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 17, The Progress to Knowledge–God, Man and Nature”

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