Fulfilled Self-Expression in the Worlds of Larger Life

When the powers of the life-world enter into our material universe, they become mixed, come into conflict with other forces that are at work, are diluted as they try to act in matter, are controlled to some degree by the working of the mental forces which modify and guide them. In all of this mixed action, they are therefore limited and unsatisfied in their expression.

Sri Aurobindo points out that such need not be the case in the native life-worlds from whence they arise, where they may find their true fulfillment and power of expression. “These worlds of a larger Life would then hold in themselves both the more luminous and the darker formations of our world’s life in a medium in which they could arrive freely at their independent expression, their own type’s full freedom and natural completeness and harmony for good or for evil,–if indeed that distinction applies in these ranges,–a completeness and independence impossible here in our existence where all is mingled in the complex interaction necessary to the field of a many-sided evolution leading towards a final integration.”

This implies that impulses or life-forces which seem to us in our earthly realm to be out of bounds may actually be perfectly natural and at home in their native world. “Those life impulses which are to earth-nature inordinate and out of measure and appear here as perverse and abnormal, find in their own province of being an independent fulfilment and an unrestricted play of their type and principle. What is to us divine or titanic, Rakshasic, demoniac and therefore supernatural, is, each in its own domain, normal to itself and gives to the beings that embody these things the feeling of self-nature and the harmony of their own principle.”

“When these powers are seen in their isolated working, building their own life-edifices, as they do in those secret worlds where they dominate, we perceive more clearly their origin and reason of existence and the reason also for the hold they have on human life and the attachment of man to his own imperfections, to his life-drama of victory and failure, happiness and suffering, laughter and tears, sin and virtue. Here on earth these things exist in an unsatisfied and therefore unsatisfactory and obscure state of struggle and mixture, but there reveal their secret and their motive of being because they are there established in their native power and full form of nature in their own world and their own exclusive atmosphere.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 21, The Order of the Worlds

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