The Need For a Moral and Spiritual Law of Being

Scientists have gained an increasing level of understanding of the laws of Matter. The development of Quantum Mechanics has led to a much more subtle view of the intelligence and energy within the material world. However, when science approaches the motive springs which shape our actions as human beings, including our moral, ethical and spiritual impulses, there remains an enormous gap in knowledge. The explanations based on material causes fall far short, and the theories which arise to try to fill in the lack of knowledge are weak and incomplete.

The moral, ethical and spiritual principles originate on a different plane than material substance, and thus, we must be able to eventually identify with and understand the native level of action of the energies operative on these other planes, in order to create a clear sense of the laws that are operative there.

The real dilemma and struggle that we face as human beings revolves far more around the significance of our existence, and our moral and spiritual seeking, than it does around the physical principles that govern the material world within which we live. Sri Aurobindo makes clear the need, therefore, to develop a deeper insight and understanding of the higher laws of our being: “To know the law of my moral and spiritual being is at first and last more imperative for me than to learn the ways of steam and electricity, for without these outward advantages I can grow in my inner manhood, but not without some notion of moral and spiritual law. Action is demanded of me and I need a rule for my action: something I am urged inwardly to become which I am not yet, and I would know what is the way and law, what the central power or many conflicting powers and what the height and possible range and perfection of my becoming. That surely much more than the rule of electrons or the possibilities of a more omnipotent physical machinery and more powerful explosives is the real human question.”

Sri Aurobindo,