Each Energy Carries Out Its Own Function

In the Kena Upanishad, the seer describes the various physical forces, the force of fire, the force of wind and their characteristic power of action. Fire is the force that burns all created things. Wind is the force that moves all created things. Agni, the God of Fire, replied when asked about his power: “Even all this I could burn, all that is upon the earth.”

We have an intuitive sense of a moral law existing in the Universe, and this provides us a clue that there is such a component in the manifestation; however, it operates under what Sri Aurobindo elsewhere calls “the logic of the Infinite” and is not limited by the circumscribed human view that we try to overlay on the universe.

Everywhere we turn we find that the creation is far more complex, inter-related and consisting of symbiotic parts and movements, than anything that our human mind can create. We cannot therefore hope to judge the creation in its entirety using that limited consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo provides a clear explanation of this difference in consciousness: “All her constructions and motions are those of an illimitable intuitive wisdom too great and spontaneous and mysteriously self-effective to be described as an intelligence, of a Power and Will working for Time in eternity with an inevitable and forecasting movement in each of its steps, even in those steps that in their outward or superficial impetus seem to us inconscient. And as there is in her this greater consciousness and greater power, so too there is an illimitable spirit of harmony and beauty in her constructions that never fails her, though its works are not limited by our aesthetic canons. An infinite hedonism too is there, an illimitable spirit of delight, of which we become aware when we enter into impersonal unity with her; and even as that in her which is terrible is a part of her beauty, that in her which is dangerous, cruel, destructive is a part of her delight, her universal Ananda.”

No human limited mental consciousness is able to grasp the immensity, power, complexity or purposes of that larger consciousness. Similarly the moral sense has its own validation if viewed from the larger view of the Infinite, even if it confounds our mental idea of morality.

“The physical law is the right and justice, the duty, the ought of the physical world.” Each thing “observes the lines of its physical energy and is concerned with no other law or justice. No law of Karma, the moral law included, could exist, if there were not to begin with this principle as the first foundation of order.”

Sri Aurobindo,Rebirth and Karma, Section II, Chapter 14, The Terrestrial Law, pg. 120,

and Sri Aurobindo, The Upanishads, Kena Upanishad, pp. 104-105,

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