Sat-Chit-Ananda and the Relations of Purusha and Prakriti

Preliminary to the review of the details of the planes of existence, it is helpful to get an overview of where they fit into the self-knowledge and practical action of the seeker in Yoga. This comes down to a review of the relations between Purusha and Prakriti and their foundation in the principles of Existence, Consciousness-Force and Delight (Sat, Chit-Shakti, Ananda). Sri Aurobindo describes what he means by “planes of consciousness, planes of existence”. “We mean a general settled poise or world of relations between Purusha and Prakriti, between the Soul and Nature.”

By appreciating the “omnipresent reality” we can realize that the soul and nature represent One Reality that takes the potentiality of existence as “being” and manifests as a “becoming through Time, Space and Circumstance. “That existence in its relations with and its experience of the becoming is what we call soul or Purusha, individual soul in the individual, universal soul in the cosmos; the principle and the powers of the becoming are what we call Nature or Prakriti. But since being, conscious-force and delight of being are always the three constituent terms of existence, the nature of a world is really determined by the way in which Prakriti is set to deal with these three primary things and the forms which it is allowed to give to them. For existence itself is and must always be the stuff of its own becoming; it must be shaped into the substance with which Force has to deal. Force again must be the power which works out that substance and works with it to whatever ends; Force is that which we ordinarily call Nature. Again the end, the object with which the worlds are created must be worked out by the consciousness inherent in all existence and all force and all their workings, and the object must be the possession of itself and of its delight of existence in the world.”

“To that all the circumstances and aims of any world-existence must reduce themselves; it is existence developing its terms of being, its power of being, its conscious delight of being; if these are involved, their evolution; if they are veiled, their self-revelation.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Two: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter 19, The Planes of Our Existence, pp. 429-430

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