The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo: Delight of Existence: The Problem

This post has my personal notes and reflections of the chapter called Delight of Existence: The Problem from The Life Divine written  by Sri Aurobindo.

The Divine is everything. The Divine does not need anything. Then why should the Divine manifest in various forms. The reason is  delight. Existence, consciousness and bliss are the three eternal verities. How does pain and suffering exist? We cannot account for it if we postulate an extracosmic God, but if God were everything, then he himself suffers and has pain. But if He is delight and bliss, why should he suffer pain? Here we should understand that the Divine is everything and pain is a dualistic thing. Ethics is also artificial. What is ethical for the fire, the tiger, the brahmana or the kshatriya is different. It also depends on the situation. What helps us grow is called as good and what prevents us from growing is called evil. But growth itself is relative and what is evil may be good and what is good may be evil. The ethics evolves. But still there is pain. Pain is probably what happens as we evolve from a subsconscient state to a superconscient state. In between we have Mind and Life. As we grope our way, to realise the Divine in the individual, we often fall back, and that is what pain is.. this is often due to clinging and not clinging. But when we let go and allow the Divine to be full in us, these disappear and bliss, undulterated bliss manifests. Ignorance has gone and knowledge appears and with it delight and bliss.

Advertisements