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  • Writer's pictureShrikant Soman

Meaning of Life 5 - Courageous leap from ignorance to true knowledge


Meaning of Life 5 - Courageous leap from ignorance to true knowledge


Based on Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo

Part One - Chapter 25 - 5

(continued from Part One - Chapter 25 - 4)

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In this note we will try to explore and answer following questions about the nature of reality

  • Embrace the journey of transcending mere becoming to embrace pure being.

  • Courageously reject all that obscures understanding and pursue true knowledge.

  • Depart from fragmented experience into sublime unity with the essence of Spirit.

  • Shed the constraints of form to commune with the formless expanse.

  • Liberation from unconsciousness leads to superconscious existence.

  • Recognize the inadequacy of material manifestations in the face of multiplicity.

  • Relinquish attachment to fleeting material pleasures for unity with the divine.

  • Grow weary of the transient allure of forms and their cycles of repetition.

  • Journey towards the essence of permanence amidst the transient illusions of the material world.

  • Seek liberation from the ceaseless agitation of the mind and the futility of earthly pursuits.

  • Awaken from dormancy to transcend into the realm of superconsciousness.

  • Dissipate the shadows of night and half-truths to embrace the radiant bliss of the Eternal.

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Synopsis

In a profound exploration of the human journey, at the pinnacle of being delves into the transcendence of mere existence to embrace the expansive realm of pure being. It unfolds as a courageous leap from ignorance to true knowledge, a rejection of all that obscures understanding. This transformative departure from fragmented experience to sublime unity beckons individuals to shed the constraints of form and commune with the essence of Spirit.


The narrative navigates through the dichotomy of existence, portraying the lower aspects as flawed guides, unable to provide ultimate fulfillment. Disenchanted by the entanglements of diversity and the fleeting pleasures of the material world, characters embark on a relentless pursuit of ultimate truth, relinquishing attachment to egoic illusions and finite desires. 


Compelled by the inexorable pull of the Infinite, they shatter the chains of individual and universal Nature, seeking refuge in the formless expanse of eternal Being. Disillusioned by the transient nature of forms, they yearn for escape from cyclic patterns, aspiring to transcend the limitations of the material realm and embrace timeless infinity.


"At the Pinnacle of Being" culminates in a call to reject the illusions of the material world, transcend the limitations of form, and surrender to the timeless purity of Spirit. It paints a portrait of awakening from dormancy into superconsciousness, where shadows dissipate, and the radiant bliss of the Eternal awaits.


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At the pinnacle of our existence lies the profound journey of transcending the confines of mere becoming, and instead, embracing the vast expanse of pure being. It entails a courageous leap from the shadows of ignorance into the illuminating realm of true knowledge, a decisive rejection of all that obscures understanding. It is a transformative departure from the fragmented multiplicity of experience into the sublime unity of the One, from the limitations of the finite towards the boundless infinity.

Embrace the vast expanse of pure being, transcending the confines of mere becoming.

This journey entails shedding the constraints of form and delving into the boundless expanse of the formless, transcending the mundane entanglements of material existence to commune with the pure essence of Spirit. It is a liberation from the grip of unconsciousness, ascending into the realms of superconscious existence where the fullness of being awaits. This ultimate quest is the very essence of our life's purpose, beckoning us to rise above the mundane and embrace the sublime.

It is a liberation from the grip of unconsciousness, ascending into the realms of superconscious existence where the fullness of being awaits.

Within this proposed resolution, there appears to be a rigid dichotomy, an inherent contradiction within each aspect of our existence. Alternatively, if both facets serve as vehicles for the manifestation of the Brahman, then the lower aspect is deemed a deceptive or flawed guide—a pathway destined to falter, a paradigm of values incapable of providing ultimate fulfillment. Faced with the complexities of multiplicity, even the loftiest manifestations of light, power, and joy offered by it become inadequate. Thus, we are impelled to transcend, to journey beyond the limitations of the manifold and ascend to a state of absolute unity and steadfastness, where all self-variation dissipates.

Faced with the complexities of multiplicity, even the loftiest manifestations of light, power, and joy offered by it become inadequate.

Disenchanted by the entanglements of diversity, we are compelled to seek a state of singular focus, where the fragmented illusions of the ego dissolve into the timeless essence of pure being. It is a quest for transcendence, a relentless pursuit of the ultimate truth, unbound by the constraints of duality. In this pursuit, we relinquish attachment to the fleeting pleasures of the material world and strive towards the ineffable bliss of absolute unity with the divine.

In this pursuit, we relinquish attachment to the fleeting pleasures of the material world and strive towards the ineffable bliss of absolute unity with the divine.

Bound by the inexorable pull of the Infinite, we find ourselves unable to indefinitely tether our existence to the finite realm, for within its confines, satisfaction, expansiveness, and peace elude our grasp. Thus, we are compelled to shatter the chains of individual and universal Nature, dismantling all constructs of value, shedding symbols, images, and self-imposed limitations in the boundless expanse of the limitless. In this journey, we relinquish all traces of smallness and division, merging seamlessly with the Self that perpetually finds contentment in its own infinite nature.

Disenchanted by the allure of forms, we grow weary of their deceptive allure, recognizing their transient nature and futile cycles of repetition.

Disenchanted by the allure of forms, we grow weary of their deceptive allure, recognizing their transient nature and futile cycles of repetition. Disillusionment sets in as we witness the ephemeral nature of their attractions, and weariness overcomes us in the face of their ceaseless impermanence. In this disillusionment, we yearn for escape from the cyclic patterns of Nature, seeking refuge in the formless and featureless expanse of eternal Being.

This is a quest marked by a profound rejection of the material world's illusions, a journey towards the essence of permanence amidst the transient.

This is a quest marked by a profound rejection of the material world's illusions, a journey towards the essence of permanence amidst the transient. It is a call to transcend the limitations of form and embrace the timeless infinity that resides within.

Impatient with the ceaseless agitation of the mind, or disillusioned by the futility of its pursuits and aspirations, we yearn to liberate ourselves from the shackles of existence.

Disheartened by the coarseness of Matter and its earthly manifestations, we find ourselves weary of the relentless turmoil and aimlessness inherent in the tapestry of Life. Impatient with the ceaseless agitation of the mind, or disillusioned by the futility of its pursuits and aspirations, we yearn to liberate ourselves from the shackles of existence and surrender to the timeless tranquility and purity of the Spirit.

We are beckoned to awaken from this state of dormancy and transcendence into the realm of superconsciousness, where the shadows of night and the half-truths of existence dissipate, giving way to the radiant bliss of the Eternal.

The realm of unconsciousness appears as nothing more than a slumber or a confinement, while consciousness itself seems to be naught but a cycle of fruitless endeavors or the meanderings of an elusive dream. We are beckoned to awaken from this state of dormancy and transcendence into the realm of superconsciousness, where the shadows of night and the half-truths of existence dissipate, giving way to the radiant bliss of the Eternal.

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