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  • Writer's pictureShrikant Soman

Meaning of Life 6 - Transcending the illusory boundaries of the finite realm

Updated: May 5


Meaning of Life 6 - Transcending the illusory boundaries of the finite realm

Based on Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo

Part One - Chapter 25 - 6

(continued from Part One - Chapter 25 - 5)

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Highlights 

1. Embrace of the Divine as sanctuary amidst worldly illusions.

2. Journey from Ignorance to realization of divine consciousness.

3. Reconciliation of apparent opposites—unity and multiplicity, form and formless.

4. Recognition of complementary aspects within existence.

5. Holistic perspective on understanding as harmonious integration.

6. Knowledge as gateway to understanding the ultimate One; Ignorance as barrier.

7. Awakening of the evolving soul to underlying Being.

8. Integral knowledge encompassing unity and diversity.

9. Pursuit of knowledge as interweaving of timeless and transient.

10. Liberation from attachment and ignorance through embracing timeless Being.

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Synopsis

The passage explores the journey towards understanding the ultimate truth through the embrace of the Divine sanctuary, transcending Ignorance and realizing divine consciousness. It emphasizes the reconciliation of apparent opposites, the recognition of complementary aspects within existence, and the holistic perspective on understanding as harmonious integration. Knowledge is portrayed as the gateway to understanding the ultimate One, while Ignorance acts as a barrier. Liberation comes from embracing timeless Being, allowing navigation of existence with clarity and purpose.

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Main Text

In the eternal embrace of the Divine, we discover our sanctuary, a refuge that offers solace amidst the fleeting illusions of the world. In its luminous presence, all else dims into insignificance, revealing itself as mere facades obscuring the profound truth of our existence. Yet, the journey towards this realization is often fraught with challenges, as the veil of Ignorance, with its intricate webs of delusion, confounds the soul amidst the boundless complexity of phenomenal Nature.

In the eternal embrace of the Divine, we discover our sanctuary, a refuge that offers solace amidst the fleeting illusions of the world.

However, within the sanctuary of the Eternal, lies the key to true liberation. Here, we transcend the illusory boundaries of the finite realm, merging effortlessly with the infinite expanse of divine consciousness. It is a journey of profound significance, a journey that leads us from the shadows of confusion into the radiant light of ultimate truth and understanding.


Our exploration of Knowledge and Ignorance extends beyond mere negation and the conventional dichotomies they imply. Instead, it invites us onto a more expansive, albeit demanding, journey of reconciliation. Herein lies the realization that these apparent opposites—One and Many, Form and the Formless, Finite and Infinite—do not exist in isolation but rather exist in a harmonious interplay.

Our journey towards understanding is enriched when we acknowledge and embrace both, rather than isolating them for individual scrutiny.

Contrary to a linear progression where unity dissolves into multiplicity and then reunites, these concepts coexist as dual and simultaneous aspects of the Brahman. They do not oppose each other but rather complement and enrich one another. It's within the synthesis of these seemingly contradictory forces that we uncover the deeper truths of existence and the intricate tapestry of reality.


These facets of existence do not stand as irreconcilable alternatives but rather as complementary aspects of the same underlying Reality, each revealing a different facet of the whole. Our journey towards understanding is enriched when we acknowledge and embrace both, rather than isolating them for individual scrutiny—though such focused examination may indeed serve as a valid or necessary step in our quest for knowledge.

Knowledge serves as the gateway to understanding the ultimate One, the embodiment of pure Being—the very core of existence itself.

In this holistic perspective, the pursuit of understanding becomes an endeavor of harmonious integration, where the unity within diversity and the diversity within unity intertwine to reveal deeper layers of Reality. It is a journey characterized by the synthesis of dualities, where the recognition of these dual aspects leads us towards a more profound comprehension of existence. This journey transcends linear thinking, inviting us to embrace the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things, thereby unveiling the true essence of Reality in its entirety.

By embracing the profound essence of timeless Being, which transcends the transient fluctuations of becoming, we liberate ourselves from the chains of attachment and ignorance that ensnare us within the cosmic expanse.

Indeed, Knowledge serves as the gateway to understanding the ultimate One, the embodiment of pure Being—the very core of existence itself. Conversely, Ignorance acts as a self-imposed barrier, veiling us from this essence, plunging us into a fragmented existence amidst the vast tapestry of multiplicity. In this tangled web of transient manifestations, the soul navigates through a labyrinth of illusions.


Yet, within the realm of Becoming, the evolving soul gradually awakens to the truth. It sheds the cloak of Ignorance, embracing a profound awareness of the underlying Being that permeates all existence. This awakening is not instantaneous but unfolds gradually as the soul unfolds its potentialities.

Through the harmonious integration of the eternal and the temporal, the transcendent and the immanent, we embody authentic wisdom, embracing the entirety of existence in its multifaceted brilliance.

The integral knowledge of Brahman transcends this dichotomy. It encompasses a consciousness that holds both aspects—the unity of Being and the diversity of multiplicity—in a harmonious embrace. To favor one aspect over the other is to limit our understanding, for true comprehension arises from the synthesis of these seemingly opposing forces. It is in this integration that we unlock the full spectrum of reality, allowing us to perceive the omnipresent Truth in its entirety.


In this comprehensive viewpoint, the pursuit of knowledge unfolds as a graceful interweaving of the timeless and the transient, where the essence of eternal Being dances with the ever-changing flux of becoming. It represents a profound journey of enlightenment wherein the soul voyages through the myriad expressions of existence, gradually uncovering the cohesive thread that unites all apparent dichotomies. Thus, the quest for true knowledge demands a simultaneous embrace of both the transcendent and the imminent, leading to a profound apprehension of the omnipresent Reality in its infinite manifestations.


By embracing the profound essence of timeless Being, which transcends the transient fluctuations of becoming, we liberate ourselves from the chains of attachment and ignorance that ensnare us within the cosmic expanse. This liberation grants us the freedom to engage with the dynamic process of becoming and the vast cosmic realm without being bound by its limitations. While the understanding of becoming is essential, it often veils true knowledge due to our entanglement within its complexities.


This liberation does not entail withdrawal from the world but rather a transcendence within it, allowing us to navigate the currents of existence with clarity and purpose. Through the harmonious integration of the eternal and the temporal, the transcendent and the immanent, we embody authentic wisdom, embracing the entirety of existence in its multifaceted brilliance.

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