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Meaning of Life 7 - Our Entrapment Within the Realm of Becoming


Meaning of Life 7 - Our Entrapment Within the Realm of Becoming

Based on Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo

Part One - Chapter 25 - 7

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Key Takeaways

  • Ignorance persists when we're disconnected from the fundamental Oneness of Being.

  • Those ensnared by ignorance may falsely believe they possess wisdom.

  • Liberation from ignorance comes from recognizing the unity underlying all existence.

  • True knowledge arises from understanding the inherent unity of the Brahman.

  • The essence of the Brahman permeates all, unifying the diverse manifestations of existence.

  • The conscious Soul maintains self-awareness amidst the flux of existence.

  • Variations in the Self represent unique expressions of the boundless Infinite.

  • The joy of the Infinite comes from self-expression and self-definition within creation.

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Synopsis

The passage explores the concept of transcending ignorance and realizing the inherent unity of existence. It emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and the liberation that comes from recognizing this unity. Through profound understanding, one can navigate existence with wisdom and embrace the harmony of the universe. The text draws from the Mundaka Upanishad and discusses the Brahman's omnipresence within the cosmos, the interplay between unity and diversity, and the divine strength of the conscious Soul. It concludes by highlighting the joy found in self-expression and self-definition within the infinite diversity of creation.

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Main Text

The persistence of ignorance stems from our entrapment within the realm of becoming, where we find ourselves disconnected from the fundamental Oneness of Being that underpins its very existence. This Oneness serves as the foundation, substance, essence, and catalyst for the manifold manifestations within the realm of becoming.


(अविद्यायामन्तरे वर्तमानाः स्वयं धीराः पण्डितं मन्य७मानाः।

जङ्घन्यमानाः परियन्ति मूढा अन्धेनैव नीयमाना यथान्धाः ॥ 

They who dwell shut within the Ignorance and they hold themselves for learned men thinking “We, even we are the wise and the sages”-fools are they and they wander around beaten and stumbling like blind men led by the blind.https://upanishads.org.in/upanishads/4/1/2/8 मुण्डकोपनिषद् | Verse 8 ) 


As the Mundaka Upanishad eloquently states, those who remain ensnared within the confines of ignorance perceive themselves as learned, believing they possess wisdom and insight. Yet, they are akin to fools stumbling aimlessly in darkness, unaware that they are led astray by their own blindness.


Without acknowledging and embracing this intrinsic connection to the essence of Being, the true nature of becoming remains shrouded in obscurity. Its inherent unity with the eternal Being goes unnoticed, leaving us trapped in a cycle of ignorance and separation.

The divine strength of the free Purusha—the conscious Soul—is unveiled in its remarkable ability to unleash its energies without losing itself amidst the vast expanse of creation.

Only by transcending the veils of ignorance and recognizing the profound unity underlying all existence can we attain true wisdom and liberation. It is through this realization that we begin to unravel the mysteries of existence and align ourselves with the eternal harmony of the universe.


The pursuit of true knowledge demands a transcendence beyond the constraints of mere becoming, urging us to recognize its inherent unity with Being. Through this profound realization of Oneness, we liberate ourselves from the shackles of ignorance and attachment, granting us the freedom to engage with cosmic existence with clarity and intentionality. Within this comprehensive understanding, the dynamic interplay between Being and becoming unveils the cohesive thread that weaves through all existence, leading to a profound liberation from the illusions of separateness and division.

True knowledge arises from the recognition of this inherent unity, allowing us to perceive the interconnectedness of all things and to navigate the complexities of existence with grace and wisdom.

The Brahman, in its boundless essence, is not confined to a featureless oneness that transcends all relations; rather, it is inherently interwoven within the intricate tapestry of cosmic existence itself. While it remains cognizant of the divisive tendencies inherent in the human mind, it transcends them effortlessly. It recognizes its own unity within the myriad expressions of multiplicity, within the intricate web of relationships, and within the ceaseless flux of becoming.


In essence, true knowledge arises from the recognition of this inherent unity, allowing us to perceive the interconnectedness of all things and to navigate the complexities of existence with grace and wisdom. It is through this profound understanding that we transcend the limitations of duality and embrace the expansive harmony of the universe.

Only by transcending the veils of ignorance and recognizing the profound unity underlying all existence can we attain true wisdom and liberation.

To fully comprehend the profound oneness of the Brahman, we must embrace its omnipresence within the infinite diversity of the cosmos. Within this vast tapestry of self-variation, the essence of the Brahman permeates all, serving as the unifying force amidst the apparent multiplicity.


The infinity of multiplicity finds its ultimate validation and significance only when understood and contained within the infinity of the One. Similarly, the infinity of the One finds expression and fulfillment through the infinite manifestations of the Many. It is within this harmonious interplay between unity and diversity, between the One and the Many, that the true essence of existence unfolds, unveiling the boundless beauty and intricacy of the cosmic dance.

They who dwell shut within the Ignorance and they hold themselves for learned men thinking 'We, even we are the wise and the sages'—fools are they and they wander around beaten and stumbling like blind men led by the blind." - Mundaka Upanishad

The divine strength of the free Purusha—the conscious Soul—is unveiled in its remarkable ability to unleash its energies without losing itself amidst the vast expanse of creation. It navigates through the boundlessness and perpetual changes of existence without succumbing to overwhelm or defeat by its fluctuations. Moreover, it remains indivisible amidst the myriad variations of experience, maintaining an unwavering connection to its immortal self-knowledge.


Even amidst the myriad self-variations of the Self, where the mind may momentarily lose sight of its innate self-awareness and become entangled in the flux of diversity, it's crucial to recognize that these variations aren't negations; instead, they represent infinite expressions of the boundless Infinite. Each variation serves as a unique manifestation of the Infinite's inherent creativity and vitality, devoid of any ulterior purpose or significance.

The divine strength of the free Purusha—the conscious Soul—is unveiled in its remarkable ability to unleash its energies without losing itself amidst the vast expanse of creation.

In its possession of limitless being, the Infinite derives joy not solely from its boundlessness but also from the very act of self-definition within the universe. Thus, within the infinite diversity of creation, the Infinite discovers the delight of self-expression and self-definition, unveiling the inherent beauty and richness of its limitless essence.

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