The Significance of Passion – Napoleon

Sept. 12, 2003

  • What accomplishes in man is not the Mind which can give only ideas.
  • The body alone accomplishes in the measure it receives ideas. Next to the BODY, what accomplishes is the EMOTIONS, rather the ideas endorsed by the emotions.
  • USA achieved because they worked by the knowledge of the body.
  • The achievement of USA is the achievement of the BODY and its knowledge.
  • Napoleon's achievement is the achievement of his emotions. His emotions are of the physical – physical emotion is passion.
  • For a passionate man to achieve, his passion must be at rest, in equilibrium. The equilibrium is found when his own passion finds its balance in another's passion.
  • Josephine gave Napoleon that equilibrium. When he left her, his downfall began. Sri Aurobindo said he should not have left her.
  • A force acts to accomplish when it is at rest – rest enough to produce results. Neither a fast moving force nor the one at rest accomplishes. Accomplishment requires of the force the same velocity of the plane of accomplishment.
  • Napoleon acted out of passion. Most men act out of emotion. For his emotion to achieve, it needs to be at the same velocity of the plane of accomplishment. It is supplied by a woman in the measure she meets that criterion.
  • For that he must meet her own requirements of accomplishment.
  • That condition exists outside today's social morality.
  • For a man and a woman to jointly discover the equilibrium at which both meet, the context lies not only outside the plane of morality but also many of today's social laws.
  • If it exists, it exists theoretically today.
  • Spiritually it is there when he becomes Ishwara and meets his Shakti.
  • What obtains today is within the moral constraints of society and the ethical compunctions of human psychology.