The Absolute

  • Thought seeks the Absolute.
    The Absolute and the relative exist in one another, co-exist.
    The Absolute is relative and the relative is the Absolute.
    The Absolute keeps its absoluteness in some way all the time.
    The Absolute does not create. It gives out what is there in it.
    Though even infinity cannot be ascribed to the Absolute, it can be conceived of as the Self-existing Infinity and Eternity.
  • Can we create a practical concept of this Absolute?
  • We conceive of goodness and from there we can proceed to the conception of absolute goodness.
  • Anything like beauty, honesty, loyalty, strength, etc. can move to its absolute, thus creating absolute beauty, absolute honesty, etc.

  • A thing like beauty becomes absolute beauty when it is touched by the Absolute.

  • Sri Aurobindo talks of perfect perfection.

  • A quality like courage can be perfect or not.

  • Perfect courage is absolute courage.

  • Courage has energy, organisation, force, delivery, the carrier, etc.

  • When each of these aspects is absolute, courage becomes absolute courage. When absolute energy absolutely delivers courage through an absolute carrier with absolute force and absolute organisation , it is absolute courage.

  • Also, it must fulfil the Upanishadic condition of complete minus complete = complete.
    It does not grow or shrink by addition or depletion.

  • For us to conceive of such an Absolute in material life circumstances, our minds should be touched by the Absolute rending each of its faculties absolute – absolute thinking, absolute memory, etc.

  • One who conceives of THAT and dwells on that will experience the Absolute.
    All elements and compounds are composed of atoms. The external change of the elements does not change the basic atom.

  • Gold, whether it is as ingots or ornaments or vessels, remains gold.

  • The Absolute remains fully absolute even when it is relative.

  • The thing remaining the same, the mind comes to see them differently.

  • Leaving the mind behind, the relative does reveal itself as the Absolute.

  • To leave mind behind, one needs to cease thinking and move into wordless Silence.

  • The surface consciousness needs to be crossed as a first step.

  • As one crosses words, one needs to go behind understanding, vision, intuition and mental knowledge.
  • As the Supermind retains its touch with the Absolute, it is there one feels it. Rather the descending touch of Supermind in the mind gives that experience.
  • From intellect to the integral experience through the intermediary intuition, one reaches the final experience.
  • As the Master and The Mother have realised the Absolute, one’s identification with them gives that experience.
  • If one does any work with perfect perfection, that experience comes to him during that work.
  • Moving through faith, obedience, worship, self-giving, adoration, delight, Love, ecstasy, and surrender, one ends up there.
  • Comprehension of Chapter II of Book II of The Life Divine, which is on the aspects of the Absolute, touches the mind with its sensation.
  • The process of creation can give that experience.
  • Moving to asat from sat gives the same experience.
  • On page 476, Sri Aurobindo speaks of reaching the Absolute in several ways. All can give the same experience.