Letters of Sri Aurobindo
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Sri Aurobindo — Unknown addressee
March 9, 1936
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Nirvana and the Brahman 
One may be aware of the silent static self without relation to the play of the cosmos. Again, one may be aware of the universal static self omnipresent in everything without being supra-sensuously awake to the movement of the dynamic viśvaprakṛti. The first realisation of the Self or Brahman is often a realisation of something that separates itself from all form, name, action, movement, exists in itself only, regarding the cosmos as only a mass of cinematographic shapes unsubstantial and empty of reality. That was my own first complete realisation of the Nirvana in the Self. That does not mean a wall between Self and Brahman, but a scission between the essential self-existence and the manifested world.
9 March 1936
1 SABCL, volume 22: essential
2 SABCL, volume 22: progressively
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