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Letters of Sri Aurobindo

Volume IV - Part 3

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These feelings are the usual attitude of the physical consciousness left to itself towards the Divine – a complete Agnosticism and inability to experience1.

The knowledge of the impersonal Divine by itself does not affect the material facts of earth or at least need not. It only produces a subjective change in the being itself and, if it is complete, a new vision and attitude towards all things immaterial or material. But the complete knowledge of the Divine can produce a change in material things, for it sets a Force working which ends by acting even upon these material things that seem to the physical consciousness so absolute, invincible and unchangeable.


1 The correspondent complained about the difficulty of knowing the Divine and said that he was on the verge of Agnosticism. His letter ends: “But even if I were to know Him, how would it affect the solid material facts of earth?” – Ed.


Current publication:

Sri Aurobindo. Letters on Yoga. IV // CWSA.- Volume 31. (≈ 22-24 vol. of SABCL).- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2014.- 820 p.

Other publications:

Sri Aurobindo. Letters on Yoga // SABCL.- Volume 22. (≈ 28 vol. of CWSA).- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1971.- 502 p.