Tusar Nath Mohapatra

Intuition and Reason

Posted on: March 25, 2012

Sri Aurobindo Studies

Intuition by definition is “supra rational”; in other words, it functions as a sort of “lightning-flash” that provides knowledge not accessible to the functioning of the logical reasoning faculties. It is possible that this knowledge may come as an illumination into the mind, but it may equally come to the heart, the vital sense, even the physical body. As with everything that intervenes in the mixed working of the mind-life-body, however, it is subject to admixture, dilution, and interpretation by the filtering gradations of consciousness. It is therefore subject to misunderstanding or wrong understanding when we allow these filters to distort or misconstrue the meaning of the intuition.

Some who rely on “intuition” abandon reliance on the rational faculties, as the reason is unable to accurately judge intuition, since it is of a different order of knowledge. The danger here, of course, is that by abandoning the solidity of the…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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