Tusar Nath Mohapatra

Impersonality and Personality

Posted on: May 11, 2012

Sri Aurobindo Studies

There is no inherent opposition between the “impersonal” and the “personal”. What we see as opposition is essentially due to the limitations of our mental consciousness as we try to classify and pigeonhole states of consciousness and action.

Sri Aurobindo clarifies that in fact, these two aspects are One Reality, and can be looked at as “obverse and reverse” of that One. The universal forces of being and manifestation have an aspect of impersonality and can be looked at as larger and more transcendent than their manifestation in any particular individual. Personality represents the unique “selection” of these universal principles for manifestation in a particular form. Sri Aurobindo provides some examples: “Love is the nature of the lover, courage the nature of the warrior; love and courage are impersonal and universal forces or formulations of the cosmic Force, they are the Spirit’s powers of its universal being and nature. The…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum
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