Tusar Nath Mohapatra

The Mutable and the Immutable Poises of the Soul

Posted on: November 3, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Studies

To understand the triple poise of the Soul, the Purusha, as described by the Gita, it is essential to understand the terminology used by the Gita. The aspect of the Soul involved in the play of Nature and immersed in it is called the Kshara Purusha, the “mutable”, as it takes on the color of the changes of Nature. The aspect of the Soul that is silent, immobile and detached from the play of Nature is called the Akshara Purusha, the “immutable”. The Upanishadic verse about two birds sitting on a common tree, one of them eating the sweet fruit thereof, and the other observing, is a clear reference to these two aspects of the Soul.

Sri Aurobindo describes these two aspects: “In the Kshara the Soul is involved in the actions of Nature, therefore it is concentrated, loses itself, as it were, in the moments of Time, in the…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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