Tusar Nath Mohapatra

The Supreme Purusha, the Purushottama

Posted on: November 4, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Studies

Philosophers have struggled with the question of how to reconcile the mutable involved soul (Kshara Purusha) with the immutable and disengaged soul (Akshara Purusha) and this has led to concepts such as the world being an illusion, Maya, and the reality being the consciousness that is silent, aloof and disengaged. Essentially they accept a duality of one sort or another. This leads however to the idea that the action of the world should be abandoned in favor of a higher Reality and higher Truth.

The Gita does not accept this solution. It proposes instead the idea that there is a supreme Purusha, the Purushottama, that holds within itself both the Kshara and the Akshara, and that the two are aspects or poises of one Self, not in opposition to one another, but supportive and complementary to each other.

Sri Aurobindo presents the Gita’s solution: “The supreme Soul is the Ishwara…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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