Tusar Nath Mohapatra

Divine Desire and Desire In the Lower Nature

Posted on: December 27, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Studies

The Gita has stated “I am in beings the desire which is not contrary to their Dharma.” Sri Aurobindo points out that in our normal view of spiritual attainment, all desire must be rooted out and eliminated. There is here an apparent contradiction which Sri Aurobindo undertakes to resolve.

Once again we are faced with a paradox caused by our attempt to understand issues beyond the mind by relying on the mental faculties and our linear and limited way of expressing these concepts. What is, then, this “desire which is not contrary to their Dharma”, and how does it differ from the forms of desire that we usually are trying to overcome?

We understand, through experience, the force of desire in the lower nature. The Gita describes this as impulsion controlled by the action of the Gunas of Nature, and in particular, Rajas.

The desire in the higher nature can…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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