Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ethics and the Universe Lights on Life

"The roots of heaven are of great emptiness, for in emptiness there is energy, incalculable, vast and profound." --Krishnamurti to Himself, by J. Krishnamurti

Writing in his book, Lights on Life Problems, Sri Aurobindo and Kisher Gandhi say,"the universe is not solely an ethical proposition, a problem of the antinomy [a contradiction or opposition] of the good and the evil; the Spirit of the universe can in no way be imagined as a rigid moralist concerned with only making all things obey the law of moral good, or a stream of tendency towards righteousness attempting hitherto with only a very poor success, to prevail and rule, or a sterner Justicer[sic] rewarding and punishing creatures in a world he has made, or has suffered to be full of suffering, wickedness and evil. 

The Universal Will evidently has many other and more supple modes than that, an infinity of interests, many other elements of its being to manifest, many lines to follow and many laws and purposes to pursue."
The law of the world is not this alone: that good brings good and evil brings evil; nor is its key, the ethical-hedonistic rule that our moral good brings us happiness and success, and that our moral evil brings to us sorrow and misfortune. 

There is a rule of right in the world, but it is the right of the truth of Nature and of the truth of the Spirit, and that is a vast and various rule which takes many forms that have to be understood and accepted before we can reach either its highest or its integral principle."

Many of us have these experiences in our lifetime. We, by chance encounter, perhaps with the police, are arrested unjustly, called out by others unfairly, lied to or about; while we maintain a stance in justice and truth, we are not rewarded. 

Rather, we suffer as did Mahatma Gandhi in calling attention to injustice in India, as do truth minded individuals protesting against any form of violence or destruction which can be imagined. Against the status quo, the faithful are castigated, humiliated, reviled, objects of malicious gossip.

Clearly as Aurobindo and Gandhi write, good doesn't always beget good. Just as often, at least initially, good begets evil--it stirs it up and it may be a long standing evil such as racism, slavery, war or any other thing against matters of human and social justice. 

And yet what is the response? In the end, as M. Gandhi demonstrated in India, where there is peace there is justice; where there is justice, there is faith; where there is faith, there is love. In the end then, finally, if we do love one another, we must find the way to love through faith, through peace and justice. Trust now becomes the issue.

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