Essays on the Gita -Sri Aurobindo
First Series : Chapter 22
Beyond the Modes of Nature
This self, though by its presence authorising the works of Nature, though by its all-pervading existence sup- porting and consenting to them, prabhu vibhu, does not itself create works or the state of the doer or the joining of the works to their fruit, na kartr tvam na karmani srjati na karma-phala- sam yogam, but only watches nature in the Kshara working out these things, svabhavas tu pravartate; it accepts neither the sin nor the virtue of the living creatures born into this birth as its own,na dattekasyacitpa pam nacaivasukrtam; itpreservesits spiritual purity. It is the ego bewildered by ignorance which attributes these things to itself, because it assumes the responsibility of the doer and chooses to figure as that and not as the instrument of a greater power, which is all that it really is; ajnanena vrtam jnanam tenamuhyantijantavah..Bygoingback into the impersonal self the soul gets back into a greater self- knowledge and is liberated from the bondage of the works of Nature, untouched by her gunas, free from her shows of good and evil, suffering and happiness. The natural being, the mind, body, life, still remain, Nature still works; but the inner being does not identify himself with these, nor while the gunas play in the natural being, does he rejoice or grieve. He is the calm and free immutable Self observing all.
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