Thoughts and Aphorisms 32
32. The Atheist is God playing at hide and seek with Himself; but is the Theist any other ? Well, perhaps; for he has seen the shadow of God and clutched at it.
[Sri Aurobindo: Thoughts and Aphorisms]
The Atheist thinks that there is no God, as he, being limited to his senses in his thinking and feeling, does not find Him anywhere or has no contact with Him.
As Sri Aurobindo says, God is playing hide and seek Himself – as and when He is playing hide and seek with the Atheist. In the highest sense of Truth, God is One and All is God – all individual beings are God Himself in their highest consciousness. The human beings are, in Truth and Reality, God Himself, in their deepest and highest consciousness. In the Upanishadic thought, God says : “Eko
”. I am alone and will be many. So He became
many. That is His Leela, His play.
Divine himself is the Atheist — in the deepest depth of the Atheist, the Divine exists. So He is playing hide and seek with Himself. A time will definitely come in the life of the Atheist, when he will realize the Divine and find that he himself is the Divine. And he will no more remain an Atheist. The Mother has said : “And yet a day will come, when he will be brought face to face with himself and will be obliged to recognirecognise that he exists.”
The Theist is one who thinks and believes that God is there. Mentally, he has seen the shadow of God and thinks and believes that the God is there, as the Creator of the universe and of the Theist himself.
According to Sri Aurobindo, the Theist has not crossed the limit of his mental consciousness and has not realized the Divine – The Divine is in all things and all individual beings. The Theist clings to the shadow of God and does not go beyond.
When the individual being realizes the Divine, there is no Atheist and Theist in his Vision – He realizes : “Aham brahm
Written on 28.08.2012
Published on 3-09-2012
Also published in The New Reflections [