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Right and Wrong



  • Right and wrong are human conceptions not valid outside the society of humans.
  • Satisfaction of Self-expression is common to the three worlds that find human existence in the middle, says Sri Aurobindo in a chapter on Delight of Existence.
  • Until the Advent of Sri Aurobindo, the highest reach of Man was Mind, which functions through dualities that are contradictions.
  • These contradictions are not entirely apart. By a law that contradicts the law of contradiction they are inversely united in a plane that is occult to human perception and which exists in the subtle.
  • Hence the famous dicta of love is hate inverted, and Light saturates itself into darkness. Sri Aurobindo added to that high poetry and theoretical physics a spiritual reality in life not noticed by all.
  • He points to the fact of life where good issues out of Evil and vice versa. To a discerning intellect of enough life experience, this is startling, especially because the entire civilisation is built on this experience, if not this knowledge.
  •  He speaks of the three poises of the Supermind - God, Ego and Jivatma - and declares that the Individual is Eternal.
  • We are the egoistic individual who discriminates between Right and Wrong.
  • Jivatma of the Indian tradition is the Individual in the plane of Timelessness to whom Right and Wrong are of no concern.
  • Sri Aurobindo's Individual is different from the traditional Jivatma who does not enjoy reality or eternity. It is an Individual who is Eternal, who finds inside him the Transcendent Eternal. To him Right is Wrong, Wrong is Right, Two in one and one in Two.
  • Shaw saw this truth and gave expression to it.
  • When we are right, there is a certain inner spiritual comfort.
  • It is inconceivable to us that when one is wrong there is equally a psychological comfort for the criminal, not because he is very low in the scale of existence, but because he has travelled the full circle and has gone to the other side which is spiritually as great, the Upanishad says, greater still.
  • Sri Aurobindo draws our attention to that fact of existence from the human side. It is a state of consciousness that goes beyond the human to consummate the involution and evolution in a state of Brahman that enjoys the world as Marvel.
  • Sri Aurobindo beckons to Man to leave right and wrong and travel beyond them.
  • Man is either Right or Wrong.
  • He who is Right is ethically good.
  • While he is so, he constantly exercises his choice between Right and Wrong.
  • He can move away permanently from Wrong into Right.
  • In that case, he cannot commit an act of wrong description.
  • Rising above the law of contradictions, he can move to the eternally Right that is self-existing.
  • There he is Right, a pure Right.
  • By virtue of his action, the action becomes right.
  • An ordinary man is either right or wrong.

A good man is always right by choice.

A spiritual man is inherently right.

One can be Right rising above spirituality to supramentality.

His actions are right by virtue of his doing it.

- Be right and you will always be right.

- Be right and do right.

- Be Right and do wrong, it will be right.

story | by Dr. Radut