October 29, 2007

The Four primal personalities of the Divine are not separate and distinct

The Soul and its Journey (Nolini Kanta Gupta)
Man, the soul, we said, comes direct from the Divine and is thrown and almost stuck into the earth as a spark, as a point of luminous consciousness-force. This soul, as it develops, we find, belongs to one or other of the fundamental type of divine personality, it is a lineal descendant, as it were, of one of the quaternary and its growth means growing into the nature of that particular godhead and its fulfilment means. identification with that.

We may try to illustrate by examples, although it is a rather" dangerous game and may tend to put into a too rigid and' mathematical formula something that is living and variable." Still it will serve to give a clearer picture of the matter.

  • Napoleon evidently was a child of Mahakali; and
  • Caesar seems to have been fashioned largely by the principle of Maheshwari; while
  • Christ or Chaitanya are clearly emanations in the line of Mahalakshmi.
  • Constructive geniuses, on the other hand, like the great statesman Colbert, for example, or Louis XIV,' Ie grand monarque, himself belong to a family (or gotra, as we say in India) that originated from Mahasaraswati.

Poets and. artists again, although generally they belong to the clan of Mahalakshmi, can be regrouped according to the principle that predominates in each, the godhead that presides over the inspiration in each.

  • The large breath in Homer and Valmiki, the high and noble style of their movement, the dignity and vastness that compose their consciousness affiliate them naturally to the Maheshwari line.
  • A Dante, on the other hand, or a Byron has something in his matter and manner that make us think of the stamp of Mahakali.
  • Virgil or Petrarch, Shelley or our Tagore seem to be emanations of Beauty, Harmony, Love-Mahalakshmi.
  • And the perfect artisanship of Mahasaraswati has found its especial embodiment in Horace and Racine and our Kalidasa.
  • Michael Angelo in his fury of inspirations seems to have been impelled by Maha­kali,
  • while Mahalakshmi sheds her genial favour upon Raphael and Titian;
  • and the meticulous care and the detailed surety in a Tintoretto makes us think of Mahasaraswati's grace.
  • Mahasaraswati too seems to have especially favoured Leonardo da Vinci, although a brooding presence of Maheshwari also seems to be intermixed there.
For it must be remembered that the human soul after all is not a simple and unilateral being, it is a little cosmos in itself. The soul is not merely a point or a single ray of light come down straight from its divine archetype or from the Divine himself, it is also a developing fire that increases and enriches itself through the multiple experiences of an evolu­tionary progression – it not only grows in height but extends in wideness also. Even though it may originally emanate from one principle and Personality, it takes in for its develop­ment and fulfilment influences and elements from the others also.
Indeed, we know that the Four primal personalities of the Divine are not separate and distinct as they may appear to the human mind which cannot understand distinction without disparity. The Vedic gods themselves are so linked together, so interpenetrate one another that finally it is asserted that there is only one existence, only it is given many names. All the divine personalities are aspects of the Divine blended and fused together. Even so the human soul, being a replica of the Divine, cannot but be a complex of many personalities and often it may be difficult and even harmful to find and fix upon a dominant personality. The full flowering of the human soul, its perfect divinisation demands the realisation of a many-aspected personality, the very richness of the Divine within it.
Page – 210 From the Collected Works of Nolini kanta Gupta Volume 3 pages 201 to 210 basrd on the talk by The Mother Posted to: Main Page Themes IY PHILOSOPHY [posted by Debashish on Sun 04 Dec 2005 11:57 PM PST Permanent Link]

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