Chapter-2.The Nature of the World
(d). THE IDEA OF PROGRESS-1.
The above statements of fact are a declaration of the reality of things as pure existence, irrespective of what mortal man in his helplessness has to say in regard to it.
The relative individual does not have such a love for Self-Integration as to dismiss the world of plurality and forms at once as an illusion.
A tentative consolation is demanded by the empirical scientific view that the world is a necessary step in the progressive evolution towards Eternal Life.
Support is sought from some passages of the Upanishads which declare that the world is a revelation of Brahman, even if a higher vision may repudiate this view.
"All this is indwelt by the Divine Controller." —Isha. Up., 1.
Appearance is indwelt by Reality.
Truth persists even in the extreme of untruth.
Untruth is a lesser truth and evil is a lesser degree of goodness.
The whole universe is a progressive concealing of Reality by degrees.
"The Inner Soul of all things, the One Controller, makes his one form manifold." —Katha Up., V.12.
"Whoever worships one or another of these, knows not (the Truth); for he is incomplete with one or another of these,.... the self is the footprint (trace) of this All, for by it one knows this All." —Brih. Up., I. 4. 7.
To be continued .....