Chapter-2.The Nature of the World
(d). THE IDEA OF PROGRESS-2.
The relative intellect tries to find here a support for the concept that the world is a self-limitation of Brahman and that the world is the way to Reality.
The individual is the footprint of the Absolute, and it is explained that just as one might find cattle through a footprint, so one finds this All, the Brahman, by its footprint or trace, the limited self.
The individual is a copy or miniature of the cosmic.
The Svetasvatara Upanishad (IV. 2-4) says that the Real has become all diverse things.
The Sandilya-Vidya of the Chhandogya Upanishad (III. 14) declares that Truth is inclusive of everything in the world.
The conception of the universe as a stage in the progressive evolution of the individual towards the Absolute seems to be a preparation for the more severe insight that the form in which we perceive the world is an illusion.
The highest religion consists in a repudiation of manifoldness.
The empirical reality of the world, however, demands a sanction of the view that progress is from a lesser truth to a higher truth, and not from error to truth, though the prayer is to lead us.
"from the unreal to the Real." —Brih. Up., 1. 3. 28.
To be continued .....