Vol 25 No 2 (2009)

INVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION: Some Conceptual Issues in the Contexts of Indian Discourses

Murali Sivaramakrishnan
Pondicherry University
Published August 31, 2009


This short essay attempts to examine the concept of evolution and involution as envisioned by Aurobindo Ghosh (1872-1950) in the line of Indian thinking that is pre-modern and Vedic thereby pre-dating what is usually held to be Indic and Hindu. The emphasis is on the interrelationship of the human consciousness and the energy founts of non-human nature. The Indian view of life-- heterogeneous and non-hegemonic-- insists on the acquisition of the higher spiritual state for all living and non-living being, and visualizes the entire cosmos as an aesthetic experience.