Sept. 12, 2003
The Significance of Passion – Napoleon
- What accomplishes in man is not the Mind which can give only
- The body alone accomplishes in the measure it
receives ideas. Next to the BODY, what
accomplishes is the EMOTIONS, rather the ideas endorsed
by the emotions.
- USA achieved because they
worked by the knowledge of the body.
- The achievement of USA is the achievement of
the BODY and its knowledge.
- Napoleon's achievement is the achievement of his emotions. His
emotions are of the physical – physical emotion is passion.
- For a passionate man to achieve, his passion must be at rest, in
equilibrium. The equilibrium is found when his own passion finds its
balance in another's passion.
- Josephine gave Napoleon that equilibrium. When he left her, his
downfall began. Sri Aurobindo said he should not have left her.
- A force acts to accomplish when it is at rest – rest enough to
produce results. Neither a fast moving force nor the one at rest
accomplishes. Accomplishment requires of the force the same velocity of
the plane of accomplishment.
- Napoleon acted out of passion. Most men act out of emotion. For
his emotion to achieve, it needs to be at the same velocity of the plane
of accomplishment. It is supplied by a woman in the measure she meets that
- For that he must meet her own requirements of accomplishment.
- That condition exists outside today's social morality.
- For a man and a woman to jointly discover the equilibrium at which
both meet, the context lies not only outside the plane of morality but
also many of today's social laws.
- If it exists, it exists theoretically today.
- Spiritually it is there when he becomes Ishwara and meets his
- What obtains today is within the moral
constraints of society and the ethical compunctions of human psychology.