Resolving the Divided Consciousness: The True Solution

Sri Aurobindo directly sets forth the necessary changes of consciousness to effect a resolution of the effects of division and fragmentation: “The true solution can intervene only when by our spiritual growth we can become one self with all beings, know them as part of our self, deal with them as if they were our other selves; for then the division is healed, the law of separate self-affirmation leading by itself to affirmation against or at the expense of others is enlarged and liberated by adding to it the law of our self-affirmation for others and our self-finding in their self-finding and self-realisation.”

It is important to grasp the significance of this change, as it is something so radically different from all of the past attempts of humanity to achieve harmony through ethical or moral mechanisms as taught in the various religious traditions of the world, that very few can actually appreciate that what is asked for here is not such a moral emotional or mental standpoint, but an actual experience in consciousness that lives and breathes in Oneness.

Scientists in the West have over the last few years been amazed to discover that Aspen groves actually are ONE tree connected with an underground root system. The biosphere of the earth is one complex interactive organism in fact, with the in breath of one being made up of the expelled breath of another. Oxygen, exhaled by plants, is inhaled by animals. Certain animals or insects are connected intimately to specific plants or other animals and they live and act symbiotically. At a certain point, we need to switch from seeing things in division to seeing things in Unity,–to live, breathe, see, respond from the true Oneness within which all the beings we currently see as separate and fragmented actually constitute one complete Existence or entity.

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 14, The Origin and Remedy of Falsehood, Error, Wrong and Evil, pp. 629-630

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