Awakening of the Soul to Universality and Transcendence

Sri Aurobindo next reviews the role of the individual in this great process of integration between the earthly life, the cosmic universality, and the transcendent Supreme. He emphasizes that the supreme Truth of being, the supracosmic Reality is not only beyond all manifestation, but is itself the cause and substance of all that is manifested. “Cosmic being is not a meaningless freak or phantasy or a chance error; there is a divine significance and truth in it: the manifold self-expression of the spirit is its high sense, the Divine itself is the key of its enigma.”

For the individual to achieve this integration it is essential that one becomes aware of and in contact with the Supreme; while it is also essential that one not, at the same time, lose one’s connection to and activity in the cosmic manifestation. “The individual separating himself from the All to reach the Highest, loses himself in the supreme heights; including in himself the cosmic consciousness, he recovers his wholeness of self and still keeps his supreme gain of transcendence; he fulfils it and himself in the cosmic completeness. A realised unity of the transcendent, the universal and the individual is an indispensable condition for the fullness of the self-expressing spirit: for the universe is the field of its totality of self-expression, while it is through the individual that its evolutionary self-unfolding here comes to its acme. But this supposes not only a real being of the individual, but the revelation of our secret eternal oneness with the Supreme and with all cosmic existence. In his self-integration the soul of the individual must awake to universality and to transcendence.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 16, The Integral Knowledge and the Aim of Life; Four Theories of Existence

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