Integral Transformation of Our Entire Being Is the Aim of Nature

The goal of Nature, as Sri Aurobindo points out, is not to immobilise the dynamic parts of our being, to make the life quiescent so that we can live exclusively in some high, refined state of bliss consciousness. This “goal” is frequently placed in front of those who follow the ascetic path, but Sri Aurobindo confirms that the wider aims of Nature clearly involve uplifting and transforming Life itself, not abandoning it to establish consciousness solely in some other plane or state of awareness.

“what Nature herself attends from us is that the whole of what we are should rise into the spiritual consciousness and become a manifest and manifold power of the spirit. An integral transformation is the integral aim of the Being in Nature; this is the inherent sense of her universal urge of self-transcendence. It is for this reason that the process of Nature is not confined to a heightening of herself into a new principle; the new height is not a narrow intense pinnacle, it brings with it a widening and establishes a larger field of life in which the power of the new principle may have sufficient play and room for its emergence.”

Nature takes up not only the new emerging principle but also the earlier established principles and widens them, makes them more powerful in their action through the influence of the new force of consciousness at work, more subtle, more receptive. “Our mental, physical, vital existence need not be destroyed by our self-exceeding, nor are they lessened and impaired by being spiritualised; they can and do become much richer, greater, more powerful and more perfect: in their divine change they break into possibilities which in their unspiritualised condition could not be practicable or imaginable.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 19, “Out of the Sevenfold Ignorance towards the Sevenfold Knowledge.”