Introduction to the Triple Transformation: The Evolutionary Intention of Nature

We begin today our review of the next chapter, The Triple Transformation. As has been his practice, Sri Aurobindo begins the chapter with citations from Veda, Upanishad and Gita. It is appropriate to review these citations as they provide insight to the focus of the chapter.

“A conscious being is the centre of the self, who rules past and future; he is like a fire without smoke….That, one must disengage with patience from one’s own body.” Katha Upanishad, II.1.12, 13; II.3.17

“An intuition in the heart sees that truth.” Rig Veda, I.24.12

“I abide in the spiritual being and from there destroy the darkness born of ignorance with the shining lamp of knowledge.” Bhagavad Gita, X.11

“These rays are directed downwards, their foundation is above: may they be set deep within us….O Varuna, here awake, make wide thy reign; may we abide in the law of thy workings and be blameless before the Mother Infinite.” Rig Veda, I.24,7,11,15

“The Swan that settles in the purity….born of the Truth,–itself the Truth, the Vast.” Katha Upanishad, II.2.2

In these citations we see references to a process of acquiring knowledge, founded above, extending itself below into the life here at the gradations of mind, life and body, through a process of identification, distinguishing and associating ourselves with the consciousness of the spiritual being around which our outer nature and life has been formed and developed.

The transformation that Sri Aurobindo is discussing in this chapter is a spiritual transformation, that has the capacity of directing and uplifting the life we lead.

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 25, “The Triple Transformation”