One for All and All for One

The development of the gnostic consciousness brings about a complete transformation in both the way of seeing the world, and the action of the individual in the world. The normal human viewpoint, based on the dividing consciousness of Mind, is no longer operative. Rather, the unifying consciousness of Supermind brings about a new vision of all existence and all beings as One, while at the same time, expanding the individual’s consciousness to embrace and contain all within one’s being. the individual represents a nexus or point of manifestation, unique but not separate from the rest of creation.

Sri Aurobindo describes this consciousness: “He will have the cosmic consciousness, sense, feeling, by which all objective life will become part of his subjective existence and by which he will realise, perceive, feel, see, hear the Divine in all forms; all forms and movements will be realised, sensed, seen, heard, felt as if taking place within his own vast self of being. The world will be connected not only with his outer but with his inner life. He will not meet the world only in its external form by an external contact; he will be inwardly in contact with the inner self of things and beings: he will meet consciously their inner as well as their outer reactions; he will be aware of that within them of which they themselves will not be aware, act upon all with an inner comprehension, encounter all with a perfect sympathy and sense of oneness but also an independence which is not overmastered by any contact. His action on the world will be largely an inner action by the power of the Spirit, by the spiritual-supramental idea-force formulating itself in the world, by the secret unspoken word, by the power of the heart, by the dynamic life-force, by the enveloping and penetrating power of the self one with all things; the outer expressed and visible action will be only a fringe, a last projection of this vaster single total of activity.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 27, “The Gnostic Being”

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