Gnostic Life on Earth

Our habitual human consciousness creates a separation or wall between what we “know” and what we “are” or what we “do”. We therefore can conceive of knowledge as something separate from the power of action and manifestation. Sri Aurobindo describes the gnostic consciousness as a unified field of knowledge and will, existence and delight. Additionally, the human awareness is generally circumscribed by the awareness of the individual, fragmented and separated being, while the gnostic consciousness is simultaneously aware of the transcendent, the universal and cosmic and the individual existence as One Being.

“All supramental gnosis is a twofold Truth-Consciousness, a consciousness of inherent self-knowledge and, by identify of self and world, of intimate world-knowledge…”

“But this is not a purely ideative knowledge, it is not consciousness observing, forming ideas, trying to carry them out; it is an essential light of consciousness, the self-light of all the realities of being and becmoing, the self-truth of being determining, formulating and effectuating itself. To be, not to know, is the object of the manifestation; knowledge is only the instrumentation of an operative consciousness of being. This would be the gnostic life on earth, a manifestation or play of truth-conscious being, being grown aware of itself in all things, no longer lost to consciousness of itself, no longer plunged into a self-oblivion or a half-oblivion of its real existence brought about by absorption in form and action, but using form and action with a delivered spiritual power for its free and perfect self-expression, no longer seeking for its own lost or forgotten or veiled and hidden significance or significances, no longer bound, but delivered from inconscience and ignorance, aware of its own truth and powers, determining freely in a movement always concurrent and in tune in every detail with its supreme and universal Reality its manifestation, the play of its substance, the play of its consciousness, the play of its force of existence, the play of its delight of existence.”

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

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