The Gnostic Individual Living in the Gnostic Society

The mental/vital/physical manifestation is characterised by a clash of opposing forces and egos. There is a fight for pre-eminence, control and domination. One idea or belief system is set against another idea and belief system. The ego believes it is “right” and the other belief is “wrong” and feels it must compete to achieve control and dominance for its ideas or desires.

The gnostic individual, on the contrary, knows the Truth of his role in the manifestation and feels no desire nor need to clash against others in order to affirm that Truth. Sri Aurobindo describes it thus: “The gnostic being woudl feel a single consonant Force of Supernature acting in all: he would accept its formation in himself and obey or use the knowledge and power it gave him for the divine work, but he would be under no urge or compulsion to set the power and knowledge in him against the power and knowledge of others or affirm himself as an ego striving against other egos. For the spiritual self has its own inalienable joy and plenitude inviolable in all conditions, its own infinity of truth of being: that it feels always in fullness whatever may be the outward formulation. The truth of the Spirit within would not depend on a particular formation; it would have no need, therefore, to struggle for any particular outward formulation and self-affirmation: forms would arise of themselves plastically, in suitable relation to other formulations and each in its own place in the whole formulation. Truth of gnostic consciousness and being establishing itself can find its harmony with all other truth of being around it.”

The gnostic individual also has no driving need to be in charge or express his independence; rather he can take up his role within a spiritual hierarchy in the gnostic community and nevertheless feel his inner freedom while acting under the direction of that hierarchy. “An inner spiritual freedom can accept its place in the truth of an inner spiritual hierarchy as well as in the truth, not incompatible with it, of a fundamental spiritual equality.” “…for the Spirit’s freedom, because it is eternal, self-existent and inalienable, can be felt as much in service and willing subordination and adjustment with other selves as in power and rule.”

“Unity is the basis of the gnostic consciousness, mutuality the natural result of its direct awareness of oneness in diversity, harmony the inevitable power of the working of its force. Unity, mutuality, and harmony must therefore be the inescapable law of a common or collective gnostic life.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 28, “The Divine Life”