Harmonising Gnostic Life With the Wider World Existence

While the mental capabilities of man are incapable of understanding and harmonising the complex interaction of forces, drives, motives, actions and impulsions within the framework of the varying needs, desires, capacities and purposes of the body, life and mind, it is nevertheless possible to achieve this harmony through the spiritual evolution and its development of the gnostic consciousness. This consciousness, with its inherent experience of Oneness and Knowledge by Identity, responds automatically to the universal harmony of action of the universal Being.

This may bring about a harmony within the gnostic being himself, and even between gnostic individuals living in a gnostic society, but there still remains the issue of how the gnostic individual interacts with and survives in a world dominated by the powers of the physical, vital and mental stages of evolution, which Sri Aurobindo has termed the evolution in the “Ignorance.”

Sri Aurobindo reminds us that “…this difficulty need not be so great as it seems now to us; for the gnostic knowledge would carry in it a perfect understanding of the consciousness of the Ignorance, and it would not be impossible, therefore, for an assured gnostic life to harmonise its existence with that of all the less developed life co-existent with it in the earth-nature.”

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