As the dedication of the fruits of works takes hold, and one loosens the grip of the ego-consciousness, a new phase begins wherein the individual begins to recognise the Divine Shakti undertaking the action.
Sri Aurobindo describes this stage: “But a time will come when you will feel more and more that you are the instrument and not the worker. For first by the force of your devotion your contact with the Divine Mother will become so intimate that at all times you will have only to concentrate and to put everything into her hands to have her present guidance, her direct command or impulse, the sure indication of the thing to be done and the way to do it and the result. And afterwards you will realise that the divine Shakti not only inspires and guides, but initiates and carries out your works; all your movements are originated by her, all your powers are hers, mind, life and body are conscious and joyful instruments of her action, means for her play, moulds for her manifestation in the physical universe. There can be no more happy condition than this union and dependence; for this step carries you back beyond the border-line from the life of stress and suffering in the ignorance into the truth of your spiritual being, into its deep peace and its intense Ananda.”
Sri Aurobindo’s description of the state of consciousness experienced by the seeker stresses the “joyful” and the “happy” state that results, with the experience of its “intense Ananda”. The experience of the ego is always one that is filled with stress and pressure to survive and thrive as a separated being with pressure being applied from outside. The liberation that occurs with the release of this limited, fragmented, separated being into a state of Oneness in which the Divine Shakti, the power of creation, simply acts through the instrument as a nexus, is a stress-free, joyful experience as described by Sri Aurobindo. It is also one of the succeeding phases in the systematic development from the small individual ego to the universal being and consciousness of the Divine manifestation.