Perfection in Divine Works

We have been reviewing the steps and transitions that need to occur in the practice of Karma Yoga, in order to effectuate the realisation of Oneness with the Divine that is the goal of that practice. We start from the normal human standpoint of being the “doer” of works for the purpose of achieving a personal benefit or result. We reach an interim stage where we do works without concern for the fruits, but as a dedication and service to the Divine Shakti. The final stage is one where there is a complete identification and the individual ego is transformed into a nexus of action of the Divine Shakti.

Sri Aurobindo describes this culminating stage: “The last stage of this perfection will come when you are completely identified with the Divine Mother and feel yourself to be no longer another and separate being, instrument, servant or worker but truly a child and eternal portion of her consciousness and force. Always she will be in you and you in her; it will be your constant, simple and natural experience that all your thought and seeing and action, your very breathing or moving come from her and are hers. You will know and see and feel that you are a person and power formed by her out of herself, put out from her for the play and yet always safe in her, being of her being, consciousness of her consciousness, force of her force, ananda of her Ananda. When this condition is entire and her supramental energies can freely move you, then you will be perfect in divine works; knowledge, will, action will become sure, simple, luminous, spontaneous, flawless, an outflow from the Supreme, a divine movement of the Eternal.”

Sri Aurobindo,