Universal Shakti Upholds All Planes of Existence

In The Life Divine Sri Aurobindo describes the seven planes of existence. There is an upper hemisphere of pure Existence, Consciousness and Bliss (Sachchidananda), and a lower hemisphere of Mind, Life and Matter, and a connecting plane of Supermind which translates between the one and the other. The Universal Shakti carries out the intention in manifestation and effectuates it in detail through all the various forms and forces that constitute the life we experience.

Sri Aurobindo describes the working of the universal Shakti: “But there are many planes of her creation, many steps of the Divine Shakti. At the summit of this manifestation of which we are a part there are worlds of infinite existence, consciousness, force and bliss over which the Mother stands as the unveiled eternal Power. All beings there live and move in an ineffable completeness and unalterable oneness, because she carries them safe in her arms for ever. Nearer to us are the worlds of a perfect supramental creation in which they Mother is the supramental Mahashakti, a Power of divine omniscient Will and omnipotent Knowledge always apparent in its unfailing works and spontaneously perfect in every process. There all movements are the steps of the Truth; there all beings are souls and powers and bodies of the divine Light; there all experiences are seas and floods and waves of an intense and absolute Ananda. But here where we dwell are the worlds of the Ignorance, worlds of mind and life and body separated in consciousness from their source, of which this earth is a significant centre and its evolution a crucial process. This too with all its obscurity and struggle and imperfection is upheld by the Universal Mother; this too is impelled and guided to its secret aim by the Mahashakti.”

All that we see and experience, the entire manifested universe is an expression of the Force of the Universal Shakti.

Sri Aurobindo,