We live in an interconnected world in which all forms and beings have interchange with one another. In reality this is due to their unity, but for those living primarily in a consciousness of separation, it appears to be a “give and take”, an interchange, or even a mutual devouring. Sri Aurobindo summarizes the essence of this relationship: “All active existence must be in its inmost reality a sacrifice of works offered by Prakriti to Purusha, Nature offering to the supreme and infinite Soul the desire of the multiple finite Soul within her.” Regardless of the Divinity to whom we offer the sacrifice, which is purely dependent on the level of development of the being and thus, the level of recognition it can achieve, it is still an offering directed at that larger Reality of which all must partake.
The interconnection cannot be avoided: “…for existence is one and its divisions must found themselves on some law of mutual dependence, each growing by each and living by all. Where sacrifice is not willingly given, Nature exacts it by force, she satisfies the law of her living. A mutual giving and receiving is the law of Life without which it cannot for one moment endure, and this fact is the stamp of the divine creative Will on the world it has manifested in its being, the proof that with sacrifice as their eternal companion the Lord of creatures has created all these existences. The universal law of sacrifice is the sign that the world is of God and belongs to God and that life is his dominion and house of worship and not a field for the self-satisfaction of the independent ego; not the fulfillment of the ego,–that is only our crude and obscure beginning, but the discovery of God, the worship and seeking of the Divine and the Infinite through a constantly enlarging sacrifice culminating in a perfect self-giving founded on a perfect self-knowledge is that to which the experience of life is at last intended to lead.”
Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, First Series, Chapter 13, The Lord of the Sacrifice, pp. 118-119