The Spiritual Impersonality of the Divine Worker

The Gita makes it clear that identifying the divine worker, the karmayogin, cannot be done by outer signs or by even determining the type of work that is being carried out. The true signs are of inward consciousness. The first two characteristics of the divine worker were acting from a status of liberating knowledge without personal egoism; freedom from desire and the consequent skill in works based on tranquil and informed insight not distorted by the force of desire, to the work to be done and the methods to be employed.

Sri Aurobindo goes further to describe the state of awareness held by the liberated divine worker: “This spiritual impersonality is a third sign of the divine worker. All human souls, indeed, who have attained to a certain greatness and largeness are conscious of an impersonal Force or Love or Will and Knowledge working through them, but they are not free from egoistic reactions, sometimes violent enough, of their human personality. But this freedom the liberated soul has attained; for he has cast his personality into the impersonal, where it is no longer his, but is taken up by the divine Person, the Purushottama, who uses all finite qualities infinitely and freely and is bound by none.”

“His heart and self are under perfect control; they are free from reaction and passion, they make no turbulent response to the touches of outward things.”

Such a person “…does not seize on things as his personal possessions; he receives what the divine Will brings him, covets nothing, is jealous of none: what comes to him he takes without repulsion and without attachment; what goes from him he allows to depart into the whirl of things without repining or grief or sense of loss.”

When we attempt to follow the path of karma yoga, we look to the Gita for guidance. The path involves an inner transformation of consciousness and a shifting of our standpoint of action. Each one of us can use these criteria to examine our own inner transformation.

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, First Series, Chapter 18, The Divine Worker, pp. 171-172

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