Seeing All Life From a Divine Standpoint

The true secret to the divine worker’s equality and peace in the face of all the obstacles, struggles and opposition, is the ability to see and experience the circumstances of life from what we may call the “divine standpoint”.

Sri Aurobindo elaborates: “for in all he sees two things, the Divine inhabiting every being equally, the varying manifestation unequal only in its temporary circumstances. In the animal and man, in the dog, the unclean outcast and the learned and virtuous Brahmin, in the saint and the sinner, in the indifferent and the friendly and the hostile, in those who love him and benefit and those who hate him and afflict, he sees himself, he sees God and has at heart for all the same equal kindliness, the same divine affection. Circumstances may determine the outward clasp or the outward conflict, but can never affect his equal eye, his open heart, his inner embrace of all. And in all his actions there will be the same principle of soul, a perfect equality, and the same principle of work, the will of the Divine in him active for the need of the race in its gradually developing advance towards the Godhead.”

From this viewpoint, there is no cause for disturbance at the large and complex play that concerts the various forms that the Divine Force has manifested in the world.

Ramana Maharshi, a revered Sage of South India, was known for asking “Who am I?” The meditation that ensued showed that I am not this body; I am not this mind; I am not this particular individual involved in this particular family or society; I am not male nor am I female. Eventually one comes to the consciousness of Oneness that shows that it is the Divine that manifests and informs and fills and empowers all forms.

The Taittiriya Upanishad advises that when one sees everywhere Oneness, there is no one and nothing to fear; but when one sees even the slightest difference, then one is filled with fear. From the Divine standpoint, fear, anger, hatred, love, all are a play of emotions that have no basis other than a temporary response to the outer forms; inwardly the divine worker maintains a knowing understanding and the deep peace and equality who sees and knows the true Oneness of all things.

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, First Series, Chapter 18, The Divine Worker, pg. 174