Transforming Knowledge Into Active Realisation In Life

The major thrust of the Gita’s exposition is to emphasize the need for the transformation and conversion of the entire active nature to a new spiritualized standpoint and action. The knowledge must become dynamic and act upon the emotions, the life energies and the physical body in such a way that they all take on a new dimension. Sri Aurobindo describes the steps of this transformation: “It is at first a wisdom of the intelligence, the buddhi; but that is accompanied by a moved spiritualised state of the affective nature, bhava. This change of the heart and mind is the beginning of a total change of all the nature.”

“There is an intense delight of love in the greatness and beauty and perfection of this divine Being now seen everywhere in the world and above it…. That deeper ecstasy assumes the place of the scattered and external pleasure of the mind in existence or rather it draws all other delight into it and transforms by a marvellous alchemy the mind’s and the heart’s feelings and all sense movements.”

This leads to a state of constant awareness of and unity with the Divine: “By the Yoga of the will and intelligence founded on an illumined union of works and knowledge the transition was effected from our lower troubled mind-ranges to the immutable calm of the witnessing Soul above the active nature. But now by this greater Yoga of the Buddhi founded on an illumined union of love and adoration with an all-comprehending knowledge the soul rises in a vast ecstasy to the whole transcendental truth of the absolute and all-originating Godhead. The Eternal is fulfilled in the individual spirit and individual nature; the individual spirit is exalted from birth in time to the infinitudes of the Eternal.”

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part I, Chapter 7, The Supreme Word of the Gita, pp. 339-340