The Way To Experience Unity With the Divine

The supreme vision which Arjuna has experienced is one which integrates the transcendent, the universal, the cosmic and the individual into one complete whole, where all contradictions are reconciled in the experience of Oneness and where everything that occurs, and the process through Time itself are seen in their proper perspective. The good and the evil, the beautiful and the horrifying, the joyous and the painful, all these are part of the immense Reality that is manifesting for its own purpose and under its own impulsion and with its own logic, what Sri Aurobindo elsewhere calls “the logic of the Infinite.”

Seekers follow many different paths in order to achieve the unity that provides them the vision and the integration of understanding that is required to experience it without trouble in the mind, nerves, emotions or physical body. Arjuna has himself experienced a tremendous amount of psychological disturbance through the experience, and he asks Sri Krishna to return to his normal human form to relieve the overwhelming impression that he has to bear; Sri Krishna points out that those who have prepared themselves do not experience this form of psychological pain, and Arjuna should ease his mind and rejoice.

Sri Krishna also makes it clear that this experience cannot be forced, bought or bargained for. “It cannot be won by Veda or austerities or gifts or sacrifice, it can be seen, known, entered into only by that Bhakti which regards, adores and loves Me alone in all things.”

The standpoint set here as the goal of the yoga taught by Sri Krishna to Arjuna can only be achieved through a complete and selfless devotion and oneness in spirit: “There is a supreme consciousness through which it is possible to be one with all, yet above all, to exceed world and yet embrace the whole nature at once of the cosmic and the supracosmic Godhead. This is difficult indeed for limited man imprisoned in his mind and body: but, says the Godhead, ‘be a doer of My works, accept Me as the supreme being and object, become My Bhakta, be free from attachment and without enmity to all existences; for such a man comes to Me.’ In other words superiority to the lower nature, unity with all creatures, oneness with the cosmic Godhead and the Transcendence, oneness of will with the Divine in works, absolute love for the One and for God in all,–this is the way to that absolute spiritual self-exceeding and that unimaginable transformation.”

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part I, Chapter 11, The Vision of the World-Spirit–The Double Aspect, pp. 379-381