Unified With the Eternal Through Right Knowledge

The human standpoint, separated, fragmented and limited, must be changed for the divine standpoint in order for the transformation of our consciousness and our action to take place. Sri Aurobindo provides a succinct overview of the nature of the change and the knowledge required:

“It is sufficient to remember that it reposes on another and wider vision than the human mental, a changed vision and experience by which one is first of all liberated from the limitations of the ego-sense and its contacts and feels and sees the one self in all, all in god, all beings as Vasudeva, all as vessels of the Godhead and one’s self too as a significant being and soul-power of that one Godhead; it treats in a spiritual uniting consciousness all the happenings of the lives of others as if there were happenings of one’s own life; it allows no wall of separation and lives in a universal sympathy with all existences, while amidst the world-movement one still does the work that has to be done for the good of all, … according to the way appointed by the Divine and in the measure imposed by the command of the Spirit who is Master of Time. Thus living and acting in this knowledge the soul of man becomes united with the Eternal in personality and in impersonality, lives in the Eternal though acting in Time, even as the Eternal acts, and is free, perfect and blissful whatever may be the form and determination of the work done in Nature.”

During his efforts to help liberate India from the yoke of the British in the first decade of the last century, Sri Aurobindo was arrested and held in Alipore jail. He was eventually acquitted of all charges, but during his time in prison he recounted the experience of seeing and experiencing all as the Divine and he described looking at the tree in the courtyard and seeing Sri Krishna shading him; he felt and saw even the Judge and the prison guards as Sri Krishna, playing out a drama intended to focus his attention on the practice of yoga, and shift his attention to a new field of work. When he tried to intervene to aid in his defense against the charges, it was made clear to him that everything was taken care of, and he should remain quiet and let the forces at work play out. This experience illustrates for us the sense that Sri Aurobindo provides us here for obtaining and acting from “right knowledge”.

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part II, Chapter 16, The Fullness of Spiritual Action, pp. 444-445

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