A Faultless Instrument of Divine Action Beyond Limitations of Guna or Station In Life

From wherever we start, with whatever outward capacities or balance of the Gunas in action, eventually, to achieve the divine perfection, it is necessary to integrate all the forms, knowledge, power, mutuality and interchange and service, into our being as surrendered instruments of a divine action. This all-encompassing action eventually takes us beyond the action of the Gunas. Sri Aurobindo describes the result: “The Spirit takes up the individual into the universal Swabhava, perfects and unifies the fourfold soul of nature in us and does its self-determined works according to the divine will and the accomplished power of the godhead in the creature.”

“The Gita’s injunction is to worship the Divine by our own work…; our offering must be the works determined by our own law of being and nature. For from the Divine all movement of creation and impulse to act originates and by him all this universe is extended and for the holding together of the worlds he presides over and shapes all action through the Swabhava.”

At all times, the Gita focuses on the inner truth, not the outer form or societal position of the individual: “Our work should be according to the truth within us, it should not be an accommodation with outward and artificial standards: it must be a living and sincere expression of the soul and its inborn powers. For to follow out the living inmost truth of this soul in our present nature will help us eventually to arrive at the immortal truth of the same soul in the now superconscious supreme nature. There we can live in oneness with God and our true self and all beings and, perfected, become a faultless instrument of divine action in the freedom of the immortal Dharma.”

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part II, Chapter 20, Swabhava and Swadharma, pp. 506-507

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