The unique synthesis of the Gita brings together the various essential powers of our being into a unified, coordinated harmony focused on achieving the spiritual realisation of Oneness. The Gita looks beyond the surface differences of approach and methodology to recognise that the powers of knowledge, devotion and dedicated action actually complement, support and complete one another. A highest knowledge brings about a deep devotion. Having attained to a status of unity with the Divine, one takes on the characteristics of selfless action for the benefit of all beings and the entire manifestation. Starting from the dedication of one’s works, one can achieve the results of knowledge and devotion as well.
Sri Aurobindo cites the Gita: “And by doing also all actions always lodged in Me he attains by My grace the eternal and imperishable state.”
“This liberating action is of the character of works done in a profound union of the will and all the dynamic parts of our nature with the Divine in ourself and the cosmos. It is done first as a sacrifice with the idea still of our self as the doer. It is done next without that idea and with a perception of the Prakriti as the sole doer. It is done last with the knowledge of that Prakriti as the supreme power of the Divine and a renunciation, a surrender of all our actions to him with the individual as a channel only and an instrument. Our works then proceed straight from the Self and Divine within us, are a part of the indivisible universal action, are initiated and performed not by us but by a vast transcendent Shakti. All that we do is done for the sake of the Lord seated in the heart of all, for the Godhead in the individual and for the fulfilment of his will in us, for the sake of the Divine in the world, for the good of all beings, for the fulfilment of the world action and the world purpose, or in one word for the sake of the Purushottama and done really by him through his universal Shakti.”
At this point, there is no bondage of works, and in fact, works become a means of liberation. “Disengaged from these mixed and limited Dharmas, we escape into the immortal Dharma which comes upon us when we make ourselves one in all our consciousness and action with the Purushottama. That oneness here brings with it the power to rise there into the immortality beyond Time. There we shall exist in his eternal transcendence.”
Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part II, Chapter 21, Towards the Supreme Secret, pp. 519-520