The Ultimate Meaning Of Liberation

When we reflect upon the experience of liberation described as the ultimate goal of our spiritual seeking, the terms “peace”, “oneness”, “love”, “knowledge” tend to come up. ri Aurobindo provides us a comprehensive overview of the status of liberation:

“…when we enter into that inmost self of our existence, we come to know that in us and in all is the one Spirit and Godhead whom all Nature serves and manifests and we ourselves are soul of this Soul, spirit of this Spirit, our body his delegated image, our life a movement of the rhythm of his life, our mind a sheath of his consciousness, our senses his instruments, our emotions and sensations the seekings of his delight of being, our actions a means of his purpose, our freedom only a shadow, suggestion or glimpse while we are ignorant, but when we know him and ourselves a prolongation and effective channel of his immortal freedom.”

Based on this understanding, our view of the meaning of liberation must be modified. “To live consciously and integrally in this knowledge and this truth is to escape from ego and break out of Maya.”

In the end, all of the practices, all of the seeking, all of the paths of inner growth and realisation are steps along the way to this comprehensive unification of the ego-personality and the Supreme Person manifesting all that is.

“And when we can at all times and entirely do this, then the divine Light and Love and Power takes hold of us, fills both self and instruments and leads us safe through all the doubts and difficulties and perplexities and perils that beset our soul and our life, leads us to a supreme peace and the spiritual freedom of our immortal and eternal status….”

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