Transforming Human Action Into Divine Action

It has been a long journey from the first moments of Arjuna’s confusion and dejection to the point that has now been reached, where he is ready once again to take up his divinely appointed work, and carry it out. He has had the opportunity to see and understand the limitations of acting from the human standpoint, has been provided methodologies to systematically transition to the divine standpoint, and has been given the vision of the universal Person that constitutes the entire creation. His human weakness has been reviewed and shown up for what it is, and the confusion that his weakness engendered has now been dispelled.

This process is a transformation of the human activity into the divine action, and during this transformation the individual undergoes a transfiguration from being purely a representative human ego-personality to being a conscious instrument of the Divine, in other words, a “Vibhuti” of the Divine, a power or emanation of the Divine carrying out the Divine work in the world.

Sri Aurobindo summarizes this point: “The Vibhuti is ready for the divine life in the human, his conscious spirit for the works of the liberated soul…. Destroyed is the illusion of the mind; the soul’s memory of its self and its truth concealed so long by the misleading shows and forms of our life has returned to it and become its normal consciousness: all doubt and perplexity gone, it can turn to the execution of the command and do faithfully whatever work for God and the world may be appointed and apportioned to it by the Master of our being, the Spirit and Godhead self-fulfilled in Time and universe.”

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part II, Chapter 22, The Supreme Secret, pp. 541-542