The Highest Spiritual Status

The Gita has led us to recognize that our attachment to the external world of forms, the action of the Gunas of Nature and the dualities does not represent the final meaning or goal of human life. Similarly, the status of those who separate from this outer world and find fulfilment in the silent Brahman have not reached the end either. Neither the “materialist denial” nor the “refusal of the ascetic” as Sri Aurobindo terms them in The Life Divine represent the complete and total truth of our existence. The solution comes when we embrace what he calls “reality omnipresent.”

Sri Aurobindo describes this status and its result: “Then the soul of man is united with the Godhead of which it is a portion; then it is one with all beings in the self and spirit, one with them both in God and in Nature; then it is not only free but complete, plunged in the supreme felicity, ready for its ultimate perfection. He still sees the self as an eternal and changeless Spirit silently supporting all things; but he sees also Nature no longer as a mere mechanical force that works out things according to the mechanism of the Gunas, but as a power of the Spirit and the force of God in manifestation.”

“…he become aware of a highest spiritual nature of the Divine in which is contained the source and the yet to be realised greater truth of all that is imperfectly figured now in mind, life and body. Arisen from the lower mental to this supreme spiritual nature he is delivered there from all ego. He knows himself as a spiritual being, in his essence one with all existences and in his active nature a power of the one Godhead and an eternal soul of the transcendent Infinite. He sees all in God and God in all; he sees all things as Vasudeva. He is delivered from the dualities of joy and grief, from the pleasant and the unpleasant, from desire and disappointment, from sin and virtue. All henceforth is to his conscious sight and sense the will and working of the Divine. He lives and acts as a soul and portion of the universal consciousness and power; he is filled with the transcendent divine delight, a spiritual Ananda. His action becomes the divine action and his status the highest spiritual status.”

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part II, Chapter 24, The Message of the Gita, pp. 561-562