Converting the Entire Life Into a Conscious Sacrifice to the Supreme

The concept of the sacrifice for the divine realisation reaches its ultimate conclusion when we no longer segment or separate the act of sacrifice from the rest of the life; rather, eventually all life is recognised as a manifestation of the Supreme, in Oneness, and every action then is converted into a conscious sacrifice.

Sri Aurobindo describes the process and the result: “Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-giving to the Eternal. All our actions, not less the smallest and most ordinary and trifling than the greatest and most uncommon and noble, must be performed as consecrated acts.”

This implies that we must overcome the limitations of the egoistic human consciousness: “Our individualised nature must live in the single consciousness of an inner and outer movement dedicated to Something that is beyond us and greater than our ego.”

The form of sacrifice also must be transformed: “No matter what the gift and to whom it is presented by us, there must be a consciousness in the act that we are presenting it to the one divine Being in all beings.”

Every action takes on this character: “…when we eat, we should be conscious that we are giving our food to that Presence in us; it must be a sacred offering in a temple and the sense of a mere physical need or self-gratification must pass away from us.”

Whatever we do, whatever projects we undertake should be done from a new spirit: “The workings and results of our acts must be put in the hands of that One in the feeling that that Presence is the Infinite and Most High by whom alone our labour and our aspiration are possible.”

“Even in those things in which Nature is herself very plainly the worker and we only the witnesses of her working and its containers and supporters, there should be the same constant memory and insistent consciousness of a work and of its divine Master. Our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 4, The Sacrifice, The Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice, pp. 102-103

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