The Unification of the One With the Many–the Timeless Manifesting Through Time

The experience of the Absolute is not the only spiritual experience available to the seeker. The Divine Reality encompasses both the unmanifest and the manifest, the Transcendent, and the universal creation. The seeker finds that there is a process of unification that resolves the apparent contradiction between the One and the Many. What appeared to be some kind of illusion or web of Maya turns out to be the process of the Eternal unfolding a manifestation through Time. Sri Aurobindo elaborates: “All the Timeless presses towards the play in Time; all in time turns upon and around the timeless Spirit. If the separative experience was liberative, this unitive experience is dynamic and effective. For he now not only feels himself to be in his soul-substance part of the Eternal, in his essential self and spirit entirely one with the Eternal, but in his active nature an instrumentation of its omniscient and omnipotent Consciousness-Puissance.”

The limits experienced in the normal experience are due to the nature of this unfolding creation that systematically reveals, through a process of Time, the inherent consciousness and power of the Lord and Creator. We are caught in the middle term of that evolving manifestation and prior to us in Time is the lesser evolved consciousness of dense Matter and vibrant Life. We currently reside in a vital-mental level, and beyond these levels lie still more powerful and aware levels of consciousness that eventually become coequal with the infinite and all-powerful consciousness of the Divine. “The once conflicting but now biune duality of Brahman-Maya stands revealed to him as the first great dynamic aspect of the Self of all selves, the Master of existence, the Lord of the world-sacrifice and of his 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. 112-113