An Integral Transformation of Our Being

The integral Yoga seeks to unify our consciousness with the Divine consciousness, while at the same time accepting and transforming our life in the world into an instrumental action of the Divine in manifestation. This Yoga envisions achieving the unification of Spirit and Matter in our being. In his epic poem, Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol, Sri Aurobindo declares “and Matter shall reveal the Spirit’s face”.

This Yoga, therefore, does not rely on an escape from the manifested world into a high, abstract liberation of the Spirit. Nor does it take up various practices solely to achieve success and benefits in the material world. Rather, the goal is to find the key that harmonises the two poles of existence and fuse them into one omnipresent Reality within which we live a divine life.

“A union by identity may be ours, a liberation and change of our substance of being into that supreme Spirit-substance, of our consciousness into that divine Consciousness, of our soul-state into that ecstasy of spiritual beatitude or that calm eternal bliss of existence. A luminous indwelling in the Divine can be attained by us secure against any fall or exile into this lower consciousness of the darkness and the Ignorance, the soul ranging freely and firmly in its own natural world of light and joy and freedom and oneness. And since this is not merely to be attained in some other existence beyond but pursued and discovered here also, it can only be by a descent, by a bringing down of the Divine Truth, by the establishment here of the soul’s native world of light, joy, freedom, oneness. A union of our instrumental being no less than of our soul and spirit must change our imperfect nature into the very likeness and image of Divine Nature; it must put off the blind, marred, mutilated, discordant movements of the Ignorance and put on the inherence of that light, peace, bliss, harmony, universality, mastery, purity, perfection; it must convert itself into a receptacle of divine knowledge, an instrument of divine Will-Power and Force of Being, a channel of divine Love, Joy and Beauty. This is the transformation to be effected, an integral transformation of all that we now are or seem to be, by the joining–Yoga–of the finite being in Time with the Eternal and Infinite.”

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. 122-123