The Mystical Transmutation of Individual Love Into Love For the Immanent Divine

The devotion or adoration of the Eternal, the purity of spiritual love, disembodied and separated from attachment to any specific forms, is not the exclusive form that love takes in the spiritual path. For those who treat the entire world as an illusion, a distraction or an obstacle, the separation from the material forms is essential. For the seeker of the integral Yoga, however, who recognizes the omnipresence of the Divine, the love, adoration and devotion eventually have to encompass not just the Transcendent and Eternal, but also the Universal and the Individual forms. Thus, a total transformation of the relationship of the individual to the other existent forms and beings becomes necessary.

Sri Aurobindo explores this: “An ultimate inexpressible adoration offered by us to the Transcendent, to the Highest, to the Ineffable, is yet no complete worship if it is not offered to him wherever he manifests or wherever even he hides his godhead–in man and object and every creature.”

Behind all outer forms, behind all beings, behind all images lies the Divine, and it is this essence that becomes the secret object of worship of the spiritual seeker. “For there is concealed behind individual love, obscured by its ignorant human figure, a mystery which the mind cannot seize, the mystery of the body of the Divine, the secret of a mystic form of the Infinite which we can approach only through the ecstasy of the heart and the passion of the pure and sublimated sense, and its attraction which is the call of the divine Flute-player, the mastering compulsion of the All-Beautiful, can only be seized and seize us through an occult love and yearning which in the end makes one the Form and the Formless, and identifies Spirit and Matter. It is that which the spirit in Love is seeking here in the darkness of the Ignorance and it is that which it finds when individual human love is changed into the love of the Immanent Divine incarnate in the material universe.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 6, The Ascent of the Sacrifice-2, The Works of Love–The Works of Life, pp. 149-150