The Essential Nature of the Yoga of Love

It is difficult for us to see or even visualize the creation as an expression of the power of Divine Love. We see the struggle, the conflict, the opposition, the pitting of each against all that has characterized virtually the entire human experience, and certainly that of the other living beings in our world. Concepts such as “survival of the fittest” clearly delineate the operative mindset of what it takes to survive and thrive in the world. Sri Aurobindo explains: “it does not so appear now because, even if a Divine Love is there in the world upholding all this evolution of creatures, yet the stuff of life and its action is made up of an egoistic formation, a division, a struggle of life and consciousness to exist and survive in an apparently indifferent, inclement or even hostile world of inanimate and inconscient Matter.”

The manifestation and expression of the Oneness of the entire creation, and its foundation in the power of Divine Love may be the actual intention of the universal creation toward which we are striving to gain an understanding. “it is to discover that at its supreme source, to bring it from within and to radiate it out up to the extreme confines of life that is turned the effort of the Yoga.”

To accomplish this, the seeker must begin to express and manifest the nature of that Divine Love in his inner being and in his outer actions: “All action, all creation must be turned into a form, a symbol of the cult, the adoration, the sacrifice; it must carry something that makes it bear in it the stamp of a dedication, a reception and translation of the Divine Consciousness, a service of the Beloved, a self-giving, a surrender. This has to be done wherever possible in the outward body and form of the act; it must be done always in its inward emotion and an intensity that shows it to be an outflow from the soul towards the Eternal.”

We can see that as the consciousness increases and there is a closer sense of the Divine in all things, the tendencies toward egoistic desire and aggressive “one against all” reactions gets mitigated or reversed. We can extrapolate from this the future evolutionary trend as the yoga of love transforms the spirit and the actions of more individuals and thereby provides a foundation for greater harmony, understanding, mutuality and support in the world.

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, pg. 154