The dream of human unity, the “brotherhood of man”, a world of harmony, utopia, paradise, the “city of God”, has occupied humanity, in one form or another, for millenia. Numerous attempts have been made to create communities, civilisations, or various other forms of human groupings to realise this goal. Much thought has gone into the shape of such a society and how it should be governed, what guiding principles should be followed and what the central organising theme should be. As yet, however, all such attempts have fallen short of the goal. Sri Aurobindo makes it clear that as long as the organizing principle is based on the mind, it cannot actually achieve the final result sought.
“It is the divine love which so emerges that, extended in inward feeling to the Divine in man and all creatures in an active universal equality, will be more potent for the perfectability of life and a more real instrument than the ineffective mental ideal of brotherhood can ever be. It is this poured out into acts that could alone create a harmony in the world and a true unity between all its creatures; all else strives in vain towards that end so long as Divine Love has not disclosed itself as the heart of the delivered manifestation in terrestrial Nature.”
To achieve the outflowering of Divine Love, it is essential that the seeker bring the psychic being forward through devotion and adoration, expressed not only inwardly in spirit and sense, but also outwardly through the offering of all actions as an act of worship. “A psychic fire within must be lit into which all is thrown with the Divine Name upon it. In that fire all the emotions are compelled to cast off their grosser elements and those that are undivine perversions are burned away and the others discard their insufficiencies, till a spirit of largest love and a stainless divine delight arises out of the flame and smoke and frankincense.”
“It is the inner offering of the heart’s adoration, the soul of it in the symbol, the spirit of it in the act, that is the very life of the sacrifice. If the offering is to be complete and universal, then a turning of all our emotions to the Divine is imperative.”
The long aspiration and goal of the spiritual quest of humanity can and will be achieved through this method.
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. 155