As long as we rely primarily on the powers of mind, emotions, vital energy and the physical existence, our interpretation and our response to things remains limited, clouded and misguided in various ways. These are powers that have their initial basis in the Ignorance and partake of the nature of ignorance. Even the high ideals and flights of passionate devotion or dedicated action, if they rely on these powers, tend to be mixed in their intention and their result, subject to the force of desire, and mitigated in their power of effectuation. There are also reactions from these parts of our being that tend to oppose the Light, Force and Truth of the higher Divine Love when it descends into us, and either obstructs, or tries to redirect that energy into fulfillment of the lower nature’s desires and ambitions.
Sri Aurobindo describes the result: “Instead of a Divine Love creator of a new heaven and a new earth of Truth and Light, they would hold it here prisoner as a tremendous sanction and glorifying force of sublimation to gild the mud of the old earth and colour with its rose and sapphire the old turbid unreal skies of sentimentalising vital imagination and mental idealised chimera. if that falsification is permitted, the higher Light and Power and Bliss withdraw, there is a fall back to a lower status; or else the realisation remains tied to an insecure half-way and mixture or is covered and even submerged by an inferior exaltation that is not the true Ananda. It is for this reason that the Divine Love which is at the heart of all creation and the most powerful of all redeeming and creative forces has yet been the least frontally present in earthly life, the least successfully redemptive, the least creative.”
Even the slightest touch of this power for the normal human nature leads to misuse: “what little could be seized has been corrupted at once into a vital pietistic ardour, a defenceless religious or ethical sentimentalism, a sensuous or even sensual erotic mysticism of the roseate coloured mind or passionately turbid life-impulse and with these simulations compensated its inability to house the Mystic Flame that could rebuild the world with its tongues of sacrifice.”
This brings us to the central and critical role of the psychic being: “It is only the inmost psychic being unveiled and emerging in its full power that can lead the pilgrim sacrifice unscathed through these ambushes and pitfalls; at each moment it catches, exposes, repels the mind’s and the life’s falsehoods, seizes hold on the truth of the Divine Love and Ananda and separates it from the excitement of the mind’s ardours and the blind enthusiasm of the misleading life-force. But all things that are true at their core in mind and life and the physical being it extricates and takes with it in the journey till they stand on the heights, new in spirit and sublime in figure.”
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. 155-157