Three Conditions Required For the Spiritual Transformation of the Life-Force

For all of us who live primarily in the sense of ego, and act under the impulsion of desire, it is difficult to imagine what kind of transformation is truly possible, as well as how to achieve it. Sri Aurobindo has provided three conditions that together can bring about the needed changes. First, the workings of desire must be eliminated. Second, the true soul, the psychic being in the inner heart of man, must come forward and guide the mind-life-body nexus. Third, the ego as the center around which all revolves must be removed and replaced.

Sri Aurobindo describes each of these conditions in more detail: “…for a divine living, desire must be abolished and replaced by a purer and firmer motive-power, the tormented soul of desire dissolved and in its stead there must emerge the calm, strength, happiness of a true vital being now concealed within us.”

“…for a divine life the mind and the life-impulse must cease to be anything but instruments and the inmost psychic being must take their place as the leader on the path and the indicator of a divine guidance.”

“…ego must disappear and be replaced by the true spiritual person, the central being, and life itself must be turned towards the fulfilment of the Divine in terrestrial existence; it must feel a Divine Force awaking within it and become an obedient instrumentation of its purpose.”

It is the combined action of these three conditional steps that can bring about the change from the human standpoint rooted in mind-life-body to the Divine standpoint, free and powerful to act in the creation of the play of the forms and forces of the world under the Divine intention.

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. 166