The Essential Role of the Psychic Being in the Transformation of Life

The elimination of desire as a motive force of action is the first step, and the development of the equality of soul that it brings about is an important foundation; however, this does not, in and of itself, provide the kind of guidance and insight needed to re-orient action on the basis of the Divine Will. It is at this point that Sri Aurobindo sets forth the need for the emergence of the psychic being to lead the mind-life-body instrument and provide the right orientation, standpoint and spirit of aspiration and surrender to the higher will that brings about the correct response to situations and the resultant change in the outer life.

“…it indicates at each moment the method, the way, the steps that will lead to that fulfilled spiritual condition in which a supreme dynamic initiative will be always there directing the activities of a divinised Life-Force. The light it sheds illuminates the other parts of the nature which, for want of any better guidance than their own confused and groping powers, have been wandering in the rounds of the Ignorance; it gives to mind the intrinsic feeling of the thoughts and perceptions, to life the infallible sense of the movements that are misled or misleading and those that are well-inspired; something like a quiet oracle from within discloses the causes of our stumblings, warns in time against their repetition, extracts from experience and intuition the law, not rigid but plastic, of a just direction for our acts, a right step, an accurate impulse.”

There comes about something of a “sense of rightness” that, when we begin to follow its guidance, orient our actions towards the Divine life: “The works of Life right themselves, escape from confusion, substitute for the artificial or legal order imposed by the intellect and for the arbitrary rule of desire the guidance of the soul’s inner sight, enter into the profound paths of the Spirit. Above all, the psychic being imposes on life the law of the sacrifice of all its works as an offering to the Divine and Eternal. Life becomes a call to that which is beyond Life; its every smallest act enlarges with the sense of the Infinite.”

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. 168-169

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