If we ask one of our fingers, or a toe, to communicate its experience, it may feel that it is an independent actor, making its own decisions and determinations, and fighting for its existence against the opposition of the rest of the body to which it belongs, where each part or organ tries to acquire sustenance and power at the expense of other parts. There are times when that finger or toe would also experience that energy is being withheld from it unfairly by other parts of the body, because it does not identify itself as part and parcel of the larger being, but as something separate. This analogy helps to illustrate the human being’s relation to the One, the Supreme, the Lord of existence. We hold ourselves to be separate individuals. We feel like we are in opposition to the other beings and forces and we have to struggle for and conquer our environment.
In our analogy of course, it is easy to see, looking from a higher vantage point that is wider and more inclusive, that the toe or finger is part of a being, that the circulation brings it nourishment and that there is a higher intelligence at work that not only integrates all the parts, but also is able to prioritize where and when energy should flow in order to preserve and carry out the higher purpose of the being.
Similarly, the human being is part of a larger being, and there are times and states of awareness where the individual can enter into a new vantage point to recognize the inherent Oneness of all creation, and that the individual is part and parcel of that Oneness. Further, there is a recognition that the consciousness that moves, directs, guides, creates and informs all of creation is a universal consciousness, and this is the Lord of existence.
Sri Aurobindo describes this in more depth: “He is the transcendent unknown or unknowable Absolute, the unexpressed and unmanifested Ineffable above us; but he is also the Self of all beings, the Master of all worlds, transcending all worlds, the Light and the Guide, the All-Beautiful and All-Blissful, the Beloved and the Lover. he is the Cosmic Spirit and all this creative Energy around us; he is the Immanent within us. All that is is he, and he is the More than all that is, and we ourselves, though we know it not, are being of his being, force of his force, conscious with a consciousness derived from his; even our mortal existence is made out of his substance and there is an immortal within us that is a spark of the Light and Bliss that are for ever.”
The yogic process has as its aim and goal, the achievement of a state of Oneness with this consciousness, both in its transcendent aspect and in its manifest form as a universal being with an interactive nexus of individual points of awareness within the One.
Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 11, The Master of the Work, pg. 231