The Divine Shakti Carries Out Work Through the Liberated Soul

In his book The Mother, Sri Aurobindo observes: “In ALL that is done in the universe, the Divine through his Shakti is behind all action but he is veiled by his Yoga Maya and works through the ego of the Jiva in the lower nature.” (The Mother, Sri Aurobindo, Chapter 2, pg. 8) This principle applies for the liberated soul, in particular, as he becomes simply the occasion of the work that is done by the Shakti. In that sense, the individual no longer does any “work” as is conceived in the sense of the ego-personality of the lower nature.

From the viewpoint of the individual, once the yogic transformation has become quite advanced, and the standpoint has been shifted to the Divine standpoint rather than the ego-standpoint, the question of personal work based on the usual motive forces of desire, comfort, gain, self-aggrandisement, simply disappears. Contrary to the common viewpoint seen from the ego-perspective, however, this does not mean that the individual must give up all action. “…but there is no need to flee from action or to take refuge in a blissful inertia. For now he acts as the Divine Existence acts without any binding necessity and without any compelling ignorance. Even in doing works he does not work at all; he undertakes no personal initiative.”

“It is the Divine Shakti that works in him through his nature; his action develops through the spontaneity of a supreme Force by which his instruments are possessed, of which he is a part, with whose will his will is identical and his power is her power. The spirit within him contains, supports and watches this action; it presides over it in knowledge but is not glued or clamped to the work by attachment or need, is not bound by desire of its fruit, is not enslaved to any movement or impulse.”

Thus, it is not the abandonment of action that is the result of liberation, but rather, a continued action that is carried out by the Divine Shakti through the individual as a nexus or occasion of that action.

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 12, The Divine Work, pp. 253-254