The Fulfilment Of God In the World

The individual entirely immersed in the ego and the external world will find it virtually impossible to recognize and follow the inner promptings of the soul in man. Sri Aurobindo observes: “We cannot, however, easily distinguish this true inner law of our being; it is kept screened from us so long as the heart and intellect remain unpurified from egoism: till then we follow superficial and impermanent ideas, impulses, desires, suggestions and impositions of all kinds from our environment or work out formations of our temporary mental, vital, physical personality–that passing experimental and structural self which has been made for us by an interaction between our being and the pressure of a lower cosmic Nature.”

As the process develops and the seeker begins to loosen the bond of ego and the force of desire, it becomes possible to distinguish this inner signal from the noise of the external being. “…our will is less entangled in suggestions from outside or shut up in our own superficial mental constructions.”

The further the seeker proceeds in eliminating the force of egoism, the more strongly can the inner soul assert itself. “…action will come from the soul’s dictates, from the depths or the heights of the spirit, or it will be openly governed by the Lord who was all the time seated secretly within our hearts.”

It is at this stage that the Gita’s ultimate dictum becomes operative and the seeker is no longer to be bound by mental rules, social customs and expectations, or habitual patterns of action. The seeker responds to the Divine alone. “Free from desire and attachment, one with all beings, living in the infinite Truth and Purity and acting out of the profoundest deeps of his inner consciousness, governed by his immortal, divine and highest Self, all his works will be directed by the Power within through that essential spirit and nature in us which, knowing, warring, working, loving, serving, is always divine, towards the fulfilment of God in the world, an expression of the Eternal in Time.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 12, The Divine Work, pg. 262