The Power of Equality As a Tool of Liberation

Many who take up the practice of Yoga as a spiritual discipline try to follow the injunctions about avoiding attachment to desire, and the fruits of desire for things of the world by settling upon a poise of “indifference”. This poise has a tendency to withdrawal and inaction, however.

Sri Aurobindo observes: “As with action and inaction, so it is with this dual possibility of indifference and calm on the one side and active joy and love on the other. Equality, not indifference is the basis. Equal endurance, impartial indifference, calm submission to the causes of joy and grief without any reaction of either grief or joy are the preparation and negative basis of equality; but equality is not fulfilled till it takes its positive form of love and delight. The sense-mind must find the equal rasa of the All-Beautiful, the heart the equal love and Ananda for all, the psychic Prana the enjoyment of this rasa, love and Ananda. This, however, is the positive perfection that comes by liberation; our first object on the path of knowledge is rather the liberation that comes by detachment from the desire-mind and by the renunciation of its passions.”

We see here, then, that the passive or negative pole of indifference is not the final stage or realization. The seeker of the integral Yoga, not seeking escape from the world of manifestation, but raising up the manifestation to its highest divine potential, will eventually need to incorporate the positive aspect and be able to embrace all forms, forces, events, and circumstances with a divine acceptance and joy.

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Two: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter 8, The Release from the Heart and the Mind, pg. 339