The Divine Standpoint: Cosmic Consciousness

The isolated and limited individual viewpoint tends to misunderstand events and relationships due to the narrowness of its vision. The divine standpoint shifts the view so that events are seen and understood in their proper wider context as part of a divine manifestation carrying out the divine intention in existence. Instead of relating everything to the ego and its likes and dislikes, the divine viewpoint sees the larger sweep on an infinite panorama and even the suffering or trials of the individual are seen as part of a process in Time for a specific type of development and manifestation of consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo elaborates: “By entering into the cosmic consciousness we participate in that all-vision and see everything in the values of the Infinite and the One. Limitation itself, ignorance itself change their meaning for us. Ignorance changes into a particular action of divine knowledge, strength and weakness and incapacity into a free putting forth and holding back various measures of divine Force, joy and grief, pleasure and pain into a mastering and a suffering of divine delight, struggle into a balancing of forces and values in the divine harmony….We cease to judge men and things by their outward appearances and are delivered from hostile and contradictory ideas and emotions; for it is the soul that we see, the Divine that we seek and find in every thing and creature, and the rest has only a secondary value to us in a scheme of relations which exist now for us only as self-expressions of the Divine and not as having any absolute value in themselves. So too no event can disturb us, since the distinction of happy and unhappy, beneficent and maleficent happenings loses its force, and all is seen in its divine value and its divine purpose. Thus we arrive at a perfect liberation and an infinite equality. It is this consummation of which the Upanishad speaks when it says ‘He in whom the self has become all existences, how shall he have delusion, whence shall he have grief who knows entirely and sees in all things oneness.’ ”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Two: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter 15, The Cosmic Consciousness, pp. 396-397

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