Integral Liberation, Fulfilment, Realisation and Action

Starting from the unity of all creation, the integral Yoga requires the seeker to accept, balance and integrate the transcendent, the universal manifestation, and the individual role in that manifestation. This prevents the artificial solutions of “cutting the knot” of the world’s distractions by avoidance; and equally it prevents the artificial solution of pretending that there is no Transcendent and only the world and its forms and beings are of any importance. “Reality omnipresent” implies that the liberated soul takes on the standpoint of the Divine, has one foot in the Transcendent, so to speak, and the other in the rolling out of the manifestation as the will and expression of the Divine.

Sri Aurobindo elaborates: “The state of the liberated soul is that of the Purusha who is for ever free. Its consciousness is a transcendence and an all-comprehending unity. Its self-knowledge does not get rid of all the terms of self-knowledge, but unifies and harmonises all things in God and in the divine nature….On the other hand, any absorption in the relations between self and others and the world to the exclusion of God and the Beyond is still more impossible, and therefore it cannot be limited by the earth or even by the highest and most altruistic relations of man with man. Its activity or its culmination is not to efface and utterly deny itself for the sake of others, but to fulfil itself in God-possession, freedom and divine bliss that in and by its fulfilment in others too may be fulfilled. For it is in God alone, by the possession of the Divine only that all the discords of life can be resolved, and therefore the raising of men towards the Divine is in the end the one effective way of helping mankind. All the other activities and realisations of our self-experience have their use and power, but in the end these crowded side-tracks or these lonely paths must circle round to converge into the wideness of the integral way by which the liberated soul transcends all, embraces all and becomes the promise and the power of the fulfilment of all in their manifested being of the Divine.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Two: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter 18, The Soul and Its Liberation, pp. 425-426

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