Living a Life Dominated by Spirit

In Sri Aurobindo’s view, the goal of the Yoga of Knowledge is not fully achieved by the spiritual realisation of the higher planes of consciousness, whether the Gnosis, or the Bliss-Consciousness of Sat-Chit-Ananda. He envisions in addition, an entire transformation of the inner and outer life of the being, with a shift from the human standpoint to the divine standpoint as the lynch-pin of this change.

Sri Aurobindo observes, as to this further objective: “…it is to put on the divine being and the divine nature…. it is to raise our being into the divine being, our consciousness into the divine consciousness, our energy into the divine energy, our delight of existence into the divine delight of being.”

“And it is not only to lift ourselves into this higher consciousness, but to widen into it in all our being, because it is to be found on all the planes of our existence and in all our members, so that our mental, vital, physical existence shall become full of the divine nature.”

“This God-action in us is to be realised by an opening of ourselves to the divine gnosis and divine Ananda and, in its fullness, by an ascent into and a permanent dwelling in the gnosis and the Ananda.”

“We can raise our internal consciousness from plane to plane of the relations of Purusha with Prakriti, and even become, instead of the mental being dominated by the physical soul and nature, the gnostic being or the bliss-self and assume the gnostic or the bliss nature. And by this raising of the inner life we can transform our whole outward-going existence; instead of a life dominated by matter we shall then have a life dominated by spirit with all its circumstances moulded and determined by the purity of being, the consciousness infinite even in the finite, the divine energy, the divine joy and bliss of the spirit.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Two: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Chapter 25, The Higher and the Lower Knowledge, pp. 490-491

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