The Heaven of Beatitude of the Eternal Union

The mystery of the divine Personality underlies the practice of the Yoga of devotion, and it is this divine Personality who is the object of the love and devotion in all the various forms that such love and devotion can take for the seeker. It is impossible to fully describe the experience of this relationship, so human thought and expression clothes it in the terms of human forms of love. Where human love, however, is found to be weak or imperfect, the divine Beloved is able to exceed and perfect the expression and inner sense of love.

Bhakti Yoga does not seek after the Absolute, silent, immutable and austere; rather, it fixes itself upon the personal aspect of the Divine as he manifests through all forms in the universal existence. The Shwetashwatara Upanishad calls out: “Thou art the woman and Thou the man; Thou art a boy and again a young virgin; Thou art yonder worn and aged man that walkest bent with thy staff. Lo, Thou becomest born and the world is full of thy faces.” (Sri Aurobindo, The Upanishads, Shwetashwatara Upanishad, Chapter 4, v. 3, pg. 369)

Sri Aurobindo declares: “It is a living Soul to which the soul of the Bhakta yearns; for the source of all life is not an idea or a conception or a state of existence, but a real Being. Therefore in the possession of the divine Beloved all the life of the soul is satisfied and all the relations by which it finds and in which it expresses itself, are wholly fulfilled; therefore, too, by any and all of them can the Beloved be sought, though those which admit the greatest intensity, are always those by which he can be most intensely pursued and possessed with the profoundest ecstasy. He is sought within in the heart and therefore apart from all by an inward-gathered concentration of the being in the soul itself; but he is also seen and loved everywhere where he manifests his being. All the beauty and joy of existence is seen as his joy and beauty; he is embraced by the spirit in all beings; the ecstasy of love enjoyed pours itself out in a universal love; all existence becomes a radiation of its delight and even in its very appearances is transformed into something other than its outward appearance. The world itself is experienced as a play of the divine Delight, a Lila, and that in which the world loses itself is the heaven of beatitude of the eternal union.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Three: The Yoga of Divine Love, Chapter 4, The Way of Devotion, pg. 551

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