Spiritual Intuition and the One Reality

The faculty of spiritual intuition possesses a certainty and insight which are missing from the mind, heart and vital sense. Everyone is familiar with various forms of intuition and have experienced from time to time a certainty that something was going to occur, or that something was wrong. Some people describe this as some kind of physical sensation in their midsection, what they might call a “gut instinct”. Sometimes, if it is in the mind, it is recognized as a flash of awareness that does not follow the plodding steps of the rational intellect, yet one knows and feels the “rightness” of the insight. The unique quality of spiritual intuition is that it exceeds both the mental and the vital-physical forms of knowledge and is able to do what neither of them can do: grasp the unity and complementary nature of the rigid determinations of either the mind on one side, or the heart and life on the other.

Sri Aurobindo observes: “The spiritual intuition lays hold always upon the reality; it is the luminous harbinger of spiritual realisation or else its illuminative light; it sees that which the other powers of our being are labouring to explore; it gets at the firm truth of the abstract representations of the intellect and the phenomenal representations of the heart and life, a truth which is itself neither remotely abstract nor outwardly concrete, but something else for which these are only two sides of its psychological manifestation to us. What the intuition of our integral being perceives, when its members no longer dispute among themselves but are illumined from above, is that the whole of our being aims at the one reality. The impersonal is a truth, the personal too is a truth; they are the same truth seen from two sides of our psychological activity; neither by itself gives the total account of the Reality and yet by either we can approach it.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Three: The Yoga of Divine Love, Chapter 5, The Divine Personality, pg. 556

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