Becoming a Conscious Human Expression of the Divine Nature

The various experiences of divine bliss that come to the seeker along the path of Yoga are considered to be “peak experiences” and they tend to come for a brief time, uplift the being, and then depart again. Amidst all the efforts, the struggles, the setbacks and the slow progress along the way, they are shining beacons that give the seeker a taste of what the spiritual evolution is leading towards, and encourages the patience and persistence needed to eventually reach the goal of transformation. Sri Aurobindo, however, is unwilling to accept the occasional and partial nature of these experiences as the sole possible result; rather, he believes that the entire life can be so transformed that it actually can live with this experience, and thereby become a conscious human expression of the divine nature of bliss.

“But the very spirit of Yoga is this, to make the exceptional normal, and to turn that which is above us and greater than our normal selves into our own constant consciousness. Therefore we should not hesitate to open ourselves more steadily to whatever experience of the Infinite we have, to purify and intensify it, to make it our object of constant thought and contemplation, till it becomes the originating power that acts in us, the Godhead we adore and embrace, our whole being is put into tune with it and it is made the very self of our being.”

The normal physical, vital, emotional and mental nature from which we start is not tuned to hold this experience either for any great length of time, or to any great level of intensity. Thus, part of the process is to continually work on these instruments until they are able to receive, calibrate, and hold the experience. “Our experience of it has to be purified of any mental alloy in it, otherwise it departs, we cannot hold it. And part of this purification is that it shall cease to be dependent on any cause or exciting condition of the mind; it must become its own cause and self-existent, source of all other delight, which will exist only by it, and not attached to any cosmic or other image or symbol through which we first came into contact with it. Our experience of it has to be constantly intensified and made more concentrated; otherwise we shall only reflect it in the mirror of the imperfect mind and not reach that point of uplifting and transfiguration by which we are carried beyond the mind into the ineffable bliss.”

“If we wait upon it for the inspiration of all our inner and outer acts, it will become the joy of the Divine pouring itself through us in light and love and power on life and all that lives. Sought by the adoration and love of the soul, it reveals itself as the Godhead, we see in it the face of God and know the bliss of our Lover. Tuning our whole being to it, we grow into a happy perfection of likeness to it, a human rendering of the divine nature. And when it becomes in every way the self of our self, we are fulfilled in being and we bear the plenitude.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Three: The Yoga of Divine Love, Chapter 7, The Ananda Brahman, pp. 569-570