The Fullness of Consciousness of the Ananda Brahman

As the experience deepens, the seeker integrates the awareness of the Ananda Brahman within, around and above. Sri Aurobindo observes: “When we possess firmly this consciousness of the Ananda Brahman in all of these three manifestations, above, within, around, we have the full oneness of it and embrace all existences in its delight, peace, joy and love; then all the worlds become the body of this self.”

At this point, there is no wall of division that creates the illusion of complete separateness and difference between the individual and the world and the Divine transcendent consciousness. There is a recognition that all is One. “The Spirit who is here in a man and the Spirit who is there in the Sun, it is one Spirit and there is no other.” (Sri Aurobindo, The Upanishads, Taittiriya Upanishad, Brahmanandavalli ch. 8, pg. 273)

Sri Aurobindo cautions, however, that it is not a fully complete awareness and experience if this is an impersonal realisation only. “But we have not richest knowledge of this Ananda if it is only an impersonal presence, largeness or immanence that we feel, if our adoration has not been intimate enough for this Being to reveal to us out of its wide-extended joy the face and body and make us feel the hands of the Friend and Lover. Its impersonality is the blissful greatness of the Brahman, but from that can look out upon us the sweetness and intimate control of the divine Personality. For Ananda is the presence of the Self and Master of our being and the stream of its outflowing can be the pure joy of his Lila.”

It is in the integration of the experience of Ananda in both the Impersonal and the Personal Divine that the seeker experiences the fullness of the consciousness of the Ananda Brahman.

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Three: The Yoga of Divine Love, Chapter 7, The Ananda Brahman, pg. 572

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