The Integral Liberation and Perfection

For the seeker of the integral Yoga, the idea of achieving liberation through abandonment of the life in the world is unacceptable. The integral Yoga does not accept that Nature is something separate, foreign and different from Spirit, or that it represents purely a false and illusory distraction from the true focus on the Spirit; rather, it is the manifestation into form of the Will of the Spirit. In his epic poem Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol, Sri Aurobindo capsulizes this realisation in the lines: “…The Spirit shall look out through Matter’s gaze and Matter shall reveal the Spirit’s face.” In The Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo describes “reality omnipresent” to bring together the opposing views of the materialist and the ascetic into an integrated and complete view of Oneness.

This implies that any integral liberation or perfection must not only find release from the bondage of the dualities, the play of the gunas and the ego-sense that acts as the lynch-pin for this bondage, but it must take up and integrate the soul’s oneness with the Spirit and carry out the Will of the Spirit in the manifested universe. “The integral liberation comes when this passion for release, …, founded on distaste or vairagya, is itself transcended; the soul is then liberated both from attachment to the lower action of nature and from all repugnance to the cosmic action of the Divine. This liberation gets its completeness when the spiritual gnosis can act with a supramental knowledge and reception of the action of Nature and a supramental luminous will in initiation. The gnosis discovers the spiritual sense in Nature, God in things, the soul of good in all things that have the contrary appearance; that soul is delivered in them and out of them, the perversions of the imperfect or contrary forms fall away or are transformed into their higher divine truth,–even as the gunas go back to their divine principles,–and the spirit lives in a universal, infinite and absolute Truth, Good, Beauty, Bliss which is the supramental or ideal divine Nature. The liberation of the Nature becomes one with the liberation of the spirit, and there is founded in the integral freedom the integral perfection.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 9, The Liberation of the Nature, pg. 663