Positive Equality in the Operations of Will

Active equality is also necessary in the operation of the will in the various forms it takes in the human being. In the exercise of the will, the human being experiences the limitations of his powers, the frustrations and setbacks that occur due to the inability of the will to effectuate its intentions, and the responses that lead to moral interpretation of the action of will in the forms of sin, virtue and innocence. Sri Aurobindo advises: “These too the positive equality accepts as a tangle of provisional values from which it must start, but which it must transform into universal mastery, into the will of the Truth and universal Right, into the freedom of the divine Will in action. The equal will need not feel remorse, sorrow or discouragement over its stumblings; if these reactions occur in the habitual mentality, it will only see how far they indicate an imperfection and the thing to be corrected,–for they are not always just indicators,–and so get beyond them to a calm and equal guidance. It will see that these stumblings themselves are necessary to experience and in the end steps towards the goal.”

The seeker takes on the view that everything that occurs in the world is the manifestation of the divine intention, the divine Will, and even the limitations we experience are steps or stages in the greater evolutionary development that rolls out through the operation of Time. “All energies and actions it will see as forces proceeding from the one Existence and their perversions as imperfections, inevitable in the developing movement, of powers that were needed for that movement; it will therefore have charity for all imperfections, even while pressing steadily towards a universal perfection. This equality will open the nature to the guidance of the divine and universal Will and make it ready for that supramental action in which the power of the soul in us is luminously full of and one with the power of the supreme Spirit.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 12, The Way of Equality, pp. 690-691

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