Third Stage of Self-Surrender and Self-Mastery Through Active Nature

The third stage of this realisation in the active Nature is accomplished through the unification of the individual standpoint with the divine standpoint, so that not only does the seeker experience the action as that of the divine Shakti, but he also sees and experiences the entire manifestation, including all action and energy of which he partakes, from the standpoint of the Divine carrying out his fulfilment through forms individual and universal. The individual form is no longer seen as separate, but as a specific action of the Divine without separation in consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo notes: “A third stage comes by the increasing manifestation of the Divine, the Ishwara in all our being and action. This is when we are constantly and uninterruptedly aware of him. He is felt in us as the possessor of our being and above us as the ruler of all its workings and they become to us nothing but a manifestation of him in the existence of the Jiva. All our consciousness is his consciousness, all our knowledge is his knowledge, all our thought is his thought, all our will is his will, all our feeling is his Ananda and form of his delight in being, all our action is his action.”

“…all the world and Nature is seen to be only that, but here it has become fully conscious, the Maya of the ego removed, and the Jiva is there only as an eternal portion of his being…put forth to support a divine individualisation and living now fulfilled in the complete presence and power of the Divine, the complete joy of the Spirit manifested in the being. This is the highest realisation of the perfection and delight of the active oneness; for beyond it there could be only the consciousness of the Avatara, the Ishwara himself assuming a human name and form for action in the Lila.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 17, The Action of the Divine Shakti, pp. 741-742

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