The Perfection of Faith in the Divine Shakti

As the seeker works to deepen his faith, and it is made flexible and insightful, there comes an ever-deepening realisation that it is not the individual who acts, but the divine Shakti who manifests the will of the Divine through all the individual forms and formations, forces and powers that exist in the universe. The faith should not be based on the ego-standpoint nor attached to a specific mental, emotional, vital or physical aspect of reality, as these are all partial and limited, and will therefore at some point be found incomplete and wanting. The faith therefore must be in the Divine Shakti to inspire, guide, direct and manage the transformational processes within us and around us in a perfectly developed manner.

Sri Aurobindo observes: “There is nothing that is impossible to her who is the conscious Power and universal Goddess all-creative from eternity and armed with the Spirit’s omnipotence. All knowledge, all strengths, all triumph and victory, all skill and works are in her hands and they are full of the treasures of the Spirit and of all perfections and siddhis.”

The Divine Shakti manifests the qualities of divine knowledge, force, love and delight and skill and service in work. “She is Maheshwari, goddess of the supreme knowledge…; she is Mahakali, goddess of the supreme strength…; she is Mahalakshmi, the goddess of the supreme love and delight…; she is Mahasaraswati, the goddess of divine skill and of the works of the Spirit and hers is the Yoga that is skill in works…, and the utilities of divine knowledge and the self-application of the spirit to life and the happiness of its harmonies. And in all her powers and forms she carries with her the supreme sense of the masteries of the eternal Ishwari, a rapid and divine capacity for all kinds of action that may be demanded from the instrument, oneness, a participating sympathy, a free identity, with all energies in all beings and therefore a spontaneous and fruitful harmony with all the divine will in the universe. The intimate feeling of her presence and her powers and the satisfied assent of all our being to her workings in and around it is the last perfection of faith in the Shakti.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 18, Faith and Shakti, pp. 752-753

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