The Will of Nature Works Through Human Psychology

It is interesting to observe that we can identify a pattern, which we may call the “will of Nature” in all kinds of phenomena, whether physical as in the form of the properties of atoms, or the laws which govern motion, energy, gravity, etc. at the universal and planetary levels, or biological in the way plants and animals are able to grow from small seeds or eggs into full-size beings, and take on characteristic ways of acting and responding based on inherent knowing, which we may call instinct.  We may also observe larger patterns in the inter-relationship of all beings on the planet, and their interdependence on one another, which shows another expression of a larger idea or “will” in the development of Nature.  We may go even further and see an evolutionary pattern of increasing self-awareness and consciousness acting on ever more complex forms that are developed to hold and utilize these more potent expressions of consciousness.  So it should be no surprise to us to recognize that human psychology also is an expression of this will of Nature and that we can therefore identify patterns of action which are characteristic of the role that humanity is intended to play in the world.

Sri Aurobindo notes:  “Now the very nature of man is that of an individual who on one side is always emphasising and developing his individual being to the extent of his power but who is also driven by the Idea or Truth within him to unify himself with others of his species, to join himself to them or agglutinate them to him, to create human groups, aggregates and collectivities.  And if there is an aggregate or collectivity which it is possible for him to realise but is not yet realised, we may be sure that that too in the end he will create.  This will in him is not always or often quite conscient or foreseeing; it is often largely subconscient, but even then it is eventually irresistible.  And if it gets into his conscious mind, as the international idea has now done, we may count on a more rapid evolution.  Such a will in Nature creates for itself favourable external circumstances and happenings or finds them created for it in the stress of events.  And even if they are insufficient, she will still often use them beyond their apparent power of effectivity, not minding the possibility of failure, for she knows that in the end she will succeed and every experience of failure will help to better the eventual success.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Ideal of Human Unity, Part Two, Chapter 33, Internationalism and Human Unity, pg. 287