The Concealed Aim and Destiny of Human Existence

Every aspect and capacity of human existence relates to some corresponding aspect of the divine Reality.  As we develop our capacity for knowledge, as we seek after some highest “good” or attempt to relate to or create beauty in life, as we seek to express love and compassion, or seek to develop some ultimate principle of justice, we are carrying out the higher impulsion of that divine reality within the scope of our human lives

Sri Aurobindo notes:  “In all the higher powers of his life man may be said to be seeking, blindly enough, for God.  To get at the Divine and Eternal in himself and the world and to harmonise them, to put his being and his life in tune with the Infinite reveals itself in these parts of his nature as his concealed aim and his destiny.  He sets out to arrive at his highest and largest and most perfect self, and the moment he at all touches upon it, this self in him appears to be one with some great Soul and Self of Truth and Good and Beauty in the world to which we give the name of God.  To get at this as a spiritual presence is the aim of religion, to grow into harmony with its eternal nature of right, love, strength and purity is the aim of ethics, to enjoy and mould ourselves into the harmony of its eternal beauty and delight is the aim and consummation of our aesthetic need  and nature, to know and to be according to its eternal principles of truth is the end of science and philosophy and of all our insistent drive towards knowledge.”


Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle: The Psychology of Social Development, Chapter 16,  The Suprarational Ultimate of Life, pg. 155