The Essential Need for the Transfiguration of the Self

While it is an essential condition of the change that the powers of mind, life and the senses undergo a transformation to identify with and act from the basis of the corresponding higher universal powers of the creation, there is still more to do.  The nexus of the individual awareness, the self, must also undergo a change that will reflect and identify with the supreme Self that transcends the powers of manifestation.  This implies the shifting of the standpoint from the ego-individuality to reflect the divine standpoint beyond the universal manifestation.

Sri Aurobindo observes:  “Besides the gods, there is our self, the spirit within who supports all this action of the gods.  Our spirit too must turn from its absorption in its figure of itself as it sees it involved in the movement of individual life, mind, body and subject to it and must direct its gaze upward to its own supreme Self who is beyond all this movement and master of it all.  Therefore the mind must indeed become passive to the divine Mind, the sense to the divine Sense, the life to the divine Life and by receptivity to constant touches and visitings of the highest be transfigured into a reflection of these transcendences; but also the individual self must through the mind’s aspiration upwards, through upliftings of itself beyond, through constant memory of the supreme Reality in which during these divine moments it has lived, ascend finally into that Bliss and Power and Light.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Upanishads, Kena Upanishad and analysis, pp. 185-186